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By Times staff reports
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 23, 2001
Deputy says girl, 13, tried to grab his gun in a fight
DUNEDIN -- A seventh-grade girl at Dunedin Middle School was arrested Thursday morning after she tried to grab a school resource officer's gun while he broke up a fight, Pinellas County sheriff's officials said.
The 13-year-old girl was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. She then was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. The Times is not identifying her because of her age.
The deputy broke up a fight between two seventh-grade girls about 9:30 a.m. One of the girls grabbed for his gun and punched him in the face, said sheriff's Sgt. Greg Tita.
The deputy used pepper spray to subdue the girl. She was taken to Mease-Dunedin Hospital for treatment before going to the assessment center. The deputy was not seriously injured, Tita said.
Tita said the girl told the deputy she only grabbed the gun to gain her balance, but "he didn't see it that way," Tita said. The girl did not get the gun out of the deputy's holster.
Tita said the school resource officer also will determine whether the other girl involved in the fight should face any charges.
CLEARWATER -- A woman was arrested Wednesday evening on charges she struck her sons, ages 4 and 6, with a belt and wooden stick, leaving marks. Melissa C. Battle, 26, of 1226 N Keene Road was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse, according to arrest reports.
Police indicated in a report that one child had a swollen upper lip, a scratch under his left eye, numerous welts and bruises on his back and several bruises on his leg. The other child had marks and scars on his back.
Battle told officers she hit one child with a belt across his back and legs, then switched to a stick, arrest reports state.
CLEARWATER -- You don't have to be a lawyer to learn about the law. The People's Law School, a series of free sessions sponsored by the Clearwater Bar Association, continues through May.
All classes, taught by local judges and/or lawyers, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in the teaching auditorium of St. Petersburg Junior College, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater.
People can attend as few or as many sessions as they wish. There is no homework. Seating is limited. Registration is not necessary. For information, call 461-4869.
Here is a schedule:
Thursday: Employment discrimination.
April 5: Tax law.
April 19: Small business and intellectual property (patent, trademark and copyright).
April 26: Public school law.
May 3: Consumer law and bankruptcy.
CLEARWATER -- The Wellness Centers of Morton Plant Mease Health Care offer the Pilates' method of body conditioning. Classes are offered Mondays and Fridays at the Clearwater Wellness Center, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Palm Harbor Wellness Center.
The Pilates program is a strengthening and stretching class based on a few repeated control and resistance movements. They are good for seniors, because beginner-level classes are gentle, non-cardiovascular exercises that concentrate on mind-body awareness. Free to Wellness Center members; $5 per class for non-members. Call (888) 676-8484.
CLEARWATER -- Micki Nault and her staff offer medically approved programs for adults:
Aqua Slim classes: Program for muscle tone, flexibility, flat stomach, weight loss and relief of joint stress, 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater; 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Highlander Pool, 903 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin; Biltmore/Eclips Spa (indoor warm water pool), 25 Belleview Blvd., Belleair: classes are at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Arthritis and fibromyalgia exercises: Exercises for joint flexibility and relief of pain and stiffness, 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, Biltmore Eclips Spa (indoor warm water), 25 Belleview Blvd., Belleair and at the Palms of Largo Wellness Center, 400 Lake Ave., Largo: 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 12:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Mondays.
Moms in Motion: A program designed for mothers and mothers-to-be to feel better about their bodies by toning and strengthening exercises. Classes are at 11 a.m. Mondays, Biltmore Eclips Spa, 25 Belleview Blvd., Belleair.
Call Micki Nault, 442-0618.
TARPON SPRINGS -- The McHenry, Ill., picnic will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Park, Shelter No. 8, 1095 Tookes Road. Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own place settings.
TARPON SPRINGS -- The 19th annual Community Health Fair, sponsored by Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, will be today. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the fair will remain open until 1:30 p.m. at the St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish Life Center, 725 Orange St. E, Tarpon Springs.
Blood screenings will include a lipid profile, measuring LDL and HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
The screenings also measure two dozen chemical components in the blood including the thyroid function. Cost: $20. For an additional $15, men can have a PSA prostate cancer screening.
Free screenings will include those for blood sugar, blood pressure, weight, body fat, glaucoma, foot and ankle, skin, oral, occult blood, pulmonary function, visual acuity and back and reflex.
Registered nurses and physicians will be present to answer questions.
Reservations not required, but tests will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call the Helen Ellis Health Source, 943-3600 on weekdays.
OLDSMAR -- More than 550 runners are expected at the 19th annual Armadillo Run Saturday.
The 1-mile event begins at 7:40 a.m., and the 5K and 10K races begin at 8 a.m. at the corner of State and Fairfield streets.
The run is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Oldsmar/East Lake Rotary Club. Proceeds go to finance scholarships, Little League programs in Oldsmar and East Lake and to honor students of the month at local elementary schools.
Registration is $20 for the 5K and 10K races and $10 for the 1-mile race. Race day registration will be in the Southtrust Bank parking lot at the start of the race. Participants receive a T-shirt and refreshments at the conclusion of the races.
For information, call (813) 855-5779.