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Clearwater man accused of touching girl inappropriately


Man is accused of touching girl inappropriately

A Clearwater man was arrested Friday on a charge of lewd and lascivious battery after a 14-year-old girl told her family that he touched her sexually, authorities said. Pinellas County sheriff's detectives began investigating the case earlier this month after the girl told her sister that Jeffrey Joseph Lacava, 30, had inappropriately touched her on at least four occasions during October. The incidents allegedly took place at a private home in Clearwater. Authorities said Lacava knew the victim, who was not identified by officials because she is a minor. Lacava was being held at the county jail.

'BBC Murders' sets records for theater

Agatha Christie's The BBC Murders set attendance records Nov. 12-18 at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater. The show sold 96 percent of all seats for the eight-performance run. The theater will close next spring for a major renovation. Until then, scheduled performers include Richard Marx on Dec. 4, Arlo Guthrie on Feb. 2 and Judy Collins on March 9, just to name a few. For more information, go to

Safety Harbor

Holiday Bargain Bazaar is today

Safety Harbor is hosting its annual Holiday Bargain Bazaar today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 Ninth Ave. S. Vendors will sell handcrafted items both inside and outside the center. All items will be priced at $25 or less. For more information, email or call (727) 724-1530.

Tarpon Springs

Weekend festival features art, crafts

The Thanksgiving Weekend Art and Craft Festival features folk art, earthenware, paintings, wearable art, body products and personalized gifts by new and upcoming talent, as well as established artists and crafters. The free event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday at Tarpon Avenue, Alt. U.S. 19 and near N Ring Avenue. For more information, call (727) 322-5217.

Palm Harbor

Find jewelry, dolls, gifts at craft show

The indoor and outdoor Winterfaire Craft Show features all-handmade crafts including jewelry, Christmas decorations, purses, pillows, woodcrafts, dolls, paintings, stained glass, calligraphy on wood and more. The free event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday at St. Alfred's Episcopal Church, 1601 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. For more information, call (727) 785-1601.

Pinellas deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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