Possible Trial date set for girl accused in fire
The 11-year-old Clearwater girl accused of setting her mother on fire in December appeared in juvenile court Wednesday morning and learned she has a potential trial date of March 24. Her attorney, Roger Futerman, said the state Department of Juvenile Justice already has recommended potential sanctions for her, but he declined to disclose them. Futerman said he is still reviewing evidence, including a silver-colored lighter with a fingerprint on it that may have been used to set the blaze. It's not yet known whose fingerprint is on the lighter. The girl was released from the Pinellas County Juvenile Detention Center and has been staying with an aunt while awaiting trial. The girl and a 15-year-old described as her boyfriend, Jack Ault, were arrested and accused of setting fire to the home of her mother, Nancy Broadhead, as she slept. Broadhead, who also came to court Wednesday, will need surgery for her injuries. The St. Petersburg Times is not naming the girl because of her age.
Add city to your list of friends
The city of Clearwater has joined Facebook. Residents can go online and become a fan of the city on the social networking Web site to get information about upcoming events, road closures, holiday hours, public safety and more. They can also report problems or issues they are having, and the city will try to address them. Find the Web page at www.face book.com/CityofClearwater to sign up.
Have fun, help a greyhound Friday
For this month's 4th Friday Clearwater, Greyhound Pets of America of Tampa Bay, an organization supporting retired racing greyhounds, will be the benefiting charity. From 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday between the 500 and 600 blocks of Cleveland Street, there will be a downtown street party with live entertainment by Kenny McGee. The event is free to the public. Visit www.4thFridayClearwater.com.
Reserve now to hear MacManus
Political commentator Susan MacManus will speak at a joint meeting of the League of Women Voters of North Pinellas County and the Clearwater Branch of the American Association of University Women on Jan. 30. Deadline for reservations is Sunday. The lunch meeting will be at noon with a meeting to follow at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 Osceola St. MacManus, a professor of political science at the University of South Florida, will speak on the upcoming 2010 campaigns and elections in Florida. Cost is $5. Send a check payable to AAUW to Barbara Perkins, 2009 Princeton Ave., Dunedin 34698, or a check made payable to LWVNPC to Susie Rodenbeck, 1681 Sparkling Court, Dunedin, 34698. Call Susie Rodenbeck, (727) 734-3465.