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r ~Remembering Nicki
Dentist forms foundation to help victims of domestic violence
SSeminole Lake Country Club
head golf pro Bruce Chaleff,
squatting in back, watches as
Harold "Doc" Kinsey lines
up a putt on the club's
practice green. Chaleff will
--' s *be conducting a putting
clinic prior to the 25th
annual Seminole Chamber of
I- Commerce Golf Tournament
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player best ball event tees off
,C at 1 p.m. The entry fee is
/ $125, which includes greens
fee, cart prizes, beverages
? information, call 392-3245.
Photo by BOB McCLURE
for good 'plunking
Dr. Ann Weaver writes that recent
weather conditions have made for great
kerplunking for dolphins. See Dolphin
... Page 16A*
FAl TH AN D FAM ILY
plans new service
A new contemporary worship service
will be offered Sundays, noon, beginning
Oct. 17, at Oakhurst United Methodist
Church, 13400 Park Blvd.
... Page 17A.
Health fair set
at Lake Seminole
There will be a free health fair Tues-
day, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to noon, in smead
Hall at Lake Seminole Presbyterian
Church, 8505 113th st.
... Page 17A.
Speaking of Pets
Veterinarian Kim Donovan has tips for
keeping the peace when another cat is
added to the household.
... Page 8A.
meet in football
Seminole and Osceola will renew their
high school football rivalry Thursday,
Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. when the two teams
meet at seminole High.
... Page 12A.
A month-long investigation by Pinellas
County Sheriffs Office and st. Peters-
burg Police detectives ended Oct. 7 with
the arrest of a 27-year-old Seminole man
wohsoingalmhared wth stalking and ex-
... Page 5A.
Dog gy De rby
set at city pool
Seminole Aquatics Center plans its
eighth annual Doggy Derby saturday,
... Page 7A.
Juliana A. Torres
A. Torres recounts the
that have character- ?l
ized her relocation to .
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By BOB McCLURE
SEMINOLE A local dentist has teamed up
with Community Action stops Abuse to provide
free dental services to victims of domestic vio-
Dr. Paul Eckstein, who operates E-Dental at
6019 Seminole Blvd., recently agreed to a long-
term agreement with CASA following the recent
death of his office manager, Nicki Willman of
Willman, 30, died of gunshot wounds Aug.
17 in a murder-suicide that involved her hus-
Willman worked for Eckstein seven years,
first as a dental assistant and later as office
"Over the years, we had talked about doing
something like this," said Eckstein. "Unfortu-
nately, it wasn't until after she passed away
that we decided to go ahead with it. It's a way to
honor her and keep her name out there."
Eckstein said the concept
began about four years ago
when he was contacted via
letter by a woman in jail
who needed dental care. The
woman was a victim of do-
mestic violence who was
later living in a halfway
"'That's probably when it
Nicki Willman all started," Eckstein said.
"It didn't cost much to help
her and we decided it would be a good thing."
Dawn Harger, the front desk receptionist at
E-Dental, said Willman was well-liked and pro-
vided a glow to the office.
See FOUNDATION, page 4A
Photo courtesy of DR. PAUL ECKSTEIN
The staff of E-Dental are, front row, from left, Brandon Gimlin and
Dawn Harger; back row Melissa Mariani, Talia Lotito, Dr. Paul Eckstein
and Kyrene Vanderpool.
To do so in Madeira Beach's case would have
subtracted points from the city's bid, lessening
the chances of winning the grant, Reecy said.
The projects funded had other characteris-
tics that brought them to the top of the list, he
Dickstein was able to convince four of five
commissioners that preservation of the proper-
ty as a working waterfront was more important
to the city than owning the land. He said the
grant money would enable his company to pay
the taxes and mortgage and make property im-
"This brings peace of mind and a long-term
commitment to the fishing industry," Dickstein
said. If the industry is not protected and pre-
served, he warned "we are going to end up with
seafood from China" and lose a valuable part of
the city's heritage.
