Driver tries to outrun deputy, runs out of Gas
On Monday, Brian Joseph Condon, 36, of Clearwater Beach was driving 90 mph in a 55 mph zone on U.S. 19, clocked by a Pinellas County sheriff's deputy, according to reports. But when a deputy tried to pull him over, he tried to elude the officer by driving behind several businesses, the report states. One business he neglected to visit was a gas station: Condon was caught when his car ran out of gas. He was charged with felony fleeing and eluding and driving under the influence after he failed field sobriety tests, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail, where he was held Monday in lieu of $5,500 bail.
Chamber business counseling sessions
The Dunedin Chamber of Commerce is accepting reservations for its next two free business assistance counseling sessions. The confidential, one-hour sessions are held the second Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the chamber office, 301 Main St. in Dunedin. The sessions are open to the public. The next two sessions are Sept. 12 and Oct. 9. Call (727) 733-3197 to schedule an appointment.
PSTA seeking your input on budget
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will hold two hearings to gather public input on its proposed 2012-13 budget. The hearings will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 and 12 at 3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg. Hearings are scheduled to be 30 minutes long but will be extended if necessary. The budget proposal will be available online in advance of the hearings, and printed copies will be available at the hearings. If you are unable to attend in person, written comments can be addressed to PSTA Budget Public Hearings, 3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33716 or send them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and address for the official record. If you need a sign language interpreter, large print materials or other ADA accommodations in order to participate, please call the PSTA InfoLine or email email@example.com by Friday.
Meals on Wheels volunteers needed
The Neighborly Care Network's Meals on Wheels program has issued a call for volunteers in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Gulfport and Pinellas Park areas. The program services homebound Pinellas County seniors who are living alone, are too poor to buy food or are too frail to shop and cook for themselves. Volunteers pick up hot, nutritious meals at a distribution site near them and then deliver the meals to clients. Interested in helping? Call Sandi Narron at (727) 573-9444, ext. 4210.
Take 'America's Boating Course'
The Anclote Key Sail and Power Squadron, which covers the area from Dunedin to Hudson in Pasco County, will offer a 12-hour safe boating course called "America's Boating Course" from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays for seven weeks starting Sept. 4. The course will be held at the Gulf Harbors Civic Center, 4610 Floramar Terrace in New Port Richey. The cost is $55. For more details, contact Howard O. Mielke at (727) 785-7923 or check the group's website at usps.org/localusps/anclote.