Tampa Bay: April 26, 2001
North Pinellas County news
||Lighting the flame
[Times photo: Jim Damaske]
Erik Barcelo, above, a community police officer in Tarpon Springs, lights the cauldron after carrying the torch during the last leg of the annual Pinellas County Law Enforecment Special Olympics Torch Run. The 19-mile run began in St. Petersburg and ended in Clearwater on Tuesday.
Doctor admits to fraud of insurer
Larry Canton is given two years' probation and must reimburse State Farm Insurance for $41,775 involving his car and a bone density machine.
DOT to reconsider Drew Street plans
A group representing about 70 Clearwater business owners convinces state officials to put the $15-million project on hold.
North Pinellas briefs
Keene to serve as SPJC trustee
Monotube is talk of town
As work on the West Bay Drive widening and beautification project nears completion, some question the appeal of a huge metal tube for signs.
Toddler found in pool is revived
The 15-month-old, who had just started walking, remains in the hospital a day after wandering out of a house.
Visitor, friends ambushed while leaving sports bar
DUNEDIN -- A man visiting from New York was seriously injured early Tuesday morning when he and two friends were ambushed by two men as they left a sports bar.
RV park denizens face an uprooting
"We're hurt and we're scared," one resident says about a sales contract to build on the Palm Harbor land.
Helen Ellis lays off 12 during slowdown
The hospital says a seasonal decrease in patients warrants the cutbacks.
Tarpon pulls back on higher water rates
The emergency rates would have gone into effect May 1, but a state law requires customers be notified of rate changes through utility bills.
Leader says park will stay a park
City Manager Frank Edmunds says that if the neighborhood around it is annexed, it will not endanger the park in an unincorporated area of the county.
Magnate incarnate tells all at library
Railroad and hotel pioneer Henry Plant, in the form of a retired professor, reminds an audience of his big influence on two counties.
At crosswalk, familiar figure missed
A crossing guard at Bardmoor Elementary for nearly 10 years dies. A tree will be planted in his honor Friday near the crosswalk.
School Board fails to protect wildlife
I have been a resident of St. Croix Drive in Clearwater for 26 years. Behind my home and several of my neighbors' are 71/2 acres owned by the Pinellas County School Board, located east of Paul B. Stephens School.
Pinellas Park's image is going down a tube
The city frets about its image as jokes fly over the state's new brown monotube for traffic lights and signs.
Burgassers log strong Boston Marathon runs
Call him a survivor, perseverer or winner.