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  • City and church find common goal in downtown development

    City and church find common goal in downtown development

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:10:36 GMT

    A pair of studies, considered in tandem, might outline a path to peace in the historically contentious relations between City of Clearwater government and the Church of Scientology, and stimulate downtown redevelopment in the process.

    A pair of studies, considered in tandem, might outline a path to peace in the historically contentious relations between City of Clearwater government and the Church of Scientology, and stimulate downtown redevelopment in the process.


  • The future of TVs: curved screen, 'ultra high definition'

    The future of TVs: curved screen, 'ultra high definition'

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:55:07 GMT
    Your next television set might feature two eye-catching twists: a curved screen and a massively better picture.
    Your next television set might feature two eye-catching twists: a curved screen and a massively better picture.
  • Derek Jeter's parting gift: the 'Porsche' of kayaks

    Derek Jeter's parting gift: the 'Porsche' of kayaks

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:23:20 GMT
    What do you buy for the guy who has everything? In the case of Derek Jeter, the Rays went practical, buying him a sleek, customized kayak, known as the EPIC 18X."This is definitely the Porsche of kayaks. It's fast, it's fun and you look good in it," said Darry Jackson, co-president of Bill Jackson's.
    What do you buy for the guy who has everything? In the case of Derek Jeter, the Rays went practical, buying him a sleek, customized kayak, known as the EPIC 18X."This is definitely the Porsche of kayaks. It's fast, it's fun and you look good in it," said Darry Jackson, co-president of Bill Jackson's.
  • Man accused of murder will not testify against accomplice

    Man accused of murder will not testify against accomplice

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:08:38 GMT
    A man accused of murdering a St. Petersburg College student said Monday he would no longer testify in the case.
    A man accused of murdering a St. Petersburg College student said Monday he would no longer testify in the case.
  • Principal's story of helping children

    Principal's story of helping children

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:01:57 GMT
    For the past 30 years, Celeste Kellar has dedicated her life to teaching students with a range of learning disabilities and special needs.
    For the past 30 years, Celeste Kellar has dedicated her life to teaching students with a range of learning disabilities and special needs.
  • City of Tampa warns of traffic changes ahead of President Obama's visit

    City of Tampa warns of traffic changes ahead of President Obama's visit

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-09-17 01:20:30 GMT
    Air Force One touched down at MacDill just before 6:30 p.m. and the president disembarked about ten minutes later. In downtown Tampa, drivers are being warned of changes on the roadways.
    Air Force One touched down at MacDill just before 6:30 p.m. and the president disembarked about ten minutes later. In downtown Tampa, drivers are being warned of changes on the roadways.
  • Was enough done to find Matos before Pasco murders?

    Was enough done to find Matos before Pasco murders?

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-09-17 01:09:44 GMT
    Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said his deputies did the right thing during their initial investigation on August 28, when Megan Brown called 911 to report that Adam Matos threatened her with a knife. Detectives say, later that day or on the 29th, Matos killed Brown, her mother and father, and her new boyfriend Nicholas Leonard.
    Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said his deputies did the right thing during their initial investigation on August 28, when Megan Brown called 911 to report that Adam Matos threatened her with a knife. Detectives say, later that day or on the 29th, Matos killed Brown, her mother and father, and her new boyfriend Nicholas Leonard.
  • Second suspect arrested in connection with Reyes homicide

    Second suspect arrested in connection with Reyes homicide

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:22:35 GMT
    Adam Regino, 17, is being held in the Hillsborough County Jail without bond on unrelated violation of probation charges.The sheriff's office says he will be charged with homicide in connection with the death of Octavio Reyes, whose body was found over the weekend in a shallow grave near the Manatee River.
    Adam Regino, 17, is being held in the Hillsborough County Jail without bond on unrelated violation of probation charges.The sheriff's office says he will be charged with homicide in connection with the death of Octavio Reyes, whose body was found over the weekend in a shallow grave near the Manatee River.
  • NASA selects SpaceX, Boeing to ferry astronauts to space station

    NASA selects SpaceX, Boeing to ferry astronauts to space station

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:50:11 GMT
    It may still be a few years before astronauts are ready to blast off from American soil, but at least now they have a better idea of what their ride will be.
    It may still be a few years before astronauts are ready to blast off from American soil, but at least now they have a better idea of what their ride will be.
  • Polk Co. middle school teacher arrested for sex with student

    Polk Co. middle school teacher arrested for sex with student

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:08:48 GMT
    Lakeland police officers arrested 28-year-old Michael Emmanuel Taveras of Southwest Middle School late Monday. So far, officials have only said he faces three counts of sexual battery on a 14-year-old student.
    Lakeland police officers arrested 28-year-old Michael Emmanuel Taveras of Southwest Middle School late Monday. So far, officials have only said he faces three counts of sexual battery on a 14-year-old student.
  • Prosecutors describe graphic details in Tiffany Lamar's death

    Prosecutors describe graphic details in Tiffany Lamar's death

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:04:04 GMT
    Hillsborough state prosecutor Joseph Diaz told the jury the murder trial of David Coleman that Tiffany Lamar's death was violent, and brutal.
    Hillsborough state prosecutor Joseph Diaz told the jury the murder trial of David Coleman that Tiffany Lamar's death was violent, and brutal.
  • Capt. Citrus, face of Florida OJ, gets a makeover

    Capt. Citrus, face of Florida OJ, gets a makeover

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:32 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:32:02 GMT
    Captain Citrus was born in 2011 as a big, fat talking orange wearing a green cape. Now he's being transformed into a buff Marvel Comics superhero who will fight evil alongside the likes of Captain America.
    Captain Citrus was born in 2011 as a big, fat talking orange wearing a green cape. Now he's being transformed into a buff Marvel Comics superhero who will fight evil alongside the likes of Captain America.
  • Off-duty firefighter saves family of four

    Off-duty firefighter saves family of four

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:34 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:34:41 GMT
    A Hillsborough County firefighter is credited for saving four lives, before he ever clocked into work over the weekend.
    A Hillsborough County firefighter is credited for saving four lives, before he ever clocked into work over the weekend.
  • Riverview HS student struck by car on Balm Riverview Road

    Riverview HS student struck by car on Balm Riverview Road

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:01:31 GMT
    Balm Riverview Road near Whispering Creek Boulevard was shut down Tuesday morning after a car struck a Riverview High School student on a bike.
    Balm Riverview Road near Whispering Creek Boulevard was shut down Tuesday morning after a car struck a Riverview High School student on a bike.
  • Carjacking suspect drags officers, police say

    Carjacking suspect drags officers, police say

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:20:15 GMT
    Two police officers were dragged by a car while trying to arrest a carjacking suspect Sunday, the Winter Haven Police Department said.
    Two police officers were dragged by a car while trying to arrest a carjacking suspect Sunday, the Winter Haven Police Department said.
  • Deceased FGCU student was recent Sunlake High graduate

    Deceased FGCU student was recent Sunlake High graduate

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:46:18 GMT
    Nineteen-year-old Austin Vonckx couldn't wait to attend become a Florida Gulf Coast Eagle, but after only a month on campus his dreams were erased.
    Nineteen-year-old Austin Vonckx couldn't wait to attend become a Florida Gulf Coast Eagle, but after only a month on campus his dreams were erased.
  • JFK's "silly bastard" can chuckle, 50 years later

    JFK's "silly bastard" can chuckle, 50 years later

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:28:07 GMT
    President John F. Kennedy is often remembered as cool, calm, and collected. But 50 years ago, a Tampa man sent JFK into a tizzy over a picture that appeared in the Washington Post.
    President John F. Kennedy is often remembered as cool, calm, and collected. But 50 years ago, a Tampa man sent JFK into a tizzy over a picture that appeared in the Washington Post.
  • Robbery suspect to police: just kidding!

