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    Pinellas digest

    By Times staff reports
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published March 16, 2002


    Former secretary at jail arrested in payroll theft

    LARGO -- A former secretary at the Pinellas County Jail was arrested Thursday on suspicion she changed payroll records to reflect she had worked on days when she actually was sick or on vacation. Diana Biamonte, 25, of Clearwater was charged with grand theft. She was a secretary in the records section at the jail. She resigned before her arrest, sheriff's officials said. Biamonte falsified documents to indicate she had worked 60 hours that she was actually off, arrest reports state. At a rate of $12.60 per hour, the potential loss to the Sheriff's Office, which runs the jail, was about $750, reports state.

    Police search for man who robbed Largo mart

    LARGO -- Police were searching Friday for a man who held up a Largo food mart Thursday night. The robber, who wore a mask and wielded a black revolver, entered the Top Choice Food Mart, 11701 Hamlin Blvd., at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. He demanded cash from the owner and an employee. The two complied and the man left the store on foot. No one was injured. No arrests were reported.

    Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer boat safety checks

    Is your boat safe? Find out today. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 will conduct vessel safety checks from 9 a.m. to noon at the Seminole Marina boat launch in Clearwater and the Belleair Beach causeway boat launch. Stop by either boat launch for a free voluntary check of your boat and its safety equipment. The inspection is performed on pleasure vessels less than 65 feet and on certain commercial vessels, not inspected or certified by the Coast Guard. For more information, call (727) 469-8895.

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