DRIVER TRIED TO HIT OFFICER, POLICE SAY
A 23-year-old driver was arrested early Friday after trying to hit a police officer with a stolen car during a traffic stop, authorities said. Three others in the car were arrested on drug charges. The incident happened at 2 a.m. on S Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue near Lakeview Road. Rickey Fergerson of Dunedin was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, grand theft auto, fleeing/eluding, possession of cocaine, driving with a suspended license and obstruction. Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said officers saw a 2008 Mazda run a stop sign and then back into a driveway. Officers pulled into the driveway. As one officer got out of a police cruiser and approached the Mazda, it moved forward in an attempt to hit the officer, police said. After a brief pursuit, the Mazda crashed into a tree. All four occupants tried to flee, Watts said. Two were arrested at the crash site, and a police dog tracked down the other two. The Mazda's three passengers were each charged with possession of cocaine and obstruction: Christopher Weaver, 21, of St. Petersburg; Myra Shazell, 20, of Clearwater; and Cherie Walls, 19, of Largo.
Boat ramp open again to public
The Clearwater Beach Boat Ramp is open once again to the public as construction to replace the old ramp is finished. The ramp is at the east end of Bay Esplanade Drive next to the Clearwater Beach Recreation Center. The new construction also relocated the boarding dock to the south, providing more launch width for boating access. The new ramp includes new railings, sidewalks, restabilized seawalls and measures to prevent future erosion.
North Pinellas and Pasco
Long-term care council will meet
The Pasco and North Pinellas Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council will meet at 10 a.m. March 10 at Saint Anne Byzantine Catholic Church, 7120 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The council is made up of local ombudsmen who work to improve the quality of life and care of residents in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family day care homes and skilled nursing units in hospitals. Council meetings are open to the public, and people are invited to share concerns about long-term care facilities during the public discussion portion of the meeting. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (888) 831-0404.
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