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Clearwater police hope shirt leads to cabbie's killer

Photo courtesy of Clearwater Police

Photo courtesy of Clearwater Police

CLEARWATER

Police hope shirt leads to cabbie's killer

Clearwater police have released photos of the kind of T-shirt a local cab driver's killer was wearing the night of the murder. Police have previously released photos of the suspect taken from a store's surveillance camera. He's described as 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 with a thin build and short dark hair. On Sept. 17, the night he shot 50-year-old cabbie Jack LaGrand, the gunman wore a large white T-shirt with a black skull design across the upper back and skeleton hands on the front shoulders. "Hopefully, somebody will recognize the shirt and say, 'I know someone who has that shirt,' and they also match that description," said city spokeswoman Joelle Castelli. Anyone with information is asked to call the Clearwater Police Robbery/Homicide Tip Line at (727) 562-4422.

Geer beaten out for S.C. fire chief

Fire Chief Jamie Geer was not selected to lead the Charleston, S.C., Fire Department, the city announced Monday. Geer, who was hired in Clearwater in 2004, was one of seven finalists. The job went to Thomas Carr of the Fire and Rescue Service in Montgomery County, Md.

TARPON SPRINGS

Look of 'big box' stores on agenda

The Tarpon Springs City Commission will consider ordinances to regulate location, size and other design elements of signage and "big box" retailers at its meeting tonight. Commissioners also will hear a presentation on new election procedures from Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark and get a quarterly update on Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 324 E Pine St.

DUNEDIN

Commission okays $83.7M budget

The City Commission recently approved a budget of $83.7-million for the fiscal year starting in October. That's a reduction of more than $15-million from this year's budget of $98.9-million. The commission had asked City Manager Rob DiSpirito to find a way to absorb a big drop in revenue without raising taxes, appreciably lowering services or dipping into reserve funds. The city did have to lay off 19 people, including one part-timer. A late commission decision to retain all police positions, rather than eliminate two, resulted in an $88,000 dip into general fund reserves.

In Sports

Preview this week's nonfootball events that are worth a long look. 7C

Pinellas deaths

Kelly, Hyla

Manos, Michael

Molyneux, John T.

Strouse, Billy Dean "Billy Bob"

Sweet, Homer A.

Whiteside, John F. "Jack"

Wood, Muriel C.

Woodall, Ingrid K.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Clearwater police hope shirt leads to cabbie's killer 09/29/08 [Last modified: Monday, September 29, 2008 8:55pm]
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