Man accused of stabbing during fight at bar
A 49-year-old man is accused of stabbing another man after a bar fight early Thursday. Willie Lee McNeil, of 1212 Caracas Ave., is charged with aggravated battery. According to Clearwater police, McNeil and 30-year-old Ronald Schroeder of Largo got into a fistfight at Razzel's Lounge at 2794 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. around 2:30 a.m. During the fight, police said, McNeil grabbed a knife from his pocket and stabbed Schroeder twice, then got into his vehicle and drove away. Schroeder was rushed into emergency surgery at Bayfront Medical Center, an arrest report states. Police soon found McNeil's vehicle and "initiated a high-risk traffic stop," said Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. After he was arrested, McNeil, whose last name is listed as McNeill in a Clearwater police report, told police he was acting in self-defense. But an officer noted he had no visible injuries from the fight.
'ARToberfest' is this weekend
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 407 S. Saturn Ave. in Clearwater, will hold its third annual ARToberfest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Called "an arts festival with elements of a traditional German Oktoberfest," the free, two-day, family-friendly event will feature artists and craftsmen demonstrating and selling their works, live dance and music, beer and food, and bingo games with cash prizes. Medical screenings, a blood drive and pet services also will be available. Bring a canned good to support North Pinellas Pride's drive for the RCS Food Bank and receive a free bag of popcorn. Visit www.stpaulsclearwater.org or call (727) 446-7718 for more information.
Auxiliary offers boat safety class
A boating safety class by the Dunedin U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St., second floor. A Florida boater safety certification card will be awarded for successful completion. Topics will include boating laws, how to operate a boat safely and a review of safety equipment. The cost is $35. Register at the marina, or visit www.dunedin-coastguardaux.com. Call (727) 781-8272.
Oktoberfest at Elks lodge on Saturday
The community is invited to Oktoberfest With The Elks at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dunedin-Clearwater Elks Lodge 1525, 1240 San Christopher Drive, Dunedin. Free admission; tickets for food and games will be sold. Proceeds support children's charities, families in need, veterans and scholarships for local high school students. Call (727) 733-3318.