Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Patient at Clearwater hospital tried to set mattress on fire, authorities say

CLEARWATER

Patient tried to burn mattress, officials say

A Friday morning fire in a patient's room at Morton Plant Hospital injured one patient and forced 45 patients on the fourth floor to relocate, according to the hospital. The unidentified patient suffered injuries due to smoke inhalation and was under evaluation, said spokeswoman Beth Hardy. Clearwater officials had earlier said the patient suffered minor burns. No one else was injured. Authorities said a 67-year-old male patient intentionally tried to set fire to his mattress with a lighter, doing $3,000 worth of damage. It had not been determined whether the man would be charged. Officials reported smoke and water damage to the fourth floor and minor water damage to the third floor. The building's sprinkler system quickly extinguished the fire.

DUNEDIN

Vending machines damaged at school

About 15 vending machines at Dunedin High School were broken into early Friday, causing about $7,500 in damage, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Deputies responded to the school at 1651 Pinehurst Road at about 4:32 a.m. after a school employee arrived and discovered the incident. Deputies said each vending machine had about $500 in damage. An undisclosed amount of money was also taken. Detectives from the burglary and pawn units were investigating Friday. No other information was immediately available.

COUNTYWIDE

Video series offers hurricane tips

"Prepare to Survive," a collection of 15-minute videos on hurricane preparedness topics, is now available online and on YouTube from the Pinellas County government. Listen to experts talk about everything from insurance to shelters in short segments. The second year of the series began May 2 with a show about how to prepare your landscape for hurricanes. On June 6, a special segment will feature Sally Bishop, director of Pinellas County Emergency Management, talking about the importance of preparation and what we can expect in the Tampa Bay area. Each eSeries premiers at noon on the first Wednesday of the month (the July 4 release will be on June 27 because of Independence Day). It is streamed live online and shown on PCC-TV. It is then posted online on the eSeries Web page and on YouTube. "Prepare to Survive" can be seen online at www.pinellascounty.org/eseries or on PCC-TV (Bright House Channel 622, Knology Channel 18 or Verizon Channel 44). Other presentations are scheduled for June 27, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3 and Nov. 7.

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