Man lashes out at deputy, dog, officials say
A 22-year-old Safety Harbor man didn't go quietly Wednesday night when Pinellas County sheriff's deputies tried to arrest him after they say he was drunk and disorderly. Anthony Steven Campaign punched a deputy, caused $1,000 in damage to a cruiser door by kicking it, gave a fake name and even tried to poke out the eyes of a police dog that spotted him trying to take refuge in a drainage pipe, an arrest report said. Deputies responded to a call at 425 Fifth St. N about 11:50 p.m. on a report that he had threatened two people. He also was using racial slurs against a black man, the report said. Campaign ultimately was bitten by the dog and brought under control by deputies, the report said. He was charged with escape, resisting an officer with violence, criminal mischief, offense against a police dog and disorderly intoxication. He remained in the county jail at 4 p.m. Friday in lieu of $36,113 bail.
Turtles 'stunned' by very cold water
Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff rescued a loggerhead sea turtle from North Clearwater Beach on Friday. The adult female is thought to have "cold stun" from the recent cold temperatures, aquarium officials said. With additional frigid weather ahead, there could be more sea turtles in Pinellas County that wash up as a result of this condition. "Cold stun" happens when the water temperature drops below their normal body temperature, officials said. Their metabolic rate drops and they stop swimming and eating, and end up floating. Residents are asked if they find a sea turtle in distress to call the aquarium's around-the-clock rescue number at (727) 441-1790, ext. 234.
Series begins with Hemingway novel
The Scholar's Choice lecture and discussion series will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. The first book discussion will feature A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway and edited by Patrick Hemingway. Phillip Sipiora, professor of English at the University of South Florida, will lead the lecture and discussion. Two more series lectures are scheduled for Jan. 27 and Feb. 17. Discussion books are available for checkout. Call (727) 562-4970.
Master gardener to teach course
Folks interested in plant methods and techniques can get an overview of the process with master gardener Angela Strain from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Register before Tuesday by calling (727) 582-2100 or visit pinellascountyextension.org. and click on "Online Class Registration," then the "Lawn and Garden" tab.