Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Two accused in Dunedin home invasion robbery


Two accused in home invasion armed robbery

Authorities say a man and woman created a ruse to get into a home Monday afternoon, then robbed a homeowner. According to arrest reports, Christina M. Quinn, 34, and Thomas M. Kurish, 32, went to a home in the 500 block of Chicago Avenue. When a woman answered the door, Quinn pretended to be a Medicare representative to get the woman to let her into the house. Once inside, she pulled out a handgun, pointed it the woman and demanded money, jewelry and pain pills, reports say. It's unclear where Kurish was as the incident unfolded, but sheriff's reports indicate he and Quinn planned the robbery and went to the home together. The two live at 1020 Michigan Drive W. Both were charged with home invasion robbery.


Mother, son held in drug house case

Pinellas deputies have made a second arrest connected to an alleged drug house on Bayside Boulevard. On Monday, they arrested Aletha B. Howard, 49. On Tuesday, they arrested her son, William J. Howard Jr., 22. Both are charged with operating a drug house at their home at 105 Bayside Blvd. Aletha Howard owns the home, according to property records. Deputies say they got numerous complaints from neighbors about suspicious activity there. Deputies searched the home in 2009, seized guns and two ounces of cocaine, and charged William Howard with armed trafficking in cocaine. That case is scheduled to go to trial in August. On Friday, investigators searched the home again and found more cocaine. Deputies tried to pull William Howard over Tuesday afternoon, but he fled at a high speed, driving on the wrong side of the road at times and running stop signs, according to an arrest report. During the pursuit, he threw a loaded Glock .40-caliber handgun from his vehicle, deputies said. He was charged with operating a drug house, armed trafficking in cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and resisting arrest.


Exhibits feature pastel collections

Three exhibits featuring pastels will open Friday at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. "Brooke Allison: A Retrospective" shows 40 years worth of the master pastelist's drawings, paintings and pastels. "You Are Here: Pastel Artists of DFAC" features the works of DFAC's faculty and students. The Pastel Society of Tampa Bay's "Possibilities in Pastels V" features 65 contemporary works from artists across the Southeast. The exhibit is judged and juried by internationally-known master pastelist Doug Dawson, who will also offer a three-day workshop today through Saturday on studio landscape and plein air instruction. An opening reception and gallery talk, to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, is $5 for the public and free for DFAC members. The exhibits end June 26. Call Ken Hannon at (727) 298-3322, ext. 230 for information.

Two accused in Dunedin home invasion robbery 05/11/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Donald Trump calls for NFL to set a rule forbidding players from kneeling during national anthem


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is up and tweeting, and his target is the NFL.

    The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday in Glendale, Ariz. [AP photo]
  2. Tampa International named among least expensive airports


    TAMPA — Florida airports apparently have a knack for getting it done cheaply.

    According to RewardExpert, Tampa International Airport is the fifth least expensive domestic airport. 
[CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
 file photo]

  3. What Hurricane Maria taught me about the people of Puerto Rico


    SAN JUAN — After Hurricane Maria took their roof, water and electricity — but spared their chickens — Ana De Jesús and Santiago Quiñones packed a few basics and moved across the street into their windowless beachside kiosk.

    Ismael Freytes, 69, removes muddy debris as he tries to clean out his house in Arecibo, where the local river poured into the streets after Hurricane Maria. [CARL JUSTE?| Miami Herald]
  4. Anna Maria City Pier to close for year after 'extensive damage' from Hurricane Irma


    ANNA MARIA — While Hurricane Irma's last-minute shift helped spare large swaths of Florida cities from catastrophic damage, the Anna Maria City Pier didn't fare so well.

    A damage assessment following Hurricane Irma suggests repairs for the Anna Maria City Pier can take at least 12 months. [LUIS SANTANA for Visit Florida]
  5. Photo of the Day for September 26, 2017 - Flying gecko on glass

    Human Interest

    Today's Photo of the Day comes from Wayne Rayburn of Tarpon Springs, FL. He calls it "Flying gecko on glass."