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  • Military dog that saved patrol retires with honors

    Military dog that saved patrol retires with honors

    Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto thought his bomb sniffing dog Eddie was just being lazy when he wouldn't move from a certain spot one hot day in Afghanistan in 2012.
    Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto thought his bomb sniffing dog Eddie was just being lazy when he wouldn't move from a certain spot one hot day in Afghanistan in 2012.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Bucs jerseys with new design now available

    Bucs jerseys with new design now available

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:15:48 GMT
    The new apparel. Image courtesy Buccaneers Facebook pageThe new apparel. Image courtesy Buccaneers Facebook page
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys and other fan apparel with the new design are now available for purchase.
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys and other fan apparel with the new design are now available for purchase.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Restaurant Buzz: Freddy's Frozen Yogurt, Jalapeno shakes, mac n' cheese throwdown

    Restaurant Buzz: Freddy's Frozen Yogurt, Jalapeno shakes, mac n' cheese throwdown

    Saturday, April 5 2014 7:09 AM EDT2014-04-05 11:09:45 GMT
    Facebook photoFacebook photo
     Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
     Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 24-28

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 24-28

    Saturday, April 5 2014 7:06 AM EDT2014-04-05 11:06:49 GMT
    Multiple Tampa Bay restaurants had problems with rodents or roaches during the week of March 24-28, 2014.
    Multiple Tampa Bay restaurants had problems with rodents or roaches during the week of March 24-28, 2014.
  • 2 soldiers killed in Ft. Hood shooting tied to Tampa Bay

    2 soldiers killed in Ft. Hood shooting tied to Tampa Bay

    Friday, April 4 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-04-05 02:06:22 GMT
    Carlos Lazaney (Courtesy Facebook)Carlos Lazaney (Courtesy Facebook)
    As we learn more about the victims killed in the Fort Hood shooting Wednesday night, News Channel 8 has learned two of the victims' ties to the Tampa area.
    As we learn more about the victims killed in the Fort Hood shooting Wednesday night, News Channel 8 has learned two of the victims' ties to the Tampa area.
  • Challenges ahead for Fla. under Affordable Care Act

    Challenges ahead for Fla. under Affordable Care Act

    Friday, April 4 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-04-05 00:46:32 GMT
    Despite the push to get Floridians to sign up for health insurance and the hundreds of thousands who enrolled, Florida will have a large number of uninsured residents in 2014.
    Despite the push to get Floridians to sign up for health insurance and the hundreds of thousands who enrolled, Florida will have a large number of uninsured residents in 2014.
  • Hillsborough Co. pastor charged with sexually molesting 3 females

    Hillsborough Co. pastor charged with sexually molesting 3 females

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:57:36 GMT
    Francisco RiosFrancisco Rios
    The pastor of a Brandon church has been arrested for the alleged sexual molestation of three females, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reports.
    The pastor of a Brandon church has been arrested for the alleged sexual molestation of three females, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reports.
  • Actor Kevin Bacon to host lecture at USF

    Actor Kevin Bacon to host lecture at USF

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:52:24 GMT
    Actor Kevin Bacon recently recreated his Footloose dance routine on the Tonight Show. You Tube imageActor Kevin Bacon recently recreated his Footloose dance routine on the Tonight Show. You Tube image
    Actor Kevin Bacon, who recently recreated his Footloose dance routine on the Tonight Show, will host a free lecture at the University of South Florida on Tuesday, April 8.
    Actor Kevin Bacon, who recently recreated his Footloose dance routine on the Tonight Show, will host a free lecture at the University of South Florida on Tuesday, April 8.
  • Burned Arcadia dog: No arrest, $45,000 in donations

    Burned Arcadia dog: No arrest, $45,000 in donations

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:19:19 GMT
    It's a story that outraged News Channel 8 viewers and animal lovers around the world. More than one thousand of you commented on the WFLA Facebook page asking for answers.
    It's a story that outraged News Channel 8 viewers and animal lovers around the world. More than one thousand of you commented on the WFLA Facebook page asking for answers.
  • Neglected Valrico property gets cleaned up

    Neglected Valrico property gets cleaned up

    Friday, April 4 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-04-04 21:59:40 GMT

    There is light at the end of the tunnel in county code enforcement quagmire in Valrico. For weeks, 8 On Your Side has revealed how Hillsborough County proved impotent dealing with a neglected Valrico property. Now, that is changing and clean-up is underway.

