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Teens accused of vandalizing several vehicles

Two teens were arrested Thursday on suspicion of using slingshots to damage several vehicles in Largo and Belleair last month. Maxwell Wesley Houser of Largo and Jeffrey Dylan Judy of Chuluota, both 19, used the slingshots to bombard the vehicles with marbles and pellets, police said. At least four vehicles sustained damage, including a Belleair garbage truck. Most of the incidents occurred on or near Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Judy and Houser, who face charges of criminal mischief, were linked to the incidents after the garbage truck was hit on Dec. 21. While riding in the truck, Belleair employees noticed that something hit the windshield, causing a spiral fracture several inches wide. Police were called after one of the workers spotted the youths in a nearby back yard. Police found that they bought the slingshots on Dec. 18 from a local Walmart. The youths told police they went through Belleair shooting marbles at various objects, including an SUV on Bayview Drive, according to arrest affidavits. They also shot at vehicles at the Belleair Towers Assisted Living Facility on Dec. 18, police said. Damages for the vehicles have been estimated at more than $2,700. Both teens have been released on their own recognizance.

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Largo man jailed in robbery of shopper

A Largo man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a 68-year-old woman last month. Police say 29-year-old Jesse Carlisle stole a woman's purse from her cart in the Publix grocery store parking lot at 12022 Indian Rocks Road on Dec. 30. About 7:30 p.m., the woman was pushing her cart from the store when she was confronted by Carlisle, who demanded her purse, police said. When she refused, he pulled her purse from the cart and left the area. Within an hour, he tried to access her bank account with her debit card, police said. He's charged with suspicion of strong arm robbery, grand theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

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Meet and greet greyhounds free

Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay is hosting a free meet-and-greet with greyhounds and their adoptive or foster parents. They're inviting the public to visit and learn more about these dogs. It's at 1 p.m at Petco, 30697 U.S 19.

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Deadline for Daisy Grants is Monday

The last chance to apply for the GFWC Clearwater Community Woman's Club 2012 Daisy Grants is fast approaching. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to Pinellas County nonprofits that have demonstrated service to the community. However the deadline to apply is Monday. The awards will be presented at the 41st annual Daisy Grants Fashion Show at the Belleair Country Club on March 22. Applicants can access the 2012 application through the GFWC Clearwater Community Woman's Club Web site, clearwatercwc.org.

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Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

SAINT PETERSBURG — When describing the loss of defender David Najem, Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell and the player who will replace Najem chose the same word.Gutted.That settled over the Rowdies last weekend, one that was bad enough based o...
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Official: Shotgun in guitar case was used in school shooting

Official: Shotgun in guitar case was used in school shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE — A gunman who carried a shotgun in a guitar case opened fire Friday in a Florida high school, wounding one student before he was arrested on a day planned for a national classroom walkout to protest gun violence, authorities said. It...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Woman says Hernando County commissioner kept her as a ‘sex slave’

Woman says Hernando County commissioner kept her as a ‘sex slave’

Whatever he wanted, I had to do."PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Hernando County commissioner arrested on prostitution chargesThe commissioner faces charges of operating a location for prostitution and two counts of purchasing services from a person engaged in p...
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Cops used dead man’s finger in attempt to access his phone. It’s legal, but is it okay?

Cops used dead man’s finger in attempt to access his phone. It’s legal, but is it okay?

LARGO — Most people agree what the Largo detectives did at the funeral home was legal.What they diverge on is whether it was appropriate."I just felt so disrespected and violated," said Victoria Armstrong, whose fiance, Linus F. Phillip., was shot an...
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NFL draft confessions: The Bucs set the trap, and I took the cheese on Johnny Manziel

NFL draft confessions: The Bucs set the trap, and I took the cheese on Johnny Manziel

TAMPA — The NFL draft is one big game of Liar's Poker. Deal me out.Even the guys with a seat at the table don't know when someone is bluffing.Bucs general manager Jason Licht knows that the team's No. 7 overall pick this year will be affected b...
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Parents sue Tampa football league, former coach accused of lewd conduct

Parents sue Tampa football league, former coach accused of lewd conduct

The parents of two teens have filed a lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Youth Football League and the man accused of harassing and molesting them while he was their coach.The parents say the organization and Davarius Durham were negligent and caused phys...
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Regulators allow major solar company to lease home equipment

Regulators allow major solar company to lease home equipment

State regulators Friday determined that one of the country’s largest residential solar companies, San Francisco-based Sunrun, is allowed to lease solar energy equipment for homes in Florida. The decision, solar energy advocates say, could open the do...
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Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Nicole Leary and Taylor Redington stood outside St. Petersburg High School on Tuesday morning with parents and protesters who had gathered with bullhorns and signs. In a few minutes they would lead about 70 students on a walk to City Hall, joining ot...
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Eakins: New ‘achievement zone’ would lift struggling schools

Eakins: New ‘achievement zone’ would lift struggling schools

TAMPA — Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins is preparing to reorganize his cabinet — for the third time since 2015 — in an effort to coordinate programs at the district’s highest-needs schools.In an interview this week, Eakins descr...
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Woman attacks door of special needs bus with kids inside, curses at driver, deputies say

Woman attacks door of special needs bus with kids inside, curses at driver, deputies say

TAMPA — In an apparent fit of anger, a woman banged on a special needs bus door until it cracked. Children were inside and may have heard the string of profanities she shouted at the bus driver, deputies said.Now they want her to pay $250 in damages....
Updated: 2 hours ago