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SCHOOL COACH IN SEX CASE RESIGNS

TAMPA

The Newsome High soccer coach arrested Thursday night on seven courts of unlawful sex with a 17-year-old girl has resigned from the Hillsborough school district.

Ronald Lewis, 37, resigned before his arrest, said school spokesman Stephen Hegarty.

Lewis had worked as an aide at Newsome since August, where he was a computer lab manager. He coached the boys soccer team.

School officials removed him from the classroom Wednesday after a parent reported allegations that he was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student.

According to the Hillsborough sheriff's office, Lewis in January admitted the affair to a juvenile witness, saying that he and the 17-year-old had been having a sexual relationship since February 2007. She is now 18.

Lewis was released from jail after posting $52,500 bond.

TAMPA

Stadium's name may honor the Boss

Local officials next week plan to ask the New York Yankees to rename Legends Field after the team's legendary owner, George Steinbrenner.

County Commissioner Rose Ferlita and Tampa City Council member Charlie Miranda will ask their boards on Wednesday and Thursday respectively to make the request of the Yankees.

The county owns the Yankees spring training site, but the team owns its naming rights. Parodied for his irascible temperament, Steinbrenner has been a generous philanthropist who has worked for countless causes in his adopted hometown.

ST. PETERSBURG

Granite image of Jesus draws no eBay bids

An eBay auction to sell a piece of granite that some say showed Jesus on the cross ended Friday afternoon with no bids.

More than 800 people viewed the item online and several people called about it, but no one offered the starting bid amount of $4,999.99, said Tom Finkbiner, owner of the St. Petersburg iSoldit on eBay store, which handled the sale. But the Pinellas County granite distributor that owns the piece isn't giving up. He'll likely put it back up for sale.

TAMPA

$1,000 reward offered in school llama's death

Wanted: the killer who beat Adonis the llama to death. Reward: $1,000, maybe more.

Stunned by the slaying of Adonis, who was found dead Wednesday in his stall at Gaither High School, a pair of business owners have seeded a reward fund with $1,000.

Mitch Lockler and Robin Knapp, who own businesses in Carrollwood, started the Llama Reward/Relief Fund. The idea: offer a reward that will lead to an arrest and perhaps raise enough money for a new llama.

Gaither principal Brenda Grasso said Friday that she was in the process of returning about a dozen calls from people who had pledged $1,600 to help the school.

Donations to the Llama Reward/Relief Fund can be made at the Superior Bank branch, 13246 N Dale Mabry Highway. The account number is 7000143573.

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