Police: man had drugs and paraphernalia
A 27-year-old man is facing felony drug charges after police searching for a reckless driver found him with more than 13 ounces of marijuana, authorities said. Dion J. Daniels of 1532 Stevenson Drive was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of cocaine with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Around 6 p.m. Tuesday, an off-duty Clearwater police officer reported a vehicle being driven recklessly that was last seen going northbound on Betty Lane from Drew Street. Responding officers found the car, a 2010 Chevy Cobalt, in a driveway at Daniels' home and smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, police said. They searched the car and found a backpack with the marijuana, 5 grams of powder cocaine, two digital scales, a marijuana grinder and packaging materials, police said. Police seized the drugs, paraphernalia and the car. On Wednesday morning, Daniels was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $15,150 bail.
Officials: Girl taken to man for sex
Authorities are investigating allegations that a 45-year-old Port Richey woman repeatedly took a 13-year-old girl to have sex with an adult man in Clearwater. Cindy Woods is also accused of buying the teenager cigarettes and not making her attend school. Woods was arrested Monday and charged with child neglect. The relationship between Woods and the girl was not disclosed by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The girl said Woods often drove her to Clearwater to have sex with a 40-year-old man, a report states. However, Woods said she believed the man was in his 20s. Woods said she often dropped the girl off at the man's house at night and he would bring the girl back in the morning, authorities said. Woods said she "assumed (the girl) was having sex with the male," the report states.
Saturday market in park returns
Saturday is opening day for the new season of the Dunedin Saturday Market located in Pioneer Park at the corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue. Stroll through the park, listen to music and shop the market. Activities include a visit from Dunedin Doggie Rescue, live entertainment and free face painting for children. Cake will be served. A fire truck and sheriff's cruiser will be available for youngsters to check out. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through July. For information, e-mail GreenMarketManager@verizon.net or call market manager Richard Kendler at (727) 692-5353.
Some can get loan to help fix homes
If you're a Pinellas County homeowner living under 120 percent of the area median income, and you need a new roof or central heat and air, you could be eligible for a low-interest loan to help with repairs through Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services. Loans, with an interest rate between 0 and 2 percent, average up to $10,000. For information, call (727) 442-4155.