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Clearwater drug sting nets nine arrests

CLEARWATER

Drug charges filed against nine after sting

A sting operation at LaSalle Street and Engman Street in North Greenwood conducted by Clearwater police on Wednesday and Thursday netted five men and four women. The nine were charged with trafficking hydrocodone, sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine, violation of probation, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction, loitering and prowling. All were booked into the Pinellas County Jail.

LARGO

Allegations prompt deputy to resign

Kerry Albert Hunt, 45, the detention deputy at the Pinellas jail who was charged Aug. 6 with possession of ecstasy and anabolic steroids, has resigned. After an investigation, he was arrested again Wednesday and charged with five counts of possession of child pornography. Hunt, a 17-year veteran of the agency, was on administrative leave with pay when investigators say they discovered child pornography at his home.

CLEARWATER

Expect more traffic during crane move

If you're anticipating a beach trip this weekend, plan carefully. Traffic and parking, always an adventure, will be more complicated Saturday because of the Aqualea Resort construction project's need to move a crane. Here's a look at the road closures: S Gulfview Boulevard from just south of the Pier 60 lot entrance to Fifth Street will close from 6 a.m. to about 9 p.m. It will be open Sunday but close again Monday from 6 a.m. to about 9 p.m. Coronado from Devon Drive to Brightwater Drive will close Monday from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Votes will tell who leads canvassing

City residents will have one question specific to them on the Nov. 4 ballot. They will be asked to let the Pinellas County Canvassing Board serve as the city's canvassing board. Why? Because changes in state law require a post election audit, meaning the board has to manually recount a certain percentage of precincts. City leaders, as well as the supervisor of elections and the Pinellas County Canvassing Board, agree letting the county oversee the duties would streamline the process. The city's three-member board is composed of City Council members not on the ballot for the election they oversee. Other canvassing board duties include observing, judging and certifying the accuracy of tests, and making rulings on absentee ballots. Clearwater's next municipal election isn't until March 2010.

In Sports

Tarpon Springs sidelines speedy running back Laddarius Only for at least the first four football games of the season. More, 10C

Pinellas deaths

Baier, Gladys E.

Beane, Alfred E.

Castiglia, Christy F.

Denkewalter, Donald

Dise, Bernard J.

Frangos, Marcella "Marcy"

Howarth, Maxine J.

Jackson, Louise Holden

Mamagona, Shelby J.

O'Malley, Margaret

Salen, Stanley E.

Schlatterer, Charlotte June

Selbach, Palle

Singleton, Robert Lee

Zanko, Sylvia E.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Clearwater drug sting nets nine arrests 08/14/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 11:32am]
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