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Awakened by intruder, girl causes him to flee


A 7-year-old girl might have thwarted a rape about 4 a.m. Monday when she was awakened by a man climbing through her open bedroom window. The girl told authorities she woke up when the man was halfway through the window above her bed and hanging over her, according to a Sheriff's Office report. He grabbed her arm, pulled her to a sitting position and told her to lie back down, but she pushed his face with her hands and told him, "No," and "Go Away." The man fled, but the child noticed her underpants had been pulled down to her calves, and she went to her parent's room and told them what happened, the report said. Deputies found the screen to the child's window had been removed, and it appeared the window might have been tampered with.

No charges filed against agency in rape report

NEW PORT RICHEY _ Human Development Center officials will not face charges for their handling of an employee rape in the center parking lot four weeks ago, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Jon Powers. Sheriff's officials, displeased that two weeks passed before they were informed of the rape, asked the state to decide whether the center violated a state law by delaying in notifying authorities. The woman reported the Sept. 15 rape to the Sheriff's Office on Oct. 2. Officials at the center allegedly learned of the attack sometime between Sept. 16 and 23, but did not call police. Center spokesman Vaughn Jones said the woman asked that a report not be filed with authorities.


Suspect sought in woman's disappearance

INVERNESS _ Marion County sheriff's officials are continuing their search for the man they think abducted a Times employee who was last seen Wednesday. Russell "Charlie" Miller is the prime suspect in the disappearance of Dorothy "Dottie" Grant, said Sgt. Robert Douglas of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Douglas said Miller and Grant had been dating. Miller is a resident of New Jersey, but he was living with Grant when she disappeared. Miller is being sought for questioning, Douglas said. Grant, who supervises 14 newspaper carriers, is a district manager for home delivery in east Citrus County.


Part of Withlacoochee State Trail is now open

RIDGE MANOR _ Eleven miles of the Withlacoochee State Trail in east Hernando County is now open from State Road 50 north to the Hernando-Citrus county line. Though not as refined as it will one day be, the trail is now suitable for hikers, horseback riders and cyclists with fat-tired bikes. An opening celebration is scheduled for Oct. 24.


Fire bomb found, removed from park

TAMPA _ A fire bomb was discovered in a restroom at Church Park on Webb Road by a parks employee during the weekend, a Hillsborough County sheriff's spokesman said Monday. The bomb was made from a plastic bottle filled with gasoline and a small flare, said sheriff's Capt. J.

R. Miller. Park superintendent Everett J. Peters discovered the device tied to the door of the men's restroom at 9:15 a.m. Saturday and called deputies who removed it a short time later, Miller said. Deputies are investigating the incident, Miller said.

Guavaween: Ybor City's wild costume festival

YBOR CITY _ It's time again for that giant of Tampa festivals, Guavaween. The event takes place every October along Seventh Avenue. Wild costumes and various displays and entertainment will accompany the event. This year's Guavaween theme is "Guavaween Returns '92, Why Ask Why?" A trophy and cash prizes will be awarded to parade entries that best capture the Guavaween spirit. Guavaween on Oct. 31 is free, but a $2 donation is requested. The parade begins at 6 p.m., followed by the entertainment. For information, call 247-5583.

Fund-raising party is Saturday for Cuban Club

TAMPA _ When it comes time to raising money for good causes in Ybor City, there's only one way to go: plan a party. That's what the committee to save the Cuban Club has scheduled for Saturday night. At $100 a plate, the gala evening will be "A Night in Havana," complete with Spanish food from the Columbia Restaurant, an internationally known entertainer and dancing in the courtyard. Organizers hope to raise $30,000 to $40,000 to pay off the mortgage of the Cuban Club, which faces foreclosure. About $150,000 has been raised toward the $250,000 goal.

Images of Hubble is new planetarium's first show

TAMPA _ The Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., opened its Saunders Planetarium on Oct. 3. Its first presentation is "Hubble: Report from Orbit," a collection of images made by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. Planetarium shows are at 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 2, 7 and 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. and 12, 2, 7, and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 12 and 2 p.m. Sunday. The 100-seat facility provides shows for school groups and the public. Telescope viewings of the night sky are available after the 7 and 8 p.m. showings Fridays and Saturdays when weather conditions and cloud cover permit. Admission to the new planetarium is free for museum members and $1.50 for adults and $1 for children in addition to the regular admission price. Regular admission price is $5.50 for adults from out of state, $4.50 for adult Florida residents, $2 for children ages 3 to 13 and free for children under 3. For information, call 985-5531.