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One hour, two bank heists, one arrest ... so far

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 30, 2007


CLEARWATER

Two Clearwater banks were robbed within an hour of each other, but they are not thought to be connected, authorities said. The Bank Atlantic branch at 2575 Countryside Blvd. was hit at 10:11 a.m. Clearwater police arrested Jared Adam Belcher, 26, of Dunedin and booked him into the Pinellas County Jail on one count of bank robbery. He was being held in lieu of $10, 000 bail. The other heist took place at the Bank of America branch at 1610 S Missouri Ave. A would-be robber walked into the branch at 11:06 a.m. without showing a note or a weapon. He demanded money from the teller. But when the teller triggered the alarm, the robber fled with nothing. Police described the man as being in his mid-40s, standing 5-foot, 6-inches tall, having a heavy build, blond hair, brown eyes and wearing a blue jacket with a black or blue hat worn backwards. He was carrying a briefcase at the time.

LARGO

Bring the family for fishing, fun

The Pinellas County Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to a Family Fun Fishing Day at Walsingham Park, 12615 102 Ave., from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free, and fishing poles and bait will be provided, so even the most inexperienced anglers can try their hand. Feel free to bring your own pole so you don't have to wait. The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast will offer coffee or juice and a doughnut for a $1 donation. Proceeds go toward the purchase of worms. Call 727 464-3347.

COUNTYWIDE

Put on dancing shoes and audition

Auditions for one of Tampa Bay's largest community dance productions, The Chocolate Nutcracker, will be held June 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at John Hopkins Middle School, 701 16th St. S, St. Petersburg. The 10th anniversary production welcomes dancers in all styles and genres. Contact Life Force Cultural Arts Academy at (727) 216-3519 or e-mail lifeforcechocolate@yahoo.com Life Force Cultural Arts Academy is based at 1606 N Highland Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 481-8091 or visit www.life forceculturalarts.com.

No break for busy marine patrol

The Pinellas County sheriff's marine patrol stayed busy over the three-day holiday weekend. According to the agency, deputies did 367 vessel safety inspections, issued 278 warnings, wrote 89 citations and made seven arrests - including four for boating under the influence and two for accidents involving "careless operation."

OLDSMAR

Small-business seminar offered

The Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a small-business education seminar from 9 a.m. to noon June 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4052 Tampa Road. Debbie London Baker, president of the London Baker Group, will discuss strategic communications with customers. Admission is $25, $15 for chamber members, and includes a continental breakfast. Admission at the door is $5 more. To register, call (813) 855-4233 or visit www.utbchamber.com and click on calendar of events.

Correction

A near-drowning Monday took place on the gulf side of Clearwater Beach. A brief Tuesday misidentified the location.