Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Mark Daniel Russell, 49, of Palm Harbor, was crossing U.S. 19 just north of Curlew Road when he rode into the path of a car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A bicyclist was killed Tuesday evening while crossing U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that around 7:30 p.m, Mark Daniel Russell, 49, of Palm Harbor, was crossing U.S. 19 on his Schwinn bicycle just north of Curlew Road when he rode into the path of a 2005 Nissan Sentra driven by Kelby Michael Miksch, 36, of Palm Harbor. Miksch was traveling northbound in the outside lane. The collision caused Russell to be thrown from his bicycle onto the roadway. He was transported to Meese Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, where he died from his injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
OK, so you had a busy week. We understand. Let us catch you up on all the highlights from Palm Harbor Patch!
Robert Henry Raymer Jr., 54, of Holiday was killed in the Dec. 12 crash when his pickup truck was hit by a stolen BMW driven by Jonathan Peter Bytautas, 29, of Clearwater, authorities say. Will you be sad to see this grocery store close? What do you think should take its place? Check out what some Patch readers had to say. Don't feel like watching the Super Bowl at home? We've gotcha covered! The following Palm Harbor restaurants will be hosting Super Bowl watch parties. (Know of others around town? Be sure to post them on Patch!) "I've been doing organic for 32 years now," said Joanne Davidson, who operates the Organic Life Coffeehouse and Bakery in Palm Harbor with her husband, Larry. Crews are installing new lights at Palm Harbor's …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Robert Henry Raymer Jr., 54, of Holiday was killed in the Dec. 12 crash when his pickup truck was hit by a stolen BMW driven by Jonathan Peter Bytautas, 29, of Clearwater, authorities say.
The man who authorities say was driving a stolen BMW that caused a deadly crash on Curlew Road back in December is now charged with one count of vehicular homicide. Jonathan Peter Bytautas, 29, was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 23, following his release from St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, according to Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson Sgt. Steve Gaskins. Bytautas was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail with bond set at $250,000. Bytautas had been hospitalized since the Dec. 12 crash, which happened around 5:30 a.m. at the intersection of McMullen Booth and Curlew roads in Palm Harbor. FHP Investigators say Bytautas was driving a 2008 BMW 550i when he ran a red light on McMullen Booth and crashed into a Chevy pickup driven by Robert …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Patch has learned that a BMW involved in a crash at McMullen Booth and Curlew roads was stolen from a home in Clearwater the night before the crash.
A 2008 BMW 550i that was involved in a deadly crash Wednesday morning at the intersection of McMullen Booth and Curlew roads was stolen, according to Clearwater Police. Robert Henry Raymer Jr., 54, of Holiday was killed in the crash. Investigators say Raymer was driving his Chevy pickup truck eastbound on Curlew Rd. at about 5:30 a.m. when a BMW driven by Jonathan Peter Bytautas, 29, of Clearwater, ran a red light on McMullen Booth Rd. and hit Raymer's truck. The vehicles then crashed with a Ford pickup truck driven by George Neil Paajanen, 60, of Palm Harbor. Patch has learned that the BMW was stolen from a home in Clearwater the night before the crash. Around 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2012, a female and another person entered an unoccupied …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
A BMW ran a red light at the intersection, killing a 54-year-old Holiday man in a pickup truck, investigators said Wednesday morning.
Updated, 9:54 a.m.: The man killed in the crash has been identified as Robert Henry Raymer Jr., 54, of Holiday. A Holiday man was killed early Wednesday morning at the intersection of McMullen Booth and Curlew roads in Palm Harbor when his pickup truck was hit by a car that ran a red light, investigators said. Robert Henry Raymer Jr., 54, was headed eastbound on Curlew shortly after 5:30 a.m. when a BMW failed to stop for the red light on McMullen Booth and hit the pickup truck's passenger side, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Raymer suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene, investigators said. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The driver of the BMW, 29-year-old Jonathan Peter Bytautas of Clearwater, was …
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Mr. W.P. Sutton's diary leads the reader to imagine a world of animals in Palm Harbor. It also mentions a once thought of extinct species that may have contributed to the name of Curlew Road.
Reading historical accounts by people who lived in Palm Harbor long ago tends to teach others about not only a time long forgotten, but also about the animals that lived in the area before it was built out. When people think of Florida, people associate manatees, bears, panthers, deer and the dreaded prehistoric alligator with the state. But those are not the only wildlife that lived in or around Palm Harbor. In 1950, a Mr. W. P. Sutton of Palm Harbor wrote of his experiences as a child beginning in 1868 when his parents moved to the area. Back then they called their homes “homesteads” and that term included the house and the land upon which it sat. Mr. Sutton used to go to Yellow Bluff (for those who follow this column, it is now Ozona …