POlice seek help in capturing store robbers
Clearwater police are asking for the public's help in finding two men who tied up a convenience store clerk and robbed the business at gunpoint Monday afternoon. It happened at 3:30 p.m. at Edgewater Deli & Convenience Store, 1901 Edgewater Drive, police said. The robbers entered through the front door. One pointed a dark-colored firearm at the 42-year-old clerk and demanded money. The robbers then used duct tape to tie up the clerk behind the counter. They fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. The clerk freed himself and called 911 minutes later. Police said one man had dark skin, was wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans, and was about 6 foot 3. The other man had light skin, wore a long-sleeved white shirt and jeans and was about 5 foot 6. Anyone with information is asked to call the Clearwater Police Department Tip Line at (727) 562-4422 or anonymously at 1-800-873-8477. Tips can also be sent online at crimestoppersofpinellas.org.
Residents can visit paramedics, EMTs
Since it's National Emergency Medical Services Week, residents are invited to stop by and meet the paramedics and emergency medical technicians who provide day-to-day lifesaving emergency medical services at Clearwater fire stations (except Fire Station 48, which is closed for renovations). Clearwater Fire and Rescue is also offering blood pressure screenings to Clearwater residents from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week. For a complete list of stations, visit www.myclearwater.com/gov/depts/fire/stations.asp.
5 teens held after golf balls hit cars
Five Largo teenagers were arrested Monday in connection with a golf ball-throwing spree in the Carlouel neighborhood of Clearwater Beach last month that caused thousands in damage to parked cars. Tyler Bates, 16, Donald Smolen, 17, Matthew Howland, 16, Michael Dedman II, 16, and Brandon Walpole, 18, were each arrested on three counts of felony criminal mischief and five counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief. In the early morning of April 17, several suspects were seen cruising around the waterfront houses in a 1990s Jeep Cherokee, throwing golf balls at multiple vehicles. Investigators say about 60 balls were thrown in total. Each felony count carries a fine of up to $5,000.
Service planned for ex-fire chief
A memorial service for William Jay Stout, the former Safety Harbor fire chief who committed suicide a week ago today, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Harborside Christian Church, 2200 Marshall St., Safety Harbor. Authorities have not disclosed the manner in which Stout took his life. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said it could be 60 days before it receives a report from the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office. Stout, 62, was the longest serving fire chief in Pinellas County when he retired in May 2009.