Two arrested in shooting near Skycrest Park
Police have two men in custody after shots were fired at a vehicle Friday morning near Skycrest Park. No one was injured, according to police spokeswoman Beth Watts. Clearwater police received a call at 10 a.m. that two men in a van had fired shots at another vehicle near Harvard Street and Duncan Avenue, Watts said. When police found a van matching the description and attempted to pull it over in the vicinity of Sherwood Street and Amble Lane, two men got out and ran. Officers set up a perimeter and brought in a police dog to track the men, who had been driving a stolen vehicle. Police took one of the men into custody shortly after the incident. The second was found later. Police recovered the gun believed to have been used in the shooting. During the search, four nearby schools — Clearwater Fundamental, Clearwater Intermediate, Sandy Lane Elementary and Calvin Hunsinger School — were placed on lockdown, meaning no one was allowed to come into the facilities. It's unclear who the men were targeting. Police are investigating.
Man accused of assaulting girl
A 24-year-old man was arrested Thursday, accused of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 12. Sean P. Faustrum, of the 300 block of Ridge Road NW, was charged with felony sexual battery. He is being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail. According to an arrest report, the child was taken to Largo Medical Center on April 5, complaining of pain. Medical staffers determined the child had suffered "significant injuries to her vagina." A child protection team investigator determined the injuries likely occurred April 4 or 5. Faustrum repeatedly told police he was the only person with the child during that time frame, an arrest report shows. The name of the child was not released because she is the victim of a sex crime.
Pinellas Pioneers hold picnic today
The Pinellas Pioneers Association, started in 1962, will hold its 47th annual picnic at 11 a.m. today at Shelter 3 inside Eagle Lake Park, 1800 Keene Road. The event is open to the public. For information, call Bob DeLack at (727) 441-1338.
Rid your home of hazardous waste
Pinellas County residents can dispose of household hazardous waste by participating in a free mobile collection offered by Pinellas County Utilities. The program will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Waste items can be dropped off at the parking lot of Tarpon Springs High School, 1411 Gulf Road. Items that will be accepted include televisions, computers, paints and paint thinners, motor oil, rechargeable batteries and fluorescent bulbs. For information, call (727) 464-7500 or visit pinellascounty.org/utilities.