Wednesday, April 25, 2018
News Roundup

Pinellas County police blotter

Woman charged with forging work time sheets

A St. Petersburg woman is facing charges that she filed bogus time sheets over a three-year period at her job at Suncoast Hospice. Marlana Catherine Lewis, 27, was arrested May 5 on charges of grand theft and scheming to defraud. While working as a certified nursing assistant at the hospice, Lewis forged 140 time sheets that caused her to be overpaid by about $45,000, Largo police reported. Lewis was fired from her job in March after the fraud was discovered, police said.

Police: Man bought cocaine in restaurant

A Palm Harbor man learned earlier this month that buying drugs inside a restaurant can be risky business. Tarpon Springs police said they arrested Edward Gary Reiss, 52, on a drug charge May 5 after he bought a bag of cocaine while inside a restaurant on U.S. 19. Police said the purchase was witnessed by an off-duty police officer who was also inside the restaurant at the time. Police said the officer was sitting at a table behind Reiss that night when he saw Reiss give cash to another man in exchange for a plastic bag with a white powder inside.

Man charged with stealing burger from buffet

A Tampa man was jailed earlier this month after he snatched a hamburger patty from the buffet line of the Post Card Inn on St. Pete Beach. Pinellas sheriff's deputies said Blake A. Baker, 20, was walking through the inn's property in the 6300 block of Gulf Boulevard on the evening of May 5. Baker took the patty from the buffet line of a private party at the resort, deputies said. "The cost of the buffet was $26.50," an arrest report states. A staff member saw the patty theft and Baker ran off. Security officers and deputies ordered him to stop and chased him. Baker was caught a block away and arrested on a charges of defrauding an innkeeper, resisting arrest and unauthorized possession of an identification card, arrest reports state.

Man charged with driving at woman, baby

A St. Petersburg man was arrested earlier this month on charges that he drove a vehicle at a woman and her 1-year-old daughter.

Jerry M. Prewitt, 69, was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. The incident occurred the evening of May 5 in the 400 block of 34th Street N, which is where Prewitt lives, police said. No injuries were reported. Police did not provide a motive for the incident.

Woman, 21, charged with stealing Publix cake

Maybe it's not always the thought that counts — not if you steal a birthday cake, anyway. Largo police earlier this month arrested a 21-year-old woman on charges she tried to steal a half-sheet birthday cake from the Publix at 857 West Bay Drive. Dezaray Monique Slaughter of Largo was arrested on a charge of retail theft. Police said the cake was valued at $51.

Police: Drunk man uproots Scientologists' bush

A Clearwater man was arrested earlier this month after he pulled a bush out of a planter on Church of Scientology property.

Robert Francis McGinley, 51, was arrested on a criminal mischief charge after the May 4 incident on S Fort Harrison Avenue. In an arrest report, Clearwater police said McGinley "purposely pulled a bush from its roots in a planter bed." Police said McGinley was intoxicated and declined pulling the bush, but officers reviewed a video showing the incident, the report states. The bush was valued at $50.

Fight with uncle over girlfriend leads to arrest

A Safety Harbor man was arrested on charges that he waved an aluminum baseball bat and a 3-foot-long wooden walking stick at his uncle.

Zenobia Jones, 50, was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault in connection with the May 5 incident in the 600 block of 10th Place. Sheriff's deputies said Jones — who goes by the aliases Snow, Snowman and Z — believed that his uncle was sleeping with his girlfriend, which prompted the incident. When questioned by deputies, Jones admitted to pulling the bat and the stick on his uncle — but only after his uncle pulled out a long sword on him, arrest reports state.

Comments
A religious group has settled in a big pink house in Clearwater. Neighbors aren’t happy.

A religious group has settled in a big pink house in Clearwater. Neighbors aren’t happy.

CLEARWATER — The first thing John Trevena noticed about his new neighbors was the color of their house: Pepto-Bismol pink.It didn’t worry Trevena, a criminal defense lawyer who moved into the three-bedroom rental home next door in 2015."I knew it was...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
For starters: Rays at Orioles, weather permitting (again)

For starters: Rays at Orioles, weather permitting (again)

The Rays and Orioles are going to try again to play tonight, though the tarp was on the field this afternoon and a light rain falling with heavier precipitation expected later.The Rays, who called up veteran reliever Jonny Venters this afternoon, are...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Sheriff: Sunlake SRO who took down student ‘did what he had to do’

Sheriff: Sunlake SRO who took down student ‘did what he had to do’

At a news conference on Wednesday, Nocco identified the officer as Richard Stackon, who joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1994. Stackon has spent "several years" as an SRO, Nocco said, and he had nothing in his file "that stands out." Around 1 p.m., Noc...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
State Road 54 closed after state trooper injured in crash

State Road 54 closed after state trooper injured in crash

WESLEY CHAPEL — A motorist suffered a medical emergency and crashed into six cars at a Wesley Chapel traffic light Wednesday, injuring a trooper, the Florida Highway Patrol said.The trooper, whose injuries were not life threatening, was airlifted to ...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Yelp search results reflect racist stereotype that Asian restaurants serve cat and dog

Yelp search results reflect racist stereotype that Asian restaurants serve cat and dog

A strange thing happened when typing "dog menu" into the restaurant ratings website and app Yelp. It automatically generated suggested searches. There were dog massage, hot dogs, pet groomers. Also: "dog meat." But it got more disturbing. Take Yelp...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Yelp making changes after search results reflect racist stereotype that Asian restaurants serve cat and dog

Yelp making changes after search results reflect racist stereotype that Asian restaurants serve cat and dog

The results may be an example of "algorithmic bias."
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Rays bring Jonny Venters back to majors

Rays bring Jonny Venters back to majors

The Rays have called up LHP Jonny Venters, the former Braves star reliever who has not pitched in the majors since 2012.Venters, 33, had been at Triple-A Durham, posting a 1.59 ERA in 5 games, after a strong showing this spring for the Rays.He has re...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Updated: 1 hour ago

Updated: 1 hour ago

Updated: 1 hour ago