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  • Hudson house fire sends 1 to hospital

    Hudson house fire sends 1 to hospital

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-04-17 02:49:35 GMT
    A house fire in Pasco County sent one person to the hospital.
    A house fire in Pasco County sent one person to the hospital.
  • Bay area prescription pill abusers ratchet up threat

    Bay area prescription pill abusers ratchet up threat

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-04-17 01:28:32 GMT
    Pinellas deputies say what happened at the Trust Pharmacy is the first time they know a drug user went after a customer instead of the pharmacist.
    Pinellas deputies say what happened at the Trust Pharmacy is the first time they know a drug user went after a customer instead of the pharmacist.
  • Tampa Police: 'reckless' driver dead after medical incident

    Tampa Police: 'reckless' driver dead after medical incident

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-04-17 00:56:44 GMT
    Tampa Police are investigating a report of a reckless driver that lead to a man being taken to the hospital, where he died.
    Tampa Police are investigating a report of a reckless driver that lead to a man being taken to the hospital, where he died.
  • 12-year-old missing in Manatee

    12-year-old missing in Manatee

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:04 PM EDT2014-04-17 00:04:23 GMT
    The Manatee Sheriff's Office is looking for a missing 12-year-old boy.
    The Manatee Sheriff's Office is looking for a missing 12-year-old boy.
  • Tampa Bay fans cheer on the Bolts for playoffs

    Tampa Bay fans cheer on the Bolts for playoffs

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-04-16 23:22:58 GMT
    Early Wednesday morning, the Lightning staff started drumming up support for the Bolts, as they prepared to take on the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night.
    Early Wednesday morning, the Lightning staff started drumming up support for the Bolts, as they prepared to take on the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night.
  • Polk teacher faces more sex charges

    Polk teacher faces more sex charges

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:36:49 GMT
    Jennifer Fichter, 29, made her first appearance in court on Wednesday.Jennifer Fichter, 29, made her first appearance in court on Wednesday.
    A Polk County teacher accused of having sex with a student now faces additional charges in Hillsborough County.
    A Polk County teacher accused of having sex with a student now faces additional charges in Hillsborough County.
  • Female sex offenders in still in minority, despite recent cases in Pasco and Polk

    Female sex offenders in still in minority, despite recent cases in Pasco and Polk

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:28:16 GMT
    Clinical Sex Therapist Dr. Barbara Cook talks to News Channel 8's Yolanda Fernandez about why teachers prey on their students for sex. Clinical Sex Therapist Dr. Barbara Cook talks to News Channel 8's Yolanda Fernandez about why teachers prey on their students for sex.
    Now, women having sexual relationships with teen boys is more common in the headlines. In cases just this week, a Pasco mom was convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old boy and a Polk teacher was also charged with having sex with a minor.
    Now, women having sexual relationships with teen boys is more common in the headlines. In cases just this week, a Pasco mom was convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old boy and a Polk teacher was also charged with having sex with a minor.
  • Mom says she complained about Lakeland teacher facing sex charges

    Mom says she complained about Lakeland teacher facing sex charges

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:05:24 GMT
    Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29, is charged with 6 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Polk Co. Jail booking photoJennifer Christine Fichter, 29, is charged with 6 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Polk Co. Jail booking photo
    WFLA News Channel 8 has learned of another case involving Jennifer Fichter, the Polk County teacher charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
    WFLA News Channel 8 has learned of another case involving Jennifer Fichter, the Polk County teacher charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
  • Governor presents award money for Hillsborough schools

    Governor presents award money for Hillsborough schools

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:01:25 GMT
    Governor Rick Scott delivered a big check to Hillsborough County schools on Wednesday.
    Governor Rick Scott delivered a big check to Hillsborough County schools on Wednesday.
  • Burned dog named 'Hope' faces months of treatment

    Burned dog named 'Hope' faces months of treatment

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:51:18 GMT
    Hope is being treated at Tampa's BluePearl Veterinary. April 15 photo courtesy BluePearlHope is being treated at Tampa's BluePearl Veterinary. April 15 photo courtesy BluePearl
    Hope, the tough little mixed-breed dog that won the hearts of many after surviving a horrific act of abuse, could have to undergo months of treatment after she is released from 24-hour intensive care.
    Hope, the tough little mixed-breed dog that won the hearts of many after surviving a horrific act of abuse, could have to undergo months of treatment after she is released from 24-hour intensive care.
  • Man who tackled Sarasota CVS robber tells his story

    Man who tackled Sarasota CVS robber tells his story

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:23:55 GMT
    A masked man tried to rob a CVS pharmacy off Fruitville Road in Sarasota, when a fellow customer ran over to save the day.
    A masked man tried to rob a CVS pharmacy off Fruitville Road in Sarasota, when a fellow customer ran over to save the day.
  • Nurses who helped Pasco theater shooting victim speak out

    Nurses who helped Pasco theater shooting victim speak out

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:03:53 GMT
    Derek Friedhoff, 25, and his girlfriend, Jennie Manera, 38, helped theater shooting victim Chad Oulson.Derek Friedhoff, 25, and his girlfriend, Jennie Manera, 38, helped theater shooting victim Chad Oulson.
    Two registered nurses who rushed to help Pasco theater shooting victim Chad Oulson are telling their stories for the first time.
    Two registered nurses who rushed to help Pasco theater shooting victim Chad Oulson are telling their stories for the first time.
  • Man grabs woman, steals medicine outside Pinellas pharmacy

    Man grabs woman, steals medicine outside Pinellas pharmacy

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-04-16 19:53:05 GMT
    A man grabbed a woman by the throat and threw her to the ground before stealing her medicine, Pinellas deputies say.
    A man grabbed a woman by the throat and threw her to the ground before stealing her medicine, Pinellas deputies say.
  • Gun range approved for Tarpon Springs

    Gun range approved for Tarpon Springs

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-04-16 19:50:00 GMT
    The Tarpon Springs City Commission has approved a massive new gun range.
    The Tarpon Springs City Commission has approved a massive new gun range.
  • Customer tackles robber at Sarasota CVS store

    Customer tackles robber at Sarasota CVS store

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 2:15 PM EDT2014-04-16 18:15:17 GMT
    A customer at a Sarasota CVS store risked his life to tackle a man who was trying to rob the pharmacy. Surveillance photoA customer at a Sarasota CVS store risked his life to tackle a man who was trying to rob the pharmacy. Surveillance photo
    A customer at a Sarasota CVS store risked his life to tackle a man who was trying to rob the pharmacy. A surveillance camera recorded the dramatic takedown.
    A customer at a Sarasota CVS store risked his life to tackle a man who was trying to rob the pharmacy. A surveillance camera recorded the dramatic takedown.

  • Bond set at $500K for man who shot at Tampa toddler

    Bond set at $500K for man who shot at Tampa toddler

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:04:18 GMT
    Bakari Parks.Bakari Parks.
    The man accused of shooting and injuring a 4-year-old boy in Tampa had his bond set at half a million dollars Wednesday morning.
    The man accused of shooting and injuring a 4-year-old boy in Tampa had his bond set at half a million dollars Wednesday morning.
  • Sheriff: Race horse stolen from Odessa stable

    Sheriff: Race horse stolen from Odessa stable

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:45:31 GMT
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating the alleged theft of a race horse from a rented stable in Odessa.
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating the alleged theft of a race horse from a rented stable in Odessa.
  • Hospice Regatta coming to Tampa Bay

    Hospice Regatta coming to Tampa Bay

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:38:12 GMT
    Charley MorganCharley Morgan
    What is fast becoming the largest charity sailing regatta in west central Florida is coming to Tampa.
    What is fast becoming the largest charity sailing regatta in west central Florida is coming to Tampa.
  • Crossing guard no longer on duty at Lakeland elementary crosswalk

    Crossing guard no longer on duty at Lakeland elementary crosswalk

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:33:11 GMT
    The Cleveland Court Elementary crossing guard located at Cleveland Heights Boulevard and Edgewood Drive in Lakeland will be removed due to the inconsistent use of the crossing by elementary students, eliminating the need for the crossing guard at that location.
    The Cleveland Court Elementary crossing guard located at Cleveland Heights Boulevard and Edgewood Drive in Lakeland will be removed due to the inconsistent use of the crossing by elementary students, eliminating the need for the crossing guard at that location.
  • Man exposes himself at Palmetto school bus stop

    Man exposes himself at Palmetto school bus stop

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:51:17 GMT
    The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report about a man who exposed himself at a school bus stop in Palmetto on Wednesday morning.
    The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report about a man who exposed himself at a school bus stop in Palmetto on Wednesday morning.
  • Sternberg calls Tampa 'very, very attractive'

    Sternberg calls Tampa 'very, very attractive'

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:27:09 GMT
    Six years after saying they wanted to explore alternative sites to downtown St. Petersburg for a new ballpark, the Tampa Bay Rays still are in search of a location.
    Six years after saying they wanted to explore alternative sites to downtown St. Petersburg for a new ballpark, the Tampa Bay Rays still are in search of a location.
  • Students' films hit screen at Tampa food truck event Thursday

    Students' films hit screen at Tampa food truck event Thursday

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:23:57 GMT
    The cast and crew of the short film "Alicia & Lucy,"Justin Bell, Raymiya Thicklin, Naajean Thomas, and Shazaila Torres.The cast and crew of the short film "Alicia & Lucy,"Justin Bell, Raymiya Thicklin, Naajean Thomas, and Shazaila Torres.
    Some talented Hillsborough County students will be in the spotlight Thursday. They are the creators of six award-winning films, which will be shown at the "Flicks and Food Trucks" celebration in Tampa Thursday night.
    Some talented Hillsborough County students will be in the spotlight Thursday. They are the creators of six award-winning films, which will be shown at the "Flicks and Food Trucks" celebration in Tampa Thursday night.
  • Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-04-16 11:57:42 GMT
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
  • Hillsborough Ave. getting new traffic signal, crosswalk

    Hillsborough Ave. getting new traffic signal, crosswalk

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:49 AM EDT2014-04-16 09:49:15 GMT
    The Florida Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it will install a traffic signal and another crosswalk on Hillsborough Avenue.
    The Florida Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it will install a traffic signal and another crosswalk on Hillsborough Avenue.
  • Lightning's Lindback to start Game 1 vs. Canadiens

    Lightning's Lindback to start Game 1 vs. Canadiens

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:54 AM EDT2014-04-16 07:54:49 GMT
    Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper grudgingly gave up the news.Injured goaltender Ben Bishop will not play in Game 1 of the team's Eastern Conference playoff series against Montreal.
    Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper grudgingly gave up the news.Injured goaltender Ben Bishop will not play in Game 1 of the team's Eastern Conference playoff series against Montreal.
  • USF team reveals facial composite from Dozier site

    USF team reveals facial composite from Dozier site

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:28:30 GMT
    USF researchers released the first facial composite of a set of remains excavated at Dozier.USF researchers released the first facial composite of a set of remains excavated at Dozier.
    A USF research team and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives briefed Sen. Bill Nelson today on the results of grave excavations at the former Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.
    A USF research team and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives briefed Sen. Bill Nelson today on the results of grave excavations at the former Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.
  • Lakeland teacher accused of sex with student facing charges in 2 counties

    Lakeland teacher accused of sex with student facing charges in 2 counties

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:06:03 GMT
    Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photoJennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo
    Sex with a student and no regrets. That’s the story of a 29-year-old high school teacher who is spending Tuesday night behind bars.
    Sex with a student and no regrets. That’s the story of a 29-year-old high school teacher who is spending Tuesday night behind bars.
  • Lions & leopards get their Easter baskets at Tampa's Big Cat Rescue

    Lions & leopards get their Easter baskets at Tampa's Big Cat Rescue

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:38:20 GMT
    Lions and leopards enjoyed some Easter treats at Big Cat Rescue Tuesday.
    Lions and leopards enjoyed some Easter treats at Big Cat Rescue Tuesday.
  • Burned dog's owner released from DeSoto jail on bond

    Burned dog's owner released from DeSoto jail on bond

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-04-16 01:10:27 GMT
    An Arcadia man accused in a disturbing crime against a dog has been released on bond.
    An Arcadia man accused in a disturbing crime against a dog has been released on bond.
  • Manatee High School quarterback arrested

    Manatee High School quarterback arrested

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:39:32 GMT
    Josh Meyer (Manatee HS Football website)Josh Meyer (Manatee HS Football website)
    The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says the starting quarterback for the Manatee High Hurricanes was arrested for lewd and lascivious battery.
    The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says the starting quarterback for the Manatee High Hurricanes was arrested for lewd and lascivious battery.
  • No sign of missing pilot in Hernando

    No sign of missing pilot in Hernando

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:15:48 GMT
    Theodore Weiss, 74, of Zephyrhills stands in front of his plane. (Photo courtesy Hernando County Sheriff's Office Facebook)Theodore Weiss, 74, of Zephyrhills stands in front of his plane. (Photo courtesy Hernando County Sheriff's Office Facebook)
    The search for a missing pilot ended early Tuesday because of bad weather in Hernando County.
    The search for a missing pilot ended early Tuesday because of bad weather in Hernando County.
  • Suspected bank robber who fired at Manatee deputies had criminal past

    Suspected bank robber who fired at Manatee deputies had criminal past

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:49:13 GMT
    Deputies say 24-year-old Ross Chrisman robbed a bank. Jail booking photo from previous arrestDeputies say 24-year-old Ross Chrisman robbed a bank. Jail booking photo from previous arrest
    We now know the name of the bank robber who fired at deputies during his attempted getaway in Manatee County on Monday.
    We now know the name of the bank robber who fired at deputies during his attempted getaway in Manatee County on Monday.
  • Pasco mom headed to prison after texting sexually explicit photos to teen

    Pasco mom headed to prison after texting sexually explicit photos to teen

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:43:26 GMT
    Deputies arrested Alexis Colson on January 29, 2013. Jail booking photoDeputies arrested Alexis Colson on January 29, 2013. Jail booking photo
    A Pasco County mother of three who is accused of sending sexually explicit photos of herself to a 16-year-old boy made a deal with prosecutors Tuesday afternoon.
      
