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  • Warning: Graphic video shows Sarasota man beating dog

    Warning: Graphic video shows Sarasota man beating dog

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:29 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:29:40 GMT
    Surveillance video shows Glover abusing dogSurveillance video shows Glover abusing dog
    A Sarasota County man has been arrested, accused of abusing and killing a miniature 12-pound Dachshund.
    A Sarasota County man has been arrested, accused of abusing and killing a miniature 12-pound Dachshund.
  • Tanker overturns on I-75, spills gas, closes lanes for hours

    Tanker overturns on I-75, spills gas, closes lanes for hours

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:15:59 GMT
    Northbound lanes on Interstate 75 between Bee Ridge Road and Fruitville Road closed Wednesday morning after an accident involving a tanker. Two lanes have re-opened as of 4:30 p.m.
    Northbound lanes on Interstate 75 between Bee Ridge Road and Fruitville Road closed Wednesday morning after an accident involving a tanker. Two lanes have re-opened as of 4:30 p.m.
  • Tampa Bay 'Ice Bucket Challenge' donations are changing lives

    Tampa Bay 'Ice Bucket Challenge' donations are changing lives

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:07:40 GMT
    The videos are filling up social media. Our friends and national celebrities all seem to be taking the "Ice Bucket Challenge".
    The videos are filling up social media. Our friends and national celebrities all seem to be taking the "Ice Bucket Challenge".
  • Medical marijuana plant planned for Polk County

    Medical marijuana plant planned for Polk County

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:05:02 GMT
    A proposed medical marijuana manufacturing facility is creating quite the 'buzz' in Polk County.
    A proposed medical marijuana manufacturing facility is creating quite the 'buzz' in Polk County.
  • Mother manatee and calf rescued in Clearwater

    Mother manatee and calf rescued in Clearwater

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:47:47 GMT
    Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute FacebookPhoto: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Facebook
    A mother manatee and her dependent calf were successfully rescued at Allen Creek in Clearwater Tuesday thanks to a joint effort by FWC and Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff.
    A mother manatee and her dependent calf were successfully rescued at Allen Creek in Clearwater Tuesday thanks to a joint effort by FWC and Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff.
  • Parents concerned about Hillsborough school bus overcrowding

    Parents concerned about Hillsborough school bus overcrowding

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:29:01 GMT
    Parents are worried about the safety of children riding an overcrowded bus to Thompson Elementary School in Ruskin.Latrese Thomas reached out to 8 On Your Side after several students were taken off the bus because there wasn't enough room."Yesterday, about five kids had to get off the bus and their parents had to take them to school," said Thomas.Kids have also had issues on the way home from school. Thomas says her 7-year-old daughter Victoria Woods was dropped off at the wrong bus stop.Stev...
    Parents are worried about the safety of children riding an overcrowded bus to Thompson Elementary School in Ruskin.Latrese Thomas reached out to 8 On Your Side after several students were taken off the bus because there wasn't enough room."Yesterday, about five kids had to get off the bus and their parents had to take them to school," said Thomas.Kids have also had issues on the way home from school. Thomas says her 7-year-old daughter Victoria Woods was dropped off at the wrong bus stop.Stev...
  • Largo travel club head now caught up in Dr. Oz magic diet pill controversy

    Largo travel club head now caught up in Dr. Oz magic diet pill controversy

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:48:14 GMT
    File photo: Nicholas Congleton File photo: Nicholas Congleton
    It turns out the subject of an Eight On Your Side investigation of a local travel club has another claim to fame. He's at the heart of a "magic diet pill" promoted by Dr. Oz and vilified by the FTC.That means Nicholas Congleton is at the heart of two business schemes that are under investigating by state and federal consumer protection authorities for misleading or taking advantage of unwitting customers.
    It turns out the subject of an Eight On Your Side investigation of a local travel club has another claim to fame. He's at the heart of a "magic diet pill" promoted by Dr. Oz and vilified by the FTC.That means Nicholas Congleton is at the heart of two business schemes that are under investigating by state and federal consumer protection authorities for misleading or taking advantage of unwitting customers.
  • Comfortable night ahead

    Comfortable night ahead

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:27:04 GMT
    It will be another day with high heat and low humidity. "You'll feel comfortable this morning, but temperatures climb quickly," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann.
    It will be another day with high heat and low humidity. "You'll feel comfortable this morning, but temperatures climb quickly," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann.
  • School officials to explain new Florida Standards

    School officials to explain new Florida Standards

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:13 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:13:59 GMT
    The majority of state's now use Common Core, a learning system that demands the same basics for every student. This school year, Florida is rolling out it's own tweaked version called the Florida Standards.
    The majority of state's now use Common Core, a learning system that demands the same basics for every student. This school year, Florida is rolling out it's own tweaked version called the Florida Standards.
  • Duke Energy to announce changes

    Duke Energy to announce changes

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:02 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:02:58 GMT
    Jolted by customers fed up with Duke's rollout of a plan to avoid duplicating meter reader routes, it appears the utility is ready to throw in the towel. Wednesday morning, we expect the company to announce changes that could include bill credits.
    Jolted by customers fed up with Duke's rollout of a plan to avoid duplicating meter reader routes, it appears the utility is ready to throw in the towel. Wednesday morning, we expect the company to announce changes that could include bill credits.
  • Pasco deputy hits family car

    Pasco deputy hits family car

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:12 AM EDT2014-08-27 08:12:00 GMT
    A Pasco County Sheriff's deputy was on her way to a burglary call when she hit a family car with four people inside, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
    A Pasco County Sheriff's deputy was on her way to a burglary call when she hit a family car with four people inside, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  • Crist becomes Democratic nominee, rallies with Nan Rich planned

    Crist becomes Democratic nominee, rallies with Nan Rich planned

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:11:41 GMT
    Photo courtesy Florida DemocratsPhoto courtesy Florida Democrats
    Florida Democrats appeared poised Tuesday to select former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a nationally watched race that's part of an unlikely political comeback for Crist.
    Florida Democrats appeared poised Tuesday to select former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a nationally watched race that's part of an unlikely political comeback for Crist.
  • Local Republicans gather in Brandon on primary night

    Local Republicans gather in Brandon on primary night

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:12 PM EDT2014-08-27 02:12:05 GMT
    Hillsborough Republican Party Chairman, State Senator Tom Lee, hosted a watch-party on primary day at O'Brien's Irish Pub in Brandon. Supporters and volunteers gathered to both talk politics and watch the brief returns.
    Hillsborough Republican Party Chairman, State Senator Tom Lee, hosted a watch-party on primary day at O'Brien's Irish Pub in Brandon. Supporters and volunteers gathered to both talk politics and watch the brief returns.
  • Plant City police make arrest in 1979 cold case murder

    Plant City police make arrest in 1979 cold case murder

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:58:47 GMT
    The Plant City Police have made an arrest in a cold case homicide from 1979.
    The Plant City Police have made an arrest in a cold case homicide from 1979.
  • Pinellas front desk school staff trained to handle medical needs at some schools

    Pinellas front desk school staff trained to handle medical needs at some schools

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:15:59 GMT
    Penny Perez, of St. Petersburg, worries every time she sends her 11-year-old son, Keith, to school. Keith has a rare condition called Williams Syndrome. He is developmentally delayed, and if his blood pressure is too high for an extended period of time, his heart could stop.
    Penny Perez, of St. Petersburg, worries every time she sends her 11-year-old son, Keith, to school. Keith has a rare condition called Williams Syndrome. He is developmentally delayed, and if his blood pressure is too high for an extended period of time, his heart could stop.
  • Jurors recommend life in prison for Lakeland cop killer

