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A man whom Largo police suspect of robbing a 7-Eleven with a broken bottle has turned himself in, authorities said Monday. Police arrested Lawrence Scott Yoakem, 39, of Largo after he flagged down a Pinellas Park police car near Park Boulevard, said Largo Detective Randall Chaney. Yoakem told police he used the $200 cash he stole from the 7-Eleven at Walsingham Road and 131st Street on Nov. 28 to purchase crack cocaine. He said he realized "how low he had sunk" when he saw video surveillance of himself on television news, and got very emotional about wanting to change his life for the better, Chaney said. Such displays of remorse are very unusual, said Chaney. Yoakem faces charges of armed robbery and petit theft. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail Monday in lieu of $50,250 bail.


Schools urge return of survey

Time is almost up for families that received a survey asking their preferences when choosing a school for their children. District officials would like to get the surveys back by Monday so the results can be tallied and used as a 47-member task force prepares final recommendations for the School Board early next year. Parental opinion is important as the district moves into an era in which race will no longer be a factor in school assignments, officials say. Among the questions the survey seeks to answer is whether parents prefer schools that are close to home or if they would be willing to have their children transported to a school farther away in the interest of racial diversity.


Learn more about Medicare plans

Get your Medicare questions answered at a seminar called How Medicare Works at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. The program will be presented by a representative of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs SHINE program. For more information, call 298-3080, ext 224.

Web site tells of holiday events

For the second year, Pinellas County is listing city and county holiday events and displays taking place through New Year's Day on its Web site. Visit

They keep eyes toward the sky

At the Silver Dollar Shooters Club just east of the Pinellas-Hillsborough county line, people from all over the world have found something that keeps bringing them back. Page 4