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Tarpon Springs father charged after son, 6, shoots brother, 3


Father charged after son, 6, shoots brother

A Tarpon Springs man is accused of culpable negligence five months after his 6-year-old son accidentally shot the boy's 3-year-old brother with a handgun. Rockny G. Carpio, 35, was arrested Tuesday and released on $2,000 bail. Carpio was living in Clearwater when the shooting occurred. Here's what Clearwater police say happened: On Feb. 20, Carpio's 6-year-old son found a semiautomatic gun in the father's bedroom. The child accidentally fired the gun, hitting his 3-year-old brother in the chest. The 3-year-old survived. A police investigation found several unsecured firearms in the Clearwater home. The 6-year-old said he learned how to put a round in the chamber by watching Carpio.

Pawnshop owner faces charges

A local pawnshop owner was arrested Wednesday on felony charges of conducting business without a license and dealing in stolen property, police say. Craig Reckley, 49, of Palm Harbor is the owner of Quick Cash Pawn on Drew Street. According to police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts, Clearwater police and the Department of Agriculture inspected the pawnshop July 27. They found several pieces of merchandise that were stolen or undocumented. They also discovered that Reckley's license for his business had expired. Reckley received a $4,000 fine. After further investigation, Clearwater police arrested Reckley on Wednesday. He was charged with 40 counts of conducting a pawn business without a license and one count of dealing in stolen property, all felonies. He also faces four misdemeanor counts of failure to document transactions. Watts said the investigation is ongoing.


Purple Heart event planned Friday

The city will hold its second Purple Heart recognition ceremony Friday at Purple Heart Park on Main Street and Broadway Boulevard. The ceremony, at 10 a.m. at 300 Main St., will feature speeches, the unveiling of a ceremonial brick for the city's Purple Heart monument and a 21-gun salute by the Dunedin High School Junior ROTC. City Manager Rob DiSpirito will read from a letter written by an Army private during World War I.


Discussion set on bluff restoration

An informational meeting to discuss a bluff restoration project will take place at 6 p.m. today at Belleair's Town Hall, 901 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Belleair officials say the project will deal with erosion that has done significant damage in the past 20 years. But some residents worry that vegetation, some 100-year-old trees and wildlife will be casualties. For more information, call (727) 588-3769.

Tarpon Springs father charged after son, 6, shoots brother, 3 08/04/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 7:43pm]
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