A procession to be remembered
It's a tradition: When a tow truck driver in Pinellas County dies, other drivers climb into their tow trucks, turn on the flashing lights and form a funeral procession like no other. Story, Tampa Bay.
Man accused of having child porn
A 32-year-old man is accused of having more than two dozen images of children engaged in sexual acts on a computer disc at his home, authorities said. Jeff Brust, 32, of 1610 Gray Bark Drive in Oldsmar, was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of child pornography possession. Detectives began investigating in mid June after a family member became suspicious about Brust's activities and looked at a disc Brust had in a dresser at the home, according to a search warrant filed recently in Pinellas County. The family member saw numerous images of children on the disc — including at least one that showed a girl who appeared to be about 4 years old — and reported it to the Sheriff's Office, the warrant shows. Detectives searched Brust's home on June 21 and seized three discs, eight computer hard drives and two USB thumb drives. On the one disc mentioned by the family member, they found 31 pornographic images of children involved in sex acts with other children and adults. Brust was arrested Wednesday morning as he left his home to go to work at an accounting firm in Hillsborough County that was not identified. The investigation is ongoing. Brust does not have a criminal record in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. On Wednesday afternoon, he was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Learn safe boating rules in a weekend
Registration is under way for an "About Boating Safely" program presented by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater. The program will begin at 8 a.m. July 16 and July 17 at the Clearwater Police Department, 645 Pierce St. Discussion will include handling boating emergencies, navigation and legal requirements. All graduates receive a state certificate card. For information and to register, call Ann Bennett (727) 469-8895 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art fashion show seeking an emcee
The Dunedin Fine Art Center is looking for a new master of ceremonies to host Wearable Art 7, a fashion show on Aug. 13 made up of individually designed pieces of clothing and jewelry. Contestants are asked to submit a video, between 1 and 3 minutes long, by July 17 showing and telling why they should be selected. Videos will be voted on via a ballot online from July 18- 24. Finalists will go before a panel of judges who will make the final decision. The winner also will receive a prize package worth more than $500. For information, visit www.dfac.org/events/wearable_art.shtml or call (727) 298-3322, ext. 236.