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Driver Dies in Dale Mabry Crash in Pasco

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A semi tractor-trailer turned into his path.

PASCO COUNTY – A Lutz man died late Saturday (Oct. 21) night when he hit a tractor-trailer that had turned into his path, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

William Adam Reger Jr., 68, of Lutz, died at the scene.

The other driver, James Clairvil, 25, of Palm Bay, was not injured.

The crash happened about 10:36 p.m. on Dale Mabry Highway at County Line Road. Clairvil was driving a 2016 tractor-trailer south on Dale Mabry. Troopers said he made a U-turn at County Line Road. The U-turn took him into the path of the 1995 Chevrolet Blazer that Mr. Reger was driving.

The Chevrolet crashed into the trailer portion of Clairvil’s truck and became lodged underneath.

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The Sassy Sandpiper: Remembrance of Octobers Past

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October is a time for remembering.

By M.R. Wilson, Columnist, TB Reporter

October isn’t gold-orange-russet in Florida. We’re year-round green and any seed stuck in the soil—potting, garden, or what accumulates in the tracks of sliding glass doors—and given enough moisture will sprout. If attended to, it will grow and prosper.

I don’t mind the subtle-to-none change in Florida’s autumn color palette as much as I used to, although I feel heart pangs upon seeing someone’s gorgeous photos of the Blue Ridge Mountains or a Vermont forest. But hey—I’m wearing shorts and a sleeveless top while that flaunting photographer bundles to keep the frost off her … pumpkins.

We’re inclined to introspection this time of year, so here’s a glimpse of some Octobers past.

In late October 1956, my family journeyed from western Nebraska to our new home in St. Petersburg. Two years later I started school at Westgate Elementary. Halloween carnivals enchanted me. It was safe to trick-or-treat alone (but an elder always came with us) and no one searched anxiously through our sweet loot on the lookout for something horrid tossed into our bags by a deranged adult.

October of 1962 brought the Cuban Missile Crisis and we learned to “duck and cover.” Seriously? How much protection could cowering under our desks provide in the event of a nuclear blast?

Fast forward to college days in Kansas City during the ’70s. There reside my recollections of vivid October foliage, crisp cold air, the aroma of fireplaces and bonfires, and football games in Columbia. By October of 1975 I knew I was enthralled with science as well as humanities.

During October 1998 I was teaching kindergarteners and Halloween was a huge event. We carved pumpkins and made our very own Gingerbread Man. We paraded up to the big kids’ gymnasium for a costume contest, and reveled in a “fall festival” spread over the entire lower school campus.

Life got tough.

October of 1999 I was beginning chemotherapy. Two years later in 2001, the horror of the Twin Tower attacks on Sept. 11 was yet wrenching. I was doing graduate work at the University of South Florida, and so shaken by computer engineering professor Sami al-Arian’s link to terrorism that I dropped my program.

Leap ahead to the 2016 election season. Last October brought angst and hope, and the diversion of Hallothankmas.

Okay, so you’re not humming Thanks for the Memories, but you should know that October is still my favorite month. Good things are happening this October of 2017: the publication of my friend’s book, Birth of a New Brain, the fattening of baby papayas, the roughhousing of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed cats.

Things change, from the play of light to the slightest cooling and drying, to the inward movement of energies, to folks being a little nicer in anticipation of the holiday season.

October. It is a time of beauty, blessings, comfort, gratitude, fun, mischief, generosity, good will, hope, love, and peace.

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Traffic, Taxes, Hurricanes Focus of Seminole Candidates

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Three of the four candidates for the two available seats on the Seminole City Council spoke at a forum Friday. A second forum is scheduled Monday.

SEMINOLE – Three candidates running for the Seminole City Council agreed that the city is well run but has some challenges.

Among those challenges are traffic and taxes, particularly the effect if the Penny for Pinellas sales tax is not renewed. The Penny is also on the ballot.

The three – Roger Edelman, Bob Matthews and Joseph E. Pacelli – spoke Friday (Oct. 20) during a forum at the Seminole Garden Apts. A fourth candidate, Tom Christy, declined to take part, organizers said. Edeleman and Matthews are running for reelection. Pacelli is a first-time candidate. Christy is making his eighth run for the council.

