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Sewage spill water still being tested

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 19, 2007


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LARGO

Pinellas County officials said Friday that they will continue testing during the weekend, but warned residents to stay away from a pond that might have been contaminated by a sewage spill Wednesday night. A blockage caused pressure to build inside a sewage force main, which ruptured, leading to two spills of as much as 3, 000 gallons of waste. One spill was at 12294 Indian Rocks Road; the second at 122nd Avenue and 144th Lane. A first round of testing found elevated levels of fecal coliform in two of four samples, county officials said. Further testing will be done to determine whether the elevated coliform levels come from the spill or were already present. While that happens, the county has posted signs warning people not to swim in the water, drink it, eat fish caught from it or use it for irrigation.

TARPON SPRINGS

Black bear of free wildlife program in park

Visit a real Florida black bear during a free wildlife adventure from 9:30 to 11 a.m. today at Shelter No. 5 at A.L. Anderson Park, 39699 U.S. 19 N. Call 943-4085.

CLEARWATER

Man found guilty in child sex abuse

A jury found a 28-year-old man guilty Thursday of breaking into a home two years ago and molesting a small boy in his bedroom. In Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court, Crescencio Beltran of Clearwater was charged with sexual battery upon a child. On Aug. 28, 2005, Beltran went into the 8-year-old boy's home through an unlocked door, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reported. After the attack in the early morning, the boy's parents heard him crying and called police. Beltran had already left the home, but authorities said they found his DNA there. Beltran's sentencing is set for June 25.

DUNEDIN

Fire Rescue honors the extraordinary

Celebrate "Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Service" during the Dunedin Fire and Rescue open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Fire Station 60, 1046 Virginia St. The Dunedin Pipe band, the Dunedin Blue Jays mascot, Smokey Bear, Sparky the fire dog, antique fire apparatus and more will be there. Call 298-3092.

Video will explain Eastern philosophy

Interested in Eastern teachings? The Work, a Fourth Way School in the Gurdjieff/Ouspensky tradition, will show the philosophy video, Conscious Man in the Ray of Creation, at 2 p.m. today at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. Call (813) 662-2833.

Events showcase local artists' work

Gregory's Salon, working with the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, will host a series of events showcasing the work of local artists in the salon at 351 Main St. The events, called "Beauty Meets Art" will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the salon. Limited space is available but RSVP by calling 733-6450.

EAST LAKE

What's for dinner? It could be bugs

Did you know you have probably eaten more than a pound of bugs in your life? Probably not deliberately, but learn about the benefits of bug cuisine while eating tasty insect treats from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road. Cost is $3. Call 453-6800.

[Last modified May 18, 2007, 22:47:10]


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