Sex offender is accused of molesting teen
Police say they have DNA evidence to prove that a 35-year-old registered sex offender sexually assaulted a 15-year-old babysitter in November. Douglas Wayne Wilson of the 2700 block of Hillsdale Avenue was arrested Tuesday on a charge of sexual battery. According to arrest reports, Wilson came home about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 7 and began fondling the girl, who was babysitting for him. The girl told Largo police she struggled to get away from Wilson and told him to stop, but he continued to molest her. As Wilson tried to rape her, the girl was able to flee from the home and call her father, arrest reports say. Authorities say they obtained DNA evidence that matched Wilson's. Wilson was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in Ohio in 1999. On Wednesday afternoon, Wilson was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.
Streets will be closed for parade
Motorists can expect temporary road closures and traffic delays between 11 a.m. and approximately 1 p.m. Saturday for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. Parade participants will line up at the Bank of America at the corner of Alt. U.S. 19 and Lemon Street. The parade will go south on Alt. U.S. 19, east on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and south on Disston Avenue before ending at Dorsett Park on Harrison Street. Northbound Alt. U.S. 19 traffic will be detoured west on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Southbound Alt. U.S. 19 traffic will be detoured east and west on Tarpon Avenue. For more information, call the Tarpon Springs Police Department's nonemergency line at (727) 938-2849 or City Hall at (727) 938-3711.
Candidates will gather at forum
The city of Tarpon Springs and the League of Women Voters will host a public candidates forum Tuesday in the City Hall auditorium, 324 E Pine Street. There will be a meet-and-greet with the candidates from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. On March 8, Tarpon voters will decide who fills Seat 1, which is being vacated by Commissioner Robin Saenger because of term limits. Crissy Cladakis, 38, and Townsend Tarapani, 26, are vying for the seat. Commissioner Susan Slattery, 46, is trying to hold off challenges from Jeffrey D. Antous, 58, and Timothy Keffalas, 56, for Seat 2.
Fundraiser will benefit free clinic
Tickets are on sale for "Martinis and Matisse … an Art Lottery," a fundraiser to benefit the Clearwater Free Clinic. Slated for Jan. 22 at the Frank Crum Building in downtown Clearwater, the evening will include martinis, appetizers and desserts, plus jazz and a lottery-style art auction. Individual tickets are $175 in advance. For more information, visit the website at www.MartinisAndMatisse.org or call the clinic at (727) 447-3041, ext. 107.