Police release description of bank robber

Published May 16, 2007


Police are searching for a man with bushy salt-and-pepper hair who robbed the Bank of America at 910 E Tarpon Ave. on Monday. The man entered the bank about 3:50 p.m. and handed a note to a teller saying he had a gun and wanted money. He received an undisclosed amount and fled the scene. Witnesses described the robber as a white, middle-aged man, average height, weighing around 250 pounds. Authorities believe he might also be responsible for a robbery at a BB&T bank in New Port Richey that occurred around 3:20 p.m. Monday. Anyone with information can contact the Tarpon Springs detective squad at (727) 937-2549 or (727) 938-2849.


Memorial Thursday for SPC educator

A memorial service for longtime educator William Fred Stephan III, 81, will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Dr. Stephan, known as "the father of the Clearwater campus" of St. Petersburg College, died Saturday. He was active in various community service groups, including helping establish the food bank for Religious Community Services and the nonprofit AIDS Partnership.

Reptile Club meeting today

Todd Gearheart will discuss Florida's spiders and other invertebrates during the Reptile Club meeting at 7 p.m. today at Moccasin Lake Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane. Call 942-6700.

Swim classes just for younger kids

The YMCA of the Suncoast- Clearwater Branch is offering free swim lessons to girls and boys who will complete first grade this year. The lessons will be held at 1005 S Highland Ave. in Clearwater. Designed for beginning swimmers, the course has five 30-minute classes, starting Monday and continuing through May 25. Morning, afternoon and evening class times are available. The program is designed to help children learn personal water safety and basic swimming skills. Call (727) 461-9622.


Come learn how to count butterflies

Volunteers are needed for the Spring Butterfly count at Brooker Creek Preserve. A butterfly identification seminar will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road. The Spring Butterfly Count is at the Pinellas County Biological Field Station at the preserve Saturday. Call (727)453-6800.


Flick N' Float to show 'Narnia'

Looking for relaxation? What is better than watching a family movie on a giant-sized screen under the stars while floating on a chair or raft in an Olympic pool? See the Chronicles of Narnia during the Flick N' Float movie at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13210 Vonn Road. Free hot dogs and other concessions will be available. Cost is $5 for the family with a Largo resident recreation card and $6.25 for a family of five with a nonresident recreation card. Movie viewing on the deck is free. Lifeguards will be on duty. Call (727) 518-3126.


Board says NO to plan for development

In an apparent victory for Safety Harbor resident William Turkali, the Pinellas County Commission, in a 3-3 vote, failed Tuesday to approve a redevelopment plan for downtown Safety Harbor. City leaders had sought the plan as a way to preserve the city's charm, but Turkali has argued it would violate his property rights. Turkali bought his home on Bayshore Boulevard in 1983, hoping to one day sell to developers. The proposed plan would put height limits on what could be built on his property, potentially decreasing its value.


The second annual Tastes & Sounds of Oldsmar is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W. A story Sunday gave the wrong date.