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CASINO TRIP LEADS TO ARREST IN BANK HEISTS

Kenneth Lee McFann, a suspect in three bank robberies in Pasco and Hillsborough counties, was arrested Tuesday at an Indian casino in Broward County, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. McFann, 22, whose last known address was in Brandon, was arrested by Seminole Tribal Police in Hollywood after authorities got a tip from the FBI that McFann was conducting a wire transaction at the Hard Rock Casino. He was arrested and taken into custody by the Broward County Sheriff's Office. The Pasco Sheriff's Office had a warrant for McFann. He is accused of robbing the GTE Federal Credit Union at 10848 State Road 54 in Pasco on Aug. 1. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office suspects McFann in two bank robberies: SunTrust Bank, 11015 Causeway Blvd., Brandon, on May 8 and Fifth Third Bank, at 11710 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Seffner on June 13. The thief in the robberies placed a daily planner or small three-ring binder with a knife on the counter, handed a note to the teller, demanded money and left the bank.

WESLEY CHAPEL

School supplies delivered to needy

Project Pasco will distribute school supplies between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at Wesley Chapel Elementary School. The Toys for Tots of East Pasco expects to serve between 500 and 600 needy children with the supplies. The supplies will be sorted between 4 and 7 p.m. Friday at the same location. Call (352) 588-4230.

PORT RICHEY

Back-to-school donations needed

The Salvation Army's Center of Hope and Corps and Community Center are accepting donations of back-to-school items and supplies for students in prekindergarten through grade 12. Items needed include pencils, pens, loose leaf paper, one-, three- and five subject notebooks, folders, crayons, markers, glue, calculators, notebooks, binders and backpacks. Donations can be dropped off at the Center of Hope at 8040 Washington St., Port Richey or the Corps and Community Center at 7745 Ridge Road, Port Richey. For information, call Jeanne Coulter at (727) 847-6321.

SHADY HILLS

Class available for preschool children

Shady Hills Elementary School is offering a class for preschool children who are eligible for voluntary prekindergarten and children who are eligible for exceptional student education. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Optional Extended Day (starting at 8:40 a.m. and ending at 2:50 p.m.) is available for $50 per week. To qualify children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1. There is no income requirement for this program. Space is limited. To apply, call Child Development Services toll free at 1-800-443-1024. For information concerning this program, call Judy Horvath, Supervisor of Exceptional Student Education at (727) 774-2626.

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