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Police need help to make wishes come true

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 12, 2007



Tarpon Springs police are looking for help providing gifts to local children whose families are having difficult times. The department will take new, unwrapped gifts for children from infancy through their teen years through Dec. 21. Police also will accept cash donations that will be used to buy items off a wish list. Donations can be dropped off at the Police Department, 444 S Huey Ave. Checks should be made payable to Tarpon Springs Police Department Cops/Kids Program. Police say their program does not solicit donations by telephone. Call (727) 938-2849.


Deputies say teen had a BB gun

A 15-year-old Safety Harbor boy was arrested Tuesday on charges of carrying a BB gun near school grounds. Pinellas County sheriff's deputies who responded to a call about an "armed person" near Safety Harbor Elementary School found the teenager with the weapon, said sheriff's spokeswoman Cecelia Barreda. The school, at 535 Fifth Ave. N, was not locked down, principal Debbie Ramker said. The teen was charged with possessing a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school, a third-degree felony. He was taken to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center.


Man charged in stabbing at park

Clearwater police arrested a Tampa man in connection with a stabbing at Glen Oaks Park Tuesday. Rico Nash, 26, of 11312 N 15th St., Tampa, was charged with one count of attempted murder in the 11:40 a.m. incident at Court Street and Druid Road. Detectives say Richard James, 57, of Largo, was walking in the park when Nash approached him and pushed him. James tried to defend himself and the two struggled. Nash stabbed James in the neck with a screwdriver and fled on a bike, officials said. James was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he was listed in stable condition. Nash was later located on N Fort Harrison Avenue and taken into custody.


- Mary Ann Massolio is executive director of the Children's Cancer Center in Tampa. A story Sunday misspelled her name.

- The Humane Society of Pinellas assisted in the removal of 97 cats from a home in Tarpon Springs Thursday. A story Friday misidentified the organization.

[Last modified December 11, 2007, 22:45:17]

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