City honors paramedic of the year
Firefighter-paramedic Fred Morris was honored as Clearwater Fire and Rescue's Paramedic of the Year at the 34th Annual Turner Award for Excellence ceremony Thursday. Morris, who turns 30 on Sunday, was chosen for his commitment to serving his patients and his success as a role model for new medics, according to a news release. Freda Turner and her late husband Thomas R. Turner established the annual award in 1977 to recognize paramedics who best exemplify emergency medical service professionalism, the release said. Morris has been with the department since September 2005.
Workshop today on mentoring kids
Adults Mentoring Children by Gulf Coast Community Care will hold a workshop to share facts and tips on mentoring children. The program will be held at 2 p.m. today at Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Sunset Point Shopping Center, 23654 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. For reservations, call Beverly at (727) 479-1841 or Susan at (727) 450-7293.
Man accused of DUI in crash into condo
An Indian Rocks Beach man with a history of drunken driving convictions was intoxicated when he crashed his car into a building early Thursday morning, authorities said. Clearwater police arrested Vance A. Waggoner, 39, on charges of felony driving under the influence and reckless driving with property damage. Arrest reports note that Waggoner, whose permanent address is in Fort Wayne, Ind., was convicted of DUI in Indiana five times between 1991 and 2008. According to the reports, Waggoner was speeding when he failed to negotiate a turn at Gulf and Bayway boulevards about 1 a.m. Waggoner slammed into a fire hydrant before running into the Bayside Condominium at 800 Bayway Blvd. Waggoner had a blood alcohol level of 0.18, more than twice the limit a driver is presumed impaired in Florida, reports show. On Friday, Waggoner was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $5,250 bail.
Gas line rupture closes road, trail
Alt. U.S. 19 was closed just south of Michigan Avenue for about 90 minutes Friday afternoon while workers repaired a ruptured gas line. The problem was reported at 1:40 p.m. Friday. The road re-opened just after 3 p.m. The nearby Pinellas Trail was also closed, said Dunedin fire Division Chief Bill McElligott. A contractor digging with an auger hit the natural gas line, he said.
Michelle Smith-Sund concert canceled
The concert by local soprano Michelle Smith-Sund, scheduled for Sunday at Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, has been canceled because of an emergency in the artist's family. Tarpon Springs officials said refunds already have been given for credit card purchases. Anyone needing other refunds should call the box office at (727) 942-5605.