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New Port Richey teen accused of causing $10,000 damage at Fred Howard Park

Tarpon Springs

Teen accused of causing $10,000 damage at park

A speeding teenager caused at least $10,000 in damage at Fred Howard Park on Thursday evening when he spun out of control, authorities said. According to arrest reports, 18-year-old Michael Banoub was driving a 2000 Acura Integra through the park around 6 p.m. while arguing with a passenger in another car. Witnesses estimated he was doing about 40 mph along the park's winding roads where the speed limit is 15 mph. His speed endangered numerous bicyclists, joggers, pedestrians and other cars that were in the area, Tarpon Springs police said. His Acura hit the park's front gate, the gate's motor assembly and a concrete pole that holds a traffic counter, officers said. Banoub, of 8233 Night Owl Court in New Port Richey, was charged with reckless driving with property damage, a misdemeanor.

Dunedin

Artwork, supplies needed for sale

The Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., is accepting gently used artwork and art supplies for its annual Trashy Treasures Art Sale. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 12. Donations will be accepted through March 6. People can drop off donations at the center at the following times: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information, e-mail kaya@dfac.org or call (727) 298-3322, ext. 236.

Countywide

Get help fixing up your house

Homeowners who live in the unincorporated areas of Pinellas County or the city limits of Clearwater can get assistance making needed repairs to their homes. The assistance is available through partnership rehab programs with Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services. For information, call the agency at (727) 442-4155.

Tarpon Springs

Citizens Alliance honors King

The Citizens Alliance for Progress will host its 16th annual banquet honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Westin Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor. Local TV news anchor Rod Carter will be master of ceremonies. The winners of a youth oratorical contest will present their speeches. The annual banquet is a popular showcase for youth and a primary fundraiser for the organization. For additional information or tickets, go online to citizensalliance forprogress.org or call (727) 934-5881.

In Sports

Lakewood girls basketball advances to Class 4A state final, 8C.

New Port Richey teen accused of causing $10,000 damage at Fred Howard Park 02/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 8:05pm]
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