Wednesday, April 25, 2018
News Roundup

Pipers and drummers play in memory of Alexander Keith at Dunedin service

Clearwater

Pipes, drums to play in memory of band chief

A memorial service for longtime Dunedin pipe band director Alexander "Sandy" Keith is set for 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church's Conmy Hall, 750 San Salvador Drive in Dunedin. Keith, who died Thursday at age 76, taught bagpiping to thousands of students during his 30-year tenure leading the City of Dunedin Pipe Band, as well as the bagpiping and drumming programs for Dunedin Highland Middle School and Dunedin High School. Pipers and drummers are invited to wear their kilts or uniforms and participate in a mass performance of the song Going Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the middle and high school pipe bands. Find information online at http://on.fb.me/A3PrO6.

Abducted boy to go back to father

A boy abducted by his mother during a custody hearing at the Pinellas County Courthouse in May was recovered Thursday in Jacksonville unharmed, police said. Kim Swan, 40, was arrested and charged with interference with child custody after she fled with her 14-year-old son from downtown Clearwater, investigators said. Giovanni Burrows, the boy's father, had come from Bermuda to take custody of the boy, whom police would not name. A caretaker took the boy to the Clearwater Main Library to await the end of the hearing at the county courthouse. The boy told his caretaker he had to go to the bathroom, where he secretly met with Swan. They fled. Detectives eventually tracked Swan to Jacksonville, where the boy and another child with Swan were taken into protective custody. The boy will be reunited with his father, police said. Swan remains in a Jacksonville jail on $29,000 bail. She was also accused of petty theft, her third minor theft charge since 2010.

Safety Harbor

Try out the seat of big official vehicles

At today's Touch-A-Truck event, kids and adults can grab the wheel or honk the horns of vehicles they see on the streets every day. A Bayflite helicopter will also be landing and taking off at the event, which is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Safety Harbor City Park, 940 Seventh St. S.

Dunedin

Artist to discuss work over coffee

Mitchell Kolbe is the latest subject of the Dunedin Fine Art Center's free "Coffee and Conversation" series. Kolbe, a DFAC instructor, is best known locally as the creator of the Greek Orthodox statue of the Epiphany cross diver in Tarpon Springs. His other works include murals at Kennedy Space Center, and sculptures for the 1996 Summer Games. At noon Thursday, he will discuss his work in plein air painting and sculpture work in the studio. Call the DFAC, 1143 Michigan Blvd., at (727) 298-3322.

Largo

Book sale is today at public library

The Friends of the Largo Library will host their winter book sale today in the Jenkins Room at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. All books are 50 cents each; buy two and get one free. Proceeds benefit the library. The sale is 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call (727) 586-7392.

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Carlos Gomez says he was guilty of only one thing in Sunday’s epic walkoff homer celebration

Carlos Gomez says he was guilty of only one thing in Sunday’s epic walkoff homer celebration

BALTIMORE – Carlos Gomez is perfectly willing to explain the specific elements that went into his epic celebration tour around the bases following Sunday's walkoff home run.The bat flip and raised arms were his initial reaction to how well he h...
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High school scoreboard for April 24

Tuesday’s scoreboardBaseballCalvary Chr. 8, Jesuit 1Boys TennisClass 3A, District 9-10 Regional Semifinal: Osceola 4, King 1Girls TennisClass 3A, District 9-10 Regional Semifinal: Osceola 4, Freedom 1...
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Days before graduation, crash kills Lakewood High senior, injures two others

Days before graduation, crash kills Lakewood High senior, injures two others

ST. PETERSBURG — Caps and gowns were in the future for Bryson Welton-Williams and his two friends.Then came Tuesday’s horrific car crash.The three 18-year-old Lakewood High School seniors drove off from school a few minutes early, just 22 days away f...
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SRO being investigated in Pasco County for arrest of student

SRO being investigated in Pasco County for arrest of student

LAND O’LAKES — A school resource officer at Sunlake High School is under investigation after he tried to take a female student into custody on Tuesday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.School officials asked the SRO remove the student f...
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Teen killed after SUV runs red light; man who fled scene captured

Teen killed after SUV runs red light; man who fled scene captured

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Softball: Haley Murphy, East Bay back in top form

Softball: Haley Murphy, East Bay back in top form

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Sarasota student, family apologize for racist ‘promposal’

Sarasota student, family apologize for racist ‘promposal’

The family of the 18-year-old Sarasota high school student under fire for the racist prom proposal he sent out on social media this weekend has publicly apologized for their son’s actions.They also said that as a result of his actions, he will not at...
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Softball: Boca Ciega gets a shot at defending district champ

DUNEDIN — Standing in centerfield during her team's Class 6A-9 district semifinal Tuesday night, Boca Ciega's Mia Blasingane had one dominating thought: "We want Tarpon Springs real bad. I was saying that to myself. I want to see Tarpon Springs...
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Softball: Alonso knocks off defending state finalist PHU in 9A-8 semifinals

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