Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Briefs: Rep. Mike Fasano earns open government award

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award honors fasano for keeping government open

Veteran state legislator Mike Fasano was honored Thursday by the First Amendment Foundation for his efforts improving transparency in government.

Foundation president Barbara Petersen praised Fasano's long record of ensuring the legislative process remains open and accessible while representing the people's interests, most notably in the 2012 session.

"He has consistently dedicated his time and effort to making sure that the average Floridian has a voice in the process," Petersen said. "Rep. Fasano has continually proven himself a friend of the people, not just his constituents, but those encountering roadblocks as they try to manage the maze of government bureaucracy."

A 54-year-old maverick Republican from New Port Richey, Fasano was elected to the House over a write-in candidate last November after securing the GOP nomination in an August primary. He returned to the House where he began his legislative career in 1994 before ascending to the state Senate in 2002.

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Car flips after hitting curb while turning

One man was hurt after his car hit a curb and flipped, hitting a beauty business.

Kierahn Green-Xayasone, 19, of St. Petersburg was driving north on 49th Street N on Thursday morning when he turned left onto 70th Avenue N, Pinellas Park police spokesman Brian Unmisig said.

The 2008 Toyota Scion hit the curb, rolled and hit Fantasy Beauty Supply at the corner, Unmisig said.

The outside of the building was slightly damaged.

Green-Xayasone was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with minor injuries, Unmisig said. No other cars were hit, and no one else was hurt.

Witnesses said Green-Xayasone wasn't speeding. He was cited for careless driving.

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Teenager accused of having gun at school

Police arrested a student at Boca Ciega High on a charge that he brought a gun on campus.

Shemar O. Scarlett, who turns 17 today, was arrested on a charge of possessing a weapon on school grounds, a felony.

Scarlett was arrested after a school resource officer intervened in a fight involving Scarlett. While speaking with the students, the officer learned of a gun in Scarlett's vehicle, Gulfport police said.

The officer received permission from one of Scarlett's parents to search the car and found a .380 semiautomatic pistol loaded with one bullet, in the trunk, police said.

Police also learned the gun had been reported stolen in Clearwater.

Police said it was not clear if Scarlett stole the gun.

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