    A Pasco County mother of three who is accused of sending sexually explicit photos of herself to a 16-year-old boy made a deal with prosecutors Tuesday afternoon.
  • Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala fired during meeting

    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala fired during meeting

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:37:02 GMT
    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala was fired Tuesday.Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala was fired Tuesday.
    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala is out of a job. Pinellas County Commissioners fired him during a commission meeting on Tuesday.
    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala is out of a job. Pinellas County Commissioners fired him during a commission meeting on Tuesday.

  • Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:03:21 GMT
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
  • Polk man gets life for setting wife on fire

    Polk man gets life for setting wife on fire

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:51:30 GMT
    Joshua Kimbrough (Polk County Sheriff's Office booking photo)Joshua Kimbrough (Polk County Sheriff's Office booking photo)
    A central Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire.
    A central Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire.
  • Bay area post offices open after 6:00 p.m. on Tax Day

    Bay area post offices open after 6:00 p.m. on Tax Day

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:03:06 GMT
    If you've left your tax return until the last minute, several post offices are open late tonight to accommodate your needs.
    If you've left your tax return until the last minute, several post offices are open late tonight to accommodate your needs.
  • Lakeland teacher arrested, accused of having sex with student

    Lakeland teacher arrested, accused of having sex with student

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-04-15 18:48:33 GMT
    Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photoJennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo
    A Central Florida Aerospace Academy English teacher has been arrested and charged with six counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
    A Central Florida Aerospace Academy English teacher has been arrested and charged with six counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
  • Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16

    Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:19:40 GMT
    Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16
    To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Wawa stores across Florida will give away a free cup of coffee, all day, on Wednesday, April 16.
    To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Wawa stores across Florida will give away a free cup of coffee, all day, on Wednesday, April 16.
  • Deputy struck during driver training course in Manatee

    Deputy struck during driver training course in Manatee

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:34:32 GMT
    A deputy was struck during a driver training exercise being instructed by Manatee County Sheriff's Office's training department.
    A deputy was struck during a driver training exercise being instructed by Manatee County Sheriff's Office's training department.
  • Shots fired, 1 dead in Tampa

    Shots fired, 1 dead in Tampa

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-04-15 15:36:06 GMT
    Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a murder early Tuesday morning at the Avesta apartment in Tampa.
    Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a murder early Tuesday morning at the Avesta apartment in Tampa.
  • WalkAbility Day in Hillsborough County

    WalkAbility Day in Hillsborough County

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-04-15 15:04:03 GMT
    When is the last time you just stepped out of your front door and took a walk?Studies show, just 30 minutes of walking per day makes a huge difference in your health.
    When is the last time you just stepped out of your front door and took a walk?Studies show, just 30 minutes of walking per day makes a huge difference in your health.
  • Alex Sink says she will not run for Congress

    Alex Sink says she will not run for Congress

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:37:14 GMT
    Alex Sink's office issued a statement Tuesday morning that the candidate will not run for the 13th Congressional District seat in 2014 election.
    Alex Sink's office issued a statement Tuesday morning that the candidate will not run for the 13th Congressional District seat in 2014 election.
  • Traffic Alert: One lane closed on Kennedy

    Traffic Alert: One lane closed on Kennedy

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:02 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:02:21 GMT
    One eastbound lane on West Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa will be closed starting Tuesday morning because Tampa Water Department crews need to repair a service line.
    One eastbound lane on West Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa will be closed starting Tuesday morning because Tampa Water Department crews need to repair a service line.
  • Man who shot little boy in Tampa turns himself in

    Man who shot little boy in Tampa turns himself in

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:02 AM EDT2014-04-15 09:02:58 GMT
    Bakari Parks. HCSO mugshotBakari Parks. HCSO mugshot
    Deputies say Bakari Parks turned himself in at Orient Road Jail late Monday night. Investigators spent the day looking for the 23-year-old shot and injured a little boy.
    Deputies say Bakari Parks turned himself in at Orient Road Jail late Monday night. Investigators spent the day looking for the 23-year-old shot and injured a little boy.
  • Clearwater Beach construction claims parking spaces

    Clearwater Beach construction claims parking spaces

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:06 AM EDT2014-04-15 08:06:04 GMT
    The construction site in Clearwater BeachThe construction site in Clearwater Beach
    Beach parking already comes at a premium. Now it's even harder to find a space on Clearwater Beach. Construction is underway on a new resort, where the Adam's Mark Hotel once stood. 
    Beach parking already comes at a premium. Now it's even harder to find a space on Clearwater Beach. Construction is underway on a new resort, where the Adam's Mark Hotel once stood. 
  • Owner of burned Arcadia dog arrested

    Owner of burned Arcadia dog arrested

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:09 AM EDT2014-04-15 04:09:23 GMT
    The owner of Hope, the dog that was set on fire in Arcadia, has been arrested.
    The owner of Hope, the dog that was set on fire in Arcadia, has been arrested.
  • 'Voice' contestant Sisaundra's Polk school stands behind her

    'Voice' contestant Sisaundra's Polk school stands behind her

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:06 AM EDT2014-04-15 04:06:33 GMT
    Lewis graduated in the class of 1987 from Haines City High School in Polk County.
    Lewis graduated in the class of 1987 from Haines City High School in Polk County.
  • Homicide under investigation in Sarasota

    Homicide under investigation in Sarasota

    Monday, April 14 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-04-15 00:56:23 GMT
    The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide in the 2100 block of Oak Terrace.
    The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide in the 2100 block of Oak Terrace.
  • Online underage sex sting nets 18 arrests in Pinellas Co.

    Online underage sex sting nets 18 arrests in Pinellas Co.

    Monday, April 14 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-04-15 00:30:06 GMT
    A four-day effort to arrest men looking to have sex with young girls wrapped up Monday in Pinellas County.
    A four-day effort to arrest men looking to have sex with young girls wrapped up Monday in Pinellas County.
  • State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:09:06 GMT
    Kevin Holmes, massage therapistKevin Holmes, massage therapist
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
  • Pasco elementary school sings 'FCAT Song'

    Pasco elementary school sings 'FCAT Song'

    Monday, April 14 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-04-14 22:48:49 GMT
    Students, teachers, and staff at Moon Lake Elementary School are wishing students good luck on the FCAT with a song.
    Students, teachers, and staff at Moon Lake Elementary School are wishing students good luck on the FCAT with a song.
  • Code violation fines on Valrico property now at $996,000

    Code violation fines on Valrico property now at $996,000

    Monday, April 14 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-04-14 22:23:13 GMT
    An 8 On Your Side investigation has learned code enforcement fines against a Valrico couple now stand at $996,950.
    An 8 On Your Side investigation has learned code enforcement fines against a Valrico couple now stand at $996,950.
  • Tampa Councilman calling for safety improvements on Hillsborough Ave.

    Tampa Councilman calling for safety improvements on Hillsborough Ave.

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:51:56 GMT
    The intersection of 40th Street and Hillsborough AvenueThe intersection of 40th Street and Hillsborough Avenue
    Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick says something must be done about a dangerous section of Hillsborough Avenue.
    Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick says something must be done about a dangerous section of Hillsborough Avenue.
  • Businesses disrupted during Manatee shootout

    Businesses disrupted during Manatee shootout

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:51:02 GMT
    A.J. Ali was just putting out his sign in front of his Boost Mobile store, when he found out this wasn't going to be just another Monday.
    A.J. Ali was just putting out his sign in front of his Boost Mobile store, when he found out this wasn't going to be just another Monday.
  • East Lake High School student rescued from auditorium ceiling

    East Lake High School student rescued from auditorium ceiling

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:22:49 GMT
    East Lake Fire Rescue helps student down from auditorium ceilingEast Lake Fire Rescue helps student down from auditorium ceiling
    East Lake Fire Rescue responded to the high school Monday afternoon to rescue a student who became trapped in the ceiling of the school's auditorium.
    East Lake Fire Rescue responded to the high school Monday afternoon to rescue a student who became trapped in the ceiling of the school's auditorium.
  • 4-year-old shot in Tampa, school lockdowns lifted

    4-year-old shot in Tampa, school lockdowns lifted

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:18:59 GMT
    TPD on scene of Orange and Spruce Street where a child was shot in the arm Monday.TPD on scene of Orange and Spruce Street where a child was shot in the arm Monday.
    Tampa Police are looking for the person who shot a 4-year-old child in the arm.
    Tampa Police are looking for the person who shot a 4-year-old child in the arm.
  • Job fair held in St. Pete

    Job fair held in St. Pete

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:10:49 GMT

    Dozens headed to the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg on Monday crossing their fingers that their luck will change.

    Dozens headed to the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg on Monday crossing their fingers that their luck will change.


  • Torch Run for Special Olympics in Pinellas County

    Torch Run for Special Olympics in Pinellas County

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:04:04 GMT
    Law enforcement agencies from all over Pinellas County will run the Torch for Special Olympics on Tuesday.
    Law enforcement agencies from all over Pinellas County will run the Torch for Special Olympics on Tuesday.
  • St. Pete paramedic remembers Boston bombing

    St. Pete paramedic remembers Boston bombing

    Monday, April 14 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-04-14 20:46:58 GMT
    The explosions happened almost a year ago in Boston near the marathon finish lineThe explosions happened almost a year ago in Boston near the marathon finish line
    It’s been a long year for the Cunningham family of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg firefighter and paramedic Jim Cunningham was at the Boston Marathon along with his daughter cheering on his wife when they heard the explosions.
    It’s been a long year for the Cunningham family of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg firefighter and paramedic Jim Cunningham was at the Boston Marathon along with his daughter cheering on his wife when they heard the explosions.
  • Sarasota adds new K9 officer

    Sarasota adds new K9 officer

    Monday, April 14 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-04-14 18:13:17 GMT
    The Sarasota Police Department has a new member: K9 Andro.
    The Sarasota Police Department has a new member: K9 Andro.
  • Pasco man charged with biting infant

    Pasco man charged with biting infant

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-04-14 15:12:45 GMT
    Derek Austin Shea Derek Austin Shea
    Pasco County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man who they say admitted biting an infant on the face.
    Pasco County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man who they say admitted biting an infant on the face.
  • Hillsborough Sheriff fights for custody of rescued horses found malnourished

    Hillsborough Sheriff fights for custody of rescued horses found malnourished

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-04-14 15:02:23 GMT
    Two horses previously rescued by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office have been once again placed in their custody after they were found malnourished yet again.
    Two horses previously rescued by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office have been once again placed in their custody after they were found malnourished yet again.
  • Woman arrested after fatal bike crash in Clearwater

    Woman arrested after fatal bike crash in Clearwater

    Monday, April 14 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-04-14 12:20:56 GMT
    Casandra Renita Hafford. Clearwater PD mugshotCasandra Renita Hafford. Clearwater PD mugshot
    A woman involved in a fatal motorcycle accident this weekend is in jail Monday morning, according to the Clearwater police report. She admitted she had been drinking the day of the crash.
    A woman involved in a fatal motorcycle accident this weekend is in jail Monday morning, according to the Clearwater police report. She admitted she had been drinking the day of the crash.
  • Tampa official calls attention to unsafe street

