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Film fest draws 1,500 Sunday

Published Oct. 12, 2005

A midday rain didn't deter the 1,500 people who attended Sunday afternoon's screenings at the third annual Pride Film Festival in the Tampa Theater. While movies were shown, gays and lesbians displayed artworks and crafts along the Franklin Street Mall and in the adjacent TECO Plaza. The Tampa Bay Gay Men's Chorus performed between shows, and a National Coming Out Day party was held. By the middle of the afternoon, more than 5,800 people had attended the four-day festival. Police were stationed outside the theater throughout the festival. No disturbances were reported. "The festival gets bigger and better each year," said film committee member Keith Roberts. "Of course, for those of us who began it with modest expectations three years ago, the level of success we've achieved is very exciting."

Man charged in

ex-wife attack

CARROLLWOOD _ A Carrollwood woman was kidnapped and held at gunpoint by her ex-husband for nearly 12 hours Sunday, authorities said. Stephen Williams, 24, was charged with false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a weapon and kidnap battery after abducting Kandi Williams, 23, from her Orange Grove Terrace home Saturday night, Hillsborough sheriff's Deputy Cari Cabrera said. Williams went to her home at 10 p.m. and forced her at gunpoint to go to his parents' home in Riverview, authorities said. She was released unharmed.

Body in park

is identified

TAMPA _ The body of a man found in Rowlett Park early Friday has been identified as that of Carl Perez, 30, authorities said Sunday. The body, surrounded by tire tracks, was found at 5:30 a.m. by a motorist. The death is being investigated as a homicide, officials said.

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