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  • Amberjack, gray triggerfish season opens Aug. 1 in the Gulf

    Amberjack, gray triggerfish season opens Aug. 1 in the Gulf

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:55 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:55:14 GMT
    Greater amberjack (Photo courtesy www.flmnh.ufl.edu)Greater amberjack (Photo courtesy www.flmnh.ufl.edu)
    The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in the Gulf state opens August 1st.
    The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in the Gulf state opens August 1st.
  • Automated car takes Gov. Scott for ride

    Automated car takes Gov. Scott for ride

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:13:47 GMT
    An automated car took Florida Governor Rick Scott for a ride Monday, as Audi tries to sell the state on its latest technology.
    An automated car took Florida Governor Rick Scott for a ride Monday, as Audi tries to sell the state on its latest technology.
  • Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014

    Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:57:43 GMT
    WFLA.com file photoWFLA.com file photo
    Are you ready for the new school year? Florida's annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Here's everything you need to know.
    Are you ready for the new school year? Florida's annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Here's everything you need to know.
  • 3D technology preserves the past

    3D technology preserves the past

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:20 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:20:46 GMT
    USF scientists with the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies are using the latest laser scanning technology to make a digital archive of historic sites around the world.
    USF scientists with the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies are using the latest laser scanning technology to make a digital archive of historic sites around the world.
  • Nan Rich touts grassroots campaign for governor

    Nan Rich touts grassroots campaign for governor

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:33 AM EDT2014-07-28 06:33:17 GMT
    Campaign stops like the one in Pinellas County last week are how Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich is getting her message out.She doesn't have the money her opponents do. So while the two men who have already been governor are showing up in TV commercials, Rich has a different approach."I feel let the two of them go ahead and sling the mud at each other," Rich said. "I'm trying to stay above that."Richeven lumpsboth men together."On vouchers, I put them in exactly the same category,...
    Campaign stops like the one in Pinellas County last week are how Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich is getting her message out.She doesn't have the money her opponents do. So while the two men who have already been governor are showing up in TV commercials, Rich has a different approach."I feel let the two of them go ahead and sling the mud at each other," Rich said. "I'm trying to stay above that."Richeven lumpsboth men together."On vouchers, I put them in exactly the same category,...
  • USF Police investigates sex battery claim

    USF Police investigates sex battery claim

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:18 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:18:33 GMT
    The University of South Florida Police Department is investigating a report of a sexual battery on the Tampa campus. A woman told authorities she was the victim of a sexual battery that occurred at the Juniper-Poplar Residence Hall early Sunday morning. A resident student told police officers a tall, thin black man who she did not know sexually battered her in the residence hall. Police detectives identified a suspect, who told authorities he and the woman had...
    The University of South Florida Police Department is investigating a report of a sexual battery on the Tampa campus. A woman told authorities she was the victim of a sexual battery that occurred at the Juniper-Poplar Residence Hall early Sunday morning. A resident student told police officers a tall, thin black man who she did not know sexually battered her in the residence hall. Police detectives identified a suspect, who told authorities he and the woman had...
  • Automated car tests close Selmon Expressway elevated lanes

    Automated car tests close Selmon Expressway elevated lanes

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:54:58 GMT
    The gray Audi is the self-driving vehicle.The gray Audi is the self-driving vehicle.
    BMW touts itself as the ultimate driving machine. Audi may want to start a campaign touting its cars as the ultimate machine you don't have to drive, until you hit 40-miles an hour. The company is testing automated or piloted driving tests in Tampa on Sunday and Monday. On Monday, to facilitate those tests, the Selmon Crosstown elevated lanes will be closed from 10 am till about 3:30 or 4pm. Sue Charzan with the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority says rush hour traffic should not be aff...
    BMW touts itself as the ultimate driving machine. Audi may want to start a campaign touting its cars as the ultimate machine you don't have to drive, until you hit 40-miles an hour. The company is testing automated or piloted driving tests in Tampa on Sunday and Monday. On Monday, to facilitate those tests, the Selmon Crosstown elevated lanes will be closed from 10 am till about 3:30 or 4pm. Sue Charzan with the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority says rush hour traffic should not be aff...
  • Riverview resident displaced by early morning fire

    Riverview resident displaced by early morning fire

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:36:22 GMT
    Crews responded to the scene in Riverview just before 2 am Sunday. Crews responded to the scene in Riverview just before 2 am Sunday.
    Two pole barns, a shed, a boat and a fifth-wheel trailer were completely destroyed by fire early Sunday morning in Riverview.The blaze broke out just before 2 am in the 13000 block of Lincoln Rd.
    Two pole barns, a shed, a boat and a fifth-wheel trailer were completely destroyed by fire early Sunday morning in Riverview.The blaze broke out just before 2 am in the 13000 block of Lincoln Rd.
  • Rays continue to roll with 3-0 victory over Boston

    Rays continue to roll with 3-0 victory over Boston

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:30 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:30:25 GMT
    Hellickson, in just his second start of the year, pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings for Tampa Bay. Hellickson, in just his second start of the year, pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings for Tampa Bay.
    When the Boston Red Sox had chances to challenge several early calls, manager John Farrell kept quiet. So did the bats in his lineup.
    When the Boston Red Sox had chances to challenge several early calls, manager John Farrell kept quiet. So did the bats in his lineup.
  • Sun finally shines at Bucs training camp

    Sun finally shines at Bucs training camp

    Sunday, July 27 2014 1:13 AM EDT2014-07-27 05:13:30 GMT
    It was a lightning free day on day two of Bucs' training camp. The fans took home a few autographs, and the players got afull practice.Loyal fans are hoping with coach Lovie Smith bringing back the old Tampa Two defense, maybe this year's Bucs' teamwilllook more like the 2002 SuperBowl team.AHall of Famerfrom the Bucs' Super Bowl Championship team attended practice Saturday. Warren Sapp picked a good day to come out to Bucs training camp. There was plenty on sunshine and impressive catches and.
    It was a lightning free day on day two of Bucs' training camp. The fans took home a few autographs, and the players got afull practice.Loyal fans are hoping with coach Lovie Smith bringing back the old Tampa Two defense, maybe this year's Bucs' teamwilllook more like the 2002 SuperBowl team.AHall of Famerfrom the Bucs' Super Bowl Championship team attended practice Saturday. Warren Sapp picked a good day to come out to Bucs training camp. There was plenty on sunshine and impressive catches and.
  • 4-year old attacked by pit bulls laid to rest

    4-year old attacked by pit bulls laid to rest

    Saturday, July 26 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-07-26 21:29:24 GMT
    It's something a parent should never have to do; bury a son or daughter. But that's what Michael Sheppard and Stephanie Groulx did today, with dozens of family members and friends at their side. Their 4-year old son, Logan, was attacked and killed by his uncle's two pit bulls a week ago today in Riverview. "It was very emotional. You know, it was a very, very sad funeral. The boy was loved. He definitely was loved." Said Dustin Hall, a family friend who attended the service. "I have a little...
    It's something a parent should never have to do; bury a son or daughter. But that's what Michael Sheppard and Stephanie Groulx did today, with dozens of family members and friends at their side. Their 4-year old son, Logan, was attacked and killed by his uncle's two pit bulls a week ago today in Riverview. "It was very emotional. You know, it was a very, very sad funeral. The boy was loved. He definitely was loved." Said Dustin Hall, a family friend who attended the service. "I have a little...
  • TPD: Vehicle in fatal crash on cemetery grounds was stolen

    TPD: Vehicle in fatal crash on cemetery grounds was stolen

    Saturday, July 26 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-07-26 17:46:18 GMT
    Tampa Police investigators say the driver of the stolen Honda Civic lost control of the vehicle. Tampa Police investigators say the driver of the stolen Honda Civic lost control of the vehicle.
    A vehicle involved in a fatal crash on the grounds of the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Tampa was stolen.The two occupants of the black Honda Civic may have been involved in a shooting approximately 20 minutes before they died.
    A vehicle involved in a fatal crash on the grounds of the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Tampa was stolen.The two occupants of the black Honda Civic may have been involved in a shooting approximately 20 minutes before they died.
  • New leader at Special Ops Command Center in Tampa

    New leader at Special Ops Command Center in Tampa

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:32 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:32:37 GMT
    Gen. Joseph Votel will assume command next month. Gen. Joseph Votel will assume command next month.
    Army Gen. Joseph Votel will assume leadership of the U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, replacing the man widely credited with planning the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.Votel will assume leadership of Special Operations Command from Navy Adm. William McRaven.
    Army Gen. Joseph Votel will assume leadership of the U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, replacing the man widely credited with planning the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.Votel will assume leadership of Special Operations Command from Navy Adm. William McRaven.
  • Two dead following crash on grounds of Tampa cemetery

    Two dead following crash on grounds of Tampa cemetery

    Saturday, July 26 2014 10:50 AM EDT2014-07-26 14:50:34 GMT
    Crime scene technicians gather evidence at the scene of a fatal crash in Tampa. Crime scene technicians gather evidence at the scene of a fatal crash in Tampa.
    Two people were killed early Saturday in a single-vehicle crash in the 4200 block of Lake Ave. in Tampa.The incident occurred just before 5 a.m. on the grounds of the Garden of Memories Cemetery.
    Two people were killed early Saturday in a single-vehicle crash in the 4200 block of Lake Ave. in Tampa.The incident occurred just before 5 a.m. on the grounds of the Garden of Memories Cemetery.
  • Fort Homer Hesterly Armory stirs memories for wrestling fans

    Fort Homer Hesterly Armory stirs memories for wrestling fans

    Saturday, July 26 2014 9:58 AM EDT2014-07-26 13:58:30 GMT
    The Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa opened in 1941.The Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa opened in 1941.
    On Sunday the World Wrestling Federation brought their traveling sports entertainment road show to the Tampa Bay Times Forum.Back in 1976 the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory on Howard Ave. was home to the biggest wrestling stars of the day.
    On Sunday the World Wrestling Federation brought their traveling sports entertainment road show to the Tampa Bay Times Forum.Back in 1976 the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory on Howard Ave. was home to the biggest wrestling stars of the day.
  • Quick fix for Middleton's deadly dilemma

    Quick fix for Middleton's deadly dilemma

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:30:29 GMT
    A quick fix has been named for what's become a deadly daunting dilemma for Middleton High School students in Hillsborough County.
    A quick fix has been named for what's become a deadly daunting dilemma for Middleton High School students in Hillsborough County.

