Sailing siblings fall short at Olympic games
Clearwater's Olympic sailing siblings, Paige and Zach Railey, have wrapped up their Olympic Games. Zach, right, 27, who had previously won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, didn't make the 2012 medal race in sailing a Finn, a men's single-handed heavyweight dinghy. Paige, 24, finished sixth in the medal race in the lighter-weight Laser Radial class. "I saw an improvement on things, and I'm happy," Paige told USA Sailing. "This week hasn't gone the way we planned," Zach told USA Sailing. The siblings learned to sail at the Clearwater Yacht Club and the Clearwater Community Sailing Center.
Police say stolen gun shot teen
Police have referred felony charges of armed vehicle burglary to the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office in connection with the theft of a gun that injured a Clearwater teen last week. Ryan Greenlee, 15, was hospitalized last Thursday after a handgun went off and shot him at a home on Browning Street in Clearwater. Police say the gun was stolen during a vehicle burglary the night before the shooting. Detectives have determined that two juveniles, a male and a female, were responsible for the armed vehicle burglary and other vehicle burglaries, Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said. Both were present at the house during the shooting and brought the gun to the residence, Watts said. The State Attorney's Office will review evidence in the case and make a decision on pursuing a criminal case. The juveniles' names have not been released.
Company mailings raise concerns
A company called "HomeServe USA" that offers "water service line coverage" has recently been soliciting endorsements from the city of Clearwater and business from Clearwater residents. The city's Public Utilities Department reports that it has been fielding calls from concerned citizens who have received the company's aggressive marketing literature. For an annual fee, the company says it will provide insurance coverage for service and repairs to water and sewer utility lines in homes and businesses. The company's correspondence, which also seeks payment, says it is an "authorized representative for the contract issuer, Technology Insurance Company." Recipients may mistake the official-looking solicitation as an invoice, city officials said. The city does not endorse HomeServe USA or any other company that offers utility line services. The city handles installation and repair of city utility lines that extend from its water plants to the customer's meter, as well as sewer service from 3 feet behind the curb to the city's sewage treatment plants. Utility lines going into businesses or homes are the property owner's responsibility. People who consider doing business with companies such as HomeServe USA are encouraged to research them. Information about how to do this is available through Pinellas County's Justice and Consumer Services at (727) 464-6200.