    Tampa official calls attention to unsafe street

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:22 AM EDT2014-04-14 09:22:24 GMT
    People brought flowers and toys to the spot where the students were hit on Hillsborough AvenuePeople brought flowers and toys to the spot where the students were hit on Hillsborough Avenue
    Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick wants changes on East Hillsborough Avenue. Last month two students have been hit by cars. One of them, 15-year-old Norma Velasquez-Cabrera died after being hit on her way to Middleton High School.
    Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick wants changes on East Hillsborough Avenue. Last month two students have been hit by cars. One of them, 15-year-old Norma Velasquez-Cabrera died after being hit on her way to Middleton High School.
  • School bus safety focus of Hillsborough meeting

    School bus safety focus of Hillsborough meeting

    Monday, April 14 2014 4:27 AM EDT2014-04-14 08:27:48 GMT
     Parents and school bus drivers have sounded off in a series of town hall meetings about transportation in the Hillsborough County School District. There will be another meeting Monday night in Apollo Beach.
     Parents and school bus drivers have sounded off in a series of town hall meetings about transportation in the Hillsborough County School District. There will be another meeting Monday night in Apollo Beach.
  • Cyclist dies in fatal crash in Clearwater

    Cyclist dies in fatal crash in Clearwater

    Monday, April 14 2014 1:22 AM EDT2014-04-14 05:22:49 GMT
    Clearwater Police traffic homicide investigators investigated a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday night.A crash between a car and a motorcycle occurred at 9:37 p.m. at the intersection of Belleair Road and Missouri Avenue.The motorcyclist, whose name was not released, was northbound on Missouri Avenue when the motorcycle collided with a car that was turning east on Belleair Road from Missouri Avenue.The driver of the motorcycle was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he was pronounced dead s...
    Clearwater Police traffic homicide investigators investigated a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday night.A crash between a car and a motorcycle occurred at 9:37 p.m. at the intersection of Belleair Road and Missouri Avenue.The motorcyclist, whose name was not released, was northbound on Missouri Avenue when the motorcycle collided with a car that was turning east on Belleair Road from Missouri Avenue.The driver of the motorcycle was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he was pronounced dead s...
  • Shooting suspect may have had PTSD

    Shooting suspect may have had PTSD

    Monday, April 14 2014 1:10 AM EDT2014-04-14 05:10:58 GMT
    Questions about the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder surround a triple shooting inthe 4300 block ofSeventh Avenue North Saturday night.One victim, Mackenzie McConnell, passed away after he was hit by bullets."This is a tragedy, and we are still trying to cope with the loss,” McConnell's father toldNews Channel8 Sunday. The shooting occurredshortlyafter 10 p.m. Saturday.According to the arrest affidavits,34-year-old Jason Faber saw two men outside.McConnell and his friend, Alexander...
    Questions about the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder surround a triple shooting inthe 4300 block ofSeventh Avenue North Saturday night.One victim, Mackenzie McConnell, passed away after he was hit by bullets."This is a tragedy, and we are still trying to cope with the loss,” McConnell's father toldNews Channel8 Sunday. The shooting occurredshortlyafter 10 p.m. Saturday.According to the arrest affidavits,34-year-old Jason Faber saw two men outside.McConnell and his friend, Alexander...
  • Crowd jams at blues fest in the park

    Crowd jams at blues fest in the park

    Sunday, April 13 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-04-13 23:19:56 GMT
    The weather was warm, but the blues was cool at Vinoy Park Sunday.Some of the biggest names in blues music had the crowd on its feet and jammin' at the 20th annual Tampa Bay Blues Festival.People were dancing. Others sat back and relaxed. But they all enjoyed the music and tropical settting in downtown St. Petersburg.Fans have danced, swayed and entertained by the sounds of well-known entertainments and bands, including Chicago, guitarist Buddy Guy, Blind Boys of Alabama and crooner Michael M...
    The weather was warm, but the blues was cool at Vinoy Park Sunday.Some of the biggest names in blues music had the crowd on its feet and jammin' at the 20th annual Tampa Bay Blues Festival.People were dancing. Others sat back and relaxed. But they all enjoyed the music and tropical settting in downtown St. Petersburg.Fans have danced, swayed and entertained by the sounds of well-known entertainments and bands, including Chicago, guitarist Buddy Guy, Blind Boys of Alabama and crooner Michael M...
  • Rapper T-Pain performs at Ribfest today

    Rapper T-Pain performs at Ribfest today

    Sunday, April 13 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-04-13 20:28:47 GMT
    The Eighth Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribfest is drawing crowds and rib masters from across the country.The annual event is a major fundraiser for United Community Centers, a nonprofit organization that provides programs to low-income and at risk youth in Manatee County. While the ribs are a major attractions, the entertainment reigns too.Big-name acts such as country music entertainer Tracy Lawrence and R&B star Musiq Soulchild has entertained fans during the three-day festival,...
    The Eighth Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribfest is drawing crowds and rib masters from across the country.The annual event is a major fundraiser for United Community Centers, a nonprofit organization that provides programs to low-income and at risk youth in Manatee County. While the ribs are a major attractions, the entertainment reigns too.Big-name acts such as country music entertainer Tracy Lawrence and R&B star Musiq Soulchild has entertained fans during the three-day festival,...
  • Bicycle rider seriously injured in crash on Drew St.

    Bicycle rider seriously injured in crash on Drew St.

    Sunday, April 13 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-04-13 17:14:06 GMT
    Officers with the Clearwater Police Department are investigating the crash. Officers with the Clearwater Police Department are investigating the crash.
    A 54-year-old Bay area bicyclist was seriously injured Saturday night when he was hit by a car on Drew St. in Clearwater.The unidentified man was transported by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where he is listed in critical condition.
    A 54-year-old Bay area bicyclist was seriously injured Saturday night when he was hit by a car on Drew St. in Clearwater.The unidentified man was transported by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where he is listed in critical condition.
  • Rays lose Cobb to DL with oblique strain

    Rays lose Cobb to DL with oblique strain

    Sunday, April 13 2014 12:26 PM EDT2014-04-13 16:26:09 GMT
    Cobb has not allowed an earned run in his last 15 1/3 innings. Cobb has not allowed an earned run in his last 15 1/3 innings.
    The Tampa Bay Rays put right-hander Alex Cobb on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained oblique in his left side, the second starter they've lost to injury in a week.Cobb pitched seven innings in a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. He's gone 15-1-3 innings without allowing a run.
    The Tampa Bay Rays put right-hander Alex Cobb on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained oblique in his left side, the second starter they've lost to injury in a week.Cobb pitched seven innings in a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. He's gone 15-1-3 innings without allowing a run.
  • Search for missing plane, pilot suspended

    Search for missing plane, pilot suspended

    Sunday, April 13 2014 12:01 PM EDT2014-04-13 16:01:08 GMT
    Weiss was last seen on Saturday, April 5th. Weiss was last seen on Saturday, April 5th.
    Authorities have suspended their ground search for pilot whose small plane went missing at it flew from north Florida to the Tampa Bay area.Theodore Weiss of Zephyrhills was flying a fixed-wing, single-engine Sonex two-seater with white and green stripes. The Marion County Sheriff's office says Weiss left the Dunnellon Airport on April 5, bound for Zephyrhills.
    Authorities have suspended their ground search for pilot whose small plane went missing at it flew from north Florida to the Tampa Bay area.Theodore Weiss of Zephyrhills was flying a fixed-wing, single-engine Sonex two-seater with white and green stripes. The Marion County Sheriff's office says Weiss left the Dunnellon Airport on April 5, bound for Zephyrhills.
  • Two of three fleeing drivers identified in fatal Fowler crash

    Two of three fleeing drivers identified in fatal Fowler crash

    Sunday, April 13 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-04-13 15:14:21 GMT
    Troopers are still looking for a third driver who fled the scene early Saturday. Troopers are still looking for a third driver who fled the scene early Saturday.
    Two of the three fleeing drivers in Saturday morning’s fatal multi-vehicle crash on East Fowler Ave. have been identified.William S. Ridley, a 47-year-old Tampa resident, contacted the Florida Highway Patrol on Saturday to inform investigators of his involvement in the incident that claimed the life of 30-year-old Amari A. Williams of Thonotosassa.
    Two of the three fleeing drivers in Saturday morning’s fatal multi-vehicle crash on East Fowler Ave. have been identified.William S. Ridley, a 47-year-old Tampa resident, contacted the Florida Highway Patrol on Saturday to inform investigators of his involvement in the incident that claimed the life of 30-year-old Amari A. Williams of Thonotosassa.
  • Military veteran arrested on 1st-degree murder charge

    Military veteran arrested on 1st-degree murder charge

    Sunday, April 13 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-04-13 13:50:17 GMT
    Faber, 34, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder according to his wife. Faber, 34, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder according to his wife.
    A 34-year-old Bay area man is facing a variety of charges stemming from a fatal shooting that occurred late Saturday night in St. Petersburg.Jason Michael Faber was arrested just before midnight following a short pursuit. He is being held without bond at the Pinellas County Jail.According to a St. Petersburg Police Department report officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of 7th Ave. North just after 10 p.m. in response to a shots fired call.
    A 34-year-old Bay area man is facing a variety of charges stemming from a fatal shooting that occurred late Saturday night in St. Petersburg.Jason Michael Faber was arrested just before midnight following a short pursuit. He is being held without bond at the Pinellas County Jail.According to a St. Petersburg Police Department report officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of 7th Ave. North just after 10 p.m. in response to a shots fired call.
  • Multiple organ recipient, 3, tries for normal life

    Multiple organ recipient, 3, tries for normal life

    Sunday, April 13 2014 9:14 AM EDT2014-04-13 13:14:42 GMT
    Adonis has had 20 surgical proceduries during his three years. Adonis has had 20 surgical proceduries during his three years.
    Adonis Ortiz is like any other 3-year-old boy.He wears light-up sneakers with "Cars" characters on them. He loves playing with his mom's smartphone and rolling around outside with the family dog. When he turns 4, his parents will put him on a T-ball team; he already plays the game in the family's living room with an inflatable bat and a tennis ball.
    Adonis Ortiz is like any other 3-year-old boy.He wears light-up sneakers with "Cars" characters on them. He loves playing with his mom's smartphone and rolling around outside with the family dog. When he turns 4, his parents will put him on a T-ball team; he already plays the game in the family's living room with an inflatable bat and a tennis ball.
  • Publix employee celebrates 50 years on the job

    Publix employee celebrates 50 years on the job

    Sunday, April 13 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-04-13 13:00:40 GMT
    Publix Supermarkets headquarters are in Lakeland. Publix Supermarkets headquarters are in Lakeland.
    A Publix employee in central Florida is celebrating his 50th year working for the grocery store chain.Larry Delaney is something of a rarity at Publix. In the company's 83-year history, only 16 employees have reached the 50-year milestone.
    A Publix employee in central Florida is celebrating his 50th year working for the grocery store chain.Larry Delaney is something of a rarity at Publix. In the company's 83-year history, only 16 employees have reached the 50-year milestone.
  • Tampa police makes arrest in South Tampa hit and run

    Tampa police makes arrest in South Tampa hit and run

    Sunday, April 13 2014 8:30 AM EDT2014-04-13 12:30:41 GMT
    The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
    News Channel 8 has learned Tampa police have charged 26 year-old Danielle Goeller in a deadly hit and run in South Tampa Friday night.According to the affidavit, a pedestrian was struck at the intersection about 11:45 p.m. The victim did not survive the crash. The Tampa Police Departmenthas not released the victim's name.An eyewitnesscalled police.
    News Channel 8 has learned Tampa police have charged 26 year-old Danielle Goeller in a deadly hit and run in South Tampa Friday night.According to the affidavit, a pedestrian was struck at the intersection about 11:45 p.m. The victim did not survive the crash. The Tampa Police Departmenthas not released the victim's name.An eyewitnesscalled police.
  • Faded message in bottle found along Tampa Bay

    Faded message in bottle found along Tampa Bay

    Sunday, April 13 2014 12:50 AM EDT2014-04-13 04:50:31 GMT
    Almost everyone has imagined what it would be like to find a message in a bottle. It actually happened Saturday to a Pepin Academy National Honor student participating in the Great American Cleanup, a nationwide event in honor of Earth Day. The student discovered a bottle with a faded note inside today while picking up trash along the shores of Cypress Point Park in Tampa's Westshore area. Inside were the heartfelt words of a Cuban wife and mother. ...
    Almost everyone has imagined what it would be like to find a message in a bottle. It actually happened Saturday to a Pepin Academy National Honor student participating in the Great American Cleanup, a nationwide event in honor of Earth Day. The student discovered a bottle with a faded note inside today while picking up trash along the shores of Cypress Point Park in Tampa's Westshore area. Inside were the heartfelt words of a Cuban wife and mother. ...
  • Friends of Queena host self-defense fundraiser

