When Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies told Rosario Reyes her husband was dead, her first thought was "How will I explain this to my youngest children.""What am I going to tell them, when their dad is not coming around," Rosario Reyes said. "What am I going to tell them?" "Your dad is not coming around, because somebody did something to him."Octavio Reyes, 36, of Gibsonton, leaves behind six children, the youngest is 4 years old. ... More>>
The Tarpon Springs Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for Ella Jones Cone. Cone, 82, was last seen Sunday morning driving a blue 2006 Saturn Ion with Florida tag number C025PZ She was seen in the area of Church on the Bayou, 409 Whitcomb Blvd., at about 10 a.m. when she dropped the registered owner, Kenneth Staack, off at church. ... More>>
Crime scene technicians with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office were back in Ruskin Sunday to collect evidence where a body was located near the Little Manatee River.Saturday afternoon deputies discovered the remains of an unknown subject in a wooded area off US Highway 41. More>>
Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is inactive for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.That news comes just two days after Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the Pro Bowler would play.Do you tweet? We do! Join us on http://8.wfla.com/1dsYrjSHardy was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats. He is appealing the ruling. He was active against Tampa Bay in Week 1.Mario Addison is expected to star... More>>
A 34-year-old Bay area man died early Sunday from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 275 in Tampa.Kyle Gasperone was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital where he later died.Stay connected with the news of the day. More>>
Matt Jones plunged across the goal line, and before he could even get to his knees, was mobbed by teammates.Jones' 1-yard run in triple overtime gave Florida a 36-30 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night, extending the Gators' winning streak in the Southeastern Conference series to 28 games. More>>
Overnight quiet conditions are expected across the Tampa Bay area. Temps will drop back into the mid 70s with a clearing sky. More>>
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office collected more than 70 firearms Saturday during a community gun turn-in event, a component of the department's anti-violence initiative.Among the weapons several long rifles, a handful of small-caliber handguns, two black powder guns and a saw-offed shotgun. More>>
A body was discovered Saturday afternoon in a wooded area off U.S. Hwy 41 S. in Southern Hillsborough County. The scene is located near the Little Manatee River Bridge just north of the Manatee County line, Hillsborough County sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said. Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives, forensic crime scene technicians and personnel from the Hillsborough County Medical's Examiner's Office are on the scene... More>>
Two men were shot during an altercation involved a third man in east Tampa Saturday night, Tampa police said. Three men were arguing in the 8600 block of N. 39th St. about 10 p.m.when two of them suffered gunshot wounds, Tampa police Lt. Ron McMullen said. The identity of the men were unavailable Saturday night.... More>>
BEIRUT (AP) - Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as "an act of pure evil."... More>>
A Hillsborough County firefighter on his way to work spotted a duplex fire early Saturday morning, Bradenton Fire Department officials said. Through quick action, he alerted the residents and helped to evacuate them from the building before the firefighting units arrived. Shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday, the Bradenton Fire Department received a call about a structure fire and responded to the 600 block of 21st Street W., a Bradenton Fire Department report said. Smoke and flames were showing. ... More>>
Authorities in Pasco County are asking for the public's help in tracking down a hit-and-run driver that struck an 18-year-old teenager early Thursday morning.Michael Eberl suffered injuries to his head, face and left hand. More>>
Elizabeth ‘Luz' Ingraham, 24, has been found, Manatee County sheriff's officials said. Ingraham had not been seen since Friday and family members was worried. More>>
Lakeland police are investigating a string of shootings that began Friday night. A victim in each of the three separate shootings were hospitalized, authorities said.The first incident occurred about 8:45 p.m. Friday. The Lakeland Police Department received several calls about shots fired near 100 Emma St. Moments later, an off-duty police officer working a detail at Lakeland Regional Medical Center reported a gunshot victim arrived to the hospital by private vehicle. ... More>>
Army Staff Sgt. Visala Tui is totally disabled. The husband and father of four suffered a traumatic brain injury, severe sleep apnea, shoulder injuries, PTSD, and severe arthritis. As a combat medic he's seen devastating injuries and casualties. He's served the country for 14.5 years. Today he got a new home. Building Homes for Heroes is a charitable organization that gives Veterans mortgage free homes. ... More>>
