Saturday, December 16, 2017

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

Clearwater down to two finalists for CRA director

Clearwater down to two finalists for CRA director

CLEARWATER — The next Community Redevelopment Agency director who will be tasked with trying to revive the long-struggling downtown has come down to two women, narrowed from a pool of 40 applicants. Emily A. Colon, 31, a Pasco County budget analyst a...
Published: 12/15/17
Judge denies former Clearwater fire chief’s motion for a new trial

Judge denies former Clearwater fire chief’s motion for a new trial

A Pinellas circuit judge denied a bid for a new trial in the case of Jamie Geer, the former Clearwater fire chief serving a life sentence for sexually abusing a girl throughout her childhood.Geer, now 63, was in court in October seeking the new trial...
Published: 12/11/17
Tree trimmer shocked by power line in Clearwater, authorities say

Tree trimmer shocked by power line in Clearwater, authorities say

CLEARWATER — A 38-year-old tree trimmer is in critical condition after he was shocked by a power line Monday, according to Clearwater Fire & Rescue.Ernest Harlen, of Largo, was on a ladder cutting trees with a pole saw when he was shocked just before...
Published: 12/11/17
Clearwater woman charged with practicing medicine without a license

Clearwater woman charged with practicing medicine without a license

CLEARWATER — In May, an undercover Clearwater police officer witnessed a woman diagnose a client with lupus using a headset attached to a computer that allegedly scanned the body.This week, police arrested and charged Veronika Zaitsevskiy, 59, with o...
Published: 12/08/17
Indian Rocks Beach marries history with holiday

Indian Rocks Beach marries history with holiday

BY PIPER CASTILLOTimes Staff WriterINDIAN ROCKS BEACH — In one morning, Billy Bie could walk out the back door of his house, do a cannonball into the Intracoastal Waterway, climb up the ladder, get back on land and go horseback riding."We rode the ho...
Published: 12/08/17
Car vs. Bar: 87-year-old driver crashes into Clearwater bar, authorities say

Car vs. Bar: 87-year-old driver crashes into Clearwater bar, authorities say

CLEARWATER — An 87-year-old driver crashed into a bar Thursday. About 2:50 p.m., the man drove his silver Chevrolet Impala into Two Buks bar at 1916 N Hercules Ave., according to Clearwater police and fire rescue. No one in the bar was injure...
Published: 12/07/17

Tarpon Springs crossbow maker settles swath of injury lawsuits

TARPON SPRINGS — A local crossbow maker that has faced criticism over the safety of its products has recently settled lawsuits with several customers.But many are still active, and some additional suits have been filed in circuit court as recently as...
Published: 12/07/17
Veteran Tampa Bay chef returns from retirement with sushi, jazz bar in downtown Clearwater

Veteran Tampa Bay chef returns from retirement with sushi, jazz bar in downtown Clearwater

CLEARWATER — Behind his sushi bar on Cleveland Street, Charlie Lam slices fresh fish and vegetables exactly how his parents showed him as a child in Vietnam.The recipes are the same ones he’s been repeating since he first started making them in his f...
Published: 12/06/17
In a potential win for Scientology, House tax bill favors more political freedom for churches

In a potential win for Scientology, House tax bill favors more political freedom for churches

CLEARWATER — It was the evangelical Christian right that cheered President Donald Trump’s early promise to revoke the law that forbids churches, with their tax-exempt status, from endorsing political candidates.Now that Republican lawmakers have tuck...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/07/17

FHP: Two people die in two-vehicle crash on U.S. 19

CLEARWATER — Two people died Friday in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 19 south of Curlew Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Troopers said the driver of a 2004 Jaguar was heading north on U.S. 19 around 3:30 p.m. and turned left toward Doral V...
Published: 12/01/17