Pretend officer swiped drugs, officials say
A Palm Harbor man pretended to be a police officer to steal drugs and money, police say. Daniel Raczkowski, 22, and Eric Gandy, 24, invited Shawn Allen Bryant, 30, to have drinks in their room around 4 a.m. Friday at the Economy Inn, 20788 U.S. 19 N, according to Clearwater police. Inside the room, Bryant claimed to be a police officer, pulled Raczkowski's hands behind his back and demanded the men turn over their pills, police say. Bryant took $50 in cash and a prescription bottle of several alprazolam pills, left the room, then returned a few minutes later trying to get back inside, police say. The men called police, and an officer found Bryant in the motel hallway. Police arrested Bryant on charges of strong-arm robbery, impersonating a police officer and tampering with a witness. Bryant, of 1553 Nantucket Court, remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Friday in lieu of $30,000 bail.
Hot grease became weapon, police say
Police arrested a Clearwater woman early Friday after she threw hot cooking grease on the father of her child, authorities say. According to an arrest report, Harriet C. Martin, 32, was arguing with Dontrell A. Stanley, 24, on the doorstep of her home in the 1300 block of S Michigan Avenue at 11:45 p.m. Thursday. During the dispute, Martin threw a saucepan full of hot grease at Stanley, hitting him on the face, arms, chest and back of the head, the report said. A witness saw the altercation and called 911. Stanley was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he was treated and released. Martin was arrested at 1 a.m. Friday on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Friday afternoon, she was being held at the Pinellas County Jail. Bail had not been set.
Tip leads to arrest, cocaine charges
A man accused of dealing crack at his house was arrested Thursday. Someone called the 411 hotline claiming Steven Lamont Rocker, 25, was involved in illegal drug activity at his home at 1447 Pinebrooke Drive, according to Clearwater police. Rocker was already on probation. Investigators searched the home and seized 46.6 grams of crack cocaine. Rocker was charged with a probation violation and two counts of trafficking in crack cocaine. He remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Friday in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Get ready for return to school
A back-to-school block party will be held on the property of Gulf Coast Fellowship Church today. From 10 a.m. to noon, organizers will be giving away free backpacks and school supplies to neighborhood children. There will be inflatable jump houses, interactive games and refreshments. The event is free. Gulf Coast Fellowship Church is at 600 19th St., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 786-2505.