Man charged in July attack on soccer referee
On the run after punching a soccer referee in the head during a July game, two men eluded police, who thought the players gave fake names on their club registrations. Police arrested a man Thursday who they say confessed to the incident. Ramon Mitchell, 25, of Tampa was booked into the Pinellas County jail on a felony battery charge. That's the name the soccer league first provided to police after the men fled the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex, 2450 Drew St. But police later thought it was a fake name and released the names of two other soccer players as suspects. "There was a lot of confusion," said Clearwater police spokeswoman Joelle Castelli. "There was a language barrier." She said Mitchell is the only suspect in the attack, which caused referee Rafael Serrano to fall and suffer a separated shoulder.
Budget, tax rate draw little say
City commissioners received little public comment Thursday on the upcoming $51-million budget and millage rate. Unchanged from last year, the millage rate is tentatively set at $5.45 per $1,000 of a property's taxable value. The board voted 4-1 on both measures, with Commissioner Townsend Tarapani disapproving of the city pulling $1.5 million from reserve funds. The commission has a second public hearing on the budget Sept. 24. The City Commission will hold a regular meeting Tuesday. Commissioners will discuss allowing Development Services to operate its own money collection, vote on establishing a land preservation fund and consider an alcohol license for a golf pub at the driving range. For the full agenda, go online to ctsfl.us. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 324 E Pine St.
Opening reception for 'Sacred Arts'
The Center for Gulf Coast Folklife will exhibit "Sacred Arts" Sept. 27 through Nov. 30 in its gallery. There is an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27. Admission is free and the public is welcome to enjoy the exhibit and short performances of religious music during the reception. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (727) 942-5605 for more information.
City Commission hopefuls at forum
Meet the four candidates for Dunedin City Commission and hear them speak during a forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Hale Center, 330 Douglas Ave. Mayor Dave Eggers is opposed by former Mayor Bob Hackworth, and Heather Gracy is challenging incumbent Commissioner Dave Carson in the Nov. 6 election. The forum, sponsored by the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce and moderated by the League of Women Voters, will also feature information about city charter amendments that will appear on the November ballot. To submit questions for the candidates, email Lynn Wargo at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Graham at email@example.com. Questions will be drawn randomly, so they should be applicable to all candidates. For more information, call the chamber at (727) 733-3197.