    Friends of Queena host self-defense fundraiser

    Saturday, April 12 2014 8:55 PM EDT2014-04-13 00:55:33 GMT
    Family, friends and supporters of Queena, a Brandon area woman who survived a brutal rape six years ago, now feel more empowered.They learn the proper way to throw a jab, punch and other self-defense techniques at a three-hour seminar hosted by “Hot Ninja Defenders” program for women today.The seminar was at the Title Boxing Club Brandon, 889 E. Bloomingdale Ave. It marked the second year organizers hosted the Fight for Queena self-defense fundraising event.This year the participants experie...
    Family, friends and supporters of Queena, a Brandon area woman who survived a brutal rape six years ago, now feel more empowered.They learn the proper way to throw a jab, punch and other self-defense techniques at a three-hour seminar hosted by “Hot Ninja Defenders” program for women today.The seminar was at the Title Boxing Club Brandon, 889 E. Bloomingdale Ave. It marked the second year organizers hosted the Fight for Queena self-defense fundraising event.This year the participants experie...
  • Thonotosassa man killed in hit-and-run crash

    Thonotosassa man killed in hit-and-run crash

    Saturday, April 12 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-04-12 16:54:40 GMT
    FHP arrived at the scene of the crash just after 3 a.m. FHP arrived at the scene of the crash just after 3 a.m.
    Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public’s assistance in tracking down three drivers who fled a fatal crash early Saturday morning on Fowler Ave.The incident occurred just after 3 a.m. just east of Interstate 75. A 30-year-old Thonotosassa man died at the scene.
    Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public’s assistance in tracking down three drivers who fled a fatal crash early Saturday morning on Fowler Ave.The incident occurred just after 3 a.m. just east of Interstate 75. A 30-year-old Thonotosassa man died at the scene.
  • Tampa man arrested after firing shotgun at police chopper

    Tampa man arrested after firing shotgun at police chopper

    Saturday, April 12 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-04-12 15:34:15 GMT
    Hearld, 56, is being held on a bond of $22,500.Hearld, 56, is being held on a bond of $22,500.
    A 56-year-old Bay area man is facing a variety of charges after he fired a shotgun in the direction of a Tampa Police Department helicopter early Saturday.Thomas Henry Hearld was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail where he is being held without bond pending his first appearance before a judge.
    A 56-year-old Bay area man is facing a variety of charges after he fired a shotgun in the direction of a Tampa Police Department helicopter early Saturday.Thomas Henry Hearld was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail where he is being held without bond pending his first appearance before a judge.
  • Lightning player charged with DUI, cocaine possession

    Lightning player charged with DUI, cocaine possession

    Saturday, April 12 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-04-12 15:13:18 GMT
    Malone, 34, posted a bond of $2,500 and was released from jail just before 10 a.m. Malone, 34, posted a bond of $2,500 and was released from jail just before 10 a.m.
    A member of the Tampa Bay Lightning was arrested early Saturday on driving under the influence and drug charges.Ryan Malone was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail and released after posting a bond of $2,500.
    A member of the Tampa Bay Lightning was arrested early Saturday on driving under the influence and drug charges.Ryan Malone was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail and released after posting a bond of $2,500.
  • Off-duty Sarasota police officer hit by car

    Off-duty Sarasota police officer hit by car

    Saturday, April 12 2014 10:10 AM EDT2014-04-12 14:10:19 GMT
    An off-duty Sarasota police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries after she was hit by a vehicle at the Sarasota Yacht Club Friday night.The officer, whose name was not released,is being treated at a local hospital, Sarasota police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge said.
    An off-duty Sarasota police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries after she was hit by a vehicle at the Sarasota Yacht Club Friday night.The officer, whose name was not released,is being treated at a local hospital, Sarasota police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge said.
  • Fallen Ft. Hood soldiers return to Bay area

    Fallen Ft. Hood soldiers return to Bay area

    Friday, April 11 2014 11:17 PM EDT2014-04-12 03:17:43 GMT
    The body of Sgt. First Class Daniel Ferguson returns to Tampa FridayThe body of Sgt. First Class Daniel Ferguson returns to Tampa Friday
    Two of the soldiers killed in the shootings this month at Ft. Hood returned home to the bay area Friday.
    Two of the soldiers killed in the shootings this month at Ft. Hood returned home to the bay area Friday.
  • Steve Jerve visits Woodlawn Elementary in Sebring

    Steve Jerve visits Woodlawn Elementary in Sebring

    Friday, April 11 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-04-12 02:17:56 GMT
    News Channel 8's Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve took an Eagle 8 ride Friday to visit the kids at Highland County's Woodlawn Elementary School in Sebring.
    News Channel 8's Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve took an Eagle 8 ride Friday to visit the kids at Highland County's Woodlawn Elementary School in Sebring.
  • Thieves appear to target parents at Valrico ballparks

    Thieves appear to target parents at Valrico ballparks

    Friday, April 11 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-04-12 01:20:44 GMT
    Baseball is not the only thing on the minds of parents at the Bloomingdale Youth Sports Association ballparks on Friday.
    Baseball is not the only thing on the minds of parents at the Bloomingdale Youth Sports Association ballparks on Friday.
  • Restaurant Buzz: Big changes at Panera, Glory Days Grill opens, fire at Joffrey's Coffee

    Restaurant Buzz: Big changes at Panera, Glory Days Grill opens, fire at Joffrey's Coffee

    Friday, April 11 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-04-12 00:09:21 GMT
     Hillsborough County firefighters put out a fire in a coffee roaster at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea. HCFR photo Hillsborough County firefighters put out a fire in a coffee roaster at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea. HCFR photo
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.

  • Trailer released for 'Dolphin Tale 2' starring Clearwater dolphin

    Trailer released for 'Dolphin Tale 2' starring Clearwater dolphin

    Friday, April 11 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:42:19 GMT
    "Winter" the dolphin is returning to the big screen, and you can now get a sneak peek of what's in store. The trailer for Dolphin Tale 2 was released April 11.
    "Winter" the dolphin is returning to the big screen, and you can now get a sneak peek of what's in store. The trailer for Dolphin Tale 2 was released April 11.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 31- April 4

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 31- April 4

    Friday, April 11 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:07:05 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 31 to April 4, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 31 to April 4, 2014.
  • Rodents, roaches prompt closures of 2 Tampa Bay restaurants

    Rodents, roaches prompt closures of 2 Tampa Bay restaurants

    Friday, April 11 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:02:26 GMT
    The week of March 31 to April 4, two eateries that made our list of Tampa Bay restaurants with the most violations were also temporarily closed by state inspectors.
    The week of March 31 to April 4, two eateries that made our list of Tampa Bay restaurants with the most violations were also temporarily closed by state inspectors.
  • Missing pilot search continues in Hernando Saturday

    Missing pilot search continues in Hernando Saturday

    Friday, April 11 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-04-11 22:36:40 GMT
    The search for missing pilot Theodore Weiss, 74, continued Friday.The search for missing pilot Theodore Weiss, 74, continued Friday.
    Theodore Weiss, 74, took off in his experimental aircraft on Saturday. He was headed from the Dunellon Airport in Marion County to the Zephyrhills Regional Airport, but never made it.
    Theodore Weiss, 74, took off in his experimental aircraft on Saturday. He was headed from the Dunellon Airport in Marion County to the Zephyrhills Regional Airport, but never made it.
  • Remaining Tampa Bay Sweetbay Stores converting to Winn-Dixie

    Remaining Tampa Bay Sweetbay Stores converting to Winn-Dixie

    Friday, April 11 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-04-11 22:04:46 GMT
    As of this weekend, Sweetbay will be no more. On Saturday, the 18 remaining Sweetbay stores in Florida will be converted to Winn Dixie, many in the Bay area.
    As of this weekend, Sweetbay will be no more. On Saturday, the 18 remaining Sweetbay stores in Florida will be converted to Winn Dixie, many in the Bay area.
  • Family increases reward to help solve cold case murder in Tampa

    Family increases reward to help solve cold case murder in Tampa

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-04-11 21:57:41 GMT
    David HopeDavid Hope
    A cold case murder in Tampa has twists and turns, but police and the victims family are hoping for new leads to solve it. David Hope, 71, was killed in his East Tampa home in October of 2010. Tampa Police Detective Neal Smith says Hope was a well liked and respected figure in his neighborhood.
    A cold case murder in Tampa has twists and turns, but police and the victims family are hoping for new leads to solve it. David Hope, 71, was killed in his East Tampa home in October of 2010. Tampa Police Detective Neal Smith says Hope was a well liked and respected figure in his neighborhood.
  • Polk deputies round up 41 for theft, other charges

    Polk deputies round up 41 for theft, other charges

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-04-11 21:25:47 GMT
    Some of the suspects were caught on the security cameraSome of the suspects were caught on the security camera
    In two days Polk County Sheriff's Organized Crime Unit arrested a total of 41 people, including teenagers, during the operation "Sticky Hands."
    In two days Polk County Sheriff's Organized Crime Unit arrested a total of 41 people, including teenagers, during the operation "Sticky Hands."
  • Hospice benefit party at Davis Islands Yacht Club

    Hospice benefit party at Davis Islands Yacht Club

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-04-11 21:06:58 GMT
    WFLA's Gayle Guyardo and Charley MorganWFLA's Gayle Guyardo and Charley Morgan
    You don't need sea legs to attend a really fun party happening Saturday night, April 11 at the Davis Islands Yacht Club to raise money for Suncoast Hospice and Lifepath Hospice.
    You don't need sea legs to attend a really fun party happening Saturday night, April 11 at the Davis Islands Yacht Club to raise money for Suncoast Hospice and Lifepath Hospice.
  • Missing Sarasota woman, 82, found safe

    Missing Sarasota woman, 82, found safe

    Friday, April 11 2014 1:23 PM EDT2014-04-11 17:23:54 GMT
    Herminia Franco, 82, is missing.Herminia Franco, 82, is missing.
    The search for a missing 82-year-old woman who has dementia ended early Friday afternoon, just a few hours after she was reported missing.
    The search for a missing 82-year-old woman who has dementia ended early Friday afternoon, just a few hours after she was reported missing.
  • TPD investigating 12 burglaries in south Tampa

    TPD investigating 12 burglaries in south Tampa

    Friday, April 11 2014 1:01 PM EDT2014-04-11 17:01:56 GMT
    Surveillance photo of south Tampa burglary suspectSurveillance photo of south Tampa burglary suspect
    Tampa Police Detectives are investigating 12 auto burglaries and burglaries from homes with open garage doors in south Tampa.In each case, the car doors were unlocked or the garage doors were open.
    Tampa Police Detectives are investigating 12 auto burglaries and burglaries from homes with open garage doors in south Tampa.In each case, the car doors were unlocked or the garage doors were open.
  • 5 arrested in Sarasota prostitution sting

    5 arrested in Sarasota prostitution sting

    Friday, April 11 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-04-11 16:22:20 GMT
    Fernando Valbuena was arrested on a charge of solicitation of prostitution. Jail booking photoFernando Valbuena was arrested on a charge of solicitation of prostitution. Jail booking photo
    Sarasota Police officers arrested five people during a special prostitution operation on Thursday, April 10.
    Sarasota Police officers arrested five people during a special prostitution operation on Thursday, April 10.
  • Spring Football League team coming to St. Pete

    Spring Football League team coming to St. Pete

    Friday, April 11 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-04-11 16:18:29 GMT
    Earl ChristyEarl Christy
    The Tide is rolling in! The St. Pete Tide is the newest team in the Professional Spring American Football League or SFL.
    The Tide is rolling in! The St. Pete Tide is the newest team in the Professional Spring American Football League or SFL.
  • Tampa Bay's first Spanx store attracts crowd

    Tampa Bay's first Spanx store attracts crowd

    Friday, April 11 2014 11:16 AM EDT2014-04-11 15:16:19 GMT
    Tampa Bay's first Spanx store opened April 11 at International Plaza.Tampa Bay's first Spanx store opened April 11 at International Plaza.
    Tampa Bay's first Spanx store attracted a crowd of women who waited outside the store for Friday's grand opening celebration.
    Tampa Bay's first Spanx store attracted a crowd of women who waited outside the store for Friday's grand opening celebration.
  • Patriot Guard Riders to escort bodies of Tampa Bay Ft. Hood shooting victims