Dickstein urged the commission to "make a
stand, that this piece of property is for fishing -
The city's responsibility as project manager
for the grant would be minimal, Reecy indicat-
ed. A management plan would need to be pro-
vided, and an annual stewardship report
By WAYNE AYERS
MADEIRA BEACH A working waterfront
will be part of the city's future. Forever,
In agreeing to sponsor a state grant that
could total over $1 million to Fishbusterz, one
of Madeira Beach's last remaining fish houses,
the city also committed to preserve the property
in perpetuity for commercial fishing or aqua-
Should a fishing industry-related use for the
site become impractical in the future, it would
remain vacant under terms of the grant agree-
The property is located at 13613 Gulf Blvd.
The City Commission decided at its Oct. 5
workshop to go forward with the grant, after
hearing presentations from Fishbusterz owner
Eric Dickstein, and Ken Reecy, program man-
ager of the Florida Communities Trust.
Municipal ownership of the property had
been an issue in the past when city manager
W.D. Higginbotham had expressed a lack of in-
terest in having the city act as project manager.
Other winners of working waterfront grants this
year have included community ownership of
the property as a condition, Higginbotham
Photo by NANCY AYERS
Dockmaster Greg Pruitt unloads red grouper at Fishbusterz in Madeira
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CLEARWATER Pinellas County Administrator
Bob LaSala announced the selection of Carl S. Har-
ness as assistant county administrator. Harness
cunrents1 sere as assistanthcotme na ninistra o
tion for the last seven years
anH hrnt mana 1 e~n Fos f yexs he ineld e
ecutive level positions in Florida local govermnent
and has been responsible for a wide array of opera-
tions and administrative functions.
He earned a master's degree in public affairs and
has held leadership positions in professional and
civic organizations. He is the president of the Florida
City County Management Association.
LaSala said, "Carl has broad experience in county
government functions and demonstrates strong
management and leadership skills. I believe we are
fortunate to secure a professional executive with Mr.
Harness' background. I am confident he will make a
positive contribution to Pinellas County."
Harness will begin working on Nov. 14, filling a
vacant assistant county administrator's position, re-
sulting from the retirement of Elithia Stanfield.
New low interest rate available
Dreaming of a new home but having a hard time
with financing? The Housing Finance Authority of
Pinellas County is making it more affordable with its
First Time Home Buyer Program for individuals who
have never owned a home, have not owned a home
in the last three years or veterans.
The interest rate for the Home Key 1st Mortgage
program has been reduced to 4.50 percent to quali-
fled borrowers. For residents who need a little help
with down payment, up to $8,000 is available
through the Home Key 2nd Mortgage program at 0
percent interest with payments deferred until you
sell, transfer, or refinance the property.
tFo infonnati20n, call the Housing Finance Au-
Program aims to
Eligible citizens who need short-tenn help to find
or keep rental housing may be able to receive assis-
tance with rent and security deposits, thanks to a
program that is funded through the American Re-
covery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-
Housing Program offers financial help and services
to Pinellas County residents who are homeless or at
risk of becoming homeless. It is administered by the
Pinellas County Department of Health and Human
Households applying for assistance must meet in-
come guidelines and have a plan for remaining sta-
bly housed after receiving assistance. All household
members must be U.S. citizens.
For more infonnation on the program or to deter-
mine eligibility, visit Pinellas County Health and
Human Services or call 464-8452.
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Pinellas County Jail as a form of payment for child support purges.
The agreement was entered into through the coordinated efforts of
Pinellas County Sheriff Jim Coats, Pinellas County Clerk of the Court
Ken Burke and Government Payment Service Inc. CEO Mark E.
The agreement, which takes effect in October, will allow an inmate
or person acting on their behalf to access cash through a debit or cred-
it card to purge their child support arrearage. The Pinellas County Jail
will be able to accept such payments on behalf of the Clerk of the
The payments will be made through the Government Payment Ser-
vices system which is authorized to accept debit and credit card pay-
ments for the purge of child support arrearages in the amount of the
The acceptance of credit and debit cards as a form of payment for
child support purges follows and comes as an extension to an agree-
ment reached by these same parties in August that allowed the jail to
begin accepting credit and debit cards as a form of payment for posting
Bond payments of up to $750 are accepted through Government
Payments Services or the GovPayNow program. The $750 limit is on a
per charge basis and not applicable to any charge with a bond over
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An inmate or someone acting on their behalf can post bond to facili-
tate his or her release if the inmate's charges have a bond amount set.
