Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

Clearwater officer’s wife offers unique support for ‘blue’ families

Clearwater officer’s wife offers unique support for ‘blue’ families

CLEARWATER — Nancy Kachurik doesn’t know when her husband will retire from the police department. But when he does, she knows he’ll leave a legacy.A grin spreads across Kachurik’s face and her eyes dance as she talks about her husband. He’s mentored ...
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Arbitrator cites ‘odor’ of racism in firing of Clearwater fire lieutenant, orders him reinstated

Arbitrator cites ‘odor’ of racism in firing of Clearwater fire lieutenant, orders him reinstated

CLEARWATER —There wasn’t enough evidence to conclude for sure that discrimination played into the city’s 2016 firing of Clearwater Fire & Rescue Lt. Nathaniel Brooks.But there was little to suggest it was anything else, arbitrator Anthony Redwood rul...
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Fire at Clearwater condominium complex displaces 18 residents

Fire at Clearwater condominium complex displaces 18 residents

CLEARWATER — A three-alarm fire at a Clearwater condominium complex displaced 18 people Tuesday morning, according to Clearwater Fire & Rescue.According to a news release, the blaze started in the attic of building 8 at the Imperial Cove Condominiums...
Updated one month ago

Search to continue for Tarpon Springs fire station site

BY JEFF ROSENFIELDTARPON SPRINGS —City officials have been hoping a vacant piece of property on Gulf Road would be a good spot for a new fire station, but a survey of the property has disappointed them.Project Administration Department Director Bob R...
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Ruth Eckerd CEO: Clearwater is blowing an opportunity with band shell

Ruth Eckerd CEO: Clearwater is blowing an opportunity with band shell

CLEARWATER — Ruth Eckerd Hall President and CEO Zev Buffman said the city’s $50 million Imagine Clearwater waterfront redevelopment project has blown a chance to fill a gaping void in the Tampa Bay market.There is no boutique, outdoor amphitheater he...
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Baby choked with diaper wipe faces uncertain future

Baby choked with diaper wipe faces uncertain future

TARPON SPRINGS — The blood still on the wall is a constant reminder. So is the IV stand and the yellow stethoscope dangling from it. So is her son’s face.The image haunts Kassandra Morales in the shower and in the car going from doctor appointment to...
Updated one month ago
Judge refuses to lower Michael Drejka’s $100,000 bail

Judge refuses to lower Michael Drejka’s $100,000 bail

LARGO — The court hearing was to consider a lower bail for Michael Drejka, the man who shot Markeis McGlockton in a convenience store parking lot.But the drama that unfolded Thursday felt more like a trial.Prosecutors pulled out the surveillance vide...
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Clearwater asks state lawmakers to clarify stand your ground

Clearwater asks state lawmakers to clarify stand your ground

CLEARWATER — The City Council recently passed a resolution asking lawmakers to reconsider holding a special session to clarify the controversial stand your ground law. A measure to hold a special session, which would have needed support of three-fift...
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Crossing guard admits to accidentally killing gopher tortoise in Dunedin

Crossing guard admits to accidentally killing gopher tortoise in Dunedin

A crossing guard turned himself in to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, saying he was the person seen on video running over a gopher tortoise at an elementary school on Saturday. Robert Dantschisch, 48, saw surveillance video from the sheriff’s o...
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Lawyer uses sheriff’s words to seek bail reduction for parking lot shooter

Lawyer uses sheriff’s words to seek bail reduction for parking lot shooter

Lawyers for Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in a convenience store parking lot last month, have listed the Pinellas County sheriff’s initial decision not to arrest Drejka as a reason to reduce their client’s $100,000 ba...
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