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edgewater drive derelict manse has been sold
An unfinished waterfront mansion that has been called an "eyesore" by neighbors and has prompted protests by picketers has been sold. City Manager Rob DiSpirito said he received word Thursday that Iberia Bank has completed a deal with Volker Raabe, a German attorney whose son lives in the area. Details were scant Thursday, but DiSpirito said his past talks with bank officials indicate the new owner plans to complete the 12,000-square-foot structure at 570 Edgewater Drive. Originally intended as a developer's dream mansion, construction stopped when a bank foreclosed on it in 2009.
Man arrested on 2008 sex charge
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Wednesday arrested Axmed G. Castillo, 44, of Clearwater on suspicion of sexual battery on a child. The girl, who is now 14, was 9 at the time the crime was committed, authorities said. While investigating a case of lewd and lascivious molestation on a minor, detectives from the Crimes Against Children Unit learned that the suspect in that case had been arrested in 2008 on a charge of sexual performance by a child, according to authorities. Images of child pornography were found on the suspect's computer, they said. During a review of those images, detectives identified a previously unidentified victim. Through interviews with the victim and her mother, they determined that the girl had been sexually battered and photographed by Castillo several years ago. The crime occurred in a Clearwater home and the victim was in Castillo's care at the time.
Arrest in rash of thefts at beach
Late Wednesday afternoon, police were patrolling Clearwater Beach in response to a rash of beach blanket thefts. They came upon Richard Heinlein, 34, near the 400 block of Mandalay Avenue. Police discovered he had a felony warrant in Seminole County related to charges of uttering a forged instrument. A search of his property revealed three cell phones in his backpack. Heinlein admitted stealing two of the phones to support a drug addiction. Heinlein was arrested on two misdemeanor theft charges and outstanding warrant charges. The phones were returned to their owners.
Public invited to Bombers reunion
The city has declared Saturday "Clearwater Bombers Day" in honor of the former softball team. The Clearwater Historical Society will sponsor the fourth-annual Bombers Day reunion from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Plumb House Museum, 1380 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Many former Clearwater Bombers players will be at the museum to meet fans, pose for pictures and sign autographs. The public is invited to come enjoy refreshments, tour the museum. Admission and parking are free.