  • Bombshell testimony in McTear trial

    Bombshell testimony in McTear trial

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:49:58 GMT
    More bombshell game-changers in Richard McTear trial Friday left some wondering - Is the baby’s mother trying to sabotage the case?
    More bombshell game-changers in Richard McTear trial Friday left some wondering - Is the baby’s mother trying to sabotage the case?
  • Lt. Gov. says Scott has 'huge heart'

    Lt. Gov. says Scott has 'huge heart'

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:17:52 GMT
    Now campaigning to keep the job he started a little more than six months ago, Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera says he doesn’t feel pressure to deliver Florida's Hispanic vote in the upcoming election.
    Now campaigning to keep the job he started a little more than six months ago, Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera says he doesn’t feel pressure to deliver Florida's Hispanic vote in the upcoming election.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 14 -19

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 14 -19

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:38:43 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 14 to 19, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 14 to 19, 2014.
  • New restaurant 'Ulele' in Tampa to use local produce and art

    New restaurant 'Ulele' in Tampa to use local produce and art

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:39:58 GMT
    A new restaurant trend in the Bay area, earth-to-table concept, strives to keep it local.
    A new restaurant trend in the Bay area, earth-to-table concept, strives to keep it local.
  • Some Florida officials consider lightning-prediction systems after deaths

    Some Florida officials consider lightning-prediction systems after deaths

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:01 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:01:31 GMT
    One pf the lightning prediction systemsOne pf the lightning prediction systems
    A Tampa man is recovering after he was indirectly hit by lightning Thursday. And while six people have already been killed by lightning this year, some are trying to prevent the deaths.
    A Tampa man is recovering after he was indirectly hit by lightning Thursday. And while six people have already been killed by lightning this year, some are trying to prevent the deaths.
  • Tampa officer fights back from war wounds

    Tampa officer fights back from war wounds

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:35 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:35:47 GMT
    In 2007, Diane Lopes was just out of the police academy and had just been hired by the Tampa Police Department when she received another calling.In 2007, Diane Lopes was just out of the police academy and had just been hired by the Tampa Police Department when she received another calling.
    In 2007, Diane Lopes was just out of the police academy and had just been hired by the Tampa Police Department when she received another calling.Lopes was called to duty in the Air Force Reserve and sent to Iraq."
    In 2007, Diane Lopes was just out of the police academy and had just been hired by the Tampa Police Department when she received another calling.Lopes was called to duty in the Air Force Reserve and sent to Iraq."
  • VIDEO: Intense gator battle at Odessa golf course

    VIDEO: Intense gator battle at Odessa golf course

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:56 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:56:27 GMT
    YouTube imageYouTube image
    An amazing video of two big gators locked in an intense fight might have you wondering how something so dangerous could happen at a golf course. A golfer shot the video using a cell phone
    An amazing video of two big gators locked in an intense fight might have you wondering how something so dangerous could happen at a golf course. A golfer shot the video using a cell phone
  • Tampa boy, 6, critically injured after being hit by SUV

    Tampa boy, 6, critically injured after being hit by SUV

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:29 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:29:58 GMT
    A 6-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was hit by a SUV while riding a scooter in Tampa on Tuesday night.
    A 6-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was hit by a SUV while riding a scooter in Tampa on Tuesday night.
  • Tampa boy hit by SUV dies

    Tampa boy hit by SUV dies

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:28:45 GMT
    The 6-year-old boy hit by an SUV in Tampa Tuesday night, died from his injuries, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
    The 6-year-old boy hit by an SUV in Tampa Tuesday night, died from his injuries, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
  • Home catches on fire in Tampa

    Home catches on fire in Tampa

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:06 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:06:06 GMT
    The fire at 1309 East North Bay St.The fire at 1309 East North Bay St.
    A house caught on fire early morning in East Tampa Friday, Tampa Fire Rescue crews confirmed.
    A house caught on fire early morning in East Tampa Friday, Tampa Fire Rescue crews confirmed.
  • Amazon hopes new phone catches fire

    Amazon hopes new phone catches fire

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:21 AM EDT2014-07-25 09:21:54 GMT
    The Fire phoneThe Fire phone

    The Amazon Fire goes up for sale Friday.  It's the first smart phone created by the online giant.

    The Amazon Fire goes up for sale Friday.  It's the first smart phone created by the online giant.

  • Trial for man accused of throwing, killing baby continues

    Trial for man accused of throwing, killing baby continues

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:02:31 GMT
    Richard McTear in court Thursday (Pool photo)Richard McTear in court Thursday (Pool photo)
    A Hillsborough County deputy testified about pictures he took of Jasmine Bedwell, following an argument between her and her former boyfriend Richard McTear, after her baby was missing.
    A Hillsborough County deputy testified about pictures he took of Jasmine Bedwell, following an argument between her and her former boyfriend Richard McTear, after her baby was missing.
  • Elderly Tampa woman's dog stolen from yard, police say

    Elderly Tampa woman's dog stolen from yard, police say

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:50:09 GMT
    Tampa Police are looking to find the dog that was allegedly stolen right in front of the 86-year-old victim.
    Tampa Police are looking to find the dog that was allegedly stolen right in front of the 86-year-old victim.
  • Sheriff: Missing Plant City teen may be headed to GA

    Sheriff: Missing Plant City teen may be headed to GA

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:38:02 GMT
    Mirse HuertaMirse Huerta
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is looking for a 13-year-old girl who may be heading to Georgia.
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is looking for a 13-year-old girl who may be heading to Georgia.
  • Prosecutors to lay out timeline at Tampa dead baby trial

    Prosecutors to lay out timeline at Tampa dead baby trial

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:05 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:05:38 GMT
    The boy's mother Jasmine BedwellThe boy's mother Jasmine Bedwell
    Prosecutors will continue laying out a timeline Thursday of the day three-month-old Emmanuel Murray was murdered. The defense will continue to try to discredit it during cross examination. 
    Prosecutors will continue laying out a timeline Thursday of the day three-month-old Emmanuel Murray was murdered. The defense will continue to try to discredit it during cross examination. 
  • Stunning twist in Tampa baby throwing trial

    Mother to take stand in Tampa baby throwing trial

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:15 AM EDT2014-07-24 08:15:39 GMT
    Jasmine Bedwell, the woman who caused a mistrial in the Richard McTear case last year, testifies Wednesday.
    Jasmine Bedwell, the woman who caused a mistrial in the Richard McTear case last year, testifies Wednesday.
  • Tampa teen beaten by Israelis speaks out

    Tampa teen beaten by Israelis speaks out

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:58:24 GMT
    Pictures of Tariq AbukhdeirPictures of Tariq Abukhdeir
    Tariq Abukhdeir was at the center of an international firestorm after Israeli security forces were captured on video beating the 15-year-old.
    Tariq Abukhdeir was at the center of an international firestorm after Israeli security forces were captured on video beating the 15-year-old.

  • Tampa WWII veteran receives medal in hospice care

    Tampa WWII veteran receives medal in hospice care

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:36:26 GMT
    William Cobbs is a World War II veteran who received recognition today while in hospice care.William Cobbs is a World War II veteran who received recognition today while in hospice care.
    William Cobbs is a World War II veteran. He served as a medic at a hospital treating the wounded during the “D” day invasion.Later he served as a guard for General Dwight Eisenhower.Cobbs is in the final chapter of his life, with a diagnosis of cancer.
    William Cobbs is a World War II veteran. He served as a medic at a hospital treating the wounded during the “D” day invasion.Later he served as a guard for General Dwight Eisenhower.Cobbs is in the final chapter of his life, with a diagnosis of cancer.
  • Tampa Bay business gives hope to jobless vets

    Tampa Bay business gives hope to jobless vets

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:59:23 GMT
    High unemployment is still haunting our military veterans, far higher than the national average for the civilian population.
    High unemployment is still haunting our military veterans, far higher than the national average for the civilian population.
  • Tampa on list of top 10 moving destinations

    Tampa on list of top 10 moving destinations

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:09:06 GMT
    Tampa is in the top 10 list of moving destinations, according to CNNMoney.
    Tampa is in the top 10 list of moving destinations, according to CNNMoney.
  • Baby throwing murder trial underway in Tampa

    Baby throwing murder trial underway in Tampa

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:50 AM EDT2014-07-23 07:50:55 GMT
    He shuffled into court wide-eyed, anxious and apprehensive. Richard McTear faced his jury for the first time Tuesday morning.
    He shuffled into court wide-eyed, anxious and apprehensive. Richard McTear faced his jury for the first time Tuesday morning.
  • Pro-Israel supporters in Brandon say no fear in traveling to Holy Land

    Pro-Israel supporters in Brandon say no fear in traveling to Holy Land

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:19:19 GMT
    Dozens gather in support of Israel at a rally in Brandon on Tuesday night.Dozens gather in support of Israel at a rally in Brandon on Tuesday night.
    Dozens gathered outside of International Center for Torah Studies in Brandon on Tuesday night for a Pro-Israel rally.
    Dozens gathered outside of International Center for Torah Studies in Brandon on Tuesday night for a Pro-Israel rally.
  • New surveillance shows Tampa boy's death as hit and run

    New surveillance shows Tampa boy's death as hit and run

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:51:45 GMT
    A still image from a business surveillance camera shows what appears to be a small boy running on the sidewalk.A still image from a business surveillance camera shows what appears to be a small boy running on the sidewalk.
    New surveillance video has Tampa Police investigating 4-year-old Marterrance Albury's death as a hit and run. 
    New surveillance video has Tampa Police investigating 4-year-old Marterrance Albury's death as a hit and run. 
  • Tampa veterinarian solves mystery behind dog's unusual injury

    Tampa veterinarian solves mystery behind dog's unusual injury

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:23 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:23:33 GMT
    Riccie could not walk because of an injury to her back. Family photoRiccie could not walk because of an injury to her back. Family photo
    A Tampa-area Tibetan spaniel is on the road to recovery after a quick-thinking veterinarian figured out what caused a mysterious wound to the dog's back, in one of the most unusual cases he's seen.
    A Tampa-area Tibetan spaniel is on the road to recovery after a quick-thinking veterinarian figured out what caused a mysterious wound to the dog's back, in one of the most unusual cases he's seen.
  • Tampa Police now question if boy rolled from SUV

    Tampa Police now question if boy rolled from SUV

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:05 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:05:09 GMT
    Tampa Police are investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy who was found critically injured, sprawled on a Tampa road on Sunday night.Tampa Police are investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy who was found critically injured, sprawled on a Tampa road on Sunday night.
    Tampa Police are investigating the tragic death of a 4-year-old boy who was found critically injured, sprawled on a Tampa road on Sunday night. Marterrance Albury died at St. Joseph's Hospital on Monday morning.
    Tampa Police are investigating the tragic death of a 4-year-old boy who was found critically injured, sprawled on a Tampa road on Sunday night. Marterrance Albury died at St. Joseph's Hospital on Monday morning.
  • How thieves clone your credit cards

