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Police: Driver who hit deputy car was 5 times over legal limit

Police: Driver who hit deputy car was 5 times over legal limit

Palm Harbor, Florida -- Investigators say a man who caused a chain reaction crash that involved a Pinellas deputy had a blood-alcohol level (BAL) that was five times over the legal limit.


30-year-old Brian Jandernal of Clearwater is charged with one-count misdemeanor DUI, two counts of DUI with property damage, and two counts of DUI with personal injury.


Photo Gallery: Deputy-involved crash


According to investigators, Deputy Matthew Ware was stopped at a red light on the inside center lane southbound of US 19 at the intersection of Tampa Road.

Tarpon Police investigating overnight murder

Tarpon Police investigating overnight murder

Tarpon Springs, FL -- Tarpon Springs Police officers are investigating an overnight murder.


Just after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, officers responded to a 911 call at the Anclote Point Town homes on Flying Fish Lane. The caller spoke of hearing shots fired and a person laying in the driveway of one of the homes.


After arriving, officers found the victim--only described as a 33-year-old white male--dead from multiple gunshot wounds.  Police do not have a suspect but say the murder does not appear to be a random act.

Man is shot in his friend's front yard

Man is shot in his friend's front yard


Clearwater, FL -- Pinellas deputies are investigating a shooting that happened around midnight in the Highpoint area of Clearwater.


Deputies say the victim, 34-year-old Kendrick Mydrell Maynor, was walking over to his friend's home at 3145 Homer St. when he was approached by an unknown suspect who attempted to rob him. As this occurred, Maynor stumbled and fell to the ground in the front yard of his friend's home at which point the suspect pulled a gun, shot him and fled.


Maynor was transported to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies: Man stabbed because he was Muslim

Deputies: Man stabbed because he was Muslim

St. Petersburg, FL (AP) -- Authorities say a St. Petersburg man committed a hate crime, stabbing a man in the neck after learning he was Muslim.


An arrest affidavit states that 52-year-old Bradley Kent Strott and the victim had been talking about religion. When the man told Strott he was Muslim, investigators say Strott grabbed the victim by his shirt and stabbed him with a pocket knife.

Man hit by stray bullet in Palm Harbor shooting

Man hit by stray bullet in Palm Harbor shooting

Palm Harbor, FL -- A stray bullet hit a man Sunday night in Palm Harbor.


He was inside his home at the time on Lennox Street East when someone fired shots from the apartment complex across the street on Cypress Pond Road.


Investigators with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office believe it happened when a gunman in a vehicle shot at two other cars.


The man who was shot will be OK and his injuries are not life-threatening.

Family of Pinellas Park hit and run victim wants answers

Family of Pinellas Park hit and run victim wants answers

Pinellas Park, FL -- The family of a Largo mother killed in a hit and run crash is pleading with the driver to come forward.


Jeanne Fisher's brother and sister believes her life may have been saved had the driver stopped immediately after hitting the 50-year-old.


Photo Gallery: Pinellas Park Hit and Run


Instead, they gathered Saturday night to remember her as someone with a free spirit who could always bring a smile to their faces.

Is there an all out war on cops?

Is there an all out war on cops?

St. Petersburg, FL -- Nine law enforcement officers have been shot and killed this month alone in the United States. Four of those officers were shot in the line of duty in Florida.


Two were killed in Miami and Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz from the St. Petersburg police department were killed on Monday.



All of the shootings have some concerned about whether there's an all out war on cops. This month two officers were also shot in Ohio and one each in Oregon, New Jersey and Michigan.



Dr. Lorie Fridell is an Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida and has conducted several studies on violence against law enforcement. She says, "The number of officers that have been shot at - the number of officers that have been killed - four in florida in the last few days. Clearly what we've seen already in January is cause for great concern."