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  • Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:08:35 GMT
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
  • FOUND: Bradenton girl after argument with dad

    FOUND: Bradenton girl after argument with dad

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:27:44 GMT
    Bianca Unique Agustdottir, 11, had a fight with her dad at the apartment on 53rd Avenue West in Bradenton Monday evening, and disappeared for hours.
    Bianca Unique Agustdottir, 11, had a fight with her dad at the apartment on 53rd Avenue West in Bradenton Monday evening, and disappeared for hours.
  • Police investigating Tampa boy's death as hit and run

    Police investigating Tampa boy's death as hit and run

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:11:54 GMT
    Surveillance image of SUV suspected in deadly hit & run. Courtesy TPDSurveillance image of SUV suspected in deadly hit & run. Courtesy TPD
    New surveillance video has Tampa Police investigating 4-year-old Marterrance Albury's death as a hit and run. 
    New surveillance video has Tampa Police investigating 4-year-old Marterrance Albury's death as a hit and run. 
  • Tampa Police now question if boy rolled from SUV

    Tampa Police now question if boy rolled from SUV

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:05 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:05:09 GMT
    Tampa Police are investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy who was found critically injured, sprawled on a Tampa road on Sunday night.Tampa Police are investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy who was found critically injured, sprawled on a Tampa road on Sunday night.
    Tampa Police are investigating the tragic death of a 4-year-old boy who was found critically injured, sprawled on a Tampa road on Sunday night. Marterrance Albury died at St. Joseph's Hospital on Monday morning.
    Tampa Police are investigating the tragic death of a 4-year-old boy who was found critically injured, sprawled on a Tampa road on Sunday night. Marterrance Albury died at St. Joseph's Hospital on Monday morning.
  • How thieves clone your credit cards

    How thieves clone your credit cards

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:15:02 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
  • Geo experts to investigate Spring Hill sinkhole

    Geo experts to investigate Spring Hill sinkhole

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-07-22 11:57:02 GMT
    Hernando County engineers and contractors will return to a sinkhole on Elderidge Dr. Tuesday with specialized geotechnical equipment to investigate what's happening underground.
    Hernando County engineers and contractors will return to a sinkhole on Elderidge Dr. Tuesday with specialized geotechnical equipment to investigate what's happening underground.
  • Report card for Tampa Mayor Buckhorn earns him high marks

    Report card for Tampa Mayor Buckhorn earns him high marks

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:44 AM EDT2014-07-22 10:44:38 GMT
    Artist rendering downtown TampaArtist rendering downtown Tampa
    Tampa's Mayor makes the grade with downtown investors.On the campaign trail Mayor Bob Buckhorn promised to turn a city where the sidewalks would roll up when the work whistle would blow, into a place where people could live, work and play."
    Tampa's Mayor makes the grade with downtown investors.On the campaign trail Mayor Bob Buckhorn promised to turn a city where the sidewalks would roll up when the work whistle would blow, into a place where people could live, work and play."
  • Two found dead after welfare check in Hudson

    Two found dead after welfare check in Hudson

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:44 AM EDT2014-07-22 09:44:54 GMT
    Pasco deputies are investigating the circumstances of the death of two people in Hudson found on Clark Street late Monday night.
    Pasco deputies are investigating the circumstances of the death of two people in Hudson found on Clark Street late Monday night.
  • Family of 4-year-old boy killed on a Tampa street speaks out

    Family of 4-year-old boy killed on a Tampa street speaks out

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:36 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:36:45 GMT
    Marterrance AlburyMarterrance Albury
    "He's bad but he's a sweet bad. You know kids get into stuff and if he got into something, he would crawl up under the table and hide when he knows he is about to get in trouble,” said Williams as she remember her grandson Marterrance Albury who was killed Sunday
    "He's bad but he's a sweet bad. You know kids get into stuff and if he got into something, he would crawl up under the table and hide when he knows he is about to get in trouble,” said Williams as she remember her grandson Marterrance Albury who was killed Sunday
  • New St. Petersburg Police Chief is Anthony Holloway

    New St. Petersburg Police Chief is Anthony Holloway

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:54 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:54:00 GMT
    Clearwater Police Chief, Anthony HollowayClearwater Police Chief, Anthony Holloway
    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will announce the new St. Petersburg Police Chief on Tuesday.
    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will announce the new St. Petersburg Police Chief on Tuesday.
  • Accused DUI killer in Pinellas court today

    Accused DUI killer in Pinellas court today

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:26 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:26:58 GMT
    File: mugshot of Garrett BruceFile: mugshot of Garrett Bruce
    Prosecutors have been trying to bring Garrett Bruce to justice for years now after he crashed a car in Tarpon Springs in 2011 and killed one of his passengers, Patrick Vosbein. Police say he was driving drunk.Today in a Pinellas courtroom Bruce willhave yet another pretrial hearing leading up to his scheduled trial
    Prosecutors have been trying to bring Garrett Bruce to justice for years now after he crashed a car in Tarpon Springs in 2011 and killed one of his passengers, Patrick Vosbein. Police say he was driving drunk.Today in a Pinellas courtroom Bruce willhave yet another pretrial hearing leading up to his scheduled trial
  • Family mourns death of boy, 4, mauled by pit bulls

    Family mourns death of boy, 4, mauled by pit bulls

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:15:42 GMT
    Logan Shepard, 4, lived on Tocci Lane in Riverview.Logan Shepard, 4, lived on Tocci Lane in Riverview.
    It's hard to imagine the pain Stephanie Groulx is enduring. On Saturday night, her brother-in-law's two pit bulls attacked and killed her 4-year old son Logan Shepard.
    It's hard to imagine the pain Stephanie Groulx is enduring. On Saturday night, her brother-in-law's two pit bulls attacked and killed her 4-year old son Logan Shepard.
  • Davenport native producing Hollywood web series in Polk County

    Davenport native producing Hollywood web series in Polk County

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:06:57 GMT
    Mark E. Stephens is Welcome to our Mansion producerMark E. Stephens is Welcome to our Mansion producer
    A Davenport native who's now living the Hollywood life is coming back home to turn the cameras on Polk County.They say home is where the heart is, so it's no surprise when producer Mark Stephens set off for his dream TV-series project, he came back to his old stomping grounds of Polk County
    A Davenport native who's now living the Hollywood life is coming back home to turn the cameras on Polk County.They say home is where the heart is, so it's no surprise when producer Mark Stephens set off for his dream TV-series project, he came back to his old stomping grounds of Polk County
  • Mote scientists do groundbreaking research on great white sharks

    Mote scientists do groundbreaking research on great white sharks

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:48:01 GMT
    Photo: OCEARCH FacebookPhoto: OCEARCH Facebook
    For the past year, Mote Marine scientists have made all new discoveries about great white sharks.
    For the past year, Mote Marine scientists have made all new discoveries about great white sharks.
  • How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

    How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:43:25 GMT
    A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photoA 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo
    Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area?
    Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area?
  • Spring Hill sinkhole swallows part of street, neighbors on edge

    Spring Hill sinkhole swallows part of street, neighbors on edge

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:31:46 GMT
    Some Spring Hill neighbors remain on edge as a sinkhole swallows part of their street.
    Some Spring Hill neighbors remain on edge as a sinkhole swallows part of their street.
  • Will latest Tampa story of child falling from car affect Richard McTear trial?

