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Family gears up for second Dean’s Ride

a Lost Art

The legacy continues even after Dean Snyder died last August. The 2014 ride will take place Jan. 11.

+ Tickets available for MLK breakfast Tickers are now on sale for the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Festival Leadership Breakfast. The breakfast will take place at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the HCC Plant City John R. Trinkle Center, 1206 N. Park Road, Plant City. Guest speaker will be former Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Carlton Moore, and mistress of ceremonies will be Bay News 9 Anchor Erica Riggins. Tickets are $25 per person; table sponsors start at $250. Tickets can be purchased at Plant City Photo Archives & History Center, 106 S. Evers St.; the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, 106 N. Evers St.; and the Plant City Bing House Museum, 205 S. Allen St. Small businesses, families or groups interested in purchasing a table or requiring any further information should call (813) 757-6760. For more, visit plantcitymlkfestival.com.

+ Hypnotist to visit Bruton library Thinking about shedding a few pounds in 2014? Certified hypnotist Darryl Schumacher will share how hypnosis can help with weight loss from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W. McLendon St., Plant City. For more, call (813) 757-9215.

+ Young ladies enjoy fellowship The ladies of Young at Heart dined Dec. 19, at Buddy Freddy’s. Young at Heart is a monthly dinner and craft time for senior citizen women from St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church. The women also donated blankets to the cancer center at South Florida Baptist Hospital.

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pearls laced into its design. Since then, Wooley has continued with the hobby. Her house has stacks of her work on every surface. At her daughter’s home, she

It may seem like a daunting task: Riding 18, 38 or 62 miles on a bike after devouring Christmas cookie after Christmas cookie the month before. But, Brandon Snyder says anyone can do it. And he should know. His dad, Dean Snyder, rode in the first Dean’s Ride last year — a day after receiving chemotherapy treatments. Mr. Snyder died in August 2013, but the ride named after him is still in motion. This year, his son is serving as the chairman of the second annual Dean’s Ride, which takes place Jan. 11, beginning and ending at HCC’s Plant City Campus. The ride benefits the Plant City Family YMCA’s LIVESTRONG program, which provides a wellness program for cancer survivors at not cost. The 12-week proDEAN’S RIDE gram is designed WHEN: 8 a.m. Jan. for adults who 11 recently have become deWHERE Starts and conditioned or finishes at HCC’s chronically faPlant City Campus, tigued because 1206 N. Park Road, of their treatPlant City ment and disCOST: $30; includes ease. a T-shirt Snyder reinDETAILS: Route troduced his dad support and rest to riding. Mr. stops provided; light Snyder rode a breakfast and lunch lot with a neighincluded. bor when his son was young. REGISTRATION: Then, in 2009, tampaymca.org, Snyder picked active.com or mail up the bike to your registration get back into to the Plant City Family YMCA., shape. In Den1507 YMCA Place, ver, he enjoyed Plant City, FL. mountain-bik33563. ing on the rugged terrain. The daredevil even broke his collarbone at one point. Shortly after starting the hobby, he encouraged his dad to join the fitness craze. A member of the Plant City Family YMCA, Mr. Snyder already participated in cycling and spin classes. So, it wasn’t hard for him to develop a love for the sport. And although Florida is known for its flat topography and sandy beaches, the duo found their own places to ride. “We got him a bike, got him into some spandex,” Snyder said. “You’d be surprised

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DECK: The art of tatting is an old, dying technique. But, Plant City resident Edith Wooley is doing everything she can to make sure it doesn’t go out of style.

Plant City resident Edith Wooley learned the art of tatting as a child. Now, she teaches classes about the technique to help keep the lost art alive.

The art of tatting is an old, dying technique. But, Plant City resident Edith Wooley is doing everything she can to make sure it doesn’t go out of style. Edith Wooley’s hands blur in front of her as she swirls and loops thread into ornate patterns. The 79-year-old Plant City artist creates a variety of textile pieces. But, her favorite technique is tatting. Tatting dates back to the early19th century and has become a sort of lost art in modern times. But, Wooley has been striving to keep it alive. She travels around the state to attend heritage festivals and shows. Many have seen her busy at work in her pioneer dress, which she sewed herself, of course. Her wares include beautiful collars, cross bookmarks and impressive doilies. One patron even took a picture of her and painted a watercolor, calling her “The Tatting Lady.”

“If anyone wants something tatted, they call me,” Wooley said. Wooley always has been fascinated by needlework. “My mother could sew anything by hand, and it looked like a machine did it,” Wooley said. When she was young, her best friend’s mother taught her how to crochet. Then at vacation Bible school, the pastor’s wife taught her tatting. Wooley was the only one interested in the craft. As life went on, Wooley got busier. She became a registered nurse and had to take care of her own daughters. Tatting was put on hold. But when her first daughter, Geena Griffin, got married in 1978, Wooley jumped at the opportunity to make her a headdress. The delicate piece had 350

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To commission a piece or take a class, contact Edith Wooley at (813) 754-1612.

CLAIM TO FAME by Amber Jurgensen | Associate Editor

Two Plant City pranksters catch eye of Tonight Show’s Jay Leno Travis Settineri and Brian Owens were invited to California to meet the host. Laughter erupted when Brian Owens displayed his newly shaved head in a video playback on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Owens and his friend, Travis Settineri, had been involved in a prank battle some months before. They up-

loaded their escapades on Settineri’s YouTube channel. It went viral. So viral, that Leno wanted the Plant City residents as guests for his segment, “Prank You Very Much.” Producers emailed Settineri, and the next thing they

knew, the two were on a plane bound for Los Angeles. “He’s the coolest celebrity I’ve met,” Settineri said. “He talked to you like you grew up with him. He genuinely cared about what you had to say.” The madness started when Owens cracked two eggs on Settineri’s head. Settineri was

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Travis Settineri and Brian Owens met Jay Leno recently, after one of their YouTube videos went viral.