The inmate or the person posting the bond on an inmate's behalf can
visit www.GovPayNow.com to pay the bond. The person must have the
defendant's name, docket number and the cash bond amount. The
designated pay location code for the transaction is 6343. A nonrefund-
able service fee to GovPayNow will be added to all transactions.
Credit or debit card bond payments also can be made in person at
the bond counter in the jail's public lobby; or by phone at 1-877-
This form of payment is added to the previously established and tra-
ditional methods of payments including cash and surety bonds.
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love this place," said Becky of Semninole. "I never
feel pressured here. Some places are so fast-paced and
crowded. They try to push too many services other than
hair and seem unfocused. It sometimes makes me feel
very uncomfortable_ Attractions just does great hair.'
Joanne Reeves, owner of Attractions, explains it best.
"We have found that most of our clients primarily come
in for hair services and already have a favorite nail or skin
technician that they are happy w ithl." she said. "For that
reason, we've eliminated other services and put the focus on
what we do best, and that's professional hair cut, color and
styling at prices that are extremely competitive. For example,
our Redken color, cut & style is just 565 everyday, and Men's
shampoo and cuts are only $15. We also have great pricing
on the rest of our hair services, too."
At Attractions, they provide a non-competitive setting'
''\You'~ll find no independent contractors here," Joanne added.
"Attractions has been in existence for over 17 years. Since
purchasing the salon, I've mnade a lot of positive changes.
Recently, we hired new, professional stylists who are not only
Redlken-trained,. but they're employees of our company--so
our clients never feel pressured when they come here. They
can always choose the stylist they want, at a time that's
convenient for themn. Wle want then to feel comfortablee"
Regular clients of Attractions know what Joannle means
by comfortable. Not only are walk-ins and last-minute
appointments welcomed, but many of the day spa "converts"
(who have become regulars at Attractions) have learned that
this salon makes their clients feel like family. "They always
offer me a cold bel eralge or a new styling, idea,"" said K~elly
of Largo. ''But what I really like is their great pricing and
the fabulous color and styling work they do on my hair. The
value here is incredible."
"We offer a new trend in Salons that is all about building
a clientele that expects professional quality and expertise
from their stylist at a price that's more affordable,'" said
Joanne. "We would like to invite everyone to give us a try
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Attractions is located at 10793 Park Blvd. in Seminole
between LifLestyle's and Beef O' Brady's on the northwest
corner of Park Blvd. and Semninole Blvd. They're open
Tuesday through Friday from 9 AM to 8PM and Saturday
9) AM to 5PM. After hours appointments are accepted with
advanced notice. For an appointment, call 393-1987.
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There may not be user fees to enter the county's parks but it's going to cost more to park there. This
sign near the boat ramp at Lake Seminole Park tells the story. The fee to park a vehicle and boat
trailer is now $6 while the cost to park a vehicle with no trailer is $2. Park patrons must pay in
advance at nearby pay stations and place the receipt on the dash of their vehicles for proof of
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Beacon, October 14, 2010
By JULIANA A. TORRES
PINELLAS PARK Parked in
an empty lot off an entrance
ramp, Cpl. Scott Galley, of the
Pinellas Park Police Department's
special operation unit, aims a
laser gun into the glowing head-
lights of traffic on U.S. 19. His
goal, on the night of Sept. 24,
isn't actually to catch speeders,
but those driving under the influ-
ence of alcohol.
"Once a month, we come out
here and do a DUI detail," Galley
said. "W~e all go out and canvass
the entire city."
It's often easiest to find drunk
drivers near the bars when they
try to drive home, and there are
other ways to spot them on the
road rather than waiting for one
to speed by. But at 8 p.m., the
night is still young, and Pinellas
Park's major highway is a good
place to start looking for potential
"It's the only road with no traf-
fic lights. People take that to
mean 'step on the gas' a little bit,"
Galley said. "Of course, the more
cars that you pull over, the
greater chance there's going to be
in finding that DUI driver."
