Burglary suspect linked to six break-ins
Police said they have linked a man arrested Monday on burglary charges with several other recent break-ins.
Tyrone Tillman, 47, of 1715 St. John St., Tampa, burglarized 129 Marina Del Ray Court on Monday, police said. He was in the house when police arrived and was arrested as he ran out a back door, police said.
Police said they found several flat-screen televisions and 21.2 grams of cocaine in his 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Police said they believe Tillman committed six Clearwater burglaries between Friday and Monday at: 67 Winward Isle; 1655 Lee Road; 1451 S. Gulf Blvd, Units 111 and 112; 161 Brightwater Drive, Unit 8; and 129 Marina Del Ray Court.
He faces charges of cocaine possession, possessing burglary tools and six counts each of burglary and grand theft.
Police said the investigation continues.
City considering land as link to parking lot
The Tarpon Springs City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to explore purchasing a small piece of downtown property that could serve as a connector from Tarpon Avenue to an under utilized Orange Street city parking lot.
The discussion was held at the city's regularly scheduled meeting.
Commissioners asked City Manager Mark LeCouris to contact the property owner of the land at 143 Tarpon Avenue. In addition, LeCouris is to come up with a cost analysis for the connector, which could include several parking spaces.
Commissioners expect a report at next month's meeting.
In an e-mail to the city, Irene Weissenborn, the owner of the land, said she would be willing to sell and that she has received an offer of $200,000 from another party.
The matter of a connector became a sticking point for several downtown property owners after they learned that a garden group was planning to put a small park on the land.
Pulling out a 10-year-old plan that showed the connector, the property owners ask that the city continue with the original intent for the land and that, they say, was for it to be a connector.
British tourists, minors jailed after break-in
This never happens to the guys on the X-Games.
Six English tourists and two local minors were arrested Tuesday, accused of breaking into a shuttered skate park for an afternoon jaunt on their BMX bikes.
James Alexander Battershill, 21, Justin Richard Gregory, 23, Martyn James Holdstock, 28, Mark Benjamin Millen, 25, Stephen Leonard Roger Perfitt, 29, and James Anthony Ritchie, 23, all from various parts of England, were charged with one count each of felony burglary of an unoccupied structure. Bail for each was set at $5,000.
The group was vacationing in Kissimmee, heard of Kelly Skate Park and wanted to try it out, Pinellas sheriff's deputies said. They arrived at the business, 6140 Ulmerton Road, to find it closed, but enlisted a local teen to break in, deputies said.
They went through a door, setting off an alarm. Deputies found them biking inside the facility. Owner Kelly Reece Coleman, citing numerous problems with trespassers since it closed in January, pressed charges.
Be a voice in court to protect children
Pinellas County's guardian ad litem program will train volunteers to act as the courtroom voice for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.
Guardian ad litem volunteers visit the child once a month and make recommendations to help the child. Thirty hours of training are required.
For information, a training schedule and an application go to www.guardianadlitem6.org.
Musicians needed for Suncoast String Band
The Suncoast String Band is calling for musicians who play saxophone, banjo, violin, guitar and accordion.
For information, call band director Tom Barry at (727) 734-2664.