Deputies find marijuana grow house in strip mall
A Clearwater man was arrested Tuesday and accused of operating a marijuana grow house in Largo.
Scott A. Norman, 41, of the 1800 block of Overbrook Avenue was charged with two felonies: manufacture of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana.
According to an arrest report, Norman was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office after deputies serving a search warrant found 81 pot plants in a unit of a garage-style strip mall at 12890 Starkey Road.
Court records show Norman pleaded guilty to manufacture with intent to sell a controlled substance and drug possession in 2005. He was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation, which was terminated early. On Wednesday afternoon, Norman was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $60,000 bail.
New York visitor dies after water rescue
The 72-year-old woman found unconscious in shallow water off Belleair Shore beach Wednesday afternoon has died, authorities said Thursday.
Pinellas County sheriff's deputies say Audrey A. Lonecke, a New York resident who was visiting family in Florida, was seen by witnesses wading in knee-deep water before she was found motionless in the gulf at about 1 p.m. Lonecke was taken to Largo Medical Center in critical condition and died at the hospital about 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Sheriff's Office. An autopsy will be performed, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Marianne Pasha.