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Palm Harbor woman drives into path of elementary school bus

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A Palm Harbor woman driving a BMW struck a Pinellas County school bus with 21 children onboard Tuesday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Gabriella Eliza Fermano, 18, turned left directly into the southbound bus' path at the intersection of Mira Vista and Highpoint drives around 3 p.m., Highway Patrol officials said. The Brooker Creek Elementary School students and bus driver Cacinda Arlene Frasher, 36, also of Palm Harbor, weren't hurt, but Fermano sustained minor injuries and was treated at Mease Countryside Hospital. Damage to the school bus amounted to $5,000, according to the Highway Patrol, and $12,000 on the 2009 535i BMW.


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An assessment team is inviting public comment during its evaluation of the Tarpon Springs Police Department for Commission for Florida Law Enforcement accreditation. It's a voluntary review of the police department's professional standards. The process examines policies, procedures, management, operations and support services. This is the first time Tarpon Springs is applying for the three-year accredited status, said police spokesman Lt. Jeff Young. The assessment team comes to Tarpon Springs on Dec. 11 for a three-day onsite review before the commission will decide whether to grant accredited status. A copy of the standards is available through the Tarpon Springs police by calling the public information officer at (727) 938-2849 ext. 227. Members of the public may submit written comments on the department's ability to meet the standards of accreditation by mail to CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Fla. 32302 or by email to


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The Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center holds its sixth annual Wreaths, Toys and Joys fundraiser Saturday at the newly renovated Safety Harbor Museum, 329 Bayshore Blvd. Featuring wreaths made by local artists, a silent auction, food and drink, the event raises money for Christmas presents for struggling families. Last year, the center gave toys to 720 children in east Clearwater, Oldsmar and Safety Harbor. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 each. Wreath sponsorship is available for $250 or a pair of patron-level tickets for $75. For more information, call the center at (727) 791-8255. Buy tickets online at or at the center, 1003 Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.

Palm Harbor woman drives into path of elementary school bus 11/06/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 7:03pm]
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