ST. PETERSBURG - A 76-year-old woman was robbed and raped in the downtown area about 2:20 a.m. Saturday. The woman, who told police she left her apartment to go for a walk, was grabbed by a man and was pulled into an alcove at First Congregational Church, 240 Fourth St. N, police said. After the attack, the man took the woman's purse, which had about $5, police said. The woman was treated at Bayfront Medical Center and released. Male babysitter arrested in rape PINELLAS PARK - Police have arrested a 20-year-old man suspected of raping a 12-year-old girl he was babysitting. The attack occurred about 10:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at a Pinellas Park residence, police said. On Monday, the man, identified as Robert C. Gardner of 11418 94th St. N, Largo, was charged with sexual battery. He remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Monday in lieu of $35,000 bail.
7 candidates run in Madeira Beach MADEIRA BEACH - Seven people have filed for the mayor's job and two commission seats in the March 13 city election. Mayor Hugh Lamont is being challenged by Marvin Frederich and Robert Spaeth. In the District 1 commission race, incumbent Arnold Alloway is being challenged by Paul T. O'Connor. In the District 2 commission race, incumbent Warren Sturgis is being challenged by Marvin Merrill.
Top Pinellas teacher named today The Pinellas Teacher of the Year will be named today at a ceremony to honor the year's 10 Outstanding Educators. The finalists are Judith Ambler, Belcher Elementary; Peggy Calhoun, Seminole High; Kay Deegan, Lealman Comprehensive Middle; Susan Froemming, Woodlawn Elementary;
Jeani Fullard, Lealman Avenue Elementary; Carlyn Hallin, Southern Oak Elementary; Elaine Kay, Starkey Elementary; Robert Poth Jr., Tyrone Elementary; Linda Schwartzkopf, Walsingham Elementary; and Nancy Weiffenbach, North Ward Elementary in Clearwater.
Two-way street to stadium City officials plan to improve traffic to the Florida Suncoast Dome by opening a section of Third Avenue S to two-way traffic starting today.
Third Avenue S now handles one-way traffic heading east. The change will allow stadium patrons to exit from I-175 at M.L. King (Ninth) St S, turn left at Eight Street S, and left at Third Avenue S toward the stadium.