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115 cats taken from house crowd shelters

Published April 6, 2007


LARGO - By the end of the day Wednesday, more than 115 cats were rescued from a condemned home.

The shelters taking care of them say they could use donations to help care for them.

The SPCA Tampa Bay, a nonprofit shelter in Largo, is housing 48 of the cats. Pinellas County Animal Services took in another 68 cats and two dogs.


Law officers to help in antilitter program

TAMPA - Hillsborough County police and sheriff's deputies will be making a special effort to prevent littering across the county during the week of April 16 as part of a partnership with Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful.

The organization also said Thursday it will team up with four schools in a nationwide plastic bottle recycling competition associated with the Great American Cleanup on April 21.


Stanton's replacement gets salary increase

LARGO - Wednesday night was a big payday for Largo's new acting city manager. On advice of a consultant, the City Commission granted higher pay to Norton Craig, who replaced fired City Manager Steve Stanton.

Craig's salary as assistant city manager bumped from $108,513 to $116,771.

Commissioners also voted 6-1 to give Craig 15 percent more while he is acting city manager: $134,286.


Officer, SUV driver still hospitalized

CLEARWATER - The police officer and the man who broadsided his cruiser with a sport utility vehicle early Wednesday remained hospitalized Thursday at Bayfront Medical Center.

Officer Scott Dawson, 43, has a fractured vertebra in his neck but suffered no paralysis.

David Brent Lloyd, 44, of Clearwater, who crashed into Dawson's cruiser, was in good condition.

No charges have been filed.

[Last modified April 6, 2007, 00:34:12]

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