The trigger on the laser gun
clicks on and off as Galley shoots
it at oncoming vehicles, using a
sight above the gun to target cars
that look like they're going faster
than others. The laser gun, a Pro-
Laser III, utilizes the reflection of
a beam of light instead of sound
echoes that a traditional radar
gun would use. Thus, it works
faster than a radar gun, updating
a car's speed three to four times
per second and ensuring greater
accuracy. It also can measure
speeds farther, more than a mile
away, and targets more precisely:
honing in on a surface area of 3
square feet from a 1,000-foot dis-
The sputtering chirp from the
gun settles into a steady tone as
the laser locks on the speed of a
car making its way over the over-
pass. Galley checks the meas-
ured speed from the laser gun
against the one he's already esti-
mated in his head. Estimating a
car's speed beforehand is depart-
mental procedure and acts as
one more assurance that officers
have an airtight case if a driver
challenges their accusations in
Galley's estimates tend to be
"Seventy-one in a fifty-five," he
reports, adding later that he had
mentally clocked the car at 70
mph. He tumns his police cruiser
and rockets into traffic after the
offending driver, hitting speeds
higher than the one he just
clocked in order to catch up.
As a rule, Galley doesn't have
much mercy or leniency for
speeders. He asks drivers if they
had a reason for speeding, but
unless their emergency warrants
an ambulance or police aid, the
excuse doesn't play heavily into
Galley's decision to give them a
The driver clocked at 71 mph
says she was returning to her
son, who was sick and had asth-
"I make sure that there is no
reason to have paramedics re-
spond," Galley explained later. "If
they say 'no,' then I deem that as
... not a true emergency where
they need to be speeding. So it's
not a valid excuse."
Once, when Galley pulled over
a car that had sped by him, he
found out the passenger was hav-
ing a miscarriage. That proved to
be at least one example of a good
reason for speeding, he said.
"Even with that, you shouldn't
be speeding down the road. You
should call for medical attention
to come to you," he said.
Often, the accused speeder will
admit how fast they were going at
Galley's inquiry. After collecting a
driver's license, vehicle registra-
tion and insurance from the driv-
er, Galley looks up the person's
driving record and check's the ve-
hicle's history on the laptop set
up in his car. Sometimes a rou-
tine traffic stop will turn up a
person wanted for another crime,
or a stolen vehicle.
The traffic citations themselves
are electronically produced and
printed on the spot from a little
device set between the cab seats,
with very little manual input.
Warnings, issued out at the offi-
cer's discretion in place of a fine-
Photo by JULIANA A. TORRES
Cpl. Scott Galley and Pinellas Park Police officers investigate a truck
that crashed into a ditch the night of Sept. 24. The owner of the truck,
who had been drinking that night, claimed his son was driving the truck
at the time of the crash but left before law enforcement showed up,
heavy citation, have to be written
out by hand.
Despite his no-tolerance atti-
tude, Galley said his goal is to be
as courteous as possible when
dealing with the drivers he pulls
"For most people, this is the
only experience they have with
the police department," he said. "I
try to get a 'thank you' out of ev-
Galley said he "kind of fell into"
a career in law enforcement. He
got his start through an Ameri-
Corps program, working with the
Cleanvater Police Department as
a police aid. The program paid
participants a stipend to go to
school while they worked for a
year. Galley studied at st. Peters-
"Being with the police depart-
ment, they wanted you to go in
the criminal justice path," Galley
explained. "I took the class, and
here I am, 13 years later."
The Pinellas Park Police De-
partment hired Galley after he
finished his two-year police
academy program. Since then,
he's taken advantage of as much
special training as possible. He's
a member of the department's
SWAT team and in charge of the
honor guard unit. He studied to
become a drug recognition ex-
pert, acts as a field training offi-
cer and is an instructor for drug
recognition and field sobriety
Arresting drunk drivers hap-
pens to be the specialty of his ca-
"I just started doing it and
guess I got good at it," he said.
