Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa man arrested on gun charge in Clearwater


Felon arrested after munitions found in car

A felon is behind bars again after Clearwater police found an assault rifle and two loaded magazines in his car Thursday night, a spokeswoman said. Officers noticed a suspicious vehicle in the 1500 block of Harbor Drive just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday, police spokeswoman Joelle Castelli said. The 2009 Hyundai Sonata had a Maryland tag and pulled into the driveway of an abandoned home that was clearly marked with a no trespassing sign, Castelli said. Officers asked to search the car, and the driver consented. Inside the trunk were two magazines with 33 .762-caliber rounds in one and 19 .762-caliber rounds in the other, four additional rounds and an assault rifle. Officers also seized $2,744 in cash. All four men in the car were felons. Police arrested one of them, Herman J. Williams, on a charge related to being a felon in possession of a firearm. "Through the detectives' investigation, they came to the conclusion that only the driver had the knowledge and the access to the gun in the trunk," Castelli said. Williams, 26, of Tampa was in the Pinellas County Jail on Friday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Bestselling writer to help program

Kick off the Clearwater Library System's adult summer reading program with a visit from bestselling mystery author James Grippando at East Branch Library at 2 p.m. June 1. The author of 17 novels, including the critically acclaimed "Jack Swyteck" series, Grippando writes thrillers that could be drawn from today's headlines. A book signing will conclude the presentation. For more information on the author, visit The library is at 2251 Drew St. For more information, go to or call (727) 562-4970.

Work to shut down lane on Gulf-to-Bay

One eastbound lane of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard from Coachman Road to Park Place will be closed until Nov. 17. The two other eastbound lanes there will remain open to traffic. This is part of the Florida Department of Transportation's ongoing improvements to U.S. 19.

Tarpon Springs

Shepherd Center earns recognition

The Shepherd Center in Tarpon Springs has received the Community Service and Leadership Award from the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless. The community service and leadership award is given to an individual, an organization, an elected official or a government entity in recognition of outstanding communitywide service and leadership that goes above and beyond the expected, and whose efforts have benefited the homeless in Pinellas County over time.

Tampa man arrested on gun charge in Clearwater 05/21/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 21, 2010 7:37pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rowdies shut out at Pittsburgh


    PITTSBURGH — The Rowdies lost their first USL game in nearly a month, 1-0 to Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

  2. Trump reveals that he didn't record Comey after all


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Thursday he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI director James Comey, ending a monthlong guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet more controversy.

    President Donald Trump said Thursday that he didn’t record his conversations with James Comey.
  3. Lightning fans, don't get attached to your first-round draft picks

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — When Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announces his first-round pick tonight in the amateur draft at No. 14, he'll invite the prospect onto the stage for the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) eludes  Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) during the second period of Wednesday???‚??„?s (12/28/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  4. Investigation Discovery TV show profiles 2011 Landy Martinez murder case


    The murder of a St. Petersburg man will be featured this week on a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery.

    Jose Adame sits in a Pinellas County courtroom during his 2016 trial and conviction for first-degree murder. Adame was convicted of first-degree murder last year for torturing and then executing his boyfriend as he pleaded for his life in 2011. Now it will be featured in a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery. The episode will air on June 26 at 9 p.m. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  5. Uhuru mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel protests exclusion from debate


    ST. PETERSBURG — Jesse Nevel, the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement candidate for mayor, on Thursday demanded that he be allowed to participate in a July 25 televised debate between incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and challenger Rick Baker.

    Mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel holds a news conference outside the headquarters of the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday to protest his exclusion from the mayoral debate. Nevel is a member of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement.