Sunday, March 18, 2018
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.

Pinellas lieutenant terminated after DUI charge

Pinellas lieutenant terminated after DUI charge

LARGO — A Pinellas lieutenant was fired after she was charged with driving under the influence, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reported.Christi Ruhtz, 41, was first hired by the agency in December of 1998 and was working as lieutenant in the Pu...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Trump rails against Mueller investigation, dismisses McCabe’s notes as ‘Fake Memos’

Trump rails against Mueller investigation, dismisses McCabe’s notes as ‘Fake Memos’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump fired off angry tweets Sunday morning railing against the Justice Department special counsel’s Russia investigation and attacking the integrity of former FBI director James B. Comey and his former deputy, Andrew Mc...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
For starters: Rays vs. Tigers, 1:05, with Archer on the mound

For starters: Rays vs. Tigers, 1:05, with Archer on the mound

UPDATE. 10:18: Rays OF Mallex Smith said his tight right hamstring is feeling better and he will ramp up activity this week to get ready for the March 29 opener. Manager Kevin Cash said they hope to see him in a minor-league game on Tuesday, and that...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Pasco deputies: Hudson man shot, injured

HUDSON — Someone shot a man, causing non-life threatening injuries, Sunday morning on Fawn Drive, according to Pasco deputies.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 10700 block about 6:15 a.m. and took the victim, a 37-year-old man, to a ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Cirque du Soleil performer sustains nasty fall; weekend shows cancelled

Cirque du Soleil performer sustains nasty fall; weekend shows cancelled

A high wire acrobat fell some 20 feet during a Tampa Cirque de Soleil performance Saturday night. The company’s remaining weekend Tampa shows have been cancelled.Around 10:00 p.m. during the Saturday VOLTA show, an aerial straps artist fell "about 20...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Hail, yeah, Michigan wins on 28-footer at buzzer to make Sweet 16

Hail, yeah, Michigan wins on 28-footer at buzzer to make Sweet 16

WICHITA, Kan. — Michigan freshman Jordan Poole drained a 28-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer after Houston squandered a chance to lock up a spot in the Sweet 16, giving the third-seeded Wolverines a heart-stopping 64-63 victory in the second round ...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Leopard Slam: Final inning, two outs and Sunlake finds a way

BROOKSVILLE — Quite simply, an emotional way to end an exciting weekend of softball.One out away from losing the seventh annual Leopard Slam tourney on Saturday to two-time defending champion Springstead, Sunlake stepped up one last time.The he...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Lightning shut out in showdown against Bruins

Lightning shut out in showdown against Bruins

TAMPA — This was supposed to be the "biggest game of the year," right?In a measuring-stick matchup with the surging Bruins, the Lightning found out just how far it has to go if it has any plans of making a deep Stanley Cup run.A Boston buzz saw...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Florida knocked out of NCAA Tournament by Texas Tech in thriller

Florida knocked out of NCAA Tournament by Texas Tech in thriller

DALLAS — Keenan Evans keeps making big plays, extending Texas Tech's season — and his time with second-year head coach Chris Beard.They have another game with the Red Raiders headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005.Evans, who...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Rays Journal: Miller had a field day, Pruitt bounces back, Gomez speeds up

Rays Journal: Miller had a field day, Pruitt bounces back, Gomez speeds up

FORT MYERS – How often and where Brad Miller plays for the Rays – first, second or DH – is yet to be determined. Saturday was just about playing again, his first action since Feb. 23 due to residual issues from a broken toe, and eve...
Published: 03/17/18