    Jurors recommend life in prison for Lakeland cop killer

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:12:57 GMT
    File: Kyle WilliamsFile: Kyle Williams
    Jurors in the Kyle Williams case have begun their deliberations in the sentencing phase. They have to recommend a sentence of either life in prison or the death
    Jurors in the Kyle Williams case have begun their deliberations in the sentencing phase. They have to recommend a sentence of either life in prison or the death
  • Venice man says he has melting dashboard in his Toyota Camry

    Venice man says he has melting dashboard in his Toyota Camry

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:01:38 GMT
    Kayser Sayeg doesn't allow his wife to drive her 2008 Toyota Camry on long distances.In the hot Florida sun, the dashboard melts and becomes incredibly sticky.Aside from being a nuisance to clean, it causes a glare in the windshield, sometimes making it difficult to drive
    Kayser Sayeg doesn't allow his wife to drive her 2008 Toyota Camry on long distances.In the hot Florida sun, the dashboard melts and becomes incredibly sticky.Aside from being a nuisance to clean, it causes a glare in the windshield, sometimes making it difficult to drive
  • Brooksville man takes crazy mugshot after domestic dispute

    Brooksville man takes crazy mugshot after domestic dispute

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:49:26 GMT
    A Brooksville man appears to have needed some help taking a mugshot. He was arrested after a domestic dispute with his mother and hitting a dog, police say.
    A Brooksville man appears to have needed some help taking a mugshot. He was arrested after a domestic dispute with his mother and hitting a dog, police say.
  • Dune destruction on Pinellas beach angers neighbors and puzzles state agencies

    Dune destruction on Pinellas beach angers neighbors and puzzles state agencies

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-08-26 14:46:15 GMT
    There is a  controversy over sand dunes on this Pinellas property.There is a controversy over sand dunes on this Pinellas property.
    The new owners of a million dollar mansion who've just moved here from Ohio have stirred up the neighborhood in a Pinellas beach community by hiring contractors to "maintain" the sand dunes that sit between their new beach home and the Gulf of Mexico."The dunes are there to protect all fo the residents," said Wendy Hutkin.
    The new owners of a million dollar mansion who've just moved here from Ohio have stirred up the neighborhood in a Pinellas beach community by hiring contractors to "maintain" the sand dunes that sit between their new beach home and the Gulf of Mexico."The dunes are there to protect all fo the residents," said Wendy Hutkin.
  • Hernando County deputies respond to fatal shooting

    Hernando County deputies respond to fatal shooting

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:33:45 GMT
    The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting on Freeport Avenue in Spring Hill.
    The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting on Freeport Avenue in Spring Hill.
  • Campaigns stop in Tampa in final push for votes

    Campaigns stop in Tampa in final push for votes

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 4:21 AM EDT2014-08-26 08:21:25 GMT
    Crist makes phone calls MondayCrist makes phone calls Monday
    On a final push for votes and momentum before the primary election, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist made a quick stop in Tampa on Monday in a swing across the state.
    On a final push for votes and momentum before the primary election, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist made a quick stop in Tampa on Monday in a swing across the state.
  • Tampa driver caught in crossfire of taxi and ride service battle

    Tampa driver caught in crossfire of taxi and ride service battle

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-08-26 02:48:32 GMT
    Daryl Rodgers retired from the U.S. Army Reserves and wanted a second income." I'm trying to make extra money to help pay for my wife's medical bills," said Rodgers.So he started driving for the ride sharing services Uber and Lyft.
    Daryl Rodgers retired from the U.S. Army Reserves and wanted a second income." I'm trying to make extra money to help pay for my wife's medical bills," said Rodgers.So he started driving for the ride sharing services Uber and Lyft.
  • National toll scam targeting Tampa Bay area

    National toll scam targeting Tampa Bay area

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-08-26 01:57:01 GMT
    James Marz  is the viewer who contacted us about this E-ZPASS scam. James Marz is the viewer who contacted us about this E-ZPASS scam.
    Jim Marz has received several emails from some scammers claiming to represent E-ZPASS. The first email stated he owes money for traveling on a toll road. The second claimed to be from E-ZPASS collections agency. The third claims to be from a court official informing Marz there is a court date set for a hearing on the money he owes.
    Jim Marz has received several emails from some scammers claiming to represent E-ZPASS. The first email stated he owes money for traveling on a toll road. The second claimed to be from E-ZPASS collections agency. The third claims to be from a court official informing Marz there is a court date set for a hearing on the money he owes.
  • Telemarketers ignore laws, harass consumers in Tampa Bay area

    Telemarketers ignore laws, harass consumers in Tampa Bay area

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-08-26 01:14:28 GMT
    Are unsolicited calls from telemarketers driving you nuts? 8 On Your Side has received a rash of calls from consumers who say their phones are ringing at all hours. They block calls and then find out the overseas company just changes their number and keeps calling. They even have ways of changing their phone numbers to trick you into thinking it's a local call.
    Are unsolicited calls from telemarketers driving you nuts? 8 On Your Side has received a rash of calls from consumers who say their phones are ringing at all hours. They block calls and then find out the overseas company just changes their number and keeps calling. They even have ways of changing their phone numbers to trick you into thinking it's a local call.
  • Fired Centro Ybor guard tells his side of the story

    Fired Centro Ybor guard tells his side of the story

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-08-26 01:10:08 GMT
    Fired Centro Ybor guard tells his side of the story
    Fired Centro Ybor guard tells his side of the story

  • 12 arrested in Clearwater prostitution crackdown

    12 arrested in Clearwater prostitution crackdown

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:40:57 GMT
    The Clearwater Police Department targeted the East Gateway area in a crackdown on prostitution over the weekend.
    The Clearwater Police Department targeted the East Gateway area in a crackdown on prostitution over the weekend.
  • Tampa student struck, pinned by car while walking from school

    Tampa student struck, pinned by car while walking from school

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:30:55 GMT
    An 11th grade student was struck, and pinned under a car while walking home from school Monday.
    An 11th grade student was struck, and pinned under a car while walking home from school Monday.
  • Downed trees damage panther, tiger cage at Dade City zoo

    Downed trees damage panther, tiger cage at Dade City zoo

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:30:40 GMT
    Photo: Dade City's Wild Things FacebookPhoto: Dade City's Wild Things Facebook
    Disaster has struck Dade City's Wild Things Zoo in Pasco County.
    Disaster has struck Dade City's Wild Things Zoo in Pasco County.
  • Rescued hostage speaks in Sarasota

    Rescued hostage speaks in Sarasota

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:15:50 GMT
    On October 25, 2011, Jessica Buchanan was kidnapped at gunpoint in Somalia, leading to a 93-day ordeal that she called the most difficult experience of her life.She had been doing aid work in eastern Africa when she and a colleague were forcefully taken from their vehicle by Somali pirates and held for ransom.She spent 93 days in the Somali wilderness.
    On October 25, 2011, Jessica Buchanan was kidnapped at gunpoint in Somalia, leading to a 93-day ordeal that she called the most difficult experience of her life.She had been doing aid work in eastern Africa when she and a colleague were forcefully taken from their vehicle by Somali pirates and held for ransom.She spent 93 days in the Somali wilderness.
  • Jury to recommend life or death for convicted Lakeland cop killer

    Jury to recommend life or death for convicted Lakeland cop killer

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:08:23 GMT
    File photo: Kyle WilliamsFile photo: Kyle Williams
    Emotional testimony in the Kyle Williams sentencing forced Polk County Judge Donald Jacobsen to send out the jury twice. Williams is the man jurors convicted of shooting and killing Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin in December of 2011. Crispin's father, Tomas, took the stand and through an interpreter, addressed the jury.
    Emotional testimony in the Kyle Williams sentencing forced Polk County Judge Donald Jacobsen to send out the jury twice. Williams is the man jurors convicted of shooting and killing Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin in December of 2011. Crispin's father, Tomas, took the stand and through an interpreter, addressed the jury.
  • Lakeland teen's touchdown is a wish come true

