Pinellas County sheriff's deputies and residents in Tarpon Woods had a few tense moments Friday morning as authorities looked for a domestic violence suspect.
Officials first heard that Timothy Michael Johnson, 24, of East Lake had a gun and they didn't know where he was, so about 10:30 a.m. they covered the area around Tarpon Woods Boulevard and Brian Road with 18 deputies. They also dispatched a sheriff's helicopter and sent a deputy with a tracking dog to the area. Deputies later determined that Johnson did not have a gun.
Johnson turned himself in Friday afternoon and sheriff's officials said he would be charged with violating a restraining order. He was being booked into the Pinellas County Jail on Friday evening.
Investigators: Wednesday apartment fire was arson
PALM HARBOR _ Investigators have ruled that a fire at the Stonegate Apartments on Wednesday was intentionally set. Arson detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and the state Fire Marshal's Office had no suspects and were still investigating the fire Friday, sheriff's Sgt. Tim Goodman said.
The blaze began in a vacant apartment at the complex, located at 31177 U.S. 19 N, just before 3 p.m. Wednesday. It caused about $60,000 damage and forced a neighboring family from their home, officials said. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.