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Palm Harbor boy gets big treat from the Heat

Palm Harbor boy gets big treat from the Heat

Palm Harbor, Florida-Two things are certain about 8 year old Christian Liebert: He loves basketball and the Miami Heat. No surprise, he'd make a birthday wish to see them play.

Photos: Click here to see photos of Christian during this event

"I didn't really want a party," said Chrisitan. "I just wanted to see some good players go out and play."

His parents bought the tickets in June, so when news broke in July that Christian's favorite player, LeBron James had signed, it was icing on the cake. With his wish granted, Christian headed to October's NBA exhibition at the St. Pete Times Forum with his father and grandfather.

"I was just thinking it would be the best night of my life," said Christian.

But then, in a fluke, the game was canceled after the floor was too slippery to play.

Six-week-old baby with life-threatening injuries, Palm Harbor man charged

Six-week-old baby with life-threatening injuries, Palm Harbor man charged

Palm Harbor, Florida - Pinellas County Sheriff Detectives tell us they have charged a Palm Harbor man with aggravated child abuse after a six-week-old baby sustained life-threatening injuries.

Deputies initially responded to a private residence located on Bent Tree Road, in Palm Harbor at about 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 13, 2010 after 38-year-old Robbie Lee Hatcher called 911 and reported the baby was unresponsive.

Detectives say Hatcher was taking care of the baby girl when he allegedly shook the baby causing serious injury.

Runners celebrate the season in Speedos

Runners celebrate the season in Speedos

Gulfport, FL - The streets of Historic Downtown Gulfport will host more than just the monthly Third Saturday Art Walk this Saturday, Dec. 18. The Santa Speedo Run will also add to the festivities, bringing hundreds of brave runners together to raise money for AIDS research through a 1-mile race starting in Clymer Park at 4:00 p.m. and ending at The Gulfport Recreation Center.

As for attire, a Speedo-like bathing suit is strongly encouraged, while thongs are strongly discouraged. Holiday colors are preferred. You will also need sneakers, and Santa beards and other holiday accessories are welcome. Runners should bring a copy of their registration email and a pledge sheet with any donations collected offline.

The goal of the event is to participate in a fun and unique charity event aimed at raising money for AIDS Service Association of Pinellas, Inc. and the Brighter Seasons for Children program.

Deputies deliver Christmas gifts and nearly 100 bikes in sheriff's "Christmas Sharing Project"

Deputies deliver Christmas gifts and nearly 100 bikes in sheriff's "Christmas Sharing Project"

Clearwater, FL - Pinellas County deputy sheriffs loaded bicycles and other Christmas packages into their cruisers for delivery to families at 2:00 p.m. today.

The Christmas deliveries were part of the annual Sheriff's Christmas Sharing Project, where Pinellas Sheriff's Office members submit the names of children, crime victims and families who needed help over the holidays.

Overall, Sheriff's Office members have shopped for nearly 500 children this holiday season. Gifts were purchased with funds earned during the Sheriff's annual "Ride & Run With the Stars" event which was held at Ft.

"Plant 1,000 Trees" campaign comes to Dunedin this weekend

"Plant 1,000 Trees" campaign comes to Dunedin this weekend

Dunedin, FL - A local Endodontist brings his "Plant 1000 Trees Before You Die" campaign to Dunedin giving citizens a chance to join the cause.

Dr. Garland Forbes has distributed over 13,000 trees over the past four years throughout Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Hernando, and Polk counties. This year, he has ordered 3,000 trees for distribution bringing his total to 16,000 trees in five years.

After a successful distribution last year in Dunedin, Dr. Forbes will be back for the Green Market at Pioneer Park in downtown Dunedin on Friday, December 18 to hand out trees for people to plant.

St. Pete body in water identified

St. Pete body in water identified

St. Petersburg, Florida - St. Pete police say a body found floating in the water on Tuesday was that of an elderly man who lived on a boat in Boca Ciega Bay.


Detectives identified the man as Joseph Theodore Galotta, 73, who had a last known address in Belleair Bluffs.


According to a report, no evidence found so far indicates foul play, however the exact cause of death is still pending the Medical Examiner's investigation.


Police say Mr. Galotta's family members have been notified.


 

Habitat for Humanity dedicates new home in Largo

Habitat for Humanity dedicates new home in Largo

Largo, FL - Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County kicks off the December holiday season by dedicating it's 205th house in Largo on Wednesday, December 151h at 4pm.

Pam Guttridge and her five children look forward to their new home located at 610 4th Avenue NW just in time to decorate for Christmas.

Pam has had excitement for Habitat for Humanity from the beginning, "After hearing the presentation, I did the math and realized I qualified!" says Pamela, "I had just received a raise that put me in the price range."

Aegon and The City of Largo sponsored the building of Pamela's house.

AEGON Florida Human Resources Representative, Susan Lindelof commented, "AEGON's Community Involvement Committee was proud to once again be a Corporate Sponsor of a Habitat for Humanity build project to benefit a deserving family.