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    North Pinellas digest

    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published March 15, 2002

    More charges in contracting case

    CLEARWATER -- Twelve more charges have been lodged against a businessman arrested last month on suspicion that he performed unlicensed contracting. Richard James Anderson, 39, was charged Wednesday with grand theft, unlicensed contracting and other charges. Anderson had entered into agreements with some local contractors to sell home-improvement contracts to residents. But Anderson went beyond the agreement and performed the work, though the work often was slipshod and faulty, according to investigators with the Pinellas County Department of Consumer Protection. Anderson overbilled customers for the poor work. They thought he was working for a local contractor, but Anderson was in fact overstepping the agreement he had with contractors, reports said.

    Porn on pickup leads to arrests

    LARGO -- Two men were arrested Wednesday after they taped pornographic photos to the windows of their truck for other motorists to see, Largo police said. Thomas A. Griffin, 22, of Pinellas Park and James L. Corcoran, 18, of St. Petersburg were charged with misdemeanor counts of illegal display of pornography. A police sergeant saw the pair in Griffin's truck Wednesday afternoon on Ulmerton Road near Starkey Road. The sergeant noticed six pornographic photos taped to the inside of the window, with the images facing outward. The photos not only showed nudity, but also people performing oral sex and masturbation. Police said Griffin and Corcoran didn't think they were doing anything wrong. "They thought it would be funny," Lt. Brenda Wayt said. "I believe they didn't realize it was against the law."

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