Triathlon worker leads police on chase
A worker at the TriRock Triathlon was arrested Sunday after authorities say he attempted to steal a generator from event organizers, then led police on a race around town. Clearwater police say Christopher James Fusco, 43, of Holiday was working as a day laborer for the triathlon on Clearwater Beach when he started loading the 3,000-watt Honda generator into the trunk of a 2005 Hyundai around noon Sunday. Another race employee confronted Fusco, who at first maintained the generator belonged to him, authorities said. When challenged again, Fusco removed the device from his trunk and drove off, they said. A Clearwater police officer found the Hyundai in the 600 block of S Gulfview Boulevard and tried to stop it but Fusco sped off, authorities said. The chase continued onto eastbound Bayway Boulevard where, authorities say, Fusco unsuccessfully tried to hit another officer's vehicle head-on. Fusco was later found on Palm Island Drive NE under a dock and taken into custody. He was charged with grand theft, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude, burglary and violating probation on a prior police battery conviction.
Drop off that used cooking grease
Last holiday season, residents brought more than 350 gallons of leftover grease, oil and fat to the city of Clearwater for recycling. If you use a turkey fryer to cook up a holiday meal this season, bring the leftover grease to the city's grease recycling drop-off center, at the Solid Waste and General Services Complex at 1701 N Hercules Ave. The facility is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the program is free for all city residents. Recycling household greases, oils and fats is easier than might be expected. Place leftover cooking greases, frying oils, meat drippings and salad dressings into an old plastic bottle or glass jar, bring to the drop-off site, and pour the contents into the receptacle. Grease that's poured down household drains can contribute to costly sewer backups and blockages, which then lead to sewage spills.
Lecture on saving marine animals
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium's free Making Waves speaker series continues at 6 p.m. Thursday with a presentation by CMA's veterinarian of record, Dr. Mike Walsh, clinical associate professor and associate director of aquatic animal health at the University of Florida. He will talk about entangled marine animals, including the development of a sedation technique for severely entangled right whales. The talk will conclude with a question and answer session. The presentation will be held in Bright House Theatre inside the Clearwater Marine Aquarium at 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. Visit www.SeeWinter.com for a list of lectures planned for next year.