Inmate dies in jail; foul play not suspected
A 24-year-old Pinellas jail inmate died Monday about an hour after he was found unresponsive in his bunk in the jail's medical wing. Kyle Donald Howard of 1310 Bayview Drive in Clearwater died at Northside Hospital at 4:45 p.m. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Howard was taken to the hospital after he was found unconscious around 3:30 p.m. by an inmate who tried to wake him for dinner. An autopsy Tuesday did not determine a cause of death. Toxicology tests are pending. Foul play is not suspected. "There were no obvious signs of injury or physical harm," said sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha. Howard was arrested Saturday on probation violation charges and was placed in the jail's medical facility because of possible substance abuse issues, the Sheriff's Office said. He was arrested several times over the past five years.
Borders, charity join in book drive
Borders stores across Florida's west coast are partnering with National Charity Kids Wish Network to provide books and toys for children in crisis. These drives are made possible by Borders customers who purchase new books, toys and other items in the stores to donate to the charity. The donations will be distributed directly to children in the care of hospitals, abuse shelters, homeless shelters and children's advocacy programs. Locally, the drive continues until Aug. 30 at Borders, 2683 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. For details, visit kidswishnetwork.org.
Green Market looks for more vendors
The city's Friday and Saturday Green Markets, located at Main Street and Douglas Avenue in Pioneer Park, are looking for a few additional vendors. The Friday market, open October to April, has three open spots; the Saturday market, open October to July, has four open spots. They're looking for the following: cut flowers; pasta; meat; candy; hummus and Middle Eastern foods; spices; and plants. For information, call market manager Richard Kendler at (727) 733-4215 or e-mail GreenMarketManager@verizon.net.
Guardian ad litem volunteers needed
Hundreds of guardian ad litem volunteers are needed to be a child's voice in the court and child welfare system. The average time needed is six to 10 hours a month. A guardian ad litem works with a professional staff and an attorney to ensure that a child has a safe, caring and stable environment. The next training will be Aug. 3 to Sept. 1 at the Pinellas Criminal Justice Center, 14250 49th St. N, in Clearwater. For more information, call (727) 464-6528 or visit www.guardianadlitem6.org.
Local and regional obituaries are in Section B.