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ª 3ODQW&LW\2EVHUYHUFRP TATTING / PAGE 1 sits around similar stacks and picture books. Some of her designs are framed Christmas trees and snowflakes. The bookmarks are best-sellers, and she even makes them in Florida Gator colors. Delicate little butterflies are lined up in a box. She sells many of the butterflies at shows. Their colors are vibrant. But, once in a while, a white one will pop up. Wooley was inspired to create the white butterfly after she watched news coverage of Chilean miners trapped underground after a cavein. Wooley remembered one man, who said they saw a white butterfly miles down in the twisting tunnels. They were so shocked that the creature had made its way that far down that they stopped to look at it. Suddenly, the ground shook and boulders

YOUTUBE / PAGE 1 talking outside on his phone, when Owens snuck up behind him with a video camera and a handful of eggs. To retaliate, Settineri cooked up his own plan. Settineri had been cutting Owens’ hair for seven years. While pursuing his business degree at Saint Leo University, Settineri turned a profit on bhis haircutting talent. He became the “Hallway Barber” as a freshman, after cutting his friends hair as part of initiation on a sports team. Although picky, Owens trusts Settineri with his do. That trust backfired, when Settineri put a homemade gel on

TECHNIQUES There are different types of tatting techniques. • Shuttle tatting. In the earliest method of creating tatted lace, a shuttle is used. The shuttle is a metal, wood or ivory pointed oval. The tatter wraps thread around one hand and uses the shuttle with the other to create loops. Wooley uses a shuttle and also collects antique shuttles. • Needle tatting. Originating in the early 20th century, fell directly in front of them. If they hadn’t stopped to watch the winged creature, they would have been crushed. Wooley calls her white butterflies “guardian angels.” Along with shows, Wooley enters the Florida Strawberry Festival contests every year and always walks away with multiple ribbons. Her straw-

Owens’s head after the haircut. “I’m gonna hook my boy up,” Settineri said in the video while concocting the gel. But, the so-called gel was actually bubble gum Settineri himself chewed and then melted down. “It’s just one of those things that just popped into my head,” Settineri said. “Especially (because) he’s so picky about his hair.” Settineri squirted the bright pink syrup all over Owens’s head after his haircut. “Is this the same stuff you always use?” Owens asked Settineri while being drenched with the concoction. “Yeah it’s really good,” Settineri said, reassuring his victim.

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needle tatting didn’t become popular until much later. Using a needle instead of a shuttle, needle tatting differs slightly in structure because both the needle and thread must pass through the stitches. • Cro-tatting. Combining tatting with crochet, the crotatting tool is a tatting needle with a crochet hook at the end. One also can cro-tat with a bullion crochet hook or a very straight crochet hook. berry doily won Grand Champion. A beautiful tiara also won prizes. It took at least 40 hours to complete. “It’s a slow process,” Wooley said of her work. It might take a while, but Wooley never gets confused. Her hands spread the thread, pulling the shuttle in and out. She has worked with all

But soon, Owens detected that something wasn’t right. As he rubbed it in, he realized it wasn’t gel. And nothing was getting the gum out of Owens’ hair. Settineri kept the camera running as Owens freaked out in front of a mirror. Settineri uploaded the video to his channel, TheHomelessHeroes. Instantly, bloggers and prank sites were sharing the video on their sites.

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types of thread. One time, she was given a box of thread that contained silk dating back from 1918. The box also contained cotton cones that were thought to be used for Boeing airplane seats. Currently, Wooley is working on a communion cloth for Hopewell Baptist Church that requires 11 yards of fabric. She also teaches classes to anyone interested in learning. “They love it,” Wooley said. “So many people say my mother or grandmother loved to tat. It’s skipped some generations.” But, Wooley is doing her best to pass it onto the next generation. Her daughter has picked up the craft and travels with Wooley to shows. “She was having to watch me,” Wooley said. “She’s really good at it now.” Contact Amber Jurgensen at ajurgensen@plantcityobserver.com.

This isn’t Settineri’s first experience with fame. As part of The Homeless Heroes, he’s gotten commercial gigs from Checkers and Jolly Rancher, among others. He’s also been on Fantasy Factory and was the subject of an MTV documentary, which hasn’t aired yet. Contact Amber Jurgensen at ajurgensen@plantcityobserver.com.

To see the prank, visit Settineri’s YouTube channel, TheHomelessHeroes, or go directly to the video at youtube. com/watch?v=cxGCSur2FfA&feature=youtu.be. The Jay Leno segment can be seen at youtube.com/ watch annotation_id=annotation_4099460007&feature=iv &src_vid=pwhHRkbgk34&v=IFo-341WKlo.

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The Snyders made last year’s Dean’s Ride a family affair. This year’s ride takes place Jan. 11.

DEAN / PAGE 1 there are a lot of areas to mountain bike — Alafia, Santos, Ocala. There’s some old mining pits.” Mr. Snyder was hooked. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he used cycling as an outlet. That outlet turned into a way for him to help others. After his own father died of cancer, Dean Snyder began volunteering with the American Cancer Society. He thought of the idea of having a local charity ride in the past, but it never came to fruition. His diagnosis and rediscovered passion led him to found Dean’s Ride. Last year, there were two route options — 18- and 38mile courses. This year, also will be a 62-mile course. It’s a ride, not a race, so the routes

are fitted for anyone from novices to avid riders. “The 18-miler anyone can do,” Snyder said. “It’s just a matter of getting out there and doing it.” Snyder, his brother, Adam, and Mr. Snyder all rode in last year’s event. Dean’s wife, Mikie, drove the repair truck. This year, Snyder wants to convince her to ride. Already, the committee has almost tripled sponsorships and is expecting about 150 riders. Organizers want the ride to be more like a festival, with beer and booths waiting at the end. “We don’t just want them to ride and leave,” Snyder said. “We want people to stay. We want to get more people involved in cycling in Plant City.” Contact Amber Jurgensen at ajurgensen@plantcityobserver. com.


