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Three golfers, citing tainted water, sue Countryside Country Club

CLEARWATER

3 citing tainted drinking water sue golf club

Three Pinellas County golfers say they drank from a water cooler filled with urine and feces last summer. Now they are suing the Countryside Country Club, which provided the cooler, and the club's parent company, Clubcorp Inc. According to the suit filed Friday in Pinellas Circuit Court, Chris, Greg and John Tischner were on the eighth hole of the Pine course on July 18, 2009, when they stopped for water. Chris Tischner drank three to four, 4-ounce paper cups of the water. Greg Tischner drank one. John Tischner poured some in a container partially filled with a sports drink. Greg Tischner noticed an unnatural taste, checked the unlocked cooler and discovered urine and feces in the container. The suit said a Clearwater police officer who arrived on the scene confirmed the presence of urine and feces. All of the men became ill. John Tischner developed a fever and chills. Greg Tischner also had a fever. He developed a rash, experienced unnatural fatigue and nausea and had trouble sleeping. The Tischners say the club had experienced a spate of vandalism and did nothing to protect them and others. They are seeking more than $15,000 in damages.

Countryside student injured

A student was hit by a truck outside Countryside High School on State Road 580 about 7 a.m. Friday, police said. Quashan Williams, 16, of Clearwater was flown to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries, said police spokeswoman Beth Watts. Williams was crossing SR 580 on his way to school, Watts said, when he was hit by a Ford F-150 heading west on the road. It was still dark outside. The driver, Michael Melton, 42, of Safety Harbor will not be charged. Williams crossed the road outside a crosswalk near Charles Avenue, Watts said, and was wearing dark clothing. Melton did not see him.

Landscaping seminar is Tuesday

Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, will host Florida Friendly Landscaping at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Dale Armstrong of the Pinellas County Extension's Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program will be the guest speaker. Along with discussing Florida friendly plants, attendees will also learn about crops that will withstand freezing temperatures. The event is free. Visit pinellascountyextension.org or call (727) 562-4970 for information.

Correction

Scouts, leaders and their families, and any other volunteers with Oldsmar Boy Scout Troop 64 wishing to register for its reunion celebration 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 17 at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive, Oldsmar should call (813) 863-1764 before April 10. An incorrect number was published in Wednesday's Good For You column.

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