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Ousted Dunedin Pipe Band director disputes events of meeting with officials


Ousted band leader disputes two meetings

Sandy Keith, the ousted director of the City of Dunedin Pipe Band, met twice with city parks and recreation officials regarding complaints that led to his dismissal, Keith and City Manager Rob DiSpirito said Thursday. But they disagree on what happened at the meetings. At both meetings, Keith denied allegations that he cursed and made derogatory comments about dancers at the Dunedin Military Tattoo on March 28, DiSpirito said, but offered no explanation or witnesses to counter complaints. In contrast, Keith said he denied the accusations at the first meeting, and at the second meeting, Vince Gizzi, the city's director of parks and recreation, told him the contract would be terminated. When Keith asked to give his side of the story, he said, he was told the two letters and verbal complaint were enough to prove the incident and the matter was closed.


Teen accused of attempted murder

A 17-year-old Clearwater girl was arrested on a charge of attempted murder Wednesday after she fired a handgun into a car carrying her sister and her ex-boyfriend, Clearwater police said. Shatavia Williams fled after the incident, which happened about 10 a.m. near the intersection of Howard Street and Scranton Avenue. She was picked up within an hour of the shooting. Williams was involved in a "heated argument" over money with her ex-boyfriend, Quintaurys Grier, who was sitting in a car belonging to Williams' sister, said Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. Williams fired one shot through the driver's side door, but no one was injured. Williams was taken to the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center.

Tourney honors ex-USF athlete

Former University of South Florida football player Will Bleakley, who was among three athletes who died in a highly publicized Feb. 28 boating accident, will be remembered at the first Will Bleakley Memorial Baseball Tournament on Saturday and Sunday. The event aims to raise money for a scholarship in his name to be set up at USF. From 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, local and state adult men's baseball teams will compete for a grand prize at Frank Tack Field, 1967 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Admission is free, but money will be raised with food concessions, raffles and a silent auction. Starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, tournament winners will be announced at a ceremony at Bright House Networks Field, 601 Old Coachman Road. Tickets are $13 and include wristband admission to Sunday's 1 p.m. Clearwater Threshers game, all-you-can-eat food items, and $2 draft beer. Call Anthony Turchetti at (727) 748-2889 or visit

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