Authorities search for missing man, 75
Pasco sheriff's deputies are searching for a 75-year-old man who has been unaccounted for since Oct. 31. Clyde Harding moved from Pennsylvania to the Bay Point Apartment Complex in Port Richey to be closer to his daughter. In September, his vehicle was found abandoned in Hudson and was impounded with several of his personal items, including medication and clothing, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Harding told his apartment manager on Oct. 31 that he was leaving. He got into a taxi and has not been heard from since. Harding's daughter reported him missing Nov. 30, after a month passed without him contacting any family or friends. Harding is 5 feet 8, 170 pounds, with short gray hair and gray goatee. He wears glasses and was carrying two suitcases when he got into the taxi. He uses a cane for walking and is fluent in Spanish. He has a large open-heart surgery scar, a healed collar bone fracture and decaying teeth. Authorities are especially concerned because Harding has serious health conditions that require medications that he did not take with him. He is considered a missing endangered person. Anyone with information may call the Pasco County Sheriff's Office at (727) 844-7711.
Highway patrol plans checkpoints
The Florida Highway Patrol will conduct driver's license and vehicle inspection checkpoints this month throughout the region. The checkpoints, which will be conducted randomly during daytime hours, will focus on identifying people driving without a license, as well as spotting vehicles with safety issues such as bad brakes, worn tires and defective lights. Troopers may set up checkpoints on various roads as conditions allow, including U.S. 41 and U.S. 301; state roads 52 and 54; and various county and local roads, including but not limited to Little Road, Hudson Avenue, Shady Hills Road, County Line Road, Lock Street, Madison Street, Moon Lake Road, Old Dixie Highway, Quail Hollow Boulevard and Boyette Road. For information visit www.flhsmv.gov/fhp.
Fair memberships available now
The nonprofit Pasco County Fair Association Inc. has fair memberships available for the holiday season. Membership to the fair association includes admission to the upcoming 2013 Pasco County Fair for all seven days, as well as preferred parking. Members are also invited to a membership dinner. Memberships cost $25 per individual and $55 per family, including parents and children age 18 or younger living in the home. It does not include grandparents or other relatives, even if they live in the same residence. The deadline to purchase memberships is Jan. 31. Applications are available at www.pascocountyfair.com, at the Fair Office at 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City, or by calling (352) 567-6678.
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