Mom wants to visit daughter who burned her
The woman who was set on fire by her daughter requested permission to have visits with the girl, but a judge ruled that she cannot do so yet, according to an attorney involved in the case. Nancy Broadhead's bed was set on fire by her then-11-year-old daughter and the girl's 15-year-old boyfriend in December. Both youths pleaded guilty to juvenile charges, and the girl has begun mental health treatment. Records released this week by the state Department of Children and Families indicate the mother has been investigated several times for allegations of abuse and neglect, many of them relating to alcohol use. But Broadhead has said through her attorney that she loves her daughter and wants to continue a meaningful relationship with her. Attorney Roger Futerman, who represented the girl in her juvenile case, said on Thursday that the judge has scheduled a June hearing in which he will reconsider the possibility of mother-daughter visits.
Fiscal malfeasance case is continued
At a pretrial hearing Thursday morning, attorneys for Stephen Ayoub asked for and received a continuance until April 8. More than four years ago, Janis English handed over more than a quarter-million dollars to Ayoub, the father of Safety Harbor City Commissioner Joseph Ayoub. The elder Ayoub was to use the money to pay English's bills, keep her financial affairs in order and do anything else she requested. English's daughter, Denice Galbreath, said the elder Ayoub did not perform his duties and now the 67-year-old Clearwater woman lives on $602 a month. Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested him Jan. 22 on a charge of uttering forged bills, checks, drafts, notes — a third-degree felony. In court files, Clearwater police detectives say Ayoub tendered a fraudulent promissory note to English for $156,230, the amount he owed her. The note appeared to be notarized, but was actually photocopied.
Downtown hosts pet fest Saturday
The fifth annual Clearwater Pet Festival on Saturday will feature contests such as puppy races and a pet parade with prizes for various categories. Vendors will sell pet merchandise and services, the Clearwater Police canine unit will conduct a demonstration, Pinellas County's mobile animal surgical unit will offer tours, and attendees can microchip their pets for a small fee. The event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 500 block of Cleveland Street downtown, with the canine unit demonstration at 2 p.m. For more information, visit myclearwater.com/ downtown or call (727) 562-4044.