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PINELLAS PARK - Pinellas Park police arrested two 17-year-old males after a search revealed they were in possession of a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun while attending a football game about 9: 20 p.m. Aug. 18 at Pinellas Park High School, 6305 118th Ave.

Gary R. Ponder and Altrevion R. Isaac both of St. Petersburg are students at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport.
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LARGO - Two people suffered critical injuries and an unborn child died as the result of a crash that occurred about 9:47 p.m. Aug. 16 on Ulmerton Road in Largo.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, Anthony Christian Forte, 23, of Indian Rocks Beach was driving a 2012 Toyota Scion westbound on Ulmerton Road at a high rate of speed as he approached the intersection of 121st Street North. Mark Williams, 60, of Largo was driving a 2006 Jeep Comanche southbound on 121st Street North.
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DUNEDIN - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a 57-year-old Dunedin man at his home about 4 p.m. Aug. 16 on 11 counts of child pornography.

Richard Beal Anger was booked into the county jail. Bail was set at $1.1 million.

Detectives with the Crimes Against Children Unit began investigating Anger June 19 after receiving a tip that he was in possession of child pornography. They were able to determine that Anger was intentionally downloading child pornography.
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PINELLAS PARK - An 82-year-old Pinellas Park woman dropping off her recyclables died when she was hit by a front-end loader about 11:40 a.m. August 15.

According to Pinellas Park police, Ida Kuhlmann Pacheco had dropped off some materials at Recycling Services of Florida, 3560 126th Avenue, and then walked out of the public area into a place where front-end loaders were moving materials from large piles into a truck for removal.
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CLEARWATER - A 26-year-old Clearwater woman faces criminal charges in connection with the Aug. 17 crash on the Courtney Campbell Causeway that sent one man to the hospital with critical injuries.

Lina Marie Paige was charged with driving under the influence involving serious bodily injury, battery on a law enforcement officer and driving with a license suspended or revoked. She was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. Bail was set at $10,250.

Clearwater police and Clearwater Fire & Rescue responded to a traffic crash about 3:15 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Courtney Campbell Causeway. According to police, Paige’s 2010 Mercedes-Benz had crashed into the rear of a work van.
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LARGO - A houseguest at a Largo home was charged with multiple counts of child pornography Aug. 16 after Largo police served a search warrant at the residence.

According to a media release, Largo police found out about electronic pornographic material being received at an address in Largo and were able to establish probable cause to obtain a warrant.

When they served the warrant and contacted the occupants of the residence on Jasper Street they found out that a houseguest from Ocala was using their Wi-Fi to obtain pornographic images of children.
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Tuesday, August 15
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PALM HARBOR - A 48-year-old Tampa man was arrested and charged with one count of video voyeurism Aug. 14 after he took photos of a woman looking up her skirt without permission.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from Starbucks at 3180 Tampa Road in Palm Harbor about 1: 30 p.m. An employee reported that a man was taking photographs of a woman under the table.

The man accused of taking the photos, Justin Page Buck, was at the store when deputies arrived and he agreed to speak to deputies, according to a media release.
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Monday, August 14
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SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a report of a home invasion at a residence on 93rd Avenue in unincorporated Seminole.

According to a media release, the home invasion occurred about 10:45 p.m. Aug. 13.

Deputies say Agnes "Marlene" White, 66, was in her home when two teenage black male suspects armed with handguns forced their way into her home.

Investigators say when the victim stood up, the two suspect's pistol whipped the victim causing injury to her facial area.
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Thursday, August 10
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ST. PETE BEACH - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 35-year-old St. Pete Beach man Aug. 9 on charges of arson and violation of probation from a former charge of cocaine possession.

Deputies responded to a report of a 2016 Taizhou scooter on fire on Blind Pass Road about 11:40 p.m. Aug. 9. Deputies initially conducted traffic control while firefighters from St. Pete Beach Fire Rescue extinguished the fire.

While on scene, deputies were approached by Chase Edward Richie, the owner of the scooter, who appeared to be intoxicated.
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PALM HARBOR - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a work-related accident that killed a 58-year-old Tarpon Springs man about 11 a.m. Aug. 9, at Glory Days Grill, 34200 U.S. 19 N. in Palm Harbor.

Robert Tanner was pronounced dead at the scene about 11:49 a.m.

Deputies were called to Glory Days Grill on a report of an unresponsive man who had been working on a billboard sign in front of the business.

