Man charged with attempted sexual battery
A man forced himself on a woman in bed and suggested to her that he was going to have sex with her against her will, according to police. The relationship between the man and the victim and the circumstances that led to the incident, which was described in an arrest report, were unclear. But police say Bobby L. Marshall, 51, was physically aroused and naked when he forced himself on a woman about 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Clearwater. The Pinellas County Jail did not release the location of the incident. Marshall held the victim down and tried to pull her nightgown up, the affidavit says. The victim told him several times to stop, police said. He also threatened to hurt her if she left and blocked the only way out of the residence, police say. Marshall lives at 2011 Alpine Road, No. 6, according to police. He was booked in the Pinellas County Jail on charges of attempted sexual battery, lewd and lascivious exhibition, and false imprisonment. He was being held on $80,000 bail.
Council to discuss lower dock rents
The City Council this morning will discuss lowering dock rental fees at the Clearwater Municipal Marina and the boat slips the city will be building off Coachman Park. Officials think lower prices will bring more business to the marina, where nearly 35 percent of the 118 recreational slips were recently vacant. The work session was moved because Monday was Washington's Birthday. The session begins at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall.
City manager's job is up for debate
City commissioners will discuss whether to retain interim City Manager Mark LeCouris or search for a replacement at 6:30 tonight at City Hall, 324 E Pine St. LeCouris, 51, took over the position in May after the resignation of longtime City Manager Ellen Posivach. In August, commissioners voted 3-2 to forgo a candidate search and give LeCouris a six-month trial. Commissioners recently completed written evaluations of LeCouris, which can be viewed online at www.ci.tarpon-springs.fl.us/text.html, under tonight's agenda. Commissioners also will consider a plan for an 11,880-square-foot office and retail development proposed for the east side of U.S. 19 beside Sergio Haritos Karate. The meeting can be viewed on Knology Ch. 15, Bright House Ch. 615 and Verizon Ch. 21.
In a leading role, Jerica Coley has the St. Petersburg Catholic girls in the region basketball semifinals for the fifth straight season. 7C
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