    Will latest Tampa story of child falling from car affect Richard McTear trial?

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:00:43 GMT
    They are horrific cases involving children, too painful to even fathom.People are asking the question – what in the world is going on right now? The discovery of two little boys’ bodies in Tampa is now making headlines.
    They are horrific cases involving children, too painful to even fathom.People are asking the question – what in the world is going on right now? The discovery of two little boys’ bodies in Tampa is now making headlines.
  • Lakeland Police seek help finding missing, endangered man

    Lakeland Police seek help finding missing, endangered man

    Monday, July 21 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-07-21 20:17:20 GMT
    Kenneth Taylor, 44, is considered missing & endangered. Lakeland PD photoKenneth Taylor, 44, is considered missing & endangered. Lakeland PD photo
    The Lakeland Police Department is asking for help finding a man who is considered missing and endangered. Kenneth Taylor, 44, was last seen at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 18, at Munn Park which is located at 201 E Main St.
    The Lakeland Police Department is asking for help finding a man who is considered missing and endangered. Kenneth Taylor, 44, was last seen at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 18, at Munn Park which is located at 201 E Main St.
  • County to evaluate Spring Hill sinkhole with contractor

    County to evaluate Spring Hill sinkhole with contractor

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:14 AM EDT2014-07-21 09:14:40 GMT
    Hernando County officials plan to assess the sinkhole that opened up on Eldridge Drive with a contractor on Monday. 
    Hernando County officials plan to assess the sinkhole that opened up on Eldridge Drive with a contractor on Monday. 
  • Riverview boy mauled to death by pit bulls

    Riverview boy mauled to death by pit bulls

    Monday, July 21 2014 1:46 AM EDT2014-07-21 05:46:15 GMT
    HCSO deputies were working a traffic stop nearby when they heard the child's screams. HCSO deputies were working a traffic stop nearby when they heard the child's screams.
    Shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, Logan Shepard, 4, sat down to enjoy ice cream at his uncle and aunt's house on Rhodine Road. Moments later, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies found the toddler on the front lawn of the house with two pit bulls standing over him.Authorities believe the dogs attacked the boy and mauled him to death when he was left alone in his relatives' family room. Logan was pronounced dead at the scene.According to a Hillsborough County sheriff's report, Logan..
    Shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, Logan Shepard, 4, sat down to enjoy ice cream at his uncle and aunt's house on Rhodine Road. Moments later, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies found the toddler on the front lawn of the house with two pit bulls standing over him.Authorities believe the dogs attacked the boy and mauled him to death when he was left alone in his relatives' family room. Logan was pronounced dead at the scene.According to a Hillsborough County sheriff's report, Logan..
  • Tampa nightclub worker killed on duty

    Tampa nightclub worker killed on duty

    Monday, July 21 2014 1:27 AM EDT2014-07-21 05:27:50 GMT
    A night of fun turned tragic at a north Tampa nightclub early Sunday morning. Tampa police officers now are looking for a murder suspect.The incident occurred early Sunday morning at Supa D's at 810 E. Skagway Ave. The club was cleared out when a gunman opened fire in the parking lot. A nightclub employee wasfound lying on the ground after the gunfire stops. He died of his injuries.Tampapolice has not identifiedthe victim, pending notification of next of kin. No arrest had been made by ...
    A night of fun turned tragic at a north Tampa nightclub early Sunday morning. Tampa police officers now are looking for a murder suspect.The incident occurred early Sunday morning at Supa D's at 810 E. Skagway Ave. The club was cleared out when a gunman opened fire in the parking lot. A nightclub employee wasfound lying on the ground after the gunfire stops. He died of his injuries.Tampapolice has not identifiedthe victim, pending notification of next of kin. No arrest had been made by ...
  • Bicyclist shoots juvenile at Largo park

    Bicyclist shoots juvenile at Largo park

    Sunday, July 20 2014 9:45 PM EDT2014-07-21 01:45:51 GMT
    Largo police officers are searching for a bicyclist who shot a juvenile at a park Sunday evening. Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Largo police received a call about a shooting at the Bayhead Recreation Complex at 375 Seminole Blvd. The shooting occurred in the area of the skate park.The incident began when a male on a bicycle started an argument with a juvenile male at the park,a Largo Police Department report said.After they exchanged words, the male on the bicycle pulled out a gun and began firing..
    Largo police officers are searching for a bicyclist who shot a juvenile at a park Sunday evening. Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Largo police received a call about a shooting at the Bayhead Recreation Complex at 375 Seminole Blvd. The shooting occurred in the area of the skate park.The incident began when a male on a bicycle started an argument with a juvenile male at the park,a Largo Police Department report said.After they exchanged words, the male on the bicycle pulled out a gun and began firing..
  • Sinkhole opens in Spring Hill

    Sinkhole opens in Spring Hill

    Sunday, July 20 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-07-20 20:25:19 GMT
    A sinkhole opened up Saturday in a residential neighborhood on Eldridge Road near Van Allen Way in Spring Hill. The sinkhole is estimated to be about 40 by 40 yards wide and about 30 feet deep. "We have no reports of it growing," Hernando County spokeswoman Virginia Singer said Sunday. County officials will have a contractor at the site Monday to investigate the depression and determine a course of action, she said....
    A sinkhole opened up Saturday in a residential neighborhood on Eldridge Road near Van Allen Way in Spring Hill. The sinkhole is estimated to be about 40 by 40 yards wide and about 30 feet deep. "We have no reports of it growing," Hernando County spokeswoman Virginia Singer said Sunday. County officials will have a contractor at the site Monday to investigate the depression and determine a course of action, she said....