    How thieves clone your credit cards

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:15:02 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
  • Report card for Tampa Mayor Buckhorn earns him high marks

    Report card for Tampa Mayor Buckhorn earns him high marks

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:44 AM EDT2014-07-22 10:44:38 GMT
    Artist rendering downtown TampaArtist rendering downtown Tampa
    Tampa's Mayor makes the grade with downtown investors.On the campaign trail Mayor Bob Buckhorn promised to turn a city where the sidewalks would roll up when the work whistle would blow, into a place where people could live, work and play."
    Tampa's Mayor makes the grade with downtown investors.On the campaign trail Mayor Bob Buckhorn promised to turn a city where the sidewalks would roll up when the work whistle would blow, into a place where people could live, work and play."
  • Family of 4-year-old boy killed on a Tampa street speaks out

    Family of 4-year-old boy killed on a Tampa street speaks out

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:36 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:36:45 GMT
    Marterrance AlburyMarterrance Albury
    "He's bad but he's a sweet bad. You know kids get into stuff and if he got into something, he would crawl up under the table and hide when he knows he is about to get in trouble,” said Williams as she remember her grandson Marterrance Albury who was killed Sunday
    "He's bad but he's a sweet bad. You know kids get into stuff and if he got into something, he would crawl up under the table and hide when he knows he is about to get in trouble,” said Williams as she remember her grandson Marterrance Albury who was killed Sunday
  • Family mourns death of boy, 4, mauled by pit bulls

    Family mourns death of boy, 4, mauled by pit bulls

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:15:42 GMT
    Logan Shepard, 4, lived on Tocci Lane in Riverview.Logan Shepard, 4, lived on Tocci Lane in Riverview.
    It's hard to imagine the pain Stephanie Groulx is enduring. On Saturday night, her brother-in-law's two pit bulls attacked and killed her 4-year old son Logan Shepard.
    It's hard to imagine the pain Stephanie Groulx is enduring. On Saturday night, her brother-in-law's two pit bulls attacked and killed her 4-year old son Logan Shepard.
  • How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

    How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:43:25 GMT
    A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photoA 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo
    Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area?
    Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area?
  • Will latest Tampa story of child falling from car affect Richard McTear trial?

    Will latest Tampa story of child falling from car affect Richard McTear trial?

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:00:43 GMT
    They are horrific cases involving children, too painful to even fathom.People are asking the question – what in the world is going on right now? The discovery of two little boys’ bodies in Tampa is now making headlines.
    They are horrific cases involving children, too painful to even fathom.People are asking the question – what in the world is going on right now? The discovery of two little boys’ bodies in Tampa is now making headlines.
  • Riverview boy mauled to death by pit bulls

    Riverview boy mauled to death by pit bulls

    Monday, July 21 2014 1:46 AM EDT2014-07-21 05:46:15 GMT
    HCSO deputies were working a traffic stop nearby when they heard the child's screams. HCSO deputies were working a traffic stop nearby when they heard the child's screams.
    Shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, Logan Shepard, 4, sat down to enjoy ice cream at his uncle and aunt's house on Rhodine Road. Moments later, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies found the toddler on the front lawn of the house with two pit bulls standing over him.Authorities believe the dogs attacked the boy and mauled him to death when he was left alone in his relatives' family room. Logan was pronounced dead at the scene.According to a Hillsborough County sheriff's report, Logan..
    Shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, Logan Shepard, 4, sat down to enjoy ice cream at his uncle and aunt's house on Rhodine Road. Moments later, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies found the toddler on the front lawn of the house with two pit bulls standing over him.Authorities believe the dogs attacked the boy and mauled him to death when he was left alone in his relatives' family room. Logan was pronounced dead at the scene.According to a Hillsborough County sheriff's report, Logan..
  • Tampa nightclub worker killed on duty

    Tampa nightclub worker killed on duty

    Monday, July 21 2014 1:27 AM EDT2014-07-21 05:27:50 GMT
    A night of fun turned tragic at a north Tampa nightclub early Sunday morning. Tampa police officers now are looking for a murder suspect.The incident occurred early Sunday morning at Supa D's at 810 E. Skagway Ave. The club was cleared out when a gunman opened fire in the parking lot. A nightclub employee wasfound lying on the ground after the gunfire stops. He died of his injuries.Tampapolice has not identifiedthe victim, pending notification of next of kin. No arrest had been made by ...
    A night of fun turned tragic at a north Tampa nightclub early Sunday morning. Tampa police officers now are looking for a murder suspect.The incident occurred early Sunday morning at Supa D's at 810 E. Skagway Ave. The club was cleared out when a gunman opened fire in the parking lot. A nightclub employee wasfound lying on the ground after the gunfire stops. He died of his injuries.Tampapolice has not identifiedthe victim, pending notification of next of kin. No arrest had been made by ...
  • Sinkhole opens in Spring Hill

    Sinkhole opens in Spring Hill

    Sunday, July 20 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-07-20 20:25:19 GMT
    A sinkhole opened up Saturday in a residential neighborhood on Eldridge Road near Van Allen Way in Spring Hill. The sinkhole is estimated to be about 40 by 40 yards wide and about 30 feet deep. "We have no reports of it growing," Hernando County spokeswoman Virginia Singer said Sunday. County officials will have a contractor at the site Monday to investigate the depression and determine a course of action, she said....
    A sinkhole opened up Saturday in a residential neighborhood on Eldridge Road near Van Allen Way in Spring Hill. The sinkhole is estimated to be about 40 by 40 yards wide and about 30 feet deep. "We have no reports of it growing," Hernando County spokeswoman Virginia Singer said Sunday. County officials will have a contractor at the site Monday to investigate the depression and determine a course of action, she said....

  • Freebies and deals on National Ice Cream Day, July 20, 2014

    Freebies and deals on National Ice Cream Day, July 20, 2014

    Sunday, July 20 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-07-20 19:41:56 GMT
    Carvel Facebook photoCarvel Facebook photo
    If you like ice cream, you should know that this Sunday, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day.We did some checking around and found some deals and freebies in honor of National Ice Cream Day. 
    If you like ice cream, you should know that this Sunday, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day.We did some checking around and found some deals and freebies in honor of National Ice Cream Day. 
  • Armed man on Davis Islands surrenders peacefully

    Armed man on Davis Islands surrenders peacefully

    Sunday, July 20 2014 1:46 AM EDT2014-07-20 05:46:43 GMT
    A Tampa police stand off with an armed suicidal man on Davis Islands has ended peacefully.The man, whose identity was not released because of the nature of the incident, was taken into custody for an evaluation, Tampa police Lt J. Preyer said.The incident began about 8 p.m. when members of the Tampa police SWAT team responded to a call about a suicidal man with a gun at the Davis Islands Sea Plane Basin. No injuries were reported.The armed man had been reported missing earlier in the day, Pre...
    A Tampa police stand off with an armed suicidal man on Davis Islands has ended peacefully.The man, whose identity was not released because of the nature of the incident, was taken into custody for an evaluation, Tampa police Lt J. Preyer said.The incident began about 8 p.m. when members of the Tampa police SWAT team responded to a call about a suicidal man with a gun at the Davis Islands Sea Plane Basin. No injuries were reported.The armed man had been reported missing earlier in the day, Pre...
  • TPD SWAT on scene of suicidal man with gun on Davis Islands beach

    TPD SWAT on scene of suicidal man with gun on Davis Islands beach

    Saturday, July 19 2014 10:39 PM EDT2014-07-20 02:39:36 GMT
    The Tampa police SWAT team are on the scene of an endangered, suicidal man wielding a gun on Davis Islands Sea Plane Basin tonight. Due to the nature of the incident, Davis Islands Boulevard is closed to traffic at Severn Avenue, the Tampa Police Department said.Hostage team negotiators are on the scene. Officials at nearby Peter O. Knight Airport as well as Tampa International Airport have been notified.Police officers had been looking for him most of today, after loved ones reported ...
    The Tampa police SWAT team are on the scene of an endangered, suicidal man wielding a gun on Davis Islands Sea Plane Basin tonight. Due to the nature of the incident, Davis Islands Boulevard is closed to traffic at Severn Avenue, the Tampa Police Department said.Hostage team negotiators are on the scene. Officials at nearby Peter O. Knight Airport as well as Tampa International Airport have been notified.Police officers had been looking for him most of today, after loved ones reported ...
  • Early morning crash claims life of Tampa man

    Early morning crash claims life of Tampa man

    Saturday, July 19 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-07-19 16:14:14 GMT
    Tampa Police arrived at the scene of the crash before 8 a.m. Saturday. Tampa Police arrived at the scene of the crash before 8 a.m. Saturday.
    A 40-year-old Hillsborough County man was killed early Saturday when he was run over by a vehicle on North 50th St. just north of Adamo Dr. in Tampa.James W. Mingo Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene just before 8 a.m.
    A 40-year-old Hillsborough County man was killed early Saturday when he was run over by a vehicle on North 50th St. just north of Adamo Dr. in Tampa.James W. Mingo Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene just before 8 a.m.
  • Rays open second half with 6-2 victory over Minnesota

    Rays open second half with 6-2 victory over Minnesota

    Saturday, July 19 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-07-19 14:32:10 GMT
    Longoria knocked in three of Tampa Bay's six runs on Friday night. Longoria knocked in three of Tampa Bay's six runs on Friday night.
    With the state-map silhouette of Minnesota still mowed into the outfield grass, the All-Star game festivities having come and gone, the Twins returned to Target Field.For Kyle Gibson and his teammates, this wasn't the way they wanted to play their first game after the break.
    With the state-map silhouette of Minnesota still mowed into the outfield grass, the All-Star game festivities having come and gone, the Twins returned to Target Field.For Kyle Gibson and his teammates, this wasn't the way they wanted to play their first game after the break.
  • Florida Health Dept. concerned about immigrant children

    Florida Health Dept. concerned about immigrant children

    Saturday, July 19 2014 10:20 AM EDT2014-07-19 14:20:34 GMT
    A handful of young people are detained for crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas.A handful of young people are detained for crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas.
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration expressed concern in a letter Friday about reports that the federal government planned to send unaccompanied immigrant children from the Southwest border to Miami this weekend, seeming to be unaware that it is a regular practice and asking for any health information the government had for the minors.
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration expressed concern in a letter Friday about reports that the federal government planned to send unaccompanied immigrant children from the Southwest border to Miami this weekend, seeming to be unaware that it is a regular practice and asking for any health information the government had for the minors.
  • Tampa father hit, left by driver

