Second arrest over gun taken to high school
Police have made a second arrest in connection with the mysterious appearance of a semiautomatic handgun on the campus of Clearwater High School on Tuesday. Austin Davis, 14, has been charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds, a felony. Clearwater police had already arrested Markazell D. Hodges, 15, on a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon on school grounds. On Tuesday, the school was put on a heightened state of security shortly after noon when a student reported that Hodges was carrying a gun with him in class. A school resource officer arrested Hodges and confiscated the weapon, a .380 pistol. Davis "had possession of the gun before giving it to Hodges," according to the Clearwater Police Department. Davis has not told police where or how he obtained the weapon. It is still unclear why the gun was brought to school.
Property tax rate kept unchanged
The City Council voted Wednesday night to keep Oldsmar's property tax rate the same as it has been for the last five years — $4.05 per $1,000 of taxable property value. At that rate, the owner of a $150,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption would pay $405 in city property taxes. Overall property values in Oldsmar dropped 2 percent in the past year, meaning the same tax rate will bring the city slightly less money. City Manager Bruce Haddock said he thought that would be manageable in the next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.
City's final budget hearing is Monday
The second and final public hearing on the Tarpon Springs budget starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The City Commission will also discuss the proposed millage rate of 5.45, which represents no change from the previous fiscal year. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 324 E Pine St.
Parent-child class registration opens
Registration is now open for the fall series of First Steps, a four-week parent/child workshop program at the Palm Harbor Library. This unique series includes hands-on toys, community resource professionals, parenting materials and art activities. The program will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays from Oct. 3 to Oct. 24 at the library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Children must be between the ages of 1 to 3 years old, but siblings up to age 4 are also welcome. Space is limited. In-person registration is required at the children's desk. For further information, call the Youth Services Department at (727) 784-332, ext. 3018.
Cancer Society needs volunteers
The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive cancer patients to their cancer treatment appointments throughout the county. The amount of time the volunteer drives as well as the geographic area is based on the volunteer's preference. To sign up or for more information, call (800) 227-2345.