  • Freebies and deals on National Ice Cream Day, July 20, 2014

    Freebies and deals on National Ice Cream Day, July 20, 2014

    Sunday, July 20 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-07-20 19:41:56 GMT
    Carvel Facebook photoCarvel Facebook photo
    If you like ice cream, you should know that this Sunday, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day.We did some checking around and found some deals and freebies in honor of National Ice Cream Day. 
    If you like ice cream, you should know that this Sunday, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day.We did some checking around and found some deals and freebies in honor of National Ice Cream Day. 
  • Fort Homer Hesterly Armory stirs memories for wrestling fans

    Fort Homer Hesterly Armory stirs memories for wrestling fans

    Sunday, July 20 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-07-20 19:25:25 GMT
    The Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa opened in 1941.The Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa opened in 1941.
    On Sunday the World Wrestling Federation brought their traveling sports entertainment road show to the Tampa Bay Times Forum.Back in 1976 the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory on Howard Ave. was home to the biggest wrestling stars of the day.
    On Sunday the World Wrestling Federation brought their traveling sports entertainment road show to the Tampa Bay Times Forum.Back in 1976 the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory on Howard Ave. was home to the biggest wrestling stars of the day.
  • Bradenton's favorite manatee 'Snooty' celebrates 66th birthday

    Bradenton's favorite manatee 'Snooty' celebrates 66th birthday

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:47:07 GMT
    Snooty celebrated his 66th birthday in Bradenton on Saturday. Snooty celebrated his 66th birthday in Bradenton on Saturday.
    The manatee that's believed to be the oldest in captivity in the world is marking another birthday.Hundreds of people gathered at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton on Saturday to celebrate Snooty's 66th birthday.
    The manatee that's believed to be the oldest in captivity in the world is marking another birthday.Hundreds of people gathered at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton on Saturday to celebrate Snooty's 66th birthday.
  • Two men seriously injured in DUI crash in Manatee County

    Two men seriously injured in DUI crash in Manatee County

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:21:48 GMT
    Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the crash just before 10 p.m. Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the crash just before 10 p.m.
    A 46-year-old Bradenton man is facing a variety of charges for triggering a multi-vehicle crash on State Road 70 in Manatee County Saturday night.Two pedestrians suffered serious injuries in the collision. William D. Stover, a 64-year-old Sarasota man, and Trevin N. Scott, a 25-year-old Sarasota resident, were transported to Blake Medical Center where both men are listed in critical condition.
    A 46-year-old Bradenton man is facing a variety of charges for triggering a multi-vehicle crash on State Road 70 in Manatee County Saturday night.Two pedestrians suffered serious injuries in the collision. William D. Stover, a 64-year-old Sarasota man, and Trevin N. Scott, a 25-year-old Sarasota resident, were transported to Blake Medical Center where both men are listed in critical condition.
  • Pilot in fatal plane crash off Captiva from St. Pete

    Pilot in fatal plane crash off Captiva from St. Pete

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:11:03 GMT
    The plane went down in the waters off Captiva Island on Wednesday. The plane went down in the waters off Captiva Island on Wednesday.
    Authorities have identified the pilot of a small plane that crashed into the waters off a southwest Florida island.The Lee County Sheriff's Office says Gregg Howard of St. Petersburg was flying the plane that crashed Wednesday evening into the Gulf of Mexico off Captiva Island.
    Authorities have identified the pilot of a small plane that crashed into the waters off a southwest Florida island.The Lee County Sheriff's Office says Gregg Howard of St. Petersburg was flying the plane that crashed Wednesday evening into the Gulf of Mexico off Captiva Island.
  • Sarasota PD seek armed man who robbed sandwich shop

    Sarasota PD seek armed man who robbed sandwich shop

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:05:43 GMT
    If you have any information about Saturday night's robbery please contact the Sarasota Police Department. If you have any information about Saturday night's robbery please contact the Sarasota Police Department.
    Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s help in tracking down an armed robbery suspect.According to a SPD report an unidentified male made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the Subway location in the 1100 block of Washington Blvd. on Saturday night.
    Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s help in tracking down an armed robbery suspect.According to a SPD report an unidentified male made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the Subway location in the 1100 block of Washington Blvd. on Saturday night.
  • Two Lakeland men arrested for shooting into occupied house

    Two Lakeland men arrested for shooting into occupied house

    Sunday, July 20 2014 4:07 AM EDT2014-07-20 08:07:42 GMT
    Two Lakeland men were charged with shooting into a house, hitting a man in the feet, Lakeland police said. Mario Fernando Garrett Jr. 18, of 510 Longfellow Blvd., Lakeland, was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, resisting arrest without violence and violation of probation.Antonio Maurice Pouncey, 21, of 1350 Lake Bonny Drive W., No. 24, Lakeland, was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.Lakeland police said the two men asked...
    Two Lakeland men were charged with shooting into a house, hitting a man in the feet, Lakeland police said. Mario Fernando Garrett Jr. 18, of 510 Longfellow Blvd., Lakeland, was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, resisting arrest without violence and violation of probation.Antonio Maurice Pouncey, 21, of 1350 Lake Bonny Drive W., No. 24, Lakeland, was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.Lakeland police said the two men asked...
  • Armed man on Davis Islands surrenders peacefully

    Armed man on Davis Islands surrenders peacefully

    Sunday, July 20 2014 1:46 AM EDT2014-07-20 05:46:43 GMT
    A Tampa police stand off with an armed suicidal man on Davis Islands has ended peacefully.The man, whose identity was not released because of the nature of the incident, was taken into custody for an evaluation, Tampa police Lt J. Preyer said.The incident began about 8 p.m. when members of the Tampa police SWAT team responded to a call about a suicidal man with a gun at the Davis Islands Sea Plane Basin. No injuries were reported.The armed man had been reported missing earlier in the day, Pre...
    A Tampa police stand off with an armed suicidal man on Davis Islands has ended peacefully.The man, whose identity was not released because of the nature of the incident, was taken into custody for an evaluation, Tampa police Lt J. Preyer said.The incident began about 8 p.m. when members of the Tampa police SWAT team responded to a call about a suicidal man with a gun at the Davis Islands Sea Plane Basin. No injuries were reported.The armed man had been reported missing earlier in the day, Pre...
  • TPD SWAT on scene of suicidal man with gun on Davis Islands beach

    TPD SWAT on scene of suicidal man with gun on Davis Islands beach

    Saturday, July 19 2014 10:39 PM EDT2014-07-20 02:39:36 GMT
    The Tampa police SWAT team are on the scene of an endangered, suicidal man wielding a gun on Davis Islands Sea Plane Basin tonight. Due to the nature of the incident, Davis Islands Boulevard is closed to traffic at Severn Avenue, the Tampa Police Department said.Hostage team negotiators are on the scene. Officials at nearby Peter O. Knight Airport as well as Tampa International Airport have been notified.Police officers had been looking for him most of today, after loved ones reported ...
    The Tampa police SWAT team are on the scene of an endangered, suicidal man wielding a gun on Davis Islands Sea Plane Basin tonight. Due to the nature of the incident, Davis Islands Boulevard is closed to traffic at Severn Avenue, the Tampa Police Department said.Hostage team negotiators are on the scene. Officials at nearby Peter O. Knight Airport as well as Tampa International Airport have been notified.Police officers had been looking for him most of today, after loved ones reported ...
  • Lakeland's Warrior Walk honors fallen members of the military