    Robbery suspect to police: just kidding!

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:02 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:02:32 GMT
     Police said Monday that Stephen Koulias when into the Forest Hills Golf Country Club in Holiday. He pulled out a handgun and told the bartender to give him money. But Koulias saw two people sitting in the bar, and detectives said he apparently changed his mind.
    Police said Monday that Stephen Koulias went into the Forest Hills Golf & Country Club in Holiday, pulled out a handgun and told the bartender to give him money. Then, they say he saw two people inside and apparently changed his mind.
  • Matos charged with first-degree murder in Pasco County deaths

    Matos charged with first-degree murder in Pasco County deaths

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 00:41:00 GMT
    The sheriff's office announced murder charges against Adam Matos Monday and released numerous new details about the deaths of ex-girlfriend Megan Brown, her parents, Margaret and Gregory Brown, and her new boyfriend, Nicholas Leonard.
    The sheriff's office announced murder charges against Adam Matos Monday and released numerous new details about the deaths of ex-girlfriend Megan Brown, her parents, Margaret and Gregory Brown, and her new boyfriend, Nicholas Leonard.
  • Derek Jeter will call Tampa Bay home

    Derek Jeter will call Tampa Bay home

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:36:04 GMT
    Derek Jeter will make his final trip to Tropicana Field this week, as the Rays kick off their last series of the season against the New York Yankees. Jeter will retire at the end of the season, but is expected to call the Bay Area his permanent home.
    Derek Jeter will make his final trip to Tropicana Field this week, as the Rays kick off their last series of the season against the New York Yankees. Jeter will retire at the end of the season, but is expected to call the Bay Area his permanent home.
  • Small plane crash in Vinoy Park

    Small plane crash in Vinoy Park

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:42:33 GMT
    Witnesses say there was no engine or motor noise before a small plane clipped a tree and crashed in Vinoy Park, a half-mile short of a runway at Albert Whitted Airport. All four people survived.
    Witnesses say there was no engine or motor noise before a small plane clipped a tree and crashed in Vinoy Park, a half-mile short of a runway at Albert Whitted Airport. All four people survived.
  • Deputies: Fake cop pulled woman over

    Deputies: Fake cop pulled woman over

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:37:56 GMT
    A woman was driving along the 500 block of 53rd Avenue West in Bradenton around 11 p.m. Sunday. She noticed some flashing lights behind her, thinking it was an officer, she pulled over.
    A woman was driving along the 500 block of 53rd Avenue West in Bradenton around 11 p.m. Sunday. She noticed some flashing lights behind her, thinking it was an officer, she pulled over.
  • Missing man was buried alive, court documents say

    Missing man was buried alive, court documents say

    Monday, September 15 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-09-15 19:19:17 GMT
    The man accused of killing Octavio Reyes told detectives that Reyes' hands and legs were bound, and he was buried alive, according to a newly-released arrest affidavit. Reyes' body was found Saturday in a shallow grave near the Manatee River.
    The man accused of killing Octavio Reyes told detectives that Reyes' hands and legs were bound, and he was buried alive, according to a newly-released arrest affidavit. Reyes' body was found Saturday in a shallow grave near the Manatee River.
  • Suspect charged with murder of missing man

    Suspect charged with murder of missing man

    Monday, September 15 2014 3:16 PM EDT2014-09-15 19:16:52 GMT
    The body of 36-year-old Octavio Reyes was discovered in a wooded area off U.S. Highway 41 S. near the Little Manatee River on Saturday afternoon.
    The body of 36-year-old Octavio Reyes was discovered in a wooded area off U.S. Highway 41 S. near the Little Manatee River on Saturday afternoon.
  • Judge: Jill Kelley's lawsuit can proceed

    Judge: Jill Kelley's lawsuit can proceed

    Monday, September 15 2014 1:07 PM EDT2014-09-15 17:07:56 GMT
    A federal judge ruled Monday that a Tampa woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging that the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.
    A federal judge ruled Monday that a Tampa woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging that the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.
  • 5-year-old injured in crash, airlifted to hospital

    5-year-old injured in crash, airlifted to hospital

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-09-15 15:46:25 GMT
    A young child involved in a car crash at 28th Street North and 16th Avenue Monday morning has been flown to a local hospital with injuries.
    A young child involved in a car crash at 28th Street North and 16th Avenue Monday morning has been flown to a local hospital with injuries.
  • Couple reunited with wedding ring at vow renewal ceremony

    Couple reunited with wedding ring at vow renewal ceremony

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-09-15 12:48:49 GMT
    Bart and Rachel Naylor, from Indiana, have been married for 14 years. Bart lost his wedding ring on the beach three years ago but, with the help of a metal detector hobbyist, it's back on his finger after a touching beachside ceremony.
    Bart and Rachel Naylor, from Indiana, have been married for 14 years. Bart lost his wedding ring on the beach three years ago but, with the help of a metal detector hobbyist, it's back on his finger after a touching beachside ceremony.
  • Missing Tarpon Springs woman found

    Missing Tarpon Springs woman found

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:24 AM EDT2014-09-15 12:24:20 GMT
    Tarpon Springs police say a missing elderly woman has been found and the silver alert is cancelled.
    Tarpon Springs police say a missing elderly woman has been found and the silver alert is cancelled.
  • Check your car seat; AAA says 3 of 4 caregivers get it wrong

    Check your car seat; AAA says 3 of 4 caregivers get it wrong

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:40 AM EDT2014-09-15 11:40:32 GMT
    AAA says three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly. The news comes as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, a nationwide effort that encourages parents and caregivers to make sure their children are riding in a safely.
    AAA says three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly. The news comes as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, a nationwide effort that encourages parents and caregivers to make sure their children are riding in a safely.
  • FGCU student from Pasco County dies in hospital

    FGCU student from Pasco County dies in hospital

    Sunday, September 14 2014 10:16 PM EDT2014-09-15 02:16:21 GMT
    A Florida Gulf Coast University student from Pasco County found ill in his dorm has died. FGCU confirms the death of 19-year-old freshman Austin Vonckx.
    A Florida Gulf Coast University student from Pasco County found ill in his dorm has died. FGCU confirms the death of 19-year-old freshman Austin Vonckx.
  • Last play rule ruins ending of Bucs game

    Last play rule ruins ending of Bucs game

    Sunday, September 14 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-09-15 01:28:12 GMT
    It's the play everyone is talking about, a series of events on one play that cost the Bucs a shot at winning. Even with no time outs the Bucs still had a chance to win this game, still had a shot at a 51 yard field goal, if they could have stopped the clock. But instead, didn't get to even see the clock count down to zero, that time was quickly erased by a simple rule.
    It's the play everyone is talking about, a series of events on one play that cost the Bucs a shot at winning. Even with no time outs the Bucs still had a chance to win this game, still had a shot at a 51 yard field goal, if they could have stopped the clock. But instead, didn't get to even see the clock count down to zero, that time was quickly erased by a simple rule.
  • NAACP St. Pete branch told to shutdown

