To get around Ironman, try other routes
If you're planning to run errands this morning, you might want to adjust your route for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Clearwater city officials say people should use U.S. 19 as their main north-south route as much as possible. For the race map and other details, visit www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors.
Woman dies after crashing into bridge
A woman died Thursday night after driving erratically and crashing into a pedestrian bridge, police said. Andrea P. Pribbenow, 42, was eastbound on Druid Road near Betty Lane about 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Her Honda Accord ended up on the pedestrian trail, and she crashed into the bridge, police said. Police said alcohol may have been a factor. Pribbenow was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center, where she died later from her injuries.
Hamsters left in bin outside SPCA
Someone left 16 dwarf hamsters and four hamster pups at the SPCA Tampa Bay early Wednesday morning. "This has happened to me before, so when I saw the blue plastic bin, I had a feeling there was an animal in there,'' said Megan Trethewey, SPCA communications director, who found the hamsters about 7 a.m. She said one had died and the others are not in good shape. None weighs more than 75 grams. Trethewey asks the community to do the right thing: "Please just surrender the animals in person. You will not be judged.'' The hamsters will be put up for adoption in about 10 days for $5 each. For more information, visit spcatampabay.org or call (727) 586-3591.
No ID for woman found in water
Pinellas deputies are still trying to identify an elderly woman whose body was found floating near the Dunedin Causeway late Wednesday night. The woman did not have any identification, and no one has reported a missing person matching her description, a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokesman said. Deputies are planning to go "door-to-door" in the area to see if someone can identify the woman, said spokesman Sgt. Tom Nestor.
Tarapani will seek commission seat
Townsend Tarapani has decided to seek the City Commission seat that's being vacated by Commissioner Robin Saenger. Tarapani, 25, is chairman of the city's budget and advisory committee. "It's something I thought about for a long time," he said. "At an early age, it was instilled in me that every citizen has a duty to get involved in the community." Tarapani has deep Tarpon roots. The family has owned a business downtown since 1911 and his great-grandfather and father are former city commissioners. A 2008 Auburn University graduate, Tarapani is a licensed Realtor. Saenger, who currently holds Seat 1, must step aside because of term limits.
Deputies: Driver who hit bus didn't stop
Pinellas deputies say a driver rolling through a stop sign crashed into the side of a school bus Friday morning. According to deputies, witnesses reported that an Athenian Academy bus, driven by Sarah Johnson, 31, had the right of way as it was eastbound on Virginia Street approaching New York Avenue. Jovhan Perez, 19, was southbound on New York Avenue in his 1995 Honda Civic. Witnesses reported that Perez did not come to a stop. A 10-year-old boy complained of injuries and was taken to a local hospital, deputies said.