    There is light at the end of the tunnel in county code enforcement quagmire in Valrico. For weeks, 8 On Your Side has revealed how Hillsborough County proved impotent dealing with a neglected Valrico property. Now, that is changing and clean-up is underway.
  • Missing man's body found in Hillsborough pond

    Missing man's body found in Hillsborough pond

    Friday, April 4 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-04-04 21:33:57 GMT
    Ryan BrennemanRyan Brenneman
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says a body found Friday has been identified as a man who was reported missing and endangered on Sunday.
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says a body found Friday has been identified as a man who was reported missing and endangered on Sunday.
  • Suspects steal Red Cross donation boxes in Tampa

    Suspects steal Red Cross donation boxes in Tampa

    Friday, April 4 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-04-04 21:26:42 GMT
    Deputies are looking for two men caught on camera stealing American Red Cross donation boxes.
    Deputies are looking for two men caught on camera stealing American Red Cross donation boxes.
  • Boy missing from Webb Middle School found

    Boy missing from Webb Middle School found

    Friday, April 4 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-04-04 20:50:35 GMT
    Hillsborough deputies say a boy missing from Webb Middle School in Tampa has been found.
    Hillsborough deputies say a boy missing from Webb Middle School in Tampa has been found.
  • Tampa woman behind bars, accused of beating her 3 children

    Tampa woman behind bars, accused of beating her 3 children

    Friday, April 4 2014 4:19 PM EDT2014-04-04 20:19:19 GMT
    Shyquanda Dukes booking photoShyquanda Dukes booking photo
    Three Tampa children are in the custody of the state after they told police they were beaten by their mother over a 12 day period.
    Three Tampa children are in the custody of the state after they told police they were beaten by their mother over a 12 day period.
  • No charges yet in case of burned Arcadia dog

    No charges yet in case of burned Arcadia dog

    Friday, April 4 2014 1:53 PM EDT2014-04-04 17:53:36 GMT
    WFLA News Channel 8 reporter Holly Bounds spoke with Cliff Ramey, with the State Attorney's Office, about the burned dog "Hope".WFLA News Channel 8 reporter Holly Bounds spoke with Cliff Ramey, with the State Attorney's Office, about the burned dog "Hope".
    On March 20, someone in Arcadia doused a helpless 1-year-old dog with kerosene and then set her on fire. Investigators think the dog's owner may be responsible for the horrific act. So, why haven't charges been filed?
    On March 20, someone in Arcadia doused a helpless 1-year-old dog with kerosene and then set her on fire. Investigators think the dog's owner may be responsible for the horrific act. So, why haven't charges been filed?
  • Tampa Bay Bucs trade WR Mike Williams

    Tampa Bay Bucs trade WR Mike Williams

    Friday, April 4 2014 12:11 PM EDT2014-04-04 16:11:56 GMT
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded their troubled wide receiver Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills, NBC Sports reported Friday citing multiple sports sources.
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded their troubled wide receiver Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills, NBC Sports reported Friday citing multiple sports sources.
  • Tampa to host annual Italian Fest

    Tampa to host annual Italian Fest

    Friday, April 4 2014 8:06 AM EDT2014-04-04 12:06:04 GMT
    A bombolini, an Italian doughnutA bombolini, an Italian doughnut
    The 17th annual Festa Italiana is officially underway. The Italian Club of Tampa holds this annual multi-day event to honor Italian culture and heritage.
    The 17th annual Festa Italiana is officially underway. The Italian Club of Tampa holds this annual multi-day event to honor Italian culture and heritage.
  • Tampa renews red light camera contract

    Tampa renews red light camera contract

    Thursday, April 3 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-04-03 23:38:13 GMT
    The Tampa city council reversed and earlier vote, and voted to extend the contract to the company that runs its red light cameras.
    The Tampa city council reversed and earlier vote, and voted to extend the contract to the company that runs its red light cameras.
  • New program at USF helps veterans with PTSD

    New program at USF helps veterans with PTSD

    Thursday, April 3 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-04-03 22:38:08 GMT
    The therapy involves using eye movements of the patients and memory recall to help people deal with stressful events.
    The therapy involves using eye movements of the patients and memory recall to help people deal with stressful events.
  • Reports of drugged driving increasing in Hillsborough

    Reports of drugged driving increasing in Hillsborough

    Thursday, April 3 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-04-03 22:31:00 GMT
    1.	Catherine Loux was killed February 9th. The driver of car she was in was found to have alcohol, cocaine and a drug found in bath salts in his system.1. Catherine Loux was killed February 9th. The driver of car she was in was found to have alcohol, cocaine and a drug found in bath salts in his system.
    Kathleen Loux said she finds it hard to get out of bed every morning after the death of her daughter Catherine.
    Kathleen Loux said she finds it hard to get out of bed every morning after the death of her daughter Catherine.
  • Gov. Scott to make I-75 announcement in Tampa Thursday

    Gov. Scott to make I-75 announcement in Tampa Thursday

    Thursday, April 3 2014 12:13 PM EDT2014-04-03 16:13:38 GMT
    Florida Governor Rick Scott will be in Tampa Thursday to make a transportation announcement about Interstate 75.
    Florida Governor Rick Scott will be in Tampa Thursday to make a transportation announcement about Interstate 75.
  • Tampa City Council members get another crack at red light cameras

    Tampa City Council members get another crack at red light cameras

    Thursday, April 3 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-04-03 16:08:20 GMT
    Tampa Police Assistant Chief John Bennett, talking about the cams to the city council.Tampa Police Assistant Chief John Bennett, talking about the cams to the city council.
    Tampa city council members voted down red light cameras a few weeks ago. But it's not over.
    Tampa city council members voted down red light cameras a few weeks ago. But it's not over.
  • Deputies: Dead man found in Tampa was under "delusion"