Galley said he has about 700
DUI arrests under his belt. While
he was a DUI officer in the spe-
cial operations unit, he was invit-
ed four years in a row to a dinner
in Tallahassee held by Mothers
Against Drunk Driving for officers
who have made more than 100
DUI arrests in year.
That was before he took a pro-
motion to corporal within the pa-
trol unit in the department. Later,
he rejoined special operations
when a corporal position opened
up, but aside from the monthly
DUI details, he doesn't deal di-
rectly with drunk drivers on a
regular basis anymore.
DUI officers are on patrol at
night, but they're often required
to attend the court proceedings
for the people they arrest while
court is in session during the
day, which can make for long
hours and frequent overtime.
These days, Galley works four
10-hour shifts, from 7 a.m. to 5
p.m. and has saturday through
"It takes someone who's very
dedicated to DUI," Galley said. "I
did it for four years, and I don't
know if I would do it again, put-
ting my family through that
again. It takes a lot out of fami-
His closest encounter with a
drunk driver, however, happened
just after he left the DUI unit
three years ago. That night, Gal-
ley was out patrolling in his
marked cruiser when a drunk
driver, leaving a bar that's no
longer in business on U.S. 19,
tried to make a U-turn in the
middle of the highway. He pulled
out right in front of Galley, caus-
ing a wreck that left both the
driver and passenger in bad
shape. Galley suffered a back in-
jury in the crash. Given the
severity of the wreck, the driver
ended up with a three-year sen-
tence in jail.
"It probably took almost two
years for him to be put into jail,"
The special operations unit
breaks for dinner at 9 p.m. and
aftenvard, Galley returns to the
road. He usually doesn't stay in
one spot, changing locations
when traffic slows.
"I like to stay busy. It makes
the night go by quickly," he said.
He also uses about a tank of
gas per shift.
"It's not always the mileage.
It's how hard you're stepping on
the gas too," he added.
Later in the night, Galley
parks his cruiser to the left side
of a southbound entrance ramp
onto U.S. 19, just below an over-
pass that crosses 118th Avenue.
The speed limit on that part of
the highway is only 45 mph, but
most people don't realize that
and drive closer to 60, Galley ex-
"We've written thousands of
tickets here. You would think
people would leamn, put it in their
GPS and phone apps, some-
thing," he says.
His first catch in the area is a
driver going 65 mph and using a
business purpose-only license to
pick up a friend. After checking
the driver's eyes for an alcohol-
induced slowness, Galley issues
him tickets for speeding and im-
proper use of his license. Then
he follows the driver to a nearby
gas station parking lot, where
he'll have to leave his car behind
and call for a ride. Another en-
counter with law enforcement
after he's been pulled over once
for using his license incorrectly
could end in arrest, Galley ex-
plained to the driver.
At around midnight, Galley
stops a car speeding over the
same overpass on U.S. 19. The
driver is a 17 year old who says
he's on his way home, after a
long day at school and an even
longer band practice. Galley asks
if he's ever had a ticket. The
teenager admits he hasn't.
"I can tell he's worn out," Gal-
ley says back in the car, a touch
of sympathy in his voice as he
runs the car's plates, just in
Another member of the special
unit, Officer Eric Schroeder,
pulls up behind Galley's cruiser
to see if he needs an assist on
the traffic stop. He's shocked to
find the corporal writing a wamn-
"Do you have a fever?" he asks
incredulously, ribbing Galley for
Galley smiles unabashedly and
quickly admits that he does, be-
fore walking over the warning
and a stern reprimand. The
teenager thanks him, probably
unaware of how much mercy he
The DUI detail, which started
at 6:30 p.m., lasts until 4:30
a.m. the next morning, a little
later than the unit used to run
them, before the bars started
staying open until 3 a.m., Galley
said. The monthly details are
scheduled a year in advance to
allow everyone in special opera-
tions a chance to clear their
schedules. Along with Galley and
the sergeant in charge of the
unit, six officers were watching
Pinellas Park's roads for drunk
drivers that night.
