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Time for Blast Friday in downtown Clearwater


Blast Friday on way to downtown

Blast Friday, the monthly, family-friendly street party in downtown Clearwater, returns Friday. The free event runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Cleveland Street between Fort Harrison and Osceola avenues. This month's celebration features live performances from two Nashville country performers: Andy Griggs, singing his songs Forever Gold, You Won't Ever Be Lonely, Can I Get an Amen and more; and Jeff Bates, who will perform his songs The Rapture, Rainbow Man, The Love Song and others. For more information, visit or call (888) 532-5278.

Pizza delivery driver robbed

Police have arrested one teenager and are looking for another accused of robbing a pizza deliveryman at knifepoint Tuesday night. Emmanuel Fernandez, 17, of Clearwater, was charged with armed robbery, resisting arrest without violence, and loitering and prowling. He was taken to the Pinellas County Juvenile Detention Center. Clearwater police gave the following account: Fernandez and another male juvenile called Pizza Hut on Tuesday evening and ordered pizza to be delivered to a phony apartment number at Canterbury Oaks Apartments, 2025 Rogers St. When delivery driver Herbert Hall arrived about 7:30 p.m., Fernandez hit him in the face and demanded money. Hall fell to the ground and was threatened with a pocketknife by the other robber, described as a Hispanic male with a thin build, last seen wearing a black sweatshirt. Hall gave the two a small amount of cash and grabbed the pizza before running away. Officers set up a perimeter in the area and used a police dog to track Fernandez to the 1200 block of Canterbury Road. Detectives ask anyone with information about the case to call the Clearwater police robbery tip line at (727) 562-4422.

Learn about the law from experts

The Clearwater Bar Association and St. Petersburg College are inviting the public to this year's People's Law School, which continues tonight. The program runs every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. until late April. Each week, volunteer judges and attorneys cover different topics. It's free and no registration is required. Tonight's topic is "Leading Up To Trial" at the Arts Auditorium of St. Petersburg College's Clearwater campus.


Christian school offers scholarship

Indian Rocks Christian School, 12685 Ulmerton Road, is accepting nominations for the Betty Shields Minority Scholarship (Grades 6-11). Pick up a nomination packet from the school. The nomination deadline is Monday. Call (727) 593-8706.


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