    Patriot Guard Riders to escort bodies of Tampa Bay Ft. Hood shooting victims

    Friday, April 11 2014 10:10 AM EDT2014-04-11 14:10:29 GMT
    Sgt. Daniel Ferguson, 39, was killed in the Ft. Hood shooting on April 2. Courtesy: Fort Hood Public Affairs OfficeSgt. Daniel Ferguson, 39, was killed in the Ft. Hood shooting on April 2. Courtesy: Fort Hood Public Affairs Office
    Florida's Patriot Guard Riders will honor two Fort Hood shooting victims Friday by escorting their remains from Tampa International Airport to local funeral homes.
    Florida's Patriot Guard Riders will honor two Fort Hood shooting victims Friday by escorting their remains from Tampa International Airport to local funeral homes.
  • Kennedy Boulevard reopens downtown Tampa after pedestrian was hit

    Kennedy Boulevard reopens downtown Tampa after pedestrian was hit

    Friday, April 11 2014 9:06 AM EDT2014-04-11 13:06:33 GMT
    The accident scene in downtown TampaThe accident scene in downtown Tampa
    A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in downtown Tampa early Friday morning, Tampa Police officers confirmed. They closed westbound Kennedy Boulevard near Tampa Street and Ashley Drive.
    A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in downtown Tampa early Friday morning, Tampa Police officers confirmed. They closed westbound Kennedy Boulevard near Tampa Street and Ashley Drive.
  • US 19 overpass open for morning commute

    US 19 overpass open for morning commute

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:21 AM EDT2014-04-11 09:21:39 GMT
    The overpass on US 19The overpass on US 19
    US 19 Highway drivers are getting a little relief, finally. The US 19 southbound overpass at Gulf to Bay in Clearwater is opening for traffic.
    US 19 Highway drivers are getting a little relief, finally. The US 19 southbound overpass at Gulf to Bay in Clearwater is opening for traffic.
  • Pasco elevated toll highway needs public support, says DOT

    Pasco elevated toll highway needs public support, says DOT

    Thursday, April 10 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-04-11 02:48:20 GMT
    The Florida Department of Transportation has said they will not move forward with constructing the proposed elevated highway along State Road 54/56 in Pasco County without the public’s support.
    The Florida Department of Transportation has said they will not move forward with constructing the proposed elevated highway along State Road 54/56 in Pasco County without the public’s support.
  • Mock funeral, roast held for 'The Cowhead Show'

    Mock funeral, roast held for 'The Cowhead Show'

    Thursday, April 10 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-04-11 02:22:18 GMT
    A mock funeral and roast was held Thursday night in Tampa as 'The Cowhead Show' prepares to be born again with a new name.
    A mock funeral and roast was held Thursday night in Tampa as 'The Cowhead Show' prepares to be born again with a new name.
  • VIDEO: peacock pecks Clearwater Police vehicle

    VIDEO: peacock pecks Clearwater Police vehicle

    Thursday, April 10 2014 9:26 PM EDT2014-04-11 01:26:18 GMT
    Video from the Clearwater Police Department shows a peacock pecking at a patrol car window.
    Video from the Clearwater Police Department shows a peacock pecking at a patrol car window.
  • Pasco theater shooting suspect explains motive in recordings

    Pasco theater shooting suspect explains motive in recordings

    Thursday, April 10 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-04-10 23:43:08 GMT
    Retired Tampa police officer Curtis Reeves said the man was threatening him, and he was terrified.
    Retired Tampa police officer Curtis Reeves said the man was threatening him, and he was terrified.
  • Missing pilot search to move to Hernando County

    Missing pilot search to move to Hernando County

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:04:07 GMT
    Crews searched in Citrus County on Thursday.Crews searched in Citrus County on Thursday.
    The search for a missing pilot and his plane will move south from Citrus to Hernando County beginning Friday.
    The search for a missing pilot and his plane will move south from Citrus to Hernando County beginning Friday.
  • Probe into Lakeland's acting police chief over

    Probe into Lakeland's acting police chief over

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:01:53 GMT
    Larry Giddens was promoted to acting police chief after Chief Lisa Womack was put on administrative leave.Larry Giddens was promoted to acting police chief after Chief Lisa Womack was put on administrative leave.
    An investigation into accusations that Acting Chief of Police Larry Giddens made threatening statements to retired police officer Jimmy Mock have been determined to be unfounded.
    An investigation into accusations that Acting Chief of Police Larry Giddens made threatening statements to retired police officer Jimmy Mock have been determined to be unfounded.
  • Pasco animal shelter over capacity, seeks homes for dogs

    Pasco animal shelter over capacity, seeks homes for dogs

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:00:57 GMT
    Pasco Animal Services staff says the shelter is over capacity and is "bursting at the seams" with adoptable dogs (Photos courtesy Pasco County).Pasco Animal Services staff says the shelter is over capacity and is "bursting at the seams" with adoptable dogs (Photos courtesy Pasco County).
    Are you looking to add a four-legged addition to your family? You might want to check out the dogs available for adoption at Pasco County Animal Services.
    Are you looking to add a four-legged addition to your family? You might want to check out the dogs available for adoption at Pasco County Animal Services.
  • Man walking around the world stops in Sarasota

    Man walking around the world stops in Sarasota

    Thursday, April 10 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-04-10 21:45:45 GMT
    Mats Andren stops in Sarasota County in his walk around the world.Mats Andren stops in Sarasota County in his walk around the world.
    A Swedish man walking across the world is making his way through the Tampa Bay area on Thursday.
    A Swedish man walking across the world is making his way through the Tampa Bay area on Thursday.
  • Missing 7-month-old from Tampa found

    Missing 7-month-old from Tampa found

    Thursday, April 10 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-04-10 20:46:51 GMT
    Tampa police officers say they have located a missing 7-month-old girl, thanks to social media.
    Tampa police officers say they have located a missing 7-month-old girl, thanks to social media.
  • Best ways to redeem credit card reward points

    Best ways to redeem credit card reward points

    Thursday, April 10 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-10 20:45:09 GMT
    Nearly every credit card offers some type of reward but knowing the best way to spend those reward points takes strategy.
    Nearly every credit card offers some type of reward but knowing the best way to spend those reward points takes strategy.
  • Week two of festivities for the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

    Week two of festivities for the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

    Thursday, April 10 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-04-10 18:11:29 GMT
    The second weekend of the Sunsets at Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival offers attendees a variety of activities including a concert, sand sculpting contest, fireworks, and a beach egg hunt.
    The second weekend of the Sunsets at Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival offers attendees a variety of activities including a concert, sand sculpting contest, fireworks, and a beach egg hunt.
  • Longtime Strawberry Festival director resigns

    Longtime Strawberry Festival director resigns

    Thursday, April 10 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-04-10 16:48:57 GMT
    The man who has led Plant City's Strawberry Festival for 43 years has resigned, saying it's time for a change.
    The man who has led Plant City's Strawberry Festival for 43 years has resigned, saying it's time for a change.
  • Governor awards veterans in Pinellas Park

    Governor awards veterans in Pinellas Park

    Thursday, April 10 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-04-10 16:14:32 GMT
    Governor Rick Scott handed out medals today to more than 250 veterans and active military in Pinellas Park.
    Governor Rick Scott handed out medals today to more than 250 veterans and active military in Pinellas Park.
  • Family Dollar to cut jobs, close about 370 stores

    Family Dollar to cut jobs, close about 370 stores

    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:30 AM EDT2014-04-10 15:30:41 GMT
    Family Dollar plans to cut some jobs and close about 370 under performing stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings.
    Family Dollar plans to cut some jobs and close about 370 under performing stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings.
  • Body found near car in Winter Haven

    Body found near car in Winter Haven

    Thursday, April 10 2014 10:52 AM EDT2014-04-10 14:52:59 GMT
    Winter Haven Police are conducting a death investigation, after the body of a female was found near a car that matches the description of one driven by 58-year-old Lynda Sorrell, who was reported missing.A Silver Alert was issued Wednesday for Sorrell, who was considered missing and endangered.Sorrell was in the early stages of dementia and did not have her medication with her.Detectives found the care around 7:30 a.m. Thursday while searching a field in the area of 21st St. N.W. in Winter Ha...
    Winter Haven Police are conducting a death investigation, after the body of a female was found near a car that matches the description of one driven by 58-year-old Lynda Sorrell, who was reported missing.A Silver Alert was issued Wednesday for Sorrell, who was considered missing and endangered.Sorrell was in the early stages of dementia and did not have her medication with her.Detectives found the care around 7:30 a.m. Thursday while searching a field in the area of 21st St. N.W. in Winter Ha...
  • Burned dog to remain in Tampa intensive care

    Burned dog to remain in Tampa intensive care

    Thursday, April 10 2014 10:29 AM EDT2014-04-10 14:29:59 GMT
    Hope suffered burns to about 60 percent of her body. BluePearl Veterinary photoHope suffered burns to about 60 percent of her body. BluePearl Veterinary photo
    Hope, the dog that was doused with kerosene and lit on fire, will likely remain in intensive care for one more week. The 1-year-old mixed breed from Arcadia was burned on about 60 percent of her body on March 20. Investigators believe that her owner may have set her on fire
    Hope, the dog that was doused with kerosene and lit on fire, will likely remain in intensive care for one more week. The 1-year-old mixed breed from Arcadia was burned on about 60 percent of her body on March 20. Investigators believe that her owner may have set her on fire
  • Silver Alert cancelled for Winter Haven woman with dementia

    Silver Alert cancelled for Winter Haven woman with dementia

    Thursday, April 10 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-04-10 14:27:40 GMT
    Thursday morning, Winter Haven Police cancelled a Silver Alert for a 58-year-old woman who was reported missing.
    Thursday morning, Winter Haven Police cancelled a Silver Alert for a 58-year-old woman who was reported missing.
  • Missing pilot: Crews search Citrus forest, check leads

    Missing pilot: Crews search Citrus forest, check leads

    Thursday, April 10 2014 10:02 AM EDT2014-04-10 14:02:44 GMT
    Searchers received instructions Thursday morning before heading to the Withlacoochee State Forest to search for a missing pilot. Citrus Co. Sheriff's Office Facebook photoSearchers received instructions Thursday morning before heading to the Withlacoochee State Forest to search for a missing pilot. Citrus Co. Sheriff's Office Facebook photo
    Thursday's search for a missing pilot and his plane is focusing on densely wooded areas in the Withlacoochee State Forest in Citrus County.
    Thursday's search for a missing pilot and his plane is focusing on densely wooded areas in the Withlacoochee State Forest in Citrus County.
  • AMBER ALERT canceled for girl last seen in Sarasota

    AMBER ALERT canceled for girl last seen in Sarasota

    Thursday, April 10 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-04-10 13:32:09 GMT
    The missing girl, left, and her possible abductor. The missing girl, left, and her possible abductor.
    AMBER ALERT has been canceled for a 5-month-old girl who went missing in Sarasota.
    AMBER ALERT has been canceled for a 5-month-old girl who went missing in Sarasota.
  • Manziel to visit with Tampa Bay Bucs

    Manziel to visit with Tampa Bay Bucs

    Thursday, April 10 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-04-10 12:26:54 GMT
    Johnny ManzielJohnny Manziel
    Heisman Trophy winning Texas AM quarterback Johnny Manziel will pay Tampa Bay Buccaneers a visit Thursday, according to NFL.com
    Heisman Trophy winning Texas AM quarterback Johnny Manziel will pay Tampa Bay Buccaneers a visit Thursday, according to NFL.com
  • 911 call released in Pinellas Park McDonald's vadalism incident

    911 call released in Pinellas Park McDonald's vadalism incident

    Thursday, April 10 2014 5:24 AM EDT2014-04-10 09:24:57 GMT
    Image from the vandalism video posted onlineImage from the vandalism video posted online
    Officials released the record of the 911 call made from a McDonald's in Pinellas Park where a topless woman stormed in and crashed her way through the restaurant.
    Officials released the record of the 911 call made from a McDonald's in Pinellas Park where a topless woman stormed in and crashed her way through the restaurant.
  • Tampa Bay's unique experience - Myakka River State Park

    Tampa Bay's unique experience - Myakka River State Park

    Thursday, April 10 2014 4:34 AM EDT2014-04-10 08:34:28 GMT
    It's better to stay away from the gators at the Myakka River parkIt's better to stay away from the gators at the Myakka River park
    Alligator mating season is underway and it's bringing droves of spectators to one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks.
    Alligator mating season is underway and it's bringing droves of spectators to one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks.
  • Deadly Pinellas Park crash shut down Belcher Rd.

    Deadly Pinellas Park crash shut down Belcher Rd.

