ST. PETERSBURG - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a crash involving two Pinellas deputies, a St. Petersburg Police officer, and a citizen in St. Petersburg that occurred about 12:48 a.m. Oct. 15 near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Street South and 26th Avenue South in St. Petersburg.
According to investigators assigned to the sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team, members of the Violent Crimes Task Force were conducting surveillance in the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Street South and 26th Avenue South, searching for a vehicle that fled from them.
ST. PETE BEACH - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 32-year-old Sarasota man Oct. 13 after he crashed a moving truck into a St. Pete Beach hotel and then fled the scene.
Edgar A. Hidalgo was charged with one count of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, one count of DUI and one count of possession of a controlled substance. He was released from jail the day of his arrest on $3,000 surety bond.
Deputies responded to Hotel Zamora, 3701 Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach, about 12:49 a.m. on a report of a U-Haul moving truck that struck the building and fled the scene. When deputies arrived, they found substantial structure damage to the drop ceiling of the parking garage. Witnesses provided deputies with a description of the moving truck.
ST. PETERSBURG - A Pinellas County Jail inmate died at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg Oct. 12 from what detectives say appears to be a suicide.
Dyer Kasakoff, 47, of St. Petersburg was found unresponsive in the Central Division shower stall at the jail about 5:15 p.m. Oct. 10. Detectives say Kasakoff had a strip of fabric around his neck that was attached to a shower rod in the shower stall.
Detention deputies performed CPR on the inmate and paramedics were called to the jail. Kasakoff was transported by ambulance to Northside Hospital for life threatening injuries. Detectives say Kasakoff had no other signs of physical injury.
EAST LAKE - East Lake firefighters quickly extinguished a transformer fire at the Brooker Creek Power Substation on East Lake Road the afternoon of Oct. 9, with assistance from Duke Energy to shut power to the transformer and St. Pete/Clearwater Airport for specialized firefighting resources.
According to Deputy Fire Chief Jason Gennaro, firefighters responded to a reported transformer explosion and fire at 1:51 p.m.
"It was reported that the transformer blew up while the calling party was driving by and multiple calls were received by Pinellas County 911,” Gennaro said. “When firefighters arrived, they could see the transformer fire with flames shooting 20 feet in the air, but firefighters had to wait for Duke Energy to de-energize the area. Because it was reported that the transformer had 3,500 gallons of transformer oil, chemical/foam firefighting resources were promptly requested from the St. Pete/Clearwater airport.
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the near drowning of a 3-year-old boy found submerged in the family’s pool about 3 p.m. Oct. 1 in North Redington Beach.
According to detectives, Kimberly Carr, 52, was babysitting her 3-year-old grandson, Hunter Kelley, at her private residence in North Redington Beach. Hunter reportedly went undetected past a locked door into the family's swimming pool.
Minutes later, Carr discovered the child submerged in the pool. She pulled Hunter from the water, began screaming for assistance and called 911. One of her neighbors assisted performing CPR on the child.
ST. PETE BEACH - Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating the drowning of a 34-year-old man who went into the Gulf of Mexico and was found unconscious a short time later.
Deputies received the call about 6:31 p.m. Oct. 1. The drowning victim was found at 4506 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach behind the Plaza Beach Motel.
According to deputies, Bret Rule of Port Charlotte was seen on the beach alone. Witnesses say Rule was acting incoherent and appeared to be intoxicated. Deputies say between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Rule entered the water and did not return.
PINELLAS PARK - Pinellas Park Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating the vehicle involved in a hit and run crash with injuries that occurred about 7 a.m. Oct. 2 in the 9500 block of Hwy 19 N.
According to a media release, an adult male bicyclist was riding in the bicycle lane in the 9500 block of Hwy 19 N. at the 49 Street exit to go North on 49 Street when a faded silver Mercury going northbound crashed into the bicyclist causing the cyclist serious injury.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for help from the public to locate a suspect who robbed a 7-Eleven in unincorporated Largo and Haines Corner Deli in Unincorporated St. Petersburg.