    Lakeland's Warrior Walk honors fallen members of the military

    Saturday, July 19 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-19 17:26:13 GMT
    Crosses lined the grounds of Lakeland's First Presbyterian Church on Saturday morning.Crosses lined the grounds of Lakeland's First Presbyterian Church on Saturday morning.
    Saturday morning’s 5th annual Warrior Walk drew over 1,000 Bay area residents to Lake Hollingsworth Park in Lakeland.The event was held to honor service men and women who lost their lives during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
    Saturday morning’s 5th annual Warrior Walk drew over 1,000 Bay area residents to Lake Hollingsworth Park in Lakeland.The event was held to honor service men and women who lost their lives during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
  • Early morning crash claims life of Tampa man

    Early morning crash claims life of Tampa man

    Saturday, July 19 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-07-19 16:14:14 GMT
    Tampa Police arrived at the scene of the crash before 8 a.m. Saturday. Tampa Police arrived at the scene of the crash before 8 a.m. Saturday.
    A 40-year-old Hillsborough County man was killed early Saturday when he was run over by a vehicle on North 50th St. just north of Adamo Dr. in Tampa.James W. Mingo Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene just before 8 a.m.
    A 40-year-old Hillsborough County man was killed early Saturday when he was run over by a vehicle on North 50th St. just north of Adamo Dr. in Tampa.James W. Mingo Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene just before 8 a.m.
  • Rays open second half with 6-2 victory over Minnesota

    Rays open second half with 6-2 victory over Minnesota

    Saturday, July 19 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-07-19 14:32:10 GMT
    Longoria knocked in three of Tampa Bay's six runs on Friday night. Longoria knocked in three of Tampa Bay's six runs on Friday night.
    With the state-map silhouette of Minnesota still mowed into the outfield grass, the All-Star game festivities having come and gone, the Twins returned to Target Field.For Kyle Gibson and his teammates, this wasn't the way they wanted to play their first game after the break.
    With the state-map silhouette of Minnesota still mowed into the outfield grass, the All-Star game festivities having come and gone, the Twins returned to Target Field.For Kyle Gibson and his teammates, this wasn't the way they wanted to play their first game after the break.
  • Florida Health Dept. concerned about immigrant children

    Florida Health Dept. concerned about immigrant children

    Saturday, July 19 2014 10:20 AM EDT2014-07-19 14:20:34 GMT
    A handful of young people are detained for crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas.A handful of young people are detained for crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas.
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration expressed concern in a letter Friday about reports that the federal government planned to send unaccompanied immigrant children from the Southwest border to Miami this weekend, seeming to be unaware that it is a regular practice and asking for any health information the government had for the minors.
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration expressed concern in a letter Friday about reports that the federal government planned to send unaccompanied immigrant children from the Southwest border to Miami this weekend, seeming to be unaware that it is a regular practice and asking for any health information the government had for the minors.
  • In Homosassa, scallop shucking is big business

    In Homosassa, scallop shucking is big business

    Saturday, July 19 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-07-19 13:49:18 GMT
    Many Homosassa residents make their living by shucking scallops. Many Homosassa residents make their living by shucking scallops.
    The cavalcade of tourists rolled in for hours. Their beers iced and children lotioned, they drove through archways of mossy oaks and beneath an aging water tower that in faded letters advertised "Old Homosassa, est. 1835."
    The cavalcade of tourists rolled in for hours. Their beers iced and children lotioned, they drove through archways of mossy oaks and beneath an aging water tower that in faded letters advertised "Old Homosassa, est. 1835."
  • Pasco man killed in one-vehicle crash in New Port Richey

    Pasco man killed in one-vehicle crash in New Port Richey

    Saturday, July 19 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-07-19 13:32:41 GMT
    The crash is being investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash is being investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol.
    A 41-year-old New Port Richey man died Friday night from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash in Pasco County.William Moran was transported to the Medical Center of Trinity just after 7 p.m. where he passed away a short time later.
    A 41-year-old New Port Richey man died Friday night from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash in Pasco County.William Moran was transported to the Medical Center of Trinity just after 7 p.m. where he passed away a short time later.
  • Bradenton man arrested following standoff with police

    Bradenton man arrested following standoff with police

    Saturday, July 19 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-07-19 12:33:47 GMT
    Blakey, 27, has been arrested twice by BPD since June 1st. Blakey, 27, has been arrested twice by BPD since June 1st.
    A 27-year-old Bay area man is behind bars facing a variety of charges following a standoff with police.Michael E. Blakey was booked into the Manatee County Jail early Saturday morning on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
    A 27-year-old Bay area man is behind bars facing a variety of charges following a standoff with police.Michael E. Blakey was booked into the Manatee County Jail early Saturday morning on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
  • Tampa father hit, left by driver

    Tampa father hit, left by driver

    Friday, July 18 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-19 03:13:13 GMT
    24-year-old Gavin Carter shows inujuries sustained when he was hit by a hit & run driver on Friday morning24-year-old Gavin Carter shows inujuries sustained when he was hit by a hit & run driver on Friday morning
    All 24 year-old Gavin Carter wanted was a burger when he got on his bike and rode to Checkers at Floribraska and North Nebraska Avenue early Friday morning and before he knew it there was blood rushing from his head.
    All 24 year-old Gavin Carter wanted was a burger when he got on his bike and rode to Checkers at Floribraska and North Nebraska Avenue early Friday morning and before he knew it there was blood rushing from his head.
  • Citrus Park resident angry about neighbor's code violations

    Citrus Park resident angry about neighbor's code violations

    Friday, July 18 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-07-19 01:52:14 GMT
     Bob Mullins is upset about code violations at a neighbor's home. Bob Mullins is upset about code violations at a neighbor's home.
    He has put up with a junkyard around the corner for 17 years. Now Bob Mullins is worried about the possibility of one right across the street from his Citrus Park home.
    He has put up with a junkyard around the corner for 17 years. Now Bob Mullins is worried about the possibility of one right across the street from his Citrus Park home.
  • Fire damages 3 homes in Plant City

    Fire damages 3 homes in Plant City

    Friday, July 18 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-07-19 01:10:48 GMT
    A permitted burn got out of control and damaged three mobile homes on Colson Road in Plant City on Friday night.
    A permitted burn got out of control and damaged three mobile homes on Colson Road in Plant City on Friday night.
  • Florida Surgeon General: are migrant children healthy?

    Florida Surgeon General: are migrant children healthy?

