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Day care owner charged with child abuse

PALM HARBOR

Day care owner charged with child abuse

A woman who runs a day care center out of her home was arrested Friday on one count of aggravated child abuse. Police say a happy, alert 1-year-old girl was dropped off at Stephanie Spurgeon's Palm Harbor house Thursday. When family members picked her up, she was sluggish, sleepy and then became unresponsive. She was taken to a hospital where she is being treated for serious injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome or similar trauma. Spurgeon, 37, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. No bail had been set late Friday.

CLEARWATER

City hears about Royalty venture

The City Council is one step closer to a partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall to buy the Royalty Theatre in downtown Clearwater and the adjacent Lokey building. Thursday night, Ruth Eckerd Hall president and chief executive officer Robert A. Freedman made a presentation to the council about what would be required to renovate the old theater and bring performances to downtown Clearwater. The acquisition of the two properties would cost about $2.7-million. The renovation would be about $6.8-million. A $5-million endowment would be created to help cover the expenses of operating the theater. Freedman said Ruth Eckerd Hall would raise $8-million, which would leave the city to contribute $6.5-million or find that money from other bodies of government. Next month, staff will bring the issue back to the council with a memorandum of understanding between Ruth Eckerd Hall and the city as well as a second appraisal of the properties.

Skycrest neighbors get traffic calming

Residents of the Skycrest neighborhood received approval for a traffic calming project Thursday night. There was loud applause in the audience after the City Council's vote. The traffic calming project will include a landscaped median on Cleveland Street, numerous medians with tree wells and five mini-roundabouts, according to city plans. The plan will also have four modern roundabouts at the intersections of Cleveland Street with Lake Drive, Saturn Avenue, Corona Avenue and Aurora Avenue. The total cost is about $2.4-million. The project should be finished within a year of the contract for the work being signed.

Boat thefts could be related to ring

Recent thefts of five high-priced Pinellas County boats may be related to a statewide theft ring. 1A

In Sports

Get a glimpse of what's in store for the boys and girls golf season as players prepare to get under way. 7C

Pinellas deaths

Bowen, Lillian

Brady, Richard "Dick"

Chapman, James

Douglas, Larry

Gabriele, Marlene H.

Humlicek, Zelpha

James, Dorothy Helen (Freya)

LeCroy, Otto Regnar

Miller, Sherri-Lynn (Brautigam)

Stokes, Virginia Craig

Turner, Dale Douglas

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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