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Man, 25, hospitalized after Clearwater hotel shooting


Man, 25, in hospital after hotel shooting

A 25-year-old man was hospitalized after being shot early Thursday at a Clearwater hotel, police said. About 4:40 a.m., Drayton J. Bonney was in Room 37 with a woman at Economy Inn at 1274 Cleveland St., according to city spokeswoman Joelle Castelli. Another man and woman arrived at the room, and sometime later, Bonney was shot. The man and woman fled. Police have not determined what occurred in the room, or the motive for the shooting, Castelli said. They think the man and woman were acquainted with Bonney, who was recovering at Bayfront Medical Center, a dispatcher said. Police would not describe his injuries. Pinellas County sheriff's detectives were investigating.

4-vehicle crash blocks U.S. 19

The northbound lanes of U.S. 19 were temporarily closed at Northside Drive on Thursday afternoon after a four-vehicle accident, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash at 29450 U.S. 19, south of Curlew Road, was reported just after 3:30 p.m. The road was reopened by 5 p.m. No serious injuries were reported, said Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Larry Kraus.


2 men arrested in pharmacy robbery

Two men were arrested Wednesday night after robbing a pharmacy earlier in the day, deputies said. William R. Pelno, 37, of Seminole, faces two counts of robbery and Neal Wallace, 43, of Largo faces one count in the 10:30 a.m. incident. Pelno was being held at Pinellas County Jail on $40,000 bail. Wallace was also being held at the jail. His bail had not been set. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Pelno walked into Curlew Pharmacy, 30226 U.S. 19 N, Wednesday and handed a cashier a note demanding oxycodone and implying he had a weapon. The cashier gave him an undisclosed amount of the drug, the Sheriff's Office said, and Pelno ran to a vehicle driven by Wallace. No one was injured. Witness descriptions led detectives to a Seminole residence later Wednesday. Detectives recovered the oxycodone, the Sheriff's Office said.


Group to discuss youth sports

The Council of North County Neighborhoods will hold a sports and recreation forum designed for citizens concerned about youth sports and recreation facilities in north Pinellas County. It will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., Tarpon Springs. For more information, visit


Agency will review downtown plan

The Dunedin Community Redevelopment Agency will hold a public meeting to review the Dunedin Downtown/Waterfront Corridor Plan. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Man, 25, hospitalized after Clearwater hotel shooting 07/15/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:36pm]
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