    Friday, July 18 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-07-18 23:50:23 GMT
    As News Channel Eight told you first, last week, boys from Central America are staying at this facility in Holiday, Pasco County, and more could be on the way if the place is allowed to expand.
    As News Channel Eight told you first, last week, boys from Central America are staying at this facility in Holiday, Pasco County, and more could be on the way if the place is allowed to expand.
  • 2nd case of chikungunya confirmed in Manatee County

    2nd case of chikungunya confirmed in Manatee County

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:06:46 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County Friday confirmed a second case of Chikungunya Fever
    The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County Friday confirmed a second case of Chikungunya Fever
  • Malaysia plane crash victim attended Tampa high school

    Malaysia plane crash victim attended Tampa high school

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:57:33 GMT
    The Malaysian airliner crash cost hundreds of people their lives. Among them, world renowned AIDS researcher. Dr. Joep Lange.
    The Malaysian airliner crash cost hundreds of people their lives. Among them, world renowned AIDS researcher. Dr. Joep Lange.
  • Man caught in affair at nude beach a suspect in wife's death

    Man caught in affair at nude beach a suspect in wife's death

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:23:18 GMT
    The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says a woman has died after a domestic dispute occurred with her husband, who is now a suspect in her death.
    The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says a woman has died after a domestic dispute occurred with her husband, who is now a suspect in her death.
  • Restaurant Buzz: Cigar City brews served at sea, BBQ team on TV, Shephard's expands

    Restaurant Buzz: Cigar City brews served at sea, BBQ team on TV, Shephard's expands

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:38:59 GMT
    Cigar City’s Florida Cracker Belgian-Style Ale and Invasion Pale Ale are being served on the Carnival ship from five Florida ports. Carnival Cruise Line photoCigar City’s Florida Cracker Belgian-Style Ale and Invasion Pale Ale are being served on the Carnival ship from five Florida ports. Carnival Cruise Line photo
    Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants. Shephard's Beach Resort on Clearwater Beach has just completed an 18-month-long expansion.
    Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants. Shephard's Beach Resort on Clearwater Beach has just completed an 18-month-long expansion.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 7 - 12

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 7 - 12

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:57:30 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 7 to 12, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 7 to 12, 2014.
  • Tampa's Odyssey finds thousands of coins in shipwreck

    Tampa's Odyssey finds thousands of coins in shipwreck

    Friday, July 18 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-07-18 18:34:02 GMT
    Odyssey Marine Exploration has uncovered over 13,500 of gold and silver coins from the site of a 1857 ship wreck off the coast of South Carolina.
    Odyssey Marine Exploration has uncovered over 13,500 of gold and silver coins from the site of a 1857 ship wreck off the coast of South Carolina.
  • Polygraph screening proposed for businesses that deal with kids

    Polygraph screening proposed for businesses that deal with kids

    Friday, July 18 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-07-18 17:46:53 GMT
    Chanel Bellotto, owner of SkateWorld in Lakeland, said if the legislation passes, she would include the polygraph testing when hiring potential workers.Chanel Bellotto, owner of SkateWorld in Lakeland, said if the legislation passes, she would include the polygraph testing when hiring potential workers.
    Recently introduced legislation could provide another barrier for child predators getting jobs at places that deal with kids.
    Recently introduced legislation could provide another barrier for child predators getting jobs at places that deal with kids.
  • Workers throw away body mistaken for mannequin in Hernando dump

    Workers throw away body mistaken for mannequin in Hernando dump

    Friday, July 18 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-07-18 17:09:59 GMT
    West Hernando Transfer Station West Hernando Transfer Station
    Deputies are investigating human remains found in a bin at the West Hernando Transfer Station Thursday.
    Deputies are investigating human remains found in a bin at the West Hernando Transfer Station Thursday.
  • 66th birthday party planned for 'Snooty' the manatee

    66th birthday party planned for 'Snooty' the manatee

    Friday, July 18 2014 8:22 AM EDT2014-07-18 12:22:14 GMT
    Tampa Bay's most-beloved manatee "Snooty" is having a 66th birthday bash and you're invited. South Florida Museum photoTampa Bay's most-beloved manatee "Snooty" is having a 66th birthday bash and you're invited. South Florida Museum photo
    Tampa Bay's most-beloved manatee "Snooty" is having a 66th birthday bash and you're invited.
    Tampa Bay's most-beloved manatee "Snooty" is having a 66th birthday bash and you're invited.
  • New hotel opens in downtown Tampa

    New hotel opens in downtown Tampa

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-18 10:54:51 GMT

    Two new hotels recently opened in downtown Tampa and recently announced plans call for two more.

    Two new hotels recently opened in downtown Tampa and recently announced plans call for two more.

  • 11-year-old boy saves 3-year-old from drowning in Pinellas pool

    11-year-old boy saves 3-year-old from drowning in Pinellas pool

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-07-18 03:31:46 GMT
    A 3-year-old boy was recovering in a hospital on Thursday night after being pulled out of a hotel swimming pool by an 11-year-old boy according to Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies.
    A 3-year-old boy was recovering in a hospital on Thursday night after being pulled out of a hotel swimming pool by an 11-year-old boy according to Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies.
  • Downing the plane could have been a mistake says Tampa experts

    Downing the plane could have been a mistake says Tampa experts

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-07-18 03:00:25 GMT
    Former pilot and crash investigator John CoxFormer pilot and crash investigator John Cox
    Strewn about in hostile territory, crash investigators could find their jobs hampered by the fighting between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists.And that's only part of the tough job ahead to determine, who shot the plane down, and why.
    Strewn about in hostile territory, crash investigators could find their jobs hampered by the fighting between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists.And that's only part of the tough job ahead to determine, who shot the plane down, and why.
  • Endangered Lakeland woman and 2 kids found

    Endangered Lakeland woman and 2 kids found

    Thursday, July 17 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-18 01:13:29 GMT
    Lakeland police are looking for a woman who is reportedly missing and endangered, and traveling with her two children.
    Lakeland police are looking for a woman who is reportedly missing and endangered, and traveling with her two children.
  • Unwanted Tampa house guests tell their side of the story

    Unwanted Tampa house guests tell their side of the story

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:20:18 GMT
    Suzanne Keller-Becker says she invited her old friend, Erisan Seibert, to stay with her in her Tampa home for a few days while she got back on her feet.But a few days later, Becker says things changed. Seibert's boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, a convicted felon, showed up and wanted to stay, too. Becker says she agreed but said they had to be out soon. But Becker says they ended up saying they had established residency and weren't leaving without an eviction. Becker says they ate her food and used her...
    Suzanne Keller-Becker says she invited her old friend, Erisan Seibert, to stay with her in her Tampa home for a few days while she got back on her feet.But a few days later, Becker says things changed. Seibert's boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, a convicted felon, showed up and wanted to stay, too. Becker says she agreed but said they had to be out soon. But Becker says they ended up saying they had established residency and weren't leaving without an eviction. Becker says they ate her food and used her...
  • DOT safety report out for Clearwater intersection where crossing guard died

