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Clearwater briefs: Cabbie charged after patrol cruiser is hit


Cabbie charged after patrol cruiser is hit

A cab driver whose taxi crashed into the patrol cruiser of a veteran Pinellas County sheriff's sergeant has been charged with causing a DUI crash resulting in serious bodily injury and property damage. Lloyd Melvin Young­love, 58, of Clearwater, had a blood alcohol content of 0.21 — more than twice the level at which Florida law presumes a driver to be impaired — the night of Feb. 27, when his taxi hit an unmarked cruiser driven by Sgt. John Pikramenos, officials said. The crash occurred at U.S. 19 N and Winding Creek Boulevard. Pikramenos, 53, had a shattered knee cap and broken femur. Younglove sustained serious injuries that required surgery, officials said. Young­love turned himself in at the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday and was being held in lieu of $5,250 bail.


Victim in April 3 SUV crash dies

A Clearwater man has died after an April 3 crash in which a sport utility vehicle fleeing from police smashed into another SUV and then slammed into a building in downtown Clearwater, officials said. Randy Lee Spark­lin, 45, of Belleair Bluffs, got a loaner 2007 Nissan Pathfinder from a dealership and put a stolen license plate on it, police said. Police tried to make a traffic stop and Sparklin fled. At Court Street and S Prospect Avenue, he hit another SUV. Sparklin was charged with aggravated stalking and reckless driving, among other charges. One of the passengers of the SUV that was hit, Odysseas Liakopoulos of 400 Island Way, Unit 711, died April 11. Clearwater police said it would be up to the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office to decide whether to upgrade or add charges against Sparklin.

Run and walk will help health center

Strap on your running shoes and get ready for the second annual 5K and 10K run/walk for the Willa Carson Health Resource Center on Saturday. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the event begins at 8 a.m. at the center. Registration packets are available online or at the center, 1108 N Martin Luther King Ave. Or call (727) 467-9411.

Free seminars set for home buyers

Attend free home buyer education seminars on Saturday and May 10. The classes will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., and are sponsored by Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services. The nonprofit organization can provide assistance with home rehabilitation to income-eligible households. For more information, call (727) 442-4155 or

Pinellas deaths

Branch, Carol Jean

Christensen, Louis D.

Corby, Elizabeth G.

Daley, Roseann

Dillard, Martha S.

Emahiser, Kathryn E.

Ganes, Joseph S. Sr.

Giaimo, Mario

Klein, George Cramer

Lenehan, Michael J.

O'Baugh, Wilma "Sue"

Scherer, Donna Jean

Smith, Joan Eleanor Kirby "Smitty"

Steele, Jimmy Lee

Tripp, William B.

Tyrie, William Charles

Vines, Joseph James

Vogue, Narcisa

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Clearwater briefs: Cabbie charged after patrol cruiser is hit 04/17/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:38am]
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