Friday, January 19, 2018
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Pinellas County police blotter

Man drinks beer in WaWa bathroom, police say

A Clearwater man helped himself to a beer inside a WaWa store, then got mad when confronted by store employees and took his anger out on some snack chips, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 11 a.m. on May 14 at the WaWa at 12750 Walsingham Road in Largo. Pinellas sheriff's deputies said Matthew Keefe Dube, 47, walked into the store, grabbed a 24-ounce IceHouse Edge beer from the shelf, went into the bathroom and drank it.

"When confronted at the register," a deputy wrote in an arrest affidavit, "Matthew began to grab Soy Crisps chips off the shelf, threw them on the ground and stepped on them. Matthew was also yelling and cursing at the store employees and customers inside the store."

Deputies arrested Dube on a disorderly conduct charge.

Naked man accused of terrorizing neighbors

A naked man who was yelling racial slurs at his neighbor led police on a pursuit that ended in an attic last week, authorities said.

It all happened about 4:15 a.m. May 19 when Largo police were summoned to the 2100 block of 18th Avenue SW. There, they found Michael Matthew Baker, 22, "shouting obscenities and racial slurs" at a neighbor while not wearing any clothes.

Upon seeing officers, Baker ran into the apartment of a woman who had a restraining order against him. He climbed into her attic, then broke through a barrier so he could hide in the attic of an adjoining apartment, arrest reports state. Baker was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and burglary.

Couple's fight over last beer ends in arrest

A Clearwater woman was arrested last week after police said she swung a knife at her boyfriend because he had taken their last beer.

The incident occurred May 19 in the 1300 block of S Tioga Avenue. Police said Tammy Schumaker, 46, became angry with her boyfriend and swung a knife at him, leaving a 3-inch cut to his left hand. Schumaker was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Man accused of trying to drink others' drinks

A St. Petersburg man was arrested last week after he tried to drink other patrons' drinks at a beach bar, authorities said.

Pinellas sheriff's deputies were called to the bar in the 6300 block of Gulf Boulevard at about 6 p.m. May 18. Employees told them that they had asked Richard Bruce Chandler, 69, to leave, but he refused.

He was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge.

Man charged with hitting neighbor with shovel

A Clearwater man was arrested this month after police say he hit a neighbor with a shovel.

The incident occurred about 1 a.m. on May 19 in the 1000 block of Lotus Path, according to Clearwater police.

Officers said Thaddeus Scott Haggard, 29, got into an argument with the neighbor, poured gasoline in front of the neighbor's house, then hit the neighbor in the back with a shovel.

Haggard was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

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