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Clearwater police prostitution sting results in 10 arrests


10 men arrested in prostitution sting by police

Clearwater police arrested 10 men, ranging in age from 22 to 74, in a prostitution sting Friday and Saturday. The sting took place at multiple locations in Clearwater's East Gateway area, police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said. The area is bordered by Drew Street on the north, Court Street on the south, Missouri Avenue on the west and Highland Avenue on the east. According to police, officers posed as prostitutes. The sting ran from 3 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday. Arrested and facing charges of misdemeanor solicitation were John Carey, 74; Robert Collins, 45; Jose Gomez, 45; Mayo Gonzalez-Flores, 37; Ronald Oldani, 62; Jose Quezada-Torres, 22; Pablo Rodriguez-Espiritu, 36; Mariano Rodriguez-Martinez, 25; John Rudman, 38; and Delfino Panzo, 29.

Tarpon Springs

50 acres burned on Anclote Key

A wildfire Monday at Anclote Key Preserve State Park, 3 miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs, burned 50 acres before being contained, Florida Park Services spokeswoman Jessica Kemper said. No structures were damaged and no injuries reported. Two state park staff members were to remain on the island throughout the night, Kemper said. The wildfire was in the center of the island, about 1 mile from the island residence and historic lighthouse. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. There is no bridge to Anclote Key. The park is accessible only by private boat or tour ferry.

Safety Harbor

Female sailboat racers wanted

The Safety Harbor Boat Club is looking for experienced female sailboat racers to participate in the first Safety Harbor Woman's Sailboat Race/Bikini Cup on April 11. The crew is forming now for practice sessions. For information about the event, call Ellen Henderson at the Safety Harbor Boat Club at (727) 797-9380. Visit


City Council candidate and Planning Board member Sara Normandeau was not convicted of any drug offenses as a result of her arrest in 1990. She pleaded no contest to three offenses and adjudication was withheld. She served less than a full day in jail. A story in Thursday's regional editions was incorrect on those points.

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