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Briefs: Driver flees after hitting a bicyclist in Oldsmar


Deputies Search for driver who fled bike crash

Pinellas County sheriff's deputies are searching for a driver who left the scene after crashing into an Oldsmar man on a bicycle. Michael Duane Swezey, 58, was riding a mountain bike across Race Track Road on Lafayette Boulevard about 7:23 p.m. Wednesday when he was struck by a vehicle. Swezey was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa with life-threatening injuries. Investigators ask anyone with information to contact Deputy Guy Kirby at (727) 582-6200 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.


Two deputies fired after incidents

Two Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputies have been fired after separate internal affairs investigations:

• Deputy Patrick Milewsky was volunteering off-duty at an event at Clearwater High School in November, when he got into a confrontation with two juveniles. Investigators said Milewsky did not tell his supervisors he had been in a fight and made unauthorized access into the records of Clearwater police, who handled the incident. Attorney John Trevena said Milewsky, an 18-year veteran, was the victim of a political firing, received an excessive punishment and would appeal.

• Deputy William Godwin, a three-year veteran, was fired for not initially reporting and not being truthful about an incident in which a jail inmate suffered a cut above his eye while being restrained. Deputy William Jordan and Cpl. Derrick Jerome were suspended for 10 and five days, respectively, in that case.

Canal cleanup needs volunteers

The county is looking for volunteers to help clean up Cross Bayou Canal and Joe's Creek on April 12. Using canoes and kayaks, volunteers will help make two of the county's waterways more beautiful. They will be assisted by staff members from Pinellas County Environmental Management. Volunteer registration is from 8:30 to 9 a.m.; the trash collection is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The return to the registration area will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants can launch from the Pinellas County property at the end of 78th Street N, across Park Boulevard from the Wagon Wheel Flea Market. Those who do not have their own craft can call Robert McWilliams at (727) 464-4425. Groups must register in advance by calling the Pinellas County Volunteer Services Program at (727) 464-3945.

Pinellas deaths

Arnold, Eugenia

Bouvrette, Jennifer Pia


Bryne, Dorothea

Chalfin, Harold "Hal"

Garrison, Shirley L

Greene, Audrey B.

Horemiotes, Kostas

Imson, Donald

Johnson, Owen Hilmer

Knight, Mary S.

Leone, Mildred A.

Leyerle, Evelyn H.

Mackin, Doris M.

Martin, Paul O.

Morris, James M.

Nowak, Judy Ann

Schuerman, Craig

Shinholt, RIchard Lee

Sullivan, John H.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Briefs: Driver flees after hitting a bicyclist in Oldsmar 04/03/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:53am]
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