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Bicyclist badly hurt in Safety Harbor crash still in hospital

Suspect in deaths implicates himself

of Clearwater admits he killed his girlfriend, Laura Taft, last year. But he insists that he didn't kill their baby.

Funeral for fallen hero from Oldsmar

, an Oldsmar soldier who died in Afghanistan this month, will hold a funeral for him Saturday in Clearwater.

Safety harbor

Cyclist badly hurt in crash still in hospital

A 19-year-old man injured in a bicycle crash Tuesday morning just north of downtown remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday evening. Alexander J. Aponte, of 807 Duval Court, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg by helicopter after the accident, which happened at 11:30 a.m. at First Avenue N and Sixth Street. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, witnesses said Aponte was riding a mountain bike on the sidewalk, heading south on First, when a city garbage truck that was also southbound on First made a right-hand turn onto Sixth. The Sheriff's Office said the truck, driven by 44-year-old Eric Davis, entered the intersection before Aponte reached it. Witnesses said it appeared that Aponte panicked and quickly turned to the right. He crashed into a telephone pole and was thrown from his bike, landing in the road partially underneath the truck. The rear wheels of the truck then rolled over him, the Sheriff's Office said. Davis immediately stopped, called 911 and started helping Aponte, who was conscious, the Sheriff's Office said. Davis was not cited. An investigation is ongoing.

Clearwater

Coed basketball tourney Saturday

A coed basketball tournament will be held at the Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Rd., on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 12:30 p.m. It's for ages 17 and up. It will be a 3-on-3 single elimination, played on half-court, and is the first tournament of its type organized by the city. It will include free throw and three-point contests. The fee is $30 for a five-player roster. Register before Aug. 12 at any Clearwater recreation facility. For more information, contact Ainsley Blackmon at (727) 793-2339, ext. 260, or e-mail Baptiste.Jenard@myclearwater.com.

Tarpon springs

Register now for safe boating class

Registration is underway for Flotilla 11-9 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's safe boating class at 9 a.m. Aug. 13 at 847 Roosevelt Blvd. This one-day course is offered to all ages and includes information on boat handling, navigation rules, state and federal legal requirements, boating emergencies, safety measures, and vessel launching. After successful completion of the program, participants will receive state certification for boat operation. The course is free, but the textbook is $40 and family members can share it. Call (727) 938-8568.

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