Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

Tarpon Springs hospital to unveil new sign, give tours

Key Bayside Bridge figure remembered

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Hospital to unveil new sign, give tours

Florida Hospital North Pinellas, formerly known as Helen Ellis Memorial, will unveil its new sign and host tours of the hospital from noon to 2 p.m. today. The public is invited to gather in the front parking lot of the hospital at 1395 S Pinellas Ave. for a short presentation and video, followed by refreshments and tours. For more information, visit www.fhnorthpinellas.com/Home/NewDay.

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Supreme Court suspends attorney

Attorney Aaron J. Slavin, 4707 140th Ave. N., Suite 211, has been suspended from practice by the Florida Supreme Court. Slavin, who was admitted to practice in 2002, is suspended until further order after being adjudicated guilty of trafficking in Oxycodone, a first-degree felony, according to the Florida Bar. He was sentenced to three years in prison, followed by five years of drug offender probation. Slavin was among 21 attorneys disciplined by the Supreme Court this week.

Bestiality, child porn charges levied

A Clearwater man has been arrested after he kept child pornography on his home computer and took photos of himself involved in a sex act with his girlfriend's dog, police said. Eric Antunes, 29, was charged with 10 counts of possessing of child pornography. Police referred an animal cruelty charge to the Pasco-Pinellas State Attorney's Office for prosecution. Clearwater police got a tip about Antunes and found him at his home at 2893 St. John Drive. Police said he "admitted to downloading and viewing child pornography from his home computer" and allowed detectives to search his hard drive. A search uncovered nine photos and one video of child pornography, according to police. "Several images of bestiality" were also found on Antunes' cell phone, authorities said. Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said the photos depicted Antunes with a dog. Watts said the dog remained in the custody of Antunes' girlfriend, its owner, after Antunes' arrest. Watts said animal welfare authorities would be notified of the incident.

Boating safely course May 19-20

With the weather warming up and more people taking their boats out on the water, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater is offering "About Boating Safely" on May 19 and 20 at the Clearwater Police Department, 645 Pierce St., in downtown Clearwater. The program will start promptly at 8 am. Topics will include Boating Emergencies, Know Your Boat, Getting Under Way, Navigating, Operating Your Boat Safely and Legal Requirements. All graduates receive a Florida state certification card. Materials are $35. For information and to register, contact Peter Ubilos at (727) 469-8895 or [email protected]

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Motorcyclist crashes into Subaru while trying to flee Pinellas deputies

CLEARWATER — A 21-year-old fleeing from deputies on a motorcycle crashed into car while speeding away from a cruiser Friday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Brown, of Clearwater, was recklessly driving his 2016...
Updated: 2 minutes ago

DUNEDIN — A 60-year-old Clearwater man who likely had a medical episode while driving is now in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after rolling over his car, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.A Largo police officer noticed a...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

Florida’s dip into frigid temperatures did more than just stun humans unused to such cold air. This month scientists and volunteers have rescued more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.The U.S. Geological S...
Published: 01/20/18
U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

WASHINGTON — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunctio...
Updated: 11 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

Friday’s scoreboardBoys soccerIndian Rocks Christian 2, Lakewood 1Lennard 3, Spoto 0Girls soccerPCAC Championship: Largo 3, Osceola 1Lennard 8, Spoto 0
Published: 01/19/18

Four people linked to Tampa carjacking captured hours later

TAMPA — It took officers just 27 minutes Friday night to capture four people who they said stole a car from its owner.The incident started outside the Ybor Coffee Shop at 5:45 a.m. A group approached the driver as he sat in his 2010 Toyota Corolla. T...
Published: 01/19/18
Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bay’s local career centers

Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bay’s local career centers

The state has opened an investigation into CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, days after the Tampa Bay Times asked about whether the two regional job centers were inflating the number of people they had helped get hired. The agencies, ...
Published: 01/19/18

Florida National Guard soldier killed, five injured in Sebring crash

SEBRING — A soldier with the Florida National Guard was killed and five others were hospitalized after a multi-vehicle crash on Friday, officials said.The crash took place at about 1 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Hammock Road.The soldiers ...
Published: 01/19/18
Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

NEW PORT RICHEY — Two New Port Richey men face charges after Pasco County deputies say they stole about $11,000 worth of cellphones and cellphone equipment at a Metro PCS store on State Road 54.Robert Jackson and Ronald Hartshorn were arrested Wednes...
Published: 01/19/18
U.S. Attorney: Tampa woman uses soul food restaurant as part of scheme to steals thousands

U.S. Attorney: Tampa woman uses soul food restaurant as part of scheme to steals thousands

TAMPA — The owner of a soul and seafood restaurant is facing more than 10 years in federal prison for filing dozens of false tax returns and stealing thousands of dollars, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Natalie Rene Panko, 57, owner of Ladie...
Published: 01/19/18