holiday man, 21, accused of groping teen
A Holiday man was arrested on a battery charge after he groped a 15-year-old girl on the escalator at Westfield Countryside mall, authorities say. Demosthenes Apollo Smaragdas, 21, approached the girl May 14 and grabbed her behind, "causing the victim to become fearful," the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office report said. Smaragdas told deputies he grabbed the teen because he was "horny" and had not had sex in a while because his girlfriend is pregnant. Smaragdas, of 3518 Oxford Drive, has been transferred to the Pasco County Jail, as the Pinellas arrest led to a charge of violation of probation on a previous burglary conviction. He remained in jail Wednesday without bail.
American Legion honors detective
Clearwater police Detective Steve Bohling has been named the American Legion's "Clearwater Law Enforcement Officer of the Year." Bohling, 48, was recognized "for his dedication to the law enforcement profession, his commitment to serving the citizens of Clearwater and his support to surrounding law enforcement agencies and communities," according to a news release from American Legion Post 7. Bohling serves as the Clearwater Police Department's Honor Guard commander, a volunteer position overseeing the 21-member team, and is responsible for coordination and support of law enforcement funeral services and other ceremonies. Bohling and the Honor Guard participated in seven local and statewide funerals and many other events last year. A 20-year veteran of the department, Bohling will be honored at an awards dinner June 18 at the post at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. The steak dinner is open to the public. Tickets are $8 and can be obtained by calling (727) 442-5293.
Sophie's Attic plans special sale
Sophie's Attic Thrift Shop, located inside the Palm Harbor Community Activity Center at 1500 16th St., will have a buy-one, get-one sale Tuesday through Friday of next week on all gently-used merchandise, including men's and women's clothing, household items, art, ceramics, glassware, collectables, books and jewelry. Proceeds will be used to provide scholarships for those in the community with financial need so that they can participate in Palm Harbor Parks & Recreation programs. The thrift shop is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information, call (727) 771-6000.
Charges dropped in knife incident
Prosecutors have dropped all charges against a Palm Harbor man accused in November of cutting his parents with a kitchen knife during an argument over a pistol. The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office dropped two counts of aggravated battery against 34-year-old Bryan D. Lombardozzi relating to the Nov. 29 incident. Lombardozzi's father said details in the arrest affidavits were inaccurate and that his son did not stab or cut anyone.
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