    NAACP St. Pete branch told to shutdown

    Sunday, September 14 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-09-14 20:47:25 GMT
    The St. Petersburg branch of the NAACP has been told to stop all operations by the state president. A letter addressed to the chapter read it needed to be reorganized.
    The St. Petersburg branch of the NAACP has been told to stop all operations by the state president. A letter addressed to the chapter read it needed to be reorganized.
  • Driver dies in rollover crash in Citrus County

    Driver dies in rollover crash in Citrus County

    Sunday, September 14 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-09-14 19:45:09 GMT
    The Florida Highway Patrol said the 23-year-old driver was traveling on N Citrus Avenue at a high rate of speed. It went off the roadway and overturned several times.
    The Florida Highway Patrol said the 23-year-old driver was traveling on N Citrus Avenue at a high rate of speed. It went off the roadway and overturned several times.
  • I-275 reopens after deadly crash

    I-275 reopens after deadly crash

    Sunday, September 14 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-09-14 15:08:15 GMT

    I-275 is back open in Tampa after a deadly crash shut it down for hours.

    I-275 is back open in Tampa after a deadly crash shut it down for hours.

  • Gators hold off Kentucky in triple OT

    Gators hold off Kentucky in triple OT

    Sunday, September 14 2014 1:26 AM EDT2014-09-14 05:26:18 GMT
    Matt Jones plunged across the goal line, and before he could even get to his knees, was mobbed by teammates.
    Matt Jones plunged across the goal line, and before he could even get to his knees, was mobbed by teammates.
  • Veteran gifted with new home

    Veteran gifted with new home

    Saturday, September 13 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-09-14 03:16:25 GMT
    An Army Staff Sergeant and his family were gifted a mortgage-free home Saturday in Riverview, from the charity organization Building Homes for Heroes.
    An Army Staff Sergeant and his family were gifted a mortgage-free home Saturday in Riverview, from the charity organization Building Homes for Heroes.
  • USF avoids worst loss in school history

    USF avoids worst loss in school history

    Saturday, September 13 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-09-14 02:17:38 GMT
    Bra'Lon Cherry rushed for two touchdowns and caught a third, Jacoby Brissett threw two touchdown passes and North Carolina State beat South Florida 49-17 on Saturday.
    Bra'Lon Cherry rushed for two touchdowns and caught a third, Jacoby Brissett threw two touchdown passes and North Carolina State beat South Florida 49-17 on Saturday.
  • Lakeland police investigating several shootings

    Lakeland police investigating several shootings

    Saturday, September 13 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-09-13 20:25:55 GMT

     The Lakeland Police Department was investigating three shootings Saturday.

     The Lakeland Police Department was investigating three shootings Saturday.

  • Several injured in wall collapse at Hard Rock

    Several injured in wall collapse at Hard Rock

    Saturday, September 13 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-09-13 19:51:59 GMT
    Eight people were hurt late Friday night when a wall at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino collapsed.
    Eight people were hurt late Friday night when a wall at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino collapsed.
  • Stabbing investigation at apartment complex in Sarasota

    Stabbing investigation at apartment complex in Sarasota

    Saturday, September 13 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-09-13 16:18:40 GMT
    The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office was investigating a stabbing Saturday morning at the Garden Grove Apartments on Granada Drive.
    The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office was investigating a stabbing Saturday morning at the Garden Grove Apartments on Granada Drive.
  • Driver involved in I-75 tanker accident has died

    Driver involved in I-75 tanker accident has died

    Saturday, September 13 2014 9:22 AM EDT2014-09-13 13:22:25 GMT
    The driver of a semi-truck involved in a serious accident on I-75 in Sarasota last month has died from his injuries.
    The driver of a semi-truck involved in a serious accident on I-75 in Sarasota last month has died from his injuries.
  • Family, friends gather to remember Hudson murder victim

    Family, friends gather to remember Hudson murder victim

    Saturday, September 13 2014 12:35 AM EDT2014-09-13 04:35:25 GMT
    Family and friends gathered Friday to remember one of the victims of a quadruple murder in Hudson during a "celebration of life" ceremony.
    Family and friends gathered Friday to remember one of the victims of a quadruple murder in Hudson during a "celebration of life" ceremony.
  • Pasco County man flew 100 feet in hit-and-run crash, investigators say

    Pasco County man flew 100 feet in hit-and-run crash, investigators say

    Friday, September 12 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-09-13 02:42:54 GMT
    An 18-year-old -- soon to be member of the U.S. Army -- has several skull fractures after he was hit by what investigators believe to be a van. Michael Eberl was set to leave for the Army Sunday, but Thursday morning around 1:50 a.m. he was hit by a car while walking back to a friend's house along Mile Stretch Road.
    An 18-year-old -- soon to be member of the U.S. Army -- has several skull fractures after he was hit by what investigators believe to be a van. Michael Eberl was set to leave for the Army Sunday, but Thursday morning around 1:50 a.m. he was hit by a car while walking back to a friend's house along Mile Stretch Road.
  • Hundreds of TGH patients affected by data breach

    Hundreds of TGH patients affected by data breach

    Friday, September 12 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-09-13 01:53:31 GMT
    Hundreds of Tampa General Hospital patients have had their personal data breached, the hospital said Friday. The information included names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, admitting diagnoses, and insurers, the hospital said in a media release.
    Hundreds of Tampa General Hospital patients have had their personal data breached, the hospital said Friday. The information included names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, admitting diagnoses, and insurers, the hospital said in a media release.
  • Young performer goes from devastating crash to center ring

    Young performer goes from devastating crash to center ring

    Friday, September 12 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-09-13 01:19:52 GMT
    Doctors said he might never walk normally again, and certainly would never work again as an acrobat and circus performer. But Tteven Delmonte has since beaten the odds, and then some.
    Doctors said he might never walk normally again, and certainly would never work again as an acrobat and circus performer. But Tteven Delmonte has since beaten the odds, and then some.
  • Saudi government secretly funded 9/11 attacks, former senator says

    Saudi government secretly funded 9/11 attacks, former senator says

    Friday, September 12 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-09-12 22:52:19 GMT
    Saudi Arabia has agreed to provide a training base for Syrian rebels as part of the White House campaign to fight ISIS. But former Florida U.S. Senator Bob Graham claims the Saudi government is playing both sides. He claims the Al Qaeda attacks were secretly supported and funded by the government of Saudi Arabia, and he also accuses Saudi Arabia of bankrolling the ISIS terrorists we're fighting today.
    Saudi Arabia has agreed to provide a training base for Syrian rebels as part of the White House campaign to fight ISIS. But former Florida U.S. Senator Bob Graham claims the Saudi government is playing both sides. He claims the Al Qaeda attacks were secretly supported and funded by the government of Saudi Arabia, and he also accuses Saudi Arabia of bankrolling the ISIS terrorists we're fighting today.
  • Police: On-duty bus driver caught in prostitution sting

    Police: On-duty bus driver caught in prostitution sting

    Friday, September 12 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-09-12 21:37:39 GMT
    Police running a prostitution sting got quite the shock Thursday when they say a county bus driver allegedly stopped his bus to solicit sex. They say he had a 45-minute break until his next route.
    Police running a prostitution sting got quite the shock Thursday when they say a county bus driver allegedly stopped his bus to solicit sex. They say he had a 45-minute break until his next route.
  • Bucs defense taking hits

