Saturday, November 18, 2017

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

Police: Holiday woman’s purse-snatching plans foiled by 83-year-old victim, witnesses

Police: Holiday woman’s purse-snatching plans foiled by 83-year-old victim, witnesses

TARPON SPRINGS — A purse robbery was foiled Monday when authorities said the 83-year-old victim and two witnesses stopped the woman responsible.About 9:30 a.m., Mary Barrineau, of Tarpon Springs, left the Bank of America at 910 E Tarpon Ave. and walk...
Published: 11/06/17

State Attorney: fatal shooting of Clearwater man by officers justified

CLEARWATER — Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe has ruled that a Clearwater police officer was justified when he shot and killed a man on Oct. 19.Those findings cleared Officer Christopher Fowler to return to patrol duties.Jessica Fox called...
Updated one month ago
Clearwater authorities investigating body found in pond downtown

Clearwater authorities investigating body found in pond downtown

CLEARWATER — Authorities are investigating the death of a man found floating in a lake downtown.Clearwater firefighters and police officers responded about 1 p.m. to a call that a body was floating in a pond at 203 S Prospect Ave. south of The Nolen ...
Updated one month ago
Maritime workers share their wisdom on Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks on Sunday

Maritime workers share their wisdom on Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks on Sunday

TARPON SPRINGS — Taso Karistinos’ work aboard his boat Anastasi could seem a bit anachronistic. As a sponge diver in the Greek tradition, he hand-cuts living sponges and harvests them from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. When the water is clear and...
Updated one month ago

Hometown North Pinellas

BayCare receives Community Benefit Achievement AwardThe Florida Hospital Association recently presented BayCare with a Community Benefit Achievement for its Medical Respite Program. The Community Benefit Achievement Award recognizes hospitals that ha...
Published: 11/02/17
Updated: 11/07/17
 Philanthropists Kate Tiedemann and Ellen Cotton give $1.5 million to Ruth Eckerd Hall

Philanthropists Kate Tiedemann and Ellen Cotton give $1.5 million to Ruth Eckerd Hall

CLEARWATER — Tampa Bay area philanthropists Kate Tiedemann and Ellen Cotton have donated $1.5 million to the ongoing expansion of Ruth Eckerd Hall, president Zev Buffman announced Thursday.The gift will fund a new 250-seat cabaret theater in the lobb...
Updated one month ago
Epilogue: Ray Emmons, early Clearwater police investigator of Scientology, dies at 75

Epilogue: Ray Emmons, early Clearwater police investigator of Scientology, dies at 75

CLEARWATER — Ray Emmons was an experienced vice and intelligence sergeant with the Clearwater Police Department in 1981 when he began the assignment that would become his legacy.By then, the mysterious group that arrived six years earlier and bought ...
Updated one month ago
Real estate agents slapped with $35,000 fine for breaking Clearwater’s short-term rental law

Real estate agents slapped with $35,000 fine for breaking Clearwater’s short-term rental law

CLEARWATER — In April, Nicole Dufala stood before the Municipal Code Enforcement Board and said she "honestly didn’t know" it was against city law to rent out her Countryside home by the night.Neighbor and homeowner association president Walter Johns...
Updated one month ago
Epilogue: Vivien Skinner Grant helped keep Dunedin’s history alive

Epilogue: Vivien Skinner Grant helped keep Dunedin’s history alive

Vivien Skinner Grant was once known as the Mother of Dunedin. She was about two years from her 100th birthday on Mother’s Day in 2011 when the City Commission gave her the informal title. But she was as dedicated to the city as ever, said Wendy Miles...
Published: 10/31/17
Updated: 11/07/17
Former Clearwater fire chief convicted of molestation gets hearing in effort for new trial

Former Clearwater fire chief convicted of molestation gets hearing in effort for new trial

LARGO — Jamie Geer, the former Clearwater fire chief serving a life sentence for sexually abusing a girl throughout her childhood, was back in a Pinellas courtroom on Monday for a hearing in his bid for a new trial.Pinellas circuit Judge Frank Quesad...
Updated one month ago