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Jan. 13, 1923: Man faces fine or jail for letting cow starve

Failure to provide sufficient food for a cow caused Frank McCloud to be arraigned in Clearwater city court this morning, where he was fined $15 or 15 days in the city jail.

A committee comprising Dr. W.E. Wyman, Patrolmen Groves and Moody and Motorcycle Officer Lloyd Bistwick visited the home of the man yesterday and examined the cow.

They reported that appearances indicated that it had not had anything to eat for many days.

The men gave the animal water and food, which it consumed ravenously, they said.

"You can't help it because a dumb brute is sick," the man said.

"I have been doing everything I can for the cow, but it won't eat most of the time."

Investigation by the officers showed that the man had not purchased feed in this city for several months, and then had bought but 20 cents worth.

McCloud said he bought feed in Tampa.

The testimony of Dr. Wyman revealed that the cow was being starved, but that the most convicting fact in the case was the man had offered him a $5 bill if he would not prosecute.

Jan. 17, 1936

Two escape after auto goes in ditch

TAMPA SHORES — City Councilman T.E. Dressler and daughter, Neva, suffered injuries Thursday morning when the car Mr. Dressler was driving was forced from the highway and turned over in a ditch with 10 inches of water at its bottom.

The accident happened while they were en route to Tampa. According to the driver, a large truck and trailer crowded his car from the highway and the Dressler car went into the ditch.

M.H. Smith, Tampa, and J.V. Broadgate, Green Bay, Wis., both motorists, rescued them.

Both were pinned under the car, which was completely wrecked. Mr. Dressler was cut and bruised and Miss Dressler suffered a broken collarbone.

Jan. 14, 1936

Housewife fires shots at cat burglar

CLEARWATER — A determined housewife, Mrs. A.V. Stamp, 1200 Garden Ave., fired three shots last night and frightened away Clearwater's "cat burglar" as he attempted to enter her home.

Police Chief Joe Russell is conducting an intensive search for the burglar who is held responsible for attempted break-ins here for the last four nights.

Jan. 13, 1936

Officers investigate highway robbery

CLEARWATER — The slugging and robbery of Kenneth Moriarty, Safety Harbor, on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard Saturday night by a pair of unidentified thieves, was being investigated by officers today.

Moriarty was robbed when he stopped on the road to repair his automobile motor.

He told officers two men drove up in a car, jumped out and hit him on the head. They escaped with $14, he reported.

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