    Bucs defense taking hits

    Friday, September 12 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-09-12 21:31:26 GMT
    The Bucs don't have a lot of depth anywhere on the team and their defensive line is taking a big hit. The Bucs will be without at least their starting left defensive end for the rest of the season, and their right end is doubtful for Sunday.
    The Bucs don't have a lot of depth anywhere on the team and their defensive line is taking a big hit. The Bucs will be without at least their starting left defensive end for the rest of the season, and their right end is doubtful for Sunday.
  • Study: too few parents make emergency action plans with schools

    Study: too few parents make emergency action plans with schools

    Friday, September 12 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-09-12 21:03:03 GMT
    Many parents count on teachers and school nurses to be prepared for a medical emergency in the classroom. But a new study in the Journal Pediatrics is raising concerns about parents communicating those medical instructions to schools, especially in cases when their student has a chronic health problem.
    Many parents count on teachers and school nurses to be prepared for a medical emergency in the classroom. But a new study in the Journal Pediatrics is raising concerns about parents communicating those medical instructions to schools, especially in cases when their student has a chronic health problem.
  • Why is the infant mortality rate in St. Petersburg so high?

    Why is the infant mortality rate in St. Petersburg so high?

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-09-12 20:39:06 GMT
    St. Petersburg's African-American population shares a sad statistic with Mongolia, Korea and the Dominican Republic: all have an infant mortality rate of 23, which means 23 of every 1,000 babies will die before the age of one. Some call that statistic "shocking," and one hospital now has grant money to reduce it.
    St. Petersburg's African-American population shares a sad statistic with Mongolia, Korea and the Dominican Republic: all have an infant mortality rate of 23, which means 23 of every 1,000 babies will die before the age of one. Some call that statistic "shocking," and one hospital now has grant money to reduce it.
  • President to visit MacDill for ISIS update

    President to visit MacDill for ISIS update

    Friday, September 12 2014 3:27 PM EDT2014-09-12 19:27:16 GMT
    The president will fly into town Tuesday from Atlanta, where he's scheduled to receive a briefing on the Ebola outbreak from the CDC. Wednesday, he'll be visiting Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base.
    The president will fly into town Tuesday from Atlanta, where he's scheduled to receive a briefing on the Ebola outbreak from the CDC. Wednesday, he'll be visiting Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base.
  • 'Frozen' to take over Disney World this winter

    'Frozen' to take over Disney World this winter

    Friday, September 12 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-09-12 19:02:41 GMT
    The wildly popular Princess Elsa could be icing out Cinderella at Walt Disney World this winter, while Epcot Center will feel a little more like Arendelle.
    The wildly popular Princess Elsa could be icing out Cinderella at Walt Disney World this winter, while Epcot Center will feel a little more like Arendelle.
  • Red tide lingering off coast

    Red tide lingering off coast

    Friday, September 12 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-09-12 18:22:18 GMT
    The Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission says satellite images show the patch as close as three miles to the coast of Cedar Key in Levy County. 
    The Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission says satellite images show the patch as close as three miles to the coast of Cedar Key in Levy County. 
  • Trial date set for fired police sergeant accused of food stamp fraud

    Trial date set for fired police sergeant accused of food stamp fraud

    Friday, September 12 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-09-12 16:04:55 GMT

    There was a rare appearance in court Friday for fired Tampa Police Sergeant Lajoyce Houston.

    There was a rare appearance in court Friday for fired Tampa Police Sergeant Lajoyce Houston.

  • Families escape Palmetto house fire

    Families escape Palmetto house fire

    Friday, September 12 2014 11:56 AM EDT2014-09-12 15:56:37 GMT
    Three families will need a new place to live after a converted home burned to the ground early Friday morning. Heat from the blaze on 4th Street W was so intense that it melted siding on a home across the street.
    Three families will need a new place to live after a converted home burned to the ground early Friday morning. Heat from the blaze on 4th Street W was so intense that it melted siding on a home across the street.
  • Costumed comic fan prompts downtown alert

    Costumed comic fan prompts downtown alert

    Friday, September 12 2014 10:57 AM EDT2014-09-12 14:57:55 GMT
    Rampello Downtown Partnership School was put into lockdown mode as a precaution earlier today while police investigated a report of an armed person walking downtown.
    Rampello Downtown Partnership School was put into lockdown mode as a precaution earlier today while police investigated a report of an armed person walking downtown.
  • I-275 lanes reopen after Skyway crash

    I-275 lanes reopen after Skyway crash

    Friday, September 12 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-09-12 13:54:04 GMT
    FDOT traffic cameras showed what appeared to be a vehicle on its side next to the northbound lanes on the Manatee side of the Skyway bridge. All lanes have now reopened.
    FDOT traffic cameras showed what appeared to be a vehicle on its side next to the northbound lanes on the Manatee side of the Skyway bridge. All lanes have now reopened.
  • Venomous caterpillar stings 4-year-old boy

    Venomous caterpillar stings 4-year-old boy

    Friday, September 12 2014 8:29 AM EDT2014-09-12 12:29:00 GMT
    A 4-year-old boy got the shock of his life when a venomous caterpillar stung him during school. The dangerous caterpillars are in their heyday this time of year across Florida.
    A 4-year-old boy got the shock of his life when a venomous caterpillar stung him during school. The dangerous caterpillars are in their heyday this time of year across Florida.
  • New dog tethering law proposed in Pinellas

    New dog tethering law proposed in Pinellas

    Friday, September 12 2014 5:06 AM EDT2014-09-12 09:06:48 GMT
    It could soon be illegal to leave dogs or cats tied up outside and alone in Pinellas. 
    It could soon be illegal to leave dogs or cats tied up outside and alone in Pinellas. 
  • Polk residents gather to remember 9/11

    Polk residents gather to remember 9/11

    Thursday, September 11 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-09-12 02:05:40 GMT
    Dozens gathered to pay tribute to the 13th anniversary of 9/11 in Winter Haven's Central Park. A 50-dove release kicked off the ceremony.
    Dozens gathered to pay tribute to the 13th anniversary of 9/11 in Winter Haven's Central Park. A 50-dove release kicked off the ceremony.
  • New program uses interactive learning on cell phones

    New program uses interactive learning on cell phones

    Thursday, September 11 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-09-12 01:32:52 GMT
    A new system called Top Hat is changing the way colleges teach. It's a program that engages students via their cell phones.
    A new system called Top Hat is changing the way colleges teach. It's a program that engages students via their cell phones.
  • Al Lang Stadium's baseball days may be done

    Al Lang Stadium's baseball days may be done

    Thursday, September 11 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-09-12 01:22:31 GMT
    Since the 1920's baseball has been played in a waterfront stadium in downtown St. Petersburg. Those days may be over with city council approval of a deal brokered by Mayor Rick Kriseman.
    Since the 1920's baseball has been played in a waterfront stadium in downtown St. Petersburg. Those days may be over with city council approval of a deal brokered by Mayor Rick Kriseman.
  • Former senator: Government, FBI hiding full 9/11 story

    Former senator: Government, FBI hiding full 9/11 story

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-09-12 00:01:50 GMT
    Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham co-chaired the 9/11 investigation in Congress and helped write classified documents that he says reveal Al Qaeda had help launching the September 11th attacks. He claims there is evidence of a terror-support network in the United States, that supported Al Qaeda, and may still be in place for ISIS today.

    Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham co-chaired the 9/11 investigation in Congress and helped write classified documents that he says reveal Al Qaeda had help launching the September 11th attacks. He claims there is evidence of a terror-support network in the United States, that supported Al Qaeda, and may still be in place for ISIS today.


  • Student caught with loaded gun at King High School

    Student caught with loaded gun at King High School

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:25:37 GMT
    A King High School student has been arrested for bringing a loaded gun to school Thursday morning.
    A King High School student has been arrested for bringing a loaded gun to school Thursday morning.
  • Defendant airs grievances in court

    Defendant airs grievances in court

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:20:49 GMT
    Murder defendant David Coleman had a list of complaints that he took directly to the judge.
    Murder defendant David Coleman had a list of complaints that he took directly to the judge.
  • Burn unit volunteer gives patients hope

    Burn unit volunteer gives patients hope

    Thursday, September 11 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-09-11 21:57:13 GMT
    A severe burn from fire involves a long, painful recovery, leaving emotional and physical scars. We discovered a guy who is giving a real "pick me up" to people recovering from burns. He is a volunteer with a big heart who is "What's Right with Tampa Bay."
    A severe burn from fire involves a long, painful recovery, leaving emotional and physical scars. We discovered a guy who is giving a real "pick me up" to people recovering from burns. He is a volunteer with a big heart who is "What's Right with Tampa Bay."
  • How to get the best trade for your 'old' iPhone

    How to get the best trade for your 'old' iPhone

    Thursday, September 11 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-09-11 21:56:41 GMT
    Apple fans: Do not allow the frenzy to upgrade diminish the value of your existing phone. You are surely seeing offers galore to buy your “old” iPhone 4 or iPhone 5. Trust us: Do not take the first offer you see.
    Apple fans: Do not allow the frenzy to upgrade diminish the value of your existing phone. You are surely seeing offers galore to buy your “old” iPhone 4 or iPhone 5. Trust us: Do not take the first offer you see.
  • Sarasota officers share vivid memories of 9/11

    Sarasota officers share vivid memories of 9/11

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:55:09 GMT
    As Sarasota gathered to remember the September 11, 2001 attacks, two Sarasota Police Department officers we talked to shared vivid memories of the day.
    As Sarasota gathered to remember the September 11, 2001 attacks, two Sarasota Police Department officers we talked to shared vivid memories of the day.
  • Josh McCown goes from hurried & harried, to patient & poised

    Josh McCown goes from hurried & harried, to patient & poised

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:27 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:27:53 GMT
    Lovie Smith was looking for a veteran quarterback to lead his offense. One of his first major moves was signing free-agent Josh McCown.
    Lovie Smith was looking for a veteran quarterback to lead his offense. One of his first major moves was signing free-agent Josh McCown.
  • Deputies searching for man missing from Riverview

    Deputies searching for man missing from Riverview

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-09-11 19:57:09 GMT
    Octavio Reyes, 36, has not been seen since August 30. Family members say the last time they saw him, he was in his 2000 Black Ford F-150 in the parking lot of the Walmart on Gibsonton Drive.The next day, the truck was located burned out on Shell Point Road in Ruskin.
    Octavio Reyes, 36, has not been seen since August 30. Family members say the last time they saw him, he was in his 2000 Black Ford F-150 in the parking lot of the Walmart on Gibsonton Drive.The next day, the truck was located burned out on Shell Point Road in Ruskin.
  • What are the chances of a USF football stadium?

    What are the chances of a USF football stadium?

    Thursday, September 11 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-09-11 15:47:27 GMT
    While any coach will tell you that winning will put more fans in the seats, some folks say USF needs its own stadium on campus.
    While any coach will tell you that winning will put more fans in the seats, some folks say USF needs its own stadium on campus.
  • Tropical depression forming in Atlantic

    Tropical depression forming in Atlantic

    Thursday, September 11 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-09-11 14:28:50 GMT
    A tropical depression has formed in the eastern Atlantic but should be no threat to Florida. Tropical Depression 6 will be officially named by the National Hurricane Center as of their 11 a.m. update.
    A tropical depression has formed in the eastern Atlantic but should be no threat to Florida. Tropical Depression 6 will be officially named by the National Hurricane Center as of their 11 a.m. update.
  • Pick-up truck backs into Manatee Co. school bus

    Pick-up truck backs into Manatee Co. school bus

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:29 AM EDT2014-09-11 12:29:37 GMT
    A Manatee County school bus was involved in a minor crash on its way to Williams Elementary school Thursday morning.
    A Manatee County school bus was involved in a minor crash on its way to Williams Elementary school Thursday morning.
  • Tampa diners hungry for new restaurants

    Tampa diners hungry for new restaurants

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-09-11 03:26:37 GMT
    Call it a restaurant revolution in the Bay Area. There are several new destination dining spots opening up in town, and many of them are backed by big-name owners who've already seen great success.
    Call it a restaurant revolution in the Bay Area. There are several new destination dining spots opening up in town, and many of them are backed by big-name owners who've already seen great success.
  • Elderly couple, down on their luck, found living in car

    Elderly couple, down on their luck, found living in car

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:40 PM EDT2014-09-11 02:40:19 GMT
    A couple in their 70s, down on their luck, is living in their car in a Pasco County Walmart parking lot. But thanks to a group of teens, they're slowly getting back on their feet.
    A couple in their 70s, down on their luck, is living in their car in a Pasco County Walmart parking lot. But thanks to a group of teens, they're slowly getting back on their feet.
  • In robbery, as in life, you snooze, you lose

    In robbery, as in life, you snooze, you lose

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:58 PM EDT2014-09-11 01:58:42 GMT
    Isn't rule number one of burglary, don't get caught inside? Apparently Dion Davis didn't get the memo. First, the cleaning lady found him sleeping, and quietly called 911. Davis was still asleep when deputies arrived to arrest him.
    Isn't rule number one of burglary, don't get caught inside? Apparently Dion Davis didn't get the memo. First, the cleaning lady found him sleeping, and quietly called 911. Davis was still asleep when deputies arrived to arrest him.
  • Truck crash closes SR 52 lanes

    Truck crash closes SR 52 lanes

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:24 PM EDT2014-09-11 01:24:00 GMT
    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a semi-truck without a trailer was exiting from I-75 onto SR 52 when its brakes failed and it plowed into traffic at the end of the exit ramp.
    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a semi-truck without a trailer was exiting from I-75 onto SR 52 when its brakes failed and it plowed into traffic at the end of the exit ramp.
  • Adam Matos speaks about quadruple murders

    Adam Matos speaks about quadruple murders

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-09-11 01:17:28 GMT
    The man suspected of killing four people in Hudson spoke behind bars for the first time.
    The man suspected of killing four people in Hudson spoke behind bars for the first time.
  • 'Dolphin Tale 2' merchandise a windfall for the aquarium

    'Dolphin Tale 2' merchandise a windfall for the aquarium

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-09-11 00:49:20 GMT
    When calculating the windfall for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium from the motion picture "Dolphin Tale 2,” do not forget the merchandising.The 2011 release of "Dolphin Tale" caught the CMA a little off guard.
    When calculating the windfall for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium from the motion picture "Dolphin Tale 2,” do not forget the merchandising.The 2011 release of "Dolphin Tale" caught the CMA a little off guard.
  • Teen killed, three injured in Hillsborough Ave. crash

    Teen killed, three injured in Hillsborough Ave. crash

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 8:41 PM EDT2014-09-11 00:41:33 GMT
    A five-car crash along Hillsborough Avenue killed one person and sent three others to the hospital. It happened on West Hillsborough Avenue and Double Branch Road Wednesday afternoon.
    A five-car crash along Hillsborough Avenue killed one person and sent three others to the hospital. It happened on West Hillsborough Avenue and Double Branch Road Wednesday afternoon.