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1. Plant City crowned Kelsey Morgan Fry as its 2013 Florida Strawberry Festival Queen Jan. 26, during the 2013 Florida Strawberry Festival Queen Scholarship Program. 2. Plant City celebrated one of America’s greatest heroes with the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Arts Festival. The festival, themed “Faith, the Foundation of Freedom,” was a joint effort between the Improvement League of Plant City and the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival. 3. Actress Charleene Closshey began shooting for her starring role in a first feature film, “An Evergreen Christmas.” Closshey said her favorite part of the performing arts is being able to connect with people. 4. When Felton Williams was drafted into the U.S. Army in late 1942, he looked out the window of a bus and thought he would never see his home again. But, Mr. Williams did return home from his service in World War II and eventually started the iconic grocery store, Felton’s Meat and Produce. Mr. Williams died Dec. 27, 2012. He was 87.

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1. Breanna Coleman, diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta, has broken 37 bones in her life. She traveled in March to West Virginia for surgery. 2. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce installed its new officers and directors at the 31st Chairman’s Banquet Jan. 31. 2013 Chairman Jim Scott received the gavel from outgoing Chairman Matt Buzza. 3. Plant City residents showed their patriotism and support Feb. 23, as about 120 guardsmen of the Florida Army National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery left their Plant City headquarters for a nine-month deployment to Qatar, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. 4. With a rich history in farming, Turkey Creek Middle continues its tradition each year through its Strawberry Project. 5. Skyler and Jordan McDonald said good-bye to their normal day-to-day routines to travel the globe for a year.

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1. Jane and Doug O’Boerner celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at O’Brien’s of Plant City. 2. Bryan Elementary School student Mackenzie Edwards studied Claude Monet for the Talking Wax Museum project. 3. Christian Walsted, 12, was given ride in this prop plane by pilot Phillip Herrington during the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Planes, Trains and Automobiles event. 4. Little Miss Plant City Emma Showalter and Payton Talavera applauded as Giselle Gutierrez was named First Maid at the 2013 Little Miss Plant City Pageant. 5. Faith Lighthouse Assembly of God featured some of its youngest members riding in a train during the 2013 Florida Strawberry Festival Grand Parade. 6. Antasha Thompson, 8, was thrilled with this catch during the 36th Youth Fishing Derby.

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1. Queena, the woman formerly known as the Bloomingdale Library attack survivor, celebrated her 23rd birthday April 20, at Keel & Curley Winery. 2. Nearly 150 girls participated in Plant City’s first Blueberry Festival Pageant April 13, at Keel and Curley Winery. Julia Jordan Williams, a 19-year-old freshman at Hillsborough Community College, was crowned Plant City’s first Blueberry Festival Queen. 3. Supporters of the Pregnancy Care Center of Plant City enjoyed perfect weather and plenty of fellowship during the center’s annual Walk for Life April 6, at Plant City Hall. 4. Drama students at Strawberry Crest High School entertained the audience with their performance of the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” 5. Hundreds of Plant City philanthropists proved “Curing Cancer is Sweet” at the annual Relay for Life April 19 to 20, at Plant City High School. 6. The Plant City Photo Archives and History Center named J. Myrle Henry as the winner of its 2013 Heritage Award. He celebrated with his wife, Tommie.

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1. The circular drive wrapping around the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center was named after longtime employee Eddie Brooks, seated in the center. 2. Dylan Evensen showed off his guns at MudZilla, which took play May 18, in Plant City. 3. Students at Turkey Creek Middle School competed in their very own Olympics May 22. 4. Sarah Winters (Plant City), Jacob Bernier (Durant), Exor Serrano-Arce, center, and Rahul Patel (both Strawberry Crest) — were named 2013 valedictorians at their respective schools. 5. Connor Perry and Rose Tibbets were among those to grace the stage during Strawberry Crest High School’s production of “Almost, Maine.” 6. Sophia Hyde toured Taiwan as part of Rotary Club International’s Group Study Exchange.

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1. More than 200 had gathered for a candlelight vigil June 4, at the Train Depot in Historic Downtown Plant City, to offer prayers and support for Misti Whitfield, 35, who has been missing since May 2. 2. Troop 101 Boy Scout Ry Palmer led a group of Cub Scouts through the woods during the Scouting in the Sun camp, at Edward Medard Park, in Plant City. 3. Members of Strawberry Crest’s Class of 2013 took plenty of ‘selfies’ during before Commencement. 4. Plant City resident Mary Anne Henry has competed in many National Veterans Wheelchair Games. In 2013, she lived out a dream of competing in the Games in her home state. 5. Clark Futch, Justin Gajewski, Kelsey Fry, Jacob Goad and Sergio Garcia were proud members of Plant City High School’s Class of 2013.

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1. Intermittent thunderstorms couldn’t extinguish Plant City’s American spirit, as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World celebrated the Fourth of July with food, fun and, of course, fireworks, at Plant City Stadium. 2. More than 200 Walden Lake Golf & Country Club residents attended a town hall meeting, organized by resident Shelly Orrico, to fight plans to change their country club and golf courses. 3. The Plant City Observer celebrated the Fourth of July with its annual Spirit of America photo essay. This year’s essay featured this image of one of the city’s numerous railroad crossings. 4. Summer campers at the Plant City Family YMCA were caught horsing around all week, when Mulberry-based K&M Pony Parties brought to Plant City horses of all shapes and sizes. Zoe Meeks, 6, gave this horse plenty of love. 5. Plant City’s own GaryElvis Britt competed in the 11th Annual Elvis Tampa Bay Festival, at the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds.

