Police: man said he's dumb For burglarizing
They say it's no crime to be stupid. That truism was apparently lost on Clearwater resident Eddie Harris, who, according to police, made a full confession of idiocy Friday morning after he was arrested on burglary charges. Shortly before 2 a.m., Harris, 47, illegally entered a freestanding garage next to a house on Sedeeva Circle S, police said. He removed a bicycle and an eight-gallon air compressor but in the process woke up the house's resident, according to police. The resident came outside carrying a .38-caliber handgun, which he trained on Harris until police officers arrived. Investigators said Harris acknowledged removing the bike but denied having anything to do with the air compressor being out of place. His motive? "Defendant stated he did it because he is a 'dumb-a--,'" according to an incident report. According to jail records, it's the seventh time since 2008 that Harris has been arrested for nonviolent offenses in Pinellas County, including several drug charges. Harris was also charged with burglary for rummaging through the victim's vehicle Friday morning, police said. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $4,000 bail.
Man tells officer 'that's my beer'
A routine arrest for possessing an open container of alcohol in public turned into a scene resembling an unscripted rehearsal for a beer commercial. Police said Ricki Edwards, a 43-year-old Clearwater transient also known as "Jersey," was sitting next to an open 16-ounce can of Natural Ice beer at about 4 p.m. Wednesday. Happy hour was interrupted when a police officer grabbed the open canister. Edwards' response, according to arrest records: "Hey, that's my beer." He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on a misdemeanor open-container charge and released the next day.
Marina staff can dispose of flares
Clearwater marina personnel collect expired flares from boaters using city marinas and docks and safely dispose of them. The staff also collects used engine oil, oil filters, batteries and other items to dispose of properly. To learn more, call (727) 462-6954.
The Upper Pinellas African Violet Society is holding a violet sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at St. Matthias Lutheran Church, 2751 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater. An item on Friday's Diversions page incorrectly stated that the sale would be held Sunday.