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In the know
By Times Staff Writer
Published November 21, 2007
Uh, no, that's money you cannot keep
The woman might have been considered the victim of a scam - until she realized what she was onto. Authorities say Elaine Zelda Whiteford, 56, of Tampa, corresponded by e-mail in October with people promising a huge payoff in the Nigerian lottery. They told her she was being sent two checks totaling $15,000, money that had actually come from a 70-year-old Merritt Island man who was also promised a windfall. Whiteford tried to cash the checks Nov. 2 at a Fidelity Bank branch on U.S. 19, the report says. She told a deputy that she knew the deal was bogus but was keeping the money because she'd been scammed in the past. She was arrested Tuesday, charged with a scheme to defraud. She was released from jail after posting $5,000 bail. "Once you know it's a scam and you continue," sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said, "then you've stepped over the line."
Shelter needs supplies for pets
The SPCA Suncoast at 7734 Congress St. is in need of supplies for animals in its care. Suggested items include new dog and cat toys, laundry detergent, sheets, towels and food. For details, call (727) 849-1048.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Holiday parades on water and land
The eighth annual Riverlights Boat Parade will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 on the Pithlachascotee River. It starts in Moonlight Bay near the Crab Shack and ends at Sims Park. The 31st annual Downtown New Port Richey Holiday Street Parade will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 from Gulf Drive, north on Grand Boulevard, around Orange Lake, south on Bank Street, then west on Main Street. Both are part of Main Street Holidays on Dec. 1, 7, 8 and 9.
Festival to be led by familiar figure
For the sixth year, Cami Austin will be chairwoman for the Chasco Fiesta. Austin is senior vice president/community executive for Synovus Bank. The 2008 festival will be March 27 to April 6.
The phone number to call for information about AARP Chapter 434's seminar on reverse mortgages on Nov. 28 is (727) 942-7915. The number was incorrect in Monday's edition.