Sunday, November 25, 2012
Investigators say Adrian David Rodriguez's blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when he ran a red light and struck a car driven by Christopher Holly at U.S. 19 and Republic Drive last month.
A Clearwater man accused of running a red light and killing another driver last month in Dunedin has been charged with DUI manslaughter, the Tampa Bay Times reports, citing the Florida Highway Patrol. Adrian David Rodriguez, 33, turned himself in Friday and was booked in Pinellas County Jail, according to the report. FHP investigators said Rodriguez ran a red light with his 1999 Nissan Altima at U.S. 19 and Republic Drive in Dunedin in the early morning hours of Oct. 6. Christopher Holly, 28, was making a U-turn at the intersection when his Nissan Xterra was struck by Rodriguez's. The impact caused Holly's car to roll over, and he died at the scene. Rodriguez suffered minor injuries in the crash. Blood test results later showed his blood …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
A disagreement over campaign signs caused a back-and-forth exchange between a campaign volunteer and Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, who served as a poll worker Tuesday at a Dunedin church.
Two campaign signs. Two swaths of grass. Two reactions. A First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin maintenance official removed a "Bob Hackworth for Mayor" yard sign planted on a vacant swath of prime campaign real estate. A sign for incumbant Dave Eggers rested against a tree nearby. The swath of grass belongs to the church and borders its parking lot, where voters parked to cast their vote at precinct 537 on Tuesday. Another grass patch, which runs a stretch of Highland Avenue and is divided by a public sidewalk, is considered public right of way. Campaign signs are allowed there. It was cluttered with a rainbow of signs, with no visual breathing room. Campaigner Bill McElligott, who'd been standing on the corner much of the day, returned …
Monday, October 22, 2012
A 16-year-old black male teen is the victim in a neighborhood shooting off Pinellas Trail in north Clearwater Sunday night, according to authorities. The teen is at Bayfront Medical Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A Dunedin teen is injured after a Clearwater neighborhood shooting near Pinellas Trail on Sunday night, Clearwater Police report. The 16-year-old black male was found at a residence on Minnesota Drive, off of Fairmont Avenue, about a block off the Pinellas Trail in Clearwater, around 10:25 p.m. He was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center, but as of Monday morning, his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Clearwater authorities said. Clearwater authorities said the victim was not able to provide a suspect description and possible witnesses at the scene are not being cooperative. The investigation is ongoing.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Herman Acosta, 43, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing toilet pipes from Clearwater Main Library, according to Clearwater Police.
Update: Suspect Herman Acosta was also arrested last week and charged with committing similar crimes at several Largo fast food restaurants, police said. Charges related to the Dunedin thefts were also referred to the State Attorney's Office, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Earlier: Clearwater authorities believe they have arrested a toilet bandit responsible for missing pipes at Clearwater Main Library. Herman Acosta, 43, was arrested Wednesday at his Clearwater home and charged with stealing toilet parts from the library last week, according to police. Detectives say Acosta removed toilet pipes, along with their connecting valves, from two toilets in the men's restroom at Clearwater Main Library last week and sold them…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Toilet valves were taken from the men's restroom at the Clearwater Main Library, a Checkers and McDonald's Restaurant in Clearwater, following similar crimes at two Dunedin locations.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The toilets in the men's restroom at the Clearwater Main Library and two fast food restaurants were victimized by thieves last week, following similar crimes at two Dunedin locations. Toilet flush valves were reported stolen from the Clearwater library last Thursday, the same day valves were also taken from a restroom at the Dunedin Historical Society and Museum, according to Bay News 9. The Checkers on Gulf to Bay Boulevard and McDonald's at 539 S Missouri Ave also were hit, according to Clearwater Police. "(Investigators) have developed a suspect and are working to locate him at this time," Elizabeth Watts, Clearwater Police spokeswoman said in an email. The valves, which cost about $75 apiece to replace, were also reported stolen from …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Christopher Holly, 28, of Clearwater was trying to make a u-turn on U.S. 19 when his suv was hit by a car that ran a red light, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A Clearwater man was killed while making a u-turn on U.S. 19 early Saturday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Investigators say Christopher Holly, 28, was driving northbound on U.S 19 and was attempting to make a u-turn at Republic Drive around 3:03 a.m. when his 2005 Nissan Xterra was hit by a 1999 Nissan Altima traveling southbound that ran a red light. The impact of the crash caused the Xterra to roll over. Holly died at the scene. Investigators say that Adrian David Rodriguez, 33, of Clearwater, was driving the Altima. He was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. The accident remains under investigation.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
How did a Clearwater man and others in Florida and Ohio allegedly bilk elderly people across the country out of millions of dollars?
A recent Tampa Bay Times story outlines a far-reaching telemarketing scam that was based out of a Dunedin home and allegedly stole millions of dollars from elderly people across the country. Ted Thomas and his wife, Kara, are accused of operating the scam out of their Ridgecrest Drive home. The Times details how neighbors' suspicions were aroused when Ted Thomas reportedly once dropped a briefcase full of stacks of cash in the driveway. Thomas, 32, is among 18 people in Florida and Ohio accused of operating three companies that targeted property owners of inexpensive, vacant land throughout the U.S. Telemarketers led property owners to believe that their land was worth up to 15 times its assessed value, according to the Ohio Attorney …
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Clearwater police arrested two suspects involved in a robbery and are looking a third suspect, 19-year-old Chase Matthew Brown of Dunedin.
Clearwater detectives arrested two suspects involved in the robbery and beating of Steven A. Carrigan of Tarpon Springs. They are looking a third suspect, 19-year-old Chase Matthew Brown of Dunedin. Detectives say that Melody Michelle Sanders lured Carrigan, 20, to the 2600 block of Seville Boulevard on July 26. He was then battered by 18-year-old Timothy Hugh Miller and Brown. They stole his pants, which contained an undisclosed amount of cash, authorities said According to detectives Carrigan met Sanders, 20, while in jail. They decided to hang out once they were released, authorities said. On July 26 Carrigan met up with Sanders and a female witness whose name is not being released. Carrigan suffered serious, but non-life-threatening …