  • Authorities investigate apparent murder-suicide in Lakeland

    Authorities investigate apparent murder-suicide in Lakeland

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 8:37 PM EDT2014-09-11 00:37:45 GMT
    The Polk County Sheriff's Office says it is conducting a murder-suicide investigation in Lakeland.The scene is at 6250 Cornerstone Drive.The victims were found inside the home, the sheriff's office said.No identities have been released.
    The Polk County Sheriff's Office says it is conducting a murder-suicide investigation in Lakeland.The scene is at 6250 Cornerstone Drive.The victims were found inside the home, the sheriff's office said.No identities have been released.
  • Judge sets timeline for Curtis Reeves' murder trial

    Judge sets timeline for Curtis Reeves' murder trial

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-09-10 22:01:13 GMT
    The suspect accused of shooting and killing a man after an argument inside a movie theater appeared in court Wednesday morning, and was given a better idea of when his trial would begin.
    The suspect accused of shooting and killing a man after an argument inside a movie theater appeared in court Wednesday morning, and was given a better idea of when his trial would begin.
  • Florida Polytechnic: Troubled history of architect's work emerges

    Florida Polytechnic: Troubled history of architect's work emerges

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:47:37 GMT
    Florida Polytechnic's eye-catching building was designed by perhaps the world's most renowned architect, Spanish-born Santiago Calatrava. Calatrava is under fire for shoddy workmanship, endless delays and out-of-control budgets.
    Florida Polytechnic's eye-catching building was designed by perhaps the world's most renowned architect, Spanish-born Santiago Calatrava. Calatrava is under fire for shoddy workmanship, endless delays and out-of-control budgets.
  • Who is Amalie Oil?

    Who is Amalie Oil?

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:46:46 GMT
    It's taking a few days for us to get used to saying "Amalie Arena." But that is the new name for the old Tampa Bay Times Forum. Now, we're getting a look inside the local business the arena is named for.
    It's taking a few days for us to get used to saying "Amalie Arena." But that is the new name for the old Tampa Bay Times Forum. Now, we're getting a look inside the local business the arena is named for.
  • Hope's story hits theaters Friday in 'Dolphin Tale 2'

    Hope's story hits theaters Friday in 'Dolphin Tale 2'

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:18:43 GMT

    The first movie made a local dolphin a star and tripled attendance at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. That was three years ago. Now, Dolphin Tale 2 is about to hit the big screen. The new star's name is “Hope,” and her tale is the next chapter of an amazing true story.

    The first movie made a local dolphin a star and tripled attendance at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. That was three years ago. Now, Dolphin Tale 2 is about to hit the big screen. The new star's name is “Hope,” and her tale is the next chapter of an amazing true story.


  • Corvette does balancing act in crash with pole

    Corvette does balancing act in crash with pole

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-09-10 19:57:23 GMT
    A Corvette landed practically upright after crashing into a pole support cable in Tampa late Wednesday morning.
    A Corvette landed practically upright after crashing into a pole support cable in Tampa late Wednesday morning.
  • Students suffer minor injuries in bus crash

    Students suffer minor injuries in bus crash

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-09-10 14:46:58 GMT
    Two Hillsborough County school busses were involved in a minor collision on Big Bend Road, just east of U.S. 301.
    Two Hillsborough County school busses were involved in a minor collision on Big Bend Road, just east of U.S. 301.
  • Missing child cold case resurfaces 14 years later

    Missing child cold case resurfaces 14 years later

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 7:50 AM EDT2014-09-10 11:50:49 GMT
    Fourteen years after a little boy in Clearwater went missing, police are asking the public for help in bringing heat to their cold case.
    Fourteen years after a little boy in Clearwater went missing, police are asking the public for help in bringing heat to their cold case.
  • Homeowners in senior community face eviction over pets

    Homeowners in senior community face eviction over pets

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 5:06 AM EDT2014-09-10 09:06:58 GMT
    Several people in a senior community will soon be faced with a very difficult decision- get rid of their pets, or find a new home.
    Several people in a senior community will soon be faced with a very difficult decision- get rid of their pets, or find a new home.
  • City employee demoted after sullying American flag

    City employee demoted after sullying American flag

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-09-10 02:58:43 GMT
    The Lake Hamilton City Council has voted to demote an employee who used an American flag as a drop cloth.They made the decision in a meeting Tuesday night.
    The Lake Hamilton City Council has voted to demote an employee who used an American flag as a drop cloth.They made the decision in a meeting Tuesday night.
  • Tailgate thefts on the rise

    Tailgate thefts on the rise

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-09-10 02:53:40 GMT
    To steal a tailgate off a pickup truck only takes thieves a minute, and its driving pickup truck owners crazy in Tampa Bay.
    To steal a tailgate off a pickup truck only takes thieves a minute, and its driving pickup truck owners crazy in Tampa Bay.
  • Cruise lines offering private passenger perk

    Cruise lines offering private passenger perk

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-10 02:35:32 GMT
    Not everyone aboard the Norwegian Getaway is standing in the crowded buffet line or clamoring for a recliner by the pool.A select few are perched in an exclusive enclave that sits atop the bow of the glistening new ship.
    Not everyone aboard the Norwegian Getaway is standing in the crowded buffet line or clamoring for a recliner by the pool.A select few are perched in an exclusive enclave that sits atop the bow of the glistening new ship.
  • Election supervisors consider 'none of the above' ballot option

    Election supervisors consider 'none of the above' ballot option

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 10:12 PM EDT2014-09-10 02:12:33 GMT
    When you watch political ads, have you ever wanted to vote for ‘none of the above'? Election managers have talked about giving voters that option in Florida.
    When you watch political ads, have you ever wanted to vote for ‘none of the above'? Election managers have talked about giving voters that option in Florida.
  • Dog that bit 6-year-old is quarantined

    Dog that bit 6-year-old is quarantined

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-09-10 02:08:21 GMT
    The father of a St. Petersburg girl bitten by a Great Dane Monday evening told FOX 13 News there may be more surgeries in a few months.
    The father of a St. Petersburg girl bitten by a Great Dane Monday evening told FOX 13 News there may be more surgeries in a few months.
  • New transportation director named for Hillsborough schools

    New transportation director named for Hillsborough schools

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 9:42 PM EDT2014-09-10 01:42:45 GMT
    The embattled transportation department at the Hillsborough County school district has a new leader.The school board approved Jim Beekman's selection Tuesday afternoon.
    The embattled transportation department at the Hillsborough County school district has a new leader.The school board approved Jim Beekman's selection Tuesday afternoon.
  • FHP video shows aftermath of wrong-way crash

