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Clearwater officer in gunfight cleared to return to duty


Officer involved in gunfight can return to duty

A Clearwater police officer who exchanged shots with a fleeing suspect was cleared to return to regular duty Thursday. Cpl. Christian Zarra had been put on routine administrative leave since the Oct. 31 incident. Police say Zarra and Wilson Geathers Jr. exchanged shots on the Pinellas Trail. No one was injured. Geathers began firing a gun into the air after an argument with his girlfriend, police said. When Zarra approached him, Geathers pulled his gun and pointed it at him, officials said. Several shots were exchanged before Geathers was arrested on Maple Street. He was charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, possessing a firearm as a felon and possessing cocaine.

Temple B'nai Israel marks 60 years

Temple B'nai Israel, a Reform Jewish synagogue, will celebrate its 60th anniversary today through Sunday at the temple at 1685 S Belcher Road, Clearwater. The celebration begins at 8 p.m. today with a special service honoring the generations of the temple, from its founders to its youth. The evening continues with singing and dancing. A gala is planned for Saturday. On Sunday, students in the Temple's Religious School will celebrate with a party. For information, call Barbara Bloom or Rabbi Daniel Treiser at (727) 531-5829.

North Pinellas

Clean out medicine cabinet safely

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will participate Saturday in Operation Medicine Cabinet, a multiagency initiative to give residents a chance to dispose of unused or expired medicine. The event is intended to highlight the dangers of prescription drug abuse and provide environmentally safe disposal of unwanted medications. Prescription and over-the-counter medicine will be accepted. North Pinellas locations that will operate as dropoff centers between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. are Sweetbay Supermarket, 1681 Main St., Dunedin, and Walmart, 3801 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. For more information, call the Sheriff's Office at (727) 582-6221.

Palm Harbor

Haircuts benefit girl with leukemia

A benefit for 8-year-old Kayla Witter, who was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago, will be held Sunday at La Mirage Salon and Spa, 3730 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. Discounted haircuts will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prices include $20 haircuts for children and $40 haircuts for adults. Other merchandise and services will be discounted 20 percent. All money collected during the event will be donated to cover medical expenses of the Palm Harbor Montessori Academy student. For an appointment, call the salon at (727) 786-7008.

Clearwater officer in gunfight cleared to return to duty 11/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, November 12, 2009 11:02pm]
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