Officer won't face charges in complaint case
A Tarpon Springs police officer will not face criminal charges in connection with a complaint of "possible improper contact" with a 17-year-old Tarpon Springs High student, a department spokeswoman said Tuesday. But Cpl. Michael Kazouris, 35, remains the subject of an internal affairs investigation to determine if any department policies were violated, Lt. Barbara Templeton said. Kazouris, who earns $48,161 annually, has been on administrative leave since early November.
Register by Friday for Neuter-A-Thon
The Humane Society of Pinellas is taking appointments for its 13th Neuter-A-Thon, to be Saturday at 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater. Doing its part to help with pet overpopulation, HSP will provide feline neutering at a reduced cost of $15. Appointments will be first-come, first-served and limited to the first 500. Owners are required to register in person and pay for services at the address above by Friday. Bring a valid ID, county pet license and proof of rabies vaccine. If needed, the vaccine will be administered for $2 and a license for $10. A microchip can also be implanted for $15. For information, call (727) 797-7722, ext. 222.
Small brush fire extinguished
Oldsmar Fire Rescue put out a small brush fire south of Lexington Street near the Mobbly Bayou Preserve on Tuesday afternoon. Lt. Dean O'Nale said Pinellas County Environmental Lands Division has been conducting a controlled burn in the preserve over the past week, but Tuesday's fire was in a different area and not related to the controlled burn. O'Nale said the fire did not threaten any homes and the cause could not be determined.
Pet clinic to celebrate opening
Stop Pet Overpopulation Together will open its first spay/neuter clinic Thursday at 4403 62nd Ave., Pinellas Park, with 6 p.m. hors d'oeuvres and 6:30 p.m. ribbon cutting, silent auction, raffles and goodie bags. The event is free and open to the public. Call (727) 545-3463.
Catch live blues downtown with party Thursday
This weekend’s Knology Clearwater Sea Blues Festival will feature a kickoff party with live blues at 7 p.m. Thursday along the Cleveland Street District in downtown Clearwater. The three-day festival will take place Friday , Saturday and Sunday in Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. The event features blues musicians and gulf coast cuisine. Admission is free, gates open at 4:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. For details, call (727) 562-4700 or visit ClearwaterSeaBlues.com.
Motorcyclist John Prado slammed into the side of James E. Laier's pickup about 2 a.m. July 18, 2008, according to Largo police. The collision was caused after Laier failed to yield at a stop sign, police said. A story in Tuesday's paper was incorrect on these points.