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Just try hard enough, and yes, you'll go to jail

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 17, 2007


LARGO

One way or another, Gregory Brown was determined to get into the Pinellas County Jail. Late Tuesday night he showed up drunk and disorderly at the jail's front gate. Brown, 38, told deputies that there was a warrant out for his arrest. The gate deputies checked and told him there was no warrant. But Brown refused to leave. He was warned numerous times that he would be arrested if he didn't leave. Still he persisted. At 11:06 p.m. he got his wish. Brown was charged with trespassing and booked into the jail. He was being held in lieu of $250 bail.

Expo offers tips for hurricane season

What is the best way to get interactive information from professionals to prepare for the approaching hurricane season? Try attending the Hurricane Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Information will include products and services to save your home, property and family from damage; insurance; tips for mobile home communities and how to prepare pets for a hurricane. Admission is free. Call (727) 825-0018.

CLEARWATER

Bicyclist badly hurt in crash

A 52-year-old Clearwater man was severely injured Tuesday night when his bicycle was hit by a Lincoln Continental. The bicyclist, whose name is not being released, was riding along Keene Road about 9:30 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Gerald Brown, 73, of Dunedin was behind the wheel of his car, headed south on Keene Road nearing the intersection with Kendall Drive. Brown's car hit the bicyclist, who was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg in critical condition. The crash is under investigation, officials said.

Fraternity to ride in charity event

Fraternities often catch a bad rap when they make the news. But the 35 fraternity brothers on bicycles who will make their way through the area this week are riding for a good cause. Members of Pi Kappa Phi are participating in the annual 800-mile "Gear Up Florida" cycling event from Miami to Tallahassee. To participate, members must secure $2, 000 in sponsorships, with the money going to groups that support people with disabilities. Last year, Gear Up raised $70, 000. The cyclists are expected to be in Clearwater this afternoon. To support this effort, call (704) 504-2400, ext. 137.

SAND KEY

Plaque dedication will honor military

It started as a small Armed Forces Day event, but it has grown into what organizers say will be a grand celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Sand Key Civic Association will dedicate a granite plaque in honor of U.S. servicemen and -women in a 90-minute event at South Beach I and II, a condominium complex at 1400 Gulf Blvd. The event is expected to draw police officers, firefighters, the Coast Guard, and local and state leaders, as well as a representative from the governor's office.