    DOT safety report out for Clearwater intersection where crossing guard died

    Thursday, July 17 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-07-17 22:19:09 GMT
    File photo: Doug Carey, crossing guard killed at the intersection of GUlt ro Bay and Belcher Rd.File photo: Doug Carey, crossing guard killed at the intersection of GUlt ro Bay and Belcher Rd.
    The Florida DOT will reveal some suggestions today to make the intersection at Gulf to Bay Blvd and Belcher road a safer place to drive and walk.That intersection was where a hit and run motorist killed crossing guard Doug Carey, age 70, on May 20th.Safety experts have been studying ways to make the intersection safer without impeding the flow of more than 50,000 vehicles a day.
    The Florida DOT will reveal some suggestions today to make the intersection at Gulf to Bay Blvd and Belcher road a safer place to drive and walk.That intersection was where a hit and run motorist killed crossing guard Doug Carey, age 70, on May 20th.Safety experts have been studying ways to make the intersection safer without impeding the flow of more than 50,000 vehicles a day.
  • Baby duck rescued by Sarasota police officer

    Baby duck rescued by Sarasota police officer

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-07-17 20:48:58 GMT
    A Sarasota police officer made an adorable rescue Thursday. A baby duck became trapped in a pile of muck.
    A Sarasota police officer made an adorable rescue Thursday. A baby duck became trapped in a pile of muck.
  • Teens try to break into undercover car with St. Pete detective inside

    Teens try to break into undercover car with St. Pete detective inside

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-07-17 20:47:52 GMT
    Three teens were charged with attempted burglary after authorities say they tried to open the door of a parked car while an undercover St. Petersburg police detective sat inside. The detective was watching an area because officers received reports that teens were trying to open parked car doors. The detective watched the teens try other doors.Apparently unaware he was inside, the teens tried the detective's door last.St. Petersburg police say the teens, girls ages 13 and 15 and a 14-year-old ...
    Three teens were charged with attempted burglary after authorities say they tried to open the door of a parked car while an undercover St. Petersburg police detective sat inside. The detective was watching an area because officers received reports that teens were trying to open parked car doors. The detective watched the teens try other doors.Apparently unaware he was inside, the teens tried the detective's door last.St. Petersburg police say the teens, girls ages 13 and 15 and a 14-year-old ...
  • Sarasota Sheriff will not allow gov’t to place illegals in his jail

    Sarasota Sheriff will not allow gov’t to place illegals in his jail

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-07-17 20:09:36 GMT
    Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight says he will not allow the US government to house illegal immigrants in his jail.In the past few months, Border patrol has been inundated with a huge influx of immigrants. Many of them are minors crossing the borders without their parents.
    Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight says he will not allow the US government to house illegal immigrants in his jail.In the past few months, Border patrol has been inundated with a huge influx of immigrants. Many of them are minors crossing the borders without their parents.
  • Lakeland pays $25,000 for bra shaking search

    Lakeland pays $25,000 for bra shaking search

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-07-17 20:01:32 GMT
    The image from the dash cam video footage of the incident in Lakeland in 2013 The image from the dash cam video footage of the incident in Lakeland in 2013
    A Florida city has paid a $25,000 settlement to a woman ordered to shake out her bra during a traffic stop.
    A Florida city has paid a $25,000 settlement to a woman ordered to shake out her bra during a traffic stop.
  • Historic Tampa skateboard park to make way for new park

    Historic Tampa skateboard park to make way for new park

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:53:52 GMT
    Farouk Jamjoom is a regular at the "Bro Bowl" skate-board park, a historic venue that'll soon be demolished to make way for a totally renovated Perry Harvey, Senior park."It'll be sad I been using it for the last year, I come here almost daily, it'll be really sad, said Jamjoom.
    Farouk Jamjoom is a regular at the "Bro Bowl" skate-board park, a historic venue that'll soon be demolished to make way for a totally renovated Perry Harvey, Senior park."It'll be sad I been using it for the last year, I come here almost daily, it'll be really sad, said Jamjoom.
  • St. Pete Shoppers hunt for bargains in pajamas and bikinis

    St. Pete Shoppers hunt for bargains in pajamas and bikinis

    Thursday, July 17 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-07-17 17:45:55 GMT
    The Sunrise Sale is a St. Petersburg tradition local merchants look forward to during each slow summer.
    The Sunrise Sale is a St. Petersburg tradition local merchants look forward to during each slow summer.
  • Pinellas doctor's murder remains unsolved, new info released

    Pinellas doctor's murder remains unsolved, new info released

    Thursday, July 17 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-07-17 17:35:13 GMT
    The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has released photos and details from the search of the Tarpon Springs home where a doctor was found allegedly murdered.
    The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has released photos and details from the search of the Tarpon Springs home where a doctor was found allegedly murdered.
  • McTear 'baby throwing' murder trial continues in Tampa

    McTear 'baby throwing' murder trial continues in Tampa

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-17 16:43:32 GMT
    Could this be the day Richard McTear gets a jury in his death penalty trial? It's one of the most controversial, high-profile cases in Tampa Bay history. The 26-year-old is accused of an unthinkable, unspeakable crime - throwing a 3-month-old baby boy, Emmanuel Murray, out of a car window onto I-275 five years ago.
    Could this be the day Richard McTear gets a jury in his death penalty trial? It's one of the most controversial, high-profile cases in Tampa Bay history. The 26-year-old is accused of an unthinkable, unspeakable crime - throwing a 3-month-old baby boy, Emmanuel Murray, out of a car window onto I-275 five years ago.
  • Tampa man killed after his truck goes over Jacksonville bridge

    Tampa man killed after his truck goes over Jacksonville bridge

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:06 PM EDT2014-07-17 16:06:54 GMT
    Crews pull William B Maddox's Ford Ranger from the water beneath Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville. Crews pull William B Maddox's Ford Ranger from the water beneath Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville.
    Divers recovered the body of a Tampa man in water beneath the Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville. The Florida Highway patrol identified the victim as 48 year old William B Maddox of Tampa.According to the accident report, the driver of a 2006 Sicon lost control of his vehicle while traveling north on I-295.
    Divers recovered the body of a Tampa man in water beneath the Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville. The Florida Highway patrol identified the victim as 48 year old William B Maddox of Tampa.According to the accident report, the driver of a 2006 Sicon lost control of his vehicle while traveling north on I-295.
  • Helpful meetings for start-up hopefuls in St. Pete

    Helpful meetings for start-up hopefuls in St. Pete

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-07-17 14:51:39 GMT
    Think you have the next best idea for a unique start up business? There is a free resource in Tampa Bay to help get you up and running.
    Think you have the next best idea for a unique start up business? There is a free resource in Tampa Bay to help get you up and running.
  • 3D technology preserves the past