    FHP video shows aftermath of wrong-way crash

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-09-10 01:27:49 GMT
    New video from a state trooper's dashboard camera shows the very first seconds after a wrong way crash on Interstate 275 in Tampa early Sunday morning. It does not, however, answer the key question of how the driver wound up in the wrong lanes.
    New video from a state trooper's dashboard camera shows the very first seconds after a wrong way crash on Interstate 275 in Tampa early Sunday morning. It does not, however, answer the key question of how the driver wound up in the wrong lanes.
  • Police looking for possible suspect in sex assault, robbery cases

    Police looking for possible suspect in sex assault, robbery cases

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:07:52 GMT
    The robbery victims gave a description of the suspect to a sketch artist who created a composite. Detectives said the suspect matches the description of a suspect in a sexual assault that happened this morning in a home near I-275 and Columbus Drive.
    The robbery victims gave a description of the suspect to a sketch artist who created a composite. Detectives said it matches the description of a suspect in a sexual assault that happened this morning in a home near I-275 and Columbus Drive.
  • The high cost of rescuing horses

    The high cost of rescuing horses

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:07:03 GMT
    Every year, the Polk Sheriff's Office gets almost 50 horses, many of them in very bad shape. With them comes plenty of bills -- whether they make it or not.
    Every year, the Polk Sheriff's Office gets almost 50 horses, many of them in very bad shape. With them comes plenty of bills -- whether they make it or not.
  • Suspect makes statement without saying a word

    Suspect makes statement without saying a word

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-09-09 20:53:13 GMT
    Jail records show Luis Fernando Mendez has been arrested 12 times in Lee County since 1989, which may explain his eyebrow-raising forehead tattoo.
    Jail records show Luis Fernando Mendez has been arrested 12 times in Lee County since 1989, which may explain his eyebrow-raising forehead tattoo.
  • Missing inmate found in Hillsborough County

    Missing inmate found in Hillsborough County

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-09-09 20:32:38 GMT
    An escaped Sumter County prisoner was found riding a bicycle in Hillsborough County on Tuesday, the sheriff's office said, one day after he walked away from a work detail in Pasco.
    An escaped Sumter County prisoner was found riding a bicycle in Hillsborough County on Tuesday, the sheriff's office said, one day after he walked away from a work detail in Pasco.
  • Bradenton deputy police chief suspended

    Bradenton deputy police chief suspended

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 4:22 PM EDT2014-09-09 20:22:08 GMT
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    Chief Michael Radzilowski says Warren Merriman III was placed on administrative leave Monday pending an investigation by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. Radzilowski says he was surprised by the allegations, which he did not outline.The chief says Merriman is on leave with pay.
    Chief Michael Radzilowski says Warren Merriman III was placed on administrative leave Monday pending an investigation by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. Radzilowski says he was surprised by the allegations, which he did not outline.The chief says Merriman is on leave with pay.
  • Experts: loyalty not uncommon in domestic violence victims

    Experts: loyalty not uncommon in domestic violence victims

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-09-09 20:13:01 GMT
    Janay Rice says she's living a nightmare. But she's not talking about the February attack by her husband, former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, caught on camera inside a New Jersey casino's elevator. She's talking about the public outcry and the media attention.She wrote about it on Instagram, saying "THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don't you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will co...
    Janay Rice says she's living a nightmare. But she's not talking about the February attack by her husband, former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, caught on camera inside a New Jersey casino's elevator. She's talking about the public outcry and the media attention.She wrote about it on Instagram, saying "THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don't you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will co...
  • Police: Beef O' Brady's electronic payment network hacked

    Police: Beef O' Brady's electronic payment network hacked

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 2:27 PM EDT2014-09-09 18:27:52 GMT
    Authorities say they made the discovery after several customers complained of unauthorized transactions showing up on their bank statements after having dined at Beef O' Brady's restaurants.
    Authorities say they made the discovery after several customers complained of unauthorized transactions showing up on their bank statements after having dined at Beef O' Brady's restaurants.
  • Body found in Anclote River IDed as missing swimmer

    Body found in Anclote River IDed as missing swimmer

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 10:22 AM EDT2014-09-09 14:22:18 GMT

    The Tarpon Springs Police Department said Tuesday morning that the deceased person is Jacquelyn Kleplek.

    The Tarpon Springs Police Department said Tuesday morning that the deceased person is Jacquelyn Kleplek.

  • Dog bites 6-year-old girl in St. Petersburg

    Dog bites 6-year-old girl in St. Petersburg

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-09-09 13:21:36 GMT
    Detectives say the 130-pound Great Dane was being walked by its owner when several children went to pet it.That's when the dog bit Ariel Hernandez in her face, neck, and head.She's in the hospital, and her family tells us she will go into surgery tomorrow.Animal control took possession of the dog.
    Detectives say the 130-pound Great Dane was being walked by its owner when several children went to pet it.That's when the dog bit Ariel Hernandez in her face, neck, and head.She's in the hospital, and her family tells us she will go into surgery tomorrow.Animal control took possession of the dog.
  • Deputies believe escaped prisoner has left Pasco Co.

    Deputies believe escaped prisoner has left Pasco Co.

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-09-09 12:09:21 GMT
    The suspect is Jason Adams. He escaped from a road work crew in Sumter County, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. He was serving six years in state prison on burglary charges.
    The escaped prisoner is Jason Adams. He got away from a road work crew in Sumter County, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. He was serving six years in state prison on burglary charges.


  • Man repeatedly run over by ex has leg amputated

    Man repeatedly run over by ex has leg amputated

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 5:35 AM EDT2014-09-09 09:35:05 GMT
    Doctors had to amputate a man's leg after his ex-girlfriend repeatedly ran him over with a car "because she was angry".
    Doctors had to amputate a man's leg after his ex-girlfriend repeatedly ran him over with a car "because she was angry".
  • Music videos investigated for Lakeland gang ties

    Music videos investigated for Lakeland gang ties

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 5:18 AM EDT2014-09-09 09:18:51 GMT
     As police in Lakeland crack down on gangs, the gangs are trying to use the power of the internet to wage their turf battles.
     As police in Lakeland crack down on gangs, the gangs are trying to use the power of the internet to wage their turf battles.

  • Loved ones of victim in Hudson quadruple murder speak out

    Loved ones of victim in Hudson quadruple murder speak out

    Monday, September 8 2014 6:30 PM EDT2014-09-08 22:30:01 GMT
    Deputies say one of the four people murdered in Hudson last week was killed because of who he was dating.
    Deputies say one of the four people murdered in Hudson last week was killed because of who he was dating.
  • 911 overloaded after wrong-way driver spotted in St. Pete

    911 overloaded after wrong-way driver spotted in St. Pete

    Monday, September 8 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-09-08 22:17:52 GMT
    Two unexpected things happened to Cindy Chamberlain at about 4:40 a.m. Saturday: the first was the driver going the wrong direction on Interstate 275 near 22nd Avenue North in St. Petersburg. Then, when she called 911, she was put on hold.
    Two unexpected things happened to Cindy Chamberlain at about 4:40 a.m. Saturday: the first was the driver going the wrong direction on Interstate 275 near 22nd Avenue North in St. Petersburg. Then, when she called 911, she was put on hold.
  • Unattended dive buoy prompts search off Caspersen Beach

