Turkey Trot to close roads this morning
If you are out for an early morning drive in Clearwater today, watch out for road closures and lots of pedestrians near Clearwater High School at the intersection of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Hercules Avenue. Today is the 34th running of the Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot. An estimated 16,000 runners, walkers and spectators will assemble around the high school stadium and at the race starting point on Keene Road just south of Gulf-to-Bay. Sections of Keene Road, Nursery Road, Druid Road and numerous side streets will be closed until about 10:30 a.m. For more information about the race and how it will affect traffic, go to tampabay.com/turkeytrot.
Deputies say man rammed cruisers
A Safety Harbor man was arrested on several charges Tuesday night after he rammed his vehicle into three Pinellas County Sheriff's Office cruisers while a child in a car seat rode along as his passenger, authorities said. Patrick Rowe, 21, was pulled over for traffic violations about 9 p.m. at the corner of Fort Harrison Avenue and Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater, according to the Sheriff's Office. Rowe then put his Dodge Charger into reverse, striking a deputy's cruiser, and drove forward again, hitting another cruiser, "violently ramming back and forth," deputies said. During this time, a female passenger yelled that she wanted to be let out with her child, who was riding in a car seat behind Rowe, but Rowe refused, deputies said. He eventually jumped out of the car and ran but was caught and arrested on charges including child abuse, false imprisonment and multiple counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. Rowe was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $185,500 bail.
County offices will close today, Friday
Pinellas County government offices will be closed for Thanksgiving today and Friday. The courts of the 6th Judicial Circuit (Pinellas and Pasco) will not be in session. The Solid Waste Administration Building and the Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center will be closed today and Friday, but the collection center will be open regular hours Saturday. The scale house/landfill will be closed today and will reopen at the regular time Friday and will be open Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pinellas County parks and the Florida Botanical Gardens will remain open today but will be closed Friday, with the exception of Fort De Soto Park, beach access areas and standalone boat ramps (Park Boulevard, Belleair Causeway and Sutherland Bayou). The Florida Botanical Gardens will open at 5 p.m. Friday for the first night of Holiday Lights in the Gardens. The Environmental Education Center at Brooker Creek Preserve, the Cultural and Natural History Center at Weedon Island Preserve, Pinellas County Extension, Heritage Village and Animal Services will be closed today and Friday. All facilities will reopen Monday.