    Tampa father hit, left by driver

    Friday, July 18 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-19 03:13:13 GMT
    24-year-old Gavin Carter shows inujuries sustained when he was hit by a hit & run driver on Friday morning24-year-old Gavin Carter shows inujuries sustained when he was hit by a hit & run driver on Friday morning
    All 24 year-old Gavin Carter wanted was a burger when he got on his bike and rode to Checkers at Floribraska and North Nebraska Avenue early Friday morning and before he knew it there was blood rushing from his head.
    All 24 year-old Gavin Carter wanted was a burger when he got on his bike and rode to Checkers at Floribraska and North Nebraska Avenue early Friday morning and before he knew it there was blood rushing from his head.
  • Citrus Park resident angry about neighbor's code violations

    Citrus Park resident angry about neighbor's code violations

    Friday, July 18 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-07-19 01:52:14 GMT
     Bob Mullins is upset about code violations at a neighbor's home. Bob Mullins is upset about code violations at a neighbor's home.
    He has put up with a junkyard around the corner for 17 years. Now Bob Mullins is worried about the possibility of one right across the street from his Citrus Park home.
    He has put up with a junkyard around the corner for 17 years. Now Bob Mullins is worried about the possibility of one right across the street from his Citrus Park home.
  • Fire damages 3 homes in Plant City

    Fire damages 3 homes in Plant City

    Friday, July 18 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-07-19 01:10:48 GMT
    A permitted burn got out of control and damaged three mobile homes on Colson Road in Plant City on Friday night.
    A permitted burn got out of control and damaged three mobile homes on Colson Road in Plant City on Friday night.
  • Malaysia plane crash victim attended Tampa high school

    Malaysia plane crash victim attended Tampa high school

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:57:33 GMT
    The Malaysian airliner crash cost hundreds of people their lives. Among them, world renowned AIDS researcher. Dr. Joep Lange.
    The Malaysian airliner crash cost hundreds of people their lives. Among them, world renowned AIDS researcher. Dr. Joep Lange.
  • Restaurant Buzz: Cigar City brews served at sea, BBQ team on TV, Shephard's expands

    Restaurant Buzz: Cigar City brews served at sea, BBQ team on TV, Shephard's expands

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:38:59 GMT
    Cigar City’s Florida Cracker Belgian-Style Ale and Invasion Pale Ale are being served on the Carnival ship from five Florida ports. Carnival Cruise Line photoCigar City’s Florida Cracker Belgian-Style Ale and Invasion Pale Ale are being served on the Carnival ship from five Florida ports. Carnival Cruise Line photo
    Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants. Shephard's Beach Resort on Clearwater Beach has just completed an 18-month-long expansion.
    Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants. Shephard's Beach Resort on Clearwater Beach has just completed an 18-month-long expansion.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 7 - 12

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 7 - 12

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:57:30 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 7 to 12, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 7 to 12, 2014.
  • Alert truck stop workers spotted missing Valrico teen with sex offender

    Alert truck stop workers spotted missing Valrico teen with sex offender

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:01 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:01:14 GMT
    When Fawn Domingue saw a grown man and a teenage girl walk up to her register at the Tiger truck-stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana early Thursday morning, her heart stopped. “It was a big gasp,” her manager Scott Hollbrook said of Domingue’s reaction.
    When Fawn Domingue saw a grown man and a teenage girl walk up to her register at the Tiger truck-stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana early Thursday morning, her heart stopped. “It was a big gasp,” her manager Scott Hollbrook said of Domingue’s reaction.
  • Tampa's Odyssey finds thousands of coins in shipwreck

    Tampa's Odyssey finds thousands of coins in shipwreck

    Friday, July 18 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-07-18 18:34:02 GMT
    Odyssey Marine Exploration has uncovered over 13,500 of gold and silver coins from the site of a 1857 ship wreck off the coast of South Carolina.
    Odyssey Marine Exploration has uncovered over 13,500 of gold and silver coins from the site of a 1857 ship wreck off the coast of South Carolina.
  • New hotel opens in downtown Tampa

    New hotel opens in downtown Tampa

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-18 10:54:51 GMT

    Two new hotels recently opened in downtown Tampa and recently announced plans call for two more.

    Two new hotels recently opened in downtown Tampa and recently announced plans call for two more.

  • 11-year-old boy saves 3-year-old from drowning in Pinellas pool

    11-year-old boy saves 3-year-old from drowning in Pinellas pool

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-07-18 03:31:46 GMT
    A 3-year-old boy was recovering in a hospital on Thursday night after being pulled out of a hotel swimming pool by an 11-year-old boy according to Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies.
    A 3-year-old boy was recovering in a hospital on Thursday night after being pulled out of a hotel swimming pool by an 11-year-old boy according to Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies.
  • Downing the plane could have been a mistake says Tampa experts

    Downing the plane could have been a mistake says Tampa experts

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-07-18 03:00:25 GMT
    Former pilot and crash investigator John CoxFormer pilot and crash investigator John Cox
    Strewn about in hostile territory, crash investigators could find their jobs hampered by the fighting between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists.And that's only part of the tough job ahead to determine, who shot the plane down, and why.
    Strewn about in hostile territory, crash investigators could find their jobs hampered by the fighting between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists.And that's only part of the tough job ahead to determine, who shot the plane down, and why.
  • Unwanted Tampa house guests tell their side of the story

    Unwanted Tampa house guests tell their side of the story

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:20:18 GMT
    Suzanne Keller-Becker says she invited her old friend, Erisan Seibert, to stay with her in her Tampa home for a few days while she got back on her feet.But a few days later, Becker says things changed. Seibert's boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, a convicted felon, showed up and wanted to stay, too. Becker says she agreed but said they had to be out soon. But Becker says they ended up saying they had established residency and weren't leaving without an eviction. Becker says they ate her food and used her...
    Suzanne Keller-Becker says she invited her old friend, Erisan Seibert, to stay with her in her Tampa home for a few days while she got back on her feet.But a few days later, Becker says things changed. Seibert's boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, a convicted felon, showed up and wanted to stay, too. Becker says she agreed but said they had to be out soon. But Becker says they ended up saying they had established residency and weren't leaving without an eviction. Becker says they ate her food and used her...
  • Historic Tampa skateboard park to make way for new park

    Historic Tampa skateboard park to make way for new park

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:53:52 GMT
    Farouk Jamjoom is a regular at the "Bro Bowl" skate-board park, a historic venue that'll soon be demolished to make way for a totally renovated Perry Harvey, Senior park."It'll be sad I been using it for the last year, I come here almost daily, it'll be really sad, said Jamjoom.
    Farouk Jamjoom is a regular at the "Bro Bowl" skate-board park, a historic venue that'll soon be demolished to make way for a totally renovated Perry Harvey, Senior park."It'll be sad I been using it for the last year, I come here almost daily, it'll be really sad, said Jamjoom.
  • McTear 'baby throwing' murder trial continues in Tampa

    McTear 'baby throwing' murder trial continues in Tampa

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-17 16:43:32 GMT
    Could this be the day Richard McTear gets a jury in his death penalty trial? It's one of the most controversial, high-profile cases in Tampa Bay history. The 26-year-old is accused of an unthinkable, unspeakable crime - throwing a 3-month-old baby boy, Emmanuel Murray, out of a car window onto I-275 five years ago.
    Could this be the day Richard McTear gets a jury in his death penalty trial? It's one of the most controversial, high-profile cases in Tampa Bay history. The 26-year-old is accused of an unthinkable, unspeakable crime - throwing a 3-month-old baby boy, Emmanuel Murray, out of a car window onto I-275 five years ago.
  • Tampa man killed after his truck goes over Jacksonville bridge

    Tampa man killed after his truck goes over Jacksonville bridge

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:06 PM EDT2014-07-17 16:06:54 GMT
    Crews pull William B Maddox's Ford Ranger from the water beneath Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville. Crews pull William B Maddox's Ford Ranger from the water beneath Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville.
    Divers recovered the body of a Tampa man in water beneath the Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville. The Florida Highway patrol identified the victim as 48 year old William B Maddox of Tampa.According to the accident report, the driver of a 2006 Sicon lost control of his vehicle while traveling north on I-295.
    Divers recovered the body of a Tampa man in water beneath the Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville. The Florida Highway patrol identified the victim as 48 year old William B Maddox of Tampa.According to the accident report, the driver of a 2006 Sicon lost control of his vehicle while traveling north on I-295.
  • Shooting death investigation in Gibsonton

    Shooting death investigation in Gibsonton

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:49 AM EDT2014-07-17 11:49:16 GMT
    Hillsborough detectives are investigating a homicide Thursday morning after a man was found with a gunshot wound in Gibsonton.
    Hillsborough detectives are investigating a homicide Thursday morning after a man was found with a gunshot wound in Gibsonton.
  • Tampa teen beat in Israel has returned home

    Tampa Teen beat in Israel on his way home

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:19 AM EDT2014-07-17 08:19:09 GMT
    Tariq Abu Khdeir, the Tampa teenager beat up by Israeli Police, is on his way back to the United States.
    Tariq Abu Khdeir, the Tampa teenager beat up by Israeli Police, is on his way back to the United States.
  • Citrus Park home racks up 17 years of code violations

    Citrus Park home racks up 17 years of code violations

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:51:36 GMT
    Today 8 On Your Side is demanding answers from the county about why the owner of a property on Berkford Avenue in the Citrus Park area of Hillsborough county has thumbed her nose at county code enforcement for 17 years. Neighbors complain the property is a health hazard.
    Today 8 On Your Side is demanding answers from the county about why the owner of a property on Berkford Avenue in the Citrus Park area of Hillsborough county has thumbed her nose at county code enforcement for 17 years. Neighbors complain the property is a health hazard.
  • Drivers face long lines when renewing licenses in Hillsborough

    Drivers face long lines when renewing licenses in Hillsborough

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:29:18 GMT
    File PhotoFile Photo
    Motorists in West Hillsborough face more than a two hour wait to renew their driver licenses today, but if they went to downtown Tampa they couldtake care of business and be on their way in justin minutes.The Hillsborough Tax Collector's Office tells Eight On Your Side the problem has been amplified by the recent closure of a state-run license renewal office on Martin Luther King Blvd., that came earlier than expected.
    Motorists in West Hillsborough face more than a two hour wait to renew their driver licenses today, but if they went to downtown Tampa they couldtake care of business and be on their way in justin minutes.The Hillsborough Tax Collector's Office tells Eight On Your Side the problem has been amplified by the recent closure of a state-run license renewal office on Martin Luther King Blvd., that came earlier than expected.
  • Downtown Tampa 'Aloft' hotel set to open

    Downtown Tampa 'Aloft' hotel set to open

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:14:48 GMT
    The new Aloft Hotel is set to open on Wednesday.The 8-story hotel has been under construction for about 8 months. It is in the former Mercantile Bank building, on the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Ashley Drive.Hotel management say they hope the hotel becomes a community destination. There is an infinity pool, overlooking the Hillsborough River.
    The new Aloft Hotel is set to open on Wednesday.The 8-story hotel has been under construction for about 8 months. It is in the former Mercantile Bank building, on the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Ashley Drive.Hotel management say they hope the hotel becomes a community destination. There is an infinity pool, overlooking the Hillsborough River.
  • Which Tampa Bay county has the highest median household income?

