Transient beats librarian; no reason known
Bystanders chased a transient and held him until police arrived Wednesday afternoon after authorities said he beat up a city librarian. The librarian, Salvatore Miranda, suffered facial fractures in the attack, which happened around 1 p.m. at the library at 138 E Lemon St., police said. Miranda, who was taken to Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, also had several lacerations on the right side of his face. The injuries were so severe that Miranda's right eye was swollen shut. According to Tarpon Springs police, 39-year-old Paul H. Poekert went into the library and started punching Miranda in the face. It's unclear why Poekert attacked Miranda. He was arrested on a charge of felony battery. Court records show Poekert has previous convictions in Pinellas County for disorderly conduct and failure to appear for trespassing.
Motorcyclist hurt in crash with bus
A school bus and motorcycle collided at Drew Street and N Highland Avenue about 9 a.m. Wednesday. No children were on the bus, said public safety spokeswoman Beth Watts. The 27-year-old motorcyclist, who was not identified, was seriously injured and taken by helicopter to a hospital. No information was released about the bus driver. How the vehicles collided is under investigation. The school bus was westbound on Drew before turning left onto Highland, Watts said. The motorcycle was eastbound on Drew.
Free physicals offered to athletes
Morton Plant Mease physicians, certified athletic trainers and physical therapists will provide free athletic physicals to Pinellas County high school student athletes 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Palm Harbor University High School, 1900 Omaha St. The exams include checks of height, weight, blood pressure, vision, lungs and the musculoskeletal system. The exams are free but a fee may be required by some schools to support their booster clubs. Call (727) 462-7861.
• Between Oct. 1, 2008, and Sept. 30, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security approved 40,924 EB-1 visas for people with exceptional ability, said Sharon Scheidhauer, a spokeswoman for Citizenship and Immigration Services. A story in Sunday's regional editions was incorrect on this point.
• An art class helped design covers for novels written by students in Alyssa Anthony's 10th-grade honors English class at Tarpon Springs High School. A story in Sunday's regional editions was incorrect regarding who designed the covers.