Officer honored for hit-run chase, arrest
Clearwater police officer Nicholas Giordano was awarded the Medal of Distinguished Service on Thursday for his off-duty actions Aug. 3. After seeing a man in a Ford Expedition run over a motorcyclist and take off, Giordano pursued the driver of the SUV in his personal vehicle, ultimately chasing the man on foot and apprehending him, police say. According to police, here's what happened: During the pursuit, Giordano called police dispatch and updated the department on his location. The SUV driver, Darrel Tolliver, lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree and ran from the scene. He resisted Giordano even though Giordano identified himself as a police officer. Giordano detained Tolliver, 19, until additional officers arrived. Tolliver was arrested on multiple charges including leaving the scene of a crash involving injury, reckless driving, aggravated battery and resisting an officer without violence. The motorcyclist sustained a broken ankle and multiple bruises and abrasions. The Distinguished Service medal, awarded by Clearwater police Chief Anthony Holloway, recognizes officers who show outstanding personal bravery in the face of imminent personal danger.
Condo tower, city settle bridge suit
Five years after the Memorial Causeway Bridge opened to traffic, residents of a nearby condominium tower have finally settled their lawsuit against the city of Clearwater over the bridge's location. Pierce 100 residents claim that, since Clearwater rebuilt the bridge closer to them, their homes have become noisier, their waterfront view has been obstructed, and the value of their units has dropped. The city questioned the validity of the claims, saying that residents no longer have to deal with nuisances they used to with the old drawbridge, like boats honking their horns or cars driving over the metal grating. The case was set for trial in April but instead the two sides have settled through court-ordered mediation, with the city agreeing to pay the condo association $110,000.
Woman accused of stabbing husband
A woman was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly trying to kill her husband. Police say Shannon Marie Fendler, 26, stabbed her husband, Richard McMullen, after he said he was leaving her. Police found a knife underneath a vehicle in the parking lot of the apartment complex where they lived at 13333 Ridge Road SW. McMullen, who had a puncture wound, was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center. Fendler was arrested on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.
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