    3D technology preserves the past

    Thursday, July 17 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-07-17 12:05:12 GMT
    USF scientists with the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies are using the latest laser scanning technology to make a digital archive of historic sites around the world.
    USF scientists with the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies are using the latest laser scanning technology to make a digital archive of historic sites around the world.
  • Shooting death investigation in Gibsonton

    Shooting death investigation in Gibsonton

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:49 AM EDT2014-07-17 11:49:16 GMT
    Hillsborough detectives are investigating a homicide Thursday morning after a man was found with a gunshot wound in Gibsonton.
    Hillsborough detectives are investigating a homicide Thursday morning after a man was found with a gunshot wound in Gibsonton.
  • Tampa on list of top 10 moving destinations

    Tampa on list of top 10 moving destinations

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:47 AM EDT2014-07-17 09:47:38 GMT
    Tampa is in the top 10 list of moving destinations, according to CNNMoney.
    Tampa is in the top 10 list of moving destinations, according to CNNMoney.
  • Traditional Sunrise Sale in St. Pete back this year

    Traditional Sunrise Sale in St. Pete back this year

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:25 AM EDT2014-07-17 08:25:07 GMT
    Many businesses will open their doors early for the special saleMany businesses will open their doors early for the special sale
    Shoppers will be strolling along the streets of downtown St. Petersburg Thursday morning in pajamas and bathing suits for the 41st annual Sunrise Sale. This year's theme is 'PaJammin.'
    Shoppers will be strolling along the streets of downtown St. Petersburg Thursday morning in pajamas and bathing suits for the 41st annual Sunrise Sale. This year's theme is 'PaJammin.'
  • Tampa teen beat in Israel has returned home

    Tampa Teen beat in Israel on his way home

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:19 AM EDT2014-07-17 08:19:09 GMT
    Tariq Abu Khdeir, the Tampa teenager beat up by Israeli Police, is on his way back to the United States.
    Tariq Abu Khdeir, the Tampa teenager beat up by Israeli Police, is on his way back to the United States.
  • Former Manatee Co. deputy arrested in Alaska now faces weapon charges

    Former Manatee Co. deputy arrested in Alaska now faces weapon charges

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:57:59 GMT
    May was arrested June 20 at a location in Eagle River, Alaska.May was arrested June 20 at a location in Eagle River, Alaska.
    The former Manatee County Sheriff’s deputy who was captured in Alaska after 23 years on the run from sexual battery charges in Florida now faces federal weapon charges according to the U.S. Attorney.
    The former Manatee County Sheriff’s deputy who was captured in Alaska after 23 years on the run from sexual battery charges in Florida now faces federal weapon charges according to the U.S. Attorney.
  • Lightning-caused fire kills 2 dogs in Holiday

    Lightning-caused fire kills 2 dogs in Holiday

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:22:47 GMT
    Photo courtsey of Scott WebsterPhoto courtsey of Scott Webster
    A Pasco home was the third to be struck by lightning Wednesday.
    A Pasco home was the third to be struck by lightning Wednesday.
  • Citrus Park home racks up 17 years of code violations

    Citrus Park home racks up 17 years of code violations

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:51:36 GMT
    Today 8 On Your Side is demanding answers from the county about why the owner of a property on Berkford Avenue in the Citrus Park area of Hillsborough county has thumbed her nose at county code enforcement for 17 years. Neighbors complain the property is a health hazard.
    Today 8 On Your Side is demanding answers from the county about why the owner of a property on Berkford Avenue in the Citrus Park area of Hillsborough county has thumbed her nose at county code enforcement for 17 years. Neighbors complain the property is a health hazard.
  • Manatee employees will NOT have to give back their raises

    Manatee employees will NOT have to give back their raises

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:41:50 GMT
    Manatee County Administrator Ed HunzekerManatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker
    After 8 On your Side broke the story, Manatee County employees will not have to give their raises back to the county.WFLA-TVreported that a number of county employees received raises after completing training programs.
    After 8 On your Side broke the story, Manatee County employees will not have to give their raises back to the county.WFLA-TVreported that a number of county employees received raises after completing training programs.
  • Pasco deputies conduct active shooter exercise

    Pasco deputies conduct active shooter exercise

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:37:18 GMT
    Shane MastoShane Masto
    Pasco deputies spent the day training for a scenario they hope they never have to respond to: a gunman on a school campus.
    Pasco deputies spent the day training for a scenario they hope they never have to respond to: a gunman on a school campus.
  • Drivers face long lines when renewing licenses in Hillsborough

    Drivers face long lines when renewing licenses in Hillsborough

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:29:18 GMT
    File PhotoFile Photo
    Motorists in West Hillsborough face more than a two hour wait to renew their driver licenses today, but if they went to downtown Tampa they couldtake care of business and be on their way in justin minutes.The Hillsborough Tax Collector's Office tells Eight On Your Side the problem has been amplified by the recent closure of a state-run license renewal office on Martin Luther King Blvd., that came earlier than expected.
    Motorists in West Hillsborough face more than a two hour wait to renew their driver licenses today, but if they went to downtown Tampa they couldtake care of business and be on their way in justin minutes.The Hillsborough Tax Collector's Office tells Eight On Your Side the problem has been amplified by the recent closure of a state-run license renewal office on Martin Luther King Blvd., that came earlier than expected.
  • Downtown Tampa 'Aloft' hotel set to open

    Downtown Tampa 'Aloft' hotel set to open

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:14:48 GMT
    The new Aloft Hotel is set to open on Wednesday.The 8-story hotel has been under construction for about 8 months. It is in the former Mercantile Bank building, on the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Ashley Drive.Hotel management say they hope the hotel becomes a community destination. There is an infinity pool, overlooking the Hillsborough River.
    The new Aloft Hotel is set to open on Wednesday.The 8-story hotel has been under construction for about 8 months. It is in the former Mercantile Bank building, on the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Ashley Drive.Hotel management say they hope the hotel becomes a community destination. There is an infinity pool, overlooking the Hillsborough River.
  • Which Tampa Bay county has the highest median household income?

    Which Tampa Bay county has the highest median household income?

