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Clearwater's new license plate system notches another arrest


LIcense plate system nets another arrest

The Clearwater Police Department has snagged its second theft suspect using new license plate readers. The department put the new equipment into service two weeks ago. Friday, David Lee Dixon, 32, was arrested on suspicion of stealing license plates. And on Dec. 16, Robert Patrick Evans, 49, was arrested on a charge of grand theft auto and other charges. The technology, which gives police the ability to process up to 1,500 license plates per minute, uses a camera mounted on a police cruiser. It captures plate numbers and runs them for information such as stolen vehicles or tags and registration issues. It also helps track down suspended or revoked licenses and arrest warrants.

Events planned for MLK holiday

The Clearwater/Upper Pinellas Branch of the NAACP invites the public to join in the 27th annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 17 at the North Greenwood Aquatics and Recreation Center, 900 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Doors open at 7 a.m. with a program at 8 a.m. followed by a march to Clearwater's Coachman Park, 301 Drew Street, for a rally. To obtain more information or to participate, call Steve Sorrells or Charlie Eric Wilson at (727) 637-7918 or (727) 798-0890.

Boating safety course offered

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater is offering the program, "About Boating Safely," at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Clearwater Police Department Headquarters, 645 Pierce St. All graduates receive a Florida State Certification Card. Contact Ann Bennett at (727) 469-8895 or e-mail to obtain more information or to register.


Radio Dunedin changes time slot

In response to requests from sponsors and listeners, Radio Dunedin is moving from its current Thursday 10-11 a.m. time slot to noon-1 p.m. beginning Jan. 6. The last show in the 10-11 a.m. time slot airs today and will feature a segment on activities Dunedin has to offer on New Year's Eve. Hosted by bay area resident Lisa Dozois, the show is heard on WTAN-AM 1340 and WDCF-AM 1350. Streamed live on the Internet at and distributed via podcast on iTunes and other sites, Radio Dunedin focuses on Dunedin events and activities and strives for local guests. For information, visit


Donate goodies for troops overseas

Troops in the Middle East need candy, cookies, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits and meats, flavored soft drink mix, beef jerky, women's hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandannas, socks, resealable plastic bags and cotton swabs. Donations can be dropped off at American Legion Post 7 at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Cash donations are also needed for shipping. Make checks payable to UPS Store and mail to P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. For information, call Joe Tapp at (727) 432-1057.

Clearwater's new license plate system notches another arrest 12/29/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:26pm]
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