Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Man charged in theft of forklifts in Clearwater


Man is charged in theft of two forklifts

A Clearwater man may have absconded with 11,000 pounds of construction equipment and no one noticed for more than a week. Forklift Specialists owner Mick Bevington pulled into the business parking lot Monday and realized "something missing," his wife and business partner, Robin, said. The company, at 5094 Ulmerton Road, has about 35 forklifts and two of them were parked separately. After the discovery, Mick Bevington stopped by ATI Recycling in Clearwater because it's one of the few places that recycles such large items and was able to identify one of his forklifts, which had been dropped off on Aug. 16, said Cecilia Barreda, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. James Michael Hyatt was charged Monday with stealing the forklifts, worth $12,000 and $4,500, and selling them to the metal recycling facility. Hyatt, 48, was charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property. Hyatt was released from Pinellas County Jail after posting $30,000 bail. Hyatt's Florida criminal record spans three decades and includes convictions for burglary, assault and larceny.


Brooker Creek management plan is approved

The chief architect of the Brooker Creek Preserve's new management plan, preserve land manager Lisa Baltus, said she was thrilled after watching county commissioners approved it at their meeting Tuesday. Land use changes proposed in the plan, allowing reservoirs and utilities buildings up to 65 feet high on 260 acres north of Keystone Road and pumping preserve water to reduce potable water demand, require public hearings before they can be implemented.

In Sports

Clearwater Central Catholic swimmer Cam Martin is on the brink of prominence in his signature events (200 IM and 400 fly) this season. 8C


The byline and photo of LifeTimes Editor Robert N. Jenkins was omitted from the North Pinellas edition of his final column in the magazine Tuesday.

Pinellas deaths

Anthanason, Thedusa Peterson "Theda"

Gleason, Robert

Henderson, Neveta H.

Jenkins, Floyd

Jones, Buford

Kostick, Susan

Machiorlete, Robert L. Sr.

Maynard, Shirley Winifred

McCoy, Helen

Monagle, John Bernard

Olson, Gail

Pappas, Katherine

Powell, Bernard F.

Pullen, Elizabeth

Richards, William "Shaun"

Tennian, Franklin K. "Frank"

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Man charged in theft of forklifts in Clearwater 08/26/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:14pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays pitchers rave about Twins pitching coach, ex-mentor Neil Allen

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — There have been a lot of coaches who have had a hand in helping Chris Archer get to the big leagues and to the front of the Rays rotation, and as he took the mound Friday night at Target Field, he had reason to nod appreciatively toward the home dugout.

    Minnesota Twins pitching coach Neil Allen jogs back to the dugout after paying starting pitcher Tyler Duffey a visit on the mound in the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  2. Swan sculpture deputies say was stolen by naked man found near Lakeland pond


    A $25,000 swan sculpture that Polk County sheriff's deputies say was stolen by a naked man last weekend was found near a pond in Lakeland on Thursday.

    A swan sculpture that was stolen in Lakeland on May 19 was recovered by the Polk Sheriff's Office on Friday.
  3. Mayor Rick Kriseman says election is about moving forward


    Mayor Rick Kriseman christened his campaign office  Friday evening by telling his supporters that the mayoral election was about moving forward, not backward..

    Mayor Rick Kriseman says mayoral election is about inclusiveness Friday at campaign office rally
  4. Mulberry teens, 15 and 18, killed when cars collide at Plant City intersection


    MULBERRY — The local high school has an enrollment of 1,000 but to some it feels like a tight-knit family. Many of Mulberry High School's students have spent all of their school days within the city limits, said principal Michael Young.

    Pepe Salgado, 18, was killed Friday along with his sister Frinzi Salgado-Diaz, 15, in a car crash in Plant City. They were passengers in a car driven by their cousin Edilberto Nava-Marcos, 18, who was transported to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center and was listed in critical condition. All three lived in Mulberry and attended Mulberry High School. [Polk County School District]
  5. Assisted living facility owner accused of sexually assaulting employee in Pinellas


    ST. PETERSBURG — An assisted living facility owner was arrested Thursday on charges that he sexually assaulted an employee, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.