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1. Steppin’ Stone Farm has been helping troubled teens for 40 years. From left: Teenagers Taylor Mallory, Hana Alsamman, Emma Strayer-Ellis and Lauren Schorejs all are working to change their lives, with the help of Executive Director Cindy Churchill, right. 2. U.S. Army Sgt. Thomas Adair, with his wife, Lauren, and daughter, Autumn. The Adairs had this portrait taken in February, right before Thomas left for his deployment in Southeast Asia. 3. The marching bands at Durant, Plant City and Strawberry Crest high schools all spent the last few weeks of summer preparing for a new season of football games and weekend competitions. 4. Brooklynn Santos started kindergarten at Robinson Elementary. She was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. 5. Students enrolled in the summer program at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center avenged their 2012 kickball loss with a 14-13 victory over their rivals at Planteen Rec Center.

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1. U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Oquendo died Sept. 1, 2012 — not from combat, but rather from cancer. The lessons he taught his Plant City family still resonate. 2. Loretta Woodson started Ramblin’ Rose with her daughters. The group was among the featured performers at the the 2013 Sonshine Opry Gospel Music Festival Sept. 14, at the Florida Strawberry Festival. 3. FFA students from throughout Plant City joined others from throughout the state for a special concert by rising country music star Easton Corbin, at the Florida State Fairgrounds. 4. Plant City’s reigning pop art diva, Jules Burt, was commissioned to paint portraits of all 53 2014 Miss America contestants. She presented them to the contestants in August, in Atlantic City, N.J. 5. A new friendship inspired the Pierce, Boyd and Harrell families to join forces in their fight against pediatric cancer. From left: Morgan Pierce, Cheri and Haley Boyd, Emily Pierce, and Shannon and Natalie Harrell.


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1. Adventurists from throughout the state got down and dirty at the 2013 Blueberry Stomp Mud Run, at Keel and Curley Winery, in Plant City. 2. Anthony Bailey, 7, relaxed in a giant sandbox filled with corn at the annual Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, at Single R Ranch. 3. Moriah Barnhart’s 2-year-old daughter, Dahlia, has been battling a cancer for most of her life. Now, her mom is on a crusade to approve the use of medicinal marijuana in cancer patients. 4. Plant City High School celebrated its newest Calendar Girls during a pageant Sept. 28, at the school. The 2014 Cover Girl is Kellyanne Hurst. 5. Josie Dituri and H.B. Plant’s Pantherettes earned top honors at the West Coast Invitational, held Oct. 12, at Durant High School. 6. Irma Cone Moody, longtime pillar in the Plant City community and wife of judge James Moody, died Oct. 14, 2013. She was 99.

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NOVEMBER 1. Elijah West represented Lincoln Elementary Magnet School at the Salute to Our Veterans Program. 2. Carey Willis, of Carey Willis BBQ and Catering, loved serving barbecue fans at this year’s Plant City Pig Jam. 3. Plant City disabled veteran Ray Hargroves received a new wheelchair that allows him to enjoy all the outdoor activities he loves. 4. Bob Willaford watched as his caboose was installed in its new home at the Historic Downtown Train Depot. 5. Luly Bonilla and Dr. Ray Gutierrez won firstplace honors from the judges at the sixth annual Dancing With the Locals.

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THE BEST OF COPS CORNER MANATEE

JAN. 13 FASHION FAUX PAS

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300 block of South Frontage Road. Trespass Complaint. A manager advised that an unknown Hispanic male, wearing a wig, women’s underwear and sunglasses, had been seen inside a vacant room and was suspected to be sleeping in there. The male was gone upon the officer’s arrival.

1720 block of James L. Redman Parkway. Retail Theft. A black male suspect, wearing a dark ball cap, gray shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers, took a flashlight and walked out the store without offering to pay. The suspect was detained by an officer and positively identified by the clerk. The flashlight was valued at $7.99, and the suspect was arrested.

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100 block of Magnolia Street. Theft. The victim said someone stole several items off his back porch. Stolen items included a black Napa battery jump box, a gray Memorex portable radio, one-half gallon of Dawn dish soap and one gallon of Windex cleaner.

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4330 block of Barret Avenue. Noise Ordinance Violation. A request for prosecution was issued to the victim, who complained of excessive loud and continuous noise from a barking dog at a neighboring residence. 4200 block of Thackery Way. Noise Ordinance Violation. A request for prosecution was issued to the victim, who complained a neighbor blows an extremely loud air horn when any neighborhood dog barks.

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1700 block of North Park Road. Criminal Mischief. City employees advised the skate park shed had been spray-painted with a face and the words, “Stupid Redneck.”

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510 block of South Johnson Street. Trespassing/Possession of Marijuana/Violation of Probation. The suspect was found sleeping in the vacant residence by the owner. The responding officer arrived on scene and observed a baggie of marijuana hanging out of the suspect’s pocket. The marijuana weighed 70 grams. The suspect was arrested. He is currently on probation for robbery and was also charged with violation of his probation.

JULY 4

AMERICAN PRIDE

Intersection of East Alabama and South Morgan streets. Battery. An officer observed a fight break out between two

black males. A 17-year-old juvenile and the adult suspect engaged in a mutual fight, after the juvenile shot fireworks at the adult’s children. The juvenile was arrested for battery and transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center, in Tampa. The adult suspect was arrested and released with a court date.