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-04-10 02:58:52 GMT
    A deadly crash between a lawn truck and a motorcycle shut down Belcher Road on Wednesday night.
    A deadly crash between a lawn truck and a motorcycle shut down Belcher Road on Wednesday night.
  • One killed in accident involving school bus in Dade City

    One killed in accident involving school bus in Dade City

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-04-10 01:47:12 GMT
    A school bus and two cars were involved in an accident in Dade City Wednesday afternoon.
    A school bus and two cars were involved in an accident in Dade City Wednesday afternoon.
  • Skeletal remains case sparks change for Lakeland PD

    Skeletal remains case sparks change for Lakeland PD

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 9:41 PM EDT2014-04-10 01:41:30 GMT
    The case of Mary Rhodes could be a game-changer for the way the Lakeland Police Department does business.
    The case of Mary Rhodes could be a game-changer for the way the Lakeland Police Department does business.
  • School stabbing solemn reminder for Bay area parents

    School stabbing solemn reminder for Bay area parents

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-04-10 01:18:45 GMT
    Some parents feel that preparing their children for a worst-case scenario is important.
    Some parents feel that preparing their children for a worst-case scenario is important.
  • Fla. doctors' Medicare payments revealed

    Fla. doctors' Medicare payments revealed

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-04-09 23:23:46 GMT
    The federal government released data showing how much individual physicians charged and were paid by Medicare for procedures.
    The federal government released data showing how much individual physicians charged and were paid by Medicare for procedures.
  • Student hit by car at Tampa intersection

    Student hit by car at Tampa intersection

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-04-09 22:36:49 GMT
    A pedestrian was hit at the intersection of 40th Street and Hillsborough Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.A pedestrian was hit at the intersection of 40th Street and Hillsborough Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.
    An 18-year-old student at Gary Adult High School was taken to the hospital in very critical condition after he was hit by a car while crossing a six-lane street.
    An 18-year-old student at Gary Adult High School was taken to the hospital in very critical condition after he was hit by a car while crossing a six-lane street.
  • Search continues in Citrus for missing pilot

    Search continues in Citrus for missing pilot

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-04-09 22:33:24 GMT
    Theofore Weiss, 74, and his experimental aircraft.  Hernando Sheriff's Office Facebook photoTheofore Weiss, 74, and his experimental aircraft. Hernando Sheriff's Office Facebook photo
    More than 125 people turned out Wednesday morning to help with the search for a 74-year-old pilot who vanished during a flight from Marion County to Zephyrhills over the weekend.
    More than 125 people turned out Wednesday morning to help with the search for a 74-year-old pilot who vanished during a flight from Marion County to Zephyrhills over the weekend.
  • Silver Alert issued for Citrus County man

    Silver Alert issued for Citrus County man

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-04-09 22:15:18 GMT
    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Silver Alert for a Homosassa man.
    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Silver Alert for a Homosassa man.
  • Fake deer helps Sarasota deputies catch illegal hunters in the act

    Fake deer helps Sarasota deputies catch illegal hunters in the act

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:59:56 GMT
    The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office gave News Channel 8 an exclusive look at a robotic deer that is used to catch illegal hunters in the act.
    The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office gave News Channel 8 an exclusive look at a robotic deer that is used to catch illegal hunters in the act.
  • Florida's orange production is declining

    Florida's orange production is declining

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:36:57 GMT
    This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that's infecting the trees is to blame.
    This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that's infecting the trees is to blame.

  • Former DeSoto High band director convicted of sexual battery

    Former DeSoto High band director convicted of sexual battery

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:23:17 GMT
    A jury on Tuesday convicted a former DeSoto County High School band director of sexual battery. Luis Omar Alvarez, 35, was found guilty of sexual battery of a person under 18.
    A jury on Tuesday convicted a former DeSoto County High School band director of sexual battery. Luis Omar Alvarez, 35, was found guilty of sexual battery of a person under 18.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers announce preseason schedule

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers announce preseason schedule

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:17:01 GMT
    The National Football League unveiled its 2014 preseason slate on Wednesday.
    The National Football League unveiled its 2014 preseason slate on Wednesday.
  • Mental health advocates in Pinellas against proposed bill

    Mental health advocates in Pinellas against proposed bill

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-04-09 20:04:26 GMT
    When Pinellas deputies tackled a suicidal man about to jump off a bridge this week, he was taken into custody under the Baker Act
    When Pinellas deputies tackled a suicidal man about to jump off a bridge this week, he was taken into custody under the Baker Act
  • Clearwater PD: infant injured when his dad tried to choke his mom

    Clearwater PD: infant injured when his dad tried to choke his mom

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-04-09 15:19:50 GMT
    A man in Clearwater had a fight with his wife and started choking her when she was holding their baby son, police said.
    A man in Clearwater had a fight with his wife and started choking her when she was holding their baby son, police said.
  • Tampa gas station owner witnesses shooting

    Tampa gas station owner witnesses shooting

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 11:03 AM EDT2014-04-09 15:03:06 GMT
    Tampa Police are investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday morning at a gas station. It happened sometime before 8:49 a.m. at the Marathon gas station located at 3745 N. 50th St.
    Tampa Police are investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday morning at a gas station. It happened sometime before 8:49 a.m. at the Marathon gas station located at 3745 N. 50th St.
  • What Tampa mom accused of killing kids said during arrest

    What Tampa mom accused of killing kids said during arrest

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-04-09 12:26:01 GMT
    They are the slurred words of a mother who, just hours before they were recorded, killed her own children, according to prosecutors.
    They are the slurred words of a mother who, just hours before they were recorded, killed her own children, according to prosecutors.
  • Grandfather saves Tampa family from burning home

    Grandfather saves Tampa family from burning home

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:59 AM EDT2014-04-09 10:59:58 GMT
    A grandfather is being hailed a hero after saving six relatives from their burning home Wednesday morning.
    A grandfather is being hailed a hero after saving six relatives from their burning home Wednesday morning.
  • Topless thong-clad woman vandalizes Pinellas Park McDonald's

    Topless thong-clad woman vandalizes Pinellas Park McDonald's

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-04-09 10:54:36 GMT
    Surveillance video of a topless, thong-clad woman vandalizing a McDonald’s is from a St. Petersburg McDonald’s restaurant.Surveillance video of a topless, thong-clad woman vandalizing a McDonald’s is from a St. Petersburg McDonald’s restaurant.
    A Pinellas Park woman shown topless and wearing a thong as she vandalizes a Pinellas Park McDonald's was arrested for criminal mischief.
    A Pinellas Park woman shown topless and wearing a thong as she vandalizes a Pinellas Park McDonald's was arrested for criminal mischief.

  • Tampa woman loses more than 500 pounds over years

    Tampa woman loses more than 500 pounds over years

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:25 AM EDT2014-04-09 09:25:21 GMT
    More than a decade ago, Catrina Raiford was so heavy, there wasn't an ambulance large enough to transport her to the hospital when an emergency came. Rescue crews had to cut her out of her home and drive her to the hospital on a flatbed truck.
    More than a decade ago, Catrina Raiford was so heavy, there wasn't an ambulance large enough to transport her to the hospital when an emergency came. Rescue crews had to cut her out of her home and drive her to the hospital on a flatbed truck.
  • Tierra Verde man accused of sexual battery on children

    Tierra Verde man accused of sexual battery on children

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-04-09 03:09:05 GMT
    Pinellas deputies say a Tierra Verde man sexually battered two children.
    Pinellas deputies say a Tierra Verde man sexually battered two children.
  • Results in for Pasco County municipal elections

    Results in for Pasco County municipal elections

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 9:33 PM EDT2014-04-09 01:33:59 GMT
    Tuesday April 8th was Election Day for many people in Pasco County.
    Tuesday April 8th was Election Day for many people in Pasco County.
  • Citrus County officials search for missing plane, pilot

    Citrus County officials search for missing plane, pilot

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-04-09 00:43:05 GMT
    This plane and its pilot have been missing since Saturday, April 5. This plane and its pilot have been missing since Saturday, April 5.
    The Citrus County Sheriff's Office says they are assisting in the search for a missing plane that possibly went down in the Withlacoochee Forest over the weekend.
    The Citrus County Sheriff's Office says they are assisting in the search for a missing plane that possibly went down in the Withlacoochee Forest over the weekend.
  • Advanced traffic light system underway in Sarasota

    Advanced traffic light system underway in Sarasota

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:29:49 GMT
    Soon, Sarasota county officials will be able to remotely control traffic lights at major intersections throughout the county.It's called the Advanced Traffic Management System.County officials are already underway linking up many traffic lights into the system.
    Soon, Sarasota county officials will be able to remotely control traffic lights at major intersections throughout the county.It's called the Advanced Traffic Management System.County officials are already underway linking up many traffic lights into the system.
  • New Sarasota Sheriff's horse has a name

    New Sarasota Sheriff's horse has a name

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:28:33 GMT
    The people have spoken, and decided to name the newest Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Mounted Patrol horse "Honor"!
    The people have spoken, and decided to name the newest Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Mounted Patrol horse "Honor"!
  • New audio recordings in case of Tampa mom accused of killing her own children

    New audio recordings in case of Tampa mom accused of killing her own children

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:19:29 GMT
    Nnewly released audio recordings are revealing more about a woman accused of killing her own children. Julie Schenecker is accused of killing her 16 year old ddaughterCalyx and 13 year old son Beau in January of 2011. The just released recordings are of an interrogation of Schenecker after police found her children shot to death in her home. The recordings also show prosecutors may have trouble keeping the interrogation in as evidence in the murder trial. Defense attorney's have filed a motio...
    Nnewly released audio recordings are revealing more about a woman accused of killing her own children. Julie Schenecker is accused of killing her 16 year old ddaughterCalyx and 13 year old son Beau in January of 2011. The just released recordings are of an interrogation of Schenecker after police found her children shot to death in her home. The recordings also show prosecutors may have trouble keeping the interrogation in as evidence in the murder trial. Defense attorney's have filed a motio...
  • Designer Michael Kors buys Longboat Key property

    Designer Michael Kors buys Longboat Key property

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:06:35 GMT
    Fashion designer Michael Kors has purchased a 2.25 acre vacant lot on Longboat Key.Fashion designer Michael Kors has purchased a 2.25 acre vacant lot on Longboat Key.
    We all know how awesome it is to live in Tampa Bay, but apparently a world-renowned fashion designer has discovered our tropical paradise.
    We all know how awesome it is to live in Tampa Bay, but apparently a world-renowned fashion designer has discovered our tropical paradise.
  • Cousin of man shot in Winter Haven home invasion disputes story

    Cousin of man shot in Winter Haven home invasion disputes story

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-04-08 21:56:14 GMT
    The cousin of a man who was shot during what police called a home invasion is speaking out because he believes there's more to the story.
    The cousin of a man who was shot during what police called a home invasion is speaking out because he believes there's more to the story.
  • Vet on leave after dog deaths at Hillsborough Pet Resources

    Vet on leave after dog deaths at Hillsborough Pet Resources

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-04-08 21:28:17 GMT
    An animal control officer brought in a stray named Mina on Saturday. She was distressed and in labor.
    An animal control officer brought in a stray named Mina on Saturday. She was distressed and in labor.
  • Hillsborough woman thinks tax preparer fees were too much

    Hillsborough woman thinks tax preparer fees were too much

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-04-08 21:06:04 GMT
    Doing your taxes can be frustrating enough but feeling gouged by the fees your charged only adds insult to injury.
    Doing your taxes can be frustrating enough but feeling gouged by the fees your charged only adds insult to injury.
  • Stuck barge towed from Anna Maria Island beach

    Stuck barge towed from Anna Maria Island beach

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-04-08 20:07:21 GMT
    The Coast Guard says a barge stuck on a beach on Anna Maria Island has been towed free.
    The Coast Guard says a barge stuck on a beach on Anna Maria Island has been towed free.
  • Pasco Co. employee arrested on child porn charge

    Pasco Co. employee arrested on child porn charge

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-04-08 19:48:27 GMT
    Andrew Paul Straight, 23. Pasco County Jail booking photoAndrew Paul Straight, 23. Pasco County Jail booking photo
    Investigators say a tip from Google led them to a Pasco County Clerk's Office employee, who was arrested for transmitting child pornography.
    Investigators say a tip from Google led them to a Pasco County Clerk's Office employee, who was arrested for transmitting child pornography.
  • Fire forces evacuation at Bradenton apartment complex

