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SEMINOLE - Tampa Bay Newspapers office at 9911 Seminole Blvd. in Seminole will be closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

Deadline for the Dec. 25 newspapers is noon Wednesday, Dec. 17, for all editorial copy. Deadline for retail and classified display ads is 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18. Deadline for classified line ads is noon Friday, Dec. 19.

Deadline for the Jan. 1, 2015 newspapers is noon Wednesday, Dec. 24, for all editorial copy, and retail and classified display ads. Deadline for classified line ads is noon Friday, Dec. 26.

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TARPON SPRINGS - A Tarpon Springs police officer with 17 years on the job died at a local hospital Sunday morning. He was shot by a transient while responding to a noise complaint.

Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. was charged with one count of first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri explained the sequence of events during a press conference Sunday evening.

Tarpon Springs Police Officer Charles Kondek, aka Charlie K, responded to an apartment complex at 199 Grand Blvd. about 2 a.m. A caller told police there was a car in the lot with the music blaring. The caller had asked the occupants to turn down the music, but a black female refused and “flipped him off,” Gualtieri said. The unidentified man called Tarpon Springs police.

Gualtieri said Parilla and the female, a friend who was identified as Evelyn D. Santiago, had been at a party together in Holiday. Parilla asked the female to accompany him on his trip to Tarpon Springs. They traveled in a vehicle owned by a friend of Santiago.

Parilla reportedly had gone to the apartment complex to confront someone who had “dimed him out” for violation of his probation, Gualtieri said. Parilla was released from a Florida prison in March. He has 30 previous felony arrests and 15 misdemeanor arrests. There was a warrant out for his arrest on two counts of amphetamines.
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AAA Auto Club says Christmas Day gas prices should be the lowest since 2008. Experts are predicting that travelers will be out in record numbers.

As of Dec. 18, a week away from Christmas Day, the national average for a gallon of unleaded was down to $2.48, which is 41 cents less than the same day last year, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

“Gas prices should continue to fall through the rest of the year,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA - The Auto Group. “Prices are dropping at around 1-2 cents a day, and if that trend continues, gas could be 15 cents cheaper by Christmas.
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During this holiday season, the Florida Highway Patrol joins law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

The campaign runs through Jan. 1, 2015.

In 2013, nearly 20 percent of all fatal crashes in Florida were alcohol related. During last year’s campaign, 421 impaired drivers were removed from the roads, preventing them from hurting themselves or others.
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Holiday services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are scheduled at places of worship throughout Pinellas County, including the following.

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

CLEARWATER - St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 1955 S. Belcher Road, presents Christmas Eve services, on Wednesday, Dec. 24, will include family mass at 4 and 6 p.m.; a midnight musical prelude, 11:30; and a midnight mass. Christmas Day masses, on Thursday, Dec. 25, will be presented at 7, 9 and 11 a.m. Call 531-7721 or visit www.scosparish.org.
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Helping others is a tradition in Pinellas County, especially during the holidays.

Every year, scores of volunteers, organizations and businesses join together to help children and families struggling to make ends meet, the elderly who live alone, the sick and disabled have a better holiday. The following is a list of organizations that need help to share the holiday spirit.

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There’s a feeling of excitement in the air - a bit of holiday magic some might say, as Pinellas County gears up for the season. Enjoy light displays, parades, tree lightings and more. Happy holidays to you and yours.

Lights of Lake Park Estates

SEMINOLE - The Lights of Lake Park Estates, a holiday light display in Seminole, will run through December. The lights are displayed Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 6 to 11 p.m. To reach the display from Starkey Road, go west on Bryan Dairy Road, turn right at the first traffic light at 109th Avenue North and follow the arrows. To reach the display from Seminole Boulevard, go east on 102nd Avenue North; cross the Lake Seminole Bridge, go to first traffic light at 97th Street North, turn left and follow the arrows.
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One of the best parts of living near the water is the annual holiday boat parades that have become a tradition in Pinellas County.

Boat parades are scheduled every weekend, Dec. 5-21, sponsored by municipalities with borders on the Gulf and local waterways.

The city of St. Pete Beach is hosting its annual tree lighting and holiday boat parade Friday, Dec. 5, at Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Enjoy live music, hot chocolate, art projects for children, a movie in the park and a special visit from Santa. The park is the perfect place to view the boats decorated in their holiday finery.
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It’s almost time to say goodbye to the old year and embrace the new one. In the Tampa Bay area, there are plenty of ways to ring in the New Year. Following is a list of some planned events.

Clearwater

- The Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce and Frenchy’s will host its second annual Community Fireworks event on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 31, on Clearwater Beach. The event will take place at the stroke of midnight. For information, visit www.lightitupclearwater.com.
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