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Clearwater man, 83, found dead at home; gas burner was left on

CLEARWATER

Man found dead at home; gas burner was on

Police are investigating the death of an 83-year-old man whose son found him unresponsive at his home Sunday morning. There was a strong smell of gas, and a gas burner for the stove was on, so the son turned it off and called 911, police said. Paramedics pronounced Robert Suiters dead at the scene, at 1431 Pine St. Police said it was not uncommon for Suiters to use his stove to heat his home, a practice firefighters said should never be done. The gas can produce a deadly buildup of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death.

COUNTYWIDE

Elections leaders offer scholarships

If you are majoring in political science, public administration or business administration, journalism or mass communications, you may be eligible for a scholarship. Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark, along with the 66 other supervisors in the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, will award three scholarships statewide this year valued at $1,200 each. Applicants must be registered voters who have lived in Florida at least two years and must be majoring in political science, public administration, business administration, journalism or mass communication at an accredited senior college or university. Other requirements are listed on the application and in the scholarship guidelines, which are available at www.votepinellas.com. Scholarship applications must be returned by March 20 to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections offices at 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater; 13001 Starkey Road, Largo; or 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. For a mailed application or information, call the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office at (727) 464-6108.

TARPON SPRINGS

Benefit features Broadway hits

The best performers of the Tarpon Springs stage come back to sing Broadway hits and opera favorites for the Enchanted Evening of Stars Benefit at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Hear songs from The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph, Oklahoma! and more. Proceeds benefit Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center community theater programming. Tickets range from $15 to $30. For information, call (727) 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.org.

Correction

James Varkas, a 20-year Tarpon Springs resident featured in a Saturday story about the Wings of Freedom Tour, is 87. His age was incorrect in a photo caption.

In Sports

What to watch for in Pinellas County this week, 10C.

Pinellas deaths

Detailed obituaries can be found in Section B.

Clearwater man, 83, found dead at home; gas burner was left on 01/26/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 26, 2009 8:34pm]
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