Bike theft suspect is arrested after fleeing
A Clearwater woman suspected of stealing a neighbor's bicycle fled when police came to investigate, leaving behind a 4-year-old child she was watching, according to an arrest report.
Tammy Lynn Hale, 40, of the 400 block of Jupiter Avenue was arrested Wednesday and faces a charge of child neglect.
Hale "left her door wide open," and Clearwater police investigating the bike theft saw a child lying on a couch through the open door at about 1:30 a.m., according to public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts.
Hale was found hiding in some bushes about a half block away, Watts said. She was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and is being held in lieu of $2,000 bail.
Drug dealers, gang members targeted
Narcotics detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office are conducting a roundup of street-level drug dealers and gang members in the Baskins area, according to a statement released this afternoon.
Detectives are looking for 41 suspects "who are being targeted … on a variety of charges to include sale of crack cocaine, marijuana, Roxicodone, and purchase of controlled substances."
Twelve of those sought are members of the street gang known as "Young Souljas," which first appeared in Baskins in October, the statement says. The roundup is part of an ongoing partnership between the Sheriff's Office and Baskins neighborhood leaders.
As of 3:15 p.m., detectives had 10 people in custody, sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said.