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Clearwater couple arrested after kids, 1 and 7, found home alone


Parents in jail after kids, 1 and 7, found alone

A Clearwater couple was arrested Tuesday afternoon after a maintenance man discovered their two children in an apartment by themselves, police say. Marcelina Cruz-Tlanepantla, 34, and Juan Quezada-Garcia, 38, live at 2065 N Highland Ave. with their 7-year-old and 1-year-old. According to city spokeswoman Joelle Castelli, a maintenance man entered their apartment about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday to repair an appliance. He found the two children home alone, and he called authorities. Clearwater police determined the two children had been left in the apartment since 7 a.m., Castelli said. Authorities say the parents frequently left the 7-year-old to care for the 1-year-old for the whole day while they were at work. The gender of the children was not available, Castelli said. The couple said they left their children home alone because they could not afford day care, Castelli said. Cruz-Tlanepantla and Quezada-Garcia were both charged with child neglect. Both were being held at the Pinellas County Jail Wednesday evening in lieu of $10,000 bail. The children were taken into the custody of the Pinellas County Child Protection Investigations.

Teens rescued after boat capsizes

Two teenagers were pulled from the water off St. Joseph Sound by the U.S. Coast Guard after the teens' 19-foot sailboat capsized Tuesday afternoon. Coast Guard dispatchers manning a station on Sand Key received the call from a 911 dispatcher at about 2:50 p.m. A 25-foot Coast Guard rescue boat that was already in the area was diverted to assist. Both teens were rescued and returned to a nearby boat ramp without injuries. According to the Coast Guard, a commercial salvage company will recover the sailboat.


Man, 54, struck in hit-and-run

A 54-year-old man was in critical condition early Wednesday after being struck by a hit-and-run driver Tuesday night. The man, who was not identified, was struck by a vehicle about 9:50 p.m. near the 12900 block of Seminole Boulevard, according to police. He had multiple broken bones, police said, and was taken by helicopter to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police are looking for a vehicle with severe front-end and windshield damage. No other information about the vehicle was available. Police are asking anyone with information to call the Largo Police Department at (727) 587-6730.

Palm Harbor

Vendors needed for senior fair

Vendors are needed for the "Young at Heart" Senior Health Fair and Fun Fest at 9 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature free health screenings, bingo, refreshments and giveaways. For more information, call the center at (727) 771-6000.

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