About 1,800 children in Pinellas County need someone to be their voice in the courtroom, and the county's guardian ad litem program hopes that could be you. You can learn about becoming a guardian ad litem by attending a one-hour orientation held each week on Thursdays. The time of the orientation is varied to accommodate the schedule of prospective volunteers. Guardians ad litem speak on behalf of abused, abandoned or neglected children in Pinellas County courts. As a child's advocate, a guardian ad litem becomes familiar with the child and case and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure the child has a safe, caring and stable environment. Guardians ad litem receive training and supervision to help them make a positive difference in the lives of children. Call (727) 464-6528 to sign up for an orientation.
$5,000 reward offered in shooting death
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. 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 is asked to call the Police Department's tip line at 562-4422.