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Electrical problem locks up bridge

The Memorial Causeway Bridge was closed to traffic for about an hour Thursday afternoon because of an electrical problem that would not allow the bridge to lower properly. The problem began about 3:30 p.m., which caused heavy backups in downtown Clearwater. The bridge was opened to auto traffic about 4:30 p.m. after the bridge was lowered, said Kris Carson, a Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman. The electrical problem was still causing problems Thursday evening, preventing boats from passing. Transportation workers were on the scene working Thursday evening.

Man who babysat child accused of sex abuse

LARGO _ A 42-year-old man has been arrested on a child sex abuse charge. Michael C. Jones, of 1388 Belcher Road No. 5, was charged Tuesday with performing a lewd and lascivious act on a child under age 5. Jones is accused of sexually abusing the child he was babysitting on Saturday, police said. Detectives also are investigating Jones in connection with another child he was babysitting, but no additional charges have been filed, said Detective Joe Coyle. Though police said they have no reason to think there are more victims, anyone with information or concerns may call Coyle at 587-6757.

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