    Deputies: Dead man found in Tampa was under "delusion"

    Thursday, April 3 2014 8:43 AM EDT2014-04-03 12:43:43 GMT
    Hillsborough deputies identified the body that was found in a retention pond in Tampa. They said Gary Tozzi, 62, was having some sort of 'delusion' when he left home two days before ending up in the pond.
    Hillsborough deputies identified the body that was found in a retention pond in Tampa. They said Gary Tozzi, 62, was having some sort of 'delusion' when he left home two days before ending up in the pond.
  • Hillsborough man never came back from jog, says family

    Hillsborough man never came back from jog, says family

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 10:16 PM EDT2014-04-03 02:16:39 GMT
    Hillsborough deputies are looking for a man reported missing after he went for a jog.
    Hillsborough deputies are looking for a man reported missing after he went for a jog.
  • Auto fees highlighted on gubernatorial campaign trail

    Auto fees highlighted on gubernatorial campaign trail

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-04-02 23:56:26 GMT
    When Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill reducing auto fees Wednesday, he put part of the blame for the higher costs on his predecessor and political opponent.
    When Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill reducing auto fees Wednesday, he put part of the blame for the higher costs on his predecessor and political opponent.
  • Know your credit score and how to improve it

    Know your credit score and how to improve it

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-04-02 22:42:29 GMT
    It's easy to get your free credit report, but finding out your credit score for free can be a little more elusive. Here's how to get your report and some ways to increase your credit score.
    It's easy to get your free credit report, but finding out your credit score for free can be a little more elusive. Here's how to get your report and some ways to increase your credit score.
  • Hillsborough Superintendent says action needed soon to make street safer

    Hillsborough Superintendent says action needed soon to make street safer

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 6:03 PM EDT2014-04-02 22:03:17 GMT
    As students began their walk home from Foster Academy on Wednesday afternoon, they were greeted by the superintendent of Hillsborough County Schools.
    As students began their walk home from Foster Academy on Wednesday afternoon, they were greeted by the superintendent of Hillsborough County Schools.
  • Tampa couple accused of making kids eat vomit faces more charges

    Tampa couple accused of making kids eat vomit faces more charges

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-04-02 21:26:50 GMT
     Jamie Hicks, 43, and her husband Vernon Lovell, 53. Jail booking photos Jamie Hicks, 43, and her husband Vernon Lovell, 53. Jail booking photos
    Jamie Hicks, 43, and her husband Vernon Lovell, 53, face additional charges. Detectives say they starved and abused their eight children, making them eat moldy food and their own vomit.
    Jamie Hicks, 43, and her husband Vernon Lovell, 53, face additional charges. Detectives say they starved and abused their eight children, making them eat moldy food and their own vomit.
  • Tampa mayor to host 'Mac n' Cheese Throwdown'

    Tampa mayor to host 'Mac n' Cheese Throwdown'

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-04-02 17:21:45 GMT
    Mac n' Cheese. Photo credit: AntilivedMac n' Cheese. Photo credit: Antilived
    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn in conjunction with the Friends of the Riverwalk will host the inaugural Mayor’s Mac Cheese Throwdown on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn in conjunction with the Friends of the Riverwalk will host the inaugural Mayor’s Mac Cheese Throwdown on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
  • Hillsborough Community College holds International Festival

    Hillsborough Community College holds International Festival

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-04-02 16:05:56 GMT
    Dozens of countries were represented Wednesday at Hillsborough Community College's International Festival on the Ybor City campus.
    Dozens of countries were represented Wednesday at Hillsborough Community College's International Festival on the Ybor City campus.
  • Pedro Pan grownups talk to Tampa students

    Pedro Pan grownups talk to Tampa students

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 11:43 AM EDT2014-04-02 15:43:12 GMT
    Parents, ask yourself - could you send your young child to another country alone even if it was in hopes of a better life?
    Parents, ask yourself - could you send your young child to another country alone even if it was in hopes of a better life?
  • Tampa Bay businesses get autism-friendly

    Tampa Bay businesses get autism-friendly

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 6:25 AM EDT2014-04-02 10:25:06 GMT
    Pebbles the penguin at the Florida AquariumPebbles the penguin at the Florida Aquarium
    Newly released numbers reveal a shocking surge in children diagnosed with autism.
    Newly released numbers reveal a shocking surge in children diagnosed with autism.
  • Hillsborough County to evaluate red light cameras

    Hillsborough County to evaluate red light cameras

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 5:36 AM EDT2014-04-02 09:36:53 GMT
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will present red light camera crash data to the county commission Wednesday.
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will present red light camera crash data to the county commission Wednesday.
  • Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

    Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-04-02 03:26:55 GMT
    "Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo"Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo
    A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
    A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
  • Settlement approved for family of girl who died on Hillsborough school bus

    Settlement approved for family of girl who died on Hillsborough school bus

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-04-02 03:11:03 GMT
    $800,000 will not bring Isabella Herrera back.
    $800,000 will not bring Isabella Herrera back.
  • Antigua confident he can turn USF into winners

