Suspect found at Criminal Justice Center
The hunt for a man accused of shooting a person Friday morning at his estranged girlfriend's residence didn't take long. Police had their man about an hour after the incident. Jerome Lowe was arrested at, of all places, the Criminal Justice Center, when he arrived at a pretrial session for charges stemming from a 2008 arrest. According to Clearwater police, Lowe, 24, of the 1700 block of Fulton Avenue, drove by Tigre Casselbury's home about 7:20 a.m. and shot Ricky Lewis, the woman's grandfather, while Lewis was in front of the home. Lowe fled in a vehicle, and Lewis was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. A short time later, Lowe showed up for an 8:30 a.m. court appearance and was taken into custody without incident, said Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and faces felony charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, domestic battery by strangulation and false imprisonment.
Woman, 90, had 26 cats in home
Twenty-six cats were confiscated by Pinellas County Animal Services officials Friday after neighbors of a 90-year-old woman realized she was raising feral cats. The woman had taken the cats to get spayed and neutered when a neighbor realized the situation and informed authorities. The residence, 39650 U.S. 19 N, Apt. 336, was in "deplorable" condition, said Tarpon Springs police spokeswoman Barbara Templeton. The cats appeared healthy, she said, and were taken to the Humane Society of Pinellas. Templeton said the woman, who is not being charged, was taken to stay with family in Palm Harbor.
Free forum today looks at housing
"The Housing Crisis: Recovery and Relief," a forum hosted by Largo/Mid Pinellas Democratic Club and Organizing for America, a nationwide network for community service, will begin at 1 p.m. today at St. Petersburg College's Seminole library, at 9200 113th St. N. Panelists include Pat Gerard, Largo mayor; Pam Dubov, Pinellas County property appraiser; William Sanchez, vice president of the Tampa Bay Community Development Corp.; Victor Adamo, Pinellas Realtor Organization chairman; and Kip Corriveau, director of social services for the Upper Pinellas County Salvation Army. The program is free. For information, call Rich Piper, (727) 588-0891 or (813) 210-7457.