    Lakeland teen's touchdown is a wish come true

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:04:22 GMT
    A Lakeland mother is basking in her son's happiness after he recently scored a touchdown that was made possible through the sportsmanship of the opposing team.Jason Dryna is 13-years-old and loves football. However, his disabilities make it hard for him to excel at the sport.
    A Lakeland mother is basking in her son's happiness after he recently scored a touchdown that was made possible through the sportsmanship of the opposing team.Jason Dryna is 13-years-old and loves football. However, his disabilities make it hard for him to excel at the sport.
  • Blind Tampa man shoots nephew after home invasion

    Blind Tampa man shoots nephew after home invasion

    Monday, August 25 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-08-25 16:18:03 GMT
    A 15-year-old is critically injured after breaking into his uncle's house and getting shot. It happened Sunday night at a house on Chipco Street.
    A 15-year-old is critically injured after breaking into his uncle's house and getting shot. It happened Sunday night at a house on Chipco Street.
  • Crist makes stop in Tampa before primary

    Crist makes stop in Tampa before primary

    Monday, August 25 2014 12:13 PM EDT2014-08-25 16:13:54 GMT
    Charlie Crist stopped by a Tampa field office Monday, greeting supporters on a final campaign swing around the state before Tuesday's primary election.Crist took photos with supporters and made a few calls to voters, joking with a volunteer who switched reading glasses with him so he could see the printout he was using.Crist is taking on former state Sen. Nan Rich in the Democratic primary.
    Charlie Crist stopped by a Tampa field office Monday, greeting supporters on a final campaign swing around the state before Tuesday's primary election.Crist took photos with supporters and made a few calls to voters, joking with a volunteer who switched reading glasses with him so he could see the printout he was using.Crist is taking on former state Sen. Nan Rich in the Democratic primary.
  • BACK TO SCHOOL: trainers to ward off concussions at Tampa Bay schools

    BACK TO SCHOOL: trainers to ward off concussions at Tampa Bay schools

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:59 AM EDT2014-08-25 09:59:32 GMT
    "It was like a blackout for a quick second. When I got up I was a little shaken up."
    "It was like a blackout for a quick second. When I got up I was a little shaken up."
  • Buccaneers part ways with 12 players

    Buccaneers part ways with 12 players

    Sunday, August 24 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-25 03:53:34 GMT
    BUCCANEERS TRIM ROSTER Team Parts Ways With 12 PlayersThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced they have made the following roster moves:RELEASEDLS Jeremy CainWAIVEDDT Euclid CummingsOL Jace DanielsWR Skye DawsonOL Jason FosterDE Ryne GiddinsG R.J. MattesWR Eric PageWR Tommy StreeterDE Chaz SuttonQB Alex TanneyFB Ian Thompson
    BUCCANEERS TRIM ROSTER Team Parts Ways With 12 PlayersThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced they have made the following roster moves:RELEASEDLS Jeremy CainWAIVEDDT Euclid CummingsOL Jace DanielsWR Skye DawsonOL Jason FosterDE Ryne GiddinsG R.J. MattesWR Eric PageWR Tommy StreeterDE Chaz SuttonQB Alex TanneyFB Ian Thompson
  • Man hospitalized after Tampa shooting

    Man hospitalized after Tampa shooting

    Sunday, August 24 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-08-25 03:46:33 GMT
    Belmont Heights Estate apartments were the scene of a shooting Sunday. An unidentified man was standing outside of the apartment complex at 2210 E. Lake Ave., with a group of friends, Tampa police said.. ...
    Belmont Heights Estate apartments were the scene of a shooting Sunday. An unidentified man was standing outside of the apartment complex at 2210 E. Lake Ave., with a group of friends, Tampa police said.. ...

  • Tampa man dies in skydiving accident

    Tampa man dies in skydiving accident

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-08-25 02:48:43 GMT
    Keith MurrayKeith Murray
    A Tampa man died in a skydiving accident at Skydive City Saturday. Skydive City officials said Keith Murray, 50, was performing a team practice jump with three other team members and a videographer at the time of the accident. ...
    A Tampa man died in a skydiving accident at Skydive City Saturday. Skydive City officials said Keith Murray, 50, was performing a team practice jump with three other team members and a videographer at the time of the accident. ...
  • Silver Alert issued for missing Pinellas Park man

    Silver Alert issued for missing Pinellas Park man

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-08-25 02:24:05 GMT
    Earl JonesEarl Jones
    A Silver Alert has been issued for Earl Lee Jones, 82, of Pinellas Park. It is believed that Mr. Jones left his home sometime before 5 a.m. Sunday and was possibly headed to Georgia to see family, Pinellas Park police spokesman Sgt. Adam Geissenberger said in a news release....
    A Silver Alert has been issued for Earl Lee Jones, 82, of Pinellas Park. It is believed that Mr. Jones left his home sometime before 5 a.m. Sunday and was possibly headed to Georgia to see family, Pinellas Park police spokesman Sgt. Adam Geissenberger said in a news release....
  • TS Cristobal strengthens, expected to pass eastern Fla.

    TS Cristobal strengthens, expected to pass eastern Fla.

    Sunday, August 24 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-08-24 23:00:57 GMT
    Tropical Storm Cristobal has sustained winds of 45 MPH. Tropical Storm Cristobal has sustained winds of 45 MPH.
    The latest update (11AM) from the NHC shows that Tropical Storm Cristobal has strengthened with sustained winds of 45 mph and wind gusts to 60 mph. According to Meteorologist Bryan Bennett, the storm is located in the southeastern Bahamas where tropical storm warnings are currently in effect.
    Tropical Storm Cristobal is likely to strengthen, but will have less impact on the East Coast than expected. “Cristobal is still a Tropical Storm and bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to the Bahamas Sunday,” Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips said. ...
  • Behind the scenes, poll workers prepare for primary day

    Behind the scenes, poll workers prepare for primary day

    Sunday, August 24 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-08-24 22:25:53 GMT
    Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer, right, and an unidentified woman prepare for the 2014 primary election.Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer, right, and an unidentified woman prepare for the 2014 primary election.
    Final election preparations are underway for Tuesday's primary, including handing out supplies to poll workers who will be responsible for checking in voters at sites throughout Hillsborough County. ...
    Final election preparations are underway for Tuesday's primary, including handing out supplies to poll workers who will be responsible for checking in voters at sites throughout Hillsborough County. ...
  • Fire damages St. Petersburg church, polling place

    Fire damages St. Petersburg church, polling place

    Sunday, August 24 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-24 22:18:29 GMT
    A fire has severely damaged a church in St. Petersburg that was to be used a polling location on Tuesday.A fire broke out in the kitchen of the Vietnamese Alliance Church at 4344 21st St. N. early Sunday morning, Pinellas County officials said....
    A fire has severely damaged a church in St. Petersburg that was to be used a polling location on Tuesday.A fire broke out in the kitchen of the Vietnamese Alliance Church at 4344 21st St. N. early Sunday morning, Pinellas County officials said....
  • Invasive insect a threat to Florida's citrus industry

    Invasive insect a threat to Florida's citrus industry

    Sunday, August 24 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-08-24 15:14:48 GMT
    The Asian Citrus Psyllid carries a bacteria that feeds off the leaves of citrus trees. The Asian Citrus Psyllid carries a bacteria that feeds off the leaves of citrus trees.
    The tourists stream to Florida in their cars, intent on a week at Disney or a sugar-sand seashore or a nonstop party on South Beach. Road weary and thirsty, they pull over at one of the state's five official welcome centers. They walk inside, and then they look up."The best start under the sun," reads a big sign. "FLORIDA ORANGE JUICE."
    The tourists stream to Florida in their cars, intent on a week at Disney or a sugar-sand seashore or a nonstop party on South Beach. Road weary and thirsty, they pull over at one of the state's five official welcome centers. They walk inside, and then they look up."The best start under the sun," reads a big sign. "FLORIDA ORANGE JUICE."
  • Largo PD: transient walked into roadway, struck and killed

