Family Services Centers earns national kudos
Family Services Centers has received top honors from the Alliance for Children and Families. During the group's national conference in Houston, the Clearwater nonprofit was named "Agency of the Year." "Family Services Centers demonstrates daily its mission-driven commitment to its community," said Peter B. Goldberg, president and CEO of the Alliance. "They have proven to be innovative and cutting-edge in living their mission each day." Family Services Centers has provided counseling, education and advocacy to children in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties since 1938.
Man, 58, accused of sex with girl, 16
A 58-year-old man was arrested Monday, accused of engaging in a sexual act with a 16-year-old girl. Roberto Martinez, of Lakeshore Drive, was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor and child abuse and is being held in the Pinellas County Jail, arrest reports show. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Martinez allowed the girl to perform oral sex on him and tried to engage in sexual intercourse with her on Oct. 8. Authorities did not disclose the identity of the girl or explain how she knew Martinez. Martinez' bail for the two charges was set at $20,000, but he was being held without bail for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The nature of the immigration/customs violation was unknown. Arrest reports said that Martinez was a native of the Dominican Republic, but show he is a U.S. citizen.
Man crashes his car into his home
A 32-year-old man crashed his car into his home Monday night. Douglas Lance III was northbound on Live Oak Drive about 10:40 p.m. when he hit a palm tree at 400 Live Oak Drive, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said Lance kept driving, turned west onto Dogwood Lane and pulled into his driveway. He failed to stop and crashed into the north end of his duplex at 442 Dogwood Court, deputies said. Neighbors called 911. When deputies arrived, Lance had already backed the car out of the home and stepped out. Deputies said he had injuries that were not life-threatening and was taken to Mease Dunedin Hospital as a precaution. No one else was injured. The home had some structural damage, deputies said. An investigation continues.
The cost is $10 per person for the Get Ready for Spaghetti, the annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Belleair Bluffs scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Community Center, 2747 Sunset Blvd. A headline on an item in Sunday's regional editions was wrong on the cost.