Arrest made in death of Clearwater girl
A Dade City woman was arrested Wednesday and charged with DUI manslaughter in a crash last June that killed a 15-year-old Clearwater girl. Leah Nicole Slagle, 19, was driving east on Wire Road near U.S. 301 in Pasco County late on June 26 when she lost control in a curve and struck a tree. Holly M. Robbins of Clearwater, the passenger, died at the scene. Slagle was later found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.151, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Florida law presumes impairment at 0.08. Slagle was also charged with DUI and DUI with property damage, and cited for careless driving and failing to wear a seat belt. Cody Stephen Polanis, 19, of Dade City, was also charged Wednesday with having an open house party at 16440 Brigham Road in Dade City attended by more than 90 people. FHP said Polanis' house party is where Slagle drank before the crash.
Neighborhood group to meet
The Council of North County Neighborhoods will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the East Lake Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N. The program will be a public safety forum with discussion of county trash collection and recycling. Guest speakers will include Pinellas County sheriff's Chief Deputy Robert Gualtieri and Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala. For information, call (727) 560-5586.
Submit an original one-act play
All playwrights are invited to submit one-act plays to be performed during West Coast Players' annual One Act Festival on July 8, 9 and 10 in Clearwater. Plays must be original (no adaptations), 10 to 15 minutes or less in duration, require minimal staging and not previously have been staged in the bay area. About eight plays will be chosen. Send one copy of the script, typed in standard format (no e-mails) and postmarked no later than April 1 to West Coast Players, P.O. Box 5022, Clearwater, FL 33758-5022, Attention: One-Act Play Producer. Include address, telephone number and e-mail. Entrants will be notified of selection results within one week after deadline. Entry fee is $5, and a portion will be awarded to three playwrights whose scripts are chosen as favorites.
City encourages block parties
Neighborhood associations and citizen groups in Clearwater are encouraged to host block parties in honor of the city's 13th annual Celebrate Clearwater Neighborhoods Day. During the event, groups of city leaders, including the mayor, City Council members, department directors and other staff, will travel across the city to visit party sites, where they will meet residents face to face and listen to their questions and concerns. Neighborhoods that register to host a block party receive kits that include special fliers to use as invitations, party decorations and other promotional items. Registration deadline is April 15. Interested neighborhoods should call (727) 562-4554.
Murder-suicide victim identified
One of the victims in the Tarpon killings was the live-in girlfriend of the suspect's uncle, police say. 3B