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  • TPD - house fire on Ida St. deliberately set

    TPD - house fire on Ida St. deliberately set

    Saturday, August 30 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:26:55 GMT
    Crews with Tampa Fire Rescue arrived at this residence on Ida St. just after 2 am Saturday.Crews with Tampa Fire Rescue arrived at this residence on Ida St. just after 2 am Saturday.
    Timothy Mendenall spent the day cleaning up, after his rental home on Ida Street in Tampa caught fire. "All I know is when I got up the living room and the bedroom were burning," Mendenall said. "So we got the hose and buckets of water and then the Fire Department got here."
    Timothy Mendenall spent the day cleaning up, after his rental home on Ida Street in Tampa caught fire. "All I know is when I got up the living room and the bedroom were burning," Mendenall said. "So we got the hose and buckets of water and then the Fire Department got here."
  • Man struck, killed on US 41 in Tampa

    Man struck, killed on US 41 in Tampa

    Saturday, August 30 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-08-30 16:08:23 GMT
    The fatal crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The fatal crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.
    A 43-year-old Gibsonton man was struck and killed Friday night while walking along US 41 in Tampa.James Warfle was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10:30 pm.
    A 43-year-old Gibsonton man was struck and killed Friday night while walking along US 41 in Tampa.James Warfle was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10:30 pm.
  • Missing New Port Richey couple rescued from Gulf

    Missing New Port Richey couple rescued from Gulf

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-08-30 15:39:40 GMT
    The Coast Guard towed the couple's disabled sailboat back to land early Saturday.The Coast Guard towed the couple's disabled sailboat back to land early Saturday.
    A Bay area couple that failed to return from a boating excursion in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued early Saturday approximately 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key.A friend of Bogdan and Elizabeth Makowski contacted the United States Coast Guard Station Sand Key on Friday after not hearing from the couple for several days.
    A Bay area couple that failed to return from a boating excursion in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued early Saturday approximately 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key.A friend of Bogdan and Elizabeth Makowski contacted the United States Coast Guard Station Sand Key on Friday after not hearing from the couple for several days.
  • Convicted felon charged with murder in Brooksville mass shooting

    Convicted felon charged with murder in Brooksville mass shooting

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-08-30 12:20:02 GMT
    Mason III, 42, has an arrest record that goes back more than 20 years. Mason III, 42, has an arrest record that goes back more than 20 years.
    A career criminal with an arrest record that goes back more than two decades is facing three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with a mass shooting that occurred Friday night in Brooksville.As George June Mason III attempted to flee the crime scene just as law enforcement arrived he was struck by a pick-up truck.
    A career criminal with an arrest record that goes back more than two decades is facing three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with a mass shooting that occurred Friday night in Brooksville.As George June Mason III attempted to flee the crime scene just as law enforcement arrived he was struck by a pick-up truck.
  • Police: 3 dead in Brooksville shooting

    Police: 3 dead in Brooksville shooting

    Saturday, August 30 2014 12:51 AM EDT2014-08-30 04:51:46 GMT
    Brooksville Police say at least three people have been killed and a fourth person was flown to a hospital after a shooting at a home near Main Street on Friday night.
    Brooksville Police say at least three people have been killed and a fourth person was flown to a hospital after a shooting at a home near Main Street on Friday night.
  • Pepin supports 64oz growlers, regulations

    Pepin supports 64oz growlers, regulations

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:29:28 GMT
    He's the president of Pepin Distributing but he's extending an olive branch to craft brewers in Florida.“One key piece of misinformation is that we are opposed to a 64 ounce growler, we support a 64 ounce growler,” said Tom Pepin.
    He's the president of Pepin Distributing but he's extending an olive branch to craft brewers in Florida.“One key piece of misinformation is that we are opposed to a 64 ounce growler, we support a 64 ounce growler,” said Tom Pepin.
  • Riverview traffic light turned on following crashes

    Riverview traffic light turned on following crashes

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:08:02 GMT
    Two days ago, a newly installed traffic light on a busy Big Bend road in Southern Hillsborough County was not working.Power had not been supplied to the light yet, but that light is on after two crashes sent drivers to the hospital.
    Two days ago, a newly installed traffic light on a busy Big Bend road in Southern Hillsborough County was not working.Power had not been supplied to the light yet, but that light is on after two crashes sent drivers to the hospital.
  • Coast Guard looking for missing Pasco couple