    Which Tampa Bay county has the highest median household income?

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:09:56 GMT
    You clock in your time to bring home a paycheck and raise a family. But, how does your household income stack up against others?
    You clock in your time to bring home a paycheck and raise a family. But, how does your household income stack up against others?
  • Hills. Co. Commissioners vote to take steps on Human Rights ordinance

    Hills. Co. Commissioners vote to take steps on Human Rights ordinance

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:59 PM EDT2014-07-16 16:59:44 GMT
    Hillsborough Commission meets today to discuss human rights ordinance.Hillsborough Commission meets today to discuss human rights ordinance.
    Hills borough County commissioners tackled the controversial issue of changing it's Human Right's ordinance.Commissioner Kevin Beckner proposed a motion to change the county's ordinance to protect members of the LGBT community,so they are not discriminated against in housing, employment, real estate and public accommodations.
    Hills borough County commissioners tackled the controversial issue of changing it's Human Right's ordinance.Commissioner Kevin Beckner proposed a motion to change the county's ordinance to protect members of the LGBT community,so they are not discriminated against in housing, employment, real estate and public accommodations.
  • Family pet dies from heat stroke while at Tampa pet resort

    Family pet dies from heat stroke while at Tampa pet resort

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 10:21 PM EDT2014-07-16 02:21:32 GMT
    5-year-old pug, Chloe died from heat stroke while at a Tampa pet resort5-year-old pug, Chloe died from heat stroke while at a Tampa pet resort
    It was the end to their vacation, they wished never happened. Al and Amy Porras returned from a 12 day European vacation to find out one of their dogs had died of a heat stroke while at a pet resort.
    It was the end to their vacation, they wished never happened. Al and Amy Porras returned from a 12 day European vacation to find out one of their dogs had died of a heat stroke while at a pet resort.
  • Accused baby-killer case: Defense doesn't want young moms on jury

    Accused baby-killer case: Defense doesn't want young moms on jury

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 7:28 PM EDT2014-07-15 23:28:14 GMT
    Picking a jury in a high profile capital case is never easy.Now, add a 3-month-old baby boy who detectives explain was tossed out of a moving car window, and picking a jury is close impossible, say experts.
    Picking a jury in a high profile capital case is never easy.Now, add a 3-month-old baby boy who detectives explain was tossed out of a moving car window, and picking a jury is close impossible, say experts.
  • Tampa veteran looks for help to prevent homelessness

    Tampa veteran looks for help to prevent homelessness

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-07-15 22:54:49 GMT
    Kara Shields doesn't want her girls to have to move again. And she doesn't want them to be homeless, but it's a worry for the mother and Army veteran.
    Kara Shields doesn't want her girls to have to move again. And she doesn't want them to be homeless, but it's a worry for the mother and Army veteran.
  • Citrus Park property racks up $300K in code violations

    Citrus Park property racks up $300K in code violations

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-07-15 22:31:41 GMT
    A Citrus Park neighborhood is angry about an accumulation of junk, trash and debris.A Citrus Park neighborhood is angry about an accumulation of junk, trash and debris.
    A Citrus Park neighborhood is angry about an accumulation of junk, trash and debris.They claim the 10,000 square foot lot on Berkford Avenue is jam packed with junk. They are correct.According to the Hillsborough County property appraiser's office the lot at 14508 Berkford is owned by Brenda D. Owings.
    A Citrus Park neighborhood is angry about an accumulation of junk, trash and debris.They claim the 10,000 square foot lot on Berkford Avenue is jam packed with junk. They are correct.According to the Hillsborough County property appraiser's office the lot at 14508 Berkford is owned by Brenda D. Owings.
  • No decision today for troubled Channelside shopping complex

    No decision today for troubled Channelside shopping complex

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-07-15 22:06:20 GMT
    Today was supposed to be a pivotal day for the troubled Channelside shopping complex. But, the federal bankruptcy judge, in Delaware, didn't make a decision about who can buy Channelside after all. After hours of testimony, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi said he will continue testimony on Thursday.
    Today was supposed to be a pivotal day for the troubled Channelside shopping complex. But, the federal bankruptcy judge, in Delaware, didn't make a decision about who can buy Channelside after all. After hours of testimony, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi said he will continue testimony on Thursday.
  • VIDEO: Mamma crocodile moves babies from nest

    VIDEO: Mamma crocodile moves babies from nest

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-07-15 16:38:41 GMT
    The CrocDocs YouTube imageThe CrocDocs YouTube image
    University of Florida researchers recorded some amazing close up video of a mother crocodile moving her babies from a nest.  
    University of Florida researchers recorded some amazing close up video of a mother crocodile moving her babies from a nest.  
  • TECO fraudster caught on camera

    TECO fraudster caught on camera

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:57 AM EDT2014-07-15 08:57:59 GMT
    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s investigators hope you recognize a woman caught redeeming cards with money stolen from Tampa Electric Company customers.
    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s investigators hope you recognize a woman caught redeeming cards with money stolen from Tampa Electric Company customers.
  • Day 2 of jury selection for baby-throwing case

    Day 2 of jury selection for baby-throwing case

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:28 AM EDT2014-07-15 08:28:13 GMT
    Selecting an impartial jury in the high-profile emotionally charged case of Richard McTear is challenging. 
    Selecting an impartial jury in the high-profile emotionally charged case of Richard McTear is challenging. 
  • Silver Alert canceled for missing Sarasota man

    Silver Alert canceled for missing Sarasota man

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 3:48 AM EDT2014-07-15 07:48:17 GMT
    84-year-old Enrique Becerra84-year-old Enrique Becerra
    The Sarasota Police Department canceled a Silver Alert for a missing 84-year-old man Monday night
    The Sarasota Police Department canceled a Silver Alert for a missing 84-year-old man Monday night
  • Scott 'appreciative' of law enforcement support

    Scott 'appreciative' of law enforcement support

    Monday, July 14 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-07-15 01:28:46 GMT
    File photo of Gov. Rick ScottFile photo of Gov. Rick Scott
    Dealing with a campaign controversy over on-duty law enforcement at campaign events, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he is “appreciative” of law enforcement support. Scott’s campaign is the target of an elections complaint filed by a retired police lieutenant from Broward County over the appearance of law enforcement at political campaign events.
    Dealing with a campaign controversy over on-duty law enforcement at campaign events, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he is “appreciative” of law enforcement support. Scott’s campaign is the target of an elections complaint filed by a retired police lieutenant from Broward County over the appearance of law enforcement at political campaign events.
  • Bay Area Jeep owners frustrated over recall

    Bay Area Jeep owners frustrated over recall

    Monday, July 14 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-07-15 01:11:28 GMT
    John and Patti Ferrell won't let their daughter drive recalled Jeep until it is fixed. John and Patti Ferrell won't let their daughter drive recalled Jeep until it is fixed.
    John and Patti Ferrell's college-age daughter, Lindsay, drives this Jeep Liberty at Florida State, in Tally.Last June, the family heard about a recall involving the SUV that warned of a possible fire, in the event of a low-speed, rear-end crash
    John and Patti Ferrell's college-age daughter, Lindsay, drives this Jeep Liberty at Florida State, in Tally.Last June, the family heard about a recall involving the SUV that warned of a possible fire, in the event of a low-speed, rear-end crash
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 30 - July 5

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 30 - July 5

    Monday, July 14 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-07-14 23:10:41 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 30 to July 5, 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 June 30 to July 5, 2014.
  • Surveillance photos catch Hillsborough power scam crook

    Surveillance photos catch Hillsborough power scam crook

    Monday, July 14 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-07-14 21:31:30 GMT
    HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DETECTIVES BELIEVE THIS WOMAN IS INVOLVED IN THE TECO POWER BILL SCAM.  THEY NEED YOUR HELP IDENTIFYING HER.HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DETECTIVES BELIEVE THIS WOMAN IS INVOLVED IN THE TECO POWER BILL SCAM. THEY NEED YOUR HELP IDENTIFYING HER.
    Surveillance photos obtained by 8 On Your Side are giving detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office an idea who is involved in a power bill scam. The con involves telephone calls from people claiming to be with Tampa Electric Company's billing department
    Surveillance photos obtained by 8 On Your Side are giving detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office an idea who is involved in a power bill scam. The con involves telephone calls from people claiming to be with Tampa Electric Company's billing department
  • Tampa family stuck with squatters sleeping in their living room

    Tampa family stuck with squatters sleeping in their living room

    Monday, July 14 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-07-14 20:24:40 GMT
    Erisan Seibert and her boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, sleep on the floor of Suzanne Keller-Becker’s home.Erisan Seibert and her boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, sleep on the floor of Suzanne Keller-Becker’s home.
    Suzanne Keller-Becker says she offered an old friend a place to stay to help her get back on her feet. It was only supposed to be for a few days. But then the friend's boyfriend, a convicted felon, showed up, and the pair refused to leave.Keller-Becker says they started using terms like "established residency" and claimed the Tampa home was now their home, too.
    Suzanne Keller-Becker says she offered an old friend a place to stay to help her get back on her feet. It was only supposed to be for a few days. But then the friend's boyfriend, a convicted felon, showed up, and the pair refused to leave.Keller-Becker says they started using terms like "established residency" and claimed the Tampa home was now their home, too.
  • Drone gets videographer footage of Tampa skyline

    Drone gets videographer footage of Tampa skyline

    Monday, July 14 2014 3:16 PM EDT2014-07-14 19:16:34 GMT
    A Tampa videographer's drone-captured view of his city's skyline is drawing a lot of attention.
    A Tampa videographer's drone-captured view of his city's skyline is drawing a lot of attention.
  • Richard McTear's second trial begins

    Richard McTear's second trial begins

    Monday, July 14 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-07-14 18:47:06 GMT
    Richard McTear Jr. arrives in court on Monday, July 14. Pool photoRichard McTear Jr. arrives in court on Monday, July 14. Pool photo
    Richard McTear Jr., who is accused of throwing a baby out a car window, will get his day in court again, starting Monday.
    Richard McTear Jr., who is accused of throwing a baby out a car window, will get his day in court again, starting Monday.
  • Auto loans getting longer

