Sunday, December 17, 2017
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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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