JULY 5

PUNCH DRUNK

4100 block of West Criminal mischief - 1307-1349 - 4103 W. S.R. 574. An unknown Hispanic male left the bar. He appeared to be extremely i n t ox i c a t e d . The victim and bouncers watched the suspect, as he started walking in between vehicles, apparently looking for his. The male then walked to the driver’s side of the victim’s vehicle and smashed the window. The male then walked to a silver SUV and drove away. The damaged window is valued at about $100.

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1100 block of North Warnell Street. Domestic Violence/ Simple Battery. The suspect got upset at her 15-year-old grandson because he would not drive her to the store. When the grandson refused to drive her because he does not have a license, the suspect smacked him in the forehead with an aluminum can of roach spray. The suspect also threw the can of spray at the

victim when he called police. The suspect was arrested.

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2000 block of Wood Court. Theft. The business owner advised that an employee has been stealing from the company by having customers write checks but leave the “pay to” portion blank. The employee then fills in his own name instead of the company’s name. This has been going on for possibly five months, with an estimated total amount of $66,000. The business accountant is still researching the final total. This investigation is ongoing.

JULY 20

LAST DANCE WITH MARY JANE

Intersection of East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and South Park Road. Possession of Drugs/Paraphernalia. An officer conducted a traffic stop because of a defective taillight. Upon contact with the driver, the officer detected an odor of marijuana and could actually see a small amount of marijuana present in the driver’s lap. The driver tried to flick the marijuana away. A search of the vehicle was conducted and a large sum of money was located in the center console.

JULY 23

DEAD MAN DRIVING

Intersection of Walter Drive and West Baker Street. Driving with License Suspended/ Revoked. An officer conducted a traffic stop on a 1998 Ford for leaving its lane of travel. The driver attempted to use his deceased brother’s Florida driver’s license. He eventually gave his correct name. The suspect had a suspended Florida driver’s license.

JULY 30

DRINKING PROBLEM

700 block of North Pennsylvania Avenue. Simple Battery. The victim was sitting at a picnic table and grabbed a Gatorade, which he thought had been left behind by someone. The victim said he was going to drink the Gatorade. When he picked up the Gatorade, an unknown Hispanic male started yelling at him from across the park. The male approached him and began to punch him, which caused the victim to fall and twist his ankle. At that point, the suspect got into a red, four-door Chevy and left the area.

AUG. 1

SHORT-SIGHTED

100 block of North Pearl Street. Robbery. The victim advised he was sitting on the front porch, when he was approached by two thin black males, who demanded his wallet. When he was too slow to give them his wallet, both of the suspects began to struggle with the victim, eventually hitting him and

knocking him to the ground. The suspects took his shorts, which contained his wallet, and fled the scene. One of the suspects fled the area in a white, four-door sedan, and the other fled on foot running south on Pearl Street. While officers were investigating the scene, the victim’s wallet was found lying on the ground, where it apparently fell out during the struggle. The only property taken from the victim appears to be a $20 pair of Ocean Pacific shorts.

AUG. 2

BIKE PATH DRAMA

Walden Lake Boat Ramp. Stolen/Recovered Bicycle. The victim was riding a bicycle along the path, when two white male juveniles approached her on the pathway. One male was on a bike, and the other was on foot. The victim said the male on the bike rode straight at her like he was “playing chicken with her.” This caused the victim to swerve and fall off the bike. One of the juveniles grabbed the bike and began to ride away on it. The victim chased the males until they dropped the bike.

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AUG. 9

WWJD?

1900 block of James L. Redman Parkway. Petit Theft. The store clerk called and reported that, while reviewing store security cameras, she saw an unknown black male — about 5-foot-11 and 260 pounds and wearing a blue T-shirt with writing “Property of Jesus” on the front — take the American Red Cross donation jar that contained about $30.

AUG. 9

WHAT A GUY

1300 block of West Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Criminal Mischief. The victim reported her ex-boyfriend pulled the passenger door handle off her 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe and then threw it at the vehicle. Damage was estimated at $100.

AUG. 20

HOT MERCHANDISE

2200 block of North Park Road. Theft. An unknown black male stole a display containing

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50 cigarette lighters from the store. The clerk was able to get the tag number from the suspect’s vehicle. An officer responded to the address where the vehicle was registered and made contact with the suspect. The display containing the lighters was in plain sight on the floorboard between the suspect’s feet. The suspect was also in possession of 3.6 grams of marijuana.

SEPT. 4

ANYONE SEE A SHORT MAN CARRYING AN ANIMAL-PRINT PURSE?

2440 block of James L. Redman Parkway. Robbery by Sudden Snatching. According to the reporting victim, an unknown Hispanic male, described as about 5 feet, 4 inches tall, thin build and wearing blue jeans, ran up behind her and stole her animal-print purse.

SEPT. 5

THICK-HEADED AS THIEVES

2600 block of James L. Redman Parkway. Retail Theft/ Dealing in Stolen Property. The suspects walked into the garden center and selected a Snapper lawn mower. They walked outside with the mower without paying. Next, they re-entered the store with the mower and walked to customer service to get a fraudulent refund on the mower that was just stolen. When they were denied the refund, they left the store and loaded the mower into their van. They were driving out of the parking lot when officers located them.

SEPT. 9

CHAIR CHUCKER

1310 block of Louisiana Street. Criminal Mischief. The victim stated he was involved in an argument with a known black female. During the argument, she picked up a plastic lawn chair and threw it at his 2006 Ford F-150.

SEPT. 12

JUST ADDING SOME FENG SHUI

100 block of South Forrest Street. Residential Burglary. The reporting person advised sometime after 4 p.m. Sept. 11, unknown suspect(s) opened a kitchen window to enter the home and had moved items around.

