Man arrested in drug-related pistol-whipping
A Palm Harbor man was arrested Tuesday, accused of robbing and pistol-whipping a man he was doing drugs with. Shawn Patrick Farrell, 21, of 2628 Westbury Ave., was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon in connection with the May 4 attack. According to a Tarpon Springs police report, Farrell was invited over to the Tarpon Springs home of Devon Dasouqi to smoke marijuana. While there, Farrell's friend, who is only identified as "Ted" in the report, pointed a silver revolver at Dasouqi and demanded his money and marijuana. The report said Farrell and the other man stole Dasouqi's 9mm handgun, a safe containing $1,000 and a half pound of marijuana. Then the two pistol-whipped and kicked Dasouqi, causing unknown injuries. Dasouqi was able to identify Farrell, who on Tuesday was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Girl says she made up abduction story
The 8-year-old girl who told police a man tried to abduct her Sunday has now come clean — she told detectives Tuesday that she made up the story because she went too far on her bicycle, Clearwater police say. The girl's tale, which had become inconsistent, was fabricated so she could avoid getting in trouble, said police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. The girl told police she was outside at a Mother's Day celebration at the Palmetto Park Apartments at 1001 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. about 5:40 p.m. when the man approached her.
Firefighter rescues driver who hit him
Two people were injured Tuesday afternoon when a woman pulled into the path of a fire rescue vehicle en route to an emergency call, authorities said. The woman, who was not identified, was found at fault in the accident, which happened at 3:40 p.m. on Enterprise Road, just east of Landmark Drive. Assistant Chief Danny Jones, a 23-year veteran with Clearwater Fire & Rescue, was westbound on Enterprise when the woman pulled out in front of him from a Bank of America driveway. The woman's car caught fire after the accident. Jones helped the woman out of her car and put out the fire before he was taken to a local hospital "to get checked out," said Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. The woman was taken to a hospital with injuries that were deemed non-life-threatening, Watts said.
CHS will stage comic musical
The drama department at Clearwater High School, 540 S Hercules Ave., will present Lend Me a Tenor at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Tickets will be available at the door. Cost: $10. For information, call (727) 298-1620, ext. 125.