Nehr delays bill on an election to form a town
A state bill that could lead to a town for people who live in the Palm Harbor area has been shelved for now. But it may not delay the question of becoming a town in the long run. State Rep. Peter Nehr, R-Tarpon Springs, said he plans to introduce the bill at the Legislature's next session instead. Some who live in the proposed area in Crystal Beach and Ozona communities oppose incorporation. Nehr said he wants to make sure their questions and concerns are resolved. He also said a feasibility study for the bill needs to be updated and more research is required. The bill would let Palm Harbor voters decide if they want their unincorporated community to become a town. If passed by the Legislature next year, the measure still could put the question of forming a town on the 2010 election ballot.
Deputy gets ex-cop to surrender gun
Pinellas County sheriff's deputy Sgt. Paul Monahan persuaded a former Chicago cop who was threatening suicide to surrender the gun he was carrying at his home Monday. Ronald Michaels, 66, who deputies say "appeared to be intoxicated," was put into protective custody and taken to a hospital for evaluation, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies initially responded to a 911 call from Michaels' wife, who told authorities her husband had put the gun to his head and expressed a desire to "shoot himself or someone else." Michaels later told deputies that he had seen his neighbor walking around his house and believed that he had entered the home. Monahan, 47, reached Michaels on his home phone and persuaded him to surrender after nearly 90 minutes.
Man arrested in marijuana seizure
A Clearwater man was arrested early Tuesday after the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office seized 33 marijuana plants and 15 pounds of harvested marijuana from a home in Tarpon Springs. Steven J. Stegman, 24, was arrested on felony charges of manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana, and a misdemeanor charge of operating a drug house. According to a Sheriff's Office report, Stegman lives in Clearwater but was operating the grow house at 1789 Wood Haven St. in Tarpon Springs. Stegman was released from the Pinellas County Jail later Tuesday morning after posting $10,150 bail.
Leading Ladies to meet for lunch
The Leading Ladies of Ruth Eckerd Hall will gather at 11 a.m. Thursday for a social hour, business meeting and luncheon at Dunedin Country Club, 1050 Palm Blvd., followed by guest speaker Francy Gordon, who will show members how to turn their unused furs into teddy bears and accessories. Guests welcome. $25 per person. RSVP at (727) 596-3491.