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Man accused on molesting preteen girl

By TIMES STAFF
Published April 28, 2007


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PALM HARBOR

A 36-year-old man was arrested and charged with molesting a preteen girl at his home in Palm Harbor on Thursday. Erickson Palacios-Scipion of 3662 Dehaven Drive was babysitting the daughter of a friend on April 21 when the molestation took place, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He admitted the molestation, the arrest report said. Palacios-Scipion, who worked at Taco Bell, according to jail records, was being held at the Pinellas County Jail Friday with bail set at $100, 000. He also was being kept on a hold from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Club: These groups make a difference

The GFWC Palm Harbor Junior Women's Club awarded its annual "Making a Difference" grants to 10 community groups this week. The club also named activist Julie Peluso the 2007 Palm Harbor Woman of the Year and awarded a scholarship to Countryside High School senior Ashley Zaratzian, who has volunteered more than 1, 500 service hours in four years. A total of $11, 000 in grants was awarded to:

- Boy Scout Troop 26, for improvements at the troop's hut on 11th Street in Palm Harbor.

- Belle of the Ball, for space used to distribute prom dresses to high school girls in need.

- Community Pride Child Care Center, to support a sick child care program so that homeless parents do not have to miss work because of an ill child.

- Crystal Beach Youth Center, to upgrade the center's electrical system.

- Faith in Action of Upper Pinellas, for exercise equipment used to prevent muscle loss by older residents.

- Hospice Foundation of the Florida Suncoast, for new or better digital video equipment and lighting for use by the ongoing Life Time Legacies teen volunteer projects.

- Old Palm Harbor Main Streets.

- Palm Harbor Library.

- Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation Department.

- Children's Dream Fund.

Find a perfect pet at adopt-a-thon

The nonprofit Suncoast Animal League will hold an adopt-a-thon from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the shelter, 37594 U.S. 19 N. The event includes a $10 microchip clinic and information about planned low-cost spay/neuter clinics. Call (727) 939-1300.

DUNEDIN

Touch-A-Truck, have-some-fun

Will you be part of the crowd? More than 10, 000 people are expected to descend upon Dunedin to Touch-A-Truck from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road. All types of transportation will be on display, including monster trucks, fire engines and other emergency vehicles, heavy-duty construction equipment, motorcycles, military vehicles and helicopters. The free event also will feature train and pony rides, a petting zoo, live entertainment, face painting and moonwalks. Call (727) 812-4533.

[Last modified April 28, 2007, 07:44:36]


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