Despite the heavy rain that
mostly cleared the roads after
midnight, the officers arrested
three people for driving under the
influence. The detail also result-
ed in 59 traffic citations and one
person arrested for drugs and a
firearm found in his car.
PINELLAS PARK Second Image Thrift
Store, a subsidiary of Family Resources Foun-
dation, is now accepting obsolete computers
and electronics equipment for recycling at
their retail location at 9103 U.S. 19 N.
Items can be dropped off for free with no
charge to businesses or the general public.
Their sister organization, Community Aid Col-
lections, also will pick up electronics for free
throughout the local area. Working electronics
will be resold by the thrift store and nonwork-
ing items will be recycled by Florida E-Waste
A portion of the recycling proceeds will be
donated to Community Aid Collections on be-
half of Family Resources Foundation. Florida
E-Waste Recycling has also agreed to provide
refurbished computer systems for resale at
both Second Image Thrift Store locations in
Tampa and Pinellas Park.
Call 546-3300 or visit www.secondimageth
WATERFRONT, from pae 1A
A vote will be taken at the next city commission
meeting to confirm the consensus.
Business recycling put off
startup of the city's commercial recycling pro-
gram has been put off for at least six months while
research is done regarding the businesses' needs
The delay had been requested by Robin Grabows-
ki, who heads the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of
Commerce. Grabowski had wanted an 18 month
delay, which she said would provide sufficient time
to put together a viable program.
"Don't hastily put something together," she said.
The commission had been set to give final ap-
proval in July to a program that required mandatory
participation, though businesses could choose their
own hauler. A group of business owners showed up
to protest just before the vote was taken, and the
issue was tabled for further study.
Mayor Shontz admitted the commission had
made a mistake in rushing a business program to
"We moved too quickly with the commercial
agreement," she said."T~his should be a decision of
the business owners if they want to recycle."
Research will now be done to classify and differ-
entiate businesses by type, gather input from own-
ers, and decide on participation requirements.
Oakley indicated the commission would take the
time to do a thorough job in developing a new pro-
gram for businesses.
"Instead of hastily gathering data, let's do it and
do it right," she said.
The commission agreed with Oakley to revisit the
issue in six months "and see where we're at."
"This should not be an onerous, time-consuming
procedure," Reecy said. "Whe are not looking for a big
commitment from the city.
Commissioners Nancy Oakley and Carol
Reynolds were quick to endorse the city's participa-
tion in the working waterfront grant.
"This is an opportunity to have more fishermen
come back in. It brings the fishing industry back to
what it was," Oakley said.
Reynolds said she had talked to quite a few peo-
ple about the grant. "I am very much in favor of pre-
serving the working waterfront," she said.
Mayor Pat Shontz and Vice Mayor Terry Lister
gave their support after having some initial doubts.
Shontz said she could envision a museum where
children could experience various fish species and
leamn about the fishing industry. She also suggested
a fishing boat tour, similar to a popular event she
recalled from a Grouperfest years ago.
Commissioner steve Kochick was the lone oppo-
nent, fearing government intrusion into private
property rights. "Wre're committing every other fu-
ture commission to something they cannot change,
on property we don't own," he warned.
Dickstein admitted the city's lack of ownership of
the property was a "Catch 22" situation. "You can't
have it all the way perfect," he told the commission.
still, he said, the program is a win-win. "The hard
work has been done, the state has given us the
money, and our business will do it." But, he added,
"T~he city needs to stand behind it."
Once the consensus to support the grant was
reached, Kochick rallied behind it. "Let's get going
and make this successful," he said, "both for the
fishermen and for (Dickstein)."
FOUNDATION, from page 1A
"He's really stepped forward in a longterm rela-
ti 1s~h p todpvitdetthese services," said Dyer. "He is
Dyer said employees and volunteers at CASA
were familiar with Willman's death through media
accounts of the case.
'Wer had a newspaper story on it on our bulletin
board before he called," she said. "It was up there as
a reminder of what we're trying to prevent."
