Home invasion suspect caught; 2 others sought
A suspect in a home invasion robbery was arrested Wednesday night after a foot chase with Clearwater police, though officers say two accomplices got away. Robert Marquis Reynolds, 19, and two other suspects approached the back of an apartment building at 1121 Druid Road and confronted a resident, police said. The trio forced the man inside with a handgun and held the family at gunpoint as the apartment was robbed, authorities said. The three fled the scene and police were called. Police located Reynolds, who was arrested on several felony charges, including three counts of home invasion robbery and use of a firearm while committing a felony, authorities said. He is being held on $192,000 bail in the Pinellas County Jail. Police still are searching for the other two suspects. Authorities said they do not believe it was a random crime.
13 arrested in prostitution sting
A police prostitution sting netted 13 arrests Wednesday in Clearwater's East Gateway area. Arrested on charges of prostitution solicitation were Amanda Cruzado, 33; Frances Patterson, 46; Jessica Rioux, 28; Alicia Brock, 41; Stephanie Lyons, 20; Victoria Murray, 45; Diane Peterson, 51, who was also charged with possessing drug paraphernalia; Lindsay Stone, 29, also charged with two counts of violating felony probation; Deanne Reno, 23; and Kimberly Gettig, 34. Vanessa Montalto, 30, faces a charge of exposing sexual organs; Jovanny Perez, 31, faces a charge of selling and possessing crack cocaine; and Ketrina Maggard, 50, was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Police said the sting area was south of Drew Street, north of Court Street, east of Missouri Avenue and west of Highland Avenue.
Volunteers needed to help children
Gulf Coast Community Care needs volunteers age 30 and older. The organization pairs children, who either live in foster care or live with a single parent, with mentors. No experience is necessary and opportunities exist throughout Pinellas County. There is no financial cost to the mentors who spend a few hours a month in activities such as reading, fishing, baking, teaching a craft or visiting a park with a child. Call (727) 479-1841.
GOP club hosts candidate Rubio
The Belleair Women's Republican Club will host a luncheon with Marco Rubio, candidate for U.S. Senate and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane. Reservations are required. Cost is $21. Call either (727) 724 3242 or (727) 596-5025.