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Another arrest adds to lengthy criminal record
A Clearwater man who was convicted as a teenager in 1989 of a brutal attack on a 15-year-girl was arrested again Tuesday, accused of stealing money from a woman at a bus stop near Pinellas County's criminal justice complex. Dominick A. Christiano, 38, of 15590 59th St., was charged with petit theft, tampering with a witness and multiple probation violations. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says he was at a bus stop in front of Bayside High School around 2 p.m. when he stole about $46 from a woman's purse. Christiano made headlines in the late 1980s when he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for attempted murder. In that case, Christiano — 15 years old at the time — and another teen broke into an Indian Rocks Beach home where a 15-year-old Largo High School student was sleeping. Christiano beat her in the face with a fire extinguisher and she suffered facial fractures. Florida records show he was in prison from 1989 to 2007. In 2009, he was arrested on a probation violation. Last year, he was involved in a jailhouse brawl with Edward Graziano, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison last month for solicitation to commit murder. Prosecutors said Graziano offered $2,100 to an undercover deputy to kill his estranged wife, Debra. He's the father of John Graziano, who was severely injured in a 2007 Clearwater street racing crash involving Nick Bollea, the son of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.
Stolen pit bull is returned to owner
A pit bull mix named "Danger" that was taken from an after-hours drop-off cage at Pinellas County Animal Services on June 2 has been reunited with his owner, authorities said. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous tip that led deputies to a location near Seminole Boulevard and 110th Avenue, where they found the dog being cared for by a person who was unaware the dog had been stolen, the Sheriff's Office said. The dog's owner, 30-year-old Angelique M. Allaire of St. Petersburg, told authorities she did not want to press charges and just wanted the dog returned to her.
Democratic Club to meet Monday
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Thirsty Marlin Grill, 351 W Bay Drive, Largo. David Plyer, a Clearwater resident who has filed ethics complaints against elected officials, will give an update on those cases. There will also be a presentation on delegate selection for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Attendees are invited to come earlier to eat and socialize. For more information, contact club president Rich Piper, (727) 588-0891.