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Fire damages Surf 'N Sand Motel on Clearwater Beach

Autopsies confirm kids were drowned

, killed by their mother in September in unincorporated Clearwater, were drowned before their mother hanged herself from a ceiling fan.

Clearwater

Fire damage to motel estimated at $35,000

Early Monday, Clearwater firefighters extinguished a fire on the second floor of the Surf 'N Sand Motel at 50 Royal Way, Clearwater Beach. Firefighters arriving just after 7:20 a.m. found flames bursting through the window of unit 8. Nearby rooms sustained some smoke and water damage. The woman who stayed in unit 8 made it out safely and declined medical treatment. The American Red Cross was called to assist her with housing. The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical. Damage was estimated at $35,000.

Scooter rider in critical condition

A Clearwater 26-year-old remained in critical condition with life-threatening injuries Tuesday after police say he collided with a car on his scooter early Sunday. Gregory Allen Hitchcock of Clearwater was being treated at Bayfront Medical Center, where he was airlifted after the accident. The crash happened shortly after 1 a.m. Police say Hitchcock may have been drinking before he tried to pass a 1990 Plymouth on Sunset Point Road, then collided with it as the car turned left.

Veterans' support group needs votes

The Abilities Foundation, a Clearwater nonprofit that supports local veterans, is one of four organizations across the country competing in the Home Depot Foundation's monthly "Aprons in Action" contest, which began Nov. 1 and ends this Friday. The organization that gets the most votes on Facebook this month wins. The winning organization gets a $25,000 gift card from Home Depot to help fund a community project. Currently, the Abilities Foundation is in second place and is asking for community support to pull ahead. To vote, find the "Aprons in Action" button at facebook.com/homedepotfoundation. If Abilities wins, the money will go toward a local Veterans Victory Garden.

Oldsmar

Upgrade disrupts city email service

Incoming emails to Oldsmar city staffers are being temporarily interrupted as the city's Internet service is being upgraded. Online services such as bill paying and registering for recreation classes also may be unavailable. During this time, Oldsmar residents are being asked to contact staffers via their direct phone lines, or via the city's central phone line at (813) 749-1100.

Fire damages Surf 'N Sand Motel on Clearwater Beach 11/27/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 7:35pm]
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