Man dies after truck swerves off county road
A Palm Harbor man was killed when his truck swerved off the road in Dunedin on Friday morning, authorities said. Shortly after 2 a.m., Matthew W. Vonderau, 31, was northbound on County Road 1 in a Ford F-150 pickup, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He lost control of the truck for unknown reasons at the intersection of County Road 1 and Hickory Gate Drive, south of Curlew Road and west of Belcher Road, the Sheriff's Office said. The vehicle swerved off the road, struck several trees and flipped over, ejecting Vonderau. Dunedin rescue workers pronounced Vonderau dead at the scene. No one else was injured. Alcohol use appears to be a factor in the crash, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies continue to investigate the incident.
Inmate charged in Sept. 30 shooting
Police have charged a Clearwater man in connection with a shooting five months ago. Aaron Hoyte, 31, has been charged with attempted felony murder, armed robbery and felonious possession of a firearm, according to the Clearwater Police Department. Hoyte was identified in connection with a Sept. 30 shooting in the 600 block of Grant Street, off Myrtle Avenue north of downtown Clearwater. The victim, 41-year-old Raul Torres, was treated and released from the hospital, police said. Authorities said at the time that two friends took Torres to meet with someone at the dead end of Grant Street. They took him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after the shooting. Hoyte is in the Pinellas County Jail on an unrelated cocaine-possession charge. Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said detectives identified Hoyte as a suspect based on DNA evidence at the crime scene.
Daughters of Italy offers scholarship
The application process for a $1,000 scholarship through the Daughters of Italy Lodge 2825 and the Clearwater chapter of the Order Sons of Italy in America has begun. Applicants must be Florida residents and of Italian descent. High school graduates, returning students and continuing students of higher education may apply. Also available is a separate application for a $1,000 scholarship offered by the Grand Lodge of Florida, Order Sons of Italy in America. To receive an application call Floretta Guanciale between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m, (727) 787-1432 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit daughters ofitaly.com. The deadline for completed applications for the Daughters of Italy Scholarship with supporting documents is March 25.
All ages welcome to join chorus
The Palm Harbor Community Chorus is starting rehearsals for a spring show. The group meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the Centre, 1500 16th St. No audition is required, all ages and voices welcome. For more information, call (727) 939-2951.