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Deputies seize 3 pounds of pot in retiree's home

People who know James Edward Methvin call him "a nice old man."

But Hillsborough sheriff's officials say the 74-year-old retiree also kept a cache of 3 pounds of marijuana in his home in a Riverview mobile home park.

Methvin, of 8601 U.S. 301, Lot 20, was charged Thursday with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to sell. He had about $3,000 worth of the drug and paraphernalia at his mobile home, sheriff's deputies said.

Neighbors' complaints at the Alafia Village Adult Mobile Park led authorities to seek a search warrant for Methvin's residence, which turned up the marijuana, officials said. He was being held at the Hillsborough County Jail in lieu of $11,000 bail.

Tom Milton, who does maintenance for the mobile home complex, said Methvin had lived there for about 10 years. Methvin was a retired machinist, he said, and had never broached the topic of illegal drugs.

"He is a nice old man as far I know," Milton said.


Porn is not library's biggest complaint

While it's possible to call up Internet pornography on computer terminals at the Tampa/Hillsborough Public Library, that's not the biggest technology-related complaint librarians get these days.

Instead, county Library Director Joe Stines said he gets more demands for more computer terminals and better software than complaints about library patrons cracking open the electronic equivalent of dirty books.

The question of public access to cyberporn at public libraries hit the news in recent weeks after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue library officials in Orlando over screening out pornographic images.

Stines, speaking to the Tampa City Council Thursday, said he knows of three incidents, two of them involving the same man, in which a patron called up photos of nude women on a Hillsborough library computer. Each time, librarians asked the patron to leave that particular Internet site and were ready to call security if he didn't comply.

With only 24 Internet access terminals in all of its libraries, the Hillsborough system so far can put each in view of a reference desk librarian.

"We feel like for the time being we have the situation under control," Stines said. That could change, however, as soon as next year, when more terminals come on line.

The City Council voted 5-1 to urge library officials to explore every alternative available to install screening software or subscribe to a screening service in the future. But existing services, he said, screen out only 80 to 85 percent of pornographic Internet sites.

Council member Rudy Fernandez voted no because he said librarians should not explore every alternative, regardless of the cost, "to try to patch a hole that they can't patch."


Evil stepsisters

would have to try it

The search for the love of your life takes many forms today, it seems.

Seen on Interstate 275 at Fletcher Avenue Thursday morning was a blue Mazda truck with a bra hanging from its tailgate. Above the bra was a hand-lettered sign that said: "Remember Cinderella and the glass slipper."