    Auto loans getting longer

    Monday, July 14 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-07-14 17:19:25 GMT
    As cars get more expensive car loans get longer and longer. Over the last decade the length of the average car loan has crept past five years and is now nearly five and a half years long, according to Edmunds.com.Personal finance expert Gerri Detweiler of Credit.com says "I think our parents used to get two and three year car loans but now we're getting five, six, seven and even 8 year car loans.
    As cars get more expensive car loans get longer and longer. Over the last decade the length of the average car loan has crept past five years and is now nearly five and a half years long, according to Edmunds.com.Personal finance expert Gerri Detweiler of Credit.com says "I think our parents used to get two and three year car loans but now we're getting five, six, seven and even 8 year car loans.
  • USF Sundome gets recognition

    USF Sundome gets recognition

    Monday, July 14 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-07-14 16:33:24 GMT
    The USF Sundome is a great place to catch a concert.And now, there's a national designation that seem to agree.For the second year in a row, the USF Sundome has been named by Venues Today magazine as the second best venue of its size in the state of Florida.
    The USF Sundome is a great place to catch a concert.And now, there's a national designation that seem to agree.For the second year in a row, the USF Sundome has been named by Venues Today magazine as the second best venue of its size in the state of Florida.
  • One dead, two hospitalized in Tampa shootings

    One dead, two hospitalized in Tampa shootings

    Monday, July 14 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-07-14 14:37:49 GMT
    The scene at West Waters Avenue.The scene at West Waters Avenue.

    One man is dead and two others are hospitalized after two unrelated shootings in Tampa Monday morning.

    One man is dead and two others are hospitalized after two unrelated shootings in Tampa Monday morning.

  • Fort Homer Hesterly Armory gets facelift for new purpose

    Fort Homer Hesterly Armory gets facelift for new purpose

    Monday, July 14 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-07-14 06:00:06 GMT
    A historic Tampa building is one step closer to being revitalized.The Fort Homer Hesterly Armory on Howard Ave. has been vacant for years. Plans are now taking shape to convert the structure into a campus for the Jewish Community Center.The new facility will house a pre-school, recreational facilities and health and wellness services.There’s a lot of history tied to the Homer Hesterly Armory. Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly played concerts there. President John F. Kennedy gave a speech at the a...
    A historic Tampa building is one step closer to being revitalized.The Fort Homer Hesterly Armory on Howard Ave. has been vacant for years. Plans are now taking shape to convert the structure into a campus for the Jewish Community Center.The new facility will house a pre-school, recreational facilities and health and wellness services.There’s a lot of history tied to the Homer Hesterly Armory. Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly played concerts there. President John F. Kennedy gave a speech at the a...
  • Four construction trailers destroyed by fire

    Four construction trailers destroyed by fire

    Monday, July 14 2014 1:57 AM EDT2014-07-14 05:57:52 GMT
    Four construction trailers were destroyed Sunday in a blaze Hillsborough County fire officials said appeared suspicious in nature. Hillsborough County firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire at 12315 County Road 579 in Thonotosassa shortly after 7 p.m. When they arrived, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from four construction trailers. They were able to quickly contain the fire to the four structures and put it before it could spread to other buildings. ..
    Four construction trailers were destroyed Sunday in a blaze Hillsborough County fire officials said appeared suspicious in nature. Hillsborough County firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire at 12315 County Road 579 in Thonotosassa shortly after 7 p.m. When they arrived, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from four construction trailers. They were able to quickly contain the fire to the four structures and put it before it could spread to other buildings. ..
  • Tampa resident feels powerless to help relatives in Middle East

    Tampa resident feels powerless to help relatives in Middle East

    Monday, July 14 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-07-14 05:42:36 GMT
    From thousands of miles away, Jeanine Khdeir is in Tampa and concerned about her family in Palestine as she watches the Israel-Gaza conflict escalate. Khdeir works with USF’s Students for Justice in Palestine. “I really feel powerless. All I can do its text my cousins and ask them how are things going and watching from behind the computer screen,” said Khdeir. “It’s pretty bad, you know. They can’t leave their homes and...
    From thousands of miles away, Jeanine Khdeir is in Tampa and concerned about her family in Palestine as she watches the Israel-Gaza conflict escalate. Khdeir works with USF’s Students for Justice in Palestine. “I really feel powerless. All I can do its text my cousins and ask them how are things going and watching from behind the computer screen,” said Khdeir. “It’s pretty bad, you know. They can’t leave their homes and...
  • Overnight fire damages Hillsborough auto sales business

    Overnight fire damages Hillsborough auto sales business

    Sunday, July 13 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-07-13 14:16:19 GMT
    Crews from HCFR responded to the scene just after midnight. Crews from HCFR responded to the scene just after midnight.
    An auto sales business in Lutz was damaged by fire early Saturday morning.The blaze broke out just after midnight at 117 Dennison Ave., home of North Tampa Auto Sales.
    An auto sales business in Lutz was damaged by fire early Saturday morning.The blaze broke out just after midnight at 117 Dennison Ave., home of North Tampa Auto Sales.
  • Plant City shooting suspect in custody

    Plant City shooting suspect in custody

    Saturday, July 12 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-13 03:43:06 GMT
    A 25-year-old shooting suspect who Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies had been seeking has been arrested. Ricardo Ocegueda Jr. was arrested Saturday afternoon at his home at 3105 Forbes Road in Plant City.He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Orient Road Jail where he is being held without bond. Ocegueda Jr. faces attempted murder, aggravated assault and felon in possession of a firearm charges.He was identified as the shooter in an incident at 3421 Sam Astin Rd ...
    A 25-year-old shooting suspect who Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies had been seeking has been arrested. Ricardo Ocegueda Jr. was arrested Saturday afternoon at his home at 3105 Forbes Road in Plant City.He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Orient Road Jail where he is being held without bond. Ocegueda Jr. faces attempted murder, aggravated assault and felon in possession of a firearm charges.He was identified as the shooter in an incident at 3421 Sam Astin Rd ...
  • Tampa Bay girls get ready to perform during Bucs halftime

    Tampa Bay girls get ready to perform during Bucs halftime

    Saturday, July 12 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-07-12 16:23:04 GMT
    Young hopefuls listen to instructions at Saturday morning's event. Young hopefuls listen to instructions at Saturday morning's event.
    It's a little girl's dream; performing during halftime at a NFL game. The Junior Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders program hosts three clinics, for girls ages six to 14, leading up toa big halftime performance.
    It's a little girl's dream; performing during halftime at a NFL game. The Junior Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders program hosts three clinics, for girls ages six to 14, leading up toa big halftime performance.
  • Dog attacked by wild hog, needs help

    Dog attacked by wild hog, needs help

    Friday, July 11 2014 11:22 PM EDT2014-07-12 03:22:12 GMT
    Doctors say River was attacked by a wild hogDoctors say River was attacked by a wild hog
    Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are working Friday night to save a dog that appears to have been attacked by a wild hog.
    Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are working Friday night to save a dog that appears to have been attacked by a wild hog.
  • ALDI brings new jobs to Tampa and St. Petersburg

    ALDI brings new jobs to Tampa and St. Petersburg

    Friday, July 11 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-07-11 23:16:36 GMT
    ALDI is bringing new jobs to the Tampa-area as it looks to hire Store Associates, Shift Managers and Manager Trainees with a hiring event, next Tuesday, July 15.
    ALDI is bringing new jobs to the Tampa-area as it looks to hire Store Associates, Shift Managers and Manager Trainees with a hiring event, next Tuesday, July 15.
  • Liquid nicotine: the new danger for kids?

    Liquid nicotine: the new danger for kids?

    Friday, July 11 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-07-11 20:10:26 GMT
    A lawmaker from Florida wants companies to include childproof caps on bottles and stop advertising.
    A lawmaker from Florida wants companies to include childproof caps on bottles and stop advertising.
  • Safety concern for sidewalks along Fletcher Avenue

    Safety concern for sidewalks along Fletcher Avenue

    Friday, July 11 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-07-11 18:34:13 GMT
    A Bay Area man says a five million dollar project to improve safety on Fletcher Avenue is making things worse.Construction began in August of 2013 on Fletcher to improve sidewalks, add bike lanes and put in pedestrian friendly islands and crosswalks.
    A Bay Area man says a five million dollar project to improve safety on Fletcher Avenue is making things worse.Construction began in August of 2013 on Fletcher to improve sidewalks, add bike lanes and put in pedestrian friendly islands and crosswalks.
  • One trail to connect 20 Tampa neighborhoods

    One trail to connect 20 Tampa neighborhoods

    Friday, July 11 2014 10:59 AM EDT2014-07-11 14:59:23 GMT
    A 20-plus mile trail called the Green ARTery is proposed in Tampa. The trail will connect 20 neighborhoods in the city and provide a safe path to walk, bike and jog.
    A 20-plus mile trail called the Green ARTery is proposed in Tampa. The trail will connect 20 neighborhoods in the city and provide a safe path to walk, bike and jog.
  • Tampa meeting to address child deaths

    Tampa meeting to address child deaths

    Friday, July 11 2014 8:25 AM EDT2014-07-11 12:25:14 GMT
    Carroll at the meetingCarroll at the meeting
    The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities is meeting in Tampa Thursday.
    The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities is meeting in Tampa Thursday.
  • Suspect sought in vicious Brandon attack on woman

    Suspect sought in vicious Brandon attack on woman

    Friday, July 11 2014 4:53 AM EDT2014-07-11 08:53:45 GMT
    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s investigators need public help to track down a man who beat up a 62-year-old woman in broad daylight. 
    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s investigators need public help to track down a man who beat up a 62-year-old woman in broad daylight. 
  • US Senator wants e-cigs safer for kids

    US Senator wants e-cigs safer for kids

    Friday, July 11 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-07-11 07:45:14 GMT
    US Senator Bill Nelson will be meeting with physicians and the head of the Florida Poison Center Friday in Tampa to talk about the dangers of electronic cigarettes.
    US Senator Bill Nelson will be meeting with physicians and the head of the Florida Poison Center Friday in Tampa to talk about the dangers of electronic cigarettes.
  • Tampa Police: robber shoots two men during separate robberies

    Tampa Police: robber shoots two men during separate robberies

    Thursday, July 10 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-07-11 03:23:31 GMT
    A restaurant employee is fighting for his life after being shot during a robbery on Thursday night.
    A restaurant employee is fighting for his life after being shot during a robbery on Thursday night.
  • Woman attacked on her way to charity event

