Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Palm Harbor man killed walking across U.S. 19

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PEDESTRIAN killed TRYING TO cross u.s. 19

A man was killed Friday evening after he tried to cross U.S. 19 and was struck by a car. Without using a crosswalk, John Paul Guekunst, 41, tried to cross the highway near Highlands Boulevard when he walked into the path of a woman driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Her car slammed into him. Guekunst, of Palm Harbor, died at the scene.

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Aging Well offers many activities

Clearwater's Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, has a variety of activities to help keep older adults young at heart during December. All of the following are free. To sign up for an event or for more information, call (727) 724-3070.

Holiday Scrabble: Monday, 1 to 4 p.m. Get points for playing holiday-related words.

Living well support group: Tuesday, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Discussion group explores ideas for living well.

Legal matters: Wednesday, 1 to 2 p.m. Curtis Raven, Esq. offers answers to questions on reporting and rolling over retirement benefits, taxation of Social Security benefits, and other end-of-the-year tax issues. Call to register.

Pharmacist medication review: Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A pharmacist will evaluate your medication list during a private appointment to determine potential problems. Call to register.

Caroling karaoke: Dec. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Refreshments and a holiday sing-a-long.

Comfort food class taught at library

Registration is under way for One Bite Comfort Foods, a cooking demonstration with French-trained chef Rita Fabula. Included in the demonstration will be comfort foods like steak and potatoes, turkey and pork chops with applesauce. It will be held at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Clearwater Beach Library, 69 Bay Esplanade. Call (727) 562-4970 or visit www.myclearwater.com/cpl.

Harbormaster Office moves

Clearwater's Harbormaster Office is open at its new location. The facility moved from the second floor to the ground level of the Clearwater Beach Marina, 25 Causeway Blvd. The new location includes 1,618 square feet of space and improves accessibility for customers and the general public. Residents are invited to stop by the new location Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Innisbrook hosts holiday gifts show

Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club is hosting a holiday gifts show today. The free event is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the resort, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Shop for gifts handmade by members of the Creative Crafts Guild. Refreshments and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Innisbrook Associate Scholarship Fund. For more information, go to visitinnisbrook.com or call (727) 942-2000.

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Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant.

Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant.

Two Gilchrist County sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed at a restaurant about 3 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.The deputies were at Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton when a man shot them through the rest...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

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Updated: 20 minutes ago
FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

ST. PETERSBURG — A distracted driver walked away unscathed after his car plunged 50 feet off Interstate 275, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevrolet Camaro south on Interstate 275...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

The Lightning's Victor Hedman is a finalist for the second consecutive year for the Norris Trophy, given to the top defenseman in the league. The other two finalists are Drew Doughty of the Kings and P.K. Subban of the Predators, it was announced Thu...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

LARGO — Detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who broke into a home early Thursday morning and confronted the owners with a knife.The incident took place about 3:40 a.m. at a townhouse at 7360 Ulmerton Road, according to Largo...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: Man broke into house, set it on fire and stole their dog

Deputies: Man broke into house, set it on fire and stole their dog

SEMINOLE — A Seminole man was arrested on allegations that he burglarized a home, set it on fire and stole the homeowner’s dog, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Austin Lang, 19, now faces numerous charges of burglary, arson and poss...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: 15-year-old threatened attack on River Ridge High School

Deputies: 15-year-old threatened attack on River Ridge High School

NEW PORT RICHEY—A 15-year-old student was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he threatened to stage a shooting attack on River Ridge High School, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.The student attended Schwettman Education Center, dep...
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Deputies: 19-month-old child hospitalized after being found in pond

Deputies: 19-month-old child hospitalized after being found in pond

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 19-month-old child was taken to the hospital Thursday after being found in a pond, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies were called at 12:31 p.m. to the 4700 block of Crestknoll Drive.An adult was watching the c...
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Free rides on PSTA and HART buses to celebrate Earth Day

Free rides on PSTA and HART buses to celebrate Earth Day

Those who use mass transit across the Tampa Bay area can ride for free on Sunday.To celebrate Earth Day, both the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) will be offering free rides on Su...
Updated: 1 hour ago