CLEARWATER - Clearwater Fire & Rescue and Clearwater Police report that investigators have ruled that a fire at the former Woodlawn Terrace Apartments was arson.
Firefights and police responded to a fire at the abandoned apartment complex at Woodlawn Street and Tilley Avenue just before 5:30 p.m. June 21. Firefighters quickly gained control of the fire at the eight-unit, two-story complex, which was abandoned. Authorities say that the building had no power or water. No injuries were reported.
CLEARWATER - A 52-year-old Palm Harbor man suffered critical injuries when a car struck his bicycle on the Bayside Bridge about 6:12 a.m. June 23.
Stephen Xavier Alimonda was riding his bicycle southbound on the outside paved shoulder of the Bayside Bridge and Clement W. Dumas, 62, of New Port Richey was driving a 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe also traveling southbound in the outside lane.
Florida Highway Patrol says Dumas failed to stay in his lane and entered the pave shoulder and collided with the bicycle. Charges are pending.
ST. PETERSBURG - Both drivers were ticketed in a crash that resulted in serious injuries about 10 a.m. June 12 on 54th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.
Tam Thanh Phan, 23, of St. Petersburg was driving a 2015 Hyundai Sonata that was stopped at the intersection of 33rd Street North at the intersection of 54th Street North just before the crash occurred. Alyssa Nicole Driver, 22, of Pinellas Park was driving a 2007 Hyundai Elantra traveling westbound on 54th Avenue North in the left lane approaching the intersection of 33rd Street North.
PALM HARBOR - A suspect wanted in connection with a May 22 robbery in unincorporated Largo is being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail on multiple charges.
Adam C. Garris, 29, of Palm Harbor was arrested June 15 for the robbery by sudden snatching of an 81-year-old man at the Optical Outlet, 3665 East Bay Drive.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives say they used various investigative techniques along with help from an anonymous crime stoppers tip to identify Garris as the suspect in the May 22 robbery. They also learned he was staying in the Palm Harbor area.
CLEARWATER - The driver of a Freightliner semi-truck received a ticket for improper passing after the truck collided with a PSTA bus about 6 a.m. June 15 on 118th Avenue North near 43rd Street North in Clearwater.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Richard Harry Cunningham, 74, of St. Petersburg was driving the Freightliner traveling eastbound in the outside lane of 118 Avenue North approaching 43rd Street North just before the crash occurred.
A Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus, driven by Stacey Lynn Johnson, 46, of Pinellas Park, was stopped facing east in the outside lane of 118th Avenue North. Troopers say that Freightliner collided with the bus as the driver attempted to pass.
LARGO - Largo Police detectives arrested the director of Child Ministry at Anona United Methodist Church June 13 on one charge of lewd and lascivious molestation.
Domenic Victor Bisesti was booked into the Pinellas County Jail at 5:13 p.m. June 13 and released on $10,000 surety bond at 3:14 a.m. June 14.
Largo police say Bisesti is accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old female in a lewd and lascivious manner on the buttocks area over her clothing during a church function and on church property. Police say the behavior occurred on several occasions over the past several months.
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people June 10 after their 19-foot boat capsized six miles northwest of Anclote Key.
Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call on VHF-FM channel 16 radio at 6:27 p.m. from a mariner reporting he was taking on water with three other people aboard his boat, which was approximately 10 miles from Anclote Key.
An MH-60 JayHawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater was launched to the scene. Moments later, watch standers received another call from the man reporting his boat had capsized and all four people were on top of the hull.
PINELLAS PARK - A 25-year-old St. Petersburg man is in critical condition at a local hospital after being shot June 10 in the parking lot of a Wawa store in Pinellas Park.
Pinellas Park police detectives have confirmed that the shooting victim, Ryan Dahill, was inside the Wawa about 10:42 p.m. and reportedly being disruptive with other customers inside the store. Police say he exchanged words with Ernest Russ, 26, of Pinellas Park inside the business. Then Russ and a couple of friends left the store to wait in the parking lot for the food they had ordered.
PINELLAS PARK - A Clearwater man suffered minor injuries during an armed robbery June 10 at a warehouse in Pinellas Park.
Pinellas Park police responded to the warehouse at 12305 62nd St. N. about 2:30 p.m. June 10. When officers arrived, they learned that the victim, Micha Korber, 42, has been at his warehouse selling a cell phone to an unknown black male, who he had set up a meeting with over the phone via text messages.
The State Attorney's Office says the fatality shooting of a Tarpon Springs man by Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives in Largo April 6 was justified, according to the results of an investigation released June 7.
The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Winghouse, 7369 Ulmerton Road.
The deceased was identified as 48-year-old Richard Xavier Summers.
In a letter from State Attorney Bernie McCabe to Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, McCabe wrote, "As a result of our investigation, I have determined that Lt. Steven Wagner, Sgt. Frank Holloway, Cpl. Kevin Grissinger, Deputy Jason Willis, Deputy Thomas Akin, and Deputy Clay Saunders were in the performance of their legal duties when Richard Xavier Summers defied their commands and suddenly exited from his vehicle, pointing and firing a semi-automatic firearm in their directions, committing the forcible felony of attempted murder of law enforcement officers.
LARGO - The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office purchased a Tracer Laser System with funding from the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program through the National Institute of Justice.
The $47,400 grant was awarded Aug. 22, 2016. The Tracer Laser System is a high performance portable system specifically used to locate fingerprints, fibers, body fluids, bone fragments, narcotics residue and a variety of other types of trace evidence. It was delivered to the Sheriff’s Office April 15.