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Tarpon Springs police say man 'huffed,' then crashed car with child inside


Police: Man 'huffed,' then crashed car

David John Stuetzer, 40, of Tarpon Springs was charged with felony child neglect Tuesday after crashing his car into a curb and planter at 40968 U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs, police said. Officers arriving on the scene reported finding a young child strapped in a child safety seat in the back of the car and Stuetzer passed out behind the wheel with a can of compressed gas duster on the seat beside him. According to reports, Stuetzer admitted "huffing" the gas from the can, but said he hadn't done it before and didn't know he could lose consciousness. Stuetzer was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail. The child, whose age was not released, was not injured.


Free physicals for school athletes

Morton Plant Mease's sports medicine program will provide physicians, certified athletic trainers and physical therapists to offer Pinellas County high school athletes free sports physicals again this year. The exams include checks of height, weight, blood pressure, vision, lungs and musculoskeletal system. Pediatric cardiac nurses will be available for heart health screenings, and the Morton Plant Mease Lung Center will offer tips on managing asthma. If a student needs additional treatment, the student will be referred to a Morton Plant Mease specialist at a later date. The physicals will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon April 28 at Morton Plant Hospital's Ptak Orthopaedic & Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant St., Suite 101 in Clearwater; and from 8 a.m. to noon May 5 at Palm Harbor University High School, 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor. The Florida High School Athletic Association requires students to have a physical evaluation before participating in high school sports. Students younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or registration forms must be presigned. The exams done by Morton Plant Mease are complimentary. However, some schools may charge a small fee to support their booster clubs. For more information, call (727) 953-6877.


Antiques Fair and Classic Car Show

The city's annual Spring Antiques Fair and Classic Car Show is set for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Dunedin. Main Street will be closed between Broadway and Douglas avenues to allow approximately 75 antiques dealers to display their wares. The car show will be on Broadway, between Scotland and Main streets, until 3 p.m. Admission is free. Call the Parks and Recreation Department at (727) 812-4540 for information.

Rain barrels, shade are garden topics

Learn about water catchment and shade during the Dunedin Community Garden Association's free March workshop. Visit the garden, inside Eagle Scout Park at 1040 Virginia St., from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday for a presentation on ways to create removable shade in your garden and using barrels to catch rainwater. A rain barrel will be raffled at the end of the session. The guest speaker is Lynda Mink, the group's garden manager and member of Whinot, an organic community garden. Find details at DunedinCommunity

Tarpon Springs police say man 'huffed,' then crashed car with child inside 03/21/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7:43pm]
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