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Angry driver stabs truck tire after crash



A traffic incident in downtown Clearwater took a heated turn Tuesday morning, when a woman pulled out a knife and stabbed the tire of a vehicle that collided with hers. Angelo Yasparro, 42, was driving west on Court Street near Osceola Avenue in a Dodge truck about 9:40 a.m. when he changed lanes and struck a van driven by Theresa Rubalcava, 52, according to the Clearwater Police Department. Rubalcava, angered by the crash, stopped her vehicle in the middle of the road and got out. Authorities said she removed a knife from her pocket and used it to puncture a front tire of Yasparro's truck. Rubalcava then fled the scene, police said, but officers located her nearby. She was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a crash without injuries, criminal mischief and marijuana possession. Yasparro was cited for an expired vehicle tag.

Pet lovers, a Black Friday sale for you

On Black Friday, the Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590, will have a special adoption rate for all pets with black on them. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Black Friday adoption pricing will be $10 for cats and 50 percent off the adoption rates for dogs and smaller animals. All pets with any amount of black fur that are older than 6 months will qualify. For more information, visit humanesociety

Clothes to Kids seeks donations

Clothes To Kids, a nonprofit group providing free clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County free of charge, needs boys jeans and pants in sizes 6 to 12, boys sneakers in sizes 12 to 6 and warm jackets. The organization asks that donations be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the store, 1059 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Cash donations are also needed. For more information, call (727) 441-5050 or visit


Teens, leaders in Q&A session

A Teen Town Hall will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Moderator David Liebert of St. Petersburg College will coordinate a question-and-answer session between teens and a panel of community leaders. Included on the panel are Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche; Palm Harbor University High principal Christen Tonry; East Lake High principal Robert Poth; Tarpon Springs High principal Clint Herbic; Pinellas County sheriff's Deputy Jeff Cuttitta; and Trish Harrison, events manager at the Centre in Palm Harbor. The program is open to the public, but the Q&A is for teens only. For information, call (727) 784-3332.