CLEARWATER – Alexander Richardson, 24, of Clearwater was charged with second-degree murder April 20 in the shooting death of his girlfriend, 51-year-old Josephine Austria.
He also was charged with using a firearm while under the influence of alcoholic beverages.
Clearwater Police were called to the residence on Hillcreek Circle East shortly after 1 a.m. April 20 after Richardson ran to a convenience store on McMullen Booth Road and told the clerk he had shot his girlfriend. He told initial responders the same thing when he returned to the scene, according to the police report.
The victim and defendant were hosting a birthday party for a friend. While a few guests were still at the house, Richardson emerged from the bathroom and said that Austria was bleeding and she needed help. It was then he ran from the scene and ended up at the convenience store.
A guest at the party who found Austria noticed she was unresponsive and bleeding from the head. That person then called 911 as well.
Austria was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Richardson was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. Bond was set at $175,000.
Police seek help in cold case
CLEARWATER – Clearwater police seek help to solve a cold case in which Michael Constanzo, then 18, was shot and killed. The shooting occurred 19 years ago as he was driving across Memorial Causeway.
At the time of the shooting, a Cadillac was seen traveling next to his car. The Cadillac was a late-model, full-sized gray in color with wire rims and dark tinted windows. The shooting happened east of Island Way. Anyone with information is asked to call 562-4242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Magazine thief nabbed
CLEARWATER – Clearwater police arrested Richard Lintzenich, 47, of Clearwater April 15 after an officer saw him enter an enclosed loading area at Publix at 1555 S. Highland Ave. The suspect began removing containers of magazines that had been delivered overnight. He allegedly planned to sell the magazines, valued at $1,176, at flea markets in the area. He was charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure and grant theft greater than $300 but less than $5,000. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail on a $7,000 bond.
Man pleads guilty to leaving crash scene
CLEARWATER – Christopher Weed, 29, of Clearwater, pled guilty in court on April 16 to leaving the scene of an accident that killed two bicyclists in September on the Memorial Causeway, according to a police report. He was charged with leaving the scene of a crash that involved injury and leaving the scene of a crash involving death. Sentencing is set for next month.