For the second time in two years, Pinellas deputies have arrested Aletha B. Howard and accused her of running a drug house. Howard, 49, was charged Monday with operating a drug house, a felony, after deputies executed a search warrant Friday and found cocaine, scales and material to "cut" cocaine into crack, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. She was arrested on the same charge, along with charges of felon in possession of a firearm and possession of cocaine, in 2009. That case has not yet gone to trial, court records show. Deputies said they had received numerous complaints from neighbors about activity at the house at 105 Bayside Blvd., which property records show Howard owns. According to an arrest report, deputies executed the search warrant Friday after undercover detectives bought cocaine from a man at the residence in January. They seized about an ounce of cocaine, scales and "cutting agents." Howard, who also goes by the name Aletha B. Frazier, was convicted of sale of marijuana and cocaine in 1990, cocaine possession in 1993 and battery in 1994, according to Pinellas County court records. She was released Tuesday morning from the Pinellas County Jail after posting $5,000 bail.
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Airpark's hours to be discussed
The city of Clearwater will hold an informational meeting Thursday on a proposal to change Clearwater Airpark's closing time from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the airpark, 1000 N Hercules Ave. For more information, call (727) 462-6954.
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Man dies after jump from hotel
A 51-year-old man jumped to his death from an eighth-floor pool deck at an upscale Clearwater Beach hotel Tuesday afternoon. According to Clearwater police, a call came in about 2:20 p.m. that a man had jumped from the north side of the pool deck at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, 301 S Gulfview Blvd. The man, who was not identified, was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. A bystander, Sean Smith, said he was coming off of the beach when he saw the man falling headfirst.
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Clearwater Airpark is asking the City Council to approve a later closing time of 11 p.m. so the airport can attract more corporate air traffic. A brief item in Saturday's Times was unclear about the reason for the later hours.