A second forum for Seminole candidates is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Monday (Oct. 23) in the Digitorium on the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N. Edelman, Matthews and Pacelli have accepted the invitation. Organizers said Christy has declined. The forum is open to the public.

Seminole has a council-manager form of government in which a seven-member council, consisting of a mayor and six councilors, set policy while a city manager handles the day-to-day business of the city. The council is not only responsible for setting policy, it is responsible for passing a budget and hiring the city manager and city attorney.

Council members serve three-year terms and are paid $8,200 a year. They meet at least twice a month. The nonpartisan election is voted on citywide. Two seats are up for grabs. Voters can vote for up to two candidates and the two top vote-getters will take office. The election is Nov. 7.


Roger Edelman | Seminole Council | Politics

Roger Edelman

Edelman, president of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, is seeking a second term o the council.

“Seminole is one of the best run cities in Pinellas County and in the state,” Edelman said.

The city, he said, has seen many changes for the better in the past few years with the development of Seminole City Center, formerly Seminole Mall, the renovation of Blossom Lake Park, and the creation of a waterfront park on Park Boulevard.

But traffic is a problem. Edelman said the city has asked the county for a traffic study and is trying to work with the county to get traffic lights and timing improved.

“I really want to see if we can do something with the traffic lights and the traffic,” Edelman said.

Like the other two candidates at the forum, Edelman supports the renewal of the Penny for Pinellas. The 1-percent sales tax (a penny on each dollar) contributes about $2.2 million a year to the city’s budget. Losing that money, which is directed toward infrastructure, would likely have an adverse impact if it does not pass.

As it is, Edelman said, Seminole is facing a budget challenge because of an additional property tax exemption that is projected to decrease Seminole’s property tax revenues by about $400,000 to $500,000 a year.

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Bob Matthews

Matthews, who owns Seminole Garden Florist & Party Store, has served on the Seminole council since 1990 with the exception of eight months in 2006-07.

“We’ve come a long way but we still have work to do,” Matthews said.

For Matthews, the important issue is fiscal responsibility and managing the city’s spending wisely. With the redevelopment of Seminole Mall into the Seminole City Center, he said, the property tax base should be stable and, if enough money comes in, Matthews said he’s like to be able to reduce the property tax rate.

Should the Penny not pass, he said, the city would not be in financial trouble because it has managed building projects well. But the lack of funds going into the city’s budget for infrastructure could halt or slow future projects. But, he said, the loss of that money is something Seminole could handle.

Matthews agreed that traffic is an issue that needs attention.

“The traffic is in our face because of growth,” Matthews said.

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Joseph Pacelli | Seminole | Politics

Joseph Pacelli

Pacelli is a native New Yorker with a varied background that ranges from film school and work in Hollywood to a stint in the Navy working, among other things, drug interdiction out of south Florida. He attended medical school for a short time until he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and now has a home remodeling business. Pacelli said he decided to run for the council because he did not realize Edelman and Matthews would be running for reelection.

“It’s been a very well managed city, ” Pacelli said of Seminole. “I would hope to maintain that excellence. … You’re the gold standard and we want to maintain that.”

Pacelli agreed that the timing of traffic lights in the city needs work. Pacelli said he’s also concerned about hurricane preparedness. If elected, he said he would work to evaluate the city’s response to Hurricane Irma and to improve upon it. He said he was particularly concerned about making sure residents who have special needs are taken care of.

Photo shows, left to right, Roger Edelman, Bob Matthews, Joseph Pacelli. Photo by Anne Lindberg, TB Reporter.

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Four Shot in Tampa

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Police are looking for witnesses or anyone with information about the shooting.

TAMPA – Police here are searching for information about a late night shooting Friday (Oct. 20) that sent four people to the hospital.

The four who were shot: Ronnie O’Neil, 29; Anthony Lewis, 28; Ruby Alexander, 33; and Donnie Miller, 27. They were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, the Tampa Police Department said.

The shooting happened about 11 p.m. in the 400 block of E Nordica Street. The four, who were standing in a crowd of people, told officers that someone in an unknown mini-van type vehicle
drove by and shot into the crowd.

Police said they have no suspect(s) or motives for the shooting at this time, and would like to speak with anyone who was in the area who witnessed the shooting.

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Teen Pedestrian Dies in Pasco Hit and Run

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The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the driver.

