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Clearwater briefs: Toddler dies after fall into home pool

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Toddler dies after fall into home pool

A toddler died Thursday morning soon after a relative found him floating in the family pool. Matthew Mannix III, who turned 1 three weeks ago, was pronounced dead about 8:30 a.m. at Mease Countryside Hospital, reports the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Matthew's grandfather saw him in the pool at the home in the 2500 block of Marquis Drive about 7:30 a.m. Paramedics tried to revive the child. He was then taken by ambulance to the hospital. Deputies report Matthew left his crib and opened an unlocked bathroom door, which has direct access to the pool deck. The pool is enclosed by a screen, but there are no barriers around its edge, authorities say. Sheriff's deputies and victim advocates are assisting the family.

Watercraft used in two beach rescues

Three teenage swimmers were rescued Thursday by a lifeguard at Honeymoon Island State Park, officials said. The two girls and one boy swimming near Hurricane Pass were having trouble fighting the current and were unable to return to the beach, said park manager Pete Krulder. Lifeguard Brian Serio launched the park's new rescue personal watercraft and found the teenagers hanging onto a boogie board, Krulder said. No one was injured. It was the second time the Kawasaki three-seater has been used in the past five days. Serio also rescued three swimmers Sunday. The park bought the personal watercraft and its rescue sled right before Memorial Day, using $6,800 from its equipment budget.

TARPON SPRINGS

Posivach approved for permanent job

Former Tarpon Springs City Manager Ellen Posivach, who has served as Port Richey's interim city manager since December, now has the job permanently. The City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to give her the position. Posivach will be paid $132,763. Posivach, 57, resigned the Tarpon Springs job under pressure last spring after nine years. She became Port Richey's assistant city manager last fall, then took the reins temporarily after the council ousted the last city manager, Richard Reade, over concerns about his management style.

Palm Harbor

East Lake graduate in Hooters pageant

Nicole Ciglar of Palm Harbor knows exactly what she'll do with the $50,000 first-place prize if she wins next week's Miss Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant in Fort Lauderdale. "First, I'd go to Las Vegas," Ciglar said. "Then, I'd go back to school, and I'd also invest some of it." Ciglar, 23, is among the 100-plus contestants from around the world competing in the June 20 event at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. A server at the original Hooters on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater, she was chosen at an April casting call in Tampa. Ciglar is a 2004 East Lake High graduate.

In Sports

Tarpon Springs football preview, 6C.

Pinellas deaths

Local and regional obituaries are in Section B.

Clearwater briefs: Toddler dies after fall into home pool 06/11/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 11, 2009 6:38pm]
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