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:09:56 GMT
    You clock in your time to bring home a paycheck and raise a family. But, how does your household income stack up against others?
    You clock in your time to bring home a paycheck and raise a family. But, how does your household income stack up against others?
  • Hills. Co. Commissioners vote to take steps on Human Rights ordinance

    Hills. Co. Commissioners vote to take steps on Human Rights ordinance

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:59 PM EDT2014-07-16 16:59:44 GMT
    Hillsborough Commission meets today to discuss human rights ordinance.Hillsborough Commission meets today to discuss human rights ordinance.
    Hills borough County commissioners tackled the controversial issue of changing it's Human Right's ordinance.Commissioner Kevin Beckner proposed a motion to change the county's ordinance to protect members of the LGBT community,so they are not discriminated against in housing, employment, real estate and public accommodations.
    Hills borough County commissioners tackled the controversial issue of changing it's Human Right's ordinance.Commissioner Kevin Beckner proposed a motion to change the county's ordinance to protect members of the LGBT community,so they are not discriminated against in housing, employment, real estate and public accommodations.
  • Lightning strike damages Clearwater home

    Lightning strike damages Clearwater home

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-07-16 16:52:37 GMT
    Lightning struck a home at 1450 Citrus St. in Clearwater. Lightning struck a home at 1450 Citrus St. in Clearwater.
    Photos of a damage at a Clearwater home show just how powerful a lightning strike can be.Clearwater Fire Rescue responded to a call about a fire at 1450 Citrus St. early Wednesday morning.Lightning struck the front of the house, according to CFR.The homeowner told firefighters that the intensity of the lightning strike caused metal objects, like the doorbell and the address plate, to fly off the house.Damage was limited to the front of the home.CFR says no one was injured.Copyright 2014 WFLA....
    Photos of a damage at a Clearwater home show just how powerful a lightning strike can be.Clearwater Fire Rescue responded to a call about a fire at 1450 Citrus St. early Wednesday morning.Lightning struck the front of the house, according to CFR.The homeowner told firefighters that the intensity of the lightning strike caused metal objects, like the doorbell and the address plate, to fly off the house.Damage was limited to the front of the home.CFR says no one was injured.Copyright 2014 WFLA....
  • 3 charged in illegal freshwater turtle harvests

    3 charged in illegal freshwater turtle harvests

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:01 AM EDT2014-07-16 09:01:48 GMT
    State wildlife officials have charged three men in central Florida with illegally harvesting, selling and buying 2,100 pounds of freshwater turtles.
    State wildlife officials have charged three men in central Florida with illegally harvesting, selling and buying 2,100 pounds of freshwater turtles.
  • Family pet dies from heat stroke while at Tampa pet resort

    Family pet dies from heat stroke while at Tampa pet resort

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 10:21 PM EDT2014-07-16 02:21:32 GMT
    5-year-old pug, Chloe died from heat stroke while at a Tampa pet resort5-year-old pug, Chloe died from heat stroke while at a Tampa pet resort
    It was the end to their vacation, they wished never happened. Al and Amy Porras returned from a 12 day European vacation to find out one of their dogs had died of a heat stroke while at a pet resort.
    It was the end to their vacation, they wished never happened. Al and Amy Porras returned from a 12 day European vacation to find out one of their dogs had died of a heat stroke while at a pet resort.
  • Strange smell causes hundreds to evacuate Largo government building

    Strange smell causes hundreds to evacuate Largo government building

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 9:07 PM EDT2014-07-16 01:07:41 GMT
    Paramedics evaluate patients outside the Mary Grizzle Building in LargoParamedics evaluate patients outside the Mary Grizzle Building in Largo
    Largo firefighters evacuated an estimated 200-300 people from the Mary Grizzle Building in Largo after a strange smell caused several people to suffer breathing problems.
    Largo firefighters evacuated an estimated 200-300 people from the Mary Grizzle Building in Largo after a strange smell caused several people to suffer breathing problems.
  • Pranks caught on camera worry Clearwater cops

    Pranks caught on camera worry Clearwater cops

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 9:04 PM EDT2014-07-16 01:04:14 GMT
    Jack Tenney edits videos at his Indian Rocks Beach home. Jack Tenney edits videos at his Indian Rocks Beach home.
    In the You tube videos, they attach a long board to a tree and wait for someone to take it and confront them. “I know we have a lot of kids watching our videos, so we really just want to spread a positive message” said video maker Jack Tenney.In other videos, people duck when it looks like beer is being thrown on them.
    In the You tube videos, they attach a long board to a tree and wait for someone to take it and confront them. “I know we have a lot of kids watching our videos, so we really just want to spread a positive message” said video maker Jack Tenney.In other videos, people duck when it looks like beer is being thrown on them.
  • Accused baby-killer case: Defense doesn't want young moms on jury

    Accused baby-killer case: Defense doesn't want young moms on jury

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 7:28 PM EDT2014-07-15 23:28:14 GMT
    Picking a jury in a high profile capital case is never easy.Now, add a 3-month-old baby boy who detectives explain was tossed out of a moving car window, and picking a jury is close impossible, say experts.
    Picking a jury in a high profile capital case is never easy.Now, add a 3-month-old baby boy who detectives explain was tossed out of a moving car window, and picking a jury is close impossible, say experts.
  • Tampa veteran looks for help to prevent homelessness

    Tampa veteran looks for help to prevent homelessness

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-07-15 22:54:49 GMT
    Kara Shields doesn't want her girls to have to move again. And she doesn't want them to be homeless, but it's a worry for the mother and Army veteran.
    Kara Shields doesn't want her girls to have to move again. And she doesn't want them to be homeless, but it's a worry for the mother and Army veteran.
  • Citrus Park property racks up $300K in code violations

    Citrus Park property racks up $300K in code violations

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-07-15 22:31:41 GMT
    A Citrus Park neighborhood is angry about an accumulation of junk, trash and debris.A Citrus Park neighborhood is angry about an accumulation of junk, trash and debris.
    A Citrus Park neighborhood is angry about an accumulation of junk, trash and debris.They claim the 10,000 square foot lot on Berkford Avenue is jam packed with junk. They are correct.According to the Hillsborough County property appraiser's office the lot at 14508 Berkford is owned by Brenda D. Owings.
    A Citrus Park neighborhood is angry about an accumulation of junk, trash and debris.They claim the 10,000 square foot lot on Berkford Avenue is jam packed with junk. They are correct.According to the Hillsborough County property appraiser's office the lot at 14508 Berkford is owned by Brenda D. Owings.
  • No decision today for troubled Channelside shopping complex

    No decision today for troubled Channelside shopping complex

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-07-15 22:06:20 GMT
    Today was supposed to be a pivotal day for the troubled Channelside shopping complex. But, the federal bankruptcy judge, in Delaware, didn't make a decision about who can buy Channelside after all. After hours of testimony, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi said he will continue testimony on Thursday.
    Today was supposed to be a pivotal day for the troubled Channelside shopping complex. But, the federal bankruptcy judge, in Delaware, didn't make a decision about who can buy Channelside after all. After hours of testimony, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi said he will continue testimony on Thursday.
  • Hernando sex offender wanted on murder, robbery charges

    Hernando sex offender wanted on murder, robbery charges

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-07-15 22:04:40 GMT
    MOST WANTED: Hernando County Crime Stoppers are looking to track down 20-year-old Harry "June Bug" Delaine.
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    A woman was arrested near a Target on US 19 Monday after leaving a 19-month-old baby in a car with engine running while she shopped, Pinellas Park Police officers said.
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