Window on Pinellas, Feb. 20



TARPON SPRINGS – Tarpon Springs Police officers responded to a shooting at approximately 2:15 a.m., Feb. 13, at the 400 block of East Oakwood Street.

A call to the department indicated that multiple gunshots were heard. Responding officers eventually made contact with a subject who stated that while driving west on East Oakwood Street, they observed the suspect standing on the side of the road. The suspect then pulled out a firearm and shot at the victim’s vehicle. The victim continued west on Oakwood Street as the suspect fired multiple rounds at the vehicle.

The victim did not sustain any injuries, though the car was struck.

Officers recovered spend shell casings at the location and were still searching for the suspect as of press time. Anyone with information related to this incident are asked to call the Tarpon Springs Police Department at 727-938-2849.

Arrest for sex

acts on dog

OLDSMAR – Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit arrested an Oldsmar man after he video recorded himself performing sex acts on his Siberian Husky.

According to police reports, an investigation into 21-year-old Christian Stewart Oscar Nichols began Jan. 25 after a resident of another state contacted Pinellas County Animal Services regarding video and photographs on the internet of a man having sexual contact with a dog. Animal Services officials then contacted the sheriff’s office.

Detectives obtained copies of the video and photographs and stated that the dog in the video was clearly in distress.

Detectives made contact with Nichols at his 325 Fairwood Court residence on Feb. 11 and the suspect admitted to making the video and sharing them online.

Nichols was charged with aggravated animal cruelty at the time of his arrest and faces 10 additional criminal charges for prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscene materials.

Dunedin summer

Camp leaders needed

DUNEDIN – The Dunedin Parks and Recreation Department is hiring temporary recreation leaders to work its Summer Camp from May 28 to Aug. 9.

Applicants must be 18-years-old and possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Previous experience is preferred but not required. The recreation department is seeking applicants that can assume a leadership role, enjoy working with children and are enthusiastic and have high energy.

For more information, call 727-812-4530.

Afternoon with artist

Christopher Still

TARPON SPRINGS – Tarpon Arts presents a program featuring local artist Christopher Still at 2 p.m., Feb. 24, at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center.

The “Anthology of an Artist” event focuses on the history of Still’s life and career, complete with projection of his work accompanied by stories that have inspired his pieces over the years.

Still’s paintings hang everywhere from Clearwater Beach resorts to the Tampa International Airport to Ruth Eckerd Hall.

The artist will be available after the event to autograph books of his work.

Tickets for the event cost $25 for general admission and $20 for Tarpon Arts members. More information can be found by visiting or calling 727-942-5605.

Nonprofit helps

500th child

Tarpon Springs-based nonprofit Wheelchairs 4 Kids presented a new wheelchair lift to its 500th child last week.

Lilli, an 11-year-old St. Petersburg child with cerebral palsy, and her family received the wheelchair lift for their vehicle at a Feb. 12 event outside Al Land Stadium in St. Pete. Wheelchairs 4 Kids hosted the event along with Harmar, a Sarasota company specializing in manufacturing wheelchair lifts. The event was also sponsored by the St. Petersburg Knights of Columbus.

Sing along

to the 60s

TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane in Craig Park, will host the 1960’s Greatest Hits Sing-Along at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23.

The event will be led by Patricia King and Dave Wladaver. Songs include “Sweet Caroline,” “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “Daydream Believer,” and more.

Guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite classic clothing and song sheets will be provided to help with lyrics.

Tickets cost $14 for general admission and $10 for Tarpon Arts members. To purchase tickets or for more information on this event and upcoming performances, go to or call 727-942-5605.

Pinellas Citizen

University back

The Pinellas Citizen University will begin its new sessions March 13 and applications are due by Feb. 28.

County residents can experience a behind-the-scenes look at how the government serves the area.

The six-week course meets from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday evenings from March 13 through April 17, including optional Saturday tours.

Applications are available online at or by calling 727-464-4600.

Tuition is $35, which includes snacks, all course materials, graduation ceremony, class photo and diploma.


adds Tree Walk

TARPON SPRINGS – The city’s annual Touch-A-Truck event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 23 on Lemon Street, just east of Alternate U.S. 19 in front of the Tarpon Springs Public Library.

Children of all ages are invited to check out all types of city equipment up close and staff members will be available to answer questions.

New to this year’s event is the Traveling Tree Walk, where families will be able to view a variety of native trees accompanied with signage that includes information and web links outlining their environmental benefits. The city partnered with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services Pinellas Extension to create the Traveling Tree Walk.

Guests will also be able to participate in a scavenger hunt in conjunction with the Tree Walk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

—Suncoast News staff