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Chemicals found at home posed no threat, officials say

CLEARWATER

Chemicals at home no threat, officials say

The chemicals found Saturday at a home at 1117 Woodside Ave. were not a threat to surrounding homes, police spokeswoman Elizabeth Daly-Watts said Monday. Rather, she said, the explosive devices that police say 18-year-old Andrew Autry Mason had at his house were small. Police searched Mason's home, finding chemicals used in explosives, and evacuated four neighboring homes after responding to a report of gunfire Saturday. An arrest report said investigators found several of the devices in Mason's bedroom and that other devices had already been detonated in the back yard. A loaded 12-gauge shotgun and a loaded, scoped .22-caliber rifle also were found in his room. Mason was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of making and discharging a destructive device, being a delinquent felon in possession of a firearm, felony possession of prescription narcotics and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. On Monday, his bail remained set at $25,500. No one answered the door or the telephone at the home Monday.

Lightning again hits train crossing

And they say lightning never strikes the same place twice. After 5 p.m. Monday, lighting hit the railroad crossing at State Road 590 and McMullen-Booth Road, causing the crossing's arms to lock in the down position. Lighting hit in the same place in August 2007 during the lunch hour, snarling traffic. In the first strike, CSX representatives said the electronics in the crossing warning device malfunctioned. This time, they hadn't determined what happened but said that when the crossing signal malfunctions, it always locks itself in the down position with lights flashing, since that's safest.

DUNEDIN

Theater classes for kids begin today

Starting today, the Dunedin Community Center is holding summer classes for children interested in musical theater. Students will receive instruction in theater, dance, visual arts and music. Classes are from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 8. A performance will be held July 10. The cost is $175 with a resident card and $190 without a card. Call (727) 812-4530.

Correction

State law requires smoke detectors outside every sleeping area in existing buildings and both outside and inside sleeping areas in new buildings. A story Saturday gave the wrong location.

Pinellas deaths

Douglas, Grace

Ferworn, Emil

Handura, Christine

Haugseth, Gloria A.

Heaney, Paul F.

Hulings, Sylvia Jean

Lang, Milton "Mickey"

Snyder, John "Jack"

Stephanos, Michael G.

Stevens, Elizabeth M.

Sutton, John R.

Vernier, Joe

Wolfe, Arnold

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Chemicals found at home posed no threat, officials say 06/09/08 [Last modified: Monday, June 9, 2008 8:37pm]
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