Police: infant's death appears accidental
The infant son of a couple visiting relatives in Clearwater died Friday morning after being taken to a local hospital when he stopped breathing. David Donnahue Gibson III was exactly 1 month old. Detectives say the death appears to be accidental. The parents, who weren't identified by police, were sharing a bed with the baby at Wellington Apartments, in the 2900 block of Drew Street, when they awoke about 2:30 a.m. to find he wasn't breathing, Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said. The infant was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A preliminary investigation revealed no signs of trauma or criminal activity, Watts said. The cause of death is pending autopsy and toxicology results.
Council okay with plan to drill wells
The City Council is satisfied with scientific evidence showing that Clearwater's plan to drill 13 new deep water wells will not harm the environment or affect homeowners' residential wells. However, before moving ahead with the plan, council members have decided to hold a community meeting to answer questions in East Clearwater's Northwood West neighborhood, where some homeowners are worried about sinkholes and other side effects. That meeting will be scheduled soon.
Police install real no-parking signs
Parking near the Tarpon Turtle bar and restaurant could earn you a ticket. A real one. The Tarpon Springs Police Department removed 22 unauthorized no-parking signs Friday and replaced them with legitimate markers in hopes of ending a firestorm of controversy. The unauthorized "no parking" signs resulted in 221 tickets — at $20 a pop — in two years beginning in April 2006. Developer Mike Bronson recently told police he put up the signs and thought that he had police approval. But no record exists of that approval and Bronson has agreed to pay up to $5,000 to refund the fees paid by cited people. Tarpon Springs city engineer Gary Schurman conducted a traffic engineering study of the area (Lake Tarpon Drive, Myers Lane, Burton Place and Villa Street) and recommended the Public Services Department install the legit no-parking signs. Tarpon Springs police are continuing to coordinate with the Pinellas County Court clerk to determine who should be reimbursed for citations, city spokeswoman Barbara Templeton said.
Alahouzos will seek second term
Commissioner Chris Alahouzos says he will seek a second term on the City Commission. A 38-year Verizon management employee, Alahouzos will run for Seat 4 on the commission. "I want to be able to help and serve the citizens of Tarpon Springs," said Alahouzos, 58. "If there are any problems that arise, I want to be a part of the solution." Alahouzos graduated from Tarpon Springs High School and was vice chairman of the city's planning and zoning board and Sister City Committee before being unopposed for a vacated seat in December 2006. The election is March 9, 2010.
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