Man accused of pulling machete on wife in fight
A 56-year-old man held a machete to his wife's neck and threatened to kill her if she called for help early Wednesday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Luis G. Clemente, of 12300 Seminole Blvd., No. 1, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and tampering with a witness. On Thursday, he was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail. According to the Sheriff's Office, Clemente and his wife were arguing about 1 a.m. Wednesday when he put a 14-inch machete to her neck. Clemente allegedly told her: "I'm going to cut off your head and cut you into pieces," arrest reports show. Deputies say he then took his wife's cell phone and told her if she called 911 from another phone she'd "be dead before police arrive." Clemente pleaded guilty to felony battery in February and was sentenced to four years' probation, according to court records. With Wednesday's arrest, he also faces a charge of violating that probation. He admitted to taking his wife's cell phone but denied threatening her with the machete, the arrest reports show.
Power back after substation fire
Progress Energy restored power to about 10,000 customers after a fire Thursday afternoon at one of its substations. Power was back up at 4:25 p.m., said company spokeswoman Cherie Jacobs. Nobody was inside the substation north of Curlew Road at the time of the 1 p.m. fire, which started when a piece of equipment failed, Jacobs said. "Nobody was injured," she said. "It was brought under control in about 30 minutes."
Martial arts on display today
This week's installment of the city of Oldsmar's Park-It Friday is "Tae Kwon Do with Troy Finney." Finney, who owns Finney's Tae Kwon Do Plus of Oldsmar, will lead a demonstration at 10 a.m. in the RE Olds Park Amphitheater, 107 Shore Drive W. Each week through Aug. 13, Oldsmar will present Park-It Friday, a family-friendly event at a select location in either RE Olds Park or Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave. N. Call (813) 749-1152.
Meet chamber at breakfast Monday
The community is invited to a "Get to Know Your Chamber'' breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce, 11 E Orange St. The program is free, but reservations are required. Call (727) 937-6109.