Two 16-year-old boys were on the bicycle that hit and killed a 39-year-old Clearwater man Sunday night on Memorial Causeway, police said Tuesday. Police are not releasing their names because the investigation is ongoing and authorities have yet to decide if they will pursue criminal charges, police spokeswoman Beth Watts said. The teens were speeding west down the Memorial Causeway Bridge about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Watts said. One of the boys was pedaling while the other was on the handlebars. Dean Anthony Bartolo, who was walking in the opposite direction, suffered head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The boys were taken to a hospital, but both were treated and released. A video report is at video.tampabay.com.
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Candidate's son faces drug charge
The son of state House candidate Brian Blair is facing drug charges after being arrested Tuesday. Brett Leslie Blair, 18, was charged with possession of oxycodone, marijuana and paraphernalia when the 1996 Toyota he was driving was pulled over by Tampa police for speeding at 5:27 a.m. near Brooks Street and Busch Boulevard. According to an arrest report, the officer smelled burning marijuana and searched him. Police say the officer found 51/2 oxycodone pills in his front pocket. Blair said he was wearing his father's pants, according to the report. The report says the officer also found 0.28 ounces of marijuana and a ceramic pipe. Blair was released from jail after posting $2,000 bond. Brian Blair is running as a Republican for House District 47. Last year, child abuse charges against him were dropped following an altercation involving Brett Blair, then 17, at their home. Calls to Brian Blair seeking comment Tuesday night were not returned.
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Stolen tractor driven on beer run
"I'm sorry, I drove the tractor to the RaceTrac to buy a beer," Heath Cannon, 43, told Pasco County deputies when they pulled him over for driving a tractor on Wisteria Loop. Deputies then discovered the $15,000 tractor had been reported stolen from a roadside construction site. Deputies also said Cannon reeked of alcohol. He now faces charges of theft and possession of burglary tools. Cannon of Land O'Lakes had previously been convicted of theft and loitering and prowling.
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Roof collapses from heavy rain
An elderly man, his eight cats and bird were left temporarily homeless after Tuesday evening's thundershowers caused part of his roof to collapse, according to St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue. Firefighters said the roof fell in over an enclosed patio that was converted into an apartment at 838 77th Ave. N. Clarence Rogers, 81, said he was in his bedroom about 8 p.m. when the roof collapsed. He and his pets avoided injury. According to Capt. Tim O'Donnell, the roof couldn't support the weight of the water that had fallen on it. Power to the home had to be disconnected. The American Red Cross relocated Rogers for the night. His pets stayed with neighbors.