Man is charged with molesting 12-year-old girl
Police have arrested a Largo man on a charge of molesting a 12-year-old girl. Chad A. Powell, 18, was arrested Thursday and faces one charge of lewd and lascivious molestation, a felony. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. According to Largo police, the victim was reported as a runaway. She later was found with the suspect. The victim subsequently admitted that she was having an intimate relationship with Powell, police said.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Inmate who killed himself identified
Authorities have identified the inmate who hanged himself early Thursday at the New Port Richey jail as Jeremy Edward Lunn, 31, of Tarpon Springs. A detention deputy found Lunn hanging from a bedsheet tied to a ceiling fire alarm about 4:45 a.m. "He had received a 'Dear John' letter either that day or the day before, which may or may not have been a factor in his decision," sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said. Lunn, who had the cell to himself, managed to kill himself during the 15 minutes between the deputies' routine checks on the inmates, Doll said. The incident is being investigated, Doll said, but "there was no indication he was suicidal." Lunn, who was a registered sex offender convicted in 1996 of sexually assaulting a child under 16, was in jail facing numerous charges, including escaping from the scene of a DUI with property damage, fraudulent use of a credit card and burglary. He was also a fugitive from his home state of Ohio, where he was wanted for a parole violation, according to jail records.
Group to provide free hearing aids
The Starkey Hearing Foundation is coming to Tampa Bay on May 4 to provide free hearing aids to low-income children and senior citizens. But in order to qualify, people from North Pinellas County need to get an assessment today, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at Digital Hearing Systems of Florida Inc., in the Countryside Mall at 27001 U.S. Highway 19 N. For an appointment, call (727) 796-2100. Digital Hearing is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The free hearing aid event is at the A La Carte Event Pavilion near the Tampa International Airport. For more information on the Starkey Hearing Foundation, visit www.sotheworldmayhear.org.
The phone number to call for information or to register for the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center's Crash Course in Music Reading, being held May 6 through July 15, is (727) 937-0686. An incorrect number was listed in Friday's North Pinellas Times.
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