Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Woman sues Shephard's Beach Resort nightclub

Coming Sunday

A guide to everything on the Aug. 14 ballot, inside your North Pinellas Times.


woman sues nightclub over clerk's actions

A Clearwater Beach nightclub has been sued after its desk clerk was charged with sexually assaulting a woman who was waiting for a ride home. The 21-year-old woman was intoxicated outside the Shephard's Beach Resort nightclub and waiting for a taxi when the clerk fondled her just after midnight one weekend in April, police said. The woman's lawsuit alleges that the club was negligent in hiring and supervising the clerk, Jason Rapp, who is also named in the suit. The suit states that the club failed "to provide adequate safeguards" to prevent this kind of assault. Rapp, 36, was charged with three counts of battery and has remained in jail since April. The Times is not naming the plaintiff because police said she was the victim of sexual assault.


AARP official will speak to Dems

On Aug. 9, the Greater Pinellas Democratic Club will hear Jeff Johnson, state director of AARP, speak about how the organization helps its 2.7 million Florida members to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare for all generations and lobbying to keep the issues of aging at the top of politicians' lists. He will also discuss how AARP's Life Tuner program helps young adults plan their financial futures. Guests at the meeting also will get to meet Democratic candidates. The meeting, which will be held at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, will start with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30. The cost for dinner is $15. Reservations are requested; call Betty Morganstein at (727) 360-3971. The club invites anyone who might be interested in the program topic or the club to attend.

Show to feature housing program

Pinellas County's newest housing initiative for veterans, Proud Ground Pinellas, will be the featured topic on the radio show There's No Place Like Home on Thursday. The featured guest is Ed Courtemanche, a housing specialist for Pinellas County Community Development, who will provide an overview of the renovations and environmental features of the Proud Ground Pinellas program. The program offers opportunities for veterans and active military personnel to purchase quality homes at reduced prices. Participants benefit from free homebuyer education classes and the program provides ongoing tools and support to ensure successful homeownership. The radio program, which features different issues each month, is sponsored by the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County. It airs the first Thursday of each month from 10:05 to 10:35 a.m. on WRXB 1590 AM. The show can also be viewed on Pinellas County Connection Television, YouTube, or online at community/hfa/Media.htm.

Woman sues Shephard's Beach Resort nightclub 07/27/12 [Last modified: Friday, July 27, 2012 8:01pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. After offseason of work hard, play hard, DeSean Jackson ready to produce for Bucs


    TAMPA — There's no telling what DeSean Jackson will do once he gets a football in his hands. Perhaps that's why a camera crew followed his every move Wednesday while the Bucs' new $30 million receiver stood on a step of the hot tub that empties into a spacious, azure pool at his new, sprawling five-bedroom home in …

    DeSean Jackson jokes around with girlfriend Kayla Phillips at their Tampa home as a crew from HBO’s Hard Knocks documents their day.
  2. Trump announces $10 billion Foxconn plant in Wisconsin


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that's expected to initially create 3,000 jobs, the largest economic development project in state history.

    President Donald Trump embraces Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the East Room of the White House during an announcement Wednesday that Foxconn is going to build a plant in Wisconsin.
  3. Playoff chase heats up for Rays with critical series at Yankees up first

    The Heater


    It was important that Evan Longoria crushed a two-run homer in the sixth inning Wednesday and Steven Souza Jr. blasted a solo shot off the farthest catwalk an inning later.

    Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and Tim Beckham (1) celebrate the double play to end the top of the sixth inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. Conservatives come to Sessions' defense amid Trump attacks


    WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and influential conservatives rallied around Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday as President Donald Trump kept up his public pelting of the nation's top law enforcement officer and left his future in doubt.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  5. Jones: Alex Cobb proves again why he's Rays' stopper, no matter how long he's here (w/ video)

    The Heater


    If a team hopes to hang around the pennant race, it better have an ace. A stopper. A pitcher it can count on every fifth day to stop the bleeding, keep a winning streak going or flat-out win a game that a team flat-out needs to win.

    Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throwing the first inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]