Dennis L. Gregory had just cashed in his $140 lotto ticket when a man knocked him unconscious and stole his wallet. Gregory, 53, who police said was a disabled veteran, suffered injuries to his head. He was released after being treated at St. Joseph's Hospital and the James A. Haley VA Hospital, police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said. The crime occurred just outside the Citgo gas station at 9911 N Nebraska Ave. Video surveillance helped police find Tyron Debaron Williams, 22, of Tampa, who faces the charge of robbery, police said. Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show Williams has been arrested 18 times. The robber was part of a group, police said.
Ex-lawyer gets 10 years for fraud
Disbarred Clearwater attorney Graham Kligerman received a 10-year federal prison sentence Tuesday for his role in a mortgage foreclosure rescue fraud conspiracy. Chief U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich ordered Kligerman, 34, to pay $6.5-million in restitution to the long list of loan processors, banks, homeowners and buyers victimized by his real estate scheme. Kligerman pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud and conspiracy to commit bank, wire and mail fraud. He is accused of acting as the closing agent on 57 fraudulent real estate transactions. Banks were misled into making millions of dollars in loans, and homeowners who thought they were saving their homes from foreclosure actually lost them. "I live with regret every day," Kligerman said. "To anybody who was hurt, and I know there were many of them, I apologize."
Jazz Holiday draws 40,000
Roughly 40,000 people attended the free four-day Clearwater Jazz Holiday, slightly down from previous years, organizers said Wednesday. The outdoor concerts faced stiff competition from the Tampa Bay Rays in the final three American League Championship Series games. "We still had a good crowd," said Gary Hallas, the Jazz Holiday's consultant. "Obviously, the Rays' Game 7 plus the Sunday night Bucs game where they honored Mike Alstott - I think that was a big pull for a lot of people. How much of an impact that had, it's hard to say." Clearwater police estimated the nightly crowds at 10,000 on Thursday, 10,800 on Friday, 12,000 on Saturday and 7,000 on Sunday, said police Lt. Wayne C. Andrews.
Wal-Mart loses round at Anclote
Wal-Mart is facing more hoops to jump through if it wants to build a store on the Anclote River. The retail giant suffered a setback when city commissioners decided in a 3-2 vote Tuesday that the project's concurrency certificate had expired. The certificate is required to assure that infrastructure such as roads and sewers can handle the development. That means Wal-Mart could be forced to do more impact studies, go through another concurrency review and appear at more site plan hearings. The company could also take the matter to court and ask a judge to interpret the legal documents now at the heart of the controversy.