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Pinellas seniors warned about 'Canadian Granny Scam'

CLEARWATER

Seniors warned about 'Canadian Granny Scam'

Clearwater police are warning residents about a scam targeting seniors. Known as the "Canadian Granny Scam," it's a telephone con in which the caller pretends to be a grandchild in Canada who needs money. Often, the caller claims to have been arrested, in a car accident or have some type of medical emergency, police said. The scammer then asks the victim to wire money to help. According to police, the caller always insists the grandparents not tell other family members. Granny scammers recently conned a Clearwater woman into giving them thousands of dollars, police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said. Police say seniors should be suspicious of anyone asking them to wire money. They recommend trying to confirm the caller's identity by asking questions about other family members.

DUNEDIN

Police: Man hit his pregnant girlfriend

A Dunedin man punched his pregnant girlfriend in the abdomen and head and sank his teeth into her back, Pinellas sheriff's deputies said. Stephen Russell Pusey, 18, knew his girlfriend was 14 weeks pregnant when he attacked her, according to an arrest report. It happened at 9:15 p.m. Sunday at Pusey's home, 1460 Ruth Road, Dunedin. He was held on charges of aggravated battery of a pregnant female, a felony.

LARGO

Car on three tires, driver unsteady

Largo police stopped a Clearwater man early Monday because they say he was driving a car that had only three tires. A short time later, they arrested him for having a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the level at which the state presumes a person is unable to safely drive. Henry C. Romeu, 27, faces DUI charges. According to police, Romeu was traveling on East Bay Drive just after 2 a.m. without a rear passenger tire, something Largo police Lt. Mike Loux said "isn't as uncommon as you think." Romeu displayed uneven balance, had bloodshot eyes and registered 0.2 and 0.198 during subsequent Breathalyzer tests, police said. Under state law, a driver is presumed to be impaired if he or she has a blood-alcohol level of 0.08. He was released Monday on his own recognizance.

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