PASCO COUNTY – Florida Highway Patrol troopers are searching for a truck that fled the scene after hitting and killing a pedestrian Friday (Oct. 20) night.

Tyler Michael Sheeks, 19, of Hudson, died at the scene.

The crash happened about 8:58 p.m. on Bolton Avenue east of Omaha Street in Pasco County. Mr. Sheeks was walking west in the westbound lane along Bolton when he was hit.

The vehicle that hit Mr. Sheeks was described as a gray Ford F-150. It was also traveling west on Bolton.

Anyone with any information about the case is asked to contact the FHP by calling *FHP, (813) 631-4020, or Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay.

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Driver in Fiery Hillsborough Crash Accused of DUI

DUI Crash | Florida Highway Patrol | SR 93 Crash

The other driver, a Road Ranger, was seriously injured, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A Road Ranger was seriously injured in a fiery crash early this morning (Oct. 21), according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Brian Nelson Barrett, 42, of Wimauma, was taken to Tampa General Hospital. He is with the Florida Department of Highways and Public Transportation’s Road Ranger program, a service that provides free highway help for civilian drivers and first responders.

The other driver, Eldy Cartaya Dominguez, 32, of Tampa, was arrested and charged with one count each of driving under the influence-injury and DUI-property damage. He suffered minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital.

The crash happened about 3:15 a.m. in the outside lane of northbond I-275 near Busch Boulevard. Troopers said Dominguez, who was driving a 2017 Toyota Camry, overtook Barrett, who was driving a 2014 Chevrolet marked Road Ranger pickup truck.

The Camry rear ended the Chevrolet and both exploded into flames.

The crash closed portions of the roadway until 6 a.m.

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Funeral Services Set for Hernando Firefighter Steven R. Terry

Steven R. Terry | Hernando County Fire Rescue | Funeral Services

Hernando County firefighter/paramedic Steven R. Terry passed away while on duty October 16, 2017.

HERNANDO COUNTY – Funeral services are scheduled for Hernando firefighter/Paramedic Steven R. Terry on Tuesday (Oct. 24).

The 10 a.m. service will be at the Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., in Spring Hill.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said officials are expecting first responders (fire, EMS, law enforcement) from all over the state/country will travel to Spring Hill to attend the service.

To provide for expected traffic and a high volume of emergency vehicles, two Hernando County roadways will be completely closed or partially closed during the morning to mid-afternoon hours Tuesday.

These roads will be closed or partially closed at the times listed:

Northcliffe Boulevard – PARTIALLY CLOSED beginning at 8 a.m. from east of Landover Boulevard to Hearth Road. One lane of traffic will be permitted to flow in each direction. Northcliffe Boulevard will remain closed until all vehicles have left from the church (most likely noon or later).

Mariner Boulevard – COMPLETELY CLOSED between Heley Street and Northcliffe Boulevard beginning at 9:30 a.m. This portion will be closed for about 30 minutes. About 10:30 a.m., Mariner Boulevard will be closed between Norvell Road and Bali Lane. This closure will last about one to two hours. This area is near Hernando County Fire Rescue Station 4 and St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church. During that time, a detour will be in place.

Drivers are requested to select alternate routes or expect delays.

The funeral procession will travel to the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

For those wishing to line the roadways to honor Mr. Terry, the funeral procession will follow this route:
* East on Northcliffe Boulevard
* North on Mariner Boulevard
* East on Cortez Boulevard
* Continue onto FL-50 E/Cortez Boulevard
* Continue east onto Cortez Boulevard/Jefferson Street
* Mildred Avenue
* Merge onto U.S. 41 and travel north
* East on County Road 476 E/Lake Lindsey Road
* Continue to Sumter County – Florida National Cemetery.

Mr. Terry died Monday (Oct., 16) while on duty. Mr. Terry was found unresponsive by his fellow Fire Station 9 crew members who tried resuscitating him. He was taken by Hernando County Fire Rescue paramedics to Bayfront Brooksville Hospital where he died.

Mr. Terry served his community not only as a firefighter/paramedic for nearly 25 years, he was also a 20-year plus active member of the military. His most recent post was at the Florida Army National Guard 1-111th Aviation Regiment out of Cecile Field. He held the rank of first sergeant.

