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Clearwater police sting leads to 11 arrests for drugs, prostitution


11 arrested on drug and sex charges

Clearwater police made 11 arrests during a sting Wednesday and Thursday that targeted prostitution and narcotics activity in the Gateway Corridor and N Fort Harrison Avenue areas. Officers posed as decoys, Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said. Arrested on charges of soliciting for prostitution were Yevetta Coley, 29, Diana Hutchinson, 49, Dariel Hutton, 43, Mary Jane King, 46, Patricia R. Riley, 49, Monica Smith, 30, and Darla Stephen, 37. Coley and Hutton also face possession of cocaine charges. Robbie Vinson, 46, faces one charge of deriving proceeds from prostitution and another for possession of cocaine. Jeffrey Drain, 23, Wilburn Haddan, 44, and Benjamin Jones, 24, also were arrested. Drain and Jones face possession of cocaine and of marijuana charges. Haddan is charged with possession of cocaine. All of the suspects are from Clearwater. The sting took place from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 3 a.m. Thursday.

Teen accused of shooting at vehicle

Police have arrested a Clearwater teen who is accused of shooting into an occupied car seven times in what authorities believe is part of a gang dispute. Jerrod A. Wesley, 19, faces three counts of shooting a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle. He is being held at the Pinellas County Jail without bail. According to Clearwater police, Wesley used a semiautomatic handgun to shoot a moving vehicle about 10 a.m. Friday at 1215 N Martin Luther King Ave. in Clearwater. Nobody in the car was struck, police said. Wesley's arrest affidavit says the shooting is in relation to recent gang disputes between "Zone 4" of Clearwater and the "Young Souljas" of Largo. Police say Wesley is a Zone 4 member.


Puppies from flood area need homes

Beginning today, more than a dozen puppies will be available for adoption at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. The mixed-breed pups, flood victims rescued in early April from Dothan, Ala., have been staying with volunteers for a month. Adoptions will take place during regular hours. The fee for adoption starts at $25. The SPCA is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. For information, call (727) 586-3591 or visit


Season near end for Green Market

Check out the Dunedin Green Market today from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A wide variety of vendors will be selling fresh offerings ranging from fruits and vegetables to all-natural pet treats. The market is in Pioneer Park at Main Street and Douglas Avenue. Only three more Fridays remain before the weekly market closes for the season. For information, call (727) 733-4215.

Clearwater police sting leads to 11 arrests for drugs, prostitution 05/07/09 [Last modified: Thursday, May 7, 2009 8:42pm]
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