CLEARWATER The night of July 25 and early on the 26th, the Clearwater Police Department and the Pinellas County Sheriffs 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 drivers 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.