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Pinellas Park Beacon
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PINELLAS PARK - For years, Library and Recreation Services hosted a book drive and giveaway for children at the Country in the Park festival held every March.

This year, the department wanted to offer children something different at the annual event, set for Saturday, March 21, at England Brothers Park.

“I think we tapped everyone’s supplies of books on the shelf,” said Debra Rose, the department’s administrator. “We were ready for a new idea.”
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PINELLAS PARK - Pinellas Park police evacuated Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School about 2 p.m. March 20 due to a bomb threat.

According to the police report, a student told the school resource officer that a note on the wall in a bathroom indicated that an explosive device was in a bathroom somewhere in the school located at 6410 118th Ave N, Largo.

The resource officer conferred with school administration and a decision was made to evacuate the school. Pinellas Park police responded to the school and assisted with a search of the grounds.
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PINELLAS PARK - A 30-year-old Pinellas Park man was arrested March 19 and charged with one count of sexual battery after allegedly forcing himself on a 17-year-old female co-worker.

According to Pinellas Park police, the incident occurred on March 14 at Athenian’s Famous Gyros, 5320 Park Boulevard.

The victim told police that Maximino Arguelles-Castillo forced her to have sex with him. The two were working together at the time of the assault, police said. Maximino Arguelles-Castillo admitted to the sex act, police said. But he denied forcing himself on the girl.
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Sunday, March 15
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PINELLAS PARK - Surveillance equipment captured an alleged shoe bandit in the act March 14 at a single-family residence on 43rd Way North in Pinellas Park.

According to Pinellas Park police, residents at the home reported that an unknown man had been stealing shoes from the front entrance to their home for several days. He reportedly left another pair of shoes in their place.

The residents finally decided to buy a surveillance system to monitor their front door and outside area of the home. The family told police that the suspect arrived at the home about 4 a.m. for several mornings. So the morning of March 14, they were waiting for him.
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Tuesday, March 10
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PINELLAS PARK - A registered sexual predator is in the Pinellas County jail Tuesday morning charged with 10 sex crimes against four victims

Pinellas Park police released information Monday night about the arrest of Michael W. Shepard, 35, on Sunday for sexual battery against a 5-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy.

Shepard was released from prison in 2013, after being sentenced to 15 years for sex crimes against children in 1999.
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Thursday, March 5
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PINELLAS PARK - Pinellas Park Police Officer Jimmy Rexroad was honored by the Rotary Club as Outstanding City Employee of the Year for 2015.

Other finalists for the award were Alex Bowlby, firefighter paramedic, Paramedic of the Year; Michael Huestis, firefighter EMT, Firefighter of the Year; Kenneth Perry, building maintenance specialist, Public Works Employee of the Year; and Bonnie Vincent, senior librarian, Professional Services Employee of the Year.
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PINELLAS PARK - To celebrate its timeless, scratch-cooking approach and handmade dishes, Cheddar’s in Pinellas Park, 4101 Park Blvd. N., is now Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.

The new name is part of the company’s campaign to highlight its scratch kitchen, an important element of the 35-year-old brand. A recipe contest will encourage local guests to submit their best homemade side dish recipes for a chance to be added to the Pinellas Park menu.
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PINELLAS PARK - Join the city in sprucing up its appearance for the spring. Pinellas Park hosts its annual Pride in the Park Spring Cleanup Saturday, March 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be eight drop-off sites for yard waste and household trash located throughout the city:

- Bank of America, rear parking lot, 5100 block of 72nd Avenue
- Broderick Park, rear parking lot, 6700 block of 62nd Street
- City property located at the northwest corner of 78th Avenue and 60th Street
- Home Depot parking lot, 4040 Park Blvd.
- Pinebrook Park parking lot, 7002 118th Ave.
- Sacred Heart Church parking lot, 8001 46th St.
- Skyview Recreation, 5400 block of 90th Avenue
- Waste Management/city brush site, 12950 40th St.
- Household electronics and chemical collection facility, 2855 109th Ave.
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Friday, February 27
PINELLAS PARK - Pinellas Park police visited several local retailers Wednesday, Feb. 25, to see if they were following state law that requires them to check IDs before selling tobacco and alcohol.

Police said 55 percent of the retailers visited were selling restricted items to underage customers. Those retailers will be reported to state regulatory agencies.

Tobacco was sold to a minor at Circle K / Shell, 4900 Ulmerton Road.
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