Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Clearwater woman accused of dangling baby over sea wall

Clearwater

Woman accused of holding baby over sea wall

A Clearwater woman who believed her infant son was possessed by demons was charged with child abuse Tuesday after police said she attempted to throw the 3-month-old into Clearwater Harbor. The scene unfolded about 1:45 p.m. at an apartment rented by Lydia Chako, 39, of 1209 N Osceola Ave. The property manager, noticing the unit was flooded, entered and found Chako inside throwing items. Chako told the manager that she believed lizards and snakes were on the child and that she was "keeping the demons out." Chako left the apartment, carrying the baby by his feet. The property manager called police, who found a half-naked Chako a block away, standing on a sea wall at the dead end of Palm Bluff Street. Officers said they distracted Chako, grabbed the infant away, then arrested the woman after a brief struggle. Neither the baby nor Chako was injured. The child is now in the custody of the state Department of Children and Families.

dunedin

Walmart fire called very suspicious

The Dunedin Fire Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the culprit behind an "extremely suspicious" fire that caused $2,800 in damage at a Walmart store and injured an employee Tuesday. The blaze started about 2:45 p.m. near the loading dock behind the store at 2102 Main St. It took crews from Dunedin, Clearwater and Palm Harbor about 15 minutes to extinguish flames that engulfed a bale of recyclable materials and slightly damaged the rear of the building. An employee who tried to fight the fire was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Dunedin Fire Marshal Bill McElligott said his department is reviewing surveillance video and asking anyone with information to come forward. Call him at (727) 298-3092.

clearwater

Store planned near roundabout

A city board gave its approval Tuesday to a property owner's request to build a two-story, 23,000-square-foot retail store at 400 East Shore Drive, just northeast of the Clearwater Beach roundabout. That's now the site of a one-story apartment building and a parking lot. The owner's representatives said the new building will house one tenant, likely a store from a national chain. But they didn't name the store. The Community Development Board approved the request, which had no public opposition.

Open house at free health center

Learn more about programs and services available at the Willa Carson Health and Wellness Center during a spring open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. The center at 1108 N Martin Luther King Ave. provides free medical care, community outreach and health-education seminars to people who struggle to afford health care. Officials on Thursday will discuss how they survived a financial crisis that almost closed the center this winter. RSVP by calling (727) 467-9411 or emailing [email protected]

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Forecast: Tampa Bayís bitter cold snap is finally over

Forecast: Tampa Bayís bitter cold snap is finally over

Tampa Bay is finally clear of the bitter chill that covered the region this week as temperatures picked up on Saturday. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around t...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Bicyclist dead after being hit by car in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK ó A bicyclist is dead after he was hit by a car just before 10 a.m. Saturday morning, police said.Police were still investigating the crash in the 8700 block of 49th Street N late Saturday morning.Police shut down northbound 49th Street...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Motorcyclist crashes into Subaru while trying to flee Pinellas deputies

CLEARWATER — A 21-year-old fleeing from deputies on a motorcycle crashed into car while speeding away from a cruiser Friday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Brown, of Clearwater, was recklessly driving his 2016...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Clearwater man in critical condition after medical episode while driving

DUNEDIN — A 60-year-old Clearwater man who likely had a medical episode while driving is now in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after rolling over his car, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. A Largo police off...
Updated: 2 hours ago
More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

Floridaís dip into frigid temperatures did more than just stun humans unused to such cold air. This month scientists and volunteers have rescued more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.The U.S. Geological S...
Published: 01/20/18
Romano: If UCF is national champion, then Iím a Hollywood stud

Romano: If UCF is national champion, then Iím a Hollywood stud

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said people were entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.Clearly, Moynihan never dealt with Florida legislators.Because around Tallahassee, facts are fungible. They arenít just up for debate, they...
Updated: 1 hour ago
U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

WASHINGTON ó The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trumpís inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunctio...
Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/20/18

High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

Fridayís scoreboardBoys soccerIndian Rocks Christian 2, Lakewood 1Lennard 3, Spoto 0Girls soccerPCAC Championship: Largo 3, Osceola 1Lennard 8, Spoto 0
Published: 01/19/18

Four people linked to Tampa carjacking captured hours later

TAMPA ó It took officers just 27 minutes Friday night to capture four people who they said stole a car from its owner.The incident started outside the Ybor Coffee Shop at 5:45 a.m. A group approached the driver as he sat in his 2010 Toyota Corolla. T...
Published: 01/19/18
Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bayís local career centers

Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bayís local career centers

The state has opened an investigation into CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, days after the Tampa Bay Times asked about whether the two regional job centers were inflating the number of people they had helped get hired. The agencies, ...
Published: 01/19/18