    Antigua confident he can turn USF into winners

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 9:55 PM EDT2014-04-02 01:55:43 GMT
    USF announces Orlando Antigua as new basketball coach Tuesday.USF announces Orlando Antigua as new basketball coach Tuesday.
    Orlando Antigua believes he can transform South Florida's struggling basketball program into a consistent winner.
    Orlando Antigua believes he can transform South Florida's struggling basketball program into a consistent winner.
  • Fire crews contain brush fire in Ruskin

    Fire crews contain brush fire in Ruskin

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-04-02 01:09:10 GMT
    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews have contained a brush fire in Ruskin.
    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews have contained a brush fire in Ruskin.
  • Rescued panther kitten at Lowry Park Zoo explores the outdoors

    Rescued panther kitten at Lowry Park Zoo explores the outdoors

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-04-01 23:57:25 GMT
    Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo posted a new video Tuesday afternoon of a rescued Florida panther kitten exploring his surroundings.
    Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo posted a new video Tuesday afternoon of a rescued Florida panther kitten exploring his surroundings.
  • 15 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    15 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-04-01 22:25:38 GMT

    15 Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.

    15 Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.


  • Mother's plans funeral of daughter killed in Plant City crash

    Mother's plans funeral of daughter killed in Plant City crash

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-04-01 22:14:15 GMT
    Kimberly Jahn plans the funeral for her daughter Lauren Phillips killed in Plant City crashKimberly Jahn plans the funeral for her daughter Lauren Phillips killed in Plant City crash
    The mother of the 19-year old college student killed in an early morning wreck on Friday, is laying her daughter to rest Wednesday morning.
    The mother of the 19-year old college student killed in an early morning wreck on Friday, is laying her daughter to rest Wednesday morning.
  • $800K settlement approved for family of girl who died on Hillsborough school bus

    $800K settlement approved for family of girl who died on Hillsborough school bus

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-04-01 21:52:05 GMT
    Isabella Herrera, age 7, died on a school bus in 2012.Isabella Herrera, age 7, died on a school bus in 2012.
    The Hillsborough County School Board approved an $800,000 settlement Tuesday with the family of a girl who died on a school bus.
    The Hillsborough County School Board approved an $800,000 settlement Tuesday with the family of a girl who died on a school bus.
  • Deputies: Brandon man faked burglary to skip work

    Deputies: Brandon man faked burglary to skip work

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 4:57 PM EDT2014-04-01 20:57:53 GMT
    Dwayne Yeager was charged with giving false information to a law enforcement officer. Jail booking photoDwayne Yeager was charged with giving false information to a law enforcement officer. Jail booking photo
    A Brandon man accused of staging a burglary at his home so he'd have an excuse to miss work, wound up in jail instead.
    A Brandon man accused of staging a burglary at his home so he'd have an excuse to miss work, wound up in jail instead.
  • No death penalty for New Tampa mom accused of killing kids

    No death penalty for New Tampa mom accused of killing kids

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-04-01 19:23:47 GMT
    Julie Schenecker is accused of murdering her two teenages children. File photoJulie Schenecker is accused of murdering her two teenages children. File photo
    Prosecutors have decided to not seek the death penalty in the case of Julie Schenecker, the New Tampa mother charged with murdering her two teenage children.
    Prosecutors have decided to not seek the death penalty in the case of Julie Schenecker, the New Tampa mother charged with murdering her two teenage children.

  • Rescued Hillsborough bull back with his herd

    Rescued Hillsborough bull back with his herd

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 1:07 PM EDT2014-04-01 17:07:21 GMT
    HCSO Deputy Christina Ammons, who saved the cow, give it a little extra comfort. HCSO photoHCSO Deputy Christina Ammons, who saved the cow, give it a little extra comfort. HCSO photo
    A bull that was rescued from a retention pond in Hillsborough County has gone back to his herd!The good news came when Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy who helped rescue the bull, now named "Lucky," went to check on him on Sunday.
    A bull that was rescued from a retention pond in Hillsborough County has gone back to his herd!The good news came when Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy who helped rescue the bull, now named "Lucky," went to check on him on Sunday.
  • Hillsborough parents could get $800K after losing child

    Hillsborough parents could get $800K after losing child

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-04-01 10:23:17 GMT
    The Hillsborough County School Board will vote on a high dollar settlement to the parents of a 7-year-old special needs student who stopped breathing on a school bus.
    The Hillsborough County School Board will vote on a high dollar settlement to the parents of a 7-year-old special needs student who stopped breathing on a school bus.
  • Former Bloomingdale High teacher pleads guilty in murder-for-hire case

    Former Bloomingdale High teacher pleads guilty in murder-for-hire case

    Monday, March 31 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-03-31 23:22:23 GMT
    Former teacher James Pepe during his sentencing in court Monday.Former teacher James Pepe during his sentencing in court Monday.
    A former Bloomingdale High School teacher accused of plotting to kill another teacher will spend 12 months in house arrest as part of a plea deal.
    A former Bloomingdale High School teacher accused of plotting to kill another teacher will spend 12 months in house arrest as part of a plea deal.
  • Hillsborough Sheriff donates horses to Youth Ranch