Eckstein has formed the Nicki Willman Founda-
tion and is in the process of applying for 501(c)(3)
tax status as a nonprofit organization. Once that is
obtained, all donations to the foundation will be tax
For more information or to make a contribution,
All contributions go to pay for supplies, lab fees
and costs incurred to deliver the free services.
"She was my sister-in-law," said Harger. "She al-
ways wanted to make you laugh. She was energetic
and excellent at her work. She had a beautiful smile
that would light up a room."
About a month after Willman's death, Eckstein
contacted officials at CASA about forming a partner-
ship to provide dental services to victims of domestic
"He lost an employee to domestic violence, which
gave him the initiative to step fonvard to help other
victims of domestic violence," said Tuesday Dyer,
development director of CASA. "He's been very gen-
erous to provide services to victims in our residen-
Dyer said between 25 and 30 women would likely
qualify for Eckstein's services.
Reef cleanup planned for Oct. 23 off Dunedin
CLEARWATER Reef Monitoring Inc. will host its animals that seek sanctuary in Pinellas County's ar-
second reef cleanup, planned for the Dunedin reef, tificial reef system.
saturday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m. to noon. "Our first cleanup was very successful with al-
Participants will meet at the city of Clearwater most 700 pounds of crab trap rope and other debris
seminole boat ramp. The clean-up is open to all removed," said Dennis Kellenberger, president of
boat owners and certified divers that are interested Reef Monitoring Inc., in a recent press release. De-
in volunteering their time. bris removed from the first cleanup is currently on
The purpose of the cleanup is to remove debris display at Mac's Scuba Cleanvater.
that can be potentially life-threatening to marine Volunteers for the reef clean-up can preregister at
animals. Items such as fishing line, plastic bags, Mac's Scuba in Clearwater, Sunshine Scuba in
six-pack holders and other plastics can be mistaken Largo, or Ocean Sports in Dunedin for a $20 fee.
for food or cause severe entanglement. Most of these For information on how to volunteer, or, to be-
plastic items will not decompose for hundreds of come a sponsor for the reef cleanup, call 798-3070
years and will be an ongoing threat to the marine or visit www.reefmonitoring.0rg.
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Man charged with stalking, lewd acts
SEMINOLE A month-long investigation by Pinellas County Sheriffs
Office and St. Petersburg Police detectives ended Oct. 7 with the arrest
of a 27-year-old Seminole man who was charged with stalking and ex-
posing himself to children.
Richard William Vealey of 12100 Park Blvd., Apt. 408, was charged
with one count of aggravated stalking and two counts of lewd and las-
According to a sheriffs report, the victims were five children all 14
and younger. The crimes occurred near schools in the Seminole and
St. Petersburg areas.
According to detectives, the investigation began after victims report-
ed a man in a dirty, white van followed them and committed a lewd
According to a St. Petersburg Police report, the suspect committed
tlhe same acts Sept. 23 near the J.W. Cate Recreation Center at 5801
After detectives developed Vealey as a suspect, he was followed to
the Target Store parking lot at 4450 Park St. N. in Seminole where he
parked and watched women and children entering and leaving the
store. Deputies arrested Vealey at this point.
During interviews with detectives Vealey admitted to having commit-
ted the offenses reported in Seminole and in St. Petersburg. He stated
he had been committing such offenses for nearly a year.
Anyone with knowledge of a past victim or with information relating
to Vealey's crimes should call Detective Brian Briguglio of the Pinellas
County Sheriffs Office at 582-6200, or Detective Lacey Waters of the
St. Petersburg Police Department at 893-7780.
Men caught taking crossing flags
TREASURE ISIAND Two Polk County men were caught after steal-
ing a pair of reflective crossing flags from a Treasure Island crosswalk
on Oct. 10 about 6:30 p.m.
A witness observed the two men place the flags in the trunk of a
2004 Nissan and drive south from the 10400 block of Gulf Boulevard
to a ?-Eleven store.
At that point, police made contact with the two men and the two
flags were recovered from the car trunk.
No other action was taken. Details were forwarded to the Florida De-
partment of Transportation for a disposition on the case.
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