PINELLAS PARK - Jean Cromwell, who for the past three decades has held the position of city historian, has announced her retirement.
The 89-year-old Cromwell’s tenure ended officially on April 1.
All her many files, photographs and other material will be turned over to the Pinellas Park Historical Society, but her memories and knowledge of the city cannot be transferred to paper or computer files.
PINELLAS PARK - Toffee to Go opened its new 16,000 production facility at 7100 56th St. N. in Pinellas Park, March 25, celebrating with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The company, which got its start 14 years ago, outgrew its 3,000-square-foot space in South Tampa and searched the Tampa Bay region for perfect space to cook, cool and package its toffee. The South Tampa location will remain open as a storefront.
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.
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.
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.
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.