Man arrested in shooting, sent back to county
A 33-year-old Clearwater man has been arrested in Madison and transferred to Pinellas County on a charge of second-degree attempted murder. Police said several people were arguing over money July 9 at West Avenue and Palm Bluff Street when Troy Hiers pulled a handgun and shot Joey Graves multiple times. Graves, 24, also of Clearwater, was seriously injured but survived after emergency surgery. Police said Hiers fled to Madison to avoid arrest. He was caught there on Oct. 2. He was being held Tuesday at the Pinellas County Jail on bail in excess of $250,000.
High school locked down after scare
Palm Harbor University High School was briefly locked down Tuesday afternoon after Pinellas County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of an armed, suicidal man at a nearby address. Deputy Paul Pantel, the school's resource officer, said that after hearing from Sheriff's Office colleagues about the call shortly after 2 p.m., he ordered students into the building and locked the exits. The school day had ended at 1:50 p.m., and Pantel said few students remained in the area. The school is on Omaha Street, north of Nebraska Avenue. Pantel said he ended the lockdown after perhaps 15 minutes when learning from the Sheriff's Office that the threat had passed. The allegedly armed, suicidal man is in custody and charges are pending, Sheriff's Office officials said.
Candidates can get election papers
Candidate packets for the city of Oldsmar's 2010 municipal election are available in the City Clerk's Office at Oldsmar City Hall, 100 State St. W. Packets are also available at www.ci.oldsmar.fl.us/City_Clerk/clerk.htm. The qualifying period begins Nov. 2 at 8 a.m. and ends Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. Three positions are up for election in March: mayor and council member seats 2 and 4. To qualify as a candidate, you must be a registered voter of the city of Oldsmar, currently reside and have resided within the city limits for at least one year prior to qualifying, and submit at least 150 petition cards signed by registered voters. For additional information about qualifying, call the City Clerk's Office at (813) 749-1115 or 1116.
Sean Joshua Warman, 22, of Palm Harbor was charged with four counts of battery against Clearwater police officers Saturday and one count of resisting a Clearwater officer with violence. Due to erroneous information from authorities, an item in Tuesday's Times was incorrect on this point.