    Woman attacked on her way to charity event

    Thursday, July 10 2014 10:26 PM EDT2014-07-11 02:26:09 GMT
    HCSO deputies say this man attacked and robbed a woman outside a Brandon movie theater.HCSO deputies say this man attacked and robbed a woman outside a Brandon movie theater.
    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for a man they claim attacked a 62-year-old woman near the movie theaters at Regency Square in Brandon on Tuesday evening.
    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for a man they claim attacked a 62-year-old woman near the movie theaters at Regency Square in Brandon on Tuesday evening.
  • Northbound I-275 exit ramp to Dale Mabry closes

    Northbound I-275 exit ramp to Dale Mabry closes

    Thursday, July 10 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-11 02:13:03 GMT
    Workers for the Florida Department of Transportation have closed the northbound exit ramp of I-275 to Dale Mabry Highway.FDOT expects the ramp to remain closed until sometime Sunday morning.
    Workers for the Florida Department of Transportation have closed the northbound exit ramp of I-275 to Dale Mabry Highway.FDOT expects the ramp to remain closed until sometime Sunday morning.
  • Judge says Florida Legislature illegally drew congressional districts

    Judge says Florida Legislature illegally drew congressional districts

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:52:29 GMT
    The Florida Legislature illegally drew the state's congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party, a judge ruled Thursday as he ordered them redrawn.
    The Florida Legislature illegally drew the state's congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party, a judge ruled Thursday as he ordered them redrawn.
  • Hakken appears in court on competency hearing

    Hakken appears in court on competency hearing

    Thursday, July 10 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-07-10 21:16:53 GMT
    Hakken in court ThursdayHakken in court Thursday
    The Bay area father accused kidnapping his children and trying to flee to Cuba appeared in a Hillsborough County courtroom Thursday.
    The Bay area father accused kidnapping his children and trying to flee to Cuba appeared in a Hillsborough County courtroom Thursday.
  • No trial for man accused of burning Arcadia dog, Hope

    No trial for man accused of burning Arcadia dog, Hope

    Thursday, July 10 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-07-10 19:55:36 GMT
    Leigh Sockalosky is Hope's new owner. Leigh Sockalosky is Hope's new owner.
    Remember Hope, the Arcadia dog who suffered burns on more than 70 percent of her body and won the hearts of many after she was set on fire? Her former owner, who is accused of dousing her shed with gasoline and setting her on fire, has been declared incompetent to stand trial.
    Remember Hope, the Arcadia dog who suffered burns on more than 70 percent of her body and won the hearts of many after she was set on fire? Her former owner, who is accused of dousing her shed with gasoline and setting her on fire, has been declared incompetent to stand trial.
  • Suspect in Tampa girl's murder remains behind bars

    Suspect in Tampa girl's murder remains behind bars

    Thursday, July 10 2014 1:16 PM EDT2014-07-10 17:16:33 GMT
    Granville Ritchie in court on ThursdayGranville Ritchie in court on Thursday
    The man who is a suspect in the murder of a 9-year-old Tampa girl appeared in a Hillsborough County courtroom.
    The man who is a suspect in the murder of a 9-year-old Tampa girl appeared in a Hillsborough County courtroom.
  • Skimming suspect caught on camera at Tampa ATM

    Skimming suspect caught on camera at Tampa ATM

    Thursday, July 10 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-10 17:08:06 GMT
    The image of the skimming suspectThe image of the skimming suspect
    Three Bay area Suntrust banks have been hit by a skimmer who is ripping customers off.
    Three Bay area Suntrust banks have been hit by a skimmer who is ripping customers off.
  • Skimmers placed at bank ATMs in Tampa, Valrico, Brandon

    Skimmers placed at bank ATMs in Tampa, Valrico, Brandon

    Thursday, July 10 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-07-10 17:05:33 GMT
    Detectives released this surveillance image of the suspect.Detectives released this surveillance image of the suspect.
    If you used ATMs at any of three SunTrust Banks in Tampa, Brandon and Valrico, you may want to keep a close watch on your receipts. Hillsborough Sheriff's Office investigators say skimmers were placed at the banks.
    If you used ATMs at any of three SunTrust Banks in Tampa, Brandon and Valrico, you may want to keep a close watch on your receipts. Hillsborough Sheriff's Office investigators say skimmers were placed at the banks.
  • Businessman upset about Tampa Police search of his truck

    Businessman upset about Tampa Police search of his truck

    Thursday, July 10 2014 10:42 AM EDT2014-07-10 14:42:48 GMT
    “You think if anyone is going to break into your vehicle in Ybor, the last person you think, it’s going to be the cops.”
    “You think if anyone is going to break into your vehicle in Ybor, the last person you think, it’s going to be the cops.”
  • Suspect at large after Tampa shooting

    Suspect at large after Tampa shooting

    Thursday, July 10 2014 4:24 AM EDT2014-07-10 08:24:37 GMT
    A Tampa man was shot in the chest following a fight over money.
    A Tampa man was shot in the chest following a fight over money.
  • Water pipe break closes Tampa street

    Water pipe break closes Tampa street

    Thursday, July 10 2014 3:52 AM EDT2014-07-10 07:52:20 GMT
    Tampa Police are detouring traffic around a water pipe break early Thursday morning.
    Tampa Police are detouring traffic around a water pipe break early Thursday morning.
  • Israeli officer suspended in beating of Tampa teen

    Israeli officer suspended in beating of Tampa teen

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-07-10 00:58:35 GMT
    Pictures of Tariq AbukhdeirPictures of Tariq Abukhdeir
    An Israeli police officer accused of beating Tampa native, Tariq Abukhdeir, 15, has been suspended for 15 days.The officer also faces an investigation that can result in criminal charges according to representatives from CAIR, the Council of American-Islamic Relations.
    An Israeli police officer accused of beating Tampa native, Tariq Abukhdeir, 15, has been suspended for 15 days.The officer also faces an investigation that can result in criminal charges according to representatives from CAIR, the Council of American-Islamic Relations.
  • Shock Jock Trial - Take Two

    Shock Jock Trial - Take Two

    Shock Jock Trial - Take Two

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 8:50 PM EDT2014-07-10 00:50:57 GMT
    It was one of the most talked-about, drama-filled, controversial trials in Tampa Bay history. Two popular radio talk-show hosts squared off in court in a defamation lawsuit in January 2013. No one could turn away from the court proceedings each day.
    It was one of the most talked-about, drama-filled, controversial trials in Tampa Bay history. Two popular radio talk-show hosts squared off in court in a defamation lawsuit in January 2013. No one could turn away from the court proceedings each day.
  • Lt. Governor tours Tampa cigar factory

    Lt. Governor tours Tampa cigar factory

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-07-09 21:25:37 GMT
    On Wednesday, Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera toured the J.C. Newman cigar factory.On Wednesday, Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera toured the J.C. Newman cigar factory.
    State leaders are now getting involved in the fight to save Tampa's last remaining cigar factory. Proposed FDA regulations could force the J.C. Newman Cigar Company out of business in the 'cigar city.'
    State leaders are now getting involved in the fight to save Tampa's last remaining cigar factory. Proposed FDA regulations could force the J.C. Newman Cigar Company out of business in the 'cigar city.'
  • Tampa Bay fugitive in wrong way crash profiled on national TV

    Tampa Bay fugitive in wrong way crash profiled on national TV

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-07-09 20:58:38 GMT
    Chris Ponce, fugitive wanted in connection with a DUI wrong way crash that killed William Angel.Chris Ponce, fugitive wanted in connection with a DUI wrong way crash that killed William Angel.
    A Bay Area man is hoping for justice in the death of his son. William Angel, was killed by a wrong way driver on Interstate 275 on July 19,2012. Hillsborough County Deputies arrested Christopher Ponce at the scene and charged him with driving under the influence.
    A Bay Area man is hoping for justice in the death of his son. William Angel, was killed by a wrong way driver on Interstate 275 on July 19,2012. Hillsborough County Deputies arrested Christopher Ponce at the scene and charged him with driving under the influence.
  • Deputy: Wrong-way Hillsborough I-275 driver was drunk

    Deputy: Wrong-way Hillsborough I-275 driver was drunk

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-07-09 20:00:38 GMT
    Carlyle Seymour Clarke. Hillsborough Co. Jail booking photoCarlyle Seymour Clarke. Hillsborough Co. Jail booking photo
    A quick-thinking Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy stopped a potentially deadly situation early Wednesday morning when he arrested a wrong-way driver on Interstate 275. The HCSO says the driver's blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.
    A quick-thinking Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy stopped a potentially deadly situation early Wednesday morning when he arrested a wrong-way driver on Interstate 275. The HCSO says the driver's blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.
  • Best travel reward credit cards

    Best travel reward credit cards

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-07-09 19:24:16 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Consumer flock to travel rewards credit cards but they are not all created equal.Credit.com is out with its new 2014 list of the best travel reward credit cards. These are not cards that offer points and miles with airline and hotel programs, but cards that offer rewards points issued by the banks that can be used for nearly any travel reservation.
    Consumer flock to travel rewards credit cards but they are not all created equal.Credit.com is out with its new 2014 list of the best travel reward credit cards. These are not cards that offer points and miles with airline and hotel programs, but cards that offer rewards points issued by the banks that can be used for nearly any travel reservation.
  • New Busch Gardens Tampa show features rescued animals

    New Busch Gardens Tampa show features rescued animals

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-07-09 15:53:19 GMT
    Photo: Busch Gardens Tampa FacebookPhoto: Busch Gardens Tampa Facebook
    Busch Gardens Tampa’s newest live stage show "Opening Night Critters" opens this summer featuring rescued animals, including dogs, cats, birds, a horse and a kangaroo.
    Busch Gardens Tampa’s newest live stage show "Opening Night Critters" opens this summer featuring rescued animals, including dogs, cats, birds, a horse and a kangaroo.
  • Freedom Summer: Tampa civil rights worker remembers 50 years later

    Freedom Summer: Tampa civil rights worker remembers 50 years later

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-07-09 15:36:00 GMT
    Ann Porter is a member of Beulah Baptist Institutional Church in Tampa. On Sundays after church, did something she's done for decades in Tampa, register people to vote.
    Ann Porter is a member of Beulah Baptist Institutional Church in Tampa. On Sundays after church, did something she's done for decades in Tampa, register people to vote.
  • Missing Tampa teens found in Montana

    Missing Tampa teens found in Montana

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 9:25 AM EDT2014-07-09 13:25:50 GMT
    Ivy Warhul, Ronald Sousa, Jr.Ivy Warhul, Ronald Sousa, Jr.
    Two Tampa teens reported missing in May have been located in Montana, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says.
    Two Tampa teens reported missing in May have been located in Montana, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says.
  • Lt. Gov to tour Tampa's last surviving cigar factory

    Lt. Gov to tour Tampa's last surviving cigar factory

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 5:55 AM EDT2014-07-09 09:55:16 GMT
    A historic Tampa industry is in jeopardy. Federal regulations threaten to change things for long-time Tampa business J.C. Newman Cigar Company.
    A historic Tampa industry is in jeopardy. Federal regulations threaten to change things for long-time Tampa business J.C. Newman Cigar Company.
  • U-Haul driver rips awning off Tampa funeral home

    U-Haul driver rips awning off Tampa funeral home

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 5:06 AM EDT2014-07-09 09:06:57 GMT
    A driver of a U-Haul truck ripped a $6,000 awning off the front of a Tampa funeral home and a security camera captured the whole thing.
    A driver of a U-Haul truck ripped a $6,000 awning off the front of a Tampa funeral home and a security camera captured the whole thing.

