Cops search for bank robber

The FBI and Philadelphia Police Department want the public's help in identifying and locating the man who robbed the Citizens Bank branch at 2910 Cottman Ave. in the Northeast yesterday.

The subject, described as a white male in his mid-20s, 5 feet 8 inches, medium build, and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the word "Gap" on the front, blue jeans and black gloves, entered the bank about 2:35 p.m. and presented a demand note to a teller. He fled after obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash. It is possible that the robber has red dye on his skin or clothing. Tipsters can call the FBI at 215-418-4000.

A Woodstock Christmas

The Woodstock Family Center will hold its annual Christmas party this afternoon for its family clients. The center provides emergency housing services for adult women and their minor children and assists them in developing self-sufficiency and self-esteem. The party will be held at the center, at 1981 N. Woodstock St., from 1 until 3 p.m.

DEP fines over refinery

ConocoPhillips Inc. will pay nearly $130,000 in fines for air-quality violations at its refinery in Trainer, Delaware County, the state Department of Environmental Protection announced yesterday.

The DEP said the Texas-based company has been responsible for numerous pollution violations in recent years, including excessive sulfur-dioxide emissions and a February 2007 hydrocarbon-emission release that caused some nearby residents to evacuate their homes. The firm also was fined in 2005 and 2006.

Weight-loss company at a loss

A bankrupt weight-loss company has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle complaints from former customers who did not get products or services they paid for, the state Attorney General's Office announced yesterday. The consent agreement is with Horsham-based Pure Weight Loss Inc. and owner Vahan Karian.

Casey wants his pretzels

Sen. Bob Casey isn't happy with new management of the Senate restaurants on Capitol Hill. He says two important items are missing: Snyder's Pretzels and Utz Potato Chips, both made in York County, Pa.

The Pennsylvania Democrat has written to two managers who oversee operations of the restaurants asking that the items, which had been offered there since 1996, be returned. *

- Staff and wire report