    Hillsborough Sheriff donates horses to Youth Ranch

    Monday, March 31 2014 6:30 PM EDT2014-03-31 22:30:30 GMT
    On Tuesday the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will turn over six healthy horses that were seized during an animal cruelty investigation to representatives of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches to be transported to the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch at Live Oak.
    On Tuesday the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will turn over six healthy horses that were seized during an animal cruelty investigation to representatives of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches to be transported to the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch at Live Oak.
  • Hillsborough transportation workers express concerns

    Hillsborough transportation workers express concerns

    Monday, March 31 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-03-31 21:19:21 GMT
    Hillsborough County school bus driver Bonnie Dukes is hopeful that a meeting Monday night will result in changes that will create a safer environment for children.
    Hillsborough County school bus driver Bonnie Dukes is hopeful that a meeting Monday night will result in changes that will create a safer environment for children.
  • County can't claim credit for partial clean-up of Valrico property

    County can't claim credit for partial clean-up of Valrico property

    Monday, March 31 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-03-31 19:38:52 GMT
    Not much has been done by Hillsborough County, but there is some progress to report on a property in Valrico that has run up nearly $1 million in code violation fines.
    Not much has been done by Hillsborough County, but there is some progress to report on a property in Valrico that has run up nearly $1 million in code violation fines.
  • Hillsborough schools accepting nominations for We Deliver Award

    Hillsborough schools accepting nominations for We Deliver Award

    Monday, March 31 2014 12:41 PM EDT2014-03-31 16:41:27 GMT
    Hillsborough County Public Schools is now accepting applications for its annual We Deliver Award, which honors the recipient with a $10,000 check from the Education Foundation.
    Hillsborough County Public Schools is now accepting applications for its annual We Deliver Award, which honors the recipient with a $10,000 check from the Education Foundation.
  • Unique procedure to treat GERD performed in South Tampa

    Unique procedure to treat GERD performed in South Tampa

    Monday, March 31 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-03-31 16:19:42 GMT
    Dr. Gopal GrandhigeDr. Gopal Grandhige
    Millions of people with heart burn eventually can't eat any foods, because the medicines to prevent acid reflux stop working.
    Millions of people with heart burn eventually can't eat any foods, because the medicines to prevent acid reflux stop working.
  • Free smoke alarms delivered to Hillsborough neighborhoods affected by fires

    Free smoke alarms delivered to Hillsborough neighborhoods affected by fires

    Monday, March 31 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-03-31 16:18:38 GMT
    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue is delivering free smoke alarms to residents in the area where two fires occurred over the weekend.
    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue is delivering free smoke alarms to residents in the area where two fires occurred over the weekend.
  • Fairgrounds serve as giant dentist office for free care

    Fairgrounds serve as giant dentist office for free care

    Sunday, March 30 2014 8:40 AM EDT2014-03-30 12:40:58 GMT
    Some had their teeth cleaned while others had cavities filled. Some had their teeth cleaned while others had cavities filled.
    A trip to the dentist is not always a pleasurable experience but the thought of having their teeth drilled, poked and prodded didn’t stop hundreds of Bay area residents from showing up at an unusual location Saturday for some free dental work.As a matter of fact some even showed up Friday night to wait in line for the chance to have their teeth fixed.
    A trip to the dentist is not always a pleasurable experience but the thought of having their teeth drilled, poked and prodded didn’t stop hundreds of Bay area residents from showing up at an unusual location Saturday for some free dental work.As a matter of fact some even showed up Friday night to wait in line for the chance to have their teeth fixed.
  • Tree damages Brandon house during storm

    Tree damages Brandon house during storm

    Saturday, March 29 2014 8:55 PM EDT2014-03-30 00:55:18 GMT
    A tree crashed through the roof of a houseat Dewolf Road and Bershire Drive in Brandonwhile thunderstorms were moving through the area Saturday.The rain hadstopped temporarily whena tree in the backyard crashed into the house, the homeowners said.The tree severely damaged the roof over two bedrooms in the house, forcing the homeowners out of bed.No one was injured.Parts of the tree had beenremovedand a blue tarp placed over the damaged roof by late Saturday.
    A tree crashed through the roof of a houseat Dewolf Road and Bershire Drive in Brandonwhile thunderstorms were moving through the area Saturday.The rain hadstopped temporarily whena tree in the backyard crashed into the house, the homeowners said.The tree severely damaged the roof over two bedrooms in the house, forcing the homeowners out of bed.No one was injured.Parts of the tree had beenremovedand a blue tarp placed over the damaged roof by late Saturday.
  • Tampa Police seek information in homicide

    Tampa Police seek information in homicide

    Saturday, March 29 2014 8:29 PM EDT2014-03-30 00:29:12 GMT
    Officers with the Tampa Police Department gather evidence. Officers with the Tampa Police Department gather evidence.
    Detectives with the Tampa Police Department are collecting information in the homicide of a 26-year-old Bay area man.The unidentified victim suffered upper body trauma Saturday morning near the intersection of North Fremont Ave. and West Pine St.
    Detectives with the Tampa Police Department are collecting information in the homicide of a 26-year-old Bay area man.The unidentified victim suffered upper body trauma Saturday morning near the intersection of North Fremont Ave. and West Pine St.
  • Power outages, other damage reported after storms in Tampa Bay area

