PINELLAS PARK - Political trailblazer Patricia Bailey-Snook accomplished a lot of firsts as a Pinellas Park city leader. She was the first woman appointed to the planning and zoning board, the first woman elected to City Council, the first female vice mayor and eventually, the first female mayor.
The city will honor Bailey-Snook, who died Dec. 8, 2014, at 78, at a Saturday, Feb. 7 memorial service at the Performing Arts Center.
She was much more than her list of accomplishments, though, said her son, Michael Bailey. Ultimately, she was all about serving people.
PINELLAS PARK - Pinellas Park police arrested four in connection with searches at two residences Feb. 20 where police believed methamphetamines were being manufactured.
According to a media release, members of the SWAT team served the first warrant about 7 a.m. at a single-family residence on 59th Way North. Four adults were located inside. One of four, Autumn Newton, 28 was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamines).
PINELLAS PARK - Pinellas Park police arrested a St. Petersburg man Tuesday afternoon in connection with an armed robbery at the Aldi store, 6700 66th Street N.
According to the police report, a 911 call came in about 1 p.m. reporting that an armed suspect was at the store and at least one shot had been fired.
Officers responded and took Todd Jay Mills, 46, into custody.
Police said that Mills entered the store and selected an item from a shelf. He then stood in line for several minutes waiting to check out. When it was his turn, he moved to where the cashier was positioned and produced a handgun. He then demanded money from the cash drawer.
PINELLAS PARK - During the holiday season, the leaders at Park Place Wesleyan Church decided to try something different: leaving the church’s physical building and taking its congregation into the community.
On Dec. 28, rather than holding their regular church services, they instead offered its members a program called The Church Has Left the Building. The congregation gathered at the church - 189 members - and split into teams to head out into the community for “simple acts of service,” said Kristia Wickstrom, the communications pastor.
PINELLAS PARK - The Pinellas Park Award Program has selected Mr. Pool of Pinellas for the 2014 Best of Pinellas Park Award in the Swimming Pool & Hot Tub Equipment category.
Each year, the Pinellas Park Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the community. These exceptional companies help make the Pinellas Park area a great place to live, work and play.
“Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category,” a press release announcing the award said. “The 2014 Pinellas Park Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Pinellas Park Award Program and data provided by third parties.”
PINELLAS PARK - The Pinellas Park Police Department is gearing up for a big year.
Not only is it celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, but Chief Dorene Thomas announced that she’s retiring after 35 years of service in Pinellas Park. She made her announcement at the Pinellas Park PD’s Jan. 6 centennial celebration.
Her last day will be April 24 and Assistant Chief Michael Haworth will step up April 25 to become chief when she leaves.
PINELLAS PARK - Pinellas Park teen Caitlin Mitcherson is gearing up for her next major roller skating competition - the Pan American Championships in Kissimmee, Florida, Jan. 16-20.
That’s right: roller skating.
While everyone knows about the sport’s icy counterpart, not many realize that roller skating is just as competitive and requires just as much dedication and hard work.
Mitcherson, now 18, began skating when she was 8 years old, eventually choosing to focus on the sport over baseball and cheerleading. She can be found practicing at Astro Skate in Pinellas Park every day, and puts in just as much time at the gym.