    Largo PD: transient walked into roadway, struck and killed

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-24 14:27:23 GMT
    Cooney, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene according to investigators. Cooney, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene according to investigators.
    A 49-year-old Bay area man walked into traffic in Largo Saturday night and was struck and killed.The incident occurred just before 10 pm in the 2400 block of East Bay Dr. The driver of the vehicle, a 16-year-old Largo girl, was not hurt.
    A 49-year-old Bay area man walked into traffic in Largo Saturday night and was struck and killed.The incident occurred just before 10 pm in the 2400 block of East Bay Dr. The driver of the vehicle, a 16-year-old Largo girl, was not hurt.
  • Buccaneers go on road, beat Buffalo 27-14

    Buccaneers go on road, beat Buffalo 27-14

    Sunday, August 24 2014 8:24 AM EDT2014-08-24 12:24:33 GMT
    Bucs rookie WR Mike Evans holds on tightly to the ball as he scores in the first half in Saturday's game with the Bills. Bucs rookie WR Mike Evans holds on tightly to the ball as he scores in the first half in Saturday's game with the Bills.
    Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans had even more motivation to score once he saw defensive tackle Clinton McDonald return a fumble for a touchdown."I talked to Clinton and I said, 'How are you going to score one before me?" the first-round pick said. "And then, luckily, I got in."
    Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans had even more motivation to score once he saw defensive tackle Clinton McDonald return a fumble for a touchdown."I talked to Clinton and I said, 'How are you going to score one before me?" the first-round pick said. "And then, luckily, I got in."
  • Michael Brown rally held in downtown Tampa

    Michael Brown rally held in downtown Tampa

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-08-24 03:32:16 GMT
    The tensions over the events of Ferguson, Mo, could be felt right here in the Tampa Bay area. Protests were held throughout the region on Saturday, including in downtown Tampa. Ferguson is more than a thousand miles away, but it has served as a rallying cry that has both united and divided people across this country. ...
    The tensions over the events of Ferguson, Mo, could be felt right here in the Tampa Bay area. Protests were held throughout the region on Saturday, including in downtown Tampa. Ferguson is more than a thousand miles away, but it has served as a rallying cry that has both united and divided people across this country. ...

  • Frightened neighbors voice concerns about Pasco mental health ALF

    Frightened neighbors voice concerns about Pasco mental health ALF

    Saturday, August 23 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-08-23 22:23:18 GMT
    In the middle of a New Port Richey subdivision on Langston Ave. white iron gates lead to a large compound surrounded by barbed wire fences. Inside there is a swimming pool, parking lotand several buildings that formerly served as the neighborhood HOA community center.
    In the middle of a New Port Richey subdivision on Langston Ave. white iron gates lead to a large compound surrounded by barbed wire fences. Inside there is a swimming pool, parking lotand several buildings that formerly served as the neighborhood HOA community center.
  • WFLA personalities go bowling for a good cause in Tampa

    WFLA personalities go bowling for a good cause in Tampa

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:30 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:30:39 GMT
    WFLA's Keith Cate sizes up the pins Saturday at Pin Chasers in Tampa. WFLA's Keith Cate sizes up the pins Saturday at Pin Chasers in Tampa.
    A handful of Bay area celebrities went bowling for a very worthy cause Saturday afternoon in Tampa.They took part in an event at Pin Chasers on North Armenia to support the launch of the community campaign ‘Be Hope to My Hungry Neighbor.'
    A handful of Bay area celebrities went bowling for a very worthy cause Saturday afternoon in Tampa.They took part in an event at Pin Chasers on North Armenia to support the launch of the community campaign ‘Be Hope to My Hungry Neighbor.'
  • Massachusetts man injured in Pinellas hit-and-run

    Massachusetts man injured in Pinellas hit-and-run

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:23 PM EDT2014-08-23 17:23:53 GMT
    If you have any information about this incident please contact FHP. If you have any information about this incident please contact FHP.
    Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public's help in tracking down a hit-and-run driver.The suspect fled the scene of a crash that left a pedestrian in serious condition. The incident occurred just before 2 am Saturday near the intersection of Palm Harbor Blvd. and Alderman Rd.
    Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public's help in tracking down a hit-and-run driver.The suspect fled the scene of a crash that left a pedestrian in serious condition. The incident occurred just before 2 am Saturday near the intersection of Palm Harbor Blvd. and Alderman Rd.
  • Felon sought in connection with early morning shooting in Winter Haven

    Felon sought in connection with early morning shooting in Winter Haven

    Saturday, August 23 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-08-23 16:24:48 GMT
    Authorities consider Matthews to be armed and dangerous. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you see him. Authorities consider Matthews to be armed and dangerous. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you see him.
    Investigators with the Polk County Sheriff's Office are on the lookout for a Winter Haven man being sought on armed robbery and attempted murder charges.Brandon Leon Matthews, 29, has an extensive criminal background and is considered armed and dangerous.
    Investigators with the Polk County Sheriff's Office are on the lookout for a Winter Haven man being sought on armed robbery and attempted murder charges.Brandon Leon Matthews, 29, has an extensive criminal background and is considered armed and dangerous.
  • Semi driver could face charges in fiery, fatal Manatee crash

    Semi driver could face charges in fiery, fatal Manatee crash

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-08-23 15:09:58 GMT
    One of the vehicles caught fire shortly after the 4 pm crash on Interstate 75 in Ellenton. One of the vehicles caught fire shortly after the 4 pm crash on Interstate 75 in Ellenton.
    One person was killed and two others seriously injured Friday afternoon in a multi-vehicle crash that snarled traffic on Interstate 75 in Manatee and Sarasota counties.The incident occurred just after 4 pm in the northbound lanes just south of the Ellenton exit.
    One person was killed and two others seriously injured Friday afternoon in a multi-vehicle crash that snarled traffic on Interstate 75 in Manatee and Sarasota counties.The incident occurred just after 4 pm in the northbound lanes just south of the Ellenton exit.
  • Wimauma man killed in early morning hit-and-run

    Wimauma man killed in early morning hit-and-run

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:55:06 GMT
    Heredia suffered a head injury and was transported to TGH where he died. Heredia suffered a head injury and was transported to TGH where he died.
    Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's assistance in locating a driver that fled a fatal hit and run crash Saturday morning.The incident occurred just before 5 am near the intersection of Maggie Dr. and State Road 674 in Wimauma.
    Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's assistance in locating a driver that fled a fatal hit and run crash Saturday morning.The incident occurred just before 5 am near the intersection of Maggie Dr. and State Road 674 in Wimauma.
  • Tampa Police arrest man for murder outside nightclub

    Tampa Police arrest man for murder outside nightclub

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:04:54 GMT
    Tampa Police have arrested 27-year-old Edgardo Molina of Tampa for a murder outside Club Underground in downtown Tampa early Thursday morning.
    Tampa Police have arrested 27-year-old Edgardo Molina of Tampa for a murder outside Club Underground in downtown Tampa early Thursday morning.
  • I-75 NB reopens in Manatee County after deadly accident

    I-75 NB reopens in Manatee County after deadly accident

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:52:10 GMT
    Deadly crash in Manatee County.Deadly crash in Manatee County.
    Florida Highway Patrol troopers reopened I-75 in Manatee County after a deadly accident shutdown the northbound lanes early Friday evening.
    Florida Highway Patrol troopers reopened I-75 in Manatee County after a deadly accident shutdown the northbound lanes early Friday evening.