    Fire forces evacuation at Bradenton apartment complex

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-04-08 16:10:28 GMT
    Bradenton firefighters responded to the call at 11:38 p.m. at the Carlton Arms apartment complex off SR 64 East. Bradenton FD photoBradenton firefighters responded to the call at 11:38 p.m. at the Carlton Arms apartment complex off SR 64 East. Bradenton FD photo
    A blaze at a Bradenton apartment complex caused an estimated $125,000 damage and forced the evacuation of residents on Monday evening.
    A blaze at a Bradenton apartment complex caused an estimated $125,000 damage and forced the evacuation of residents on Monday evening.
  • Fire damages Riverview pub

    Fire damages Riverview pub

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-04-08 15:44:44 GMT
    Mulligan's Pub is located at 11375 Big Bend Road. HCFR photoMulligan's Pub is located at 11375 Big Bend Road. HCFR photo
    Hillsborough County firefighters stopped a blaze from spreading to surrounding businesses after a fire broke out at a pub at Summerfield Plaza in Riverview on Tuesday morning.
    Hillsborough County firefighters stopped a blaze from spreading to surrounding businesses after a fire broke out at a pub at Summerfield Plaza in Riverview on Tuesday morning.
  • 5 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    5 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 10:54 AM EDT2014-04-08 14:54:17 GMT
    Five Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
    Five Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
  • Plant City home burns to the ground

    Plant City home burns to the ground

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-04-08 12:33:10 GMT
    HCFR crews on scene at the fireHCFR crews on scene at the fire
    When Hillsborough firefighters arrived to the fire scene early Tuesday morning in Plant City, the two-story home was fully involved.
    When Hillsborough firefighters arrived to the fire scene early Tuesday morning in Plant City, the two-story home was fully involved.
  • TECO customers without power in Brandon

    TECO customers without power in Brandon

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 7:39 AM EDT2014-04-08 11:39:16 GMT
    Image tampaelectric.comImage tampaelectric.com
    According to the Tampa Electric power outage map, almost 1,000 customers in Brandon were without power early Tuesday morning.
    According to the Tampa Electric power outage map, almost 1,000 customers in Brandon were without power early Tuesday morning.
  • I-75 about to be widened in Pasco County

    I-75 about to be widened in Pasco County

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 3:43 AM EDT2014-04-08 07:43:52 GMT
    Construction is about to start on a major road project through Pasco County.
    Construction is about to start on a major road project through Pasco County.
  • More delays ahead on I-275 in Tampa?

    More delays ahead on I-275 in Tampa?

    Monday, April 7 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-04-08 03:14:14 GMT
    Before you head out to work Tuesday morning, watch News Channel 8 Today to learn if there will be another traffic nightmare on I-275.
    Before you head out to work Tuesday morning, watch News Channel 8 Today to learn if there will be another traffic nightmare on I-275.
  • Hackers hold seven years of family photos for ransom

    Hackers hold seven years of family photos for ransom

    Monday, April 7 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-04-08 02:01:35 GMT
    Loretta Barbee has seven years worth of photos trapped inside her computer, held for ransom by a computer hacker.
    Loretta Barbee has seven years worth of photos trapped inside her computer, held for ransom by a computer hacker.
  • Jolly-Sink rematch for District 13 November election?

    Jolly-Sink rematch for District 13 November election?

    Monday, April 7 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-04-08 01:30:24 GMT
    This November, voters in Pinellas County could have a familiar choice: David Jolly or Alex Sink.
    This November, voters in Pinellas County could have a familiar choice: David Jolly or Alex Sink.
  • Rodents, roaches prompt 3 inspections at Tampa's Rincon Criollo restaurant

    Rodents, roaches prompt 3 inspections at Tampa's Rincon Criollo restaurant

    Monday, April 7 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-04-08 01:08:53 GMT
    State inspectors visited a Tampa restaurant three times in one week after discovering rodents and roaches inside.
    State inspectors visited a Tampa restaurant three times in one week after discovering rodents and roaches inside.
  • 4th Pinellas Park attack suspect arrested

    4th Pinellas Park attack suspect arrested

    Monday, April 7 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-04-08 00:57:00 GMT
    A fourth person has been arrested in connection with an attack on an elderly Pinellas Park man.
    A fourth person has been arrested in connection with an attack on an elderly Pinellas Park man.
  • Jake Barker: Pinellas County's heartthrob 'Voice' contestant

    Jake Barker: Pinellas County's heartthrob 'Voice' contestant

    Monday, April 7 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-04-08 00:46:21 GMT
    For Jake Barker's family, it's quite funny, and very impressive, to think back to what he was like growing into a teenager.
    For Jake Barker's family, it's quite funny, and very impressive, to think back to what he was like growing into a teenager.
  • Suicidal man saved by quick-thinking Pinellas deputies

    Suicidal man saved by quick-thinking Pinellas deputies

    Monday, April 7 2014 8:25 PM EDT2014-04-08 00:25:23 GMT
    As a dashboard camera rolled, Pinellas deputies found a 24-year-old man standing on the top rail of the Bay Pines Bridge.
    As a dashboard camera rolled, Pinellas deputies found a 24-year-old man standing on the top rail of the Bay Pines Bridge.
  • Hillsborough Animal Services vet on leave after dog deaths

    Hillsborough Animal Services vet on leave after dog deaths

    Monday, April 7 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-04-07 23:16:21 GMT
    An investigation is underway into the death of a mother dog and her puppy at Hillsborough County Animal Services.
    An investigation is underway into the death of a mother dog and her puppy at Hillsborough County Animal Services.
  • Sheriff: Lakeland woman dead for 'extended time' before bones found in box

    Sheriff: Lakeland woman dead for 'extended time' before bones found in box

    Monday, April 7 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-04-07 22:50:10 GMT
    Mary Elizabeth Rhodes, booking photo from Polk County Sheriff's Office in May 2011.Mary Elizabeth Rhodes, booking photo from Polk County Sheriff's Office in May 2011.
    The bones found in a box in the woods in Polk County last year belong to a Lakeland woman who disappeared in 2012
    The bones found in a box in the woods in Polk County last year belong to a Lakeland woman who disappeared in 2012
  • Sarasota company plays key role in search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

    Sarasota company plays key role in search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

    Monday, April 7 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-04-07 21:57:01 GMT
    Picture of aircraft pingers (Photo: Dukane Seacom, (www.radiantpowercorp.com/dukane-seacom-locator-beacons.aspx)Picture of aircraft pingers (Photo: Dukane Seacom, (www.radiantpowercorp.com/dukane-seacom-locator-beacons.aspx)
    Over the weekend, search crews in the Indian Ocean detected 'pinging' noises during their search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
    Over the weekend, search crews in the Indian Ocean detected 'pinging' noises during their search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
  • Portrait of bullied Polk girl emerges from case file

    Portrait of bullied Polk girl emerges from case file

    Monday, April 7 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-04-07 21:41:59 GMT
    The Florida girl who authorities said jumped to her death because she was bullied also had a spotty relationship with her father and had just broken up with an online boyfriend, according to police documents.
    The Florida girl who authorities said jumped to her death because she was bullied also had a spotty relationship with her father and had just broken up with an online boyfriend, according to police documents.
  • Schenecker attorneys want statements thrown out of murder trial

    Schenecker attorneys want statements thrown out of murder trial

    Monday, April 7 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-04-07 20:18:26 GMT
    Julie Schenecker's defense team wants her statements to police thrown out of her murder trial.
    Julie Schenecker's defense team wants her statements to police thrown out of her murder trial.
  • Pasco girl recovering after being severely injured in fatal crash

    Pasco girl recovering after being severely injured in fatal crash

    Monday, April 7 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-04-07 20:12:53 GMT
    The Dodge Caravan hit the tree and burst into flames.The Dodge Caravan hit the tree and burst into flames.
    The 16-year-old girl, who was severely injured in a crash Friday that killed her best friend and injured two other teens, still has a long road ahead of her in recovery.
    The 16-year-old girl, who was severely injured in a crash Friday that killed her best friend and injured two other teens, still has a long road ahead of her in recovery.
  • VIDEO: Pinellas deputies save suicidal man on bridge

    VIDEO: Pinellas deputies save suicidal man on bridge

    Monday, April 7 2014 3:44 PM EDT2014-04-07 19:44:20 GMT
    Pinellas deputies saved a suicidal man who was trying to jump off a bridge, and it was all caught on camera.
    Pinellas deputies saved a suicidal man who was trying to jump off a bridge, and it was all caught on camera.
  • School: system worked when Webb special needs student bolted from campus

    School: system worked when Webb special needs student bolted from campus

    Monday, April 7 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-04-07 17:54:26 GMT
    When a special needs student bolted from Webb Middle School in Town N' Country on Friday, faculty at the school sprang into action.
    When a special needs student bolted from Webb Middle School in Town N' Country on Friday, faculty at the school sprang into action.
  • Woman killed in Hernando County four-wheeler accident

    Woman killed in Hernando County four-wheeler accident

    Monday, April 7 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-04-07 17:35:54 GMT
    The Hernando County Sheriff's Office says a woman was killed after being thrown from a four-wheeler she was driving on Sunday.
    The Hernando County Sheriff's Office says a woman was killed after being thrown from a four-wheeler she was driving on Sunday.
  • Suspect in Pasco spinal center shooting dies

    Suspect in Pasco spinal center shooting dies

    Monday, April 7 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-04-07 15:51:00 GMT
    The suspect involved in a shooting at the West Coast Spine and Injury Center in Pasco County, has died.
    The suspect involved in a shooting at the West Coast Spine and Injury Center in Pasco County, has died.
  • Crash on I-75 in Hillsborough leaves one dead

    Crash on I-75 in Hillsborough leaves one dead

    Monday, April 7 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-04-07 14:53:56 GMT
    The car hit the overpass support near I-75.The car hit the overpass support near I-75.
    A single-car crash near Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County left one person dead Monday morning, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.
    A single-car crash near Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County left one person dead Monday morning, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.
  • Pasco teens recover after Friday fiery crash that left their friend dead

    Pasco teens recover after Friday fiery crash that left their friend dead

    Monday, April 7 2014 6:36 AM EDT2014-04-07 10:36:30 GMT
    The Dodge hit the tree and burst into flames.The Dodge hit the tree and burst into flames.
    In just minutes, the lives of four teens changed forever. One died. His three friends were injured, one so seriously she still has several surgeries ahead of her at Tampa General Hospital.
    In just minutes, the lives of four teens changed forever. One died. His three friends were injured, one so seriously she still has several surgeries ahead of her at Tampa General Hospital.
  • Islamic Charity Festival returns for a 17th year

    Islamic Charity Festival returns for a 17th year

    Monday, April 7 2014 12:27 AM EDT2014-04-07 04:27:31 GMT
    The 17th Annual Islamic Charity Festival was a fun filled event for area families.The Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance held the event Sunday at Riverfront Park, 1000 N. Blvd.There werechildren games and activities, ethnic and American food dishes,a clothing tent and shoe raffle.Participants could receive free medical check ups and testing for blood pressure and blood sugar.
    The 17th Annual Islamic Charity Festival was a fun filled event for area families.The Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance held the event Sunday at Riverfront Park, 1000 N. Blvd.There werechildren games and activities, ethnic and American food dishes,a clothing tent and shoe raffle.Participants could receive free medical check ups and testing for blood pressure and blood sugar.
  • Fantasy of Flight soars on final day

    Fantasy of Flight soars on final day

    Sunday, April 6 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-04-07 01:40:16 GMT
    Sunday marked the last day of Fantasy of Flight, an attraction centered on aviation that's made Polk City home for the past 18 years. The founder, Kermit Weeks, said the attraction would have to double it's foot traffic or double admission price just to break even. He said the time has come to change directions and focus on a different business model. About 30 employees will lose their jobs as a result of the closure. The facility will remain open for corporate and private events ...
    Sunday marked the last day of Fantasy of Flight, an attraction centered on aviation that's made Polk City home for the past 18 years. The founder, Kermit Weeks, said the attraction would have to double it's foot traffic or double admission price just to break even. He said the time has come to change directions and focus on a different business model. About 30 employees will lose their jobs as a result of the closure. The facility will remain open for corporate and private events ...
  • Citrus County man charged with strangling, stabbing his mother

    Citrus County man charged with strangling, stabbing his mother

    Sunday, April 6 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-04-06 23:55:24 GMT
    A 23-year-old man has been arrested for strangling and stabbing his mother to death, Citrus County sheriff's deputies said. Benjamin William Dick is being held at the Citrus County Jail on second degree murder charges. Dick asked another man, Shannon Parker, 28, to help him bury the victim, authorities said. Parker also is in custody charged with accessory after the fact and witness tampering. Deputies said Dick and his mother, Jennifer Brooks, 42, argued Friday night...
    A 23-year-old man has been arrested for strangling and stabbing his mother to death, Citrus County sheriff's deputies said. Benjamin William Dick is being held at the Citrus County Jail on second degree murder charges. Dick asked another man, Shannon Parker, 28, to help him bury the victim, authorities said. Parker also is in custody charged with accessory after the fact and witness tampering. Deputies said Dick and his mother, Jennifer Brooks, 42, argued Friday night...
  • Northbound lanes on I-275 in Westshore area closed for pothole repairs

