LARGO - This year was the first time Mayor-elect Woody Brown ran uncontested in his bid for Largo office since deciding to join the commission in 2007.
It also marks Commissioner-elect John Carroll’s first bid for office, but he’s no stranger to leadership in Largo, having retired from the Largo Police Department as police chief after 33 years of service with the department.
Both have claimed their seats without appearing on the ballot after no other candidates stepped up to run against them before the qualifying period ended Aug. 15. Three other seats on the Largo Commission are up for election in November. But before those campaigns kick off in earnest, the Largo Leader sat with Brown and Carroll to talk about their priorities, Largo’s future and what it means to be a leader.
LARGO - A St. Petersburg homeless man is being charged with carjacking after he reportedly threatened at gunpoint a woman renting a movie at a Red Box Aug. 31, according to Largo police.
Carjacking with weapon is one of several charges Ben Jermaine Hughes, 39, faces after St. Petersburg police arrested him.
According to Largo police, the female victim was purchasing a movie at the Red Box at 7-Eleven at 5860 Roosevelt Blvd. that night. The suspect popped out and demanded her car at gunpoint before leaving the area.
LARGO - Largo police are trying to identify two men who forced their way into an apartment on Camelot Drive but were fought back by the four family members inside Aug. 30.
The two men, one black and one white, knocked on the front door and asked for the father of the home by his full name. They then forced their way into the home and brandished a handgun, demanding money.
The family decided to fight the suspects. A male teenager was able to injure one of the men with a kitchen knife. The two fled the home, one leaving in a vehicle, the other running away on foot.
LARGO - The Dallas Police Department arrested Timothy J. Davenport, 30, of Largo, Aug. 31, in connection with a sexual battery case that occurred in Largo.
Davenport is accused of armed sexual battery, armed burglary and kidnapping. At around 5:15 a.m. Aug. 18, a suspect broke into the victim’s home located in the area of Sixth Street Northwest and West Bay Drive. He entered through an unlocked bathroom window and sexually battered a female while armed with a knife, Largo police reported.
LARGO - Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Citizens’ Academy of Largo, a 10-week program designed to educate residents about the inner workings of their city government.
The academy consists of weekly sessions on Mondays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will tour key facilities, learn about the challenges facing future development, talk with city leaders about current issues and events affecting Largo and interact with city staff at all levels. Citizens’ Academy is a great way to learn about and get involved in your community.
Applications are available at www.largo.com and must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 5.
LARGO - According to the city of Largo’s engineering services division, West Bay Drive is scheduled to reopen to vehicle traffic Tuesday, Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m., following the successful replacement of the railroad crossing.
The road was closed at the tracks, just west of Seminole Boulevard, at 10 a.m. Aug. 22. Beginning that afternoon, CSX construction crews began to remove the existing railroad crossing, city engineer Leland Dicus reported.
LARGO - Largo Police Department’s special operation unit and investigative services worked with Clearwater Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations to conduct a prostitution reverse operation focused on the recovery of human trafficking victims Aug. 21.
Soon after the operation began, law enforcement rescued a 21-year-old mentally handicapped woman who had reportedly been brought to Florida to be sold into prostitution. Two other cases also were discovered and a large amount of intelligence generated during the operation.
Those arrested were: Troy Craig Driskell, 52, charged with human trafficking, deriving proceeds from prostitution and violation of felony probation; Sarah Beth Morris, 35, for solicitation of prostitution and Amy Lynn Kranwinkel for solicitation of prostitution and theft.
LARGO - Two men were shocked by power lines while trimming trees in unincorporated Largo Wednesday afternoon.
According to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Lance Russel, 50, of St. Petersburg and Steven Hansen, 32, of Clearwater, employees of Happy Palms Tree Service, were trimming trees at a private residence on Tallowood Drive when the incident occured. Deputies responded to the call about 3:30 p.m. Aug. 20.
Deputies said the two men were on the ground moving a ladder when the ladder hit a power line causing the two men to be shocked.
Alzheimer’s support group CLEARWATER – Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter will host a new, monthly support group for caregivers with a loved one with dementia who lives at home or in a facility which focuses on intimacy needs and concerns.
Beginning May 7, the group will meet first Wednesdays, 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the conference room at Alzheimer’s Association’s Clearwater office, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite 709.
This support group will help caregivers come up with new relationship rituals and healthy alternatives for finding the care, hope, and intimacy every human being needs and deserves.
Heidi Crockett, MSW, will facilitate. Crockett is a geriatric care manager with Aging Care Advocates. She advocates for improved quality of life for seniors specifically on the subject of intimacy and has presented several seminars for professionals and caregivers including, “Sexual Concerns Associated with Dementia,” and “Intimacy as We Age: Loving our Loved Ones Safely.”
Clinical Nutrition & Exercise Guidance SAFETY HARBOR – Clinical Nutrition & Exercise Guidance for Healthy, Happy Bodies is coming to the Safety Harbor Rigsby Recreation Center, 605 Second St. N. on Wednesdays, Sept. 3 through Sept. 24, 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $60 for residents and $90 for nonresidents and is for ages 15 and older.
Over the course of this month-long program, Dr. Erin Flowers will focus on the relationship between nutrition and healthy functions of the body, individualized nutritional counseling, metabolism, supplement education and more. The class also includes individual nutrition counseling and progress evaluations.
Participants must preregister and by calling 724-1545.
GriefShare program SEMINOLE – A 13-week GriefShare program will begin Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Oakhurst United Methodist Church, 13400 Park Blvd.
A morning and evening program will be offered. For additional details, call 391-4767.
Seminole Rec Center’s Teen Board meeting SEMINOLE – The Seminole Recreation Division is looking for local middle and high school students to be part of its Teen Board committee this year. The introductory meeting will take place Wednesday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreational Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
Participants will provide input on current trends, assist with events and community service projects, and learn career skills while making new friends and creating positive experiences.
For more information, call the group’s adviser, Kasey Postupack, at 391-8345.
Veterans town hall meeting BAY PINES – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in collaboration with the St. Petersburg VA Regional Office will host a Veterans town hall meeting and outreach on Sept. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The event will take place in the JC Cobb room located on the first floor of the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.
Veterans and their families, congressional stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations and other community partners are invited to attend.
During the town hall, VA officials from both agencies will provide updates on VA operations and improvement initiatives regarding VA health care and benefits. Veterans and their families will have an opportunity to comment publicly about VA programs and services.
VA Outreach services and special program representatives will also be available to assist Veterans to include VA health care enrollment and eligibility; VA benefits and claims assistance; patient advocate services and more.
The town hall is one of many being held around the country. New VA Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald announced the meetings to improve communication with, and hear directly from, Veterans nationwide as a step toward improvement and to rebuild trust among Veterans.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Countryside Library book club meeting
CLEARWATER – The Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, is continuing its popular book club that meets the third Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. Titles for the monthly sessions are as follows:
• Feb. 20 – The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott
• March 20 – Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
• April 17 – The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian
• May 15 – Still Foolin‘ ’Em, by Billy Crystal
• June 19 – The Ghost of Hannah Mendes, by Naomi Ragen
• July 17 – My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor
• Aug. 21 – Breakfast at Sally’s, by Richard Le Mieux
• Sept. 18 – Making Rounds with Oscar, by David Dosam
• Oct. 16 – The Story of Beautiful Girl, by Rachel Simon
• Nov. 20 – Luna, by Julie Anne Peters
• Dec. 18 – My Life with Charlie Brown, by Charles Shultz
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall.
The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project.
For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.