Monday, June 25, 2018
News Roundup

Pinellas traffic stop of habitual offender leads to drug charge

Clearwater

Habitual traffic offender gets another charge

Adam Flora proved to be especially helpful to the Pinellas deputy who arrested him on Monday, according to the Sheriff's Office. Flora, 46, of Spring Hill was clocked doing 60 mph on his Honda motorcycle in a 45-mph zone around 11 a.m. near U.S. 19 and Belleair Road, according to a deputy. The deputy pulled him over and found that Flora didn't have a valid driver's license; it had been revoked repeatedly for failing to pay traffic fines, according to the deputy. It was last revoked in 2007, when a judge declared Flora a habitual traffic offender. The deputy arrested Flora on a felony charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license. Flora asked the deputy to open his motorcycle's compartment and get his cellphone for him, but the deputy also found marijuana and a pipe, the report said. So Flora, of 7470 Pinehurst Drive, was also charged with possession of marijuana.

dunedin

Two diners hurt as vehicle pulls inside

An elderly woman accidentally plowed her vehicle into the China Star restaurant at 916 Patricia Ave. on Tuesday, deputies said. Phyllis Glynn, 80, was pulling into a parking spot outside the restaurant around 3:40 p.m. when she accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake. That sent her car over a curb, through the restaurant's front and deep inside. No one was seriously injured. Two restaurant patrons, Robert Nandram, 64, and Ivan Amnay, 62, were taken to Mease Dunedin Hospital for minor injuries. The driver, Glynn, was also taken to a hospital as a precaution. But the China Star was not as fortunate. "The damage to the structure of the building was quite significant," said sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda. An investigation is ongoing.

Bunny and fun for kids at rec center

Hightail it to the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane in Dunedin, from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday for games, treats, live bunnies, an egg hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny. The event is aimed at children ages 1 to 5. The cost — $8 with a recreation ID card or $12 without a card — includes lunch. Additional lunches are $2.50 each. Call (727) 738-2920 for information.

tarpon springs

Woman accused of hitting neighbor

Relations in the neighborhood were already strained when Michelle Sieber argued with her 69-year-old neighbor just before 7 a.m. Monday about the noise the night before, according to police. Then Sieber's dog got out. The neighbor petted the Great Dane. Sieber warned him not to touch her dog. "What are you going to do … hit me?" the neighbor asked, according to police. Sieber was arrested for doing exactly that, police said. Officers say she punched her neighbor in the shoulder, and was charged with battery on a person 65 years or older. When police arrested Sieber, they noted that she had facial injuries. When asked what happened, she said her mother attacked her. Then she changed her story and said her mother didn't hit her. She was booked into the Pinellas County Jail.

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