The driver of a fuel tanker involved in a crash that snarled traffic along Interstate 75 in Sarasota County on August 27th has died.Thomas Leland Grattan, a 71-year-old Brooksville resident, passed away early Friday morning at Blake Medical Center. More>>
A 24-year-old Polk County woman died Friday from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Central Ave. in Lake Wales.Heather Ann McPhail, a resident of Alturas, was pronounced dead at the scene just after 3:30 pm. More>>
A convicted felon is behind bars charged with attempted second-degree murder following an incident early Saturday morning in Sarasota.A 24-year-old man was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Joseph Viqueira suffered at least one stab wound to the chest. More>>
Eight people were injured when a 15-foot temporary construction wall fell at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa on Friday night. Three people were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, including a man with a broken arm, according to Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue. More>>
In his first season as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jon Gruden led the team to its first and only Super Bowl championship in franchise history.Since his days with the Bucs, the 51-year-old football enthusiast has gone on to become one of ESPN's most popular pigskin prognosticators. More>>
Patrick Brooks scored three touchdowns, and the Plant Panthers found the end zone four times in a dominant fourth quarter to outlast visiting Gaither High, 37-10. Plant looked to be in danger of an upset when Gaither quarterback David Mazur's touchdown run tied the game at 10-10 late in the third quarter.But the Panthers responded when Brooks opened up the fourth quarter with a 33-yard scoring run.Plant quarterback Rex Culpepper then found Brooks on a post route for another score... More>>
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It's happened again. Patient information at Tampa General Hospital has been compromised.TGH released the news Friday. A hospital representative said the hospital last month began investigating after an employee was arrested with TGH patient cover letters. ... More>>
Move over Lyft and Uber, a new web-based service is in town.But, you won't be hitching any rides with this new service, GreenPal can help hook you up with someone who will mow your lawn and spruce up your yard.
Pinellas County detectives have arrested a self-described pedophile Thursday for allegedly sexually abusing two girls. More>>
A St. Petersburg woman upset about black mold in the condo next door is now breathing easier in a hotel, after an 8 On Your Side investigative report More>>
Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We've gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from September 1 to 6, 2014.
A Lakeland veterans is puzzled why he has to "jump through hoops" to get a prescription filled at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tampa.
For Rex Culpepper, there's enough pressure having that last name.His father is Brad Culpepper, who played nine NFL seasons, including six with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1993-99.Rex's grandfather, Bruce, was a center and team captain for the University of Florida in the 1960s.... More>>
Another scandal rocks the NFL on Friday. Superstar running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted for child abuse.
Hillsborough county sheriff's detectives swooped in on and arrested a bank robbery suspect last night. More>>
On Thursday, Sarasota police conducted a sting targeting individuals who solicit prostitutes. More>>
The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County is asking for the public's help to prevent the spread of cryptosporidiosis (Crypto), a disease that spreads easily person to person in households, child-care settings and schools, through swimming in contaminated water or from contact with animals.
Are you looking to add a pet to your family? You might want to check out a big adoption event going on this weekend. More>>
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center on Thursday arrested William Eichenberger, 58, of 5685 35th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Fla. on 10 counts of possession of child pornography.
President Barack Obama is expected to be in Tampa on Wednesday, September 17. More>>
A 7-year-old boy is recovering at Tampa General Hospital after another child lit him on fire.
A woman who lived at a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found this week was arraigned Friday on charges including fetal death concealment and ordered held without bail as the search for more possible bodies continued. More>>
Police say a driver has reported that George Zimmerman threatened to kill him after a confrontation on the road. More>>
One week after Eight On Your Side negotiated with Pinellas County to deliver a free dumpster to Potter's trash filled property at 1700 Balmoral Drive, nothing has changed.
