Man accused of punching his mom in the face
A 25-year-old Largo man has been arrested and charged with domestic battery after police say he punched his mother in the face. According to an arrest report, Christopher A. Rech and his mother, Patricia Kennison, were arguing in their home at 703 24th St. about 1 p.m. Wednesday. His mother had refused to let him borrow her Visa credit card to make a car payment. During the argument, Rech punched Kennison three times around her left eye, causing a visible injury, the report said. He also grabbed her arm and tried to prevent her from running out the door and finding a neighbor to call police. When Largo police arrived, Rech said he and his mother had been arguing, but he told police he did not punch or grab her. Rech was being held Thursday afternoon at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Voters United sets July 14 straw poll
Palm Harbor Voters United, a citizens group that plans to develop a list of issues facing the unincorporated communities of Palm Harbor, Ozona and Crystal Beach, is hosting a town hall meeting. A straw poll will be conducted. The gathering will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 14 at the Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Visit www.palmharborvoters.com.
Donated goods will benefit library
The Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., is accepting gently used donations of adult and children's books, DVDs, compact discs, vinyl albums, video games, puzzles and magazines. Items will either be sold in the Friends of the Library book store or used for general purposes. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.
Photo contest's deadline is July 17
The Pinellas Public Library Cooperative, which coordinates activities, funding and marketing for 15 local member libraries, is hosting an amateur photography contest this summer. Prizes, ranging from $25 to $75, will be awarded in three categories including children up to age 12, teens, 13-19, and adults, 20 and up. The theme is water. Only one entry per individual is allowed. Send entries to WaterWorksofArt@gmail.com by July 17. In the subject line of the e-mail, write Photo Contest, along with the age category for the entry. In the body of the e-mail, write the contestant's name, address, and phone number. Submissions should be in JPEG format and at least 1 MB in size. Contest winners will be announced on July 31 at a reception at the Largo Public Library. Selected photographs will comprise a traveling exhibit throughout Pinellas County. Only Pinellas County residents are eligible to enter. No employees of any member library or their immediate families are eligible to enter.
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