A local company has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robber who shot to death an unarmed hotel security guard on Sept. 22.
Critical Intervention Services (CIS), which employs about 150 security guards around Tampa Bay, offered the reward in the slaying of William T. Williams at the Fairfield Inn & Suites.
Williams, 64, of New Port Richey worked for Janas Security Services in Tampa - not CIS - but CIS executives wanted to do something to help because he was a security officer. Williams was shot at the hotel at 3070 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. when he walked into the lobby as the robber held up the front desk.
Police have posted a video of part of the robbery online at www.clearwaterpolice.org/news/hotelrobbery.htm in the hope that someone might recognize the killer. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department's tip line at 562-4422.
'Adventures in Opera' starts Wednesday
The Pinellas Opera League, in conjunction with the Marcia P. Hoffman Institute, is holding "Adventures in Opera," a series of six Wednesday programs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the theater of the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Road. The programs are:
Wednesday: "The Many Voices of Opera," presented by Dr. Michael Blauner.
Jan. 31: "Wagner, The Do-It-Yourself Genius," presented by Bill Weiss.
Feb. 25: "Zarzuela - Spain's Operatic Tradition," presented by Madeline Crotty.
March 28: "Legendary Opera Singers," presented by Blauner and Middy Larson.
April 25: "Children in Opera," presented by Larson.
Cost is $5 per session, or $25 for all six in advance. Free parking. Call (727) 791-7400 or toll-free 1-800-875-8682.
Volunteers sought for two centers, museum
Tarpon Springs officials are looking for people to assist at its Performing Arts Center, Cultural Center and Safford House museum.
The Performing Arts Center needs ushers and backstage assistants.
The Cultural Center seeks front-desk receptionists, hosts and gallery assistants to help with exhibits, programs, performances, special events and in the gift shop.
The Safford House, an 1883 National Register historic house museum, is looking for volunteers as docents, collection assistants, researchers, and gardeners.
Call (727) 937-0686.
Junior Achievement seeks volunteers
Junior Achievement of West Central Florida is seeking volunteers for the 2006-07 school year. Junior Achievement offers programs from kindergarten through 12th grade, and it teaches young people about business, economics and free enterprise. The time commitment varies from a single half-day session to weekly one-hour visits for five to 10 weeks. To volunteer, call (727) 530-0884, ext. 34 or visit www.jawcf.org.
Support group for mental illness open
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Pinellas County, invites the public to attend an education meeting and support group at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month. There is no charge.
NAMI is the nation's largest nonprofit, self-help support and advocacy organization of consumers, families and friends of people with severe mental illnesses. Through its affiliates and volunteers, NAMI works to achieve equitable services for the millions of Americans living with severe mental illnesses and their families.
For information, call (727) 791-3434.