Special-needs shelter taking registrations
The Atlantic hurricane season begins today, and as part of their preparation for hurricane season, Pinellas residents with special needs should register now if they're planning to use one of three county special-needs shelters during an evacuation. The shelters are staffed by nurses and other medical personnel from the Pinellas County Health Department and the Pinellas County School Board. Shelters are equipped for patients who need minimal medical assistance, not for those with acute medical conditions. You can register online at pinellascounty.org/emergency/specialneeds.htm. The special-needs registration form also can be printed from the Pinellas County Health Department website at pinellashealth.com/hurricaneinfo/newspecialneedsregistrationform.pdf. To have a form mailed to you, call (727) 464-3800 or your nearest fire department. People who use the shelters must bring their own oxygen, a two-week supply of medications, other portable equipment they need, their own bedding and food for special dietary needs.
Motorcyclist dies from his injuries
A 40-year-old Tampa man injured in a motorcycle accident on Memorial Day died Tuesday morning, officials said. Eric Von Schnetzer died about 11:30 a.m. at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he was taken after the accident, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said Von Schnetzer was northbound on Philippe Parkway about 2:20 p.m. Monday when he failed to negotiate a curve north of Enterprise Road. Deputies said Von Schnetzer locked up the front brakes and slid into a guardrail. Von Schnetzer, of 6702 Camden Drive, No. 202, was not wearing a helmet and suffered critical head wounds and internal injuries. Authorities have not yet determined whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Motorcyclist remains in hospital
A motorcyclist injured over the holiday weekend in an Oldsmar crash remained hospitalized Tuesday, according to the Sheriff's Office. Cheryl Santucci, 54, of 266 Hamilton Ave., was ejected from a 1984 Harley-Davidson after she hit a curb on Forest Lakes Boulevard about 6:20 p.m. Sunday. Santucci was not wearing a helmet and suffered injuries that appeared to be life-threatening, investigators said. Investigators were still working Tuesday to determine whether alcohol played a role in the crash, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Smoke detector alerts family to fire
A smoke detector alerted an adult and three children to an early morning apartment fire Tuesday. All four were able to escape the blaze, which destroyed the second-floor apartment at Ross Norton Park Apartments at 1450 S Martin Luther King Jr. St. No one was injured, though the three children were checked out by paramedics at the scene. Clearwater Fire and Rescue was summoned to the apartment about 12:45 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they saw fire in the kitchen and smoke coming from the second-floor window of apartment 502, according to a news release. The four occupants had already gotten out of the building.