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Woman charged with DUI almost hits jail van
A Clearwater woman is accused of driving drunk Tuesday morning when she drove the wrong way on U.S. 19 and nearly hit a jail van from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Nicole M. Skinner, 22, of 2615 W Grand Reserve Circle was charged with driving under the influence. According to an arrest report, Skinner was driving a 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse south in the northbound lanes near Park Boulevard around 1 a.m. when she almost hit a Sheriff's Office transport van, which is used to take recently arrested subjects to jail. A breath test revealed Skinner had a blood alcohol level of 0.216, more than twice the limit a driver is presumed impaired in Florida, the arrest report said.
Water, pool safety is timely topic
Palm Harbor firefighters, along with Florida Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition, Sunstar Paramedics and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, will canvass a neighborhood today to educate residents about drowning dangers. Officials will be handing out information on pool safety in Baywood Village, a residential subdivision near Alt. U.S. 19 and Klosterman Road that has more than 150 home pools. The purpose, as the Labor Day weekend approaches, is to bring awareness that Florida leads the nation in drowning deaths of children under the age of 5, said Palm Harbor fire spokeswoman Liz Monforti. Also, residents in Palm Harbor's fire district can call the public education office at Fire Station 65 at (727) 784-0454 to make an appointment for a free in-home pool safety inspection and receive a door alarm. Other Pinellas County residents can request an inspection online through floridasafepools.org, which also has information on ways to safeguard pools.
Boots for MDA are made for filling
Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue members will be out in the community Thursday through Saturday for the "Fill the Boot" fundraising campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters will collect donations at the intersection of U.S. 19 and Tarpon Avenue. Last year's nationwide campaign raised more than $1.9 million to benefit the nonprofit association, which funds research and offers services to children and adults with neuromuscular diseases.
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