Pinellas sheriff's deputies arrested a Largo High School Spanish teacher Tuesday and accused him of growing marijuana in his home. Acting on an anonymous tip, deputies went to Richard Montgomery Smith's home at 5306 46th Ave. N and searched the house after he gave them permission, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies reported finding five full-grown marijuana plants in a bedroom closet, 11 seedlings in a bedroom and some harvested marijuana in another closet. Street value: about $1,500. Smith, 33, faces a felony charge of manufacturing a controlled substance. He was released after posting $5,000 bail. Smith, who has two bachelor's degrees, previously had a clean record. The school district said it would now open its own investigation of Smith and could place him on administrative leave and take other disciplinary action. He has no previous record of any misconduct .
Paey's backers to seek waiver
Richard Paey's supporters will have five minutes to persuade the Florida Board of Executive Clemency to grant him a waiver so the governor can hear his request for clemency. Linda Paey and her husband's attorney, John Flannery II, will make the case at an Aug. 9 hearing in Tallahassee. In 2004, Richard Paey was sentenced to 25 years in prison for illegally obtaining the medication he said he needs for chronic pain.
Man accused of killing Marine
A 21-year-old is behind bars on charges that he shot and killed a U.S. Marine corporal in a robbery attempt. Jonathan Sanabria, 21, of 18425 Bittern Ave., Tampa, was arrested late Tuesday evening on a first-degree murder charge in connection with Saturday's shooting death of Miguel Angel Suarez, 25. Hillsborough sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway said Suarez was walking home from a concert when Sanabria approached him, tried to rob him and shot him several times. Suarez was left in the street near N Himes Avenue and W Sligh Avenue.
MURDER INDICTMENT: A grand jury on Tuesday indicted Michael Robert Glidden on a first-degree murder charge in the June 2 shooting of Daniel Russell Keller. Glidden is accused of killing Keller, 21, near a Baptist church in Zephyrhills.