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Clearwater police: Saying 'no' to drugs led to beating

CLEARWATER

Police: Saying 'no' to drugs led to beating

A Clearwater man was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, robbery and narcotics possession early Thursday after he pistol-whipped a man who refused to buy drugs from him, police said. Alfonso Tyreak Tarell Calhoun, 20, approached victim Carl Jefferson about 2:45 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of N Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Lasalle Street and offered to sell him drugs, police said. When Jefferson said no, Calhoun struck him repeatedly in the head with a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson semiautomatic handgun, police said. He then demanded Jefferson's wallet and ran away. He was arrested by Clearwater police near the scene of the crime with a bloody gun in his possession and booked into the Pinellas County Jail without bail. After his arrest, crack cocaine and marijuana were found on Calhoun, police said.

Learn to spot signs of domestic abuse

Hoping to stymie this year's rise in homicide, the Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force is hosting a "Be a Better Bystander" public training from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23. Learn the signs of domestic abuse and ways to safely intervene from a panel of officials from the Haven at RCS, law enforcement, SPCA, Community Action Stops Abuse and child protective services. The free workshop will be held in building 100 at Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Largo. Continuing education credits are also available for a fee. Contact Debbie Thornton at thorntonde@pcsb.org for information.

DUNEDIN

Fend off yard pests with expert tips

Learn how to manage insects, diseases and weeds in your vegetable garden during the Dunedin Community Garden Association's free monthly workshop. The event will be held noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Dunedin Community Center. Pam Brown, a gardening coach with Pampered Gardeners LLC and former Pinellas County horticulture extension agent, will teach attendees the main principles of Integrated Pest Management, how to identify pests, ways to control them and cultural strategies. Visit dunedincommunitygarden.com for information.

Want to click that perfect portrait?

Chuck Vosburgh is the latest subject of the Dunedin Fine Art Center's free monthly Coffee & Conversation series. Vosburgh is a photographer who has worked internationally, has written three college textbooks for graphic artists, and frequently speaks at conferences and seminars. He is also an Adobe Certified Expert instructor. At noon Thursday, he will discuss the tools and techniques for creating a classic portrait that captures both the subject's beauty and personality. Visit dfac.org, call (727) 298-3322 or email ken@dfac.org for information.

Correction

Safety Harbor will hold a workshop on the waterfront master plan at 10 a.m. Oct. 13 at the library, 101 Second St. N. An item Thursday listed an incorrect date.

Clearwater police: Saying 'no' to drugs led to beating 10/05/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 9:20pm]
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