Authorities search for missing girl
Clearwater police are asking the public to help find a teenager missing since Tuesday afternoon. Cypress Jamison, 13, who is classified as an endangered runaway, is in need of medication, police said. She was last seen about 4:30 p.m. near her home in the area of Rainbow and Starcrest drives, which is just north of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and just west of Belcher Road. Cypress is black, 4-foot-3 and weighs 81 pounds. She has long, braided hair that she usually wears pulled back from her face and has a scar over her left eye. Clearwater police ask anyone with information about her whereabouts to call the department at (727) 562-4200.
Men rearrested, face more charges
Four men arrested Monday in a fraud case were released on bail Wednesday, then promptly re-arrested on new charges, Clearwater police said. Julio A. Fregel, 41, Juan Lizano, 33, Abel Barrero, 34, and Leiry Borges, 31, were each arrested Monday on a felony charge of scheme to defraud, when they were found with debit cards that had been encoded with information from other accounts. Police added a new charge against each man of trafficking in counterfeit credit cards after police found more than 50 additional fraudulent credit cards Tuesday near the area where they were pulled over. "They made arrangements (Wednesday) to pick up their seized vehicle from the impound lot, so they just rearrested them there," said Clearwater police spokeswoman Beth Watts. On Wednesday evening, each of the men was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Tree lighting moved to Sunday
Safety Harbor's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday at the gazebo in John Wilson Park at Main Street and Fourth Avenue. It was postponed Friday because of rain. The Safety Harbor Elementary School Chorus and the Espiritu Santo Catholic School Chorus will perform carols and traditional holiday songs during the ceremony. For information, call Joe Cooper at (727) 724-1572.
Visit 'Giving Tree,' fulfill a kid's wish
The Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., has partnered with the Haven of Religious Community Services to provide holiday gifts for young victims of domestic abuse through the "Giving Tree" in the library's lobby. The tree is covered with paper ornaments holding children's wish lists. To participate in the program, take one or more ornaments and collect the items on the list. Monetary donations also will be accepted. Gifts must be brought to the library by Saturday. Do not wrap the presents. For information, call the Youth Services Department at (727) 784-3332, ext. 3018.