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Shelter in Hudson opens as cold heads south

With overnight lows in Pasco expected to dip into the 20s tonight and tomorrow night, county officials announced that the Holy Ground Homeless Shelter in Hudson will be open to residents over the weekend.

The shelter is at 8835 Denton Ave. and U.S. 19. Its phone number is (727) 863-9123.

The National Weather Service late Friday issued a wind chill advisory for Sarasota County northward. A surge of arctic air into the region will bring northerly winds of 10-15 mph, meteorologists said. County officials were watching updated weather reports Friday, anticipating that a hard freeze warning may be issued for Pasco over the weekend.

Forecasts called for the cold spell to last into next week.

Woman, 68, killed in car crash on U.S. 19

HOLIDAY _ A woman died in a car crash on U.S. 19 Thursday afternoon, on her 68th birthday.

Billie Stout Braun was driving home from Walgreen's pharmacy when she crashed in her 1986 Pontiac, her husband said Friday.

Billie Braun was driving north on U.S. 19, in the left turn lane near the Plaza Drive intersection at 4:44 p.m. She tried to make a U-turn, but drove her car into the path of a southbound vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

That car, a 2000 Ford, was driven by Ashley Marie Mitchell, 17, of 10853 43rd St. N, Unit 1201, Clearwater. Mitchell received minor injuries, said officials.

Braun caused the accident, FHP troopers said, so Mitchell won't be charged.

Braun of 2546 Sweetwood Drive in Holiday was pronounced dead at the scene. She moved to Florida about 10 years ago, said her husband, Bill Braun.

Deputies search for robbers of San Antonio bank

SAN ANTONIO _ Pasco County sheriff's deputies searched Friday night for the man who robbed the First Union Bank at 11938 Curley Road at 6:03 p.m.

The bank was closing when a man walked in, showed a small silver handgun and demanded cash, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. No one was hurt during the robbery, and the man got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

Witnesses said the robber was a black man who wore black pants, a black shirt and a lime green mask. After he robbed the bank, he climbed into a dark blue or black Ford Contour, Doll said, and headed south on Curley Road.

The car was seen driving east on State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, Doll said.