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By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 22, 2001

Deputies check out bomb calls

Deputies check out bomb calls

Deputies responded to two bomb calls in Pinellas County on Wednesday. The first occurred about 9:15 a.m. at 50 Gulf Blvd. in Indian Rocks Beach when a suspicious package was found behind a building, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Cal Dennie. The Hillsborough County bomb squad was summoned but found the package was not a bomb. Dennie said it may have been a flare. The second incident occurred at 10:09 a.m. when the girlfriend of a disgruntled ex-employee called Ace Cash Express, 7737 Ulmerton Road, and said her boyfriend planned to place a bomb on the roof, Dennie said. No bomb was found, he said.

Man arrested in 1998 rape

CLEARWATER -- A Tampa man was arrested Tuesday and charged with raping a woman in 1998. Tray Davis, 37, was charged with sexual battery in connection with a Dec. 20, 1998, incident in which he is accused of raping a woman he met while he was on his job as a painter, according to a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office arrest affidavit. Davis invited the woman to a residence where he was staying, then held her arms against her chest and forced her to have sex, the affidavit says. Prosecutors issued papers for Davis' arrest in March 1999, but he was not arrested on the charge until Tuesday.

Tarpon plans spring break camp

TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department is offering a spring break camp for children ages 6 to 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9-13 at the Craig Park Recreation Center. The cost for a week of games, arts and crafts and field trips is $25 per city resident, $28.21 for non-residents. Register at the Tarpon Springs Community Center or call (727) 942-5628 for information.

Oldsmar extends trash contract

OLDSMAR -- City Council members on Tuesday approved keeping the city's waste-hauling company for two more years. The city's five-year contract with BFI Waste Systems of North America is scheduled to expire Sept. 30, but it has a provision for a two-year extension. The city pays the company more than $500,000 a year to pick up the city's trash. After being lobbied by representatives of other waste-hauling companies to let them bid for the contract Tuesday, council members agreed to stay with BFI by a 3-2 vote, with council members Brian Michaels and Marcelo Caruso voting no. BFI had proposed extending the current contract with a 1.5 percent annual rate increase. Council members approved the extension without the increase.

Tarpon road to close over weekend

TARPON SPRINGS -- Spring Boulevard N will be closed from Canal Street to Grand Boulevard from about 11 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday so the city's utilities maintenance department can remove and cap a fire hydrant. Call utilities maintenance at (727) 942-5607 for information.

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