Largo teacher, 55, faces DUI, drug charges
A Largo elementary school art teacher was arrested Wednesday night on charges of driving under the influence, fleeing to elude arrest and possession of marijuana. A sheriff's deputy tried to pull over 55-year-old Luann K. Fernandez of 16604 Meadow Grove St. in Tampa about 8:45 p.m. for several traffic violations, according to an arrest affidavit. Fernandez is an art teacher at Southern Oak Elementary, 9101 Walsingham Road in Largo. The deputy had his vehicle's lights and sirens turned on, but Fernandez wouldn't stop, instead speeding up and driving off, the affidavit states. The deputy caught up to her as she pulled into her driveway. Fernandez performed a field sobriety test, and the deputy said she showed multiple signs of impairment. Fernandez then asked to go inside her home to get a jacket, and she allowed deputies in with her. Deputies said they spotted a bottle of marijuana inside and confiscated it. She was freed on $3,000 bail.
Expect delays near parade Sunday
Motorists can expect traffic delays Sunday during the city's annual Greek Independence Day Parade, say Tarpon Springs police. Between noon and 3 p.m., Alt. U.S. 19 will be closed to traffic between Tarpon Avenue and Dixie Highway. From 1 to 3 p.m., Dodecanese Boulevard will be closed to traffic. The parade, which begins at 1 p.m., starts at Lemon Street heading north on Alt. U.S. 19, then turns left (west) onto Dodecanese Avenue to the end of the Sponge Docks. Floats will disperse at the end of the docks on Roosevelt Drive. Southbound Alt. U.S. 19 traffic will be detoured east on Live Oak at the intersection of Dodecanese Boulevard. Northbound Alt. U.S. 19 traffic will be routed east and west on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Fundraiser to help man hurt in crash
The Safety Harbor Fire Department is raising money to benefit Andrew Hall, the 20-year-old who was severely injured when he was hit by a drunken driver in April as he stood outside his Safety Harbor apartment. Safety Harbor firefighters were among the first responders who cared for Hall. Firefighters hope to raise $35,000 to purchase Hall a wheelchair-accessible van. The fundraiser will benefit from proceeds of the Safety Harbor Third Friday Music Series, from 6 to 10 p.m. today, at John Wilson Park gazebo, 401 Main St. A street festival is also being planned for April 10 and a golf tournament will be held at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club in June. To donate, make checks out to the "Safety Harbor Professional Firefighters Charity" and put "Andrew Hall Van Donation" in the memo line. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to Safety Harbor City Hall, 750 Main St., Safety Harbor, FL 34695.
Event for kids features free fun
Tucker-Enterprise Youth Foundation's "Kids Day Out" is from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W. The event features free food, singing, dancing, spoken word performances, and speakers to uplift and motivate youth. Volunteers will be offering boys free haircuts and girls free manicures. Visit www.tuckerenterprise.com.