It's time for the annual San Gennaro Festa this weekend in Safety Harbor. Above, Ana Diaz of Tarpon Springs gives pizzelles a taste test. Page 6.
Woman hits school bus, but no one is hurt
A 48-year-old Pasco County woman ran a red light and rear-ended a school bus full of elementary-age children while it was stopped Thursday morning, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. None of the more than three dozen students was injured when the white Chrysler hit the back of the bus at 8:20 a.m. near the intersection of State Road 580 and Overcash Drive, deputies said. The bus was headed to Garrison-Jones Elementary School. Deputies arrested the Chrysler's driver, Donna Lynne Jones, on charges of DUI, open container, no proof of insurance, careless driving and introduction of contraband into a secure facility. Deputies said Jones appeared to be impaired and they found an open alcoholic beverage container in her car, but they didn't think alcohol was the problem; instead, she told them she had taken several prescription painkillers. When Jones was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, guards reported finding a crack pipe hidden in her clothes. Jones, of 15723 Donzi Drive in Hudson, remained in jail late Thursday in lieu of $11,500 bail.
Two dropoff sites set up for drugs
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on Thursday unveiled new dropoff containers where residents can dispose of unwanted prescription drugs seven days a week in an extension of Operation Medicine Cabinet, an initiative to keep drugs out of the wrong hands. The new dropoff locations are at the Sheriff's Administration Building at 10750 Ulmerton Road, Largo, and the agency's North District Station at 737 Louden Ave., Dunedin. A deputy will be available to help citizens with their dropoffs from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. No questions will be asked and no information will be required from residents, who are encouraged to remove labels from medication bottles. The Sheriff's Office will not accept syringes, biohazards or medical equipment. For disposal of those items, visit the Pinellas County Utilities website at www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/getridofit. Another Operation Medicine Cabinet event, in which medications can be dropped off at various locations throughout the county, is scheduled for April 30. Locations will be posted in the near future on the agency's website at www.pcsoweb.com.
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