  • A Sarasota high school remembers slain varsity cheerleader

    A Sarasota high school remembers slain varsity cheerleader

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:49:47 GMT
    It was hard to tell that the team colors of Riverview High School in Sarasota County were maroon and gray Friday night.Most of the crowd was wearing blue.“Her favorite color was blue,” said varsity cheerleader Devyn Kelly. Kelly is talking about fellow cheerleader Teria'le Rawls who was gunned down almost four weeks ago.
    It was hard to tell that the team colors of Riverview High School in Sarasota County were maroon and gray Friday night.Most of the crowd was wearing blue.“Her favorite color was blue,” said varsity cheerleader Devyn Kelly. Kelly is talking about fellow cheerleader Teria'le Rawls who was gunned down almost four weeks ago.
  • Duke Energy billing change making Florida consumers upset

    Duke Energy billing change making Florida consumers upset

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:14:14 GMT
    Duke Energy customers in Florida are a little hot this month, and not just because of the weather.Duke is changing it's billing cycle and adding up to 12 days to customers bills.Duke says it is rerouting their meter readers to make shorter trips.
    Duke Energy customers in Florida are a little hot this month, and not just because of the weather.Duke is changing it's billing cycle and adding up to 12 days to customers bills.Duke says it is rerouting their meter readers to make shorter trips.
  • Hernando Sheriff's office has new K-9 deputy

    Hernando Sheriff's office has new K-9 deputy

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:02:07 GMT
    Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuisannounced Friday that the Hernando County Sheriff's Office has a brand new deputy."K-9 Justice" is a 14-month old German Shepherd and will be joining the K-9 unit. Corporal Stephen Miller, K-9 Unit Supervisor, will be his handler.
    Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuisannounced Friday that the Hernando County Sheriff's Office has a brand new deputy."K-9 Justice" is a 14-month old German Shepherd and will be joining the K-9 unit. Corporal Stephen Miller, K-9 Unit Supervisor, will be his handler.
  • Bradenton apartment complex to be repaired after 8 On Your Side report

    Bradenton apartment complex to be repaired after 8 On Your Side report

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:47:05 GMT
    Last week, 8 on your side showed you some of the dilapidated conditions inside some units at the Townhouse Park Apartments in Bradenton.Tenants were having problems with mold and rodents.There was also water damage.
    Last week, 8 on your side showed you some of the dilapidated conditions inside some units at the Townhouse Park Apartments in Bradenton.Tenants were having problems with mold and rodents.There was also water damage.
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium releases final downtown project plans

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium releases final downtown project plans

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:47:24 GMT
    Funding the New Cleartwater Marine AquariumFunding the New Cleartwater Marine Aquarium
    The Clearwater Marine Aquarium released final plans Friday for the 68 million dollar downtown marine aquarium.
    The Clearwater Marine Aquarium released final plans Friday for the 68 million dollar downtown marine aquarium.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 11 - 16

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 11 - 16

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:57:41 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We've gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from August 11 to 16, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We've gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from August 11 to 16, 2014.
  • Funeral home removal service employee charged with stealing from dead woman

    Funeral home removal service employee charged with stealing from dead woman

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:21:18 GMT
    Pinellas County Sheriff Deputies arrested a funeral home removal service employee after they claim he stole jewelry from deceased woman while he was in her home to remove her body.
    Pinellas County Sheriff Deputies arrested a funeral home removal service employee after they claim he stole jewelry from deceased woman while he was in her home to remove her body.
  • Massive wasp nest removed from Winter Haven home

    Massive wasp nest removed from Winter Haven home

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:24:06 GMT
    A massive wasp nest outside a Winter Haven home is being removed Friday morning.
    A massive wasp nest outside a Winter Haven home is being removed Friday morning.
  • Students now report bullying online

    Students now report bullying online

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:21 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:21:27 GMT
    A persistent bullying problem has a new enemy in Pasco County.  This is the second school year starting off with a new online tool to fight bullies.
    A persistent bullying problem has a new enemy in Pasco County.  This is the second school year starting off with a new online tool to fight bullies.
  • Sarasota offers workshop on saving energy, money

    Sarasota offers workshop on saving energy, money

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:09:11 GMT
    Get a free Do It Yourself Energy Saving Kit, a $30 value, at one of Sarasota County's upcoming Energy Upgrade workshops. (Sarasota County)Get a free Do It Yourself Energy Saving Kit, a $30 value, at one of Sarasota County's upcoming Energy Upgrade workshops. (Sarasota County)
    Sarasota County is serious about saving money, conserving energy and protecting our environment.
    Sarasota County is serious about saving money, conserving energy and protecting our environment.
  • USF students learn about love

    USF students learn about love

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:08 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:08:51 GMT
    University of South Florida students are traveling abroad to learn about love.
    University of South Florida students are traveling abroad to learn about love.
  • Coast Guard to offload $19 million of cocaine in St. Pete

    Coast Guard to offload $19 million of cocaine in St. Pete

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:39 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:39:01 GMT
    Coast Guard crews are scheduled to offload 576 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $19 million in St. Petersburg Friday morning.
    Coast Guard crews are scheduled to offload 576 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $19 million in St. Petersburg Friday morning.
  • Dover families concerned about a chemical they say causes illness

    Dover families concerned about a chemical they say causes illness

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-08-22 08:17:24 GMT
    Concerned families met with representatives from Arkema who sell the chemical Palacin that Zentkovich is concerned about Concerned families met with representatives from Arkema who sell the chemical Palacin that Zentkovich is concerned about
    After two years of illness, Mary Zentkovich wants answers about what is making her family sick.“ Zentkovich thinks the fumigant Paladin being used in nearby strawberry fields is the reason for her family's and other neighbor's illnesses.
    After two years of illness, Mary Zentkovich wants answers about what is making her family sick.“ Zentkovich thinks the fumigant Paladin being used in nearby strawberry fields is the reason for her family's and other neighbor's illnesses.
  • Teen's death could cause change to state fair

    Teen's death could cause change to state fair

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:49:31 GMT
    Andrew JosephAndrew Joseph
    The parents of Andrew Joseph spoke at the monthly Hillsborough NAACP meeting Thursday night.
    The parents of Andrew Joseph spoke at the monthly Hillsborough NAACP meeting Thursday night.

  • Governor proposes increase in education funding

    Governor proposes increase in education funding

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:57:12 GMT
    File photo: Governor RIck ScottFile photo: Governor RIck Scott
    Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that he will propose an increase in per-pupil funding for Florida students if he is elected to a second term. His proposal calls for a $232 boost in per-student spending to $7,126. Scott and potential political opponent Charlie Crist have traded barbs on education in recent weeks, with Crist launching a bus tour around the state he called “Restore the Cuts.”Scott's proposal tops the ...
    Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that he will propose an increase in per-pupil funding for Florida students if he is elected to a second term. His proposal calls for a $232 boost in per-student spending to $7,126. Scott and potential political opponent Charlie Crist have traded barbs on education in recent weeks, with Crist launching a bus tour around the state he called “Restore the Cuts.”Scott's proposal tops the ...
  • 8 On Your Side: In less then 24 hours, county shows up

    8 On Your Side: In less then 24 hours, county shows up

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:45:47 GMT
    Shan Henderson and her husband, Brian, have spent their entire summer begging Hillsborough County to fix a deep, dangerous hole in their backyard.
    Shan Henderson and her husband, Brian, have spent their entire summer begging Hillsborough County to fix a deep, dangerous hole in their backyard.
  • Clearwater history book creating controversy

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:57:21 GMT
    A planned book on the 100 year anniversary of Clearwater is making some business owners angry.Clearwater will celebrate the century mark next year and the city plans to publish a book on their rich history.
    A planned book on the 100 year anniversary of Clearwater is making some business owners angry.Clearwater will celebrate the century mark next year and the city plans to publish a book on their rich history.
  • Students arrive at USF Tampa for move in day

    Students arrive at USF Tampa for move in day

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:21:26 GMT
    Dozens of events were planned this week to welcome new and returning students back to the University of South Florida for the fall semester.Nearly 5,500 students were expected to move into campus residence halls Thursday.
    Dozens of events were planned this week to welcome new and returning students back to the University of South Florida for the fall semester.Nearly 5,500 students were expected to move into campus residence halls Thursday.
  • Ruskin soldier killed in Afghanistan

    Ruskin soldier killed in Afghanistan

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:04:50 GMT
    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida, died Aug. 20, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy.
    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida, died Aug. 20, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy.
  • TPD claims training stories fell short

    TPD claims training stories fell short

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:12:02 GMT
    The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D.
    The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D.
  • Kyle Williams found guilty of murdering Lakeland Police officer

    Kyle Williams found guilty of murdering Lakeland Police officer

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:42:52 GMT
    Kyle Williams, who is accused of killing a Lakeland Police officer was found guilty of murder Thursday afternoon.


