SALVAGE OWNER CHARGED WITH AUTO THEFT
Police are accusing a salvage owner of car theft and running a chop shop. Scott Sands, who owns Independent Salvage at 3101 Emerson Ave. S, was arrested late Tuesday at his Clearwater home on charges of auto theft, title certificate fraud, dealing in stolen property and operating a chop shop. This is what police say happened: Police detective Tim Brown of the auto theft unit went to Sands' shop and saw employees cutting a 1990 Lexus LS400 into four pieces. Police determined that the car had been stolen Oct. 25 not far from the shop. Detectives returned Tuesday and found a 2005 Ford F-450 that had been reported stolen to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on March 20. The truck had Independent Salvage logos painted on both doors. Detectives also said Sands faked destruction certificates for two other vehicles. Detectives seized 10 tow trucks belonging to the business. Sands was arrested at 10 p.m. Tuesday at his home at 2661 Peachtree Circle E in Clearwater. He was being held in lieu of $40,000 bail.
Parade, bazaar deadline nears
The deadline is Friday to register for either the Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade or the after-parade event, Holiday Hoopla-Bayou Bazaar. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Winn-Dixie parking lot at Pinellas Avenue and Morgan Street. The bazaar, including a candy cane hunt and an area for last-minute shopping, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Craig Park, 100 Beekman Lane. Vendor cost is $35 for chamber members; $50 for nonmembers. There is no cost to participate in the parade. For an application, visit tarponspringschamber.com. For more information, call (727) 937-6109.
Donate a present for victims of abuse
For the sixth straight year, the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., is providing holiday gifts for child victims of domestic abuse through the Haven of Religious Community Services, which is based in Clearwater. Wish lists are available by "Giving Tree'' in the lobby of the library. Those interested in making donations can bring gifts, unwrapped, to the library by Saturday. For more information, call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3018.
The Florida Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended Clearwater attorney Bruce G. Kaufmann from practicing law until further action is taken concerning his license. A headline Wednesday was incorrect on this point. In the article, the final sentence was truncated. Kaufmann's quote was: "The (Florida) Supreme Court, if they get an unfounded allegation from the Florida Bar, they don't even investigate it. They just give you 30 days to shut down your practice," he said. "Think about the client that was counting on me being at their hearing 31 days from now."
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