Pedestrian killed on busy street identified
Police have identified the Clearwater pedestrian who was killed Saturday night while trying to walk across a busy section of Missouri Avenue. Paul Francis Almeida, 57, was fatally injured when a southbound Toyota van struck him on the avenue just south of Turner Street, according to the Clearwater Police Department. The accident took place about 7:45 p.m. Almeida was trying to cross to the west side of the street, police said. The driver said he saw Almeida in the roadway but was unable to avoid hitting him. Almeida was transported to Morton Plant Hospital, where he died, according to authorities. Almeida has been arrested seven times in Pinellas County in the past five years, on charges ranging from drug possession to battery, according to Pinellas County Sheriff's Office records.
Two teens arrested in home burglaries
Two Clearwater juveniles were arrested Monday in connection with at least two burglaries, police said. A 14-year-old boy was charged with residential burglary, felony theft, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. A 13-year-old boy was charged with residential burglary and possession of burglary tools. Neither is being named because of their ages. About 1 p.m. Monday, a neighbor observed several young men at a house in the 1200 block of Bermuda Street, on the northern edge of Clearwater off Betty Lane. One of them used a screwdriver to enter the house's back patio and take a bicycle, police said. The neighbor called police, who arrested two teens. A third suspect was later seen stealing a bike from a house in the 1400 block of Thames Lane, police said, but he fled and remains at large. Detectives determined that two of them were involved in a second burglary on Bermuda Street, and that one of them was connected to a burglary on the 2000 block of Broadway last May.
Donate food, have library fine waived
Those with overdue library materials at Clearwater Public Library branches still have three weeks to have their fines forgiven in exchange for donation of nonperishable foods. The offer is valid now through close of business Dec. 21. Anyone who has fines due may bring canned goods or nonperishable food items to any Clearwater library branch and present them at the circulation desk with the overdue materials if available. Staff will waive any fines due and the donated food will go toward a holiday charity food drive. For more information, please call (727) 562-4970 or visit www.myclearwater.com/cpl.
Santa pet photos benefit shelter
The program "Santa Claws," which is set up to benefit the Humane Society of Pinellas, will be held at the Oldsmar PetSmart, 11665 W Hillsborough Ave., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16. Owners and their pets are invited to have their picture taken with Santa Claus, with $5 from every portrait package purchased being donated to the Humane Society. For more information, visit humanesocietyofpinellas.org.