    Kyle Williams, who is accused of killing a Lakeland Police officer was found guilty of murder Thursday afternoon.
  • Tampa boy, 13, brought loaded gun to school, say police

    Tampa boy, 13, brought loaded gun to school, say police

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:20:44 GMT
    A Tampa middle school student faces a felony charge after police say he brought a loaded gun to school.
    A Tampa middle school student faces a felony charge after police say he brought a loaded gun to school.
  • Woman found in water after Indian Rocks Bridge crash identified

    Woman found in water after Indian Rocks Bridge crash identified

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:47:25 GMT
    The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman who was found in the water after a vehicle crash Thursday morning on the Indian Rocks Bridge.
    The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman who was found in the water after a vehicle crash Thursday morning on the Indian Rocks Bridge.
  • Target to extend store hours, hoping for younger shoppers

    Target to extend store hours, hoping for younger shoppers

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:25:55 GMT
    Target to expand store hours, hoping to attract younger, late-night shoppersTarget to expand store hours, hoping to attract younger, late-night shoppers
    More than 900 Target stores across the country will be extending store hours in an effort to accommodate late night shoppers, including more than 70 Florida retail locations.Target says that's what customers want and may be a way to get younger shoppers back in the store.
    More than 900 Target stores across the country will be extending store hours in an effort to accommodate late night shoppers, including more than 70 Florida retail locations.Target says that's what customers want and may be a way to get younger shoppers back in the store.
  • TPD responds to story controversy surrounding police shooting

    TPD responds to story controversy surrounding police shooting

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:48:17 GMT
    Jason TurkJason Turk
    An 8 On Your Side investigation into police shooting and the lack of Crisis Intervention Team training at the Tampa police department is not sitting well with T.P.D.Police spokesperson Laura McElroy sent an email to News Channel 8 management with the subject line labeled, "The Rest of the Story
    An 8 On Your Side investigation into police shooting and the lack of Crisis Intervention Team training at the Tampa police department is not sitting well with T.P.D.Police spokesperson Laura McElroy sent an email to News Channel 8 management with the subject line labeled, "The Rest of the Story
  • PSTA bus involved in head on crash in St. Pete

    PSTA bus involved in head on crash in St. Pete

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:05:47 GMT
    A PSTA bus was involved in a head on crash. A PSTA bus was involved in a head on crash.
    94th Avenue North in St. Petersburg will be closed from Gandy Blvd to Dr. Dr. M.L. King Street for the next several hours after a head-on crash between a PSTA bus and an Acura.
    94th Avenue North in St. Petersburg will be closed from Gandy Blvd to Dr. Dr. M.L. King Street for the next several hours after a head-on crash between a PSTA bus and an Acura.
  • Child porn found on Plant City church computer, youth group volunteer arrested

    Child porn found on Plant City church computer, youth group volunteer arrested

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:48:24 GMT
    Jay Howell Bloodworth, 28, was charged with 2 counts of possession of child pornography. Polk Co Jail booking photoJay Howell Bloodworth, 28, was charged with 2 counts of possession of child pornography. Polk Co Jail booking photo
    A Plant City church youth group volunteer is charged with possession of child pornography after church staff told police they discovered images of child pornography on a church computer.Polk County Sheriff's Office Computer Crimes detectives on Wednesday arrested Jay Howell Bloodworth, 28, of Lakeland in connection with the crime.Detectives say Bloodworth is an active member of the Church on the Rock and is a volunteer with the youth group which includes 30 to 40 juveniles under the age of 18...
    A Plant City church youth group volunteer is charged with possession of child pornography after church staff told police they discovered images of child pornography on a church computer.Polk County Sheriff's Office Computer Crimes detectives on Wednesday arrested Jay Howell Bloodworth, 28, of Lakeland in connection with the crime.Detectives say Bloodworth is an active member of the Church on the Rock and is a volunteer with the youth group which includes 30 to 40 juveniles under the age of 18...
  • Complaints of sexual activity in parks lead to 2 arrests in Lakeland

    Complaints of sexual activity in parks lead to 2 arrests in Lakeland

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:37:46 GMT
    Left to right: Hazelton Crawn, 62, and Jose Javier Martinez, 54, were arrested. Jail booking photosLeft to right: Hazelton Crawn, 62, and Jose Javier Martinez, 54, were arrested. Jail booking photos
    Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is warning people not to have sex in parks.  The warning came after the sheriff's office received complaints. The sheriff's office sent undercover detectives to Lakeland's Saddle Creek Park, they wound up arresting two men.
    Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is warning people not to have sex in parks.  The warning came after the sheriff's office received complaints. The sheriff's office sent undercover detectives to Lakeland's Saddle Creek Park, they wound up arresting two men.

  • Tuesday primary election will determine some local races

    Tuesday primary election will determine some local races

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:35 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:35:12 GMT
    Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia CommonsPhoto Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
    Tuesday's primary election will be the final decision on some races across the Tampa Bay region.Although primaries are often thought of as precursors to the general election, some contests won't make it that far.
    Tuesday's primary election will be the final decision on some races across the Tampa Bay region.Although primaries are often thought of as precursors to the general election, some contests won't make it that far.
  • Man killed outside Tampa club in early morning shooting

    Man killed outside Tampa club in early morning shooting

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:34:49 GMT
    Shooting scene at Whiting and Jefferson in downtown TampaShooting scene at Whiting and Jefferson in downtown Tampa
    A man was shot and killed outside Club Underground in downtown Tampa early Thursday morning, Tampa Police say.
    A man was shot and killed outside Club Underground in downtown Tampa early Thursday morning, Tampa Police say.
  • Bomb squad searches vehicle near USF after shooting

    Bomb squad searches vehicle near USF after shooting

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:37:05 GMT
    Bomb squad searches suspect's vehicle Bomb squad searches suspect's vehicle
    A man is facing charges after Tampa Police reported finding numerous weapons and military gear in his vehicle early Thursday morning.
    A man is facing charges after Tampa Police reported finding numerous weapons and military gear in his vehicle early Thursday morning.
  • 4 airlifted to hospital in Wesley Chapel crash

    4 airlifted to hospital in Wesley Chapel crash

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:36 AM EDT2014-08-21 12:36:04 GMT
    Four people needed to be airlifted to the hospital Thursday morning after a two-car crash on County Line Road in Wesley Chapel.
    Four people needed to be airlifted to the hospital Thursday morning after a two-car crash on County Line Road in Wesley Chapel.
  • Restaurant-style lunchrooms in Polk County high schools

    Restaurant-style lunchrooms in Polk County high schools

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-21 12:11:05 GMT
    This year the cafeterias in all Polk County High Schools are resemble restaurants more than lunchrooms."We hope they feel like it's something different. Not just a bigger portion size when they get to high school," said Jenna Kaczmarskie, Polk County School Nutrition Coordinator.
    This year the cafeterias in all Polk County High Schools are resemble restaurants more than lunchrooms."We hope they feel like it's something different. Not just a bigger portion size when they get to high school," said Jenna Kaczmarskie, Polk County School Nutrition Coordinator.
  • 378 people 'pay it forward' at St. Petersburg Starbucks

