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$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 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.

OZONA

Nature preserve is looking for volunteers

Volunteers are welcome to help restore the biodiversity of the Ozona Nature Preserve.

Adults interested in working in the preserve can call volunteer site coordinator Reggie Hall at (727) 784-2131 or e-mail Hall at vision management@verizon.net.

SAFETY HARBOR

VFW sponsoring essay contests for students

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10093 will sponsor essay contests this fall with cash prizes for students receiving public, private and home-schooled educations.

For applications, contact Ann Crum, chairman, P.O. Box 342, Oldsmar, 34677 or (813) 855-1182.

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