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Clearwater man charged with cruelty to his 4-pound pooch


Owner charged with cruelty to 4-pound pooch

A 6-foot-2, 160-pound man repeatedly picked up his small dog and slammed it down because he was angry it was barking and going to the bathroom inside the house, officials said. Sammy Gilham of 1870 McKinley St. in Clearwater was arrested Sunday on a charge of felony animal cruelty. Gilham told police he threw the 4-pound dog down after losing his temper on several occasions, according to an arrest report. The 1-year-old poodle/terrier mix, Sassy, was not injured. When Gilham was arrested, police found a small amount of marijuana, and he also was charged with misdemeanor possession. Gilham was being held at the Pinellas County Jail Monday evening in lieu of $5,250 bail.


Molesting charge adds to rap sheet

A man with an extensive criminal history was arrested Monday, accused of sexually molesting a woman while she slept. Paul Duane Wiggins, 46, of 614 Woodrow Ave. NW, No. 22, was charged with sexual battery and is being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. According to Largo police, a 29-year-old woman woke up about 3:20 a.m. to find Wiggins molesting her as she slept on the floor next to her boyfriend. The boyfriend and Wiggins live together, the report said. Wiggins has previously been arrested 50 times in Florida prior to Monday's incident, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. His criminal history, which dates to 1985, includes arrests for burglary, drug sale and possession and more than a dozen battery and assault charges, several of which were dropped. Wiggins also has been arrested several times on charges of violating domestic violence protective injunctions, including once last week.

North Pinellas

Schools' brightest earn spot at top

Who are the top students in North Pinellas? We answer that question the next three days with our annual look at the valedictorians and salutatorians at local high schools. The first installment is today on Page 5.

SPC offers classes to prepare for SAT

Classes to prepare high school juniors and seniors for the SAT tests will be offered at both the Clearwater and Tarpon Springs St. Petersburg College campuses. The classes are taught by adjunct math and English instructors who will cover a variety of topics, including taking retired practice tests, discussing test anxiety and test-taking strategies as well as basic skills review. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the Clearwater campus, 2465 Drew St., it will be held on Tuesdays from June 16 through July 21. At the Tarpon Springs campus, it will be held on Fridays from June 12 through July 24. Cost: $215, which includes the textbook. For registration, call (727) 341-3184.

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Clearwater man charged with cruelty to his 4-pound pooch 06/01/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 1, 2009 8:18pm]
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