Woman goes to jail over beating of girl
A 24-year-old woman is accused of beating a 10-year-old girl with a shoe and a coat hanger on Monday because she was upset with the child's "poor behavior," according to an arrest report. Christine Q. Chatman of 542 Howell St., Unit A, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony child abuse. According to the report, Chatman told a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputy that she had hit the child and that she "normally uses a belt, which the children hid from her." The girl suffered injuries to her left wrist and left thigh that have the potential to leave "permanent scarring," the report said. The Sheriff's Office did not disclose how Chatman knows the child or whether she is related to her. An unidentified person saw the child's injuries and reported the beating, the report said. Chatman, who was booked into jail under the last name Chatham, was released later Wednesday after posting $5,000 bail.
Work will cause road, lane closures
The following road and lane closures will take place because of construction projects happening throughout Clearwater.
• Countryside Boulevard will be under construction for remilling and resurfing between Belcher Road and U.S. 19 through Monday. Also, from U.S. 19 N to S.R. 580 it will be closed from Monday through Feb. 22. At both sites, a flag worker will be present to direct traffic.
• Until Feb. 18, the southbound curb lane of Myrtle Avenue from Jasmine Way to Magnolia Drive will be closed during daylight hours only because of a stormwater pipe lining project.
• On Feb. 19, there will be a lane shift at Highland Avenue from Fairmont to Overlea streets because of a water main installation. The closure will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit libraries for Valentine's events
Clearwater libraries are celebrating Valentine's Day in many ways, with an emphasis on children. All of the following programs are free. To register, call (727) 562-4970.
Friendship bracelets : 2 p.m. Saturday, East Library, 2251 Drew St. Teens and tweens can make bracelets with colorful threads.
Valentine's crafts: 2 p.m. Saturday, Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. One session for preschoolers is limited to 30 kids. Registration is not required, Another session for students in kindergarten and up also is limited to 30 kids, but registration is required.
A treat for your sweet: 3 p.m. Saturday, Clearwater Main Library. Make a chocolate valentine for someone special. For kids ages 8 to 18.
Sidewalk valentines and crafts: 1 p.m. Monday, Clearwater Main Library. Children of all ages can meet at the library entrance to create a sidewalk chalk message and Valentine's Day crafts.
Decorate a cookie: 3:30 p.m. Monday, North Greenwood Library, 905 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. This activity is for students in grades kindergarten through 3. Call to register. Kids can make a cool creation with cookies, frosting and sprinkles.
Cupid cookie party: 4:30 p.m. Monday, North Greenwood Library. For students in grades 4 to 8. Call to register.