    Northbound lanes on I-275 in Westshore area closed for pothole repairs

    Sunday, April 6 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-04-06 23:23:40 GMT
    The right lane on northbound Interstate 275 between State Road 60 and Lois Avenue is closed due to developing potholes. It is unknown how long the lane will be closed. Two northbound lanes remain open.Stay with WFLA.com for updates.
    The right lane on northbound Interstate 275 between State Road 60 and Lois Avenue is closed due to developing potholes. It is unknown how long the lane will be closed. Two northbound lanes remain open.Stay with WFLA.com for updates.
  • Three-day DeSoto Heritage Festival Seafood Fest ends today

    Three-day DeSoto Heritage Festival Seafood Fest ends today

    Sunday, April 6 2014 4:29 PM EDT2014-04-06 20:29:51 GMT
    Festival goers are enjoying much than just seafood at the DeSoto Heritage Festival Seafood Fest today.The annual festival at Sutton Park at 1050 Sixth St. W. in Palmetto is featuring arts and crafts, commercial vendors, games and fun fo the children in the Kids Zone.The three-day family event features some of the best seafood around along with other tasty offerings from area restaurants and food vendors.Country music entertainer Travis Tritt and rapper-turned-house flipper Vanilla Ice headli...
    Festival goers are enjoying much than just seafood at the DeSoto Heritage Festival Seafood Fest today.The annual festival at Sutton Park at 1050 Sixth St. W. in Palmetto is featuring arts and crafts, commercial vendors, games and fun fo the children in the Kids Zone.The three-day family event features some of the best seafood around along with other tasty offerings from area restaurants and food vendors.Country music entertainer Travis Tritt and rapper-turned-house flipper Vanilla Ice headli...
  • Pet owners line up for free vaccines, microchips

    Pet owners line up for free vaccines, microchips

    Sunday, April 6 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-04-06 18:21:52 GMT
    Due to the large turnout some pet owners received vouchers for future clinics. Due to the large turnout some pet owners received vouchers for future clinics.
    Hundreds of Bay area pet owners lined up early Sunday morning in order to receive free vaccinations and microchips for their four-legged friends.The event was conducted by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay with some assistance from other local organizations. It took place at their shelter on Armenia Ave. in Tampa.
    Hundreds of Bay area pet owners lined up early Sunday morning in order to receive free vaccinations and microchips for their four-legged friends.The event was conducted by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay with some assistance from other local organizations. It took place at their shelter on Armenia Ave. in Tampa.
  • Boat crashes into Howard Frankland Bridge, boater rescued

    Boat crashes into Howard Frankland Bridge, boater rescued

    Sunday, April 6 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-04-06 16:47:55 GMT
    St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue are investigating a report of a boat crashing into the Howard Frankland Bridge Saturday afternoon.A lone occupant of the boat was pulled from Tampa Bay by another boater. The victim, described only as a man, was uninjured and being taken care of by Florida Fish and Wildlife officials. The incident is under investigation.
    St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue are investigating a report of a boat crashing into the Howard Frankland Bridge Saturday afternoon.A lone occupant of the boat was pulled from Tampa Bay by another boater. The victim, described only as a man, was uninjured and being taken care of by Florida Fish and Wildlife officials. The incident is under investigation.
  • Motorcycle rider killed on 47th birthday

    Motorcycle rider killed on 47th birthday

    Sunday, April 6 2014 9:01 AM EDT2014-04-06 13:01:10 GMT
    Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash involving a man who died on his 47th birthday. Angel Maldonado of Homestead was riding his2012 Suzuki motorcycle southbound in the inside lane of U.S.Highway 41 about 1:35 p.m. Saturday, Hillsborough County sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said in a news release.
    Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash involving a man who died on his 47th birthday. Angel Maldonado of Homestead was riding his2012 Suzuki motorcycle southbound in the inside lane of U.S.Highway 41 about 1:35 p.m. Saturday, Hillsborough County sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said in a news release.
  • Bike rider in critical condition following crash in St. Pete

    Bike rider in critical condition following crash in St. Pete

    Sunday, April 6 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-04-06 12:57:52 GMT
    Officers with the St. Petersburg Police Department responded to the crash site. Officers with the St. Petersburg Police Department responded to the crash site.
    A 54-year-old Bay area man is in critical condition after the bicycle he was operating was struck by a vehicle in St. Petersburg on Saturday.Michael Cavanaugh was transported to Bayfront Medical Center just after 1 p.m.
    A 54-year-old Bay area man is in critical condition after the bicycle he was operating was struck by a vehicle in St. Petersburg on Saturday.Michael Cavanaugh was transported to Bayfront Medical Center just after 1 p.m.
  • Florida fans hoped for a win

    Florida fans hoped for a win

    Sunday, April 6 2014 1:14 AM EDT2014-04-06 05:14:27 GMT
    hey might hundreds of miles away from the final four action but hundreds of florida gator fans in the bay area are hoping their cheers will be heard in texas. “it kind of reminds me of college, when you go back to the final four,” said florida graduate ryan hutchinson. “they all have that team vibe that you feel. You just have that team chemistry that's the same when they won the two championships,” added hutchinson who attended florida when the gators won the championship in 2006 and 2007. F...
    hey might hundreds of miles away from the final four action but hundreds of florida gator fans in the bay area are hoping their cheers will be heard in texas. “it kind of reminds me of college, when you go back to the final four,” said florida graduate ryan hutchinson. “they all have that team vibe that you feel. You just have that team chemistry that's the same when they won the two championships,” added hutchinson who attended florida when the gators won the championship in 2006 and 2007. F...
  • Utah woman says she wants to adopt abused children

    Utah woman says she wants to adopt abused children

    Sunday, April 6 2014 1:13 AM EDT2014-04-06 05:13:38 GMT
    A Utah woman wants to adopt eight children who Tampa police said were starved and abused by their parents. Jennifer Gossard hopes to travel to Tampa to seek permission to take the children back to Utah, where three of their siblings live. Gossard said she adopted three of Jamie Hicks' children when Hicks lived in Utah. On March 27, Tampa police arrested Hicks, 43, and her husband Vernon Lovell, 53, after investigators say the couple starved and abused their eight children....
    A Utah woman wants to adopt eight children who Tampa police said were starved and abused by their parents. Jennifer Gossard hopes to travel to Tampa to seek permission to take the children back to Utah, where three of their siblings live. Gossard said she adopted three of Jamie Hicks' children when Hicks lived in Utah. On March 27, Tampa police arrested Hicks, 43, and her husband Vernon Lovell, 53, after investigators say the couple starved and abused their eight children....
  • Lightning unveils statue of Andreychuk

    Lightning unveils statue of Andreychuk

    Saturday, April 5 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-04-05 23:56:15 GMT
    A new bronze statue of former Tampa Bay Lightning captainDave Andreychuk was unveiledin front of the Tampa Bay Times Forum Saturday.The 9-footstatueis located at the entrance to Ford Thunder Alley just northeast of the intersection of Channelside Drive and Morgan Street. The unveilingtook place before the start of the Lightning'sgame versus the Dallas Stars.The statue depicts Andreychuk hoisting the Stanley Cup over his head after the Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames in Game 7 of the 200...
    A new bronze statue of former Tampa Bay Lightning captainDave Andreychuk was unveiledin front of the Tampa Bay Times Forum Saturday.The 9-footstatueis located at the entrance to Ford Thunder Alley just northeast of the intersection of Channelside Drive and Morgan Street. The unveilingtook place before the start of the Lightning'sgame versus the Dallas Stars.The statue depicts Andreychuk hoisting the Stanley Cup over his head after the Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames in Game 7 of the 200...
  • Rays sign Escobar to two-year extension worth $13 million

    Rays sign Escobar to two-year extension worth $13 million

    Saturday, April 5 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-04-05 21:59:50 GMT
    The Tampa Bay Rays and shortstop Yunel Escobar have agreed to a two-year contract extension covering 2015 and 2016 with a one-year club option for 2017.According to the Rays, the extension, worth a guaranteed $13 million, replaces the 2015 club option. Escobar will contribute to the Rays Baseball Foundation during the course of the deal. “Yunel (Escobar)has been a tremendous addition to our infield and was a critical...
    The Tampa Bay Rays and shortstop Yunel Escobar have agreed to a two-year contract extension covering 2015 and 2016 with a one-year club option for 2017.According to the Rays, the extension, worth a guaranteed $13 million, replaces the 2015 club option. Escobar will contribute to the Rays Baseball Foundation during the course of the deal. “Yunel (Escobar)has been a tremendous addition to our infield and was a critical...
  • Brandon pastor denied bond in molestation case

    Brandon pastor denied bond in molestation case

    Saturday, April 5 2014 1:57 PM EDT2014-04-05 17:57:51 GMT
    Rios, 44, is being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail. Rios, 44, is being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail.
    A Brandon pastor facing sex-related charges made his first appearance before a judge Saturday morning in Tampa.Francisco Rios was denied bond. He is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail on three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.The 44-year-old leader of the Casa de Amor Church on West Windhorst Rd. was arrested on Friday without incident at his home.
    A Brandon pastor facing sex-related charges made his first appearance before a judge Saturday morning in Tampa.Francisco Rios was denied bond. He is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail on three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.The 44-year-old leader of the Casa de Amor Church on West Windhorst Rd. was arrested on Friday without incident at his home.
  • Charges upgraded against couple in death of toddler

    Charges upgraded against couple in death of toddler

    Saturday, April 5 2014 1:56 PM EDT2014-04-05 17:56:06 GMT
    Reyes (left) was arrested in February; Meadows (right) in March. Reyes (left) was arrested in February; Meadows (right) in March.
    Charges have been upgraded against a Plant City woman and her boyfriend in the August 2013 death of a 15-month-old little boy.Victoria Reyes, 34, and Kevin Meadows, 48, are facing a variety of charges including a felony charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child. Reyes was the toddler’s mother but Meadows was not the father.
    ?Charges have been upgraded against a Plant City woman and her boyfriend in the August 2013 death of a 15-month-old little boy.Victoria Reyes, 34, and Kevin Meadows, 48, are facing a variety of charges including a felony charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child. Reyes was the toddler’s mother but Meadows was not the father.
  • Trio of thieves hit Palm Harbor Wal-Mart

    Trio of thieves hit Palm Harbor Wal-Mart

    Saturday, April 5 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-04-05 17:20:19 GMT
    The male suspect was captured on surveillance video placing items in his car. The male suspect was captured on surveillance video placing items in his car.
    Investigators with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office are on the lookout for a trio of theft suspects who struck late last month at a Palm Harbor Wal-Mart.The incident occurred just after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26th.Stay connected with the news of the day.
    Investigators with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office are on the lookout for a trio of theft suspects who struck late last month at a Palm Harbor Wal-Mart.The incident occurred just after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26th.Stay connected with the news of the day.
  • Pinellas deputies seek grand theft suspect

    Pinellas deputies seek grand theft suspect

    Saturday, April 5 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-04-05 16:09:11 GMT
    Grossman, 63, cashed over 100 bogus checks and money orders in 2013.Grossman, 63, cashed over 100 bogus checks and money orders in 2013.
    Authorities in Pinellas County are asking for the public’s help in locating a grand theft suspect.Martin Louis Grossman bilked approximately 60 victims out of $20,000 last year investigators say.
    Authorities in Pinellas County are asking for the public’s help in locating a grand theft suspect.Martin Louis Grossman bilked approximately 60 victims out of $20,000 last year investigators say.
  • Greyhound bus involved in fatal crash in North Fla.

    Greyhound bus involved in fatal crash in North Fla.

    Saturday, April 5 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-04-05 15:59:02 GMT
    The driver of this vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of this vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
    A Greyhound bus that departed from Tampa earlier in the day was involved in a multi-vehicle crash Friday night that claimed the lives of two men on Interstate 75 in Hamilton County.The incident occurred at approximately 11:44 p.m. just south of Jasper.
    A Greyhound bus that departed from Tampa earlier in the day was involved in a multi-vehicle crash Friday night that claimed the lives of two men on Interstate 75 in Hamilton County.The incident occurred at approximately 11:44 p.m. just south of Jasper.
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