    Coast Guard looking for missing Pasco couple

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:04:16 GMT
    Crewmembers from the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for two missing boaters near St. Petersburg on Friday night. Searchers are looking for 69-year-old Bogdan Makowski and his wife 61-year-old Elizabeth Makowski of Hudson.
    Crewmembers from the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for two missing boaters near St. Petersburg on Friday night. Searchers are looking for 69-year-old Bogdan Makowski and his wife 61-year-old Elizabeth Makowski of Hudson.
  • Coast Guard warns about fake flare emergencies

    Coast Guard warns about fake flare emergencies

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-08-30 00:46:08 GMT
    Emergency signal flares can be a real life saver. He feels, sending off a fake flare alert can cause real problems.
    Emergency signal flares can be a real life saver. He feels, sending off a fake flare alert can cause real problems.
  • Thief steals lawn equipment from struggling Spring Hill family

    Thief steals lawn equipment from struggling Spring Hill family

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-08-29 23:44:24 GMT
    Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.
    A thief stole a trailer full of lawn equipment from a home in Spring Hill overnight on Wednesday.Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.“I wanted to die. I really did,” he said.He used the lawn equipment to cut grass for free for people suffering from cancer and other serious health conditions.
    A thief stole a trailer full of lawn equipment from a home in Spring Hill overnight on Wednesday.Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.“I wanted to die. I really did,” he said.He used the lawn equipment to cut grass for free for people suffering from cancer and other serious health conditions.
  • Labor Day Weekend Forecast

    Labor Day Weekend Forecast

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:52:20 GMT
    “The holiday weekend is ahead and you can expect typical summertime weather for it,” said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips.
    “The holiday weekend is ahead and you can expect typical summertime weather for it,” said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips.

  • Former Pasco massage therapist and massage business face $47 million judgement

    Former Pasco massage therapist and massage business face $47 million judgement

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:27:42 GMT
    Raul Alberto Delarosa is already serving 10 years sex offender probation after his conviction for assaulting a female massage client two years ago.But a worse punishment may have beenhanded him this week when a Pasco jury in a civil case awarded the victim a $47.4 million judgment --much of which is owned by the company 
    Raul Alberto Delarosa is already serving 10 years sex offender probation after his conviction for assaulting a female massage client two years ago.But a worse punishment may have beenhanded him this week when a Pasco jury in a civil case awarded the victim a $47.4 million judgment --much of which is owned by the company 
  • Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:48:06 GMT
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
  • Ride sharing service Uber says Tampa Taxi companies don't want their competition

    Ride sharing service Uber says Tampa Taxi companies don't want their competition

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:41:28 GMT
    Daryl Rodgers is a driver for Uber and Lyft.Daryl Rodgers is a driver for Uber and Lyft.
    The ride sharing service Uber says traditional Taxi companies are trying to restrict competition in Tampa.Recently the Public Transportation Commission started giving tickets to drivers who are lot licensed to drive through the PTC." It's an abuse of power.
    The ride sharing service Uber says traditional Taxi companies are trying to restrict competition in Tampa.Recently the Public Transportation Commission started giving tickets to drivers who are lot licensed to drive through the PTC." It's an abuse of power.
  • Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

    Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:03:34 GMT
    Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
    Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
  • Friday Night Blitz 'Game of the Week': Armwood plays Durant

    Friday Night Blitz 'Game of the Week': Armwood plays Durant

    Friday, August 29 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:45:52 GMT
    Friday night at 7:30 the Arwood Hawks will take on the Durant Cougars. 
    Friday night at 7:30 the Arwood Hawks will take on the Durant Cougars. 
  • Tampa preschool canceled after car crashes into classroom

    Tampa preschool canceled after car crashes into classroom

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:49:50 GMT
    A car lost control on Busch Boulevard and slammed into a day care center in Tampa early Friday morning, according to Tampa Police.
    A car lost control on Busch Boulevard and slammed into a day care center in Tampa early Friday morning, according to Tampa Police.
  • Tampa's largest home show this Labor Day weekend

