1930: Judge wants petty offenders in court earlier

Published April 1, 2007

APRIL 4, 1930

CLEARWATER - Prisoners unnecessarily in jail at the expense of the county, a county judge said, are of no benefit to themselves or anybody else.

County Judge Harry R. Hewitt said he is anxious to see the time come when defendants have an opportunity to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges against them and promptly receive a sentence or pay a fine.

Instead, prisoners are boarded at the expense of the county for an indefinite period between terms of county court. Until information like charges against the defendant, names of witnesses, etc., has been filed with the clerk of the court, defendants cannot appear before the county judge.

Judge Hewitt would like to see coordination between justices of the peace, courts and the county prosecuting attorney so that information could be filed at once and cases could by settled with more efficiency.

Persons charged with misdemeanors like petty larceny, simple assault and other minor law violations would be brought into court as soon as possible after arrests are made, said Hewitt, instead of having the jail crowded all the time with petty offenders.

APRIL 2, 1928

Anti-campaign gift ruling leaves candidates loaded

CLEARWATER - Some of the candidates for offices in the court house are in something of a quandary.

The attorney general of the state ruled recently that it is illegal to give away cigars, pencils or anything else of value as part of a campaign.

But not before candidates for county offices had succumbed to the influence of a smooth salesman.

The orders candidates placed insured that they will be well supplied with barrels of pencils bearing their names emblazoned in gold, and various and sundry other little advertising novelties.

APRIL 2, 1928

Pianist Madam Tate to be featured at Legion Tuesday

CLEARWATER - The American Legion home announces a program Tuesday evening featuring Madam Tate, Anglo-Russian pianist, and Frank Graham, her husband, English actor, humorist and entertainer.

Madam Tate, in addition to being one of the greatest performers in the interpretation of the Slav school of music, has the distinction of being perhaps the oldest living Red Cross worker in the world.

She served in the last four great European wars and has been decorated for her devoted and unselfish work in the war zones, dating back from the Franco-German conflict in 1870, when, as a girl of 13, she gave up a recital tour to take up Red Cross work.

APRIL 2, 1928

Gray Moss Inn to stay open in summer for vacationers

CLEARWATER - To assist in the "Stay Through May" remain all summer movement, the Gray Moss Inn will be open during the entire summer.

Wilbur Griffin will be in charge of the cafe.

Residents from the interior of the state who wish to spend their summer vacation at the shore are already making reservations, management said.

The same accommodations enjoyed by winter tourists will be offered to summer visitors at one-half the charge.

Pinellas History is compiled by Times staff writer Theresa Blackwell. She can be reached at 727 445-4170 or tblackwell@sptimes.com

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