Chase ends with police cars hit, man arrested
A 23-year-old felon is accused of striking two Clearwater officers' cruisers during a chase early Saturday that ended when a police dog tracked the man down, authorities said. About 12:45 a.m., police found a stolen vehicle and tried to make a traffic stop near Kings Highway and Palmetto Street. Markeem Primm sped away, entering the Clearwater County Club before coming back onto the road and striking the cruisers, police said. No officers were injured. The stolen 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse came to rest at a power pole on the north side of Palmetto Street, west of Highland Avenue. Primm ran away, throwing a stolen .40-caliber handgun, police said. Two police dogs and their handlers found Primm in the back yard of a home in the 900 block of Ridgewood Avenue. Primm faces charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, burglary, resisting arrest without violence, driving with a suspended license, fleeing police and a probation violation. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on Saturday morning
Meeting to discuss family's park plan
The public is invited to an open forum at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss a local family's proposal to donate land for a neighborhood "pocket park." The property, at 538 and 540 Skinner Blvd., would be named "Gavin R. and Margaret M. Douglas Memorial Park" in honor of longtime Dunedinites. The public meeting will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane. Call Dunedin Parks and Recreation at (727) 812-4531 for information.
Seashell Club seeks members
A Seashell Club that meets Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Clearwater Beach Library, 69 Bay Esplanade, is extending an invitation to anyone who likes to collect shells to join their meetings and make unique holiday gifts. The group creates photo frames, holiday wreaths, wall plaques, holiday ornaments and other items using shells found on the beach. The free program is sponsored by Friends of the Library. For information, contact Sara Henkel, (727) 447-5882 or email email@example.com.
Hop aboard this Sunday Market
At the Tarpon Sunday Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, shop for local produce and goods behind the historic train station and relax on the depot's platform and listen to entertainment. Free admission. Tarpon Springs Train Depot Museum, 160 E Tarpon Ave.
Young Professionals to network at social
The Tri-Chamber Young Professionals will hold a social from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lagerheadz, 606 Pinellas Ave. in Tarpon Springs. Dunedin, Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs professionals ages 21 through 40 are invited to this free networking opportunity.
The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, happy hour specials and raffle prizes. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 937-6109.
Santa will come to town on a fire engine
The "Fire Elves" from East Lake Fire Rescue are preparing for Santa who will visit the boys and girls in the East Lake fire district on top of an antique fire engine.
Santa and his helpers will be out each weekday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning on Dec. 1 and continuing through Dec. 22. Members of the community are welcome to ride along, space permitting. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. If you want Santa to come pay a visit, call (727) 784-8668. East Lake Fire Rescue has also announced that it is collecting for Toys for Tots.
The toys must be new and can be dropped off at Station 57, 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd. Pickup is Dec. 9. For more information, visit eastlakefirerescue.com.