    Tampa's largest home show this Labor Day weekend

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:37:55 GMT
    Tampa's largest Home Show is happening this Labor Day weekend and it's free to the public.
    Tampa's largest Home Show is happening this Labor Day weekend and it's free to the public.
  • Police name Tampa city worker who hit and killed toddler

    Police name Tampa city worker who hit and killed toddler

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:41 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:41:47 GMT
    Tampa Police have identified the driver who hit and killed a 2-year-old at the Tampa Park Apartments as Robert Fennell, 48, of Tampa.  
    Tampa Police have identified the driver who hit and killed a 2-year-old at the Tampa Park Apartments as Robert Fennell, 48, of Tampa.  
  • Toddler hit & killed by city truck in Tampa

    Toddler hit & killed by city truck in Tampa

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:35 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:35:08 GMT
    The victim, Demetric LindseyThe victim, Demetric Lindsey
    Tampa Police detectives are investigating the death of a toddler on Thursday night. A TPD spokesperson confirms the child was struck and killed by a vehicle at the Tampa Park Apartments at 1015 Lily Court.
    Tampa Police detectives are investigating the death of a toddler on Thursday night. A TPD spokesperson confirms the child was struck and killed by a vehicle at the Tampa Park Apartments at 1015 Lily Court.
  • Deputy shoots suspect waving Samurai sword in Manatee

    Deputy shoots suspect waving Samurai sword in Manatee

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:41 AM EDT2014-08-29 08:41:22 GMT
    2013 mug of Terry Sellars2013 mug of Terry Sellars
    A Manatee County deputy has shot a person involved in a domestic dispute in Bradenton Thursday morning.
    A Manatee County deputy has shot a person involved in a domestic dispute in Bradenton Thursday morning.
  • Amazon's new fulfillment center opens in Lakeland

    Amazon's new fulfillment center opens in Lakeland

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:27 AM EDT2014-08-29 08:27:34 GMT
    More than 400 employees have reported to work at Amazon's new regional order fulfillment center in central Florida.
    More than 400 employees have reported to work at Amazon's new regional order fulfillment center in central Florida.
  • Tampa Bay hosts first theater festival this weekend

    Tampa Bay hosts first theater festival this weekend

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:15 AM EDT2014-08-29 08:15:10 GMT
    It's a first of its kind for the Tampa Bay area. A local actor and playwright has put together a theater festival.
    It's a first of its kind for the Tampa Bay area. A local actor and playwright has put together a theater festival.
  • Valrico doomsday prepper pleads guilty

    Valrico doomsday prepper pleads guilty

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:58 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:58:25 GMT
    Martin WintersMartin Winters
    Martin Winters, known as the doomsday prepper plead guilty on two counts of making and possessing destructive devices on Thursday in federal court in Tampa.
    Martin Winters, known as the doomsday prepper plead guilty on two counts of making and possessing destructive devices on Thursday in federal court in Tampa.
  • Medical marijuana debate comes to Lakeland

    Medical marijuana debate comes to Lakeland

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:55 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:55:16 GMT
    There are just two months left to make your decision. Should Florida legalize medical marijuana? Hundreds packed into an auditorium in Lakeland to hear two star players in this debate.
    There are just two months left to make your decision. Should Florida legalize medical marijuana? Hundreds packed into an auditorium in Lakeland to hear two star players in this debate.
  • Die-hard Bucs fan hasn't missed home game

    Die-hard Bucs fan hasn't missed home game

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:42:32 GMT
    He's got quite the story to tell; a longtime, die-hard Bucs fan who has been here since the beginning.
    He's got quite the story to tell; a longtime, die-hard Bucs fan who has been here since the beginning.
  • Glass dust bothering Manatee Co. mobile home park

    Glass dust bothering Manatee Co. mobile home park

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:47:25 GMT
    A Manatee county neighborhood has a big problem with dust. But it's not your everyday dirt, it's actually glass!
    A Manatee county neighborhood has a big problem with dust. But it's not your everyday dirt, it's actually glass.
  • 'Redskins' name controversial as team comes to Tampa to play the Bucs

