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Pasco brothers hope trans-Atlantic voyage in fishing boat raises $3 million


Pasco brothers hope voyage raises $3 Million

Two Pasco County brothers left Tampa on Saturday for a 6,200-mile, 46-day trans-Atlantic voyage in a 21-foot fishing boat. Ralph and Robert Brown are in it for the adventure, but they're also raising money for six veterans' foundations. Ralph, a former Marine, wants to raise $3 million by selling 100,000 T-shirts. Ralph said he didn't know how many have been sold so far, but he has raised enough money to fund the boat trip, largely owing to the sponsorship of Interstate Battery. The brothers already hold the Guinness world record for the longest nonstop ocean voyage in a flats boat, which they earned in 2007 for making the 1,400-mile voyage from Atlantic Beach, N.C., to Bermuda to New York Harbor. They will pass through Miami Beach today.

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Shopper accused of skipping checkout

After James Clifton Jr. walked into Publix Sunday afternoon and ordered a sandwich, he decided to do a little shopping while he waited, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office. He placed $290.04 worth of items in a shopping cart, picked up his sandwich and headed out of the store about 12:40 p.m. — without paying for anything, authorities said. Clifton began to run when a loss prevention official from the store confronted him, but stopped, the Sheriff's Office said. Later, Clifton told a deputy that what he did was "stupid," and he apologized to the manager of the store at 7037 Ridge Road. Clifton, 41, of 753 S 51st St. in Tampa, was arrested on a charge of retail theft. He is being held in lieu of $150 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

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3 deputies take home medals

Three Pasco sheriff's deputies received medals in this year's Florida Police and Fire Games, held last week in Treasure Coast. Deputies April Heuss, Tom Dougherty and Jeff Fichtemaier took home awards in the competition that included hundreds of competitors from more than 200 law enforcement agencies. Heuss' awards were two bronze medals in swimming for the 25 meter freestyle and 50 meter freestyle, two gold medals for the high jump and long jump, one silver medal for the shot put and three gold medals in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter run. Dougherty won a gold medal in men's singles golf and a bronze medal in team golf. Fichtemaier placed fourth in the men's singles golf event.


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Pasco brothers hope trans-Atlantic voyage in fishing boat raises $3 million 06/29/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 29, 2009 6:13pm]
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