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Hernando Sheriff Investigates Deputy-Involved Shooting

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A woman was injured during the encounter, but no deputies were hurt, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

BROOKSVILLE – A woman was injured this afternoon (Aug. 20) when three deputies fired at her after she pointed a shotgun at them, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said.

The names of the woman and the deputies were not available.

Hernando deputies were called to a Cedar Drive home about 2:15 p.m. to help the Brooksville Police Department regarding a suicidal female who had barricaded herself inside the residence. Initial information indicated that the woman was armed with a shotgun and had access to numerous other weapons inside the house. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office SWAT and Crisis Response Teams were in the process of responding to the scene to assist the numerous deputies and Brooksville police officers who were already there.

The initial investigation indicates that the woman came outside and raised and pointed a shotgun at several deputies who were on the perimeter of the residence. Preliminary reports indicate that three sheriff’s deputies fired their weapons.

The woman was injured during the exchange and was subsequently airlifted to a local trauma center. At this time her condition is unknown. No deputies were injured during this incident.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been notified will take over the investigation. All three deputies will be placed on paid administrative leave as protocol dictates.

For information about the Hernando sheriff, go to hernandosheriff.org.

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Driver Charged with Manslaughter in Tampa Hit and Run

Ruell Calvin Thompson | Tampa Police | Arrests

Tampa police said he called 911 to turn himself in.

TAMPA – A Tampa man is accused of leaving the scene of a crash that killed a pedestrian, according to the Tampa Police Department.

Therese Nicole Ingram, 45, died at the scene.

Ruell Calvin Thompson, 22, of Tampa, was charged with one count each of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death and DUI manslaughter.

Ms. Ingram was struck in the northbound lane of N Nebraska Avenue about 3:46 a.m. The driver left the scene. About 19 minutes after the crash, Thompson called 911 to report that he struck someone on Nebraska Avenue. Police said they arranged to meet him. The subsequent investigation led to his arrest.

The preliminary investigation indicated the car was traveling at an excessive speed and that contributed to the crash and the fatality, officers said.

For information about the Tampa police, go to tampagov.net.

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Crist Schedules Town Hall

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U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist will hold a town hall meeting Friday in Clearwater.

CLEARWATER – U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, has scheduled a town hall meeting to hear from constituents.

The town hall is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday (Aug. 25) in the Arts Auditorium at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater campus, 2465 Drew St. The meeting is open to the public.

“My job as representative of Pinellas County in our nation’s capital means advocating for the needs of our community. Key to doing that job is hearing directly from my neighbors on areas of concern, and providing updates of my work on their behalf,” Crist said. “I look forward to hearing their views and priorities, which I will take back to Washington in the fall when Congress resumes debate on issues impacting our community.”

Crist represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District, which includes mid- and south Pinellas County.

For information about Crist, go to crist.house.gov.

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Deputies Arrest Suspect in Tampa Murder

Dejonta Felder | Tampa Police | Arrests

He was arrested in Polk County early this morning, according to the Tampa Police Department.

TAMPA – A man accused of shooting another man to death was arrested this morning (Aug. 20) in Polk County, the Tampa Police Department said.

Dejonta Jerome Felder, 22, was charged with charged with second degree murder and felon in possession of a firearm. He was wanted in connection with the July 2 shooting death of Julius R. Carter, 32.

Tampa police said Mr. Carter was shot several times and then fled to the backyard of a residence in the 3400 block of N Phillips Street where he succumbed to his injuries.

For information about the Tampa police, go to tampagov.net.

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Hometown Business: Seminole Chamber of Commerce

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Here are some of the happenings at the Seminole Chamber of Commerce for the upcoming month.

SEMINOLE -Here’s what’s happening in Seminole business for the next few weeks.

Through Sept. 30:  Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters is sponsoring a two-month “sock drive” to benefit soldiers and local community groups.

Operation: Military Matters, founded by two Seminole students, Ava Spano and Graci Tubbs, continually need tube and crew socks for the shoe boxes they pack for our men and women in uniform. The Seminole Interfaith Food Pantry, in anticipation of winter, will distribute the socks to clients in need of food and warm feet.

“I have noticed that the citizens, churches, schools, businesses, and civic organizations of Seminole are always generous with their giving. Hopefully we can collect another 500 pairs of tube and crew socks during August and September. Local retail stores sell for about $10 a bag of 10-12 pairs. So 50 bags in two months is a do-able goal,” Waters said. “Please sock it to me through September …but only with socks!”

There is a drop-off box at Seminole City Hall for the tube crew socks. City Hall is located next to the Post Office st 9199 113th Street N.  Waters can be contacted at (727) 391-0204, ext. 102, or lwaters@myseminole.com.

