Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Clearwater's Blast Friday returns with country music


Blast Friday returns with country music

The free event BLAST Friday, formerly called Fourth Friday, returns to downtown Clearwater on Friday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. It will feature a concert by two national country performers, Lonestar's Richie McDonald and former American Idol contestant Josh Gracin. McDonald is known for hits such as I'm Already There, which has been embraced by military families. They'll perform in the 400 block of Cleveland Street near the Capitol Theatre. Family-friendly festivities will include Halloween treats for kids, street performers and prizes, as well as a variety of downtown restaurants selling food, beer and wine. Visit or call toll-free 1-888-532-5278 (53BLAST) for information.

Body in pond a homeless man

A 41-year-old homeless man was identified as the person whose body was found in a retention pond Oct. 16. On Wednesday, Clearwater police say they had identified Bryan Keith Wahl. The death does not appear to be suspicious, police said. An investigation is ongoing. Wahl was found about 8:45 a.m. floating in the retention pond at Glen Oaks Park, 1345 Court St.


Boy, 9, hit by SUV at school bus stop

A 9-year-old boy was hospitalized after he was hit by a sport utility vehicle while playing tag at a school bus stop early Wednesday, Pinellas County sheriff's deputies said. Emillio Serrano was injured but is expected to survive the accident, which happened near Westminster Boulevard and Pine Avenue, deputies said. Several children were playing tag while waiting for a bus to Oldsmar Elementary. Katherine Duck, 30, of Oldsmar was driving a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee when she pulled up to a stop sign at the intersection facing Westminster Boulevard, deputies said. Emillio fell in front of her vehicle, but she did not see him, deputies said. She started turning left but quickly realized she had run over something and stopped, deputies said. She found Emillio underneath her vehicle and called 911. Paramedics treated the boy and then took him to a hospital. Deputies don't expect charges to be filed.

Tarpon Springs

Child porn stash nets federal time

A 40-year-old Tarpon Springs man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography. At a sentencing last week in U.S. District Court in Tampa, Dale Chappell also was ordered to forfeit his computer equipment and spend the rest of his life on supervised release after he completes his prison term. Chappell pleaded guilty in July to using a computer program known as GigaTribe to obtain and share the child pornography. Undercover FBI agents contacted Chappell online, searched his work computer and found thousands of photos and videos of child pornography. "Of all of the cases that I see in federal court, this is the worst kind because it affects the lives of innocent children," U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez-Covington said in sentencing Chappell on Oct. 19.

Clearwater's Blast Friday returns with country music 10/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 6:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of June 26-July 2.


    Vans Warped Tour: The festival returns Saturday to St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, featuring shock-metal icons Gwar, hardcore punks Sick Of It All, ska band Save Ferris and indie-pop group Never Shout Never ($39.50-$49.50). vanswarpedtour. …

    Crowd for the Motionless in White band at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour at Vinoy Park, Friday, July 25, 2014.  CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  2. Airbag maker Takata bankruptcy filing expected in Japan, U.S.


    DETROIT — Drowning in a sea of lawsuits and recall costs, Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp. is expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States today.

  3. AP: Rick Scott to name Jimmy Patronis CFO on Monday


    From the AP's Gary Fineout:

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is turning to a long-time political ally and former north Florida legislator to take over one of the top elected jobs in state government. 

    Then state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City Beach, left, and Gov. Rick Scott, tour downtown Panama City, Fla. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Scott will name Patronis CFO on Monday.
  4. Despite Pride success, Grand Central business owners upset over losing parade


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Grand Central District was packed with people Sunday, there to enjoy the St. Pete Pride Festival.

    Patrons eat lunch and cool off inside of the Community Cafe during the St. Pete Pride Street Festival along Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times

  5. Rays blow another lead, lose rubber match to Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Orioles rallied past the Rays on Sunday, winning the rubber match of the three-game series 8-5.

    Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop (6) scores in the eighth in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.