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Firm studying Tarpon Springs sinkhole says Dorsett Park can open for Fourth of July weekend

Tarpon Springs

Firm studying sinkhole says park can open

Two weeks after the appearance of a sinkhole nearby, the city announced Friday that it is reopening Dorsett Park so it can be used over this holiday weekend. But the park's tennis court and ball field remain off-limits. Tarpon Springs received a preliminary report from Tierra Inc., a geotechnical engineering firm that's evaluating a sinkhole on nearby Disston Avenue and depressions in the soil at Dorsett Park. Tierra is still studying its test results, but told the city it's safe to reopen the park except for two areas, said Tarpon Springs spokeswoman Judy Staley.

Teen arrested in Thursday mugging

An 18-year-old accused in the beating and robbery of a 57-year-old man at the Sponge Docks was arrested Thursday. Donshane Maurice Collins, of 6800 19th St. S in St. Petersburg, was charged with robbery. Police say he was one of three teens who mugged Christian Gorey and stole his wallet at Dodecanese and Roosevelt boulevards on April 27. The other two teens haven't been identified, said Tarpon Springs Police Capt. Jeff Young.

Two arrested in vehicle burglaries

Police arrested a man and woman accused of burglarizing vehicles this spring. Brett Alan Mitchell, 21, 810 Riverside Drive, was charged with three counts of burglary. Brittany L. Hannum, 20, of 665 Bayside Drive, was charged with two counts of burglary and one count of fraudulent use of personal identification. According to Tarpon Springs police, the pair broke into one vehicle on Peninsula Avenue on April 22 and another on Charlotte Avenue on April 23. Hannum used the identification of the victim in the April 23 burglary to cash a $200 check, police said. Mitchell is accused of two additional vehicle burglaries that happened May 16 in the 1700 block of Mexico Drive.

Clearwater

Police on lookout for drunken drivers

About 70 percent of last year's traffic deaths in the city involved intoxicated drivers, according to Clearwater police. In an effort to make the roads safer over the July Fourth holiday weekend, police officers will be conducting a DUI enforcement detail between 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday at various spots throughout the city. In 2009, the last year for which statistics are available, the weekend of July Fourth had the second-highest number of alcohol-related fatalities in Florida for any holiday of the year, with 17 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. That same year, Clearwater had 149 alcohol-related crashes.

Firm studying Tarpon Springs sinkhole says Dorsett Park can open for Fourth of July weekend 07/01/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2011 9:00pm]
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