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 - Five people were transported to local hospitals Friday evening for treatment of injuries suffered in a seven-vehicle crash on Sunset Point Road near U.S. 19 frontage road in Clearwater.
Sunset Point Road was closed for hours beginning just before 5 p.m. as police and rescue personnel worked the crash that involved a Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department vehicle and a Pinellas County School bus. None of the students on the bus was injured. Five patients, including two fire department employees, were taken to three different hospitals.
DUNEDIN - 47-year-old Dunedin man was charged with one count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer Friday night after he reportedly pointed a handgun at a Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy, who then shot the man.
According to detectives with the sheriff’s Robbery/Homicide Unit, at about 6 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2017, deputies were dispatched to a small apartment complex located at 2249 Curlew Avenue in unincorporated Dunedin after neighbors reported hearing gunshots.
ST. PETERSBURG - A Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy on assignment with the Violent Crimes Task Force crashed his vehicle into a vehicle being driven by a St. Petersburg police officer Friday night.
According to investigators with the sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team, members of the Violent Crimes Task Force were conducting surveillance on a stolen vehicle in the St. Petersburg area the night of Jan. 20. Task force member, Deputy Guy Habercom, was driving his marked 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe cruiser westbound on Fairfield Avenue, approaching the stop sign at the intersection of 43rd Street South about 10:20 p.m. However, due to a “suspected equipment malfunction,” Habercom was unable to come to a complete stop.
PINELLAS PARK - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Pinellas Park man about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, on a charge of sexual battery on a minor.
Detectives with the Crimes Against Children Unit said the female victim was between ages 14 and 18 when the crime occurred during the years 2011 and 2014 at various locations throughout the county.
Detectives began in investigation Dec. 27, 2016, after the victim informed detectives that the suspect, Larry Richard Bourdon, 44, began having inappropriate sexual activity with her when she was 14-years-old.
CLEARWATER - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a 41-year-old Largo man Jan. 17 for shooting and killing a co-worker on a job site in unincorporated Clearwater.
The shooting occurred about 1:10 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Southern Comfort Mobile Home Park, 24479 U.S. 19 N. in unincorporated Clearwater.
When deputies responded to reports of a shooting, they found the victim, Gregory Perry, 51, of Kissimmee, lying in the roadway in front of lot #1204, with a gunshot wound to his torso. Perry was unresponsive and deputies performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
CLEARWATER - Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department successfully rescued an 8-year-old child from a chimney at a home on Woodlawn Street Monday evening.
The call for help came in about 6 p.m. Jan. 16, according to a press release.
The child, Isabella Cooke, lived next to the vacant house, and apparently shimmied up a pole at the rear of the house to get on the roof. Firefighters did not know whether she then climbed or fell into the chimney.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they found that the chimney did not have an opening inside the house. They started talking to the girl while they began “meticulously” chipping away at the outside of the masonry chimney to get to her without causing injuries.