According to detectives, Tanner and a co-worker Charles Walker, 50, of New Port Richey, both employed by Accent Neon and Sign Company, were working on the billboard when the accident occurred.
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Wednesday, August 9
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GULF OF MEXICO - Pinellas County Sheriff’s Marine Unit deputies rescued two boaters Aug. 8 after their vessel sank in the Gulf of Mexico about 6 miles west of Dunedin.

Deputies received a 911 call about 4:30 p.m. from the boaters who said their 18-foot Glasstream boat was taking on water. Deputies used the boaters’ GPS coordinates to locate the submerged vessel near the “Dunedin Reef.” The boaters, Mohammed Sameni, 26, and Nicholas Dudas-Szabo, 25, both of Palm Harbor were wearing personal floatation devices and floating in the water about 50 yards from the submerged vessel.
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PINELLAS PARK - A 52-year-old Pinellas Park man is accused of killing his girlfriend Aug. 8 during a domestic dispute at a home on 59th Street in Pinellas Park.

Thomas Lee Owens II was charged with murder in the second degree, aggravated assault and felon in possession of a firearm.

Pinellas Park police say the dispute began about 6:15 p.m. between Owens and his girlfriend, 59-year-old Nellie Denise Collins. Prior to the argument, Owens had armed himself with a handgun and was sitting in the living room with Collins and his sister, Tracy Starks, 49, who lived in the home with Owens and Collins.
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Sunday, August 6
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TAMPA - Pinellas Park police came home with a second place award after participating in the 2017 Bay Area Negotiator’s Challenge Aug. 4 at the University of Tampa.

The event was sponsored by the Bay Area Negotiator's Group, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators.

Ten teams competed in the event. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office placed third.

Negotiation teams from throughout the State of Florida participated in a six-hour negotiation exercise. The team-oriented exercise challenged each participant and their skills to bring the scenario to a peaceful resolution.
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PINELLAS PARK - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives charged a 48-year-old Seminole transient Aug. 4 on one count of cyberstalking of a local Realtor.

Reginald Bernard Nelson was arrested about 9 a.m. in a parking lot near 43rd Street and Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park. He was transported to the Pinellas County Jail. Bail was set at $20,000.

Detectives assigned to the Burglary and Pawn Unit began their investigation on June 1, after receiving information that the suspect, later identified as Nelson, was sending text messages to an local 73-year-old real estate agent.
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CLEARWATER - Police have identified the pedestrian critically injured in a crash that occurred about 8:43 p.m. Aug. 4 at the intersection of Missouri Avenue and Turner Street in Clearwater.

According to a media release from Clearwater police, Dorian Jeffrey Ransom, 61, was crossing Missouri Avenue from west to east when a 2003 Lincoln Aviator driven by Brendaly Rosario, 30, of Lakeland, struck him.

Police say Ransom, who has no local address, was not in a designated crosswalk and stepped from the curb into the path of the vehicle. Ransom was transported to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg with life-threatening injuries.
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PALM HARBOR - Three teens died and another was injured when a stolen vehicle they were traveling in crashed at the intersection of U.S. 19 and Tampa Road about 4 a.m. Aug. 6.

Two teens in a second stolen vehicle were taken into custody.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri talked about the epidemic of auto thefts by youth that continues in the county during a press conference Sunday morning near the scene of the crash. He said all the teens involved in the incident have an “extensive criminal history.”
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SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies charged a 49-year-old St. Petersburg man with armed robbery and three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon Aug. 6 after he stabbed a woman and two Good Samaritans trying to help her.

Deputies say the robbery occurred about 12:40 p.m. in the parking lot at Publix, 7880 113th St., Seminole.

According to deputies, the victim, Rosanna Lynn, 44, of Seminole was sitting in her 2010 Toyota Highlander in the Publix parking lot when the suspect, Bobby Martin Watson, approached her, opened the vehicle door, reached over and grabbed her purse.
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Friday, August 4
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DUNEDIN - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies charged a Tarpon Springs man with child neglect after he left his 4-year-old son unattended in a vehicle in a parking lot in Dunedin.

Joshua R. O’Connor, 30, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail at 1 a.m. Aug. 4 and released on $5,000 surety bond at 6:24 a.m.

According to a media release, the incident occurred about 9:30 a.m. Aug. 2 in the parking lot of State Farm Insurance Company, 1164 Belcher Road in Dunedin.
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