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Pinellas Victim's Rights Coalition honors sheriff's deputy, Clearwater police officer


Victims group honors officer, sergeant

Pinellas County sheriff's Sgt. Michael S. Peasley II and Clearwater police Officer Todd Turpack were honored Friday by the county Victim's Rights Coalition at the annual Crime Victims' Rights Week luncheon at the Clearwater Country Club. Peasley was praised for his efforts in DUI enforcement. He saw an opportunity to use the Central Breath Testing facility as an educational environment. So he secured private funding to create a photo wall that memorialized victims of DUI-related accidents. Peasley has been with the Sheriff's Office since 1996. Turpack, who joined the Clearwater Police Department in 2004, was honored for his assistance with numerous victims during the past year. Among them was a family from out of state who praised Turpack for his professionalism throughout the lengthy investigation of an alcohol-related fatality.

Tarpon Springs

A bad visitor: nude and disorderly

Tarpon Springs police arrested an Inverness man early Friday accused of entering a yard in the nude and defecating on the property. Anthony L. Smith, 29, faces charges of disorderly conduct and battery. He remains in the Pinellas County Jail on $550 bail. Authorities say Smith entered a fenced front yard in Tarpon Springs without an invitation just after midnight. He yelled and cursed at the neighbors, then defecated, police said. Two men were in the yard, and Smith is accused of punching and kicking them. Police said the victims subdued Smith until authorities arrived.


Shop reopens with bicycle stunt show

Jeff Lenosky, a legend in the mountain biking world, will bring his high-flying stunt show to town Sunday to mark the opening of a newly remodeled Clearwater bicycle store. He'll perform at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Outspokin Bicycles, at 2241 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. in the Publix Plaza near Belcher Road. The store will hold group rides and clinics today and Sunday, with free food and drinks for participants. Visit for more information.

Baseball tourney is a special one

The Challenger Little League Baseball Jamboree, designed for kids with special needs, will be played at Countryside Recreation Center and Sports Complex, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, today and Sunday. Challenger Baseball provides therapeutic and socialization benefits for players from age 5 to 22. About 25 teams from around Florida will play games from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Admission is free. For information, call (727) 463-1352.

Pinellas Victim's Rights Coalition honors sheriff's deputy, Clearwater police officer 05/01/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 1, 2009 8:21pm]
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