A Pinellas deputy received a 24-hour suspension Thursday after the Sheriff's Office learned of a previous charge against him. During a traffic stop in St. Petersburg on Jan. 2, deputy Eric Vandommelen was arrested on a failure to appear warrant out of Pasco County on a misdemeanor worthless check charge. He was also driving with a suspended license, internal affairs records show. Vandommelen, 48, was released from the Pinellas County jail the following day. On March 13 during an interview with Sheriff's Office investigators, he admitted to writing a personal check on Aug. 1, 2012, from his bank account, which had insufficient funds..
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Investigator quits over violations
A child protection investigator in the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office resigned Monday following an internal affairs investigation that found he committed several "work-related deficiencies," according to records. CPI investigator Desmond Fowler failed to complete a home study and did not submit paperwork related to a child removal case and six other investigations, internal affairs records show. Fowler also failed to interview "an alleged perpetrator" and failed to close eight cases on time. During an interview with investigators, Fowler admitted to the violations, records show. He resigned before being fired from the Sheriff's Office.
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Woman accused of child abuse
A 24-year-old woman was arrested on a child abuse charge Thursday after police said she left a young child unattended for hours. Police said Dashna D. Flournoy of St. Petersburg left the 4-year-old child alone for at least 2 -1/2 hours Thursday. It's unclear where she went. Neighbors found the child wandering outside and crying. Flournoy was transported to the Pinellas County Jail, where she remained Friday in lieu of $5,000 bail.
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Deputies hunt for pharmacy robber
Deputies were searching Friday for a man who robbed an East Lake pharmacy at gunpoint. About 9:30 a.m. Friday, a man entered the St. Mark's Pharmacy at 4954 Ridgemoor Blvd. He brandished a handgun and ordered two employees to get on the ground, the Sheriff's Office said. When one employee escaped from the pharmacy and began to scream, the suspect ran away. No one was hurt during the robbery. The Sheriff's Office did not say Friday what the man stole from the pharmacy. Deputies said the man, whose face was fully covered, was wearing a camouflage hat, jacket and pants. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Loftus of the robbery/homicide unit at (727) 582-6200. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (800)873-8477.
Times staff and wires