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.
PINELLAS PARK - Authorities believe that a Pinellas Park woman intentionally set her house on fire before shooting herself early Saturday morning.
According to a report from police, the District 6 Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause of death of Brigitta K. Melm, 61.
Pinellas Park Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 7600 71st Ave. about 6 a.m. Saturday, July 26. Shortly thereafter, Pinellas Park police were notified that a body had been found inside the single-family residence. Firefighters put out the fire and remained on scene while police entered the home to begin an investigation.
PINELLAS PARK - Westbound Park Street was closed at 60th Street just before 5 p.m. Thursday, July 24, as Pinellas Park police worked the scene involving two overturned vehicles.
According to the police report, a 2011 Nissan truck, driven by Kenton Sams, 70, of Treasure Island and a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by Shawn Barnes, 35, of Madeira Beach were traveling west in the 6000 block of Park Boulevard. The truck was in the center lane and the Jetta was in the median lane.
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.
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.
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.