    378 people 'pay it forward' at St. Petersburg Starbucks

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:43 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:43:23 GMT
    A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a St. Petersburg Starbucks.
    A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a St. Petersburg Starbucks.
  • Alive and well but Pasco veteran declared dead by government

    Alive and well but Pasco veteran declared dead by government

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-08-21 02:51:54 GMT
    92-year-old Frances Evans finds humor in the fact that the government considers her dead.92-year-old Frances Evans finds humor in the fact that the government considers her dead.
    When 92-year-old Frances Evans got a letter in the mail about her death, she laughed. “What's funny is they're sending the letter to me, telling me they're sorry I'm deceased.
    When 92-year-old Frances Evans got a letter in the mail about her death, she laughed. “What's funny is they're sending the letter to me, telling me they're sorry I'm deceased.
  • Former UCF student in mortal danger

    Former UCF student in mortal danger

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-08-21 02:35:43 GMT
    NBC picture of Steven SotloffNBC picture of Steven Sotloff
    Video taped in the Iraqi desert, a man draped in black, with his face covered speaks with an British or New Zealand accent. “This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen of your country.” Moments before he beheaded Journalists James Foley, the knife-carrying man demanded air strikes stop, and warned, another American newsman, Steven Sotloff, could be next.
    Video taped in the Iraqi desert, a man draped in black, with his face covered speaks with an British or New Zealand accent. “This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen of your country.” Moments before he beheaded Journalists James Foley, the knife-carrying man demanded air strikes stop, and warned, another American newsman, Steven Sotloff, could be next.
  • 8 On Your Side gets results for Sun City Center couple

    8 On Your Side gets results for Sun City Center couple

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:40 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:40:13 GMT
    A giant hole is eroding the earth in Shan and Brian Henderson's backyard.
    A giant hole is eroding the earth in Shan and Brian Henderson's backyard.

  • Belleair Police Chief investigation may wrap up this week

    Belleair Police Chief investigation may wrap up this week

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:09:35 GMT
    Belleair Police Chief Thomas EdwardsBelleair Police Chief Thomas Edwards
    Fraternal Order of Police representative Jim Howard told Eight On Your Side Wednesday he expects a private consultant's investigation of Belleair Police Chief Thomas Edwards to wrap up by Friday.
    Fraternal Order of Police representative Jim Howard told Eight On Your Side Wednesday he expects a private consultant's investigation of Belleair Police Chief Thomas Edwards to wrap up by Friday.
  • Clearwater Police say missing special needs student found

    Clearwater Police say missing special needs student found

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:29:25 GMT
    Nefertari Blanks, 19, is missing.Nefertari Blanks, 19, is missing.
    Clearwater Police officers says a special needs student who was reported missing on Wednesday has been found.
    Clearwater Police officers says a special needs student who was reported missing on Wednesday has been found.

  • Tree trimmers shocked in Largo accident

    Tree trimmers shocked in Largo accident

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:53:04 GMT
    Two men were shocked while trimming trees in Largo on Wednesday.
    Two men were shocked while trimming trees in Largo on Wednesday.
  • Verizon insists on seeing Town N' Country man's birth certificate for credit report error

    Verizon insists on seeing Town N' Country man's birth certificate for credit report error

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:26:13 GMT
    James Woolever was shocked to find a bad mark on his credit report. Especially since it was for an "outstanding balance" from a Verizon account opened in 1979. He knew that couldn't be right, because he was just 6 years old then.
    James Woolever was shocked to find a bad mark on his credit report. Especially since it was for an "outstanding balance" from a Verizon account opened in 1979. He knew that couldn't be right, because he was just 6 years old then.
  • Venice woman drowns at Madeira Beach

    Venice woman drowns at Madeira Beach

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:20:36 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Investigators say 69-year-old Kathleen Marie Shortill was in the water at Madeira Beach when her husband noticed she was unresponsive.
    Investigators say 69-year-old Kathleen Marie Shortill was in the water at Madeira Beach when her husband noticed she was unresponsive.
  • Jury deliberates fate of accused Lakeland cop killer

    Jury deliberates fate of accused Lakeland cop killer

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:48:09 GMT
    Kyle Williams is accused of killing a police officerKyle Williams is accused of killing a police officer
    Closing arguments are set for Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing a Lakeland Police officer.
    Closing arguments are set for Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing a Lakeland Police officer.
  • Lakeland house labeled 'public nuisance' after dozens of police calls

    Lakeland house labeled 'public nuisance' after dozens of police calls

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:00:35 GMT
    919 North Iowa Ave has been labeled a "public nusiance"919 North Iowa Ave has been labeled a "public nusiance"
    A Lakeland triplex was boarded up Wednesday and officially labeled a "public nuisance."
    A Lakeland triplex was boarded up Wednesday and officially labeled a "public nuisance."
  • Sarasota school psychologist arrested for molesting teen

    Sarasota school psychologist arrested for molesting teen

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:56:25 GMT
    Harvey DoreyHarvey Dorey
    The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says they've arrested a school psychologist for molesting a teenage girl.
    The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says they've arrested a school psychologist for molesting a teenage girl.
  • Citrus Park property prompts code enforcement change

    Citrus Park property prompts code enforcement change

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:55:42 GMT
    Action today by Hillsborough county commissioners following an 8 On Your Side investigation.Commissioners voted unanimously to draw up an ordinance that will bring chronic code offenders before a judge in county court.For months now 8 On Your Side has documented the county's inability to deal with properties that are overgrown and piled with junk and pose possible health risks to neighbors.
    Action today by Hillsborough county commissioners following an 8 On Your Side investigation.Commissioners voted unanimously to draw up an ordinance that will bring chronic code offenders before a judge in county court.For months now 8 On Your Side has documented the county's inability to deal with properties that are overgrown and piled with junk and pose possible health risks to neighbors.
  • Pillsbury Bake-Off: Marie Valdes' Spinach Dip-Stuffed Garlic Rolls

    Pillsbury Bake-Off: Marie Valdes' Spinach Dip-Stuffed Garlic Rolls

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:04:50 GMT
    Marie Valdes, of Brandon, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Spinach Dip Stuffed Garlic Rolls.Pillsbury Bake-Off photoMarie Valdes, of Brandon, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Spinach Dip Stuffed Garlic Rolls.Pillsbury Bake-Off photo
    Marie Valdes, of Brandon, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Spinach Dip Stuffed Garlic Rolls. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here).
    Marie Valdes, of Brandon, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Spinach Dip Stuffed Garlic Rolls. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here).
  • Pillsbury Bake-Off: Anna Zovko's Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins

    Pillsbury Bake-Off: Anna Zovko's Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:04:18 GMT
    Anna Zovko, of Tampa, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins. Pillsbury Bake-Off photoAnna Zovko, of Tampa, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins. Pillsbury Bake-Off photo
    Anna Zovko, of Tampa, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here).
    Anna Zovko, of Tampa, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here).
  • 3 Tampa Bay women to vie for $1 million prize in Pillsbury Bake-Off

    3 Tampa Bay women to vie for $1 million prize in Pillsbury Bake-Off

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:51:02 GMT
    Contestants at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest cheer on their fellow finalists. Pillsbury Bake-Off photoContestants at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest cheer on their fellow finalists. Pillsbury Bake-Off photo
    Whip up a tasty recipe and win a million bucks. Sounds easy enough, right? Not really. Just ask three talented Tampa Bay women who made it to the finals of this year's Pillbury Bake-Off contest.
    Whip up a tasty recipe and win a million bucks. Sounds easy enough, right? Not really. Just ask three talented Tampa Bay women who made it to the finals of this year's Pillbury Bake-Off contest.
  • Dog returns to owner after missing from Weedon Island sandbar

    Dog returns to owner after missing from Weedon Island sandbar

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:19:40 GMT
    An upset dog owner is hoping to find her dog she believes was taken from Weedon Island on Sunday.
    An upset dog owner is hoping to find her dog she believes was taken from Weedon Island on Sunday.
  • Davis Islands woman shoots man in her home

