Thursday, February 22, 2018
Public safety

Pinellas police blotter: stabbing, stolen remains, public nudity

Man charged after attack with screwdriver

Pinellas sheriff's deputies said they arrested a St. Petersburg man early Sunday morning after he stabbed a man with a screwdriver at a St. Pete Beach bar.

The stabbing was at about 2:20 a.m. Sunday at MacNasty's Sports Bar and Grill, 6295 Gulf Blvd. Deputies said Christopher J. Forrester, 29, stabbed another man during a fight.

Forrester ran away and was later caught hiding in bushes along the beach by a canine unit. He was charged with aggravated battery.

The man who was stabbed did not suffer serious injuries.

Stolen urn returned to Palm Harbor widow

A man was arrested this month on a charge that he stole an urn with human remains from a woman in Palm Harbor.

Sometime in early June, David Scott Ronuckeo, 37, stole the urn from a woman in the 1900 block of Groveland Road, Pinellas sheriff's deputies said. The urn, valued at about $350, contained the remains of her husband, the deputies said. On June 13, a deputy interviewed Ronuckeo and persuaded him to return the urn.

Ronuckeo was arrested on a grand theft charge. Court records have listed the address where the theft occurred as Ronuckeo's address.

Criminal can't flush drug charges away

A St. Petersburg man convicted this month of drug crimes now faces more charges after he tried to smuggle synthetic marijuana into the Pinellas County Jail.

Curtis Delwayne Williams, 34, had been sentenced June 16 for possession of marijuana and cocaine.

While deputies searched his sneakers, they also found a "hidden compartment" in the heels containing bags of synthetic marijuana, according to an arrest report.

While a deputy wrote him up for possession of contraband, Williams flushed the bags down a toilet near the holding cell area. He now also faces a charge of tampering with evidence.

Woman accused of public nudity

A Clearwater woman was arrested this month after police said they found her without bottoms while parked in a driveway.

Just before 2 a.m. on June 12, someone called police and reported suspicious activity on a neighbor's property in the 1300 block of Boylan Avenue. The caller said the neighbors were not home.

Police said they found Tanya Michelle Han, 38, in a car parked in the driveway. She was without bottoms and "appeared highly intoxicated," an arrest report said.

Han, who lives on Betty Lane in Clearwater, resisted officers' attempts to get her out of the car and "started ripping her clothes off and throwing it," the report said. She was arrested on charges of public nudity and resisting arrest.

Drunken man hops in ambulance, is arrested

St. Petersburg police said they arrested a drunken man this month after he climbed into the back of an ambulance.

Adam Michael Byrne of Oviedo opened the door of the ambulance about 2:20 a.m. on June 14 and climbed inside. Officers had to remove him from the ambulance, which was in the 200 block of Central Avenue.

Byrne was charged with disorderly intoxication. The incident was the day before his 33rd birthday.

Compiled by Times staff writers Chris Tisch and Laura C. Morel

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