    Unattended dive buoy prompts search off Caspersen Beach

    Monday, September 8 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-09-08 21:53:43 GMT
    The sheriff's office says it was around 4 p.m. when they received a report of an unattended dive buoy just offshore in the gulf. No one had seen a diver go into the water, however.
    The sheriff's office says it was around 4 p.m. when they received a report of an unattended dive buoy just offshore in the gulf. No one had seen a diver go into the water, however.
  • Mayor wants apology after city flag used as drop cloth

    Mayor wants apology after city flag used as drop cloth

    Monday, September 8 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-09-08 21:19:52 GMT
    There is a big difference between Old Glory and an old rag. But a Lake Hamilton city employee used an American flag as a drop cloth and now there is quite a flap over it.
    There is a big difference between Old Glory and an old rag. But a Lake Hamilton city employee used an American flag as a drop cloth and now there is quite a flap over it.
  • Person of interest in quadruple murders in court

    Person of interest in quadruple murders in court

    Monday, September 8 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-09-08 20:07:18 GMT
    The man believed to be connected to the murders of four people in Pasco County was in court Saturday.
    The man believed to be connected to the murders of four people in Pasco County was in court Saturday.
  • Woman arrested after arriving at elementary school drunk, deputies say

    Woman arrested after arriving at elementary school drunk, deputies say

    Monday, September 8 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-09-08 19:37:29 GMT
    According to an arrest report, Renata Congleton, 27, came to Trinity Elementary to pick up a child, and appeared intoxicated. She left without the child, hit two cars and registered a .413 blood-alcohol level after she was arrested -- more than five times the legal limit.
    According to an arrest report, Renata Congleton, 27, came to Trinity Elementary to pick up a child, and appeared intoxicated. She left without the child, hit two cars and registered a .413 blood-alcohol level after she was arrested -- more than five times the legal limit.
  • Man with laser forces airport to change flight patterns

    Man with laser forces airport to change flight patterns

    Monday, September 8 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-09-08 18:57:21 GMT
    A Tampa man was jailed last night after deputies say he admitted shining a laser beam at several commercial planes and even a Tampa police helicopter. It forced TIA to change the flight path for inbound and outbound planes.
    A Tampa man was jailed last night after deputies say he admitted shining a laser beam at several commercial planes and even a Tampa police helicopter. It forced TIA to change the flight path for inbound and outbound planes.
  • Popular Brooksville restaurant that burned down submits plan to rebuild

    Popular Brooksville restaurant that burned down submits plan to rebuild

    Monday, September 8 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-09-08 15:19:26 GMT

    A popular restaurant in Brooksville that was destroyed by a fire last year is getting a fresh start.

    A popular restaurant in Brooksville that was destroyed by a fire last year is getting a fresh start.

  • Police investigate deadly, overnight shooting

    Police investigate deadly, overnight shooting

    Monday, September 8 2014 8:45 AM EDT2014-09-08 12:45:28 GMT
    The Tampa Police Department says the shooting happened at 24th Avenue East and Ybor Street North in the Belmont Heights neighborhood.
    The Tampa Police Department says the shooting happened at 24th Avenue East and Ybor Street North in the Belmont Heights neighborhood.
  • Police arrest three for attempted homicide

    Police arrest three for attempted homicide

    Monday, September 8 2014 5:34 AM EDT2014-09-08 09:34:15 GMT
    St. Petersburg Police arrest three people for attempted homicide.
    St. Petersburg Police arrest three people for attempted homicide.
  • Bradenton man victim of "swatting" again

    Bradenton man victim of "swatting" again

    Sunday, September 7 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-09-08 02:20:32 GMT
    For the second time this month, Bradenton police were called out to a home to investigate false reports. Mike Dolen was playing an online game last weekend, when someone watching called police to report he had killed his wife and was hunting down their daughter.The report was false.Saturday, it happened again.
    For the second time this month, Bradenton police were called out to a home to investigate false reports. Mike Dolen was playing an online game last weekend, when someone watching called police to report he had killed his wife and was hunting down their daughter.The report was false.Saturday, it happened again.
  • Bucs lose 14-20 in first home opener

    Bucs lose 14-20 in first home opener

    Sunday, September 7 2014 9:04 PM EDT2014-09-08 01:04:26 GMT
    Strange game in Raymond James, the Bucs didn't step up and deliver the kind of production I expected to see both on offense and defense until the game was inside the last 8 minutes.
    Strange game in Raymond James, the Bucs didn't step up and deliver the kind of production I expected to see both on offense and defense until the game was inside the last 8 minutes.
  • Three victims identified in wrong-way crash

    Three victims identified in wrong-way crash

    Sunday, September 7 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-09-07 20:58:11 GMT

    Three people are dead after a wrong way crash on I-275. It is the fourth wrong way crash to happen on the interstate since February 2014.

    Three people are dead after a wrong way crash on I-275. It is the fourth wrong way crash to happen on the interstate since February 2014.

  • Adam Matos appears in Pasco County court

    Adam Matos appears in Pasco County court

    Sunday, September 7 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-09-07 20:32:56 GMT
    Adam Matos is facing aggravated battery charges.
    Adam Matos is facing aggravated battery charges.
  • Fire at marina injures man and damages boats

    Fire at marina injures man and damages boats

    Sunday, September 7 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-09-07 19:45:35 GMT
    One man is burned, and several boats are damaged after a marina caught fire in Dunedin.
    One man is burned, and several boats are damaged after a marina caught fire in Dunedin.
  • Family escapes apartment fire in Tampa

    Family escapes apartment fire in Tampa

    Sunday, September 7 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-09-07 19:21:49 GMT
    Tampa Fire Rescue responded to a fire Sunday at the Columbus Court apartments on Floradora Court.
    Tampa Fire Rescue responded to a fire Sunday at the Columbus Court apartments on Floradora Court.
  • Rally for Tampa Police to wear body cameras

    Rally for Tampa Police to wear body cameras

    Sunday, September 7 2014 9:01 AM EDT2014-09-07 13:01:57 GMT
    A local mother says Tampa Police need to be held accountable for the death of her son.
    A local mother says Tampa Police need to be held accountable for the death of her son.
  • What is "Slender Man"?

    What is "Slender Man"?

    Saturday, September 6 2014 11:07 PM EDT2014-09-07 03:07:38 GMT
    An arson investigation in Pasco County is gaining national attention because of an internet phenomenon and urban myth. Investigators arrested a teenage-girl accused of setting her house on fire with her family inside. Authorities say, leading up to the fire, she had been reading several website about "Slender Man."
    An arson investigation in Pasco County is gaining national attention because of an internet phenomenon and urban myth. Investigators arrested a teenage-girl accused of setting her house on fire with her family inside. Authorities say, leading up to the fire, she had been reading several website about "Slender Man."
  • Silver Alert issued for missing Largo man

    Silver Alert issued for missing Largo man

    Saturday, September 6 2014 10:40 PM EDT2014-09-07 02:40:31 GMT
    Pinellas County deputies are looking for a missing 82-year-old Largo man.
    Pinellas County deputies are looking for a missing 82-year-old Largo man.
  • Maryland beats USF

    Maryland beats USF

    Saturday, September 6 2014 10:21 PM EDT2014-09-07 02:21:15 GMT
    C.J. Brown threw for two touchdowns and Avery Thompson recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a fourth-quarter TD that helped Maryland beat South Florida 24-17 on Saturday.
    C.J. Brown threw for two touchdowns and Avery Thompson recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a fourth-quarter TD that helped Maryland beat South Florida 24-17 on Saturday.


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