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Two arrested in Clearwater drug raid


Drug raid nets pills, crack, two arrests

Detectives arrested two people and seized crack cocaine and prescription pills during a drug raid Tuesday night, police said. Michael Palmore, 46, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, four counts of sale of cocaine, five counts of possession of cocaine, sale and possession of oxycodone, and possession of Alprazolam and marijuana. Bonitta Esposito, 44, was charged with possession of morphine and violation of probation on a drug possession charge. When police officers executed the search warrant about 6:40 p.m., Palmore ran, then hit an officer as he was being taken into custody, police said. Detectives found 15 grams of crack cocaine, various prescription pills and about $350 in cash. Palmore, who lives at a Hillcrest address, was being held Wednesday in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $74,000 bail. According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Palmore, who also goes by the name Mike A. Smith, was convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon in Pinellas County in 1985 and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Most recently, he was released from prison in January 2010 after a cocaine possession conviction in 2007.

Nonprofits can still apply for grants

The deadline is Friday to apply for the GFWC Clearwater Community Woman's Club's 2011 Daisy Grants. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to nonprofit organizations in Pinellas County that have demonstrated positive service to the community. Applicants can access the application through the GFWC Clearwater Community Woman's Club website, The awards will be presented at the 40th annual Daisy Grants Fashion Show at the Belleair Country Club on March 31.

Program explores end-of-life issues

Clearwater's Senior Citizens Services, 1204 Rogers St., will host a community outreach program and educational seminar on end-of-life issues from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday. The presenter will be Rudy Kazmierski, family services manager for Woodlawn Memory Gardens in St. Petersburg and Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater. He will discuss the financial, practical and emotional benefits of taking control of end-of-life issues. Admission is free, however, seating is limited. Reservations are not required but suggested. For more information, call (727) 442 8104.


Volunteers needed to help with taxes

The AARP Tax-Aide program is looking for volunteers to prepare federal taxes. The volunteer-run tax preparation service serves low- to middle-income taxpayers with special attention to those age 60 and older. Volunteers receive IRS-certified training and reimbursement for mileage. A minimum commitment of four hours a week during February, March and early April is required. For further details or to sign up, visit

Two arrested in Clearwater drug raid 01/05/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:21pm]
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