Thursday, June 21, 2018

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

Aldi grocery store cleared after suspicious object spotted in parking lot

Aldi grocery store cleared after suspicious object spotted in parking lot

CLEARWATER — An Aldi grocery store that was evacuated Wednesday after a suspicious object was spotted in the parking lot has been cleared. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, it turned out to be a metal pressure cooker with a brown fed...
Published: 06/06/18
American Legion ‘ghost post’ rebuilds in Tarpon Springs

American Legion ‘ghost post’ rebuilds in Tarpon Springs

TARPON SPRINGS — Once, American Legion Post 46 was a big part of the city.Founded in a small building on Gulf Road in 1919, the post was a hub for entertainment in the 1920s and ’30s. It served as a gathering place for the entire community, not just ...
Updated one month ago
One year later, Clearwater’s downtown incentive program brings no deals

One year later, Clearwater’s downtown incentive program brings no deals

CLEARWATER — It was pitched as the boldest revitalization strategy yet. The city was so serious about bringing business into downtown, it would essentially pay investors to take the chance. The Anchor Tenant Incentive Program unveiled in June 2017 of...
Updated one month ago

National NAACP head encourages Clearwater branch: ‘We were created for a time like this’

CLEARWATER — They were eager to hear what he had to say, to see if he could make sense of it all.Many of the people who gathered in Ruth Eckerd Hall’s ballroom Friday evening for the Clearwater/Upper Pinellas NAACP Branch’s annual banquet felt they h...
Updated one month ago
Former Dunedin Middle School teacher accused of lewd acts against boy, 14

Former Dunedin Middle School teacher accused of lewd acts against boy, 14

CLEARWATER — A former Dunedin Middle School teacher faces charges after he was accused of having sex with a student.According to the Clearwater Police Department and Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Marselia Anthony Smith, 34, committed the lewd act...
Updated one month ago
Deputy injured in third law enforcement-involved crash in Pinellas this week

Deputy injured in third law enforcement-involved crash in Pinellas this week

CLEARWATER — A deputy was injured Wednesday night when a car rear-ended his sport-utility vehicle, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Rick Serra Jr., 52, was driving south on McMullen Booth Road in a sheriff’s 2015 Chevrolet Tah...
Updated one month ago
Clearwater Memorial Causeway westbound lanes closed for crash investigation

Clearwater Memorial Causeway westbound lanes closed for crash investigation

CLEARWATER — The westbound lanes of the Clearwater Memorial Causeway have been shut down while police officers investigate a motorcycle crash.According to Clearwater police, the motorcyclist, who has not been identified, lost control while driving we...
Updated one month ago
Crash that injured Clearwater officer, civilians under scrutiny

Crash that injured Clearwater officer, civilians under scrutiny

CLEARWATER — Two law enforcement agencies are investigating the Tuesday night crash that injured a Clearwater police officer and two civilians.Largo police are investigating the crash itself, which occurred about a mile into the city at Rosery Road a...
Updated one month ago
Felled by fire, popular tower at Wall Springs Park to reopen soon

Felled by fire, popular tower at Wall Springs Park to reopen soon

PALM HARBOR — The long, strange saga of the Wall Springs Park observation tower is finally coming to a close as county officials hope the rebuilt structure, along with refurbished decking leading up to it, will be open in time for the Fourth of July....
Updated one month ago
Clearwater deputy fire chief resigns as report on sick leave abuse is released

Clearwater deputy fire chief resigns as report on sick leave abuse is released

CLEARWATER — A months-long probe into abuse of sick leave within the fire department concluded this week with the resignation of a deputy chief and the release of an internal review.The city paid $93,816 in unearned or unauthorized sick time, benefit...
Updated one month ago