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Police ask help to solve McDonald's robbery

Clearwater police are investigating an armed robbery of a McDonald's Restaurant at 18584 U.S. 19. The manager and one employee were inside the locked business before opening when the suspect dropped in through a roof vent about 4 a.m. Monday. At gunpoint, the robber demanded money from the safe and cash registers. He fled out the back door of the restaurant with an undisclosed amount of money. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Clearwater Police Department tip line at 562-4422.

Collision sends pair to hospital

Two drivers were taken to a local hospital after an 11 p.m. crash Sunday on the Courtney Campbell Parkway. According to police reports, David Williamson, 48, no address given, was driving east in a 2005 Land Rover and made a U-turn near the boat ramp on the Hillsborough side of the causeway. Heading west, he drove off the roadway several times between the Hillsborough County line and Bayshore Boulevard. Police said Williamson struck two speed limit signs on the north side of the causeway, trapping a speed limit sign on the front of the vehicle. Williamson crossed the roadway and struck a 2003 Honda Civic driven by Deborah Clingan, 54, no address given, who was driving east on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, police said. Police believe alcohol to be a factor. Injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Accident victim was Tampa man

The driver killed in a single-vehicle accident on the Courtney Campbell Parkway on Sunday has been identified as Quinton Daniel Smith, 22, of 6421 Solano Court in Tampa. According to Clearwater police, Smith and another unidentified motorcyclist were doing stunts on the parkway about 1 p.m. Sunday. Smith lost control of his 2007 Suzuki and slid along the barrier wall until he hit a light pole. The other driver saw the crash and fled toward Tampa, police said. Smith was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where he was pronounced dead. The investigation continues.


Holiday events are friendly to families

The city will offer two family-friendly events to celebrate Independence Day. A Patriotic Picnic in the Park will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Craig Park on Spring Bayou. Fireworks can be viewed from Fred Howard Park, 1700 Sunset Drive, at dusk Friday.

Pinellas deaths

Andrews, Dayton T.

Beck, Margaret

Black, James R.

Boscacci, Jordon L. "Jay"

Burnett, Elizabeth "Sissy"

Fitzgerald, Ann

Galletta, Lucy M.

Haynes, William Boykin "Billy"

Kelly, Dera Lee Stancil

Mailisand, Manuel Angelo

Michael, Charles Henry III

Oser, Betty J.

Silverthorn, William A.

Stephens, Claire L.

Treacy, William L., M.D.

Welch, Dolores

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Police ask help to solve McDonald's robbery 06/30/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 8:11am]
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