Transient accused of stealing cash, items from home
Police say a transient stole more than $23,000 in jewelry, crystal and cash from a Clearwater home on Wednesday. Daren Roccanello, 34, was seen fleeing the property on S San Remo Avenue through a back yard, but police did not find the items with him. They did, however, find drug paraphernalia — medical syringes and metal tablespoons — according to an arrest affidavit. Roccanello is charged with burglary, grand theft and possession of paraphernalia. Roccanello denied involvement in the burglary and theft, police say. On Thursday, he was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $15,500 bail.
Police: Couple were having sex at park
A man and a woman were arrested Wednesday night after police said they were having sex at a park. Police said the couple were cavorting in a parked car at Cliff Stephens Park, according to arrest affidavits. Both Jessica Renee Jones, 26, of Tampa and Kassin Carlos Rodriguez, 22, of St. Petersburg were charged with a misdemeanor count of exposure of sexual organs. Rodriguez also was charged with one count of possession of cocaine with intent to sell and several other drug charges. Both were released from the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday.
Children, teens can audition for musical
Children and teens are invited to audition for a new musical drama, Freedom Found, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. For more information and to reserve a personal audition time, call (727) 587-1657. If you leave a message, be sure to speak clearly and leave a name and a contact number. Calls will be answered as quickly as possible.
SPCA seeks homes for dogs, cats, rabbits
Start off the new year right by changing the life of a homeless animal at SPCA Tampa Bay's New Decade Adopt-a-thon on Saturday and Sunday at 9909 130th Ave. N, Largo. Individuals adopting dogs and cats from SPCA Tampa Bay from Saturday through Jan. 31 will receive a coupon for a free oil change from Advantage Tire and Auto at any of its four Pinellas County locations. (No diesel or vehicles that require more than 7 quarts of oil.) Adoption fees for adult cats age 1 year or older will be waived if the adopter's birthday is in January. Also, any veteran or armed forces member with a valid military ID will have the adoption fee waived for an adult cat or dog age 1 year and older. Or adopt a rabbit for $10 or purchase a carrier to transport the bunny and the adoption fee will be waived. Rabbits are spayed or neutered. For more information, call (727) 586-3591.