Monday, September 24, 2018

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

As Clearwater prepares to vote on strong mayor, the question is who would run?

As Clearwater prepares to vote on strong mayor, the question is who would run?

CLEARWATER — When a group of businessmen began an initiative that prompted the City Council to vote last month to place a strong mayor referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot, they did not put forward a potential candidate. Instead Bud Elias, a human r...
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Amid strife, missing boy’s father says he doesn’t believe mother’s story

Amid strife, missing boy’s father says he doesn’t believe mother’s story

EDITOR’S NOTE: Hours after this story was posted to tampabay.com, Largo police announced that they had found the body of 2-year-old Jordan Belliveau and arrested his mother, Charisse Stinson, on a charge of first-degree murder. For more updates, ch...
Updated one month ago
Michael Drejka, accused in parking lot shooting: ‘I followed the law the way I felt the law was supposed to be followed.’ w/video

Michael Drejka, accused in parking lot shooting: ‘I followed the law the way I felt the law was supposed to be followed.’ w/video

Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton in a July parking lot dispute that touched off a national debate over stand your ground, said Friday that he was scared for his life when he pulled the trigger.Speaking public...
Updated one month ago
Clearwater park employee knew supervisor took cash, didn’t report it

Clearwater park employee knew supervisor took cash, didn’t report it

CLEARWATER — Back in February, Parks and Recreation specialist Patrick Carter was counting cash from tournament ticket sales and discovered $1,200 was missing. The bag containing the cash had been cut open.His supervisor, Bob Carpenter, told Carter h...
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Dunedin shuts down paid parking discussion

Dunedin shuts down paid parking discussion

DUNEDIN — City commissioners slammed the brakes on staff’s recommendation to enforce a time limit on visitors parking for free downtown and charge for parking in city-operated lots and garages.During a lengthy discussion recently Mayor Julie Ward Buj...
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Tarpon Springs to expand historic cemetery

Tarpon Springs to expand historic cemetery

TARPON SPRINGS — In a city filled with historic sites, Cycadia Cemetery stands out.Located on a leafy, 30-acre parcel at the northeast corner of E Tarpon Avenue and U.S. 19, the site has served as the final resting place for Tarponites for more than ...
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Markeis McGlockton: Artist, loving father, and much more than just a hashtag

Markeis McGlockton: Artist, loving father, and much more than just a hashtag

CLEARWATER — Markeis McGlockton has become a hashtag, a name at the end of the phrase "Justice for," an identity that will forever be associated with Florida’s controversial stand your ground law since the man who killed him wasn’t initially arrested...
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Police: Man painted swastikas in Clearwater neighborhood after Markeis McGlockton rally

Police: Man painted swastikas in Clearwater neighborhood after Markeis McGlockton rally

CLEARWATER — The residents of North Greenwood, who this summer have dealt with the July 19 shooting of Markeis McGlockton that unleashed a controversial stand your ground case and protests headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Black Lives Matter mov...
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Clearwater police arrest man accused of painting swastika hours after Al Sharpton rally

Clearwater police arrest man accused of painting swastika hours after Al Sharpton rally

CLEARWATER — Police officers on Tuesday arrested a man accused of spray-painting a swastika in the parking lot of the North Greenwood Library hours after the Rev. Al Sharpton spoke at a nearby church during a rally in response to a recent shooting of...
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Clearwater officer’s wife offers unique support for ‘blue’ families

Clearwater officer’s wife offers unique support for ‘blue’ families

CLEARWATER — Nancy Kachurik doesn’t know when her husband will retire from the police department. But when he does, she knows he’ll leave a legacy.A grin spreads across Kachurik’s face and her eyes dance as she talks about her husband. He’s mentored ...
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