Couple jailed after a fight with bananas
They weren't exactly using lethal weapons, but a food fight between a boyfriend and girlfriend landed them both in jail early Wednesday, authorities say. According to Largo police, Keane E. Langel and his girlfriend, Brenda M. Riley, were arguing at their home at 301 N Belcher Road, No. 901, just after midnight when Langel started spitting bananas on Riley and throwing doughnuts at her. Riley, 49, then "armed herself with a banana," ripped the fruit into two pieces and jammed them into Langel's ears, an arrest report shows. No injuries were reported, but both were charged with domestic battery. Langel, 59, also was charged with tampering with a victim because, Largo police said, he took Riley's cell phone from her and broke it as she was trying to call authorities. Riley was ultimately able to call police, arrest reports show. Riley was released on her own recognizance Wednesday afternoon. At 4 p.m., Langel was still being held in the Pinellas County Jail.
International fest in need of vendors
Organizers of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral International Festival are in need of vendors for the festival scheduled for Oct. 29-31. The event will be held in the St. Nicholas Community Center, 348 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Cost: $300, which includes a table space for three days. Hours of the festival will be noon-11 p.m. Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 30 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 31. For more information, call (727) 422-0535.
Artists may apply for spot at event
The Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting artist applications for the Bill and Louise Hoskins 36th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. It will be held Dec. 4-5 in downtown Palm Harbor along Florida Avenue. Application cost: $175 plus a jury fee of $25. Artists submitting entries not accepted will receive a refund of the entry fee, but not the jury fee. For information, call the Palm Harbor Chamber at (727) 784-4287.
Can you help mentor a child?
Gulf Coast Community Care needs volunteers age 30 and older for its mentoring program. Volunteers give their time to one child and are provided social activities and receive support from agency staff. Many of the children in the program are in foster care or live with a single parent who is going to school and working. Volunteers spend a few hours a month in simple activities such as reading, fishing, baking, teaching a craft or visiting a park with a child. For more information, visit www.gcjfs.org or call Beverly (727) 479-1841 or Fanya (727) 479-1831.
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