    Power outages, other damage reported after storms in Tampa Bay area

    Saturday, March 29 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-03-29 23:17:00 GMT
    After a line of heavy storms moved through Tampa Bay area Saturday afternoon, a few households reported power outages, according to Tampa Electric outage map.
    After a line of heavy storms moved through Tampa Bay area Saturday afternoon, a few households reported power outages, according to Tampa Electric outage map.
  • Crowds fill fairgrounds for free dental care

    Crowds fill fairgrounds for free dental care

    Saturday, March 29 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-03-29 20:02:54 GMT
    Hundreds of people showed upSaturday for a two-dayfree dental care eventat the FloridaStateFairgrounds.TheFlorida Dental Association hostedthefirst time event called FloridaMission of Mercy, or MOM. Organizers saidthey expect to seemore than 1,600 people and do more than $1 million in dental care over the two day event, which ends at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.Services includedcleanings, fillings and extractions.
    Hundreds of people showed upSaturday for a two-dayfree dental care eventat the FloridaStateFairgrounds.TheFlorida Dental Association hostedthefirst time event called FloridaMission of Mercy, or MOM. Organizers saidthey expect to seemore than 1,600 people and do more than $1 million in dental care over the two day event, which ends at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.Services includedcleanings, fillings and extractions.
  • Tampa Bay Restaurants: Burger Fi coming, tablet menus, free coffee

    Tampa Bay Restaurants: Burger Fi coming, tablet menus, free coffee

    Saturday, March 29 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-03-29 12:26:10 GMT
    Burger Fi will be opening soon in South Tampa. Facebook photoBurger Fi will be opening soon in South Tampa. Facebook 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.
  • Expectation high for Rays' 2014 season

    Expectation high for Rays' 2014 season

    Saturday, March 29 2014 8:15 AM EDT2014-03-29 12:15:23 GMT
    The Tampa Bay Rays opens its 2014 season with a first pitch at 4:10 p.m. Monday at Tropicana Field.TheRays kicks offits regular seasonMonday with a four-game home stand against the Toronto Blue Jays.Air Force Col. Scott V. DeThomas, Commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, will throw the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of the game. The Rays' David Price will face off against the Blue Jays' ???? on the mound on Opening Day.Expectations are high for the Rays to conten...
    The Tampa Bay Rays opens its 2014 season with a first pitch at 4:10 p.m. Monday at Tropicana Field.TheRays kicks offits regular seasonMonday with a four-game home stand against the Toronto Blue Jays.Air Force Col. Scott V. DeThomas, Commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, will throw the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of the game. The Rays' David Price will face off against the Blue Jays' ???? on the mound on Opening Day.Expectations are high for the Rays to conten...
  • Police: Tampa mother forced children to eat vomit, children detail stories of abuse

    Police: Tampa mother forced children to eat vomit, children detail stories of abuse

    Friday, March 28 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-03-29 02:28:50 GMT
    Jamie Hicks, 43, and Vernon Lovel, 53. Jail booking photoJamie Hicks, 43, and Vernon Lovel, 53. Jail booking photo
    Many people who live along Annie Street in Tampa were clueless that there were so many children living in the cream-colored house behind the cyclone fence.
    Many people who live along Annie Street in Tampa were clueless that there were so many children living in the cream-colored house behind the cyclone fence.
  • Thousands line up for free dental work at Fla. State Fairgrounds

    Thousands line up for free dental work at Fla. State Fairgrounds

    Friday, March 28 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-03-28 23:58:08 GMT
    Thousands of Florida residents received free dental care at the Florida State Fairgrounds Friday.
    Thousands of Florida residents received free dental care at the Florida State Fairgrounds Friday.
  • Hillsborough deputies rescue elderly cow from pond

    Hillsborough deputies rescue elderly cow from pond

    Friday, March 28 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-03-28 23:51:32 GMT
    HCFR crews rescue a cow from a pond. HCSO photoHCFR crews rescue a cow from a pond. HCSO photo
    Rescue teams from two different agencies scrambled to save a bull from drowning in a retention pond in Hillsborough County Friday morning.
    Rescue teams from two different agencies scrambled to save a bull from drowning in a retention pond in Hillsborough County Friday morning.
  • Tampa mom arrested, 8 kids taken away, police say boys malnourished

    Tampa mom arrested, 8 kids taken away, police say boys malnourished

    Friday, March 28 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-03-28 22:07:57 GMT
    Jamie Hicks, 43,  and Vernon Lovel, 53. Jail booking photoJamie Hicks, 43, and Vernon Lovel, 53. Jail booking photo
    A Tampa mother and her husband are charged with child abuse after police say two of the eight children in their care were found to be malnourished.
    A Tampa mother and her husband are charged with child abuse after police say two of the eight children in their care were found to be malnourished.
  • Woman dies after trip to jail

