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Police examine 2 men's deaths

Two separate homicide cases and the shooting of a man by an officer are all under investigation by Clearwater authorities.

By YUXING ZHENG
Published November 7, 2005


CLEARWATER - City police Monday had made no arrests in two separate homicides last week in which two men were slain in or just outside their homes, police spokesman Wayne Shelor said.

Police on Monday identified the victim of Thursday's slaying as Anthony Haines, 58, who was found inside his home at Bay Breeze Mobile Home Park with at least one stab wound, Shelor said.

The victim of Wednesday's homicide was earlier identified as Clearwater resident James Michael Siebert, 53, who was beaten early that morning with a blunt instrument in the parking lot of his apartment complex as he walked to his truck to go to work. Siebert died at Morton Plant Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

An investigation is also continuing into a Saturday night standoff between police and a man that ended with a police officer shooting the man in the upper torso. Police identified the man Monday as Grover Cleveland Schneider, 35. Schneider was shot with a single .308-caliber bullet, Shelor said. He was listed in serious condition Monday afternoon at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.

None of the three incidents are related, although both Schneider and Haines lived in the Bay Breeze Mobile Home Park on the 2900 block of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, Shelor said.

Police found Haines dead in his blue double-wide trailer shortly after a neighbor called police at 11:37 p.m. Thursday. He died as a result of his wounds, said Shelor, who did not know how long Haines had been dead.

At the time of his death, Haines was about seven months into a two-year probation stemming from a cocaine possession charge to which he pleaded guilty in April, Pinellas County records show.

Neighbors last week said Haines often had visitors.

Frank Haines, 49, of Seattle said Monday that his brother sometimes had several people living with him. His brother had had a roommate for about a year last year, said Frank Haines, who said police have told him few details about his brother's death.

Anthony Haines was a disabled Army veteran who received two Purple Hearts for service in Vietnam, said Frank Haines, who last spoke with his brother in late September. Anthony Haines had suffered a stroke within the past five years and had problems walking, Frank Haines said. Anthony Haines had been receiving counseling at the Veteran Affairs hospital in the last two years, Frank Haines said.

Frank Haines described his brother as "happy go lucky" and a once-active sailboat racer and skier. He grew up in Wenatchee, Wash., and had a 25-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.

Police are also investigating the standoff Saturday between Schneider and police, Shelor said. Sgt. Mark Trulock, the 17-year veteran who shot Schneider, was placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with police policy.

The incident began just before 7 p.m. when Schneider walked into Clearwater Bait & Tackle on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, got a Sparks beer, opened it and began drinking from the can. A store employee asked him to pay for it, and Schneider waved a semiautomatic handgun.

Police shut down part of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard for several hours as Schneider pointed the gun to his temple and drank "a number of beers," Shelor said. Trulock shot Schneider at about 11:40 p.m. as he walked toward special weapons and tactics team officers, he said.

Shelor said he did not know where Schneider got the gun or whether it was his own.

Jim Tucker, 45, knew Schneider from a support group they both attended. He said Monday that he was shocked to hear of the incident.

"He was a very friendly, gregarious guy," said Tucker, a Clearwater resident who has known Schneider for about two months. "He would come up, shake your hands, say hello. He'd look you right in the eye."

Tucker said Schneider seemed like the type of person who would help anybody if needed.

Clearwater police have moved personnel around to handle the multiple investigations. Shelor said the moves are normal.

-- Staff writer Shannon Tan contributed to this report. Yuxing Zheng can be reached at 727 445-4163 or at yzheng@sptimes.com