Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Dunedin driver accused in hit-run on U.S. 19 that killed pedestrian

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Hit-run driver kills pedestrian crossing U.S. 19

A 31-year-old man trying to cross U.S. 19 in Pasco County was killed by a hit-and-run driver Tuesday night, authorities said. Joseph J. Vandoren of Holiday was trying to walk west across U.S. 19 just north of Beacon Square Drive about 9 p.m., troopers said. He wore dark clothes. As he entered the outside lane of U.S. 19, he was hit by a southbound 2004 Ford pickup driven by Scott Alexander Isenberg, of 827 Scott St. in Dunedin, who fled the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Vandoren was taken to the Medical Center of Trinity, where he died. Early Wednesday, the truck's passenger, Andrew Lawrence Lindenburg of Palm Harbor, called to report the crash, the FHP said. Authorities found Isenberg at his home, the truck parked not far away at the Dunedin Marina. Charges will be filed pending further investigation, officials said.

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McCluster will host football clinic

Kansas City Chiefs running back/wide receiver and former Largo Packer Dexter McCluster will host his second annual youth football clinic in his hometown Saturday. And it's free. The clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Largo Sports Complex at 1640 McMullen Road. Children ages 8-17 can get tips from McCluster, local high school football coaches and Largo recreation staff. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 100 registered participants and a free lunch will be provided for both participants and volunteers. Registration begins at 9 a.m. A waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian. For more information, call (727) 365-0044 or visit Largosports.com.

Money problems close the Venue

The Venue, a 28,000-square-foot Las Vegas-style club with a swanky look and multiple dining, drinking and dancing options, has closed amid financial trouble. Recent filings show it owes $565,741 to the state for unpaid sales taxes. The club on Ulmerton Road is close to being sold, according to co-owner Carmine Chioccariello. "It's taking a lot longer than anticipated,'' he said. He's not sure precisely what the new owners plan, but he understands they'll continue to bring in national acts. The Venue opened in 2008 promising an establishment unlike anything in the area with its sushi and martini bars, tapas restaurants, champagne lounges, VIP tables and concierge services. Diners and dancers packed the place at times but as the economy got worse, business and offerings at the Venue declined. By last fall, the menu had gone from offering lobster salad and Maple Leaf duck breast to wings, burgers and chili cheese dogs. Earlier this year, it dwindled down to opening one night a week and finally closed recently.

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High school scoreboard for Jan. 17

Wednesday’s scoreboardBoys basketballBoca Ciega 62, Clearwater 52Boys soccerPalm Harbor U. 3, Dunedin 0Girls soccerPalm Harbor U. 5, Dunedin 0
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