Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

North Pinellas news briefs for Aug. 21

Tarpon Springs

Homeless shooting case needs tips

A reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information on a shooting in which one homeless man was killed and another critically injured.

On Aug. 5, Tarpon Springs police searched the area behind the Florida Capital Bank, 710 E Tarpon Ave., after an employee there called 911 upon hearing shots. Officers found Brian C. Kennedy, 56, and Larry J. Schuff, 54, with gunshot wounds. The men were taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where Kennedy died, police said. Schuff remains in critical but stable condition.

Police continue to investigate. No arrests have been made and a motive is unknown. If you know more, call Crime Stoppers' anonymous tip line at toll-free 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) for possible reward.

Tim Keffalas eyes District 4 seat

The election may be more than a year away, but former Tarpon Springs City Commission candidate Tim Keffalas is gathering signatures to get his name on the ballot for Pinellas County Commission District 4, now held by Commissioner Susan Latvala.

A Republican, Keffalas said he wants to enforce term limits and quash a soon-to-be-proposed referendum to add a 1 cent local option sales tax for public transportation. Transportation improvements likely wouldn't be in North Pinellas, he said, and therefore would not benefit voters from his district.

He will also advocate building a deeper reserve fund for the county, he said.

"These issues should all be determined in a manner that is not politically based but ethically and morally sound and makes good business sense," he wrote in an email.

Democrat Jack McAdoo is also seeking the seat, which includes parts of Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor and Tarpon Springs. The election is in November 2014.


Drivers are schooled — with tickets

On the first day of school Monday in Clearwater, some motorists failed the subject of lawful driving around school buses and in school zones.

Clearwater police issued five tickets for passing a stopped school bus; four tickets for speeding in a school zone; 13 tickets for violation of a traffic control device; two tickets for speeding; five tickets for other moving violations; and six tickets for nonmoving violations.

Police also handed out 14 warnings.

According to the Clearwater Police Department, a ticket for going from 1 to 9 mph over the speed limit in a school zone costs $156. Exceeding the speed limit by 10 to 14 mph results in a $306 ticket. The fines continue to rise from there, based on speed.

Lend a hand or two with trash cleanup

The Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department is looking for 30 to 50 volunteers interested in helping city staff clean up a large amount of trash on Saturday, including plastic and glass bottles and grocery bags. The project will begin at 8 a.m. and last until 3 p.m.

The area is located near the corner of U.S. 19 and State Road 590 (NE Coachman Road), in a wooded area of city property. Parking will be available at the Super 8 Motel at 22950 U.S. 19, Clearwater.

It's important to remove the trash from the area because it is next to a lake that feeds into Alligator Creek, which flows through several parks. Trash is a hazard to many animal species. Cadmium and lead from discarded batteries can enter the environment and accumulate in food crops and edible fish.

Long pants and long sleeves are recommended; close-toed shoes (rubber or work boots if you have them) are required. Bug spray is also recommended. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

To sign up, visit If you have questions, call (727) 562-4803.


Seeking teen leaders for youth advisory committee

How can high school students be a part of Pinellas County government? What is the Youth Advisory Committee? What does it do and how can you join?

Students who serve on the Pinellas County Youth Advisory Committee invite high school students who live in Pinellas County to attend an open house at 3 p.m. today.

The open house will provide teens with information on the YAC and ways that they can participate in local government. It will be held in the Commissioners Conference Room on the fifth floor in the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St. in downtown Clearwater. Refreshments will be served.

The Youth Advisory Committee, established in 2001, was developed as a vehicle for young people to provide input and assistance to the County Commission. The committee helps to identify the needs of young people locally, to organize youth-based activities that benefit the local community, to suggest services needed by young people within Pinellas County and to become active participants, with their adult counterparts, in county programs.

YAC members coordinate the Teens Behind the Scenes program that gives high school students a look at several county facilities to see how services are provided. Other projects, including community service, will be planned for this school year.

To RSVP or for more information on the Youth Advisory Committee, call (727) 582-2656.


Heritage Village open; tree project put off

A pine tree management project scheduled to close Heritage Village for two weeks has been canceled due to inclement weather. The outdoor historical park will reopen as usual today. The project is expected to resume in the spring.

The project was undertaken as part of a conservation effort to protect a majority of the trees, as well as the safety of visitors and the historical structures. The frequent rains, however, have made the ground too wet and the project was postponed.

Heritage Village is at 11909 125th St. N. in Largo. This living history museum brings more than 150 years of history to life. Tour 28 authentic buildings and structures, and experience historical Pinellas County through hands-on exploration. Paths wind through 21 acres and connect with the Florida Botanical Gardens.

Heritage Village is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For additional information about Heritage Village, visit, or call (727) 582-2123.


High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

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Gators play Nebraska, still seeking elusive volleyball title

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Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

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LARGO — A Pinellas sheriff’s child protective investigator has been fired and could face criminal charges after an investigation found she made a child custody recommendation to a judge as a favor to a friend.Jayne Johnson, who has worked for the She...
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Festivus 2017: Send us your best grievances

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Experts chart path for Hillsborough to grow smarter before sprawl takes over

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Highlights of GOP compromise bill to overhaul tax code

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress have blended separate tax bills passed by the House and Senate into compromise legislation that seeks to achieve a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax code. GOP leaders are looking toward passage of the final pa...
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Tillerson retreats on offer of unconditional N. Korea talks

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WASHINGTON — America’s top diplomat stepped back Friday from his offer of unconditional talks with North Korea, telling world powers that the nuclear-armed nation must earn the right to negotiate with the United States. Secretary of State Rex Tillers...
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Judge signals release of ex-Trump chair Paul Manafort to Florida home under curfew and GPS monitoring

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A federal judge Friday said a bail package has been put together that would release former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort from home confinement in his condominium in Virginia and allow him to reside at his house in Palm Beach Gardens, but unde...
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Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

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