OCT. 16

DOWN THE HATCH

Intersection of East Alabama and South Morgan streets. Pos-

session of Cocaine/Tampering with Evidence/Resisting Arrest. An officer conducted a traffic stop on a bicycle for r u n ning a stop sign. The rider gave the officer consent to search. The officer located what he suspected to be crack cocaine in the suspect’s front right pocket. The officer placed the cocaine on the hood of his patrol car and began to handcuff the suspect. While the officer was attempting to place the second handcuff on, the suspect pulled his arm away, grabbed the cocaine and placed it in his mouth. The suspect then started to chew the cocaine rapidly. The officer was unable to retrieve the cocaine. The officer tested residue from the suspect’s pocket and from the hood of the car, and it was positive for cocaine.

OCT. 20

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS FAT, ONE-SOCKED MAN?

2800 block of James L. Redman Parkway. Bike Theft. The victim stated that he placed his 27-inch black men’s mountain bike on the side of the business when he arrived at work. Shortly after starting work, a person told him someone was riding off on his bike. The victim saw a heavy set Hispanic male adult wearing a gray shirt, dirty blue jeans and one sock riding toward Charlie Griffin Road.

OCT. 30

HEISENBERG WON’T BE HAPPY

4100 block of West County Road 574. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. An officer conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the suspect. The officer conducted a vehicle search after noticing a scale in plain sight. The scale had residue which tested positive for methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested on possession of drug paraphernalia and released on her own recognizance with a court date.

NOV. 9

BOSS BATTLE

2000 block of James L. Redman Parkway. Simple Battery. The victim stated he was hired by the business Nov. 5, and that his arm was grabbed by a manager. He was yelled at for putting onions on a customer’s burger when he was told not to. The manager then smacked him on the back and told him to go to work. After this incident, the victim was written up several times and fired and wanted to press charges on the manager who hit him. This investigation is ongoing.

NOV. 22

PANTY RAID

3400 block of James L. Redman Parkway. Residential Burglary. The victim advised an unknown person broke a kitchen window entered the residence. Once inside, the suspect stole a flat-screen Toshiba TV, two pairs of Nike Shox sneakers, a small safe that contained personal documents and a dresser drawer full of women’s underwear.

NOV. 29

MONEY LAUNDERING

2600 block of James L. Redman Parkway. Retail Theft; Fraudulent Refund. The suspect entered the store and took a T-shirt and replaced it on the shelf with a used, dirty T-shirt. He then walked to customer service and obtained a refund for the shirt he had just stolen. He was arrested and transported to Orient Road Jail.

DEC. 1

INTERESTING CHOICES

2000 block of Cedar Run Drive. Residential Burglary. The victim reported that between Nov. 27 and Dec. 1, unknown person(s) broke into his residence and stole a Dale Earnhardt checkbook cover and bottles of Wild Turkey whiskey.


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TheYEAR inSPORTS What a year! We at the Plant City Times & Observer finally were able to keep track of Plant City-area sports for a full 365 days, between two sports writers, and the action didn’t disappoint. There are big things happening in this little, historic part town, and, as is our tradition, we went ahead and ranked some of the best Plant City sports had to offer in 2013. Because I arrived with just three-and-one-half months left in the year, these lists were constructed with some input from former Associate Editor Matt

Mauney. He and I exchanged our thoughts and ideas in a brainstorming session, and only our Top Five Teams list is back. In place of the Top Five Moments list, we’ve also named the Top Five Athletes of 2013 — a ranking based largely on athletic performance, whether it was dominant or a huge improvement from 2012. The rankings were tough to complete, because there were a number of athletes in the area who did big things this year. So, without further ado, let’s take a look back at the best of 2013 for one last time.

2013 IN REVIEW by Justin Kline | Staff Writer

WHAT’S ON KLINE’S MIND?

A note from the new guy

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2014

I’ll admit this right now: I knew nothing about Plant City when I first took this job — save for the fact that there was some kind of fruity festival held here every year. So, my first task I got hired was tour Plant City with former Associate Editor Matt Mauney. We covered all the bases over the span of a day or two, hitting all the high schools and parks and speaking with many of the coaches. While we were driving from spot to spot, I grilled him with as many questions about the area as I could. As I’ve mentioned before, I had been used to the hustle and bustle of a metro daily publication, papers running in JUSTIN much bigger markets KLINE with so much to cover and so little time to slow down. I was worried that, going from an area with 31 high schools and an NCAA Division I university to a city with three high schools and a community college, I’d be short on coverage. “Absolutely not,” Matt told me. “You’ll be surprised, once you really get started, at how much goes on out here.” As far as I’m concerned, you can put one point in Matt’s section of the scoreboard — he was right. In fact, I still can’t believe how many awesome things I’ve gotten to go watch and write about every week. I’ve witnessed a number of great high school sporting events, backed by crowds that could be just as loud as those at the other, larger schools I had covered previously. I’ve seen some youth football games with finishes wilder than what some of the older kids are doing at the high school level. I’ve done research on the history of baseball in Plant City and found a direct connection to my hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., and favorite minor league baseball team, the Bisons. I’ve spoken with some of the best young athletes in the Tampa Bay area and found a number of stories that rivaled anything I’ve covered anywhere else. I’ve even gotten to cover professional wrestling, which was my favorite thing in the world for a big chunk of my life, and still is something that I enjoy. And all of this in just three-andone-half months. Matt got to see many more things than I did, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little jealous that he got to be here for baseball season — it’ll be nice to transition from being the nerd who fills out his own scorecard for fun at every game to being the sports writer who fills one out to back up his game notes. I’ve never been hard to spot in the crowd. My only regret is that I can’t be everywhere at once — I’ve missed out on a few great games because of other commitments, and there have been a few mornings where I’ve gone online to look at the results and groaned. Thankfully, I’ve gotten great recaps of some of those games from my sources, whom I’d like to thank here for making my job easier. I encourage any of you readers to drop me a line if you have something that may make a good feature. Many times, the best stories out there are the ones people have their doubts about: something that, to them, seems perfectly normal and mundane. I get a decent amount of emails from parents, almost all of which begin with, “Not brag about my kid, but …” Please, parents of Plant City, don’t hesitate to brag about your kids if they’ve done something great on the playing field. It could be an Athlete of the Week consideration or even a full feature. I’m looking forward to a great year for the Plant City sports scene. We truly do live and work in a great sports town, even if it isn’t immediately obvious to those on the outside.


