Officer fighting with suspect used Taser
Police say they used a Taser on a Safety Harbor man who fought with an officer early Wednesday. Police arrested Jerome Kirkland, 25, of 626 Pine St., about 4:05 a.m. He was wanted on a Hillsborough County warrant charging him with sale and possession of cocaine, police said. A Clearwater officer went to the Economy Inn, 20788 U.S. 19, after learning a wanted man was there. The officer called for backup when he saw Kirkland inside, but Kirkland tried to flee, police said. After what police described as "an intense struggle," the officer used his Taser and handcuffed Kirkland. Police say they found a loaded .380 caliber handgun beneath a towel. Kirkland was booked into the Pinellas jail, where he remained Wednesday afternoon. He was arrested on seven charges, including those from the warrant, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, a probation violation and marijuana possession, records show.
Fifth Grade Honors Concert on Friday
The Pinellas County Music Educators Association will present the All County Elementary Fifth Grade Honors Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Countryside Christian Center, 1850 McMullen-Booth Road. The concert features a 250-voice chorus and drumming, instrumental and string ensembles. Participating students represent the highest musical achievement in their schools. The concert is open to the public. For tickets, contact the district's performing arts department, (727) 588-6055.
Residents asked to update contacts
City officials have implemented a mass-messaging system capable of notifying residents of an emergency. Problems with the broadcast of a boil-water notice nine months ago through the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office highlighted the need for a better system, said city spokeswoman Courtney King. Residents are urged to update their contact information, including addresses, home and cell phone numbers, by following a link on the city home page at DunedinGov.com.
Fire board sets up rules to fill a term
The East Lake Fire Commission set a process for filling the seat vacated last week by W.F. Bill Cannon. A 14-year commissioner, Cannon, 70, resigned after it was learned he posted a sexually explicit profile and photo of himself online. Wednesday, the four remaining elected leaders agreed to establish a code of conduct. Those interested in the vacancy are asked to submit a resume by March 19. All those who apply will be discussed at the March 23 meeting, then the list will be narrowed to five. Another meeting will be called to select the new commissioner, who will be seated by April 1. Because the seat was vacated, it be up be up for election in November.