    Woman dies after trip to jail

    Friday, March 28 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-03-28 21:25:54 GMT
    A woman died Friday after she was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail on Orient Road on an outstanding warrant.The woman’s name was not released, pending notification of next of kin, Hillsborough County sheriff’s spokesman Larry McKinnon said in a news release.Warrant detectives went to the woman’s house in the 8200 block of North Florida Avenue shortly after 9 a.m. Friday., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Upon arrival, detectives arrested her on an outstanding warran...
    A woman died Friday after she was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail on Orient Road on an outstanding warrant.The woman’s name was not released, pending notification of next of kin, Hillsborough County sheriff’s spokesman Larry McKinnon said in a news release.Warrant detectives went to the woman’s house in the 8200 block of North Florida Avenue shortly after 9 a.m. Friday., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Upon arrival, detectives arrested her on an outstanding warran...
  • 8 sent to hospital after school bus accident in Riverview

    8 sent to hospital after school bus accident in Riverview

    Friday, March 28 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-03-28 20:32:09 GMT
    Officials say a Hillsborough County school bus accident has occurred on Progress Blvd. in Riverview Friday afternoon.
    Officials say a Hillsborough County school bus accident has occurred on Progress Blvd. in Riverview Friday afternoon.
  • 'Instant karma' road rage incident in Tampa caught on camera

    'Instant karma' road rage incident in Tampa caught on camera

    Friday, March 28 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-03-28 20:08:26 GMT
    A road rage incident in Tampa during which "instant karma" was served to the driver was caught on video that is now going viral.
    A road rage incident in Tampa during which "instant karma" was served to the driver was caught on video that is now going viral.
  • More Tampa Bay Sweetbay stores to become Winn Dixie

    More Tampa Bay Sweetbay stores to become Winn Dixie

    Friday, March 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-03-28 19:28:07 GMT
    12 Tampa Bay Sweetbay Supermarkets are included in a list of 18 additional Central Florida stores that will be converted to Winn Dixie stores.
    12 Tampa Bay Sweetbay Supermarkets are included in a list of 18 additional Central Florida stores that will be converted to Winn Dixie stores.
  • Bomb threat at Tampa PD unfounded

    Bomb threat at Tampa PD unfounded

    Friday, March 28 2014 3:08 PM EDT2014-03-28 19:08:35 GMT
    The Tampa Police Department says they are investigating a suspicious package at police headquarters.
    The Tampa Police Department says a bomb threat called into the police station Friday was unfounded.
  • 4 killed in Plant City crash, drivers had no valid licenses

    4 killed in Plant City crash, drivers had no valid licenses

    Friday, March 28 2014 12:41 PM EDT2014-03-28 16:41:03 GMT
    Neither of the drivers in a crash that killed four people in Plant City Friday morning had a valid driver's license, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
    Neither of the drivers in a crash that killed four people in Plant City Friday morning had a valid driver's license, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  • STEM focus at Hillsborough charter school

    STEM focus at Hillsborough charter school

    Friday, March 28 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-03-28 15:10:34 GMT
    Hillsborough Academy of Math and ScienceHillsborough Academy of Math and Science
    Advancing science, technology, engineer and math, or STEM, in schools is an important part of President Obama's platform. A Hillsborough County charter school started this year hopes to start those innovators as early as kindergarten.
    Advancing science, technology, engineer and math, or STEM, in schools is an important part of President Obama's platform. A Hillsborough County charter school started this year hopes to start those innovators as early as kindergarten.
  • Free dental services offered at Fairgrounds

    Free dental services offered at Fairgrounds

    Free dental services offered at Fairgrounds

    Friday, March 28 2014 5:59 AM EDT2014-03-28 09:59:53 GMT
    If you have cavities and no dental coverage, no problem.
    If you have cavities and no dental coverage, no problem.
  • Bargains to be found as Tampa Bay area Sweetbay stores become Winn-Dixie

    Bargains to be found as Tampa Bay area Sweetbay stores become Winn-Dixie

    Thursday, March 27 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-03-28 03:13:08 GMT
    If you shop at Sweetbay Supermarkets, change is coming. It is the second time in seven years some of these stores have made a transition.In 2007, Kash N' Karry stores transitioned to become Sweetbay.
    If you shop at Sweetbay Supermarkets, change is coming. It is the second time in seven years some of these stores have made a transition.In 2007, Kash N' Karry stores transitioned to become Sweetbay.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations March 17-21

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations March 17-21

    Thursday, March 27 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-03-27 22:04:01 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 17 to 21, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 17 to 21, 2014.