    'Redskins' name controversial as team comes to Tampa to play the Bucs

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:37:50 GMT
    AP imageAP image
    Thursday night, as the team from Washington lines up to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there is growing controversy over the Redskins team name.
    Thursday night, as the team from Washington lines up to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there is growing controversy over the Redskins team name.
  • Meters overheating, to be replaced in Lakeland

    Meters overheating, to be replaced in Lakeland

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:07:37 GMT
    Remote Disconnect smart meter Remote Disconnect smart meter
    More than 10,000 smart meters will soon be replaced in Lakeland due to their possibility of overheating.
    More than 10,000 smart meters will soon be replaced in Lakeland due to their possibility of overheating.
  • Votel takes helm of US Special Operations Command

    Votel takes helm of US Special Operations Command

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:12:40 GMT
    Army Gen. Joseph Votel has taken the helm of U.S. Special Operations Command located at MacDill Air Force Base.
    Army Gen. Joseph Votel has taken the helm of U.S. Special Operations Command located at MacDill Air Force Base.
  • Lawyers' billings unethical and egregious, audit finds

    Lawyers' billings unethical and egregious, audit finds

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:07:38 GMT
    State Representative Dana Young (R)-Tampa, is a Citizens policy holder and wants answers.State Representative Dana Young (R)-Tampa, is a Citizens policy holder and wants answers.
    Unethical and egregious. That is how an auditor describes the billing practices of some attorneys representing Citizens Property Insurance corporation.
    Unethical and egregious. That is how an auditor describes the billing practices of some attorneys representing Citizens Property Insurance corporation.
  • Pinellas Park elementary school lockdown lifted after area shooting

    Pinellas Park elementary school lockdown lifted after area shooting

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:32:45 GMT
    The lockdown at Pinellas Park Elementary School has been lifted. It was issued just before 11 a.m. Thursday as police searched for a shooter in the area.
    The lockdown at Pinellas Park Elementary School has been lifted. It was issued just before 11 a.m. Thursday as police searched for a shooter in the area.
  • 13 arrested in St. Pete prostitution sweep

    13 arrested in St. Pete prostitution sweep

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:30:14 GMT
    Image from prostitution sweep in St. PetersburgImage from prostitution sweep in St. Petersburg
    Police in St. Petersburg have arrested 13 people during a prostitution sweep.
    Police in St. Petersburg have arrested 13 people during a prostitution sweep.
  • Arrest made in 1987 Polk cold case murder

    Arrest made in 1987 Polk cold case murder

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:06:33 GMT
    A suspect in a murder that happened in Polk County over two decades ago was arrested this week.
    A suspect in a murder that happened in Polk County over two decades ago was arrested this week.
  • Women steal lobster tails from Clearwater market, deputies say

    Women steal lobster tails from Clearwater market, deputies say

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:20 PM EDT2014-08-28 16:20:13 GMT
    Pinellas County detectives are looking to find two women accused of stealing lobster tails from a Clearwater seafood market.
    Pinellas County detectives are looking to find two women accused of stealing lobster tails from a Clearwater seafood market.
  • How Hillsborough solves problem of crowded school buses

    How Hillsborough solves problem of crowded school buses

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:10:55 GMT
    8 On Your Side is following up to make sure your kids are getting to school safe and on time.
    8 On Your Side is following up to make sure your kids are getting to school safe and on time.
  • Warning: Graphic video shows Sarasota man beating dog

    Warning: Graphic video shows Sarasota man beating dog

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:52:08 GMT
    Surveillance video shows Glover abusing dogSurveillance video shows Glover abusing dog
    A Sarasota County man has been arrested, accused of abusing and killing a miniature 12-pound Dachshund.
    A Sarasota County man has been arrested, accused of abusing and killing a miniature 12-pound Dachshund.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Tiny pup tortured, killed on camera; heartbroken owner speaks

    EXCLUSIVE: Tiny pup tortured, killed on camera; heartbroken owner speaks

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:37 AM EDT2014-08-28 09:37:18 GMT
    Jessie Anderson wipes away tears as she holds a beautiful photo of her beloved dog, Athena, a miniature dachshund. 
    Jessie Anderson wipes away tears as she holds a beautiful photo of her beloved dog, Athena, a miniature dachshund. 
  • Former Tampa Day principal arrested for 2nd time

    Former Tampa Day principal arrested for 2nd time

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:25 AM EDT2014-08-28 08:25:19 GMT
    The former principal of Tampa Day School has been arrested for a second time on accusations that he sexually battered a child.
    The former principal of Tampa Day School has been arrested for a second time on accusations that he sexually battered a child.
  • Duke Energy to issue credits

    Duke Energy to issue credits

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:35:10 GMT
    Duke Energy to issue credits.
    Duke Energy to issue credits.

