Thursday, June 21, 2018
News Roundup

Seminole man accused of neglecting elderly woman

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Deputies: man neglected woman, 87

Pinellas deputies arrested a man this week who they said neglected an elderly woman who was in his care.

Timothy Giguere, 62, of Seminole faces a charge of abuse/neglect of an aged or disabled person.

The victim is an 87-year-old woman, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said staff at Largo Medical Center called authorities after Giguere took the woman there Sunday. He said she had become ill at home.

According to an arrest affidavit, the woman was extremely dehydrated, malnourished and had sores on her body.

"This condition did not develop overnight," Pasha said. "By the time she was taken to the hospital, she was in desperate shape."

Authorities are not disclosing the relationship between Giguere and the woman to protect her identity.

Pasha said Giguere, arrested after an interview with deputies Sunday, is not a professional health worker and does not have a job.

He was in the Pinellas County Jail on Monday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

clearwater

Scooter rider remains in hospital after crash

A 26-year-old Clearwater man remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday after he was thrown from a scooter during a traffic crash early Sunday morning on Sunset Point Road.

Gregory Allen Hitchcock was traveling west on Sunset Point on a 2009 Aprilia scooter shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday, according to the Clearwater Police Department.

He tried to pass a four-door 1990 Plymouth, also traveling west, but the car began turning left onto Stevenson Avenue.

The scooter struck the driver's door of the Plymouth, and the man was ejected, police said. Authorities were continuing to investigate the accident.

Tampa Bay

Closures will affect Gandy Bridge traffic

Motorists who use the Gandy Bridge could experience delays throughout the day today because of intermittent closings.

The closures will be "rolling" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., authorities said. The westbound lanes will be most affected, Florida Department of Transportation officials said, though eastbound lanes could be affected, too.

Officials attributed the closures to filming of the TV show Top Gear, which will be getting shots of a sports car crossing the bridge.

The show has a permit and will have several cameras and a helicopter on scene.

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Request postpones man's murder trial

The murder trial of a man accused of killing the son of a St. Petersburg community activist has been postponed.

Jerry T. Jones, 23, had been expected to go to trial today, but a judge granted his defense team's request for an extension during a hearing on Monday. He is being represented by a public defender.

Authorities said Jones shot and killed Cabretti Wheeler, 21, and Kyle Ellis, 24, in September 2008 at a Lealman auto repair shop.

The murder prompted Wheeler's mother to become a community activist and a vocal critic of what law enforcement calls the "no-snitching" culture after the case went cold.

Assistant State Attorney Mark McGarry said the unexpected delay centers on a female defense witness who attorneys said could be important to their case. The woman, who lives in Michigan, is unable to travel right now. McGarry said she has never been subpoenaed or deposed in the case before.

The victims' families said they were dismayed by the delay.

Times staff

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