Handcuffed Man hit with Taser, authorities say
A man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries Saturday afternoon after fighting with an officer from the state Department of Environmental Protection on the north end of Honeymoon Island, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The man struggled as the officer was trying to arrest him, authorities said. He was already in handcuffs when patrol and marine deputies arrived and told the man to calm down. As the man continued to struggle, a marine unit deputy fired a Taser at him, officials said. The man was then taken to Bayfront Medical Center. The reason for the man's initial arrest was not immediately clear, nor was the source of his injuries. Sheriff's officials are asking anyone who might have seen the incident to call the robbery-homicide unit at (727) 582-6200.
Shooting suspect sought by deputies
Pasco deputies are searching for a man who they say tried to kill someone Saturday morning. Cornelius Rogers, 31, of Port Richey shot Michael Knight in the stomach at 7301 San Moritz Drive, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Knight's condition was unknown. The shooting was drug-related, and deputies have arrested two other men in the incident on drug charges, according to investigators. Anyone with information is asked to call deputies at (727) 844-7711.
Man shot friend, deputies say
Deputies say one lifelong friend shot the other in a dispute over money Saturday afternoon. Orlando Powell, 28, argued with Larrod McClinton, 28, about a debt Powell owed at an address between their two homes on Fish Lake Road, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Both men pulled weapons and Powell shot McClinton three times, in the head, shoulder and abdomen, deputies said. McClinton was taken to Tampa General Hospital after the 12:11 p.m. incident and went directly into surgery. The Sheriff's Office had not filed charges. The investigation was continuing.
23 arrests at sobriety check
Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested 23 people on 30 charges during an overnight sobriety checkpoint, authorities said Saturday. Nearly 1,800 cars passed through the checkpoint, which lasted from 10 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday at 29582 U.S. 19 N. Deputies diverted 385 cars off the road, officials said. Only one person was charged with DUI, according to the Sheriff's Office. The rest were arrested on various charges, including drug possession and license violations.