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TYLER DANISH. If there’s

one thing that Tyler Danish and “Animal House” character Bluto have in common, it’s this number: 0.0. Danish, however, wasn’t flunking out of school. The former Durant pitcher posted a perfect 0.00 ERA in his senior season and struck out 156 batters. Those are wild numbers for a high school pitcher, especially considering that he only allowed 16 walks, and only five runs were scored while he was active in games. He always appeared to be a good player, but his 15-1 2013 season was immaculate. In fact, it was good enough to get Danish drafted in the second round, 55th overall, by the Chicago White Sox — a move that surprised many baseball pundits, because he wasn’t on MLB.com or Keith Law’s Top 100 list. They were presumably turned off by his unorthodox throwing motion, which suggested he had an arm that wasn’t quite starter material.

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The White Sox weren’t concerned, though: Similar things were said about Chris Sale’s arm, and look at how he turned out. Pitching in the minors after graduation, the ERA rose a little bit. But, 1.20 between two teams is nothing to be ashamed of, and neither are his 28 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched. All signs point to a quick ascension through the minors.

ry Crest’s girls have had their share of the Plant City-area basketball scene on lock for a while now, and a lot of that comes with the play of Aliyah Gregory. The senior guard-forward came off of a 2012-13 season in which she averaged 22.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 5.8 steals per game, often looking like one of the most electrifying players in the county. She was also clutch in the postseason, namely in her 32-point, 12-steal game against Lakewood Ranch at regionals. Entering the 2013-14 season, Gregory committed to the University of Central Florida and created the “Assist and Score” fundraiser in honor of her late aunt, Nicole Bush, to raise awareness about and benefit victims of domestic violence. She’s been wearing purple shoes, socks and accessories to support the cause, and the rest of the Lady Chargers have followed suit.

area. With the Alabama offer came the spotlight, like a Bat-signal for college scouts. Next thing you know, it was common to see scouts from Alabama, Florida State, Virginia Tech and other Division I schools hanging out on the Raiders’ sideline. Now that Plant City is on the map of more FBS scouts, the area’s football players have a better shot at getting to the next level.

CHELSEA BAKER. Speaking of Durant pitchers with national recognition, knuckleballer Chelsea Baker also had quite the year in 2013. She was featured on the MLB Network’s first reality show, “The Next Knuckler,” in February. She got to pitch against the show’s five contestants, who were taught how to throw the pitch by Tim Wakefield, and struck out both the eventual winner and former bigleaguer Kevin Millar. In August, Baker once again traveled to Japan to play in several exhibition games with high school girls teams. She pitched seven total innings of relief work. She also played fall ball with Durant, seeing a lot more action. As a reliever, she pitched 17 1/3 innings and shut batters down — finishing with a 0.00 ERA. She’ll be back on the mound for the Cougars in the spring, having earned a spot on the varsity team.

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perhaps more than anyone in the district, are stacked from top to bottom. Much of the talent pool was made up of seniors: quarterback Landon Galloway and offensive weapon Hassan Bailey are both bound to play ball at Divi-

Also as a result of her great performance, Baker has been invited to try out for the USA Women’s National Team. Only 40 women have been invited to try out for the team, which will compete in the 2014 Women’s Baseball World Cup in Japan. She’ll be in Boca Raton from Jan. 5 to 10 for the tryouts and, if successful, she’ll be back in Japan in August.

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the team. It was also a great season for senior Luke Heyer, who batted .381 with 22 runs, 32 hits and 18 RBI. Heyer will likely lead the charge on offense in Danish’s absence and, having lost only four seniors to graduation, this team can still make some noise.

As three of those four seniors were pitchers, though, that will be the biggest question mark hovering over the team. It should be noted, however, that two of the remaining pitchers posted sub-0.6 ERA’s, and Heyer himself finished with a respectable 2.10.

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Although her current numbers aren’t as high as what she finished last season with, they’re still excellent. Her 18.8 points and 5.7 steals per game lead the team, and her four assists are second-most by a fraction. As long as Gregory is active and sound of mind, this Strawberry Crest team can hang with just about anyone in the area.

these five athletes could get a “Most Improved Player” award, it would be Diana Corzine. She’s played soccer and ran cross country for much of her life, but 2013 was a career year for her in both sports. Corzine led Plant City High School’s cross country team to the FHSAA regionals, on the heels of solid outings like her sixth-place finish in the Class 4A District 7 meet, and her 11th-place finish in the East Hillsborough County Invitational. But, Corzine’s soccer game is what brings her to this list. Though the Lady Raiders were very good in 2012, they have been almost unstoppable in 2013, and no one on the team benefitted more from the new balanced attack. Though a four-goal, five-assist season isn’t really a bad thing, it’s not a nice change from 10 goals, eight assists in 2011, and 16 and eight as a freshman. Whatever she’s doing differently in 2013 is working; it only took her three games to top her 2012-13 total. Corzine is on pace for a 20-goal season, and that’s exactly the kind of momentum she wants to build as she prepares to start her college career at Trevecca Nazarene University.

