Saturday, May 25, 2013
Numerous Chick-fil-A restaurants in Pinellas and Pasco counties participated in a fundraiser on May 8 to benefit Ireland Nugent, 2, who was severely injured in a lawn mower accident.
We'd like to give a "Patch on the back" to our local Chick-fil-A restaurants, which donated $2,776.37 to the Ireland Nugent fund. Ireland Nugent is the Palm Harbor 2-year-old whose ankles were severed in a lawn mower accident at her home last month. She was recently released from the hospital. Numerous Chick-fil-A restaurants in Pinellas and Pasco counties participated in the fundraiser on May 8. Customers who dined at the restaurants wrote "Ireland" on the back of their receipts and a portion of the sales were donated to a fund for Ireland. The fundraiser was the brainchild of Kelli Snow, who is the marketing director at the Palm Harbor Chick-fil-A. Ireland and her family stopped by the Palm Harbor Chick-fil-A to eat on the evening of the…
Check out this map of Clearwater police activity from May 1-19, 2013. The reports are from Clearwater Police to Pinellas County.
Friday, May 24, 2013
The reading and math scores are in for Pinellas County. Here's how kids in Clearwater schools did compared to the county as a whole.
More than 70 percent of Davis Elementary third-graders read at or above their grade level, according to FCAT results released Friday. And more than 70 percent of third-grade students at Plato Acadmy Charter scored at or above their grade level in math on the FCAT. The third-graders not only posted the best FCAT scores in Clearwater, they also outpaced peers across Pinellas County and the state as a whole. More than half of Pinellas County's third-graders read at or above grade level – at 56 percent. They were just one percentage point behind Florida third-graders as a whole, according to results. Only 48 percent of the district's third-graders scored at or above grade level on the math portion of the FCAT, lagging 10 points behind their …
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office announces increased patrols on the roads and waterways through the holiday weekend and life vest loaners at Dunedin Municipal Marina.
Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies are focusing on the roads and waterways looking for impaired drivers and boaters over Memorial Day weekend. Deputies are stepping up enforcement efforts between Friday, May 24, and midnight Monday, May 27, to reduce injuries and deaths associated with holiday traffic and boating crashes in Pinellas County, according to a sheriff's news release. The sheriff's marine and environmental lands deputies are loaning life jackets to to children at various locations throughout the county and checking boat safety equipment inspections on all vessels stopped over the weekend. Locations for loaner vests are: Sheriff's deputies will have personal floatation devices on board to disperse as needed. Life vests should be…
A man in his 20s wore a silver wig as he made off with cash from a Fort Harrison Avenue bank Friday morning, according to Clearwater Police.
A man wearing a silver wig robbed a Clearwater bank Friday morning, according to police. There was no sign of a weapon on the man, who entered First United Bank, 1465 S. Fort Harrison Ave., around 10:40 a.m. and handed a bank teller a note demanding money, Clearwater Police said. The man was given "an undetermined amount of money" and fled southbound toward Belleair, a police spokesperson said. A search by police K-9s turned up empty. The suspect is described as being in his late 20s, about 5-foot-10 with a thin build and clean shaven. He was wearing a yellow polo shirt, tan cargo pants, black gloves and a silver wig, police said. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Clearwater Police Tip line at 727-…
Mackeral Shay Crocker, 20, admitted to the shooting that left one man dead and his wife injured, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
A Clearwater man has been charged with first degree murder in connection with a 2012 double shooting in the Lealman area, authorities said Thursday night. Mackeral Shay Crocker, 20, who had been living at Express Inn & Suites, 11333 U.S. 19 N., admitted to the shooting, detectives said. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail without incident, where he was being held without bond. David J. Paonessa, 58, and his wife, 66-year-old Jane Bryant, were found shot in their home in the 2500 block of 68th Avenue North on Nov. 7, 2012. Paonessa died at a local hospital; his wife survived. Crocker is the second person to be arrested in connection to the case. Jaquan L. Pedigo, 28, was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder shortly …
The independent film is primarily set in St. Pete Beach. Some exterior shots were recently completed near Sand Key.
"Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks" an independent film primarily set in St. Pete Beach, recently wrapped up some exterior shooting near Sand Key. The film about a retired woman who hires a dance instructor for private lessons stars Gena Rowlands, Cheyenne Jackson and Julian Sands, according to imdb.com. The story is primarily set in Lily Harrison’s (Rowlands) St. Pete Beach condo. However, film crews were recently around Sand Key getting exterior shots, said Jonnie Watts, manager at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission. Sign up for the free Clearwater Patch email newsletter to stay connected to your community.
Ten people in Florida have already lost their lives this year in boating accidents, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The organization wants people to practice the following safety tips.
As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reminds boaters to stay safe while out on the water. Ten people in Florida already have lost their lives this year in boating accidents, according to wildlife officials. “FWC officers are committed to keeping people as safe as possible, but we need your help,” said Col. Calvin Adams, director of the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. To report people who are operating boats dangerously, call 888-404-FWCC or text Tip@MyFWC.com. Visit MyFWC.com/Boating. Sign up for the free Clearwater Patch email newsletter to stay connected to your community.
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
From Memorial Day parades to holiday fender benders, this live map shows delays and diversions on Clearwater-area roads right now.
If you're on a mobile device, click here to view the map. When you're done getting gas and packing the car, check out the live results from MapQuest above to see what's standing between you and the start of your three-day weekend. Mapquest scans for parade routes, ongoing construction, block parties and traffic jams. If your route is green, you're good to go. If it's red, you may be headed into a line of rubbernecking fools. Good luck! Get the Clearwater Patch newsletter delivered to your email.