According to detectives assigned to the Robbery & Homicide Unit, the suspect entered the 7-Eleven convenience store, 11505 Walsingham Road in Largo, about 1:20 a.m. Sept. 27. Once inside the store, the suspect walked up to the store clerk and pointed a handgun at her demanding money. The clerk gave the suspect cash and he fled eastbound on foot.
LARGO - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating a crash involving a deputy that occurred about 10:40 p.m. Sept. 30 at Walsingham Road and Seminole Boulevard in unincorporated Largo.
According to investigators, Deputy E. Nestor was traveling southbound on Seminole Boulevard in a 2015 marked Chevrolet Tahoe, with her emergency lights and sirens activated, responding to a call for assistance. John Gregory Clark, 68, of Largo was driving a 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada, traveling east. Clark was leaving the parking lot of the Niagara Tap Bar & Grill, 11950 Seminole Blvd., Largo.
LARGO - Largo police arrested a 48-year-old Clearwater man Sept. 28 for making a false report concerning planting a bomb or explosive, a second-degree felony.
Largo police received a call about 3 p.m. from the general manager of the Red Lobster restaurant in the Largo Mall, 10500 Ulmerton Road. The manager told police that a black male with a bag had entered the restaurant and told the hostess, “just to make you smile, I work for the Taliban and I have a bomb in this bag.”
PINELLAS PARK - Pinellas Park police responded to an armed robbery call at the 7-Eleven, 5151 Park Blvd., about 12:30 a.m. Sept. 28.
Police say a white male subject entered the business and displayed a black handgun in his waistband and demanded cash from the cashier. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken and the subject fled westbound from the business on foot.
The suspect is described as being a white male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, possibly in his 30s, with short orange/red hair with same color chinstrap type beard. He was wearing a green plaid jacket, bright green T-shirt, dark colored shorts and no shoes.
CLEARWATER - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the drowning of a 1-year-old boy who was found submerged in the family's, bathtub in unincorporated Clearwater.
According to detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit, 1-year-old Liam Morris was in the bathtub as the bath was being prepared for him. Minutes later he was found submerged under the water.
His father, Alan Morris, 34. pulled Liam from the water and called 911. His mother, Madelynne Barenbrugge, 34, performed CPR until Largo Fire Rescue personnel arrived on scene. Paramedics took over CPR.
LARGO - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives need the public’s help to identify two suspects wanted in connection with the Sept. 26 robbery of a Burger King in unincorporated Largo.
According to detectives with the Robbery & Homicide Unit, two suspects armed with a handgun entered the Burger King at 3575 East Bay Drive about 4:40 a.m. Once inside, both suspects climbed over the counter and forced the restaurant manager into the office at gunpoint. The suspects demanded access to the safe and obtained cash. The suspects then fled from the restaurant westbound on foot.
CLEARWATER - Pinellas County Sheriff's Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit are seeking the public's assistance in locating a suspect who attempted to rob a TD Bank in unincorporated Clearwater.
According to detectives, at approximately 5:14 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the suspect entered the business center lobby at the TD Bank, 28100 U.S. 19 in unincorporated Clearwater about 5:14 p.m. Sept. 27.
The suspect while inside the business center approached the closed gate of the TD Bank and displayed a handgun to the teller who was behind the secured gate.
LARGO - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify two suspects seen placing a skimmer device on an ATM in unincorporated Largo.
Detectives began their investigation Aug. 16, after the Sun Trust Bank Corporate Office notified the Sun Trust Bank at 3705 East Bay Drive in unincorporated Largo of suspicious activity seen on their outside ATM surveillance video.
According to investigators, the surveillance video captured two suspects installing a skimmer device on the exterior ATM machine at about 8:40 a.m. Aug. 12. The suspects retrieved the skimmer device later the same day after a customer found the suspicious device on the ATM.