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Tarpon Springs police arrest second suspect in residential burglaries


Second suspect charged in rash of burglaries

Police have arrested a second suspect in a rash of residential burglaries that began in early February. Dedrick D. Coleman, 18, was arrested Tuesday morning at his home in Tarpon Springs and charged with three burglaries at Stonehedge on the Hill mobile home park on U.S. 19. He also was charged with an attempted burglary of a mobile home in the Tarpon Shores community. On Monday, police arrested Travis Lavar Fields, 19, and charged him with several counts of burglary and grand theft auto. Coleman's fingerprints were found at one of the crime scenes, police said, and he has admitted his involvement. Coleman's father is dating Fields' mother, according to police. Most of the burglaries happened between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. and most of the victims were elderly, police said. Coleman was taken to the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $80,000 bail.


Volunteers needed to help train dogs

Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater, is looking for new volunteers to take part in its "Open Paw'' training class. The program is used while working with the facility's medium and large dogs. A professional dog trainer will lead the class. It is free, although there is a minimum commitment of one shift per week for six months. The purpose is to assist homeless dogs with their adoptability. For information, call (727) 797-7722, ext. 237.

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Bloom N' Garden slated for March

Safety Harbor's Fourth Annual Bloom N' Garden Festival is scheduled March 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to inspire community landscaping for the upcoming spring season. The event will be centered around the gazebo on Main Street in downtown Safety Harbor. The festival will feature local garden clubs, horticulture societies, plant and landscaping companies and local Safety Harbor businesses. A limited number of vendor spaces are still available. Those interested in participating in the event should e-mail or call (727) 724-1572.

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Tarpon Springs police arrest second suspect in residential burglaries 02/24/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 9:59pm]
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