Sunday, January 21, 2018
News Roundup

Las Vegas man accused of vandalism at Innisbrook

PALM HARBOR

Man accused of vandalism at Innisbrook

A 20-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested on felony charges of burglary and criminal mischief Sunday after he caused extensive damage to maintenance facilities at the Innisbrook resort in Palm Harbor, authorities said. Ryan William Kay broke into two secured maintenance buildings at Innisbrook about 4:40 a.m. Sunday and caused about $1,500 worth of damage inside, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Kay also vandalized 13 vehicles in the maintenance yard by smashing their windows with a metal object, causing an estimated $3,000 in damages, deputies said. Kay was released from the Pinellas County Jail on $7,000 bail. A resort official declined to comment.

LARGO

Tips on improving lottery chances

Richard Lustig, seven-time lottery grand prize winner and author of Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery, will give tips on how to boost your chances of winning the lottery at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Largo Cultural Center. Admission is $16.50 in advance, $21.50 at the door. Lustig has been featured on the Learning Channel, Rachael Roy Show, Good Morning America, Today Show and others. He has also been recognized by Ripley's "Believe It Or Not." The Cultural Center is at 105 Central Park Drive, off East Bay Drive in Largo. Call (727) 587-6751.

ST. PETERSBURG

Wee Time for books at Weedon

Children ages 3 to 5 will be treated to 45 minutes of selected story, crafts, games and hands-on activities during Thursday Wee Time at the Weedon Island Preserve. At 10:30 a.m. Jan. 10, they will hear Turtle Saver by Laurie Parker. At 10:30 a.m. Jan. 24, the featured book will be Ten Little Rabbits by Virginia Grossman. Weedon Island Preserve is at 1800 Weedon Drive NE in St. Petersburg. Call (727) 453-6500 for more information.

EAST LAKE

Brooker Book Club meets Saturday

For adult readers, the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve hosts a Brooker Book Club meeting on the first Saturday of each month from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A few of the selected books include novels by Florida authors past and present, with archaeology, biography, politics and history story lines. The book to be discussed Saturday is Vanishing Florida: A Personal Guide to Sights Rarely Seen by David T. Warner. As seating is limited, advance registration is suggested. Brooker Creek Preserve is at 3940 Keystone Road. Call (727) 453-6800 to register.

SAFETY HARBOR

Classes to start at cultural center

Classes at the new Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center at 329 Bayshore Blvd. S are beginning this month and range from cartooning and drawing, to creative writing, to beginning digital photography. For a full list of costs and classes, contact the museum at (727) 724-1562 or stop by City Hall, the Community Center, the library or the Rigsby Center to pick up a copy of the class schedule.

Pinellas deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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Deputies: 18-year-old speeding on U.S. 19 faces charges of DUI, fleeing scene

PALM HARBOR — A speeding driver on U.S. 19 refused to stop for deputies and took off, later rear-ending a car and injuring three people early Sunday morning, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.A little after 1:30 a.m., Kingzig Montanez...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Up to 1,000 more US troops could be headed to Afghanistan this spring

Up to 1,000 more US troops could be headed to Afghanistan this spring

The U.S. Army is readying plans that could increase the total force in Afghanistan by as many as 1,000 U.S. troops this spring beyond the 14,000 already in the country, senior military officials said.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has not signed off on...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Fifth-grader thought she brought gummy candies to school, but they were laced with marijuana

Fifth-grader thought she brought gummy candies to school, but they were laced with marijuana

A 9-year-old student in New Mexico gave fellow students gummies - only to realize later they were not ordinary candies.The candies had apparently been laced with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical responsible for how marijuana affects the bra...
Updated: 5 hours ago
The St. Petersburg Women’s March: Here’s what you need to know

The St. Petersburg Women’s March: Here’s what you need to know

ST. PETERSBURG — On Sunday afternoon, people will take part in the Women’s March, part of a series of marches taking place this weekend. Here’s what you need to know:When is the Women’s March?The march begins at noon on Sunday, Jan. 21, and a rally w...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Forecast: Sunny, high of 78 in Tampa Bay

Forecast: Sunny, high of 78 in Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — Temperatures should reach the upper 70s on a warm, sunny, mild Sunday, kicking off a mild week in Tampa Bay, forecasters predict. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10News WTSPFeels...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Woman dies after falling ‘several decks’ from a balcony on a Carnival cruise

Woman dies after falling ‘several decks’ from a balcony on a Carnival cruise

A woman sailing on a Carnival Cruise Line ship from Jacksonville fell from her cabin’s balcony and died Friday.Doral-based Carnival Cruise Line spokesman Vance Gulliksen confirmed the death Saturday, saying in a statement that the incident occurred e...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions. The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was released late Friday by the Florida Department of Correctio...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Editorial: Beware of social media targeting kids

Editorial: Beware of social media targeting kids

Ignoring all available evidence that screen time and social media exposure can be harmful to kids, Facebook recently unveiled a new messaging app targeting children under 13. It’s yet another battlefront for parents who have to constantly combat the ...
Published: 01/21/18

Leonard Pitts Jr.: One year later.

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Published: 01/21/18
Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Lightning said all the right things about needing to look in the mirror and do some soul-searching during its recent funk. Veterans said they had to lead the way. Coach Jon Cooper believed this eight-game trip would "show us wha...
Published: 01/20/18
Updated: 01/21/18