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Brandon man faces new charges after trying to escape from Clearwater police


charges added after man tries to escape police

A Brandon man faces felony escape charges after police say he assaulted an officer and tried to break out of the Clearwater police station Sunday evening. Angel M. Gonzalez, 34, faces three felony charges including escape, resisting an officer with violence and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He also faces a misdemeanor simple battery charge. He was initially in custody Sunday after police say he slashed Sergio Garcia with a pocketknife and threatened to kill him while at Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd. While being interviewed later at the Clearwater police station, Gonzalez charged at an officer with his shoulder and attempted to escape, police said. A scuffle ensued until officers were able to restrain him, police said. He is being held in lieu of $25,150 bail at the Pinellas County Jail.


Hit by car, bicyclist in critical condition

A 39-year-old bicyclist who was hit by a car and flown to Bayfront Medical Center remained in critical condition Monday evening. Steven Merrill of 864 Harbor Mills Drive was hit Sunday after authorities say he went through a stop sign. The 69-year-old driver, Frank Leko, has not been charged in the incident. Merrill had been heading east on Third Street N when he and Leko crashed. Pinellas County sheriff's deputies say alcohol and speed were not factors.


Purple Heart ceremony set

A National Purple Heart Recognition Day Ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Friday at Purple Heart Park, 300 Main St., Dunedin. Call the Dunedin Parks and Recreation Department for additional information at (727) 812-4531.


Training slated for Guardian ad Litem

More than 1,000 children in Pinellas do not have a volunteer guardian. A Guardian ad Litem advocates in court and the child welfare system for abused, abandoned or neglected children and teens. The average time needed is four to six hours a month. The Guardian ad Litem visits the child every month, becomes familiar with the child's case and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure the child has a safe, caring and stable environment. The next 30-hour training will start Aug. 15 and will meet for five Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Criminal Justice Center, 14250 49th St., Clearwater. To attend a 30-minute orientation, call (727) 464-6528 and for more information and an application visit

In Sports

A breakdown of the quarterback position as the 2009 high school season approaches, 5C

Pinellas deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

Brandon man faces new charges after trying to escape from Clearwater police 08/03/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 3, 2009 8:41pm]
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