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Army recruiter shot when gun fires in bag

Published June 5, 2007



A 41-year-old man suffered a life-threatening wound after accidentally shooting himself in the chest Monday morning, Pinellas County sheriff's officials said. Joseph Babel, a master sergeant who works as an Army recruiting officer, was alone at his home on Morningside Drive when he shot himself with a handgun, according to authorities and his daughter, Erika Babel. Officials said Babel was reaching for an item in a canvas bag where he kept his Ruger 9 mm pistol. The gun discharged through the bag and into Babel's chest. The wounded Babel managed to call 911 and was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. On Monday he was listed in fair condition. The Sheriff's Office is investigating how the gun went off and what Babel was doing with the bag.


Seniors can get free 911 cell phone

Need a cell phone in case of an emergency? The Senior Phone Project provides seniors a free 911 cell phone and collects old phones to recycle. Phones are available from 9:30 to noon Wednesday at Ross Norton Recreation Complex, 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Call 562-4830.

Shana Banana sets library concerts

Your kids know her. Singer and songwriter Shana Banana continues a series of summer concerts for children at 2 p.m. today at the Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580. Other concerts are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the North Greenwood Library, 905 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., and 2 p.m. Thursday at the East Library, 2251 Drew St. Call 562-4970, ext. 5244.

4-day economics class begins today

Learn about economics with adjunct professor Harold Hultman from 7 to 9:30 p.m. today at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater campus, 2465 Drew St. The class is for four weeks on Tuesdays. Students will learn about personal wealth, financial institutions and money, valuation principles for stocks and more. Call 341-3184.


Get set for storms with seminar

Know the difference between a hurricane watch and warning? Learn how to plan for a hurricane, where to go for shelter and more at the Hurricane Preparedness Seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Hale Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. Call 298-3299.


Novel 'The Secret' to be focus of talk

What is behind The Secret? Ken Grote and Brian Bacher, of Professional Leads Network, will talk from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, about the novel's effect on conducting business. Call 587-6715, ext. 2514.


Golf tournament to benefit PARC

The Florida Water & Pollution Control Operators Association Region IV golf tournament is at 11 a.m Friday at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, 1501 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair. The "School's out Shoot-out" golf tournament will benefit the Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens. Registration is $50 and includes golf cart. Call 892-5691 or 530-9807.


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[Last modified June 5, 2007, 00:24:43]

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