Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Here's a look at 12 local crime stories that caught the attention of Largo Patch readers in 2012.
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Wednesday, January 2
The 12 most-read crime stories on Largo Patch in 2012: Man Goes to Jail For Having a Sandwich in His Pants Feds: Largo Puppeteer Wanted to Cook, Eat Children One Woman Dead, Another Injured in Largo Hotel Shooting Police: Robbers Dragged Woman Through a Publix Parking Lot Man Caught With a Meal in His Pants Pockets, Police Say Police: Gunman Gets Pills, Surrenders in Restroom of Largo Walgreens Police: Man Wearing Only a Shirt Chased Women Through Largo Parking Lot Man, 19, Killed in Drive-By Shooting at Largo Party, Detectives Say Police Release Identity of Couple in Pharmacy Parking Lot Shooting Victim Identified in Largo Shooting Salon Owner Sold Drugs at Her Business, Police Say Customer Urinates on Floor, Refuses to Pay $35 Bar Tab, …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Some of the craziest stories of the year across Florida have Largo and Pinellas County ties. What is the craziest story in Largo this year?
Obligatory media end-of-year lists usually include the most important person or top sports stories of the year, but one national website has a more 'insane' twist with some Largo and Pinellas ties. The social media website BuzzFeed released 'The 40 Most Insane Things That Happened in Florida This Year'. While the list of funny, shocking and humiliating incidents reads like it would be a top list for the entire U.S., all are in Florida and three are local stories. Other crazy and insane top stories in Florida this year include a fight over harmonicas, a mom biting her daughter after she tried to turn off her Rihanna CD and, of course, people eating faces in Miami.
Friday, December 21, 2012
A Largo man was charged with attempted murder after a shooting at the Handy Corner. The suspect also apparently shot himself in the hand.
A Largo man faces a charge of attempted murder after a shooting Friday morning at the Handy Corner, authorities report. Two men reportedly got into an argument Friday morning inside the Handy Corner Store on 119th St. North in Largo. Deonte J. Williams, 18, of Largo and the victim left the store and the fight apparently escalated, "at which point a shot was fired and Williams left the scene," deputies report. The 22-year-old victim was shot in the shoulder area and transported to Bayfront Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries, according to a news release. Later someone reportedly called 911 and told authorities there was a second victim in the Handy Corner shooting. The caller hung up the phone. The call came from a home on …
Monday, December 17, 2012
The following people were arrested on felony charges from Dec. 5-15. The reports are based on records collected from the Largo Police Department and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Dec. 5 Timothy Andrew Davis, 28, of Citra, was arrested on the charge of resisting arrest without violence and on two arrest warrants from Pasco County. Dec. 6 Danny Rex Phillips, 34, of Largo, was arrested on an out of state arrest warrant. Deborah Lynn Reardon, 51, of Largo, was arrested on the charges of fraudulent use of personal identification information and scheme to defraud. Total bond was set at $15,000. John Charles Rygiel, 61, of St. Petersburg, was arrested on the charge of leaving the scene of a crash. He was released on a surety bond of $5,000 on Dec. 6. Shawn Allen Washington, 25, of Largo, was arrested on the charge of retail theft. Bond was set at $2,000. Dec. 7 Jerald Steven Christopher, 27, of Largo, was arrested on the …
We compile the odd, unusual and ‘oh my gosh’ police items from throughout the Tampa Bay region.
Sgt. Robert Fearon was in Tampa training to prepare for his fourth tour of duty in the Middle East last weekend, when burglars broke into his home stealing electronics, jewlrey and signed sports jerseys, according to Bradenton Patch. City officials estimate 550,000 gallons were lost from a reclaimed water tower damaged during a golf cart shooting spree early Tuesday at local golf club, reports Dunedin Patch. The 200-foot city water tower just south of Curlew Road, near the intersection of Bayshore Boulevard, was struck by a bullet while Mark Fitzgerald, 49, of Dunedin rode around Dunedin Golf Club with two weapons during the early morning hours, according to a Pinellas County Sheriff's news release. According to the arrest affidavit on …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Busy week? Allow us to catch you up on some of the highlights.
