Pinellas deaths may be from storm
Sheriff, judge candidates to attend forum
Candidates for Pinellas County sheriff and for judge will appear Monday night at a forum organized by the Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition. The public is invited to attend. It will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatic Complex, 900 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. The forum will feature candidates for sheriff, Pinellas County Court Judge Group 2, and Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Group 45, Group 31 and Group 15. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri will attend but his main challenger, Everett Rice, has not yet responded. For more information, visit clearwater coalition.org.
Final hearing on Achieva move
The public tonight has one last chance to weigh in on Achieva Credit Union's plans to move its corporate headquarters to Dunedin. The City Commission will hold a second public hearing and final vote during a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 542 Main St. If the plan is approved, Achieva officials would still have to await city staff approval of engineering plans and building permits. The city, which has offered Achieva about $20,000 in waived permit fees, expedited the design review process to help it begin a three-phase renovation and construction project by next month. Officials hope to begin moving into 1659 Virginia St., a former Nielsen Media Research call center, around October.
Ross store bound for Countryside
Ross Dress for Less is coming to Countryside Centre, the shopping center that shares an intersection with Westfield Countryside Mall on Countryside Boulevard, near U.S. 19. It will be the fourth anchor in the center, joining Dick's Sporting Goods, T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods. A Ross spokesperson would not disclose an opening date but did confirm that a lease has been signed for the location.
Boy, 16, charged in shooting
A 16-year-old was arrested Wednesday after, police say, he shot an 18-year-old who came to his house Tuesday afternoon looking for a fight. Sylvester Keandra Brown of 1391 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. is charged with attempted murder. Police gave this account: There has been an ongoing feud between Brown and Diante Strawder of Clearwater. About 4: 30 p.m. Tuesday, Strawder and a friend, 23-year-old Johnteves Polk, drove up to Brown's residence to challenge Brown to a fight. When Brown showed a gun, Strawder and Polk jumped back into their vehicle and drove off. Brown fired several rounds as they drove away. Strawder was hit once. Another friend drove him to Morton Plant Hospital. Strawder was flown to Tampa General Hospital for surgery. His condition was stable Wednesday. As authorities were searching for him, Brown turned himself in on Wednesday.