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Pinellas clerk's office will trim hours starting July 1


Clerk's office trims hours starting July 1

Effective July 1, the Pinellas County Clerk of Court's Office will trim its hours at all locations because of budget cuts. New hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. They were previously 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone requiring assistance with an emergency injunction or similar circumstances is asked to call (727) 464-3341.

Two stabbed at Pier 60 parking lot

A 17-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were stabbed late Friday night during a dispute with two men in Clearwater, authorities said. The stabbing occurred at S Gulfview Boulevard and Coronado Drive on the south side of the Pier 60 parking lot about 11:15 p.m., according to Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. The teen was taken to Morton Plant Hospital and treated for minor injuries. The man, initially flown to Bayfront Medical Center, is expected to be released, Watts said. Police did not immediately identify the victims and initially had only limited descriptions of the suspects, who are said to be white men in their 40s. The suspects fled, police said.

Alateen meets weekly in Pinellas

Al-Anon of Pinellas County has started meetings for teens, one each in Clearwater, Dunedin, St. Petersburg and Seminole. The North Pinellas times and locations are 10 a.m. Sundays, Serenity Club, 631 Turner St., Clearwater; and 8 p.m. Mondays, St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1120 Curlew Road, Dunedin. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share experiences. Email or call (727) 954-3607.

Utility customers get scam warning

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning consumers to be aware of a scam targeting utility customers. The scam claims that President Barack Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills. Scammers contact consumers through fliers, social media, texts and/or knocking on doors. They ask for personal data and provide a phony bank routing number to receive credit or bill payments. No payments are credited to the consumer's bill. Consumers are warned not to provide any information to strangers who come to their doors or in response to unsolicited emails or social media posts. Residents are encouraged to question anyone who presents himself as a representative of a utility company. Ask for identification. Visit or call, toll-free 1-800-435-7352.