1. A Largo 10-year-old became an Internet sensation and caught the attention of the 'Today' Show for his "Gangnam Style" performance with the cheerleaders at Tampa Bay Buccaneers games. 2. A man was accused of running around a Largo parking lot Wednesday, wearing only a red shirt and no pants, police reported. In a separate investigation, police are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect in a reported bank robbery Friday on Walsingham Road. 3. On the roadways around Largo, a Seminole man died in a Clearwater crash. Also, Largo officials considered a proposed plan to improve safety and efficiency on the roads around town. 4. Ready for the holidays? During the twelve days before Christmas, Largo Patch is highlighting popular …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
A St. Petersburg man returned to a Largo neighborhood a week after he got into a fight and injured two people, according to Largo Police. This time, they say, he had marijuana and cocaine.
A week after allegedly getting into a fight that left two people injured, police arrested a man who they say returned to the same Largo neighborhood a week later, this time with drugs. According to Largo Police, Calvin Donnell Swain, 20, of St. Petersburg, failed to initially stop for police early Wednesday morning when they attempted to pull him over at the intersection of South Pines and Tall Pines drive. Then, they say, he ran out of his car and threw a bag with a "leafy green substance" and another bag with a "white rock substance" on the ground before he was taken into custody. Presumptive tests of the substances showed they were marijuana and cocaine, officials said. Swain told police he did not see their lights when they tried to …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The following people were arrested on felony charges from Nov. 9-14. The reports are based on records collected from the Largo Police Department and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Nov. 9 Donald Ray Blackwell, 55, of Clearwater, was arrested on the charge of trespass in structure/conveyance (after warning) and retail theft (felony). He was released on his own recognizance on Nov. 10. Mark Conrad Fournier, 45, of Largo, was arrested on the charge of robbery strong arm. He was awaiting trial, as of Nov. 15, on total bond of $10,000. Quantel Emmanuel Montgomery, 19, of Clearwater, was arrested on the charges of possession of cocaine (two counts) and sale or delivery of cocaine (two counts). He was released on his own recognizance on Nov. 14. Mark Moretta, 51, of Madeira Beach, was arrested on the charge of withholding information to obtain a prescription (ten counts). He was released on a surety bond of $10,000 as of …
Friday, November 2, 2012
A suspect was arrested for selling narcotics in an alleyway behind a home on First Avenue Northeast, according to the Largo Police Facebook page.
Largo Police arrested two people on Nov. 1 in connection with drug sales reported in the alleyway behind a home on First Avenue Northeast, according to a post on the Largo Police Facebook page. The investigation began in August when the department received a tip that someone was selling large quantities of drugs behind a residence there, police report. From August through late October, Largo Police continued to receive tips about the narcotics sales because of the increased traffic in neighborhood. Based on the tips, the police were able to get a search warrant for the house at 619 # B 1st Ave. NE, police report. On Nov. 1, police reportedly found crack cocaine and a firearm at the residence. Areeas Jones, 43, was arrested on the charges …
The following people were arrested for felonies from Oct. 25-31. The reports are based on records collected from the Largo Police Department and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Oct. 25 Pamela Kathleen Bird, 56, of Largo, was arrested on the charges of issuing a worthless check, retail theft, VOP withhold information from practitioner, and retail theft. Kevin Patrick Byrne, 28, of Largo, was arrested on the charge of petit theft (two priors-felony). Damian Lee Davis, 25, of Clearwater, was arrested on the charge of possession of marijuana. He was released on Oct. 25. Patricia L Mora, 30, of Clearwater, was arrested on the charges of retail theft (two or more convictions), possession of controlled substance, and VOP possession of oxycodone. Oct. 26 Trevon Lamar Griffin, 18, of Largo, was arrested on the charges of providing false name or identification to law enforcement officer, burglary structure unoccupied, VOP …