For nearly a month, Teresa E. Holstein of Pinellas Park was on the lam with three of her children _ having snatched them from their foster homes. She was arrested in May on felony charges of interfering with child custody, but pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge of child neglect and was sentenced to a year of probation. The children were removed from Mrs. Holstein's custody two years ago because of neglect. While running from police, Mrs. Holstein, 38, cut and dyed her children's hair and gave them new names. The children have been in Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services custody since their mother's arrest, but will be placed with family members.
Waterway permits studied
Getting permission to build a dock or marina in Pinellas County would be more difficult if a proposal by Florida natural resource officials to superimpose stricter regulations over the county's ordinances is adopted. The Department of Natural Resources and environmentalists say Pinellas' ordinances don't go far enough to protect the Pinellas and Boca Ciega Bay aquatic preserves, which cover nearly all of the county's saltwaters. But Pinellas officials disagree and characterize the dispute as bureaucratic. Either way, Pinellas' waterfront residents and developers would pay for additional safeguards on waterways and sea grass beds.
Guns seized in drug raid
SPRING HILL _ Investigators on Tuesday closed an illegal family business in Spring Hill and seized 150 pounds of marijuana, thousands of dollars and a cache of guns and ammunition. Three members of the Boschen family and one of the alleged buyers were arrested after a two-month investigation by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. During the past two years, investigators allege, the family made at least 30 trips to Texas to buy hundreds of pounds of marijuana for distribution in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. Arrested on drug charges were Raymond Fred Boschen, 44; Barbara Jean Boschen, 42; Sharlett Lee Boschen, 19; and Sonny Keith Trammell, 25.