intoxicated MAN subdued — finally
A police officer had to use his Taser three times, combined with pepper spray, to subdue a Hudson man who refused to leave a Clearwater Beach resort Saturday night, officials said. Jason Pallante, 40, refused to leave Shephard's Beach Resort "due to his extreme level of intoxication," according to an arrest report filed by Clearwater police Officer Paul Comini. Comini asked Pallante to leave the resort "at least" five times, but Pallante would only shake the officer's hand in response, the report states. Eventually Comini tried to handcuff Pallante, but could only get one of his hands into the cuffs. When Pallante continued to resist, Comini used a Taser stun gun, but Pallante's "relentless thrashing rendered it useless," according to the arrest report. After being pepper sprayed and hit with two more "drive stuns" — in which the Taser is placed directly against a person's body rather than shot from a distance — Pallante offered up his other hand to be cuffed. He was charged with felony battery of a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, disorderly intoxication and trespassing. He was being held at the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $10,350 bail.
Minibus fleet readies for debut
In a few months, a small fleet of 10-seat minibuses will begin circulating through East Lake, Oldsmar and Palm Harbor, picking up passengers at their doorsteps. Riders will be able to call ahead for reservations. The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority hopes to have these new "flex" routes running by mid year. They don't have exact routes or schedules yet, but they're starting a public outreach campaign. PSTA will hold a public workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. June 14 at the East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, to learn more about what bus riders in the area want.
Cancer Society needs drivers
The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive patients to their treatment appointments throughout the county. The amount of time the volunteer drives as well as the geographic area is based on the volunteer's preference. To sign up or for more information, call toll-free 1-800-227-2345.
Palm Harbor resident James Perdue has been charged with procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution. A headline Saturday misstated the accusations against him.