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Clearwater briefs: Driver who hit building was in loaner SUV


Driver who hit building was in a loaner suv

Randy Lee Sparklin, 45, of Belleair Bluffs was driving a sport utility vehicle he got as a loaner from a dealership when he crashed into another vehicle and a building Thursday, police said. Sparklin, who has had previous arrests in Pinellas County on charges of aggravated stalking and a domestic violence injunction, got the loaner 2007 Nissan Pathfinder from a dealership and put a stolen license plate on it, police said. Then he drove near his ex-wife's job at the Clearwater Municipal Services Building. When police officers tried to pull him over, Sparklin ran a stop sign, struck another SUV and crashed into an office at 825 Court St. He was in good condition Friday at Bayfront Medical Center. Sparklin will be booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of reckless driving, fleeing and eluding and aggravated stalking when he recovers, police said. Two passengers in the other SUV — Christine Liakopoulos, 70, and Odysseas Liakopoulos — remained in critical condition Friday.


Carnival's focus will be dogs, kids

Bring your kids and dogs on leashes — the dogs, that is — to the annual PawFest Kids and Canines Carnival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Largo Central Park. The event will include a children's poster contest, face painting and tattoos, games and contests for children and pets, rides on the Largo Central Railroad, food and beverages for all ages and an Art House featuring hands-on crafts. There will also be demonstrations by the Largo police tracking dog unit and the Upper Suncoast Dog Training Club. The SPCA Tampa Bay will be on hand in the Doggy Mall with adoption information and other services. The free event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas.


Discard old paint, TVs at drop-off site

Got old paint, fertilizers, pesticides or fluorescent light bulbs that you want to get rid of? You can drive up and drop them off for free from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Palm Harbor University High School, 1900 Omaha St. The county program also will accept computers, TVs, printers, ink cartridges, rechargeable household batteries and automotive fluids. To learn more, call (727) 464-7500 or visit

Pinellas deaths

Arnold, Eugenia L.

Cashon, Phyllis Jean

Coleman, Mary L.

Davis, Hazel E. Wymer

Eannuzzo, Steven A.

Huynh, Sang Thi

Kaczynski, Steven

Kostanski, Mildred "Millie"

Krolo, Virginia M

Leavery, Henrietta "Sanny"

Losey, Elaine P.

Pullen, Kenneth E.

Tolkacz, David

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Clearwater briefs: Driver who hit building was in loaner SUV 04/04/08 [Last modified: Monday, April 7, 2008 12:18pm]
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