Body found on golf course is identified
A man who was found dead on the Clearwater Country Club golf course last week has been identified as Muslim F. Lateef, a 46-year-old homeless individual, Clearwater police said Tuesday. The autopsy showed no signs of trauma, police spokeswoman Beth Watts said. The cause of death wasn't immediately available. Lateef was born in Ohio and moved to Pinellas County in 1989. He also went by another name, Alphonso L. Harris. He had an extensive criminal history, with larceny, theft and robbery charges in Florida stretching back to 1989. He was convicted of battery in 2008. An employee at the country club stumbled upon Lateef's body as he was retrieving golf balls from a morning long-drive competition. Lateef was found lying face down, close to the second tee and near the bank of Stevenson Creek. Watts said authorities have "exhausted all efforts" to find Lateef's next of kin.
Event will focus on amputee program
A Step Ahead, the only program of its kind in the bay area, is being launched to provide emotional and physical support to amputees and those facing limb loss. The public is invited to the leadoff event from 1 to 3 p.m. today in the Blue and Gold Room, second floor, Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave. Special guests will be Tarpon Springs Mayor David O. Archie; Don Evans, chief executive officer, Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital; Amy Patterson, chief operating officer, Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital; Bill Hansbury, an amputee cyclist/runner and founder of the Boston Bill Foundation; Sean Fitzgibbon, an amputee and licensed orthotic fitter and certified pedorthist, St. Petersburg Limb & Brace; Jim Barr, prosthetist and owner, Barr Prosthetics & Orthotics; and Wendell Smith, an amputee and the first A Step Ahead program participant. For more information, call Jamie Kay Weil at (727) 564-8456.
Veterans benefits will be discussed
Belleair Towers, 1100 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, will host a free veterans benefits seminar at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The discussion will focus on the Aid and Attendance pension program. Veterans advocate Mark Larson will lead the discussion. The seminar is open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. For reservations or more information about the seminar, call (727) 581-6540.
Democratic Club will host meeting
The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club will host a dinner meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Guest speakers will include Phil Compton of the Sierra Club; Aaron Carmella, zone coordinator for the AFL-CIO; and nine candidates for various nonpartisan School Board positions. Cost: $15 for dinner. For reservations, call (727) 360-3971.