Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Jail inmate charged in Clearwater man's 2007 slaying

Clearwater

Jail Inmate charged in 2007 slaying of man

A 26-year-old man was charged Tuesday in the 2007 slaying of a 33-year-old man in Clearwater. Justin D'Patrick Taylor, who was already an inmate in the Pinellas County Jail, is charged with second-degree murder. Detectives say he shot and killed Corey Bernard Brown at his home at 710 Maple St. in Clearwater's North Greenwood area. During a five-year investigation, detectives identified, located and interviewed numerous people who provided information about Taylor's involvement in the March 2007 murder, police said. In addition, recent DNA analysis linked Taylor to evidence at the scene, authorities said. Taylor was already behind bars on several charges including armed robbery, armed burglary, and felon in possession of a firearm.

tarpon springs

Stroll the Haunted Forest at park

Take a spooky stroll through the Haunted Forest. North Ancole River Nature Park, 550 Old Dixie Highway, transforms into an outdoor haunted house Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26. Kid hour starts at 6:30 p.m. Parents are strongly advised to accompany children younger than 13 after 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5. For more information, call (727) 942-5628 or (727) 423-2343.

Slake your thirst at Craft Beer Walk

Sample brews at the Craft Beer Walk along the Sponge Docks from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The event features craft beer tasting from more than 25 shops, snacks, live music, special promotions and raffles. Tickets cost $25 from Tarpon Tavern, 21 N Safford Ave, or Wine at the Docks, 828 Dodecanese Blvd. Start the beer walk from either location. Tickets, which include a souvenir glass, can also be bought online at spongedocks.net. Call (727) 942-9463 for more information.

Safety Harbor

Workshop tackles Waterfront Park

Discuss plans for the city's Waterfront Park at a public workshop Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The Waterfront Park steering committee will present its plans and give residents the opportunity to weigh in. The workshop will be held at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 2nd St N. For more information, call community development director Matt McLachlan at (727) 724-1555 ext. 702, email [email protected] , or go to cityofsafetyharbor.com.

dunedin

Boating safety course at marina

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's Dunedin Flotilla will offer the course "About Boating Safely" in two sessions Oct. 20 and 21. It will be taught from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary classroom at Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St., second floor. Register by Oct. 15 to receive course materials prior to the class. The fee is $35, with a $5 discount each for two or more signing up at the same time. For more information, go to dunedin-coastguardaux.com, email [email protected] or call (727) 736-1191.

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Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as CEO

Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as CEO

CLEARWATER — A longtime IBM executive is becoming the new leader of Tampa Bay’s largest public company. Tech Data on Thursday named Richard "Rich" Hume as its new CEO effective June 6. Hume joined Tech Data two years ago and is currently the chief op...
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Sally Bradshaw, Kathleen Shanahan column: Barbara Bush was role model who loved Florida

Barbara Pierce Bush loved Florida.With a son as governor, she was practically an honorary Floridian! No one was prouder of former Gov. Jeb Bush than his mom, and no one a more honest critic when she felt he needed some constructive feedback! But we t...
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Hundreds mourn Durant High athlete killed at Brandon gas station

Hundreds mourn Durant High athlete killed at Brandon gas station

PLANT CITY — Many remembered Durant High School football player Grover Wills, 18, for his talent on the field, but almost as many remembered his penchant for bursting into dance and song. After practice or on team trips, Wills would mesmerize those a...
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Child, 19 months, hospitalized after being found in New Port Richey pond

Child, 19 months, hospitalized after being found in New Port Richey pond

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 19-month-old child was transported to a local hospital Thursday after being found unattended in a pond, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies said they were dispatched to a pond behind a home in the 4700 block of...
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Column: No-win fishery bills would undermine businesses and innovation

The federal government delivered good news for anglers this week. Under newly approved two-year pilot programs, Florida and the other Gulf Coast states will manage red snapper fishing for private anglers. This means states can test ways to improve ac...
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Hernando County Commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

Hernando County Commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson, 71, was arrested midday Thursday by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on multiple prostitution charges.Nicholson was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on one count of operat...
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St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg Police on Thursday closed two assisted living facilities, citing "deplorable conditions," including no running water. The facilities are run by Tampa Bay Behavioral Health, located at 3434 Second Ave. S and 3418 Second Ave. S, accordin...
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FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275 in St. Petersburg

FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275 in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A distracted driver from Pinellas Park walked away unscathed after his car plunged 50 feet off Interstate 275.Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevy Camero along Interstate 275 around 11:10 a.m. when he lo...
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Bay area has ‘hit show’ again, thanks to USF

Bay area has ‘hit show’ again, thanks to USF

For the first time since its season commenced, the USF baseball team enters a weekend as the Bulls' feature sports attraction.Basketball ended last month, and spring football ended last Saturday, meaning would-be baseball fans no longer have reason t...
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