Friday, January 19, 2018
News Roundup

Pinellas news briefs

Star Wars Day: The Safety Harbor Public Library, at 101 Second St. N, will hold an interactive event for children and teens. Science fiction fans can enjoy movie-themed crafts, snacks and games. For children ages 10 and under, the event includes making your own lightsaber and train at the Jedi Academy. This event begins at 10 a.m. For teens in sixth to 12th grades, they'll learn how to sword fight from our Jedi master, create unique Star Wars crafts, and play video games. One lucky tween or teen participant will win the original movie trilogy. Teen events are from 1 to 3 p.m. For information, call (727) 724-1525, ext. 4118, or visit www.SafetyHarborLibrary.com

Coping with Hearing Loss: Those who are coping with hearing loss are invited to attend this program at Aging Well Center at noon on June 18. An audiologist will be on hand to discuss various strategies for dealing with hearing loss. The Long Center, Grand Room, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. For information, call (727) 953-6877

Have problems sleeping? Can't remember what you just did? Those who have issues with their memory or with sleeping are invited to attend a program that address both these issues. Neurologist Diana Pollock will discuss how your brain processes information and forms memories while you sleep, and how being sleep-deprived impacts your memory and overall health. 6 p.m., June 18 at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting rooms 1-3, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Pre-registration is required. For information, call (727) 953-6877, or visit www.BayCareEvents.org.

Tennis anyone? Tarpon Springs will offer 11 one-week tennis camp sessions this summer. Sessions run from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday, at the Craig Park tennis courts. The first session begins on June 16 and the last on Aug. 29. Cost per session is $120. The June 30-July 3 session is $96. Advance registration is required. For information, call (727) 942-5628.

Summer reading program: The Dunedin Public Library will host its summer reading program Goodreads Tutorial at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Participants will be able to go online to discuss and to post book reviews. Free. The library is at 223 Douglas Ave.

Looking to clean out a closet? Clothes To Kids needs elementary school boys and girls clothing and shoes. CTK needs shorts sizes 4 to 16, short-sleeve shirts sizes S to XL and shoes sizes kids 11 through adult. New or gently used clothing and shoes can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at CTK's two locations: 1059 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater, and 3251 Third Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 441-5050, ext. 22.

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Four people linked to Tampa carjacking captured hours later

TAMPA — It took officers just 27 minutes Friday night to capture four people who they said stole a car from its owner.The incident started outside the Ybor Coffee Shop at 5:45 a.m. A group approached the driver as he sat in his 2010 Toyota Corolla. T...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bay’s local career centers

Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bay’s local career centers

The state has opened an investigation into CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, days after the Tampa Bay Times asked about whether the two regional job centers were inflating the number of people they had helped get hired. The agencies, ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Florida National Guard soldier killed, five injured in Sebring crash

SEBRING — A soldier with the Florida National Guard was killed and five others were hospitalized after a multi-vehicle crash on Friday, officials said.The crash took place at about 1 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Hammock Road.The soldiers ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

NEW PORT RICHEY — Two New Port Richey men face charges after Pasco County deputies say they stole about $11,000 worth of cellphones and cellphone equipment at a Metro PCS store on State Road 54.Robert Jackson and Ronald Hartshorn were arrested Wednes...
Updated: 2 hours ago
U.S. Attorney: Tampa woman uses soul food restaurant as part of scheme to steals thousands

U.S. Attorney: Tampa woman uses soul food restaurant as part of scheme to steals thousands

TAMPA — The owner of a soul and seafood restaurant is facing more than 10 years in federal prison for filing dozens of false tax returns and stealing thousands of dollars, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Natalie Rene Panko, 57, owner of Ladie...
Updated: 2 hours ago
That noise you hear from MacDill is low-flying A-10 Warthogs in training

That noise you hear from MacDill is low-flying A-10 Warthogs in training

TAMPA — If you hear loud noises coming from MacDill Air Force Base over the next few days, don’t be alarmed.It’s the sound of flying hogs.A squadron of A-10C Warthogs, beloved by troops in the field for their ability to swoop low and slow and tear ap...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Autopsy: drugs found in MLB star Roy Halladay’s system after plane crash

Autopsy: drugs found in MLB star Roy Halladay’s system after plane crash

When former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a plane crash in November, he had amphetamines, morphine and the sleep aid zolpidem in his system, according to an autopsy report.Halladay, 40, died from blunt force trauma with drowning ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
USF leaders move to calm fears over consolidation plan

USF leaders move to calm fears over consolidation plan

ST. PETERSBURG — Holding a piece of computer paper and a microphone, the leader of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg began a Friday afternoon forum by repeating the USF administration’s new mantra.He reassured the crowd before him that t...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Family: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose

Family: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose

LOS ANGELES — Rocker Tom Petty died last year from "multisystem organ failure" caused by accidental drug toxicity, the Los Angeles County Coroner said Friday.An autopsy found that Petty had several drugs in his system including fentanyl, oxycodone, t...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Tech firm TranferWise moves to Ybor City, illustrating a new chapter in Tampa’s business history

Tech firm TranferWise moves to Ybor City, illustrating a new chapter in Tampa’s business history

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Updated: 4 hours ago