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  1. Police: Man shot by Belleair police officer was carrying BB gun


    BELLEAIR — Police officer Roy Olsen feared for his life when he saw Jamaal Bishop's weapon Monday, according to an arrest affidavit.

  2. Uneven pavement on Gulf Boulevard should smooth out when project's done


    I read your recent article regarding the construction on Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach. As a resident of SPB who travels the length of Gulf Boulevard daily, I was happy to hear about the transition to night-time road construction/paving. But I wonder if anyone else has commented on the terrible paving job. There …

  3. Authorities: Man drank Coors Light while stopped in traffic next to deputy



    DUI charge follows sip taken in traffic

    A deputy stopped in traffic Nov. 20 looked at the car next to him and saw the driver sip from a 12-ounce bottle of Coors Light, according to an arrest report.

  4. Business owners suffering from U.S. 19 construction seek relief from state


    CLEARWATER — It wasn't the economic recession or market competition that caused sales at Jim Towers' appliance store to plummet more than 50 percent over the past six years, he says.

    The entrance to “Jersey Jim” Towers Appliances and Electronics is along a frontage road parallel to U.S. 19 in Clearwater. Drivers have to exit well before they can see the store for best access.
  5. Police searching for Clearwater hit-and-run driver

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Police are still searching for the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run pedestrian crash that left one woman injured.

  6. Website promotes Oldsmar Trail

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — A new website promoting the Oldsmar Trail is up and running. The idea for the website came about several months ago as the communications staff, together with the city clerk's office, was creating a glossy map of the trail that includes all 10 of the city parks. Ecotourism has long been on the minds of …

  7. Plans brewing to make Clearwater a boating destination


    CLEARWATER — Jerry and Carol Rubin of Orlando could keep their Hinckley 44 Fly boat docked anywhere they'd like.

    The downtown Clearwater Marina has 126 permanent slips, or boat parking, and 12 transient ones. There are 50,000 registered boats in Pinellas County.
  8. Indian Rock Beach baker's Eiffel Tower becomes symbol


    INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Luigi de Marchi, 22, took down the first mini Eiffel Tower from the front of Cafe de Paris, 2300 Gulf Blvd., several weeks ago. It had grown old and lost its luster, after 13 years of service at the French bakery owned by his parents, Valerie and Xavier.

  9. Daniel Ruth: Bus routes mean change for Williams Park


    Throughout most of its history, Williams Park served as St. Petersburg's front lawn. In another time, presidents spoke in the park. Residents gathered to listen to concerts. Nice place. Very Norman Rockwell. But that was a while ago.

  10. Clearwater police host gun buyback event

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Police Department is hosting a gun buyback event Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex at 2450 Drew St.

  11. Mayors' Breakfast tickets available


    SAFETY HARBOR — Tickets are on sale for the annual Mayors' Breakfast. The fundraiser, hosted by Doug Bevis, mayor of Oldsmar, and Andy Steingold, mayor of Safety Harbor, provides holiday meals and gifts to needy families in Oldsmar, Safety Harbor and Clearwater.

  12. Man, 19, charged with having sex with 14-year-old girl


    CLEARWATER — A 19-year-old man was arrested Tuesday, charged with having sex with a 14-year-old girl, authorities said.

  13. Versatility to the Max: CCC's Kligman plays both sides of the ball



    Max Kligman's job description on the football field this season reads linebacker/defensive lineman/offensive lineman/long snapper/fullback/tailback.

    “I kind of had a feeling I was going to be needed … . I just didn’t expect it to be that many spots,” said Max Kligman.
  14. Widow of man killed in pedestrian crash sues home care company


    PALM HARBOR — The widow of a man who died while trying to cross U.S. 19 last year is suing the company she hired to care for him.

    Denise Colletti’s lawsuit claims negligence in the care of her late husband, Agostino, 71.
  15. South Pinellas social scene

    Human Interest


    A packed ballroom at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park for the AchieveHERs Signature luncheon was inspired by keynote speaker Maj. M.J. Hegar, highly decorated Medevac helicopter pilot.

    Sherry Gore, of Sarasota, signs autographs moments after speaking on Thursday (11/12/15) during the Clearwater Community Women's Club's presentation of An Afternoon With the Author at the Clearwater Main Library where Gore shared stories of her inspiration and details about her cooking techniques.