CLEARWATER - Clearwater firefighters were joined with firefighters from around Pinellas as they battled a brush fire Sunday afternoon along the easement under high-voltage power lines in the Countryside area just south of Northside Drive.
Officials said high winds caused the fire to spread quickly, but firefighters were able to keep it from damaging any homes. Some fences, sheds, screened enclosures and other out buildings did receive damage.
The cause of the fire was still unknown as of Sunday evening.
CLEARWATER - Clearwater Police detectives have charged two suspects in connection with the homicide of a woman at a residence on Engman Street.
Lawrence Edward Cannon, 42, of Clearwater was charged with murder in the first degree. No bail set. Jennifer Elam, 44, of Clearwater, was charged with accessory after the fact to first degree murder. Bail was set at $50,000.
Cannon and Elam were tenants of the victim, 69-year-old Mary Ring.
Clearwater police reported that officers were on scene of a death investigation just before 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. According to a press release, officers had gone to the residence Monday morning to check on the welfare of one of the residents when they discovered a body.
LARGO - The 17-year-old stepson of a pregnant woman injured in what was thought to be a home invasion Feb. 21 was arrested hours after the incident and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.
Largo police reported Tuesday morning that they were investigating a home invasion that occurred about 6:15 a.m. at a residence on Seventh Street Northwest in Largo.
The 42-year-old female victim told police that she woke up after hearing a noise in the bathroom. She saw a silhouette of a male in the bathroom, so she ran towards the kitchen. She told officers that the suspect grabbed her from behind and knocked her to the ground before getting a knife from the kitchen and then slashing her face and neck.
LARGO - An Idaho man was arrested about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 19 after traveling from California to meet a 17-year-old male in Pinellas County. He also is accused of using the internet to send inappropriate sexual photographs and a video of himself to the minor.
According to detectives assigned to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Crimes Against Children Unit, their investigation began Feb. 16, after the parents of the 17-year-old victim called deputies to their residence. The victim's parents informed deputies that a man who identified himself as, 28-year-old Chad Michael Lesch of Jerome, Idaho showed up at their residence about 6:30 p.m. wanting to meet their son.
PINELLAS PARK - The driver of a scooter and his passenger were being treated at a local hospital Monday after a crash that occurred about 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the 6300 block of Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park.
According to Pinellas Park police, Tamara Morris Quail, 56, of Pinellas Park was driving 2004 Nissan Z eastbound in the middle lane of Park Boulevard. Juan Eduardo Metzler, 36, of St. Petersburg was operating a 2016 scooter, which pulled out of an alley between 6300 and 6314 Park Boulevard. The scooter then traveled onto Park Boulevard and attempted to cross over the roadway, passing in front of the Nissan.
REDINGTON SHORES - A Pinellas County Sheriff’s employee lost her job after she was arrested for DUI about 1:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, near the intersection of Coral Ave and Gulf Boulevard, in Redington Shores.
Deputies were conducting traffic enforcement on Gulf Boulevard in North Redington Beach when they observed a 2013 white Chevrolet sport utility vehicle traveling northbound on Gulf Boulevard at a high rate of speed. Deputies conducted a traffic stop at Coral Avenue and Gulf Boulevard for speeding. The vehicle was traveling 67 mph in a 35 mph speed zone, according to a press release.
PINELLAS PARK - An 18-year-old died in a single vehicle crash about 5:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, on 58th Street North at 62nd Avenue North in Pinellas Park.
Pinellas Park police patrol units discovered the crash just as it occurred, according to a press release. A witness was reporting the crash just as officers arrived on the scene.
An investigation by Traffic Homicide determined that a 2007 Honda being driven by An N. Hoang of St. Petersburg was traveling northbound on 58th Street before veering off the right side of the roadway to go around traffic that had stopped for the red light.
CLEARWATER - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a 6-month-old child that occurred about 8:50 a.m. Feb. 17 at a residence in unincorporated Clearwater.
According to detectives with the Crimes Against Children Unit, the child, Elijah Calabrese, was put to bed in his crib about midnight. His mother, Amy Calabrese, 32, checked on the child multiple times during the night. The mother eventually left the bedroom to go sleep in another room. The father, Keith Calabrese, 33, remained sleeping in the same room as the child.
PALM HARBOR - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a suspect from a 1992 cold case Feb. 16 thanks to improved technology that helped identify a suspect’s fingerprints.
According to detectives with the Robbery / Homicide Unit, the crime occurred about 3 a.m. on Feb. 8, 1992 at the Quality Inn, 38724 U.S. 19 N., Tarpon Springs. The female victim is now age 57.
The victim was age 24 when the crime occurred. Detectives said she met a man, who identified himself as “Tony” while visiting the JD Penguin Lounge, 23399 U.S. 19 N. in Clearwater the evening of Feb. 7, 1992.
TARPON SPRINGS - A 29-year-old Clearwater man was arrested for DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in connection with Feb. 16 fatality crash at the intersection of East Lake and Keystone roads in Tarpon springs.
Dustin Lee Rhoades was traveling in a 2008 Ford Explorer, and Denise Diometre, 65, of New Port Richey was traveling in a 2012 Hyundai Elantra northbound on East Lake Road about 11:29 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The Elantra was in front of the Explorer.
OLDSMAR - A 43-year-old Tarpon Springs man is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of an employee at an Oldsmar bar.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit are investigating the shooting that occurred about 1 a.m. Feb. 15 at Hennessy’s Bar and Grill, 127 Forest Lakes Blvd.
Deputies were called to the scene by Brian P. Mytych, who reportedly called 911 after shooting David Patrick Brown, 33, of Oldsmar multiple times. Detectives said that Mytych was still inside the bar when deputies arrived and admitted shooting Brown. Deputies located a .45 caliber handgun inside the bar. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene, and Mytych was taken into custody.