Wednesday (Aug. 23):  Free Chamber Business breakfast, 8 a.m. at the Chamber “Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses” Wayne Brass presenter

Friday (Aug. 25): The Seminole Chamber of Commerce will have a “Healthy, Wealthy & Wise” Expo on Friday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m.  to 3 p.m. at Seminole Garden Apartments’ PEACOCK CENTER, 8324 112TH STREET meeting hall. Sponsored by:  Habitat for Humanity, Brookdale Bay Pines Senior Living Solutions and Regen-age. Hosted by: Seminole Garden Apts. Clubs

Free Basic Health Screenings, Acupuncture, Massages, Home/Health Products, Chiropractic, Skin Care, Health Insurance, Medical Clinic, Mental Health Care, Home Health & Long-Term Care, Fitness, Food/Nutrition, Counseling, Life Coaching, Banking & Financial Planning, Trust & Estate Planning, Adult Education Opportunities, Elder Law Counseling, Funeral Preparation Tips, Safety Products & more.
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Aug. 29: 10:30 a.m. Ribbon cutting at Pieology Pizzeria, 11165 Park Blvd. Seminole City Center

Sept. 6: 5p.m.-8 p.m. Fundraising Event at Chick-fil-A (Seminole) For Arden Courts Memory Care.  Call (727) 692-9117 or e-mail Seminole@arden-courts.com for information.

Sept. 7: Seminole Chamber after hours social hosted by Seminole Garden Florist and the Party Store, 13030 Park Blvd.

Sept. 27: Seminole Chamber Business breakfast, 8 a.m. at the Seminole Chamber, hosted by Pinellas Economic Development, featured speaker Yolanda Cowart “Small Businesses Working with Government Contractors” complimentary refreshments

Oct. 5: Seminole Chamber after hours social hosted by Fidelity National Title Company, 11244 Park Blvd, Seminole, FL 33772

Oct. 19: Golf Tournament at Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd., cookout 11:30 a.m., shot gun start 1 p.m.

For information about the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, go to seminolechamber.net.

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Kriseman: ‘The Deuces Is Back’

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By ANNE LINDBERG, TB Reporter

Mayor Rick Kriseman announced plans last week for the Callaloo Group to open a Southern-Caribbean fusion restaurant in the historic Manhattan Casino. The proposal includes a to-go only Cuban style restaurant and arts and entertainment.

ST. PETERSBURG – The historic Manhattan Casino was once the center of arts and entertainment for St. Petersburg’s African-American community.

Now city officials see it as central to the revival of the neighborhood and people who live nearby.

To help get to that goal, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has announced plans for Callaloo, a restaurant serving Southern-Caribbean fare, to take over the building, 642 22nd St. S in the area known as “the Deuces.”

“The Deuces is back and once more growing in significance in the Tampa Bay Region,” Kriseman said when announcing the deal.

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The restaurant is the brainchild of the Callaloo Group, whose members include Vincent Jackson, an African-American millionaire who lives in Tampa. Jackson is well known to football fans for his All-American collegiate career, and stints with both the San Diego Chargers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jackson also has several restaurants and has owned multiple Orange Theory fitness studios, and managing companies for growth and success.

Others in the Callaloo Group include Ramon Hernandez, owner of Pipo’s restaurants in the Bay Pines area of Seminole and in downtown St. Petersburg, and Chef Gary Moran, who opened South Tampa’s Wimauma restaurant.

Under the proposal, the Callaloo restaurant will be just one venture housed in the Manhattan Casino.

“A Pipo’s Café will also be built within the Callaloo venue adjacent to the kitchen,” the proposal says. “This will serve not only as training facility for our potential partners, but as a separate fully operational to-go only restaurant serving the iconic Cuban fare of Pipo’s for those who don’t want a sit-down restaurant experience.”

The group also plans to operate a Pipo’s Café/Callaloo food truck from the venue.

Plans extend to more than food.

Manhattan Casino | Callaloo | BusainessThe group says it has commitments from local musicians including Shawn Brown, Henry Ashwood Jr., Cat Williams Trio, On Que Players, William Brother Blues Band, Anthony Castellano, and Steve Wilson.

Art and culture are also part of the package. One goal, according to the proposal, is to offer a permanent gallery to display art by the Florida Highwaymen.

“We will also dedicate space to the new generation of local artists on a rotating basis to maintain the rich history of the building as a place where art of all type is celebrated,” the proposal says. “We believe this will help serve as a bridge between the Warehouse Arts District and the historic Deuces Live.”

The group is also proposing to create an apprenticeship program to allow students in the Pinellas Technical College culinary program to work with the chefs at Callaloo.

The proposal harkens back to the Manhattan Casino’s history when it was central to the culture of St. Petersburg’s African-American community.

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“Built in 1925, the Manhattan Casino is significant for its contribution to entertainment and the culture in the African American community for more than forty years. Some of American music’s most legendary performers played at the Manhattan including James Brown, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughn, Fats Domino and the Ink Spots,” the city says.

“The Manhattan Casino was a showcase for local African American artists as well as a haven for traveling African American entertainers who would stop in St. Petersburg during their tours. After the era of the big bands, the Manhattan Casino hosted dances featuring local artists; rock and roll and blues singers popular in the 1960’s also performed at the Casino. Goldie Thompson, local minister and radio personality, booked religious programs at the Casino, as did Father Divine, a spiritualist. The venue closed its doors in 1968.”

