Man accused of sexual assault on girl
A 44-year-old Safety Harbor man was arrested after sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl, according to Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reports. Paul Anthony White was arrested Wednesday on charges of capital sexual battery. According to arrest reports, White told police that he allowed the 8-year-old to sleep with him and his girlfriend and then allowed the girl to give him a massage and perform oral sex. The victim, whose name was not released under Florida law, reported there were numerous sexual encounters beginning in June.
Ironman route yields to traffic
Ironman and Clearwater have announced modifications to this year's Ironman World Championship 70.3, which will be held Nov. 8. To reduce the impact on local traffic, changes will include:
• Moving the northbound route from Fort Harrison Avenue to Martin Luther King Boulevard. This allows traffic to flow in the median lanes on and off the beach.
• There will be a soft road closure at State Road 580 allowing travel to and from Mease Countryside Hospital. There will be a hard road closure at Curlew Road for northbound traffic only. Athletes will be traveling south in the northbound lanes to Curlew Road. This will allow vehicular traffic to flow east and west on Tampa Road, unimpeded by athletes.
• The course will no longer affect Park Boulevard. The new route will travel west on 82nd Avenue from 49th Street to Belcher Road.
For event-related information, visit www.ironman.com or www.myclearwater.com/ironman.
Planning director hired from Kentucky city
Dunedin City Manager Robert DiSpirito has announced the appointment of Gregory A. Rice as the city's director of planning and development services. Rice is currently the director of planning and community development for Ashland, Ky. He holds master's degrees in government from the University of Connecticut and business administration from Marshall University, and has a professional background that includes both public and private sector experience. His first day on the job will be Wednesday.