5 TEAMS OF 2013 Thanks to its volleyball team, Durant athletics can boast about having two perfect regular seasons in two years. After a 2-1 preseason loss to Bloomingdale, the Lady Cougars followed up with a 25-win streak, dropping just seven sets. Only Steinbrenner and Bloomingdale threatened to ruin Durant’s bid for a perfect regular season, but the Lady Cougars pulled out some lategame heroics in each contest to win, 3-2. Although senior Lexi Thompson didn’t come close to replicating her 295-kill junior season, she and fellow senior Victoria Fanning still played like one of the best one-two punches in the county. Thompson was actu-

ally a little more efficient in 2013, raising her hit percentage from 45% to 50%, but Fanning made the biggest jump in that area — going from 29% in 2012 to 45% in 2013. Durant’s feat is even more impressive considering the solid seasons Plant City and

Strawberry Crest had. Both schools finished with a 7-3 district record, well ahead of the competition. Although the Lady Cougars were swept, 3-0, by Steinbrenner in the regional semifinals, it looks like Durant is almost back to its “glory days.”

which MaxPreps ranks as the No. 17 team in the country, the Lady Raiders took out their frustrations with a fourgame, 45-goal run through late November and early December. It’s all a part of their extremely balanced attack: 18

girls have scored goals this season, compared to 10 last year. Ericka Lott, the team’s only double-digit scorer last year, is now joined in the 10-goals-or-more club by fellow seniors Diana Corzine and assists leader Stephanie Galloway.

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PLANT CITY DOLPHINS (VARSITY).

Although 2013 was a good year for all of the Dolphins teams, it was the Varsity squad that came away with the most goods to show for it. It was the only one of the five Dolphins teams to go undefeated in 2013, a perfect 9-0 romp that never saw the team score fewer than 22 points. Their season high was 63, which they dropped on the Antioch Redskins on Sept. 28. They then stormed through the playoff bracket all the way to the Superbowl, where they picked up a 34-8 win over the East Bay Buccaneers and took home the trophies. They then followed up their TCYFCC successes with a run

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MONTEL McBRIDE. Football is king in the Winter Strawberry Capital, and Montel McBride made his mark in 2013 like no one else on the gridiron. After turning in an impressive offseason performance that landed him a football scholarship at the University of Alabama, all eyes were on McBride. There was only one question looming over his senior season, and it was simple: How would the Alabama offer affect his play? If it did, mentally or physically, it didn’t show. McBride often commanded double-teams, even tripleteams, and usually overpowered them. At 6 feet, 4 inches tall and 330 pounds, he often made it look easy. His play helped Plant City’s front seven become the scariest in the district and arguably one of the most intimidating in the county. But, his biggest impact may have been an indirect one, benefitting his teammates and others in the

DURANT BASEBALL. After starting the 2013 season with two consecutive ties, the Durant Cougars made a remarkable run to the Class 8A State Championship game and had its star player drafted 55th overall. Although Alonso finished with a better record in the district — by virtue of playing one more game than the Cougars did — Durant outscored its opponents 11-1 in the district tournament to go to the playoffs. Much of the Cougars’ success in 2013 was the result of Tyler Danish’s magnum opus on the mound, but the pitcher also proved himself to be quite capable in the batter’s box. Danish’s .411 batting average led everyone on the team with more than two at-bats, and his 25 runs, 37 hits, and 27 RBI led

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through the United Youth Football League National Championships, held Dec. 7 to 13, in Plant City. For the first time in over two years, they defeated the Naperville (Ill.) Patriots to advance to the championship game, where they defeated the

sion I colleges next year, and Galloway could often count on targets Rayquan Johnson and Jacob Studstill when needed. The O-line, sometimes anchored by Montel McBride, functioned well enough as a unit to give Galloway and the running backs breathing room. But the defense was the

Brooklyn Renegades, 16-6. Things didn’t go as well as planned at the Game Day of Champions on Dec. 21, when the Dolphins lost, 15-12, to the Brandon Ravens. Even with that loss, the Dolphins will enter 2014 with their heads held high.

heart and soul of this team, and McBride, sacks leader John Broome and the versatile Sedrick King helped anchor the best front seven in the district. Defensive back Jyquis Thomas, who also has some pass rush skills, anchored the secondary. These seniors helped lead the team to an 8-2 re-

coach Caleb Roberts got to open 2013 by leading the Lady Raiders through the district tournament, beginning a 17-2 run that’s still going today. Plant City was very good in the 2012-13 season, posting an 11-4-3 record and winning its second consecutive district title. Also, for the first time in school history, the team advanced all the way to the regional final, though they ended up on the losing side of a 1-0 game against Lakewood Ranch. Now that the girls have had more time to become comfortable in Roberts’ system, they’ve been nearly unstoppable this season. After a 1-0 loss to Newsome,

cord in the regular season, rattling off wins like the 40-0 upset over Bloomingdale and the 41-14 beatdown of then-district leader Strawberry Crest. It was the best record that the Raiders had posted since 1996 and, although the team didn’t win the threeway district playoff, they came just shy of upsetting

Sickles in the first round of the playoffs. Although they’re losing a lot of seniors, there’s still good depth among the youngsters. Sawyer Dawson looks to be next in line to anchor the defense, and he’ll be backed by a couple of great athletes in T.J. Chase and Markese Hargrove.


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Ashley Bogue took this picture of her daughter on the porch before lunch with the family. The Plant City Times & Observer, State Farm Insurance agent Tony Lee and The Corner Store have partnered to host the I Love Plant City Photo Contest. Winners will have their photo featured and receive a $10 gift certificate to The Corner Store! To enter, email your photo, along with a caption, to Editor Michael Eng, meng@ plantcityobserver. com; subject line: I Love Plant City. Winners can pick up their prize at The Corner Store.

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