Bath salts may be factor in naked attack
Pinellas County sheriff's deputies say bath salts might have played a role in a naked Oldsmar man's attack on them and two people inside his home. Authorities were called to Christopher Michael Hauck's Limetree Drive home about 10 a.m. Monday by a man who told them Hauck was under the drug's influence. The man told authorities he was trying to help a woman who was under attack when Hauck came at him with a piece of wood molding. After a pepper spray blast didn't subdue Hauck, the man locked himself inside a bedroom and called police, according to an arrest affidavit. Authorities say Hauck struck a responding deputy in the face and arm with a telephone. He also bit, punched, kicked and threw bottles at three others, they said. Deputies eventually subdued Hauck with a stun gun. He was charged with four counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and domestic battery, and violating probation on previous convictions for grand theft and battery on a law enforcement officer.
Blue Jays hold 'Fight for a Cure'
The Dunedin Blue Jays' annual Fight for a Cure Night will be held Saturday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium when the Blue Jays take on the Daytona Cubs at 6:30 p.m. The Blue Jays will wear purple jerseys that they'll auction off to benefit the American Cancer Society. Other fundraisers will also be held throughout the night. Game tickets are $6. Admission will be free for people who donate blood in the Florida Blood Services van from 5:30 to 8:30. Cancer patients and survivors can also RSVP to receive free admission by calling the Blue Jays at (727) 733-9302 or emailing [email protected]
Golf tourney raising funds for seniors
Neighborly Care Network invites golf enthusiasts to attend its inaugural "Scrambling to Help Others" golf tournament on Sept. 25 at the Dunedin Golf Club. Participants will tee up for 18 holes of golf in an effort to raise awareness and advocate for senior health in Pinellas County. The shotgun scramble begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. The tournament includes several contests and prizes, including a hole-in-one contest. The event supports Neighborly Care Network's EZride transportation, Adult Day Care, Neighborly Home Care and Meals on Wheels services and also serves to educate the community about the health of Pinellas County seniors and recruit volunteers for various programs. Group sponsorship opportunities range from a $250 hole sponsorship to a $5,000 premier sponsorship. Individual registration is open for $80. All attendees must register by Sept. 12. For further information, call (727) 573-9444.
Explore tropical fruit, herb gardens
Stroll the herb garden at the Florida Botanical Gardens on Thursday morning and take in the fragrance of fresh herbs while learning about their history. Then explore the varieties of banana and plantain trees in the tropical fruit garden. This free event, which runs from 9 to 11 a.m., is best for adults. Preregistration is required. It's at the Botanical Gardens, 12211 Walsingham Road. Call (727) 582-2100 or register online at pce-lawnand garden.eventbrite.com.