Man shot in leg after deal goes bad, police say
A prescription drug deal between two Clearwater men turned violent Tuesday night when one shot the other in the leg, Clearwater police say. According to an arrest report, Cody A. Fleming, 21, met Landon K. Rachel, 27, at 1462 Franklin St. to buy drugs. Upon arrival about 7:20 p.m., Fleming pointed a firearm at Rachel's head in an attempt to rob him, police said. Rachel tried to grab the gun, but in the course of the struggle, he was shot in the leg, police said. He was taken to Morton Plant Hospital. His condition was unavailable. Fleming was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, persons engaged in criminal offenses having weapons and possession of marijuana. Wednesday afternoon, Fleming was being held at Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $60,500.
Couple jailed over knife, pan fight
A 28-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man found themselves in jail after a Tuesday afternoon fight in which police say she stabbed him and hit him with a pan and he punched her. According to an arrest report, Bonnie J. Johnson was arguing with Curtis Willis at their home at 1280 Druid Road about 2:55 p.m. Tuesday. Their relationship is unclear, but the arrest report said she and Willis have "lived together as a family" for nine years. The altercation became physical when Johnson grabbed a steak knife and stabbed Willis in the upper part of his left leg, leaving a minor puncture wound. Johnson then used a 6-inch cooking pan to hit Willis over the right shoulder, police said. Willis told police that he then punched Johnson in self-defense. Clearwater police arrested Johnson and Willis because they gave conflicting statements. Johnson was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Willis was charged with battery. Wednesday afternoon, both were being held without bail in Pinellas County Jail.
Clearwater police chief to be speaker
Clearwater police Chief Tony Holloway will be the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Springtime City meeting at 6 p.m.today at Clearwater Country Club, 525 N Betty Lane. For reservations, call (727) 725-7549 or visit kiwanis.org/club/springtimecity.
Judicial candidate forum open to all
The public is invited to a judicial candidates forum and luncheon for candidates in contested elections in the 6th Judicial Circuit at noon July 30 at Hilton Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St. Petersburg. The program is being hosted by the Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Associations and the League of Women Voters. Candidates have been invited to give brief presentations. Cost is $30. Advance reservations are required by Tuesday. Call the Clearwater Bar at (727) 461-4869.