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PINELLAS PARK - Residents are invited to learn more about crime prevention and to meet local law enforcement agencies at the Pinellas Park Police Department’s annual National Night Out event Tuesday, Aug. 5, 5 to 8 p.m., in the Target parking lot at The Shoppes at Park Place, 7150 U.S. 19 N.

This national effort to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness comes through a partnership with Target stores across the country, said Pinellas Park police officer James Gatti, who organizes the Pinellas Park event.

Attendees will get to meet and learn about not only the different divisions of the PPPD, but also the Pinellas Park Fire Department, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies. Each agency will hand out information and give demonstrations of various police tactics.
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LEALMAN - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Burglary & Pawn Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in locating two commercial burglary suspects from the Lealman area.

According to the sheriff’s report, the burglary occurred Friday, July 11, between 6:30 and 11 a.m. at the Mad Hatters Bar, 4685 28th St. N. in the Lealman area of St. Petersburg.

Detectives reported that two suspects jumped a wooden fence and then entered the bar through a window. The suspects stole an undisclosed amount of cash and caused damage to the property.
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Tuesday, July 15
PINELLAS PARK - A Clearwater woman was charged with child neglect July 14 after leaving her 19-month-old child locked in the car while she shopped at Target.

Pinellas Park police responded to the Target store at 7150 U.S. 19 N. in Pinellas Park about 4:50 p.m. Officers were told by witnesses that the child was locked in a running sedan with the air conditioning circulating on low. The child was crying.

Officers determined that the mother, Vita Abramenkova, 35, had been inside the store for 40 minutes without a way to monitor the child or the vehicle. Police say that the mother admitted leaving the child in the car and was arrested on one count of child neglect.
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Thursday, July 3
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In an ongoing effort to redevelop the city’s Community Redevelopment Area, the Pinellas Park City Council approved the purchase of two new parcels in the United Cottages neighborhood at its June 12 meeting.

The council purchased 5760 75th Terrace N., which is currently owned by Fannie Mae, for $103,500, though the seller was originally asking for $114,900. The property could be split into three buildable lots.
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PINELLAS PARK - At its June 12 meeting, the City Council authorized the mayor to sign a cooperative funding agreement with the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

This deal awards the city $560,807 in matching funds for construction of new storm sewers for Park Boulevard drainage improvements.

The work is slated for Fiscal Year 2014/2015, though it’s included in the city’s Capital Improvement Program for design in Fiscal Year 2013/2014.
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PINELLAS PARK - Despite some fierce competition, Pinellas Park Police Explorer Post 912 came home from the Florida Association of Police Explorers state skills competition held June 23-28 in Crystal River with the overall second place trophy.

Twenty-nine posts competed at the event and Pinellas Park only lost to the first place winners, St. Petersburg Police Explorers Post 980, by seven points.
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PINELLAS PARK - Girls Inc. of Pinellas recently found out that they’ll be receiving a $280,000 Pinellas County Community Development Block Grant this fall.

The money will be used to fund a major remodeling project at Girls Inc.’s facilities located at 7700 61st St. N., Pinellas Park.

“It’s really exciting,” said Kristina Fortner, Girls Inc.’s executive director.
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Tuesday, July 1
PINELLAS PARK - A Pinellas Park teen was arrested on multiple charges June 30, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Pinellas Park police responded to a call about a disturbance in the area of 78th Avenue and 49th Street Monday morning. Public information officer Sgt. Adam Geissenberger provided a summary of events that occurred between 10 and 10:30 a.m. that led to the arrest of 15-year-old Nicholas Brian Cummings.

“At 10:05 a.m. Cummings entered the Walgreens located at 7751 49th St. N. and selected several food items from the shelves, Geissenberger reported. “ Cummings passed all points of purchase and made no effort to pay for the items that he had selected. Cummings was confronted by a staff member who asked him to pay for the items. Cummings took a full 2-liter bottle of soda and threw it at the clerk. The bottle missed the clerk and Cummings fled the area on foot.”
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Monday, June 30
PINELLAS PARK - Pinellas Park police responded to a call about a stabbing about 9:43 p.m. June 29 in the 6700 block of 77th Terrace N.

According to the police report, a citizen called to tell police that her son had stabbed her nephew and then turned the knife on himself. The victim then fled the scene in fear of the suspect. The suspect also fled the scene.

A police K-9 unit responded to the scene and made contact with the caller. She informed arriving personnel that her son had fled on foot with a knife stuck in his chest. About five minutes later, police located the victim, Timothy Adams, 32, at a nearby residence.
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