Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Clearwater man facing sex and pornography charges worked at animal shelter

Accused worked at animal shelter

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Police memorial will be Friday

The public is invited to attend this year's Clearwater Police Memorial Service on Friday morning in downtown Clearwater. The service will begin at 10 a.m. at Station Square Park, 612 Cleveland St. U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young will deliver the keynote address. The ceremony will also feature a 21-gun salute, a wreath laying and a roll call to honor all fallen Florida police officers in 2011. Local and state elected officials will also be in attendance. The memorial will honor Clearwater's four fallen officers: Harry L. Conyers (1967), Peter M. Price (1969), John F. Passer (1970) and Ronald J. Mahony (1977). Information on them can be found online at clearwaterpolice.org/memorial/index.asp.

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Nature walk will explore park

Registration is under way for guided nature walks at Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway. Participants will be given a lesson in park history while they explore nature. The walks will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. May 19 and June 16. The hike is limited to 12 participants. Closed-toe shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent are recommended. The walk will begin at the Philippe gravesite. To register, email [email protected] or call (727) 669-1947.

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Call to report nuisance gators

Although alligators are common in local ponds, lakes and parks, some have become a nuisance recently. Alligators can be a threat to people or pets. Problems arise when residents or visitors feed these wild reptiles. That's why Clearwater's Environmental Division is asking that everyone refrain from doing so. Nuisance alligators are typically more than 4 feet long and aren't fearful of humans, as ones in the wild typically are. If you encounter a nuisance alligator, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or FWC, at toll-free 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC or #FWC from a cellphone. A professional trapper will remove the reptile. Florida law prohibits feeding or bothering an alligator. Alligators cannot be tamed, and feeding them can result in serious injuries.

Drivers needed for cancer patients

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive patients to their cancer treatment appointments throughout the county. The amount of time the volunteer drives as well as the geographic area is based on the volunteer's preference. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-227-2345.

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No rain in sight: Fire fears force land closures in Arizona

No rain in sight: Fire fears force land closures in Arizona

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Dry pine needles and dead wood snapped under fire prevention officer Matt Engbring’s boots as he hiked a half-mile into the woods in search of a makeshift campsite that had served as one man’s home until this week when the area was...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Police investigating shooting outside nightclub

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside a south St. Petersburg nightclub early Saturday morning.Brennan-Aire D. Williams, 28, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving by cab at Bayfront Health. Police invest...
Updated: 1 hour ago
More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

WASHINGTON — A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court’s highly anticipated decision in the case of a Colorado baker who would not create a wedding cake for a s...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

What in the name of the 0-26 Bucs is going on here?The breathtaking Vegas Golden Knights are the greatest expansion team in professional sports history. They are the best (or worst) thing to ever happen to our games, having won 51 times during the re...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

WEEKI WACHEE — A woman who runs an animal sanctuary will face dozens of animal cruelty charges after Hernando County animal enforcement officers said they found dogs, equine, pigs, cats and chickens housed in poor conditions on her property.Animal of...
Published: 05/26/18
Is the Lightning’s Jeff Vinik the best owner in professional sports?

Is the Lightning’s Jeff Vinik the best owner in professional sports?

Hope of another Stanley Cup has dissolved, and soon the ice will follow. Yet even if sorrow is the price of devotion, the true hockey fans will still buy in when the next season comes around.That concept may not be unique to Tampa Bay, but it does se...
Published: 05/26/18
Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

I may have cracked the code. Found a way to sell doing the right thing. Discovered a method of persuasion in certain matters of fairness, conscience and the greater good.Like giving our fellow Americans a second chance.When morality-based arguments d...
Published: 05/26/18
Quick action to slow traffic on Bayshore prompts call to do more citywide

Quick action to slow traffic on Bayshore prompts call to do more citywide

TAMPA — As city workers set up signs Friday establishing a lower speed limit on Bayshore Boulevard, neighborhood residents and transportation activists urged more steps to improve safety for pedestrians all across the city.The move is a good beginnin...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough deserved better Friday. But the offense didn't offer much, allowing the Orioles to escape with a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 11,354 at Tropicana Field."It ...
Published: 05/25/18