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Palm Harbor man accused of struggling with police at traffic stop


Man accused of fleeing police at traffic stop

A Palm Harbor man was arrested Friday night after he tried to escape from Tarpon Springs officers during a traffic stop, police said.Marcel Demond Hunter, 33, was stopped around 8 p.m. after Officer Derek Anderson spotted him driving a white, four-door Ford on E Lime Street. Anderson had dealt with Hunter before and knew his license had been suspended, police said.Police gave this account of the incident: When told he was being arrested, Hunter struggled with Anderson and backup officers and tried to get away. He also tried several times to get one officer's gun. After Hunter was subdued, police said they found 219 grams of marijuana and five grams of cocaine in several plastic bags. Hunter, of 2668 Peterborough Court, was charged with driving with a license that had been suspended/revoked for delinquent child support, possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to sell, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, resisting arrest without violence and being a felon in possession of a gun. Hunter was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.


Open enrollment period ends Friday

Pinellas parents who would like to request a different school for the 2010-11 academic year can do so through Friday. The district's student assignment open enrollment period began Monday. There will be a limited number of seats available this year due to class size and requirements of No Child Left Behind, according to district officials. Students do not lose their current seat by requesting another school. To participate, log in to the Student Reservation System on the district website,, using your family's user ID and password. A user ID and password can be obtained at any nearby school. Parents will be notified by phone or e-mail in late spring. Call (727) 588-6210 or visit


Drop off medicine for safe disposal

To help residents safely dispose of unused or expired medications, several law enforcement agencies have pooled efforts to provide dropoff locations. Residents may stop by the following locations between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 15 and drop off their medications — no questions asked. No biohazards or needles will be accepted; the program is not intended for commercial use. The program, "Operation Medicine Cabinet," provides a safe way of destroying the pharmaceuticals through incineration, as opposed to flushing or sending the medication to the landfill. Dropoff locations will be at:

Largo: Sweetbay Supermarket, 2460 East Bay Drive.

Dunedin: Sweetbay Supermarket, 1681 Main St.

Seminole: Kmart (West Parking Lot) 7949 113th St. N.

Palm Harbor: Sweetbay Supermarket, 1360 Tampa Road.

Clearwater: Publix in the Gulf-to-Bay Plaza, 525 S. Belcher Road; Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater (near JCPenny's).


Fun 'N Sun Festival continues today

WQYK Fun 'N Sun Toyota Country Concert. Gates open at noon; show starts at 1 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. Free admission.

Palm Harbor man accused of struggling with police at traffic stop 04/24/10 [Last modified: Saturday, April 24, 2010 3:41pm]
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