Sexual predator jailed, accused of calling girl
A convicted sexual predator released from prison in January is accused of violating the terms of his release after contacting a juvenile by phone and Internet, according to an arrest report. Justin Scott Dickinson, 41, listed in the Pinellas County Jail as a transient from Clearwater, was charged with violation of conditional release. On Wednesday he was being held without bail. He was originally put on probation in 2001 after he was convicted of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under the age of 12, according to Pinellas court records. He later served four years in prison after he violated that probation in 2006, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. According to an arrest report, Dickinson met a girl online after getting out of prison in January, despite stipulations on his Internet usage. The girl's age was not provided, but it was noted that she is a minor. The girl told investigators that Dickinson had been contacting her by phone for three months. Dickinson admitted that, adding that he planned to visit her when the terms of his conditional release expired in 2012, the report said.
Projects to affect traffic flow today
The southbound lane of Fort Harrison Avenue north of Chestnut Street will shift along the 400 block today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., due to construction to remove a dead tree. Authorities are warning drivers to be cautious along this route. Some other traffic lanes in Clearwater are being closed this week due to reclaimed water pipe installations. Today, the westbound lane of Sedeeva Street east of Edgewater Drive is closed from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, the westbound lane of Sunnydale Drive east of Edgewater will be closed.
Man arrested in porn investigation
A Bradenton man accused of forcing girls into prostitution and creating child pornography who was sought by the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking was arrested in New Jersey on Wednesday. Eric Antwan Bell, 37, was arrested by federal agents in Parsippany, N.J. On Jan. 3, a federal criminal complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Tampa, which alleged Bell had underage girls working for him since 2008 and advertised them for prostitution on the Internet. On June 11, Bell was featured on the TV program America's Most Wanted. Bell was also featured on the ClearChannel Outdoor Digital Billboard network throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Community work to be lauded
The Safety Harbor Library Foundation announces "Treasures of the Harbor: The Red, White and Blue Event" at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the library, 101 Second St. N. Several residents who have demonstrated support of civic, nonprofit, educational or religious enterprises will be honored. Tickets are $25 and will be available after Sept. 1 either online at safetyharborlibraryfoundation.org or at the library.Call Linda Marshall, (727) 434-1617 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.