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Shopper uses store's shotgun in robbery

HUDSON - A man walked into a pawn shop and asked to look at a shotgun.But when the owner gave it to him, the man loaded it and used it to rob the store. A Pasco sheriff's report said the man asked the owner of Gold Coast Jewelry and Pawn, 15919 U.S. 19 in Hudson, for a 20-gauge shotgun about 4 p.m. Tuesday. The owner handed the gun to the man, who loaded it and pointed it at the owner, demanding money. The man ran from the store with a small amount of money and the shotgun. But the owner, carrying a loaded semiautomatic handgun, followed him into the parking lot. The owner fired and hit the man's van before the man jumped in it and headed south on U.S. 19.

Unseasonable temperatures set records

The unseasonably warm weather has continued this month, with daytime highs tying or breaking record temperatures on four of 14 days. On at least three other days, high temperatures were close to records. Normal daytime highs for the first half of February are about 70 degrees, said Charles Paxton, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Ruskin. The average high thus far this month has been about 80 degrees. "I wouldn't say it's absolutely unusual, but it is higher than normal," Paxton said. "I am pleased. The tourists like it. I like it." High temperatures are expected to drop this weekend, but not very much. "I'd say a couple of degrees," Paxton said.

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