Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Pedestrian dies after being hit by garbage truck in Palm Harbor

Palm Harbor

Pedestrian dies after he's hit by garbage truck

A 65-year-old man died Wednesday morning after being hit by a garbage truck, authorities said. James P. Algeri had been walking east on the shoulder of Highlands Boulevard about 8:45 a.m. when he stepped in front of a Solar Sanitation garbage truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The garbage truck was turning from Glenmore Court onto Highlands Boulevard. The truck was driven by Joseph Oberer, 56, of Oldsmar, according to the FHP. Matthew Allen McRoberts, 33, of Largo was a passenger. The incident remains under investigation.

Clearwater

Volunteers sought for weekend event

The city is looking for volunteers to work during the Fun 'n Sun Festival concerts at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater on Friday through Sunday. Volunteer positions include working in the beverage wagon or the chair rental booth, ushering for the reserved seating section, assisting in the hospitality area, and preparing and serving food for volunteers. Entertainers scheduled for the event include Matt Nathanson on Friday, Rick Springfield on Saturday and Ronnie Dunn and Chris Cagle on Sunday. To sign up to volunteer, visit www.myclearwater.com/parksvolunteer. To learn more about this year's Fun 'n Sun Festival, visit www.myclearwater.com/funnsun or call (727) 562-4803.

North Pinellas

Work on trail will begin Sunday

Work on a 12-foot-wide recreational trail that someday will stretch between Hillsborough and Pinellas counties starts Sunday as part of a Courtney Campbell Parkway construction project. This phase of the project is estimated to cost $8.4 million. It will repave State Road 60 and an access road on the north side of the highway between Rocky Point Drive in Tampa and the Pinellas County line. And, on the Hillsborough side of the causeway hump, work starts on a trail on the south side of the highway. The segment goes from Bay Harbor Drive to the west end of Ben T. Davis Beach. Additional work on the project includes a sidewalk, guardrails and some new traffic lights. The Florida Department of Transportation is warning drivers of uneven lanes and nighttime lane closures. This phase of the project is expected to be complete by August 2013.

Safety Harbor

Library is having short story contest

The Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N, is having a short story contest for young authors. The theme is "A Comedy of Robots.'' Prizes will be awarded to the three best stories in grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. The contest runs until April 30. For more information and guidelines for the contest, visit www.cityofsafetyharbor.com/library or call the library at (727) 724-1525.

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Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

LARGO — A 60-year-old man who police said was the driver in a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run on East Bay Drive from three days prior was arrested by Largo Police on Saturday, the department said.Victor Bonavita was arrested on three charges in relation...
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Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

TAMPA — Officials reopened roads near Citrus Park Mall Saturday evening that had been closed in the afternoon for a natural gas leak caused by a car crash, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough County Fi...
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Two airlinescut ties withNRA aftershootings

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Updated: 8 hours ago

‘Up to States’ to armteachers, Trump tweets

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Updated: 8 hours ago
Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

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Updated: 8 hours ago

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Call her more than just a survivor

Call her more than just a survivor

TAMPA — On the quiet morning of Oct. 8, 2011, a 30-ton freight truck ran a stop sign in the small town of Clinton, Conn.It ran over Colleen Kelly Alexander, who was riding a bicycle.The truck's front wheels crushed her, then spit her to the bac...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

TAMPA — A male motorcyclist died early Saturday morning on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the Tampa Police Department said.About 1:35 a.m., the victim rode his motorcycle west on the Courtney Campbell at high speeds, police said. The motorcycle stru...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

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Published: 02/24/18