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2 Tampa Bay rivers expected to drop below flood level today

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2 Rivers should drop below flood level

Two Tampa Bay rivers that surged over their banks after last week's heavy storms were expected to drop below flood level today, according to the National Weather Service. The Little Manatee River at Wimauma was forecast to drop to 9.3 feet by morning, below its 11-foot flood stage. The river was at 11.3 feet Sunday morning. The Anclote River at Elfers was forecast to drop to 19.3 feet, below its 20-foot flood stage. The river was at 21.6 feet Sunday morning. The levels at both rivers were expected to drop throughout the week. The next rain is forecast for early Tuesday. The rest of the week should be dry.

CLEARWATER

Carjackers took pants, shoes also

A man and woman reported that they were forced at gunpoint to give up pants, shoes, cash and a cell phone before three men stole their rental car early Sunday morning. The carjacking occurred about 4 a.m. at 13448 W Rena Drive near Clearwater, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. The couple, who were not identified, were talking and sitting in the Ford Edge. Three men approached, two with shirts covering their faces and armed with handguns. The three ordered the man out of the car and took his pants and shoes, the Sheriff's Office said. The woman was also ordered out, and the trio took her phone and cash. She tried to run but was knocked down. Neither victim was seriously injured. The trio got in the car and sped away. The stolen car is a white 2011 Ford Edge with Florida tag 624YTS. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (727) 582-6200.

ORLANDO

Girl bites officer during drug arrest

Police say a teenage girl bit an officer as she was being arrested on drug charges in Daytona Beach. Officers had been looking for the 16-year-old, who was reported missing. She was found at a site believed to be a methamphetamine lab and is not being identified because of her age. When an officer tried to stop her, she bit him on the wrist. The bite did not break the skin. The girl was arrested Saturday on charges of marijuana possession, battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of paraphernalia, as well as manufacturing and trafficking in methamphetamine.

Today's picks

HERNANDO COUNTY

Butterfly Gardening: 5:30 p.m., Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-4433.

Mother's Club of Hernando County Monthly Meetup Bingo: 7:30 p.m., St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Babysitting available for $2 per child. (352) 613-0963.

PASCO COUNTY

Spirit of '76 Republican Club Gathering: 6 p.m., Brew City Grill & Sports Bar, 5711 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. School Board member Cynthia Armstrong will speak. (727) 514-2135.

Today's meetings

HERNANDO COUNTY

Brooksville City Council, 7 p.m., Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

PASCO COUNTY

Pasco County Commission/Pasco School Board, joint meeting on school impact fees, 9 a.m., West Pasco Government Center, 7530 Little Road, New Port Richey.

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