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30-foot beer bottle stolen in Treasure Island

Treasure Island, Florida - For the second year in a row, a giant inflatable Bud Light beer bottle was stolen in Treasure Island.

The 30-foot inflatable bottle was put up Great Bay Distributors to promote the Sand Ovations event held last weekend at the Treasure Island Beach.

The ad and the portable electric blower used to keep it inflated are worth about $5,000. They disappeared Saturday night, the city said.

The city said police have leads in the case, but would prefer the thieves simply return the display.

Former Publix worker takes off with electric shopping cart

Clearwater, Florida -- A former Publix worker is free on bond today after allegedly stealing a motorized shopping cart from his former store and driving half-a-mile before he was caught.

Charged with Felony Grand Theft is Samuel P. Sandilla, Jr., 36, of Leo Lane East in Clearwater.

Sandilla, a former employee who was banned from the store just weeks ago, was seen driving the cart from the Publix plaza at U.S. Highway 19 and Sunset Point Road Tuesday, according to a police report.

Police: Woman calls 911, attacks responding deputy

Seminole, Florida -- A woman was arrested after investigators say she attacked a deputy who responded to her 911 call.

The Pinellas Sheriff's Office says 63-year-old Dolores Myers called 911 Tuesday night to report her son was trying to enter their home.

The responding deputy told her there was nothing authorities could do because of existing landlord-tenant laws, which angered Myers.

She allegedly called 911 again, this time to report the deputy was trespassing. Officials say when the deputy told her to hang up the phone, Myers instead charged him and tried punching him.

The deputy took Myers to the ground and handcuffed her.  She was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer and making a false 911 call.

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Pinellas clown the first Lady Gaga?

Pinellas County, Florida -- She's 81, a volunteer, a writer for her community newsletter, a singer and a clown.

Meet Gloria Walz, also known as "Gaga."

"It's funny, I think, that we have the same name," she laughed when asked about sharing a name with a music sensation.  "I've had it [name] for 24 years."

She's been performing as Gaga for as long as Lady Gaga has been alive, so you could say she's the original Lady Gaga. Her friends don't let her forget that... even if they're just clowning around.

"Now that Lady Gaga is using it, my friends say, 'You ought to sue her,' I said 'No, no no,'" she laughed again.

Rather than a lawsuit, she'd rather suit up in costume. She's been doing it for 24 years since learning about clowning in clown school offered by her church.

''Vampire'' attack outside vacant Hooters

St. Petersburg, Florida -- An elderly man is recovering after a woman declared she was a vampire and allegedly bit his face and neck on Wednesday night.

69-year-old Milton Ellis told St. Petersburg Police he was sleeping in his electronic wheelchair outside of the vacant Hooters restaurant on Roosevelt Boulevard, near Gandy and 4th Street North. He says he awoke to find 22-year-old Josephine Smith on top of him.

Smith allegedly told Ellis, "I'm a vampire, I am going to eat you," and proceeded to bite him, ripping flesh from his lips and face.

Bloodied, Ellis managed to escape to a nearby gas station, where he called police.

Responding officers found a half-naked Smith covered in blood at the restaurant. She reportedly told officers she had no idea what happened.

Ellis, who also had bite marks on his arm, was taken to the hospital, where he needed stitches.

Cops: Stripper at gentleman's club was no employee

Clearwater, Florida -- She took off her clothes and asked customers for money. That's not an unusual occurrence at the Baby Dolls gentleman's club in Clearwater, but the problem is, Natalie Behnke was no exotic dancer.

When the Pinellas Sheriff's Office was called to the club Tuesday night, the responding deputy was greeted by Behnke, 25, at the front door in her underwear. She was described as emotional and intoxicated.

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The club's manager told the deputy Behnke was inside earlier when she began taking off her clothes and approaching customers, asking for money.

The manager reportedly told her to put her clothes back on, but Behnke refused and became aggressive with the female employees when they told her she could not do what she was doing.

Police: Woman asked for ID, pulls out marijuana

CLEARWATER, Florida (AP) - Police say they asked a 27-year-old woman for identification. They say she pulled out a bag of marijuana. They threw her in jail.

Clearwater police say Danielle Rae Shockey was sitting in a car in a hotel parking lot at 3 a.m. Saturday when an officer approached and asked what she was doing. She told them she was talking to her boyfriend and thinking about renting a room.

The officer asked for her ID card and police say Shockey went into her purse and pulled out the card along with a bag of pot, which she quickly tried to hide.

The officer saw it, however, and searched her purse. Police say it contained painkillers and sedatives. Shockey was arrested on numerous drug charges.