FDLE supervisor named deputy police chief
Clearwater police Chief Tony Holloway has announced the appointment of a new deputy chief. Sandra Wilson, a special agent supervisor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, was chosen for her history of leadership with the FDLE, Holloway said in a statement. She starts her new job in early December. Wilson, a 23-year-veteran of the FDLE, is "a forward thinker and a visionary — qualities that are critical in finding creative solutions in an ever-tightening fiscal environment," Holloway said. Wilson is a graduate of the University of Florida and spent two years at the Alachua County Sheriff's Office before she joined the FDLE. She worked as a special agent in the Tampa Bay Regional Center for six years before transferring to Orlando in 1993. She was promoted to supervisor in 2002. Wilson replaces former Deputy Chief Dewey Williams, who retired last year after 32 years.
Assistant fire chief honored for safety
Clearwater Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief of Health and Safety Doug Swartz was selected as the Safe Firefighter of the Month for October by Hale Products, a fire and rescue equipment company. Swartz, a nine-year veteran of the department who creates the agency's safety bulletins, was nominated for his commitment to safety and his involvement in safety and health programs, according to a news release. He also heads the department's peer fitness team and accident review committee. To learn more about Swartz, visit the Hale website at www.safe-firefighter.com/monthly-winner.html.
Deputies say DNA identifies rapist
Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested a Palm Harbor man Tuesday after DNA evidence showed he raped a 14-year-old girl. Arcel Cabrales-Cruz, 27, of 3832 Cattail Marsh Court was arrested on one count of sexual battery, deputies said. Cabrales-Cruz was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. Deputies said the victim's mother called the Sheriff's Office to report her daughter was raped while staying at a friend's Palm Harbor home on Oct. 2. Cabrales-Cruz also was staying at the home that night. The girl is not being identified because of the nature of the crime.
Professionals' mixer is Monday
Registration is under way for the Tri-Chamber Young Professionals social mixer scheduled for Monday. The event, designed for residents of Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor and Dunedin, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hellas Restaurant, 785 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Participants are encouraged to bring business cards. For reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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