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"Stop Child Abuse' specialty tag goes on sale

Florida's 89th specialty license tag went on sale Wednesday.

The tag features a "Stop Child Abuse" slogan and an illustration of a blue handprint with a red heart in the palm. The tag will cost $25 more than a regular tag, the difference benefiting the Children's Home Society and the Florida Network of Child Advocacy Centers.

Those organizations collected signatures from 18,000 drivers interested in buying the tag.

"These specialty license tags are serving a valuable purpose, getting a message out, and raising funds," said Sen. Rod Smith, D-Alachua. Smith sponsored the 2003 bill creating the tag, along with Rep. David Mealor, R-Lake Mary.

The tags are available at local tag agencies or by calling 1-866-427-5451 (toll-free).

More than 132,000 children were abused or neglected in Florida last year, the groups said.

FOR AN HOUR, A NIGHTMARE: Lynette Pennington kisses her daughter Megan Trent after the 6-month-old was found safe after a carjacking Wednesday in Holly Hill. Megan's father, Jeffrey Trent, stands behind. Pennington stopped to buy gas when a man shoved her out of her sport-utility vehicle and drove it away as Pennington shouted, "My baby's in the back seat!" The SUV _ idling with the key in the ignition _ was found about an hour later about a mile away in a supermarket parking lot. Megan was unharmed, still strapped in her child seat.

Former Tampa FBI chief to head Miami division

MIAMI _ A veteran FBI agent with close ties to FBI director Robert Mueller and who formerly headed the FBI's Tampa division will be the new special agent in charge of the Miami field division.

Jonathan Solomon, currently special assistant to the director, will replace Hector Pesquera in late February or early March. Pesquera retired Dec. 31 after leading the office for five years.

Solomon, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, started with the FBI in 1983 as a criminal, drug and white-collar investigator in Kansas City and Philadelphia. He served as assistant special agent in charge of the Tampa division from October 1999 until becoming an assistant to Mueller in Washington in 2001.

Man's Clearwater arrest leads to child porn counts

SANFORD _ A Seminole County man is being held on 99 counts of possession of child pornography, sheriff's deputies said.

Robert B. Corwin, 47, of the Lake Mary area, came under investigation in February when Clearwater police, working an Internet sting, arrested him after he went there for what he thought would be a sexual liaison with a 12-year-old boy, said Steve Olson, spokesman for the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

Clearwater police contacted Seminole County, which seized Corwin's computer. A computer forensics team found more than 99 photos of child pornography that had been exchanged and downloaded, Olson said.

Corwin made his first appearance in Seminole County court on Wednesday and was being held in lieu of $49,000 bail.

Body found in Sarasota art gallery; murder, police say

SARASOTA _ A maintenance worker discovered a body in an art gallery Wednesday, and police called the death a murder.

Responding to complaints of a foul odor, the worker found the body in the Provenance Gallery, located in an upscale part of Sarasota. The gallery is a consignment and resale art store.

Sarasota police released few details of their investigation and said they had not yet made a positive identification of the victim. Investigators searched for evidence on rooftops, trash bins and bushes in the parking lot across the street.

_ Staff, wire reports

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