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This Week: Chase Ends With Crash, Ritters Employs Students, Deadly Deer Encounters, Christmas Parade Photos

In case you missed them, here's a look at the top stories on East Lake Patch from December 16-22.

1) Deadly Deer Encounters Traumatize East Lake Drivers

"There's a lot of blood on the road. You drive on the road and you see all the blood and it doesn't speak well for our community," said Barb Walker, an East Lake resident and mother of two children.

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Cypress Woods Elementary School Principal Lisa Freeman sent a letter to parents to let them know that staff is working to make sure students feel safe and protected and law enforcement has increased its presence at elementary schools.

3) Car Chase Leads to Arrest of Pharmacy Robbery Suspect

Did you see all the Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy cruisers on a side road of U.S. 19 Thursday? It was a chase involving an armed robbery suspect. Here's what happened.

4) Photos: Palm Harbor Middle Beats Firefighters in Basketball Fundraiser

A large crowd turned out to watch Wednesday night's exhibition game which benefitted the Palm Harbor Panthers Boys Basketball Team.

5) Police: Woman Found Stolen Gun Under Daughter's Mattress

A Largo mother's discovery in her daughter's bedroom led to the arrest of a Palm Harbor man, according to police.

6) Assault Weapon Ban: Is it Time?

One Tampa Bay area lawmaker says yes. What do you think Tampa Bay?

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On Monday, Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Michael A. Grego sent the following letter to Pinellas County Schools staff regarding school safety in response to the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

8) Ritter’s Owners Hire to Help Students Pay for College

Local Eric Treichel employs numerous high schoolers and college students at Palm Harbor’s Ritter’s Frozen Custard location, located at 2665 E. Lake Road, including his two sons, with the goal of helping them pay for college expenses.

9) Photos: 2012 Palm Harbor Christmas Parade

It was great to see everyone at the annual holiday parade! We snapped lots of photos of the parade and crowd. A picture of you might be included in this photo gallery. If not, please add your own photos!

10) Photo Contest: Who's Got the Craziest or Cutest Cat?

Enter your favorite photo of your cat being crazy, funny, silly or adorable, and you could win a prize!

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