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sex chat online with fdle agent leads to arrest

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested a 36-year-old Clearwater man Wednesday, charging him with one count each of soliciting a minor online for sex and transmitting harmful material to a minor. The FDLE said Kevin Rutter began chatting online in January with an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old girl. He used his computer to "solicit, seduce and entice" the girl for sex, authorities said, and at one point during the course of five chats, exposed himself. Rutter, of 1601 Jeffords St., was arrested at his home and booked into the Pinellas County Jail. He was released Thursday on $10,000 bail. He could not be reached for comment.

City goes green

on Web, with Expo

Clearwater's Web site looks a little green, but it's not sick or envious. The city Thursday launched a site detailing city initiatives for "green" topics like conservation, energy and water. The site — — also features a "think green guide" and "greenhouse gas emissions calculator." This weekend, the city will host the Pinellas Living Green Expo, a free educational event that focuses on resource conservation solutions. It runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St. The event features more than 100 booths with environmental exhibitors and more than 20 seminars, lectures and demonstrations that touch on today's major issues. It also includes a tree giveaway. For more information, visit


Parole visit ends

in drug arrest

A 63-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on one count of manufacturing marijuana. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Paul M. O'Hanlon was growing approximately 200 marijuana plants in various stages of maturity. Authorities came across the grow operation after a probation and parole visit was conducted on O'Hanlon's son, they said. O'Hanlon, of 704 Robin Ave in Palm Harbor, was held at the Pinellas jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Pinellas deaths

Allen, William T.

Anderson, Jack L.

DeWolf, Raymond L.

Driscoll, Matthew L.

Elmendorf, Marjorie E.

Ferrazano, Philip M.

Gamble, Frank J. Jr. "Bud"

Jackson, Albert L.

Kotter, Justin B.

Kurtz, Vincent J.

Mackey, Mary Jo

Malcolm, Edith J.

Morgan, Edith E.

Rickert, Dorothy S.

Vitale, Marion

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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