Driver trying to get car started is struck, hurt
A man was hit by a car Wednesday night as he walked across a street carrying a canister of gas to his stalled car, deputies said. Jason Billingham, 38, was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in critical condition after the incident. Billingham was driving a 2003 Dodge Caravan when it stalled in the middle lane of Tampa Road. He had run out of gas, so he went to find some. As he crossed Tampa Road to return to his car about 10 p.m., Billingham was hit by a westbound 2003 Mercury sedan driven by Jeffrey Boulware, 59, of Palm Harbor, officials said. Boulware was then rear-ended by a 2002 Honda Accord driven by Brian Davis, 20, of Dunedin, deputies said. Both men were taken to Mease Countryside Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. At the time of the crash, Billingham was not walking in a designated crosswalk, officials said. The investigation continued Thursday.
College fair offered on Saturday
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis will host a college and financial aid fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Palm Harbor University High School, 1900 Omaha St. It's free and open to the public. It will offer students and parents the chance to meet face-to-face with representatives from various colleges, local career education and technical training centers and military academies. There will also be breakout sessions with admissions officials from the University of Florida and financial aid experts from St. Petersburg College. For more information and a list of schools that will attend, visit www.bilirakis.house.gov or call the congressman's Palm Harbor office at (727) 773-2871.
Jazz in the Stacks concert today
The Clam Bayou Jazz Band will play a concert entitled "Swing into Spring" at 3 p.m. today at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. The concert is part of the Jazz in the Stacks series and is sponsored by the library, Friends of the Library, the Palm Harbor Civic Club and Tiffany's Family Restaurant. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.
Woman accused of fraud, grand theft
A bookkeeper at a local air conditioning business is accused of fraudulently padding her paychecks for nearly a year. Police on Thursday arrested Melissa Foley, 32, of Seminole, on charges of grand theft and scheme to defraud. Officials said Foley worked at Air West Air Conditioning, 2111 Sunnydale Blvd. In addition to her regular direct-deposit paychecks, officials said, Foley also paid herself almost weekly with "fraudulently obtained" payroll checks. She took about $33,000 between Nov. 24, 2010 and Nov. 7, 2011, officials said.