Sunday, June 24, 2018
Transportation

U.S. 19 bridge under construction near State Road 60 in Pinellas

CLEARWATER

U.S. 19 overpass construction near SR 60

If you are a very early southbound U.S. 19 commuter this morning, you may find a change in the construction zone near State Road 60 (Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard). The contractor building a new overpass there was scheduled to close the southbound frontage road Wednesday at 7 p.m. and reopen it at 6 a.m. today to erect steel girders for the new U.S. 19 bridge over SR 60. This is part of the U.S. 19 interchanges project from just north of SR 60 to just north of Whitney Road. The project includes removing the traffic signals on U.S. 19 through that stretch, constructing new interchanges at Seville Boulevard and Belleair Road, and rebuilding the overpass at SR 60.

Other road work on Marilyn, Hillcrest

Also in Clearwater, the eastbound lane of Marilyn Street from Patricia to Hercules avenues will be closed intermittently through Friday because of a water pipeline installation. A flagman will be present to direct traffic. And the intersection of Hillcrest Avenue and St. Thomas Drive will be closed to traffic from April 10 to May 3 due to construction of the Hillcrest-Brookhill traffic calming project. Rose Street and Sunny Park Drive can be used as detour routes. Call the Traffic Operations Division at (727) 562-4776 with questions.

DUNEDIN

Search leads to child porn charges

A Dunedin man was arrested Tuesday on multiple charges of possessing child pornography after Pinellas County sheriff's deputies discovered sexually explicit videos of prepubescent boys during a search of his home, authorities said. Lawrence Michael Lemieux, 48, was arrested about 8 a.m. at his house at 801 Main St., Lot 36, according to the Sheriff's Office. Detectives conducting Internet surveillance of Lemieux determined that he was sharing child pornography, and a search warrant executed at his house on Tuesday uncovered "videos of prepubescent males engaging in sexual activity" on his computer, the Sheriff's Office said. Detectives said Lemieux admitted downloading child pornography when questioned. Records show he was charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography and one of promoting sexual performance by a child. Lemieux was being held on $60,000 bail at the Pinellas County Jail.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Boating safety class offered

The Anclote Key Sail and Power Squadron, which covers the area from Dunedin north to Hudson, will offer a 12-hour boating safety course from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays starting April 2 for seven consecutive weeks. The course will be held at the Gulf Harbors Civic Center, 4610 Floramar Terrace in New Port Richey in Pasco County. The cost is $55. For details, contact Howard O. Mielke at (727) 785-7923 or check the website www.usps.org/localusps/anclote.

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