Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Public safety

Sexual predator arrested for moving to Palm Harbor without updating ID

CLEARWATER

Sexual predator moves without updating ID

Clearwater police said Chester Robert Dzikowski, 32, was arrested late last week, accused of violating his sexual predator registration requirements when he moved out of the Butterfly Lodge Motel at 12500 U.S. 19 N and did not update his Florida driver's license or ID card within two days of relocating, per state law. Dzikowski now lives at 325 Cherry Laurel Drive in Palm Harbor, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail after he posted $10,000 bail. Dzikowski, who goes by "Blue Devil," was found guilty of committing sexual battery on a Pinellas County victim younger than 12 in 1998, state records show. He has a fair complexion, shaved head and green eyes. He is 6 feet 2 and weighs about 170 pounds.

Review proposed nature park plan

The public is invited to review the proposed master plan for Moccasin Lake Nature Park during a community open house today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The park is located at 2750 Park Trail Lane, off Drew Street east of U.S. 19. For more information, call (727) 562-4852.

Volunteers needed for Fun 'N Sun

Volunteers are needed to help make the Fun 'N Sun festival concerts a success on April 27-28 in downtown's Coachman Park. Volunteers can work soda wagons, rent chairs or help out in the volunteer check-in tent. Visit myclearwater.com/parksvolunteer to sign up or receive emails about upcoming volunteer opportunities. For more information, call (727) 562-4803.

PALM HARBOR

Possible sinkhole being investigated

A possible sinkhole opened Tuesday in the middle of Mission Grove Drive near Highlands Boulevard. A hole measuring about 5 feet wide and 5 feet deep opened in the residential street about noon, said Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Division Chief Craig Maciuba. Officials from Pinellas County Utilities also responded to determine if the collapsed ground is a sinkhole or a break in a water line, he said. The section of Mission Grove Drive was closed at 12:30 p.m. as the investigation continued.

Pinellas deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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Woman, 87, killed in collision while driving wrong way near Brooksville, FHP says

Woman, 87, killed in collision while driving wrong way near Brooksville, FHP says

BROOKSVILLE— An 87-year-old motorist died Tuesday night after she collided with a pickup truck while driving on the wrong side of the road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash occurred about 8:50 p.m. as Patricia Green Marlette of Brook...
Updated: 5 hours ago
FDLE: Victim in $480,000 scam is heiress to Wrigley gum fortune

FDLE: Victim in $480,000 scam is heiress to Wrigley gum fortune

A woman state authorities say was scammed out of $480,000 by two of her employees is an heiress to the Wrigley chewing gum fortune.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed Tuesday that the victim in the case is Helen Rich, 69, formerly Hel...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Carlton: Lowering the American flag for the newly dead at school — again

Carlton: Lowering the American flag for the newly dead at school — again

In a scene repeated at public buildings across the country, the American flag in front of the library outside my office window was lowered to half-staff this week.This time for 10 dead in Texas.In February, the American flag was similarly half-staff ...
Published: 05/23/18
Largo man broke into jewelry store, cut himself on glass and bled all over everything, police say

Largo man broke into jewelry store, cut himself on glass and bled all over everything, police say

A Largo man was arrested Monday after police said he broke into the front door of a jewelry store and stole $10,000 in jewelry, but cut himself in the process and left blood all over the store.Police arrested Jaime Williams, 31, on a charge of burgla...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Police: St. Pete man who pried a safe out of the wall in custody

Police: St. Pete man who pried a safe out of the wall in custody

ST. PETERSBURG — It took more than an hour for a 25-year-old man to break into a restaurant, pry a safe out of the wall, drag it through the back and then wrestle it into his car, according to police.That was last week. Michael Murphy was arrested Tu...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Search underway for North Carolina man missing from Tampa-based Carnival Paradise

Search underway for North Carolina man missing from Tampa-based Carnival Paradise

The U.S. Coast Guard was searching Tuesday for a 50-year-old North Carolina man who reportedly fell off a Tampa-based cruise ship.The Coast Guard Key West received a call from the cruise ship Carnival Paradise about 10 a.m. saying the man, Brian Lamo...
Published: 05/22/18
Deputies: 10th-grader brings loaded gun to Bradenton high school

Deputies: 10th-grader brings loaded gun to Bradenton high school

A Bradenton Bayshore High School student faces charges after he brought a gun on campus on Tuesday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.Around 11:45 a.m., school resource officers were alerted by school staff that the student, a 10th-gra...
Published: 05/22/18
Police swarm Panama City street in apparent shootout

Police swarm Panama City street in apparent shootout

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Multiple law enforcement agencies have surrounded a Panama City apartment building where an active shooter is barricaded inside.City spokeswoman Caitlyn Lawrence says it’s still an active situation. The suspect has been firing on ...
Published: 05/22/18
FedEx driver, 22, dies in crash on Interstate 4

FedEx driver, 22, dies in crash on Interstate 4

TAMPA — A 22-year-old FedEx driver died on Interstate 4 Tuesday when a tire blew out on his freight truck, which veered into the path of a Chevrolet Volt, state troopers said. Two teen girls in the Volt survived the 10:21 a.m. crash. A photo shows ci...
Published: 05/22/18
Crime in Florida, Tampa Bay region decreased in 2017, data show

Crime in Florida, Tampa Bay region decreased in 2017, data show

Crime in Florida reached a 47-year low in 2017, according to state figures released Tuesday and touted as a "major announcement" by a Republican governor determined to win a U.S. Senate seat. The state’s total crime rate dropped by 6 percent from 201...
Published: 05/22/18