The Manhattan Casino was home to Sylvia’s, a Harlem-based restaurant, that the city evicted in 2016 for failing to pay rent. The city has been searching for a new tenant since October.

For information about the Manhattan Casino, go to stpete.org.

Photos FROM aNNOUNCEMENT OF dECISION FOR cALLALOO TO tAKE OVER mANHATTAN cASINO by Anne Lindberg, TB Reporter.

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Man Shot by Tampa Police Officer

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No officers were injured, according to the Tampa Police Department.

TAMPA – One man was shot during an altercation with two police officers early this morning (Aug. 20), the Tampa Police Department said.

Daniel Olinger, 68, was taken to a local hospital after the shooting. His condition is unknown. No police officers were injured.

The incident began about 5:18 a.m. when a neighbor called police with a complaint about what appeared to be two men trespassing at a vacant house at 3416 E 9th Ave. Two officers responded and found two men toward the back of the house, which police described as completely dark..

One of the men entered into an altercation with one of the officers. The officer, fearing for his life, fired his weapon, striking the man, police said.

The officer who fired has been placed on administrative leave, as is standard. The other officer did not fire his weapon. The other man who was at the house was not injured.

The investigation is ongoing.

For information about the Tampa police, go to tampagov.net.

Photo of Daniel Olinger courtesy of the Tampa Police Department.

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Driver Dies after Pinellas Park Crash

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He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the SUV he was driving, Pinellas Park police said.

PINELLAS PARK – One driver died in a four-vehicle crash Saturday (Aug. 19) caused when another driver ran a red light, according to the Pinellas Park Police Department.

Timothy Fitch, 53, of Pinellas Park, died at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where he was taken after the crash. His daughter,  Kelly Ann Fitch, 20, was also taken to Bayfront with minor injuries. She had been a passenger in the 1998 Ford Explorer her father was driving.

Jasmin Gonzalez Jimenez, 22, of Pinellas Park, one of the other drivers, was taken to Bayfront with a broken wrist.

The crash happened about 7:06 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 19 N and 70th Avenue. Police said Jimenez was driving a 2005 Hyundai Tucson north on 19 ran the red light at 70th. The Hyundai hit Mr. Fitch’s Ford, which was traveling west through the intersection with a green light. The impact with the Explorer caused it to roll once and Mr. Fitch, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the open driver side window.

The Explorer continued to roll, striking a 2007 Infiniti M35 driven by Pierre Antwan Coston, 26, of St. Petersburg, and a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox driven by James Smith, 58, of Pinellas Park. Both had been stopped in the southbound lanes of U.S. 19 for the red light, police said. Both vehicles sustained minor damage. Neither driver was injured.

The Explorer ultimately landed on all four wheels and the vehicle rolled through the intersection where it was stopped by Kelly Fitch.

There are no criminal charges pending, police said, but one or more citations are pending once the investigation is complete.

For information about the Pinellas Park police, go to pinellas-park.com.

Photo courtesy of the Pinellas Park Police Department.

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Students Had Gun at High School Football Game, Pinellas Park Police Say

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The two, from St. Petersburg, are students at Boca Ciega High School, according to the Pinellas Park Police Department.

PINELLAS PARK – Two Boca Ciega High School students have been accused of having a gun on school property, the Pinellas Park Police Department said.

Gary R. Ponder and Altrevion R. Isaac  were each charged with one county of possession of a weapon on school property, a felony. Both are 17 years old and from St. Petersburg. Both attend Boca Ciega High School.

They were arrested Friday (Aug. 18) at a high school football game being played at Pinellas Park High School, 6305 118th Ave, N. arrested for being in possession of a weapon on school property. During the football game, both Isaac and Ponder each had possession of a back pack that contained a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun that was loaded with two rounds, police said.

A spectator saw Isaac and Ponder showing the gun off inside the back pack and told police. A Pinellas Park police school resource officer who was already at the game approached Isaac who had the back pack. The officer search the back pack and said he found the gun.

During questioning, police said, both admitted being in possession of the gun and to having had the gun earlier in the day while at Boca Ciega.

The gun was not reported stolen and it is unknown at this time how or where they got the gun.

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For information about Pinellas Park police, go to pinellas-park.com.

Photos courtesy of the Pinellas Park Police Department.

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Lightning Strikes Clearwater Golfer

He had just stepped off his golf cart when the lightning bolt hit him, according to Clearwater Fire Rescue.

CLEARWATER – A 76-year-old man was struck by lightning Friday (Aug. 18) morning while playing golf at the Clearwater Country Club, according to Clearwater Fire Rescue said.

Frank Sink was taken to Tampa General Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He had been upgraded to fair condition late Friday afternoon.

Sink was struck shortly after 11 a.m. Fire officials said he had just stepped off his golf cart at the seventh hole at the near the green when the bolt struck him.

For information about Clearwater Fire Rescue, go to myclearwater.com.

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