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Pinellas County is continuing to take water samples from Joe’s Creek and nearby waterways after a sewer main ruptured about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

Utilities workers were able to stop the flow by about noon Tuesday, but not before more than 1 million gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into ditches and on to Joe’s Creek and beyond from a sewer main at 7780 62nd Ave. N. in St. Petersburg.

According to latest information, more than 2 million gallons spilled, but about half was vacuumed up into trucks.
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Friday, September 5
PINELLAS PARK - The identity of a pedestrian killed during a traffic crash remains unknown pending notification of his next of kin.

According to Pinellas Park police, the incident occurred about 8:25 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, in the 5900 block of Park Boulevard.

A white male in his early 50s was crossing Park Boulevard from the north side of the road, walking south across all three westbound lanes. Witnesses told police that traffic was heavy on Park Boulevard at the time.
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Thursday, September 4
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PINELLAS PARK - Petra Dvorak first came to the United States from the Czech Republic in 1997 for a friend’s wedding in West Virginia.

Here on a work visa, she traveled the country a bit, before finding a job at the Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach through a temp agency. She became part of the team that helped organize weddings, meetings and other events at the hotel.

“These were million-dollar weddings,” said Dvorak. “This was 1998. So back then there was big money.”
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PINELLAS PARK - In a 3-2 vote at its Aug. 28 meeting, the City Council approved a rezoning change for the 7.18-acre parcel at 11090 60th St. from a rural residential district to single-family residential district.

The property’s owner plans to build 29 detached, single-family homes on the land, which Councilor Rick Butler said at the council’s July 24 meeting has historically been an equestrian haven for the city, one that he’s committed to protect from overdevelopment.

He and Vice Mayor Patti Johnson were the no votes.
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Wednesday, September 3
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PINELLAS PARK - Pinellas Park police arrested a Clearwater man Sept. 2 and charged him with armed burglary, resisting arrest without violence and felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the police report, a call came in about 2:19 p.m. Tuesday about a suspicious person in the 4300 block of 83rd Avenue North in Pinellas Park.

Numerous officers responded to the scene and found that the man was still inside the residence. Police said the man was seen attempting to flee the residence on several occasions, but each time he was challenged by police he refused to exit and retreated inside the home.
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Thursday, August 28
PINELLAS PARK - The Pinellas Park Police Department conducted an alcohol and tobacco enforcement detail Aug. 27, using civilian decoys, in an attempt to combat the sales of the products to underage persons.

The volunteer civilians purchased tobacco at the three locations. Notices to appear were issued to the clerks who were found to be in violation.

Clerks were given notices to appear at the Kwik Stop, 9019 60th St. N.; Wawa’s, 6200 34th St. N.; and Sunoco, 11600 U.S. 19 N.
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PINELLAS PARK - Just after 10 a.m. Thursday, Pinellas Park police responded to reports of a man shot in the 7000 block of 52nd Street North in Pinellas Park.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a white male in his 70s suffering from a gunshot wound to his left arm. Medical personnel responded and transported the man to an area hospital.

Police notified officials at the Pinellas County School District and a lockdown was ordered at Richard L. Sanders and Pinellas Park Elementary schools. The lockdown was lifted just after noon.
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Tuesday, August 26
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PINELLAS PARK - The Pinellas Park Police Department participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Friday, Aug. 22.

Now, the city is localizing the event with special Ice Bucket Chill Out Challenge on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2 p.m., at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave N, Pinellas Park.

Proceeds from the local Chill Out Challenge will benefit Pinellas Park Elementary.
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PINELLAS PARK - A Pinellas Park native and 1999 Gibbs Senior High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a handpicked crew charged with bringing the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier into service.

Petty Officer First Class Jack Bain, who enlisted 15 years ago, is an aviation ordnance man aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the first ship in its class and the successor to the Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carriers that have been in operation for the last half century.
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Thursday, August 21
PINELLAS PARK - The Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Committee has elected two industry icons for the 2015 Class of the Hall of Fame.

One of the inductees, who will officially be enshrined at the 51st Annual NSGA Management Conference & 16th Annual Team Dealer Summit next May, is the late Bill Jackson of Bill Jackson’s Shop For Adventure in Pinellas Park.

After next year’s induction, the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame, founded by the National Sporting Goods Association in 1955, will include 161 of the industry’s pioneers and leaders. Jackson’s family will be honored at the Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas.
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