CLEARWATER – The night of July 25 and early on the 26th, the Clearwater Police Department and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department held a DUI checkpoint at Clearwater High School, according to a police report. The checkpoint was dedicated in memory of Robert Lemon and Hilary Michalak, the two bicyclists who died as a result of an alcohol-related crash on Labor Day on the Memorial Causeway.
The following are the results of the checkpoint:
• Total vehicles diverted – 378 • Total vehicles that passed by – 1,324 • Subjects arrested – 12 • Vehicles impounded – 9 • DUI – 4 • Driving with license suspended or revoked – 5 • No valid driver’s license – 2 • Possession of marijuana – 2 • Possession of drug paraphernalia – 1 • Possession of Xanax – 1 • False name to a law enforcement officer – 1 • Felony warrant – 1 • Total citations issued – 38
Washington convicted of murder
CLEARWATER – It took a jury a couple of hours to find Tisen Washington guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of cab driver Jack LaGrand, according to a Clearwater police report.
The victim was found shot to death in September 2008, but the case went cold for a number of years until an arrest was made in 2013. LaGrand had picked up Washington in his cab at a Dunedin bar, and LaGrand was later found dead.
Washington was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.
Beachgoer injured by lightning
CLEARWATER – A beachgoer at Sand Key Park was treated for injuries suffered by an indirect lightning strike shortly after 11:30 a.m. on July 24, according to a Clearwater police report. He was taken to Largo Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
At the same time, another lightning fire started a small brush fire in the park. Clearwater Fire and Rescue crews worked both scenes at the same time. A lifeguard was the first to get to the injured person. The lifeguard also reported feeling a tingling sensation in his arm, as he also was close to the strike.