Bicyclist hit by car on U.S. 19 and later dies
A 49-year-old Palm Harbor man was fatally injured in a collision with a car while trying to cross U.S. 19 on a bicycle Tuesday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Mark Daniel Russell was bicycling from the west side to the east side of U.S. 19 just north of Curlew Road when he was struck by a northbound Nissan Sentra driven by Palm Harbor resident Kelby Michael Miksch, 36, troopers said. Russell was thrown into the roadway. He was taken for treatment to Mease Countryside Hospital, where he died from his injuries. The incident remains under investigation.
Truck drives into living room
A group of Clearwater residents banded together to detain a Holiday man who police say drove his truck through the wall of a house on their street Tuesday night. Randall Fowler, 47, drove his pickup truck into the home at 2186 Alemanda Drive, north of Nursery Road and west of Belcher Road, according to the Clearwater Police Department. The truck broke through the southern wall of the home and came to rest in the living room, authorities said. Fowler backed the truck out of the home and tried to flee on foot, police said, but was detained by neighbors until help arrived. Fowler was arrested on charges of DUI and leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage. He was released Wednesday on $750 bail.
Workshop explores 'female voices'
"Awakening your Female Voices through the Arts" is the name of a workshop for women age 14 and older to explore the creative expression of their "female voices" using artistic media such as fabric, storytelling, music, dance and writing. Dinner and admission to a production of the Vagina Monologues is included in the $40 workshop fee. The workshop is at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road. For more information, call (727) 531-7704 or visit www.femalevoices.weebly.com.
Subdivision wins council's okay
The City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve plans for a 30-home subdivision on just over 10 acres south of Lafayette Boulevard and east of State Street. Wellington Estates, to be built by M/I Homes, should have lots available for purchase by September, according to Christopher Koncal, a representative of development partner the Barclay Group in Palm Harbor. The 2,500- to 3,500-square-foot single-family homes, on 65-foot by 120-foot lots, will cost between $350,000 and $450,000. There will be a 20-foot buffer between Wellington Estates and five homes on Lafayette Boulevard, the council decided. Three planned retention ponds will catch excess stormwater. Council member Linda Norris was the lone vote against the project.