By Times staff writer
Caregiver pleads guilty to misdemeanor battery
LARGO -- A nursing home caregiver accused of battering a 96-year-old patient has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.
Lenore Bolles, 50, was charged May 8 with battery on an elderly person, a felony. She was accused of causing an elderly patient to suffer a black eye, though there were varying stories as to how the injury occurred.
Bolles told Largo police "she had become frustrated with the victim and pushed her wheelchair in such a manner as to cause the victim to fall from her chair and strike her face on either the floor or table," Officer Sam DiMaggio wrote in an affidavit. "Lenore Bolles said she felt very bad for what she did."
But Bolles told DiMaggio it was an accident. He decided to let prosecutors decide if a criminal charge was warranted. Meanwhile, Oak Manor fired Bolles.
Prosecutors reviewed the case and decided to file the charge. Bolles pleaded guilty Aug. 28 to a lesser charge of misdemeanor battery. A judge withheld adjudication but sentenced her to six months of probation.
Man convicted of abuse of 3-month-old son
A 33-year-old Clearwater man has been convicted of three counts of aggravated child abuse for fracturing the skull and nine of the ribs of his 3-month-old son last year.
A Pinellas-Pasco circuit court jury found Timothy Brett Henrion, who lived in Oldsmar when he was arrested, guilty Aug. 30. A witness testified seeing Henrion put the baby's head under a couch cushion before sitting on the cushion, said Pinellas County sheriff's Detective Matthew Miller.
The baby was hurt on three separate occasions. Henrion faces 17 to 90 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 1.
Man gets community control in burglaries
CLEARWATER -- A man arrested in a series of car burglaries has been sentenced to community control and probation.
Thomas M. Smith, 47, was arrested in January and charged with six car burglaries, which occurred near day care centers in east Clearwater. Clearwater police officer Brett Ward arrested Smith after noticing a suspicious pickup truck parked near a Countryside day care center. Smith was inside the truck, as were several purses that had been taken from cars.
Smith pleaded no contest to the charges July 8. He was judged guilty Aug. 28, then sentenced to two years of community control, which will be followed by three years of probation.
He also was ordered to stay away from two Clearwater day care centers.
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