County health officials are recommending that swimmers stay out of the water at North Lido Beach. More>>
The four grieving children of Arizona gun instructor Charles Vacca, who was killed accidentally last month while teaching a 9-year-old how to shoot an Uzi, have written a letter to the girl who shot their father. More>>
Tampa Bay ranks seventh in the nation for growth of women-owned businesses. More>>
Lawyers for the man who police say killed his five children has been treated for mental health issues in the past, and he has waived his first court appearance in South Carolina. More>>
A 24-year-old man is behind bars, accused of obstructing an officer after telling St. Petersburg Police that a 16-year-old girl clad in a hospital gown was his girlfriend. More>>
Family and friends will gather Friday to say goodbye to one of the four people found murdered on a hill in Hudson. More>>
New culinary market Locale at St Petersbugr's Sundial is looking for passionate foodies. More>>
A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder. More>>
The movie 'Dolphin Tale 2' hits theaters Friday. Just like the first movie, the sequel is expected to attract visitors to Clearwater. More>>
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She's been through hell and back, but Hope is now wagging her tail to recovery.“Two little wounds on her front legs left to heal, but other than that she is doing excellent,” said Leigh Sockalosky of Hardee Animal Rescue Team, who now owns Hope. More>>
Kidde is recalling hard-wired smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms, the company announced this week. More>>
Authorities have apprehended the convicted killer of three Ohio high school students who escaped from prison. More>>
A 51-year-old Bay area man was arrested Thursday on a charge of DUI manslaughter for his role in a fatal crash that claimed the life of a Tampa woman last month.Roderick George Cannon was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail where he is being held on a bond of $50,000. More>>
RIGHT NOW: Tropical Storm Edouard formed in the far eastern Atlantic on Thursday but was expected to remain out to sea. More>>
Scientists warn, two solar flares heading our way are some of the biggest seen in several years. But what exactly are they? Jeff Rodgers from the Bishop Planetarium in Bradenton explains, solar flares originate in sun spots, and are a wave of charged particles blasted from the surface. More>>
The death sentence for a former Bay area man convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering a Sarasota middle school student was upheld Thursday by the Supreme Court of Florida.Joseph Peter Smith, 48, was arrested and charged with the February 1, 2004 killing of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia. More>>
The investigation is complete into a former Haines City Police Officer who was under fire for posts on her private Facebook page.
EarthCam released a time-lapse video of construction at the 9/11 memorial in New York City.“I hope it serves as a way to recognize that for the ten years of construction, there was constant progress made to rebuild these important 16 acres of America,” said EarthCam CEO and Founder Brian Cury.The time lapse covers 10 years of construction as a way to honor the victims of 9/11. Copyright 2014 WFLA via WNCN. All rights reserved. More>>
Three people were injured Thursday afternoon in a fire at a Palm Harbor motel.
United States Marine Corps veteran Ron Clark recently contacted 8 on Your Side with unique request. "My whole life, I wanted to meet a Medal of Honor Recipient," said Clark. His "bucket list" item is now checked off. More>>
Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies say a Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of a King High School student for bringing a loaded gun to school. More>>
As fall draws near, so does the 16th year of fun and fear at ZooBoo, Tampa Bay's largest family Halloween event. More>>
For my generation it was, "Where were you when Kennedy was shot?" Now it's "Where were you on September 11th?"
A young English Bulldog who was found unconscious, starving and suffering from mange, has a new start on life thanks to the efforts of a Broward County rescue group and the Good Samaritan who discovered her. More>>
Talking to kids, who weren't even alive on September 11, 2001, about the horror of that day, is difficult.
A "no swim" advisory has been issued for North Lido Beach on Ben Franklin Drive in Sarasota, the Florida Department of Health warns. More>>
High ranking U.S. Military Commanders gathered in St. Petersburg for breakfast joining a number of veterans wounded in combat, as well as the families of civilians who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of September 11th. More>>
In a country renowned for its kooky culture and innovative food, it probably comes as no surprise that the Japanese Burger King menu might throw up a few surprises. But travelers journeying to Tokyo this September might be a little shocked to find out what is on offer.
A symbol of courage, healing and hope now stands in Ybor City. More>>
The Manhattan clinic where Joan Rivers suffered cardiac arrest disputed a report that it happened during a biopsy of her vocal cords. A spokesman for the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic gave CNN its first public statement since Rivers fell ill during a procedure.
Facebook apologized to a dad who posted his sick son's photo in an ad for a page aimed at raising awareness about the need for infant organ donation. More>>
An Alachua County kindergarten teacher is refusing to give standardized tests to her students. More>>
The NFL called in a former FBI director to examine how it pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case as pressure increased for the league to be more transparent about its original investigation. More>>
A solemn reading of the names. Moments of silence to mark the precise times of tragedy. Stifled sobs of those still mourning. More>>
Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night. More>>
Octavio Reyes vanished without a trace.The 36-year-old Riverview construction work was last seen on August 30th in the parking lot a local Wal-Mart. He was supposed to go out with friends to Club 301 that night but never showed. More>>
A bit of Hollywood came to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Hundreds came for the Florida premier of Dolphin Tale Two.This latest dolphin movie is getting a lot of attention. It's about Winter, suffering from the death of her adopted mother, Panama. More>>
The next time you give your kids a healthy drink from a pouch, you'll probably think about this! More>>