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Largo man accused of leaving kids in car outside strip club


Deputies say man left kids in car at club

A Largo man was arrested early Monday, accused of leaving two small children in his vehicle while he was in a strip club. Kenneth J. Summers, 33, left a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old in a Dodge Durango in the parking lot of Oz Gentlemen's Club, 13577 U.S. 19, about 11 p.m. Sunday, according to Pinellas deputies. Summers was inside, drinking at the bar, for 20 to 40 minutes, an arrest report said. The nature of the relationship between Summers and the children was not released. He was arrested on two felony charges of child neglect and is being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Annual event needs participants

The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce is looking for restaurants and sponsors to participate in the 20th Annual Taste of Clearwater, scheduled for Sept. 15. The annual Clearwater tradition offers popular food samples from more than 50 area restaurants at one price. The event will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St. Restaurants will compete for prizes in several culinary challenges. Participation cost for restaurants is $95 per booth for chamber members; $195 per booth for non-chamber members. Sponsorships for $750, $500 and $250 are also available. For sponsorship information or to reserve space, contact Laura Hudson at (727) 244-0497 or call the chamber at (727) 461-0011.

Tarpon Springs

Singer to attend vets event

Singer Tony Orlando will pay a visit to Tarpon Springs on Saturday during St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral's Veteran Recognition Event. It will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday inside the Spanos/Pappas Community Center, 348 N Pinellas Ave. Orlando, an advocate for U.S. soldiers, is remembered for the war-themed song Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree. The singer, along with U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, will hand out Congressional Certificates of Special Recognition to veterans who attend. Tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit the cathedral. Reservations are required. Call Ana Patsalides, (727) 410-1691. For information, visit


Attend a program about safe boating

Dunedin Flotilla 11-10 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the program, "About Boating Safely," 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the auxiliary facility on the second floor above the fish market at the Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St. Adults and youth are welcome to attend. A $35 fee covers the cost of materials. Participants may register in advance by calling (727) 736-1191 or e-mailing For more information, visit

Pinellas deaths

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