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

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

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

    Tampa Bay 'Ice Bucket Challenge' donations are changing lives

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

    Medical marijuana plant planned for Polk County

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

    Mother manatee and calf rescued in Clearwater

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

    Parents concerned about Hillsborough school bus overcrowding

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

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

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

    School officials to explain new Florida Standards

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

    Duke Energy to announce changes

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

    Pasco deputy hits family car

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

    Crist becomes Democratic nominee, rallies with Nan Rich planned

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

    Local Republicans gather in Brandon on primary night

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

    Plant City police make arrest in 1979 cold case murder

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

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

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

    Jurors recommend life in prison for Lakeland cop killer

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

    Venice man says he has melting dashboard in his Toyota Camry

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

    Brooksville man takes crazy mugshot after domestic dispute

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

    Dune destruction on Pinellas beach angers neighbors and puzzles state agencies

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

    Hernando County deputies respond to fatal shooting

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

    Campaigns stop in Tampa in final push for votes

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

    Tampa driver caught in crossfire of taxi and ride service battle

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

    National toll scam targeting Tampa Bay area

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

    Telemarketers ignore laws, harass consumers in Tampa Bay area

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

    Fired Centro Ybor guard tells his side of the story

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

  • 12 arrested in Clearwater prostitution crackdown

    12 arrested in Clearwater prostitution crackdown

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

    Tampa student struck, pinned by car while walking from school

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

    Downed trees damage panther, tiger cage at Dade City zoo

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

    Rescued hostage speaks in Sarasota

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

    Jury to recommend life or death for convicted Lakeland cop killer

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

    Lakeland teen's touchdown is a wish come true

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

    Blind Tampa man shoots nephew after home invasion

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

    Crist makes stop in Tampa before primary

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

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

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

    Buccaneers part ways with 12 players

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

    Man hospitalized after Tampa shooting

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

  • Tampa man dies in skydiving accident

    Tampa man dies in skydiving accident

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

    Silver Alert issued for missing Pinellas Park man

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

    TS Cristobal strengthens, expected to pass eastern Fla.

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

    Behind the scenes, poll workers prepare for primary day

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

    Fire damages St. Petersburg church, polling place

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

    Invasive insect a threat to Florida's citrus industry

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

    Largo PD: transient walked into roadway, struck and killed

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

    Buccaneers go on road, beat Buffalo 27-14

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

    Michael Brown rally held in downtown Tampa

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

  • Frightened neighbors voice concerns about Pasco mental health ALF

    Frightened neighbors voice concerns about Pasco mental health ALF

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

    WFLA personalities go bowling for a good cause in Tampa

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

    Massachusetts man injured in Pinellas hit-and-run

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

    Felon sought in connection with early morning shooting in Winter Haven

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

    Semi driver could face charges in fiery, fatal Manatee crash

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

    Wimauma man killed in early morning hit-and-run

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

    Tampa Police arrest man for murder outside nightclub

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

    I-75 NB reopens in Manatee County after deadly accident

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

  • A Sarasota high school remembers slain varsity cheerleader

    A Sarasota high school remembers slain varsity cheerleader

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

    Duke Energy billing change making Florida consumers upset

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

    Hernando Sheriff's office has new K-9 deputy

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

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

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

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium releases final downtown project plans

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

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 11 - 16

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

    Funeral home removal service employee charged with stealing from dead woman

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:21:18 GMT
    Pinellas County Sheriff Deputies arrested a funeral home removal service employee after they claim he stole jewelry from deceased woman while he was in her home to remove her body.
    Pinellas County Sheriff Deputies arrested a funeral home removal service employee after they claim he stole jewelry from deceased woman while he was in her home to remove her body.
  • Dover families concerned about a chemical they say causes illness

    Dover families concerned about a chemical they say causes illness

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

    Teen's death could cause change to state fair

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

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