Event to focus on the deaf and hard of hearing
Downtown will host live entertainment and food Saturday at the second annual Clearwater Deaf & Hard of Hearing Festival. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the 400 block of Cleveland Street. The festival is hosted by The Z, a Clearwater-based telecommunications company focused on video relay services for the deaf and the hard of hearing. Organizers hope the festival will serve not only as a celebration of deaf culture, but also as a chance for hearing people to mingle and learn, said company chief executive officer Sean Belanger. Entertainment will include deaf comedians the Anderson Twins, deaf rapper Sean Forbes and an Easter egg hunt. The event is free. The Capitol Theatre will show two films geared toward the deaf, with tickets for each costing $5. Proceeds will go to the Family Center on Deafness in Pinellas Park and the Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf in Clearwater. Jay Polglaze, an organizer, said that about 800 people attended last year's event, and more are expected this year. Interpreters will be available for accessibility.
Reward offered for tips on 2 killings
Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in a double homicide in Clearwater's North Greenwood neighborhood on April 4. Detectives hope the reward, offered by Crime Stoppers of Pinellas and the Clearwater Police Department, will lead them to 22-year-old Bryan Caldwell, who is wanted in the killings of Derrick Harris, 23, and William Hamilton, 30, who were shot near LaSalle Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Caldwell is wanted on two counts of second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Police say Caldwell is considered armed and dangerous. Investigators say they have been stymied by witnesses who have been unwilling to come forward with information. Tips must be submitted through Crime Stoppers to be eligible for the reward. Tipsters will remain anonymous and receive a unique code that will be used to award the money. Tips can be sent by phone by calling 1-800-873-8477, on the web at www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org or by texting TIP144 and the information to CRIMES (274637).