Man pleads no contest in dog's death
A man accused of shooting a dog during an alcohol-fueled rage in March pleaded no contest to animal cruelty and throwing a deadly missile into a building during a pre-trial hearing Friday. Yuriy Solovyev, 47, was arrested March 30 by Clearwater police who arrived at his home at 2483 Whitman St. to find Solovyev passed out in the back yard near a dead 9-year old-dog. Police said it appeared Solovyev was trying to bury the dog when he lost consciousness. According to arrest reports, Solovyev fired several shots that evening after an argument with his wife. At least one bullet ricocheted off a fence and went through a neighbor's window, but no one was injured. Solovyev's sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 25.
Take a practice SAT at library
Are you preparing to take the SAT exam? Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., and the Huntington Learning Center will offer a practice SAT on Feb. 12. The exam will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library. Test results will be given, with an optional free consultation with Huntington Learning Center staff. Registration is in-person at the library only, and the test fee is due when you sign up. Due to limited space, only 10th-12th graders may participate. The cost: $25. Proceeds will be used to pay for teen library materials and services. For further information, call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.
Sign-ups begin for adult roller hockey
Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for its Winter 2011 adult roller hockey league. Play will take place Friday evenings at the Sunderman Recreation Complex, 1631 Ninth St., Palm Harbor. The first game will be played on Feb. 11. The registration fee is $90 for Palm Harbor Community Activity Center members; $110 for non-members. The goalie fee is half-price. League fees are due by Feb. 4. For more information, call (727) 771-6000 or visit www.palmharborhockey.com
Mardi Gras night is center's fundraiser
The Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center's annual fundraiser, "A Night at the Mardi Gras," will be 6:30 to 10 p.m. March 12 at St. Nicholas Spanos Pappas Community Center, 348 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. The evening will be emceed by local ABC News meteorologist Denis Phillips and include a buffet dinner, musical entertainment, dancing and silent auction. A special presentation, "The Shining Stars," will feature success stories from two of the center's clients. Tickets cost $50 per person; tables seating 10 are $500 (silver) and $700 (gold). To purchase tickets call (727) 939-1400, ext. 403 or visit TSshepherdcenter.org.