Monday, May 20, 2013
Here are calls and complaints that the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office handled in Dunedin, Safety Harbor and Oldsmar.
Here is a summary of calls and complaints that deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office responded to from May 1-18, 2013. These are reports of criminal activity in Dunedin, Safety Harbor and Oldsmar. To read the map, click on the icons: Just click anywhere on the map and drag it to see all the icons. You also can move the slider up and down to zoom in and out. The information was culled from the Pinellas County Crime Viewer. Get the Dunedin Patch newsletter delivered to your email. Sign up here.
The incident may have been a murder-suicide and the 66-year-old wife may have been bound before she left her Dunedin home, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.
The bodies of a Dunedin couple were found in a Hernando County forest in what authorities say may have been a murder-suicide and a case of false imprisonment. Deputies responded to the home of Michael and Glenna Jones, both 66, at 1817 Dinnerbell Lane, around 12:15 a.m. Sunday after the couple's son received a "disturbing call" from them, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reports. The couple wasn't home and their vehicle, a tan PT cruiser, was also missing. Further investigation led them to believe the couple may be in the area of the Chassahowitzka Forest in Hernando County. Deputies there found the car in a wooded area of the forest and the bodies outside it, officials said. "Deputies say that due to evidence found inside the couple's…
The following report shows charges associated with residents in Dunedin booked at Pinellas County Jail between May 11 and 17.
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The following report shows charges associated with Dunedin residents booked at Pinellas County Jail between May 11 and May 17, 2013. Being arrested on charges does not mean a person has been convicted of the crime. Sign up for the Dunedin Patch email newsletter to get more top headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox.
Monday, May 13, 2013
The following report shows charges associated with residents in Dunedin booked at Pinellas County Jail between May 4-10.
The following report shows charges associated with Dunedin residents booked at Pinellas County Jail between May 4-10, 2013. All arrests were made by Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies unless noted otherwise. Being arrested on charges does not mean a person has been convicted of the crime. Tommy Lee Hampton, 46, of Bay Street, was charged with felony domestic battery. He was being held in Pinellas County Jail on $25,000 bond and was awaiting trial. Edmon L. Olalia, 27, of Amberlea Drive East, was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery. He was being held in Pinellas County Jail on $5,000 bond and was awaiting trial. Samuel Bruce Peavler, 48, of Lake Drive, was charged with felony battery and tampering with a witness. He was released …
We compile the odd, unusual "oh my gosh" police items from throughout the Tampa Bay region.
A 20-year-old man fleeing authorities following a traffic stop was able to get away from the deputies chasing him, but not from an alligator. Bryan Zuniga, who was pulled over by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office at 2:47 a.m. May 9 for failing to maintain a single lane, later showed up at a local hospital with multiple puncture wounds to his face, arm and armpit area, telling authorities an alligator attacked him near a water treatment plant in unincorporated St. Petersburg. According to authorities, as they attempted to stop Zuniga, he jumped out of the passenger side door and fled from the scene near the 7100 block of 78th Avenue North, kicking a hole through a fence to make his escape. He was found a few hours later at the hospital, …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Richard Kearns, who crosses elementary and high school students in Dunedin, was recently lauded for his service.
Richard Kearns issues pedestrians, dogs and school bus drivers a warm "hello" or a friendly wave twice a day, five days a week, as he has for the past six years. "The good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise, I'll do it for another 10," the small-town North Carolina native said from his Dunedin school crossing guard post on a recent sunny afternoon. Kearns crosses between five and 20 students a day at Belcher Road and Solon Avenue, and has gotten to know many of the regular pedestrians and resident dog walkers over the years. He even knows the dogs by name. He starts his day at County Road 1 and Falcon Drive, in plenty of time for the 7:05 a.m. starting bell at Dunedin High, then goes to his second morning shift at the Belcher-Solon post…
Dewayne Fast, Eric Rodriguez, Kevin Naylor and Brandon Young each received promotions within the City of Dunedin Fire Department on May 1.
Four Dunedin firefighters received promotions May 1. District Chiefs Dewayne Fast and Eric Rodriguez were promoted from lieutenants, and Lts. Kevin Naylor and Brandon Young were bumped up from firefighter-paramedics, fire officials announced Friday. Mayor Dave Eggers swore the men into office during a ceremony at Dunedin Community Center on May 1. Family members pinned badges to their uniforms and Deputy Chief Trip Barrs presented them with new helmets, according to a news release from the City of Dunedin Fire Department. Dunedin fire officials released the following about the promoted firefighters: All newly promoted officers will be formally recognized during the May 16 city commission meeting. Sign up for the free Dunedin Patch email …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives have released surveillance photos of the man they believe burglarized Strachan's Homemade Ice Cream in Palm Harbor in April.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are asking area residents to keep their eyes open for the man they say burglarized Strachan’s Homemade Ice Cream in Palm Harbor around 12:54 a.m. April 21. The man wanted in connection with the crime is said to have smashed the front glass door of the 105 Alt. U.S. 19 business. He is described as a middle age man who stands about 5-foot-10 to 6 feet in height. He was last seen wearing a hat, jeans, sneakers and a long-sleeve shirt or sweatshirt. Detectives believe he has dark hair and a mustache. Anyone who recognizes this man is asked to call Detective Smithies at 727-582-6200. Anonymous tips can be submitted via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or by going online to www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org. …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Deputies were able to talk the man out of a home in the 1500 block of Dinnerbell Lane, officials said Tuesday.
Updated, 5:51 p.m.: Deputies have resolved the situation peacefully, talking the man who was threatening to harm himself out of the Dunedin home, officials said Tuesday. No injuries were reported. No further information was immediately made available. Earlier: Deputies are on the scene of a Dunedin home where a man is threatening to harm himself, officials said Tuesday. The man is alone in a home in the 1500 block of Dinnerbell Lane, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He is apparently distraught over "health related matters," sheriff's office spokesperson Cecilia Barreda said in a media release. Deputies were on the scene attempting to talk him out of the residence, Barreda said. No further information was immediately …
Monday, May 6, 2013
A man who stole a credit card during a February home burglary was then using it to make purchases around the Tampa Bay area, according to authorities.
Detectives are looking for a man accused of stealing credit cards during a home burglary in Dunedin and a car break-in in Indian Rocks Beach, then using them to make purchases around the Tampa Bay area. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has security camera footage of the unidentified man whom they say was responsible for both crimes on the same day back on Feb. 19. The credit cards were then used at several locations in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. The home burglary happened in the 2600 block of Bellhurst Drive, the sheriff's office said. The car-break in occurred in the 300 block of 12th Avenue on Indian Rocks Beach. The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s, about 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds. He was seen driving a …