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Cops: Woman stabs man's tire with knife after crash

Clearwater, Florida -- A woman, hit by a truck while driving in Clearwater Tuesday morning, ended her day in jail after she reportedly lost her temper.

Clearwater Police say around 9:40 this morning Angelo Yasparro, 42, was driving his 2000 Dodge pickup truck west in the left turn lane on Court Street, just west of Osceola Avenue. He then decided to change lanes from the left turn lane into the westbound through lane to go towards Clearwater Beach and that's when he hit Theresa Rubalcava's 2000 Chevy Astro van.

Man barricades himself in bathroom during robbery

Largo, Florida -- Largo Police have arrested a man who robbed a Walgreens pharmacy at gunpoint and then barricaded himself in the store's bathroom Tuesday.

Police say they received a report of an armed robbery in progress at the Walgreens in the 2200 block of East Bay Drive.

A witness told police the man, later identified as 27-year-old Christopher Degrande, robbed the store's pharmacy of a bottle of pills at gunpoint and then went to the bathroom with what looked like a soda bottle full of gasoline where he remained until police arrived.

Cops: Man tries to steal generator from triathlon event

Clearwater, Florida -- On Sunday, Clearwater Police arrested a man who allegedly tried to steal a generator from a triathlon event.

Police say a witness confronted 43-year-old Christopher Fusco after they saw him load a 3000-watt Honda Generator being used at the TriRock Triathlon event into the trunk of his car. Fusco tried to tell the witness that it was his, but when he was challenged again, Fusco removed the generator from his trunk and fled the scene.

Man steals toilet pipes from library

Clearwater, Florida -- Clearwater Police have arrested a man responsible for stealing toilet pipes from a local library.

Police say on Oct. 11, Herman Acosta stole two toilet pipes, along with the connecting values, totaling $1,500 from the men's restroom at Clearwater Main Library. He then sold them for scrap metal.

Acosta, 43, was arrested at his home and charged with Grand Theft.

Puppeteer pleads not guilty to child porn charges

Largo, Florida -- The 57-year-old man arrested in July on charges he planned to kidnap and cannibalize a boy at his church pleaded not guilty to child porn charges in U.S. District Court in Tampa Friday.

Ronald Brown, 57, was arrested back in July after investigators uncovered the Internet chats between him and a Kansas man

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Man charged with impersonating cop for free food

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Authorities in St. Petersburg have arrested a man they say pretended to be an officer in an attempt to get free food.

Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies said Joseph Pineda rolled up to a McDonald's drive-through Friday saying he deserved free food because he was a cop. Authorities said he flashed a badge and gun and told restaurant employees he had just come from a sting and didn't have his wallet.

Employees called the police. Pineda initially ignored commands to show his hands but eventually surrendered at gunpoint.