Mother wakes to feed baby, escapes fire
A hungry baby might have helped save a family's home from fire Monday morning. Firefighters responded to a home on the 700 block of Main Street about 3 a.m., according to ABC Action News. The baby's mother apparently smelled the smoldering remnants of smoking materials left around the porch after she was awakened to feed the child. The mother cleared the house of four children and another adult before fire crews arrived. No one was injured, and little damage was reported.
Deputies say man left accident scene
A Largo man was arrested Monday, accused of leaving the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident in March. David Alterman, 75, was arrested by Pinellas County sheriff's deputies at his home at 7501 Ulmerton Road, No. 1014. The accident happened about 9 p.m. March 16 on 113th Street, south of 86th Avenue in Seminole. According to the Sheriff's Office, another driver, 45-year-old Richard Lee Brown of Seminole, pulled his Ford Bronco into the path of a 1990 black Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Ernest Dale Best III, 51, of Largo. Best tried to brake but hit the back of the Ford. He was thrown from the motorcycle, which slid into a northbound Mercury Grand Marquis. Best died at the scene. While investigating, detectives learned of the third vehicle's involvement. About two weeks later, deputies saw Alterman's Mercury, inspected it and found damage consistent with the accident, the report said.
Baseball clinic will offer tips to kids
The Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition begins at 5 p.m. today at Canal Park, 3120 Tampa Road, and is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 14. This free baseball skills competition provides the opportunity to showcase pitching, hitting and running abilities. Participants can advance through four levels of competition, including local and sectional contests, team championship events at all 30 major league ballparks, and the National Finals at the Major League All-Star Game. Please bring a copy of the child's birth certificate. No metal cleats are allowed. Call (813) 749-1152.
Swimmers get stingray warning
May to October is peak stingray season in area waters. The Clearwater Marina Harbormaster's Office reminds swimmers to do the "stingray shuffle" when entering the water. The shuffling motion of the feet create a disturbance that causes stingrays to move away. If a sting does occur, see a beach guard immediately for a hot pack treatment. For more information, call the Harbormaster's Office at (727) 462-6954.
Dunedin mother wakes to feed baby, then heads off fire