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Local skater, medalist to appear on program

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 3, 2000


OLDSMAR -- Petr Barna, who won the 1992 Olympic bronze medal in men's figure skating and is a coach at Tampa Bay Skating Academy, will appear today on a nationally televised program, An Evening of Championship Skating, being broadcast on PBS at 8 p.m. The event is hosted by 1992 Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie and features world-class figure skaters who got together for an exhibition to benefit cancer research and treatment.

Four suspects charged with store robbery

TARPON SPRINGS -- Police have arrested four men and charged them with the armed robbery of Adult Entertainment Center, 40457 U.S. 19, early Monday. One of the robbers had a pistol, police said, and about $1,000 was taken.

Shortly after that robbery, police spotted a car going west on Tarpon Avenue and recognized it as a car that may have been associated with a robbery Saturday at Adult Entertainment Center. Police discovered cash, envelopes from the store, a gun and a knife in the car, said police Sgt. Tom Hill.

Four Tarpon Springs residents were arrested and charged with Monday's armed robbery: Anthony Monson, 22; Rhett Armstead, 19; Bobby George, 21; and Samuel Golzbein, 18. George also was charged with felony possession of a firearm and Monson with possession of marijuana.

Police are still investigating Saturday's armed robbery at the business.

Inquiry focuses on woman's last hours

CLEARWATER -- Detectives are trying to reconstruct the last hours of Marion Cato's life, particularly her whereabouts on Thursday. Cato, 31, was found dead at 8:45 a.m. Friday outside the Rio Motel at 1488 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. A man passing by discovered the body, which was partially buried. Police said the mother of three died from upper-body injuries. Detectives want to talk to people who might have seen Cato, who was blond and 4-foot-11, on Thursday. Anyone with information is asked to call Clearwater Detective Clarence Calloway at (727) 562-4317.

Heritage board puts off Spring Bayou project

TARPON SPRINGS -- The city's Heritage Preservation Board has once again postponed a decision on whether to allow a home to be built in the historic district along Spring Bayou.

After hearing for two hours from Crystal Beach resident Wayne King, who wants to build the home, as well as neighbors who oppose the project, the board delayed action. The board will discuss the matter for a fourth time at its June 5 meeting.

King submitted revised plans for the elevated house before Monday's meeting, but the plans didn't include everything board members wanted. Residents who attended the meeting said they are growing frustrated with the delays.

William Vinson said at the meeting that the board should deny the proposal instead of delaying action on it. He noted that the number of residents diminishes at each meeting.

"I think maybe they're just trying to wear out the neighborhood," he said of King and his supporters.

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