  • Traffic still heavy near south Tampa Trader Joe's, affecting other businesses

    Traffic still heavy near south Tampa Trader Joe's, affecting other businesses

    Thursday, March 27 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-03-27 21:40:49 GMT
    Traffic around Trader Joe's in south Tampa has been heavy since the store opened last Friday. The store is located on Swann and Dale Mabry. During the lunch rush today, two off duty Tampa Police Officers were manning the parking lot, making sure drivers were moving.
    Traffic around Trader Joe's in south Tampa has been heavy since the store opened last Friday. The store is located on Swann and Dale Mabry. During the lunch rush today, two off duty Tampa Police Officers were manning the parking lot, making sure drivers were moving.
  • Hillsborough/Pasco Sweetbay stores to become Winn-Dixie

    Hillsborough/Pasco Sweetbay stores to become Winn-Dixie

    Thursday, March 27 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-03-27 15:53:03 GMT
    18 more Tampa Bay Sweetbay stores will become Winn-Dixie18 more Tampa Bay Sweetbay stores will become Winn-Dixie
     On Friday, it was announced an additional 18 area Sweetbay stores will convert to Winn-Dixie stores starting April 5th.
     On Friday, it was announced an additional 18 area Sweetbay stores will convert to Winn-Dixie stores starting April 5th.
  • Tampa Bay Bucs' WR Mike Williams' case heads to court

    Tampa Bay Bucs' WR Mike Williams' case heads to court

    Thursday, March 27 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-03-27 15:44:31 GMT
    The case involving Tampa Bay Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams is scheduled to head to court, but Williams is not expected to appear.
    The case involving Tampa Bay Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams is scheduled to head to court, but Williams is not expected to appear.
  • One injured in mobile home fire in Hillsborough

    One injured in mobile home fire in Hillsborough

    Thursday, March 27 2014 6:40 AM EDT2014-03-27 10:40:30 GMT
    The fire scene at the mobile home parkThe fire scene at the mobile home park
    One man was taken to a hospital after a double wide trailer caught on fire in Thonotosassa early Thursday morning, Hillsborough fire officials said.
    One man was taken to a hospital after a double wide trailer caught on fire in Thonotosassa early Thursday morning, Hillsborough fire officials said.
  • How overweight is your county? Florida releases county health rankings

    How overweight is your county? Florida releases county health rankings

    Thursday, March 27 2014 6:40 AM EDT2014-03-27 10:40:06 GMT
    The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday released its comprehensive county health rankings.The rankings include the percentage of overweight, obese, underweight and healthy weight adults and middle-to-high-school-age children.
    The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday released its comprehensive county health rankings.The rankings include the percentage of overweight, obese, underweight and healthy weight adults and middle-to-high-school-age children.
  • TSA wants armed officers at checkpoints

    TSA wants armed officers at checkpoints

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-03-27 00:58:00 GMT
    Armed Tampa International Airport Police officers patrol the entire property. They are in the main terminal and at each airside.
    Armed Tampa International Airport Police officers patrol the entire property. They are in the main terminal and at each airside.
  • Laser therapy donation helps burned dog in Tampa

    Laser therapy donation helps burned dog in Tampa

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-03-26 21:54:12 GMT
    Hope receives laster treatmentHope receives laster treatment
    The badly burned dog rescued from an Arcadia home last week is now receiving laser therapy treatment donated to her by Companion Laser Therapy.
    The badly burned dog rescued from an Arcadia home last week is now receiving laser therapy treatment donated to her by Companion Laser Therapy.
  • Free savings seminar for seniors Friday in Hillsborough

    Free savings seminar for seniors Friday in Hillsborough

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-03-26 21:20:56 GMT
    Senior citizens who want to make the most of their fixed incomes can get helpful safety tips at a special event this Friday.
    Senior citizens who want to make the most of their fixed incomes can get helpful safety tips at a special event this Friday.
  • Thanking Snooty on Manatee Appreciation Day

    Thanking Snooty on Manatee Appreciation Day

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-03-26 21:13:52 GMT
    Snooty is 65 years old. South Florida Museum photoSnooty is 65 years old. South Florida Museum photo
    Did you know that March 26 is "Manatee Appreciation Day?" The day is devoted to raising awareness about manatees.
    Did you know that March 26 is "Manatee Appreciation Day?" The day is devoted to raising awareness about manatees.
  • Dramatic rescue at Houston fire a reminder of similar event in Ybor City

    Dramatic rescue at Houston fire a reminder of similar event in Ybor City

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 4:22 PM EDT2014-03-26 20:22:45 GMT
    A dramatic rescue captured on video in Houston Tuesday shows a firefighter on a ladder truck heroically moving in to save the life of a trapped construction worker. On March 11, a fire broke out at a 360-unit multi story complex. Both fires remind Tampa firefighters of a similar event in Ybor City on May 19, 2000.
    A dramatic rescue captured on video in Houston Tuesday shows a firefighter on a ladder truck heroically moving in to save the life of a trapped construction worker. On March 11, a fire broke out at a 360-unit multi story complex. Both fires remind Tampa firefighters of a similar event in Ybor City on May 19, 2000.
  • Can you help solve a homicide in Tampa?

    Can you help solve a homicide in Tampa?

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-03-26 16:42:06 GMT
    Carlton "Coota" ReidCarlton "Coota" Reid
    Tampa Police need your help with an unsolved homicide. Detectives say 51-year-old Carlton "Coota" Reid was found dead in the roadway in the 2900 block of E. 28th Avenue around 9:50 p.m. the night of March 23.
    Tampa Police need your help with an unsolved homicide. Detectives say 51-year-old Carlton "Coota" Reid was found dead in the roadway in the 2900 block of E. 28th Avenue around 9:50 p.m. the night of March 23.
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