His firefighting career began in 1993 with Pasco County Fire Rescue. He joined Spring Hill Fire Rescue in 2001 and continued to serve honorably with Hernando County Fire Rescue.

Mr. Terry is survived by his wife Jennifer Terry; sons, Anthony, Jason, Zachary and Kevin; daughter, Olivia; and his mother, Judy Binzel.

Photo courtesy of Hernando County Fire Rescue.

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Reclaimed Water Not Available in Coachman Ridge

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A reclaimed water main broke Friday. It is unclear when repairs can be done.

CLEARWATER – Reclaimed water service is unavailable for homes in the Coachman Ridge neighborhood of Clearwater because of a reclaimed water main break that happened around 1:20 p.m. Friday (Oct. 20).

The break is at 1003 Old Coachman Road, which is located on the north side of the bridge on the west side of the road. It happened when a contractor accidentally drilled a hole into the city’s reclaimed water main.

About 300 residents are affected by this service outage. Residents who live from the bridge on Old Coachman Road to Sunset Point Road and from Glennville Drive east to Emory Drive will be affected. This includes the Coachman Ridge subdivision and the Long Center. Spectrum Field will not be affected. Residents in this area may experience little or no reclaimed water pressure.

The city is assessing the needed repair, and it is unclear at this time when a repair can be made. The city of Clearwater and Clearwater Public Utilities apologize for the inconvenience.

More information will be provided as it becomes available at Call (727) 562-4960 with questions.

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St. Pete Neighborhood Board Supports Penny for Pinellas

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The St. Petersburg Downtown Neighborhood Association board of directors has unanimously voted to support the referendum item and is urging its members to do so, too.

ST. PETERSBURG – The renewal of the Penny for Pinellas 1 percent sales tax is on the Nov. 7 ballot.

The St. Petersburg Downtown Neighborhood Association board of directors has unanimously voted to support the referendum item and is urging its members to do so, too.  The Penny for Pinellas was discussed at the last General Meeting and was widely supported, the group said.

This is not a new tax, and one-third is paid for by visitors and tourists, and is not collected on groceries or medications. The Penny has been in effect since 1990 and has funded many long-term capital investments: roads, bridges, water quality projects, public safety facilities and parks and environmental lands.

The Penny for Pinellas is voted on countywide.

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Tampa Police Identify Murder Victim

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The murder appears linked to two other shooting deaths in the northeast Seminole Heights area.

TAMPA- Police have identified the victim of a Thursday (Oct. 19) shooting in the Northeast Seminole Heights area.

He is Anthony Taino Naiboa, 20, of Tampa.

The Tampa Police Department said officers believe Mr. Naiboa’s murder is linked to two earlier murders in the same area of the city.

The shooting Thursday occurred a few hundred feet from the Oct. 9 murder of Benjamin Edward Mitchell, 22. Mr. Mitchell was killed about 9 p.m. near N 15th Street and E Frierson Avenue, roughly one block north of where Mr. Naiboa was shot.

In the other shooting last week, Monica Caridad Hoffa, 32, was shot on E New Orleans Avenue, which is several blocks south of Conover. In each of the shootings, it appears the victim was alone and was not robbed.

Detectives have not discovered any connection between the three victims.

In Thursday’s shooting, Tampa police were patrolling the area of Northeast Seminole Heights when they heard a possible gunshot. Officers found a man, later identified as Mr. Naiboa, down on the sidewalk along N 15th Street south of E Conover Street and north of E Wilder Avenue. He was dead when officers arrived. Mr. Naiboa’s parents were already concerned. Mr. Naiboa was autistic and had taken a city bus. He had been expected home by the time of the shooting.

Tampa police called out K9 officers, the air service, the tactical response unit, and numerous officers, in addition to homicide detectives.

Detectives are, once again, urging members of the public to watch a surveillance video from the night of the Oct. 9 shooting, and help police identify the man in the video. Officers want to talk with him because he was in the area the night of the first shooting, and may have seen or heard something.

The video can be viewed

Crime Stoppers and ATF have teamed up to offer an $18,000 reward in the cases. Also, ATF and ClearChannel are preparing three digital billboards calling attention to the homicides. Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips mobileapplication, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.

Photo is screenshot from surveillance video. Courtesy of the Tampa Police Department.

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