Deputy who put handcuffs on boy is cleared
The off-duty deputy who handcuffed a 9-year-old boy last month acted within his authority and did not violate Pinellas County Sheriff's Office policy, according to an internal investigation. Eric Tackebury Sr. filed a complaint after Deputy Mark Eastty handcuffed his son, Eric Tackebury Jr., at the Forest Run Park playground in Clearwater. He asked for an apology from the deputy, whose report of the incident he called "false and contradicted by two witnesses." A sergeant who reviewed the report said Eastty's actions followed safety guidelines authorizing the handcuffing of a child.
Flight rally for kids will be Saturday
Kids between ages 8 and 17 will have an opportunity to take to the skies Saturday as Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 282 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Clearwater Airpark, 1000 N Hercules Ave. After the flights, each participant will receive a certificate making him or her a Young Eagle and will receive a logbook for free access to the written test for pilot training certification. Registration will take place from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. Flights start at 9 a.m. A parent or guardian must be present to register the child. Organizers request that participants monitor the weather. A rain date is set for March 13. For more information, visit www.eaa282.org.
Section of Bayview could reopen today
If the weather cooperates, the section of Bayview Boulevard between State Road 580 and Tampa Road could reopen after 3 p.m. today. And Commerce Boulevard could be open to traffic after 3 p.m. Thursday. The roads were among 34 intersections in Clearwater, Safety Harbor and Oldsmar that were closed as CSX Transportation finished railroad crossing upgrades. Oldsmar crews are now prepping Bayview and Commerce for paving. The CSX improvements began Feb. 16 and should wrap up this month. A second phase of improvements is scheduled to begin in late April.
Group seeks help with literacy camp
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast has launched a summer literacy program. Working with Pinellas County schools on the curriculum, facilitators and books, the camp will run for 10 weeks, from June 10 to Aug. 20. The organization wants to send 200 children to the camp, and with a cost of $1,000 per child, it needs support For information on sponsorships, visit www.bgcsuncoast.org or call (727) 524-2427.
Police Department seeks volunteers
The Largo Police Department is recruiting for its Volunteers in Policing Academy, a volunteer force that supplements the department's officers throughout Largo. Volunteer duties include writing parking citations, directing traffic at crash scenes and helping with other services. The academy will begin its next class on March 18. Interested residents should call coordinator Dick Hageman at (727) 587-6739 or visit www.largo.com.