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    Fired! Tampa Police detective target of grand jury probe

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    Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston was fired Thursday because he is the target of a federal grand jury investigation. More>>

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    Police working with 2 new victims in Polk teacher sex scandal Video included

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    The Lakeland Police Department is working with two new potential victims in the case involving Jennifer Fichter, the former Polk County high school teacher who faces multiple sex charges.
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    Tip leads to arrest of Pasco man on child sex charges

    Francis Pfeffer, 63, is being held at the Land O' Lakes Detention Center. Jail booking photo Francis Pfeffer, 63, is being held at the Land O' Lakes Detention Center. Jail booking photo
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    An online tip led to the arrest of a 63-year-old New Port Richey man on multiple child sex charges. More>>

    Suspect arrested for arson, animal cruelty in Animal Coalition of Tampa fire

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    A suspect charged with burglary earlier this week has now been charged with starting the fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa on Saturday. More>>

    Tampa-based Odyssey Marine on standby to search for Malaysian jet

    Odyssey Marine crews conduct searches of underwater shipwrecks and retrieve valuable cargo from the shipwrecks. Odyssey Marine photo Odyssey Marine crews conduct searches of underwater shipwrecks and retrieve valuable cargo from the shipwrecks. Odyssey Marine photo
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    Tampa-based Odyssey Marine says it has been put on standby to help search for the missing Malaysian jet. More>>

    Fire at McGee Tire in Winter Haven shuts down intersection

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    Winter Haven Police are currently on scene directing traffic around a fire that started at McGee Tire. The intersection at Hwy 17 and Cypress Gardens Blvd. is completely shut down. More>>

    Your Week in Pop Culture: Amazon Prime makes power push with HBO deal

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    Amazon and HBO make a huge TV streaming power play, bunnies make a news anchor uncomfortable and Brian Williams is hip hop's greatest ambassador this week in pop culture. More>>

    Squatters left dogs at soldier's house in New Port Richey Video included

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    The house of Army Spc. Michael Sharkey sat almost empty early Thursday morning after two squatters said they moved out the day before. More>>

    Polk deputies arrest Plant City murder suspect

    Master Brown was arrested on a second degree murder warrant. Polk Co. Jail booking photo Master Brown was arrested on a second degree murder warrant. Polk Co. Jail booking photo
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    Plant City Police Officers have arrested a man suspected of shooting and killing a man outside a convenience store on Wednesday.
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    Bollywood Stomp event rocks downtown Tampa Video included

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    Downtown Tampa is getting a taste of Bollywood Wednesday night. "Stomp" is a free music event taking place in Curtis Hixon Park from 7-11 p.m. More>>

    Temperatures warm up as weekend nears Video included

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    “Warming temps are expected as we head into the weekend,” said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips. More>>

    Worth a Drive: SimCenter of Tampa Bay

    The SimCenter is unique to Tampa Bay and is definitely Worth a Drive, Leslee Lacey says The SimCenter is unique to Tampa Bay and is definitely Worth a Drive, Leslee Lacey says
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    SimCenter of Tampa Bay is known for their high-end realistic simulators. Once rated number one on TripAdvisor’s destinations in Dunedin, they are back at the top spot in Clearwater after relocating to US 19 a few months ago.
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    Hernando Beach resident worries about expansion Video included

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    Forrest Bennett moved to Hernando Beach from New York City. He was looking for a quiet spot on the water. More>>

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    • Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

      Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

      Thursday, April 24 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:50:51 GMT
      Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.
      Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out. 
      Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.  
    • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

      Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
      Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
      In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
      In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
    • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

      New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:58:50 GMT
      Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
       When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
      When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
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    • Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

      Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

      Thursday, April 24 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:50:51 GMT
      Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.
      Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out. 
      Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.  
    • Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

      Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:35:13 GMT
      Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
      Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
    • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

      New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:58:50 GMT
      Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
       When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
      When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
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    • 'X-Men' director calls sex abuse suit a shakedown

      'X-Men' director calls sex abuse suit a shakedown

      Thursday, April 24 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:45:15 GMT
      The director of the upcoming "X-Men" film is calling a lawsuit accusing him of raping an aspiring model and actor in 1999 a shakedown.
      The director of the upcoming "X-Men" film is calling a lawsuit that accuses him of raping an aspiring model and actor in 1999 a shakedown.
    • After court drama, Oklahoma to have 2 executions

      After court drama, Oklahoma to have 2 executions

      Thursday, April 24 2014 4:35 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:35:31 GMT
      The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that two death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them, putting them back on track to be executed as early as next week.
      Oklahoma plans to hold its first double execution in nearly 80 years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday.
    • Navy probes report of gunman at San Diego base

      Navy probes report of gunman at San Diego base

      Thursday, April 24 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:34:56 GMT
      Officials at the U.S. Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego are searching the base after an unconfirmed report of an armed individual there.
      Officials at the U.S. Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego are searching the base after an unconfirmed report of an armed individual there.
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