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Sexual predator accused of sex with teen

CLEARWATER

Sexual predator is arrested on teen sex charges

A registered sexual predator has been arrested on charges of having sex with a 17-year-old girl, Pinellas County sheriff's officials said Friday. Ariquer Diaz Diaz, 32, who lived in Room 245 at the Continental Inn at 12810 U.S. 19 N, had consensual sex many times with the teenager in his room from March to June, officials said. Investigators also said they found a photo of the victim performing a sex act on Diaz on her cell phone. Diaz was arrested Thursday and booked into the Pinellas County Jail on one count of sexual performance by a child and four counts of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors. He denied the allegations, officials said. He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Diaz was deemed a sexual predator, which requires him to register with local authorities, in June 2003 after being convicted of having unlawful sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl, officials said.

EAST LAKE

Lawn care worker rescued from pond

A lawn care worker was flown to Bayfront Medical Center Friday after being pinned under a mower in 2 feet of water, authorities said. The accident took place in a pond at East Lake Woodlands near Tampa Road. Details on what happened were not available, nor was the man's name, but East Lake Fire District Chief Dennis Hejl said the department was called just after 4 p.m. When rescuers arrived, they found the man conscious, but with his legs pinned. Rescuers kept the man's head above water and removed the lawn mower using winches and straps, Hejl said.

CLEARWATER

Fundraiser opens for dolphin exhibit

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has launched a $200,000 fundraising drive to build a new exhibit to house Winter, the young dolphin that got a prosthetic tail to replace one lost when she got tangled in a crab trap line. The nonprofit aquarium has a large tank that has been used to house sick and injured marine life. The tank will still be used for that purpose at times, but mostly it will house Winter and Panama, a 30-year-old female Atlantic bottlenose dolphin who has become Winter's surrogate mother. The exhibit will be open to the public and provide more space than Winter and Panama have in the current exhibit, which also houses two male dolphins, Indy and Nicholas. To learn more, visit www.SeeWinter.com.

Pinellas deaths

Ani, Tranquilino A.

Derriso, Patrick M.

DeStories, Jesse Wayne

Garber, Jack A.

Gotts, Alfred C.

Hagan, Charles H.

Hensley, Mary A.

Moon, Matilda M. (Bragg)

Moore, James Edward

Mundy, Robert J.

Smith, Robert Frederic Jr.

Spada, Louise

Templeton, Clarence "Bud"

Welton, Grace S.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Sexual predator accused of sex with teen 06/06/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 10:43am]
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