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Man charged in theft of forklifts in Clearwater

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.

EAST LAKE

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

Clarification

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]
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