Sunday, February 25, 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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Gasparilla Distance Classic: A day (or two) at the races

Gasparilla Distance Classic: A day (or two) at the races

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Updated: 11 minutes ago

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Updated: 15 minutes ago
Elkanah Kibet wins the men’s Gasparilla half-marathon

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Deputies: Plant City man stabbed to death during argument Saturday

Deputies: Plant City man stabbed to death during argument Saturday

PLANT CITY — A man died Saturday night after he was stabbed inside his home by a neighbor, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Moses Wilson, 49, got into an argument with James Michael Meeks, 23, both of whom live at 4308 James L. R...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect ‘going to explode’

Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect ‘going to explode’

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Updated: 3 hours ago
3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

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Updated: 3 hours ago
‘Filled with rage’: How a scrawny misfit turned into Florida’s worst school shooter

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Updated: 4 hours ago
Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

LARGO — A 60-year-old man who police said was the driver in a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run on East Bay Drive from three days prior was arrested by Largo Police on Saturday, the department said.Victor Bonavita was arrested on three charges in relation...
Published: 02/24/18
Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

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Published: 02/24/18

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Published: 02/24/18