NEW PORT RICHEY
Man accused in strip club melee goes to prison
Rolston Drummond, who was accused of taking part in a melee outside a strip club that left a young mother dead, went to prison Friday. The 34-year-old Tarpon Springs man had previously pleaded guilty to felony battery and two counts of aggravated assault. Authorities said Drummond was at Diamonds Gentleman's Club on Grand Boulevard on Feb. 24, 2008, when a fight broke out and he punched Anthony Monti. As the violence escalated, someone pulled a gun, and Monti was shot in the arm. Kellie Zorka, 27, who used to work at the club, was struck in the head and later died. Bryan Gregory Heater, 30, is charged in her death. Drummond went to another strip club later that night and pulled a gun, authorities said. He was sentenced to just more than four years in prison.
Ballfields spruced up, thanks to Rays
Two youth baseball fields in Ross Norton Park have been renovated, thanks to the Rays Baseball Foundation and Rays pitcher Dan Wheeler. The relief pitcher lives with his family in Clearwater and supports the foundation with donations and with his time. Located in the southwestern part of the city, the fields will be used by both youth and adult leagues. The renovations included installing new infields, bullpens, foul poles and backstop nets. It's the latest effort of the Rays Field Renovation Program, which previously refurbished fields at St. Petersburg's Campbell Park and in Brandon and West Tampa.
Man faces drug, other charges
A 63-year-old man was arrested Thursday night, accused by police of running an escort service and selling cocaine from his apartment. Police said they received numerous complaints about activity at the home of Larry E. Schwartz of 2765 Via Cipriani, Apt. 1235-A. Undercover detectives conducted several transactions with Schwartz to solicit prostitutes and buy cocaine, according to authorities. They issued a search warrant at his home, and he was later taken into custody. Police seized $59,286 in cash, 40 grams of cocaine, 6.3 grams of oxycodone and 43 grams of marijuana inside the home. Schwartz was charged with three counts of deriving proceeds from prostitution, two counts of trafficking in cocaine, sale and possession of cocaine, trafficking in oxycodone and felony possession of marijuana. He remained at the Pinellas County Jail on Friday.
New Clearwater city clerk Rosemarie Call has one child. An article in Friday's Times was incorrect on this point, and it also misspelled outgoing clerk Cyndie Goudeau's last name.