    Davis Islands woman shoots man in her home

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:39:50 GMT
    The shooting scene on Davis IslandsThe shooting scene on Davis Islands
    Tampa Police officers are investigating a shooting on Davis Islands.  It happened Tuesday night just before midnight on Riviera Drive.
    Tampa Police officers are investigating a shooting on Davis Islands.  It happened Tuesday night just before midnight on Riviera Drive.
  • Sarasota Police to try body cams

    Sarasota Police to try body cams

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:42 AM EDT2014-08-20 07:42:41 GMT
    Body cameras are used by several law enforcement agencies in Florida but not many in the Bay Area. Sarasota Police announced this week they will begin using body cameras on police officers with a pilot program.
    Body cameras are used by several law enforcement agencies in Florida but not many in the Bay Area. Sarasota Police announced this week they will begin using body cameras on police officers with a pilot program.
  • Florida trucker records crash, then helps

    Florida trucker records crash, then helps

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:12 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:12:27 GMT
    News Channel 8's Peter Bernard interviews trucker David Fredericksen via SkypeNews Channel 8's Peter Bernard interviews trucker David Fredericksen via Skype
    Dash cam video rolled as David Fredericksen and his co-driver witnessed a horrible crash outside Biloxi Mississippi. It happened last Monday, as they drove a load of orange juice in a large tanker truck. A grandmother driving her young granddaughter lost control and slammed into a semi, igniting the truck's fuel tanks.
    Dash cam video rolled as David Fredericksen and his co-driver witnessed a horrible crash outside Biloxi Mississippi. It happened last Monday, as they drove a load of orange juice in a large tanker truck. A grandmother driving her young granddaughter lost control and slammed into a semi, igniting the truck's fuel tanks.
  • Town N' Country grandmother fears intruder, shoots grandson by accident

    Town N' Country grandmother fears intruder, shoots grandson by accident

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:40:13 GMT
    Photo of Tyler Maddox courtesy of Facebook.Photo of Tyler Maddox courtesy of Facebook.
    Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene of a shooting in Town N' Country just before 1:00 A.M. early Tuesday morning.The sheriff's office gives a chilling account of the events that led to the shooting.In the middle of the night, Linda Maddox, 63 heard a noise and grabbed a .22 caliber revolver she keeps by the bed.
    Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene of a shooting in Town N' Country just before 1:00 A.M. early Tuesday morning.The sheriff's office gives a chilling account of the events that led to the shooting.In the middle of the night, Linda Maddox, 63 heard a noise and grabbed a .22 caliber revolver she keeps by the bed.
  • 8 On Your Side: What are the rules for guide dogs in restaurants?

    8 On Your Side: What are the rules for guide dogs in restaurants?

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:38:16 GMT
    News Channel 8's Melanie Michael with Susan Wiburn and her service dog, CarsonNews Channel 8's Melanie Michael with Susan Wiburn and her service dog, Carson
    News Channel 8 recently covered a story about a veteran who says he and his wife were kicked out of a restaurant by cops. He claims it was because of his Yorkie-mix service dog. The story ignited a firestorm on Facebook with numerous comments on the issue. So, what are the rules involving service dogs?
    News Channel 8 recently covered a story about a veteran who says he and his wife were kicked out of a restaurant by cops. He claims it was because of his Yorkie-mix service dog. The story ignited a firestorm on Facebook with numerous comments on the issue. So, what are the rules involving service dogs?

  • Belleair Police Chief under fire by one of his own

    Belleair Police Chief under fire by one of his own

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:50:52 GMT
    Belleair Police Chief Thomas Edwards is the target of numerous allegations ranging from mismanagement to ethical breaches and possible criminal acts.
    Belleair Police Chief Thomas Edwards is the target of numerous allegations ranging from mismanagement to ethical breaches and possible criminal acts.
  • Tampa elementary student wears GoPro camera to document school day

    Tampa elementary student wears GoPro camera to document school day

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:05:48 GMT
    Introducing children to technology in the classroom can be a beautiful thing, but what if the technology is a GoPro camera and the class is a room full of first graders on the first day back to class? McFarlane Park Elementary in Tampa experimented with one of its students to see what happens when those two worlds collide.
    Introducing children to technology in the classroom can be a beautiful thing, but what if the technology is a GoPro camera and the class is a room full of first graders on the first day back to class? McFarlane Park Elementary in Tampa experimented with one of its students to see what happens when those two worlds collide.
  • Voter confusion over Hernando website

    Voter confusion over Hernando website

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-08-19 21:54:20 GMT
    The VoteHernando.com website links voters to the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections website, which has a similar address: hernandovotes.com.The VoteHernando.com website links voters to the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections website, which has a similar address: hernandovotes.com.
    A website is causing some confusion in Hernando County in the days leading up to the primary election. 
    A website is causing some confusion in Hernando County in the days leading up to the primary election. 
  • Lakeland couple accused of 'caging' kids

    Lakeland couple accused of 'caging' kids

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 21:53:07 GMT
    Sean Pearson and Jessica Rowland Sean Pearson and Jessica Rowland
    A Lakeland couple is in the Polk County jail, charged with child abuse toward an 11 and 12-year-old.
    A Lakeland couple is in the Polk County jail, charged with child abuse toward an 11 and 12-year-old.
  • Vague laws on service dogs in restaurants

    Vague laws on service dogs in restaurants

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-08-19 21:52:59 GMT
    A veteran and his wife were extremely upset after they were escorted from a Clearwater restaurant by police.
    A veteran and his wife were extremely upset after they were escorted from a Clearwater restaurant by police.
  • Water main breaks affect downtown, South Tampa traffic

    Water main breaks affect downtown, South Tampa traffic

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:26:05 GMT
    A water main break closed the two outer southbound lanes on Ashley Drive and westbound lanes on Tyler Street on Tuesday.A water main break closed the two outer southbound lanes on Ashley Drive and westbound lanes on Tyler Street on Tuesday.
    The two outer southbound lanes on Ashley Drive and westbound lanes on Tyler Street from Ashley to Macinnes Place are closed on Tuesday August 19, while the Tampa Water Department repairs a 12-inch transmission line break.
    The two outer southbound lanes on Ashley Drive and westbound lanes on Tyler Street from Ashley to Macinnes Place are closed on Tuesday August 19, while the Tampa Water Department repairs a 12-inch transmission line break.
  • Walmart to sell Manatee company's candles in select stores

    Walmart to sell Manatee company's candles in select stores

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:16 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:16:29 GMT
    The Amazing Candle. Facebook photoThe Amazing Candle. Facebook photo
    A Manatee County business is celebrating a major milestone Their novelty candles will be available for purchase at select Walmart stores.
    A Manatee County business is celebrating a major milestone Their novelty candles will be available for purchase at select Walmart stores.
  • Busch Gardens Tampa opens Falcon's Fury

    Busch Gardens Tampa opens Falcon's Fury

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-08-19 19:41:52 GMT
    Busch Gardens Tampa holds test rides on Falcon's Fury for employees (Courtesy Facebook)Busch Gardens Tampa holds test rides on Falcon's Fury for employees (Courtesy Facebook)
    Busch Gardens Tampa has opened the newest thrill ride Falcon's Fury to park-goers.
    Busch Gardens Tampa has opened the newest thrill ride Falcon's Fury to park-goers.
  • Lakeland businesses targets in payment scam

    Lakeland businesses targets in payment scam

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:09:33 GMT
    Palace Italian Restaurant targeted in electric bill scamPalace Italian Restaurant targeted in electric bill scam
    Three Lakeland restaurants have been targeted in a scam designed to scare owners into paying their electric bill to the unknown caller.
    Three Lakeland restaurants have been targeted in a scam designed to scare owners into paying their electric bill to the unknown caller.
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