Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

Hometown North Pinellas

Tarpon Springs resident wins literary award for thriller: The Florida Writers Association announced that David C. Edmonds of Tarpon Springs won a prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award. His winning entry, Lily of Peru, won first place in the thriller/suspense category. The award was announced at the FWA's four-day annual conference in Altamonte Springs. The competition received 393 submissions in 30 adult genres and 15 youth genres. The Royal Palm Literary Awards recognize excellence in members' published and unpublished works while providing constructive criticism for all entrants.

FSU names former Safety Harbor resident an Askew Award winner: The Florida State University Alumni Association named former Safety Harbor resident James Enos as one of six recipients of the Reubin O'D. Askew Young Alumni Award, one of its highest honors for young alumni. Enos now works at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Enos attended Countryside High School in Clearwater and is a pediatric cardiology fellow at the medical facility. Enos joins a distinguished group of 15 Askew Award winners. Since earning his medical degree in 2011, he has completed medical rotations around the world, including contributing to ongoing efforts to establish a medical center in Tanzania. The Askew Award is named for the former Florida governor, FSU alumnus and educator Reubin Askew. It is the highest honor granted by the university to alumni younger than 30 years old.

AARP honors local volunteer with Andrus Award: AARP Florida selected Susan Traylor of Tarpon Springs to receive the 2015 AARP Florida Andrus Award for Community Service. Traylor was selected for her volunteer service in both Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs. As a registered nurse, she provides medical aid to community members in need. Traylor also works with agencies around the county to help educate the community about financial matters, scams, identity theft and health care. Andrus Award honorees are chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of those around them, their dedication to improving their communities and their ability to inspire others to volunteer.

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St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

ST. PETERSBURG — Beef jerky, mayonnaise and Altoids mints were the only edible things in view inside one of the houses. There was no running water. The refrigerator was empty. A bed sat on top of the deteriorating living room floor. Cigarette butts b...
Updated: 4 hours ago

High school scoreboard for April 19

Thursday’s scoreboardBaseballDixie Hollins 8, Canterbury 0Northeast 13, Lakewood 3Calvary Christian 5, Berkeley Prep 2
Updated: 5 hours ago
Firefighters battle apartment complex fire in Tampa

Firefighters battle apartment complex fire in Tampa

TAMPA — Firefighters were battling a blaze at Captiva Club Apartments on Thursday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.According to video taken at the scene, the roof of one of the apartment buildings at 4401 Club Captiva Dr. ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant in Gilchrist County

Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant in Gilchrist County

Two Gilchrist County sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed at a restaurant about 3 p.m. Thursday.The deputies were at Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton when a man shot them through the restaurant’s window, a Sheriff’s Office statement said.A...
Updated: 7 hours ago
The St. Pete Pier takes another step forward

The St. Pete Pier takes another step forward

ST. PETERSBURG — Development of the city’s long-awaited pier advanced another step Thursday.The City Council approved a $15 million construction contract and additional money to design a waterside restaurant, build a playground and ferret out naming ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

TAMPA — How good can the Bucs be in 2018? Fans will get a good sense in the first three weeks, as Tampa Bay opens the year with three of its toughest games, all against reigning division champions.The Bucs open 2018 in New Orleans on Sept. 9 at...
Updated: 7 hours ago
FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

ST. PETERSBURG — A distracted driver walked away unscathed after his car plunged 50 feet off Interstate 275, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevrolet Camaro south on Interstate 275...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

The Lightning's Victor Hedman is a finalist for the second consecutive year for the Norris Trophy, given to the top defenseman in the league. The other two finalists are Drew Doughty of the Kings and P.K. Subban of the Predators, it was announced Thu...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

LARGO — Detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who broke into a home early Thursday morning and confronted the owners with a knife.The incident took place about 3:40 a.m. at a townhouse at 7360 Ulmerton Road, according to Largo...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Deputies: Man broke into house, set it on fire and stole their dog

Deputies: Man broke into house, set it on fire and stole their dog

SEMINOLE — A Seminole man was arrested on allegations that he burglarized a home, set it on fire and stole the homeowner’s dog, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Austin Lang, 19, now faces numerous charges of burglary, arson and poss...
Updated: 8 hours ago