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Woman overboard rescued nude in gulf

Truck plows into K. Kringle's window

A Pinellas County utilities truck crashed into a Christmas supply store Monday, slightly injuring the driver and putting the one-story building in danger of collapse, authorities said. At at 3:26 p.m. at Blind Pass Road and 75th Avenue, the white truck went through the plate glass window of K. Kringle's Christmas Shoppe, which sells ornaments and collectibles. The driver of the truck, who was not identified, was treated at the scene by St. Pete Beach paramedics but was not seriously injured, said Fire Marshal Ernie Hand. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, police officials said.


An Oldsmar woman who told authorities she had fallen from a boat off Fort De Soto was rescued from the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday night, authorities said. Clare Louis, 39, was found several hundred feet offshore about 3 a.m., after park supervisor Jim Wilson heard her cries for help. Half an hour earlier, Russell Hernandez, 37, of Lakeland, who was on the boat with Louis, came ashore by himself near the Gulf Pier. Hernandez called 911 from a borrowed cell phone on the pier, prompting a search, officials said. Hernandez said Louis fell overboard at about 11 p.m. He said he dived in after her but could not find her and swam ashore. "They had a lot of luck," said Wilson, who added that the gulf swarms with bull sharks during tarpon season. Both Louis and Hernandez were found naked; they told authorities they stripped off their clothes to be able to swim. Both refused medical treatment.

4 held; police say more had sex with girl, 12

Authorities are investigating allegations that several men had sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl. Four men have been arrested on charges of sexual battery, Clearwater police reported late Monday night. More arrests are expected. The identity of the victim was withheld by police because of the nature of the allegations. The girl ran away from home Sunday, according to police, and was found Monday at a Clearwater apartment. That apartment is where the sexual activity took place, police said. According to police, the victim had "consensual" relations with several men, the exact number of which was not released late Monday. Under Florida law, a girl that young cannot legally consent to sexual relations. Police did not release the identities of the four men arrested Monday or list how many more would face charges. That information and other details will be released today, police said.

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