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Teen runaways found on Clearwater Beach


Teen runaways, gone 20 days, found on beach

Two teenage runaways were found on Clearwater Beach this week after a story about them was published in regional editions of the St. Petersburg Times. Gabriel Fernandez, 16, returned to the Palm Harbor home of his father, David Fernandez, on Monday morning. Gabriel's 17-year-old girlfriend, whose name is being withheld, also returned to her Pasco County home. The two were gone for 20 days. While away, Gabriel said the two lived in an abandoned hotel on Clearwater Beach. They also slept on the beach and at one time found refuge with a stranger.

Holiday bazaar at church Saturday

First Lutheran Church, 1644 Nursery Road, Clearwater, will hold a holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The festivities include local crafters and demonstrators, a bake sale, door prizes and lunch. A $1 donation is requested to go to the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater. For more information, call (727) 461-3444


An event you can raise a glass to

The eighth annual Safety Harbor Wine Festival will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday. The event, which is centered at the Gazebo, 401 Main St., will stretch between Bayshore Boulevard and Eighth Avenue. Wine and food samples from area restaurants, live entertainment on three stages and arts and crafts vendors will be available. Admission and parking are free. Wines will range from $3 to $5. For information, call Joe Cooper, (727) 724-1572.


Body found near park's boat ramp

A man's body was found Wednesday morning at Anderson Park after a caller reported a sound similar to a gunshot, Tarpon Springs police said. The body was found on a bench near the boat ramp after a boater called authorities at 9:20 a.m. to report the sound, police said. Tarpon Springs detectives are investigating but said it was too early to speculate what happened to the man. His name was withheld pending notification of family members.

Riders hit the road for Cops N Kids

A motorcycle ride to raise funds for the Cops N Kids Christmas program, which serves needy families in Tarpon Springs, will be held on Sunday. It will begin at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Walton Avenue. Registration is $5 plus an unwrapped toy. Kickstands will go up at 12:30 p.m.; registration starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call Judie Lawson, (727) 709-4723 or (727) 944-5729.


An Evening with the Author, a fundraiser for the Clearwater Library Foundation featuring Andrew Huse, will be held on Nov. 20 at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. A different day was listed in the Clearwater and North Pinellas sections on Wednesday.

Teen runaways found on Clearwater Beach 11/04/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 8:12pm]
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