Wednesday, June 20, 2018
News Roundup

Death in drug dispute gets man 30-year sentence

Nursing assistant charged in fraud

Carlos Johnson's East Lake neighbors noticed that the St. Petersburg College student drove a different nice car every few months. On Friday, Johnson was arrested, accused of filing more than 200 false income tax returns. Story, 1B

PALM HARBOR

Death in drug dispute gets man 30 years

A 25-year-old man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in what authorities say was a dispute over drugs. Danny Lafever was sentenced to 30 years in prison in an agreement with prosecutors. Lafever admitted killing Austin Bradley Childers, 21, in Palm Harbor in January 2011. Authorities said Lafever and his girlfriend Danielle Barrett got in a dispute with Childers over illegal drugs, and eventually went to 3541 Rolando Drive, near the intersection of Belcher and Curlew roads in Palm Harbor, to collect money. After an argument, Lafever shot Childers. Barrett, now 32, pleaded guilty last year to being an accessory after the fact to second-degree murder. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

COUNTYWIDE

Rise and shine: Early voting begins

Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election begins at 7 a.m. today in Pinellas County. The last day for early voting will be Nov. 3. Early voting will be conducted in all county Supervisor of Elections offices each day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters can check early voting wait times online at www.votepinellas.com. Early voting locations are the Election Service Center, 13001 Starkey Road, Largo (Starkey Lakes Corporate Center); the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater (first floor, north side); and the County Building, 501 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg (Annex Conference Room — entrance on Fifth Street).

DUNEDIN

Halloween event at Highlander Park

The city will hold its annual "Halloween Happening" event from 5:30 to 9:30 tonight at Highlander Park, located behind the Dunedin Community Center at 1920 Pinehurst Road. This family-friendly party features child-focused games and crafts, puppet shows, bounce houses, spooky storytelling, a costume contest and a haunted hayride. A $10 wristband grants access to all games, crafts, inflatables, the costume contest and puppet show. Hayride tickets are $5. Concessions available. Parking is $5 (cash only please). An ATM will be available during the event. Proceeds benefit the Dunedin For Youth Scholarship Fund. Call (727) 812-4530 or visit DunedinGov.com for information.

Look for treasures at garage sale

One man's trash could become your treasure at the Dunedin Community Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 10 at the Hale Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. The general public can rent a 10-by-10-foot space for $12. Booths are free for charitable and nonprofit groups. Register at the Hale Center from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday, or from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Call (727) 298-3299 for information.

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