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Woman jogger escapes from attacker

CLEARWATER

Woman jogger escapes from attacker

A woman was attacked while jogging on Clearwater Beach on Monday and police are looking for the attacker. The incident happened about 5:45 a.m. outside 880 Eldorado Ave. The 38-year-old woman was having trouble with her iPod, so she stopped jogging to fix it. That's when a man jumped her from behind, police said. But the woman broke away and ran to her family's house nearby, suffering only minor injuries. Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Daly-Watts said they had a sketchy description of the attacker: He is a white male, 6 feet tall, with dirty shaggy blond hair, somewhere between 30 and 45 years old. He has no facial hair and a strong smell of alcohol and body odor. Police said he was last seen wearing a white T-shirt.

Police cameras are ready for holiday

It's Labor Day weekend, but if you speed, run a red light or drive drunk, you may well get to meet one of the many police officers working through the holiday. Clearwater police announced they will be using 12 in-car cameras to capture driving faux pas. The cameras record passively as the patrol car is going through the streets. When the officer sees a violation, he or she activates the camera, and it retains the last 30 seconds of recordings. Then when it's time for court, there's proof of the driver's infraction. "It's visual evidence," said police spokeswoman Elizabeth Daly-Watts, "and you can't defeat it." Daly-Watts said the cameras have already resulted in 693 citations.

TARPON SPRINGS

Let us know why you love this beach

The beach at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs will close the day after Labor Day for bridge reconstruction, estimated to take about 15 months. You're hating it. We know. So send us your favorite memories from Pinellas' northernmost beach. We'll publish some in the coming weeks. Send submissions to Rita Farlow at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, farlow@sptimes.com or fax: (727) 445-4119.

LARGO

Benefit walk set for Sept. 6

Exercise and charity are never bad things and it's often even better when they're combined. Sign up to walk to raise money for hydrocephalus awareness at Largo Central Park at 9 a.m. on Sept. 6. Registration is free, and everyone who receives pledges will get a T-shirt. For information, contact Paula Keyser at (727) 637-5585 or hydrosupport@gmail.com.

In Sports

North Pinellas high schools are fielding several volleyball players worth watching in the upcoming season. 9C

Pinellas deaths

Bass, Ora I. "Bay"

Jefferson, Barbara J.

Lutzy, Betty E.

Muscati, Angela

Parkins, May

Roche, George

Wagner, Richard L.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Woman jogger escapes from attacker 08/28/08 [Last modified: Thursday, August 28, 2008 10:01pm]
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