Woman found unconscious in water has died
The 72-year-old woman found unconscious in shallow water off Belleair Shore beach Wednesday afternoon has died, authorities said Thursday. Pinellas County sheriff's deputies say Audrey A. Lonecke, a New York resident who was visiting family in Florida, was seen by witnesses wading in knee-deep water before she was found motionless in the gulf about 1 p.m. Lonecke was taken to Largo Medical Center in critical condition and died at the hospital about 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Sheriff's Office. An autopsy will be performed, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Marianne Pasha.
Man arrested after drive-by shooting
A 21-year-old Clearwater man was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and felony possession of a firearm after, police say, he engaged in a drive-by shooting in the 700 block of First Avenue North. According to an arrest report, Dwayne L. Miller Jr. was in the passenger seat of a black car approaching Byron Bryant at 2:30 a.m. When the car's window was rolled down, Miller shot 15 .40-caliber rounds into the street. Bryant was not struck. Bryant identified the suspect to St. Petersburg police, who arrested Miller at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. That evening, after Miller consented to a search of his apartment on Betty Lane in Clearwater, police entered and found a gun and ammunition. On Thursday, he was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $70,000 bail.
Get bridal bargains at Goodwill today
Brides-to-be: On your mark. Get set. GO! Beginning at 6 a.m. today, hundreds of future wives will race to find the perfect wedding gown for a fraction of the retail price. It will all take place at the Goodwill Superstore at 3929 Tampa Road, then move to the Wesley Chapel superstore at State Road 56 and Willow Oak Drive on Saturday. The new dresses, worth $500 to $1,250, will go for as low as $90. Shoppers also will be able to grab bridesmaid dresses, wedding accessories, attendant gifts and jewelry.
Sailing lessons for adults June 19-20
The city marina will host adult sailing lessons on the weekend of June 19-20. Instructor Doug Westphal will teach jibing, tacking, boat rigging, knot tying, boat handling and the rules of right of way from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that weekend. The lessons will cost $95 for residents with a city recreation card and $110 for everyone else. Register at the Dunedin Community Center at 1920 Pinehurst Road.