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    By Times staff writers

    © St. Petersburg Times, published May 8, 2001


    Police search for robbery suspect

    LARGO -- Investigators are searching for a man who used a crowbar to hold up a convenience store early Monday.

    At about 3:32 a.m. the man entered the Circle K, 14111 S Belcher Road, and demanded money from the clerk. He threatened to hit her with a crowbar if she did not comply, police said.

    The man then left with cash. No one was injured.

    The man is described as a white man, possibly Hispanic, in his late 20s. He wore a dark baseball cap and blue jean shorts, and was not wearing a shirt.

    Anyone with information about this robbery can call Detective Steve McMullen at 587-6730.

    Fire slightly damages Lenny's Restaurant

    CLEARWATER -- A small fire in a hot water heater spread smoke through a Clearwater restaurant, but caused less than $1,000 damage, fire officials said.

    Firefighters were called to Lenny's Restaurant, 21220 U.S. 19, about 2:24 p.m. The fire was under control less than 20 minutes later, fire officials said.

    The incident will not force the restaurant to close, fire officials said.

    Man is charged with exposing himself

    LARGO -- A 19-year-old man was arrested Sunday night and charged with exposing himself to two young girls as they walked home from school last month.

    Aaron Palmer of 555 Belcher Road, No. G201, was arrested Sunday night on a charge of performing a lewd and lascivious act in the presence of a child, Largo police reported.

    Police said Palmer pulled his vehicle over at about 4:20 p.m. April 24 in the area of Valentine Trail and Indian Rocks Road. He called to the girls; and when one of them looked back, she saw him exposing himself, police said.

    Palmer admitted the incident to police and said he needed help, according to an arrest affidavit.

    Tarpon Springs offers summer camp for kids

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs recreation department will hold six weeks of summer camp for children 6 to 14 from June 18 through July 27. The camp will run 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will feature games, arts and crafts and field trips.

    Camps will take place at Craig Park, Sunset Hills Elementary School and the Tarpon Springs Community Center.

    Registration for city residents runs through Friday at the community center, 400 S Walton Ave. Residents must bring a Tarpon Springs water bill and the child's birth certificate. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Registration for non-residents begins Monday at the community center and will continue on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Non-residents must also have their child's birth certificate.

    The cost for city residents is $75 for the normal camp hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or $135 for the extended camp hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost for non-residents is $78.21 for the regular camp and $138.21 for the extended camp hours. Call (727) 942-5628 for information.

    Senior center holds concert, breakfast

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St., is sponsoring a concert by the Suncoast Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is $6, $5 for senior center members. Coffee and dessert will be served after the music.

    On Sunday, the center will serve a Mother's Day country breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Corsages will be given to mothers. Admission is $4, $3.50 for senior center members. The menu includes danish, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits, orange juice and coffee. Call (727) 771-6000 for information.

    Historical Society peels into citrus industry

    PALM HARBOR -- The Palm Harbor Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Palm Harbor Civic Club, 1119 Illinois Ave.

    Rheba Sutton and Alice Walters will speak on the citrus industry in Palm Harbor, fruit-packing and techniques of budding citrus.

    The meeting is a covered-dish supper. Participants are asked to bring their own utensils.

    Separation of Church and State group meets

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The Suncoast Chapter of Americans for Separation of Church and State is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St. The meeting is free and refreshments will be served. Call (727) 942-1112 for information.

    Safe Boating Week to launch with lesson

    The Anclote Key Sail and Power Squadron, which covers Dunedin to Hudson, will observe National Safe Boating Week by offering safety information May 20 and 21 at West Marine on U.S. 19 and Moog Road in Elfers. Information also will be available on the squadron's next "Boat Smart" course.

    Because an estimated 700 to 800 people a year die in boating-related accidents, and 90 percent of them are not wearing life jackets, the power squadron will give visitors a chance to register to win a life jacket.

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