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School Board candidates opt out

By Times Staff
Published June 3, 2006

Two candidates have pulled their names from races for the Pinellas County School Board.

Cindy Seletos of Tarpon Springs withdrew from a crowded race for the District 3 at-large seat, and Robert A. White of Pinellas Park withdrew from the District 6 race, the supervisor of elections said Friday.

Seletos cited personal reasons for her decision, including the recent death of her brother, but said she planned to run again in two years. Her departure leaves six candidates in that race, which is countywide.

White could not be reached for comment. The District 6 race now is between board member Linda Lerner and Jack Killingsworth of Largo.

Candidates for School Board have until July 21 to qualify. The election is Sept. 5.

Pinellas Park man dies in crash of his pickup

SEMINOLE - A 37 year-old man died Friday morning after his pickup truck crashed near Baypines Triangle, the Sheriff's Office said.

Mario Ronald Mitchell, a Pinellas Park man, was driving his Ford F-150 pickup truck east across the Tom Stuart Causeway when he swerved and struck the median on the ramp leading to Baypines Boulevard.

His truck veered back across the lanes and onto a grass shoulder, flipping over. Mitchell, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the truck around 2 a.m.

The Sheriff's Office said speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

Physician's assistant arrested in clinic raid

TAMPA - Authorities arrested a physician's assistant Thursday, saying she worked at a St. Petersburg clinic that was recently raided by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Sally Medina, 45, was arrested at Town and Country Hospital in Tampa, where she worked as a physician's assistant. She faces four counts of practicing medicine without a license for her work at the St. Petersburg clinic, the Sheriff's Office said.

In a statement, hospital officials said Medina had worked at Town and Country since March. They said Medina worked for an independent company that provides physicians and physician's assistants to work in the hospital's emergency department.

Medina used to work at the Doctors Urgent Care Clinic in St. Petersburg. The Sheriff's Office searched the clinic on May 22 and arrested six people on various charges. Authorities said clinic employees improperly practiced medicine without licenses and dispensed prescriptions for drugs too freely.

On May 25, the Sheriff's Office and the state Health Department searched the G&H Pharmacy in Pinellas Park. They said the pharmacy filled out fraudulent prescriptions.

Two plead guilty in accidental shooting

LARGO - A teenager and a young man charged in connection with a fatal accidental shooting this winter have pleaded guilty.

Nathan D. Oakley pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge while Roger J. Fontecchio pleaded no contest to a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Oakley was 17 years old when he accidentally shot to death his friend and roommate, 18-year-old Juan Miranda, as they played with guns on Feb. 20.

Fontecchio was charged because he owned the guns and left them unsecured around his St. Petersburg residence, where the two teens were staying.

Oakley, now 18, was sentenced to a high-risk Department of Juvenile Justice program after he pleaded guilty Friday. Fontecchio, 21, was sentenced to a year of probation and 200 hours of community service when he pleaded no contest May 17. He also was ordered to forfeit his weapons, court records state.


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