  • Health advisory for Davis Islands and Picnic Island Beach

    Health advisory for Davis Islands and Picnic Island Beach

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-07-08 19:39:24 GMT
    File photo: Davis IslandsFile photo: Davis Islands
    A Health Advisory has been issued for Picnic Island Beachand Davis Island Beach in Tampa. The advisory is based on thecriteria for enterococci bacteria recommended by the EPA.
    A Health Advisory has been issued for Picnic Island Beachand Davis Island Beach in Tampa. The advisory is based on thecriteria for enterococci bacteria recommended by the EPA.
  • Juicing open for business in Tampa

    Juicing open for business in Tampa

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-07-08 14:49:39 GMT
    Juicing is nothing new, but being able to get your hands on cold pressed juice "to order" is a nationwide trend sparked from a new store front open in downtown Tampa.
    Juicing is nothing new, but being able to get your hands on cold pressed juice "to order" is a nationwide trend sparked from a new store front open in downtown Tampa.
  • Busch Gardens Tampa rescues American Bald Eagle

    Busch Gardens Tampa rescues American Bald Eagle

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 8:42 AM EDT2014-07-08 12:42:08 GMT
    Staff from Busch Gardens Tampa rescued a southern American Bald Eagle on the Fourth of July at Macdill Air Force Base in Tampa.
    Staff from Busch Gardens Tampa rescued a southern American Bald Eagle on the Fourth of July at Macdill Air Force Base in Tampa.
  • Israeli police under investigation for beating Tampa teen

    Israeli police under investigation for beating Tampa teen

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 5:50 AM EDT2014-07-08 09:50:10 GMT
    A Tampa teenager is still on house arrest in Israel after a brutal beating by the country's police force, and now at least one of the officers involved is suspended while the case is under investigation.
    A Tampa teenager is still on house arrest in Israel after a brutal beating by the country's police force, and now at least one of the officers involved is suspended while the case is under investigation.
  • Tampa teen's basketball coach speaks out on Israel situation

    Tampa teen's basketball coach speaks out on Israel situation

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 4:08 AM EDT2014-07-08 08:08:54 GMT
    Tariq Abukhdeir and his family met with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in west bank.Tariq Abukhdeir and his family met with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in west bank.
    -When Isa Jones was watching a video of Israeli police beating someone, he never thought it would be one of the boys who he coaches.“It's really kind of unbelievable, shocking. I know it' s going to be shocking to a lot of these kids that this can actually happen,” said Jones. Jones is 15 year-old Tariq Abukhdeir’s basketball coach at University Academy of Florida in Tampa.
    -When Isa Jones was watching a video of Israeli police beating someone, he never thought it would be one of the boys who he coaches.“It's really kind of unbelievable, shocking. I know it' s going to be shocking to a lot of these kids that this can actually happen,” said Jones. Jones is 15 year-old Tariq Abukhdeir’s basketball coach at University Academy of Florida in Tampa.
  • Candidate issues ultimatum on forum

    Candidate issues ultimatum on forum

    Monday, July 7 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-07-08 00:08:24 GMT
    Photo courtesy of FacebookPhoto courtesy of Facebook
    A candidate for Florida governor is issuing an ultimatum: Include me or arrest me. Adrian Wyllie, a Libertarian Party candidate, wants to take part in a gubernatorial candidate forum held by the Florida Press Association this week in Coral Gables.
    A candidate for Florida governor is issuing an ultimatum: Include me or arrest me. Adrian Wyllie, a Libertarian Party candidate, wants to take part in a gubernatorial candidate forum held by the Florida Press Association this week in Coral Gables.
  • 30 bike sharing hubs to be placed around Tampa

    30 bike sharing hubs to be placed around Tampa

    Monday, July 7 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-07-07 21:00:16 GMT
    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and representatives from Coast Bike Share have announced the launch of founding membership sales for Tampa’s official bike sharing program, Coast Bike Share.
    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and representatives from Coast Bike Share have announced the launch of founding membership sales for Tampa’s official bike sharing program, Coast Bike Share.
  • Tampa teen beaten in Israel 'doing nothing wrong'

    Tampa teen beaten in Israel 'doing nothing wrong'

    Monday, July 7 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-07-07 19:38:43 GMT
    The parents of a Tampa teen beaten in Israel say their son was doing nothing wrong.
    The parents of a Tampa teen beaten in Israel say their son was doing nothing wrong.
  • Dogs rescued from mobile home fire

    Dogs rescued from mobile home fire

    Monday, July 7 2014 10:17 AM EDT2014-07-07 14:17:09 GMT
    Fire destroyed a Plant City family’s mobile home Monday morning on Wilder Road.
    Fire destroyed a Plant City family’s mobile home Monday morning on Wilder Road.
  • Tampa teen to return from Israel next week

    Tampa teen to return from Israel next week

    Monday, July 7 2014 4:34 AM EDT2014-07-07 08:34:53 GMT
    Representatives from CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, will speak Monday in Temple Terrace to update the press on Tariq Abu Khdeir's case.
    Representatives from CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, will speak Monday in Temple Terrace to update the press on Tariq Abu Khdeir's case.
  • Family, friends pray for Tampa teen's safe return

    Family, friends pray for Tampa teen's safe return

    Monday, July 7 2014 2:01 AM EDT2014-07-07 06:01:19 GMT
    Tariq Khdeir gets a hug from his mother, Suda Abu KhdeirTariq Khdeir gets a hug from his mother, Suda Abu Khdeir
    Huda Abu Khdeir has had little sleep in the past few days. “Thank god he’s home. He’s alright,” said Huda Abu Khdeir, the grandmother of Tariq Abu Khdeir.Tariq, 15 and a sophomore at University Academy of Florida in Temple Terrace, was beatenand taken into custodyby Israeli security forces in Jerusalem last week, according to Tariq's family members...
    Huda Abu Khdeir has had little sleep in the past few days. “Thank god he’s home. He’s alright,” said Huda Abu Khdeir, the grandmother of Tariq Abu Khdeir.Tariq, 15 and a sophomore at University Academy of Florida in Temple Terrace, was beatenand taken into custodyby Israeli security forces in Jerusalem last week, according to Tariq's family members...
  • Valrico woman dies in head-on crash on S.R. 60

    Valrico woman dies in head-on crash on S.R. 60

    Monday, July 7 2014 1:59 AM EDT2014-07-07 05:59:08 GMT
    A motorist driving the wrong direction on State Road 60 died after her car collidedhead on with another vehicle Sunday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.The victim is a69-year-old Valrico woman, whose name was not release pending notification of next of kin.According to ahighway patrol report, a 1999 Toyota Corolla driven byvictim washeaded west in the inside eastbound lane of S.R. 60 approaching Jerry Smith Road about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. At the same time,a2007 Chevy Impala driven by Glenda Dext...
    A motorist driving the wrong direction on State Road 60 died after her car collidedhead on with another vehicle Sunday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.The victim is a69-year-old Valrico woman, whose name was not release pending notification of next of kin.According to ahighway patrol report, a 1999 Toyota Corolla driven byvictim washeaded west in the inside eastbound lane of S.R. 60 approaching Jerry Smith Road about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. At the same time,a2007 Chevy Impala driven by Glenda Dext...
  • Fla. Gov. Scott to highlight crime sentencing proposal

    Fla. Gov. Scott to highlight crime sentencing proposal

    Sunday, July 6 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-07-06 17:12:21 GMT
    Scott is scheduled to make a stop in Tampa on Monday. Scott is scheduled to make a stop in Tampa on Monday.
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is touting his opposition to any changes to the state's sentencing laws.Scott is planning to do a campaign swing through the state this week where he will highlight law-enforcement and public safety proposals.
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is touting his opposition to any changes to the state's sentencing laws.Scott is planning to do a campaign swing through the state this week where he will highlight law-enforcement and public safety proposals.
  • Larger cruise ships pose problem for Tampa Port

    Larger cruise ships pose problem for Tampa Port

    Sunday, July 6 2014 8:47 AM EDT2014-07-06 12:47:27 GMT
    Some of the new larger cruise ships have a difficult time passing under the Skyway Bridge.Some of the new larger cruise ships have a difficult time passing under the Skyway Bridge.
    The Florida Department of Transportation is studying whether Port Tampa Bay's cruise ship business could go from thriving to shriveling without a plan to get the newest and largest of these floating cities past the height limitations of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
    The Florida Department of Transportation is studying whether Port Tampa Bay's cruise ship business could go from thriving to shriveling without a plan to get the newest and largest of these floating cities past the height limitations of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
  • Family, friends rally for Tampa teen's safe return

    Family, friends rally for Tampa teen's safe return

    Sunday, July 6 2014 4:11 AM EDT2014-07-06 08:11:57 GMT
    The chant “bring Tariq home” could be heard as hundreds drove through the intersection of North 56th Street and East Fowler Avenue Saturday afternoon.Family, friends and classmates gathered to rally support for 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir, a Tampa youth who is being held in Israeli custody. Tariq was handcuffed and beaten by Israeli security guards July 3 during a protest in Jerusalem.“It brings me to tears to think about Tariq and how he is over there right now without anybody, without his ...
    The chant “bring Tariq home” could be heard as hundreds drove through the intersection of North 56th Street and East Fowler Avenue Saturday afternoon.Family, friends and classmates gathered to rally support for 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir, a Tampa youth who is being held in Israeli custody. Tariq was handcuffed and beaten by Israeli security guards July 3 during a protest in Jerusalem.“It brings me to tears to think about Tariq and how he is over there right now without anybody, without his ...
  • Tampa teen beaten and jailed in Israel

    Tampa teen beaten and jailed in Israel

    Sunday, July 6 2014 2:36 AM EDT2014-07-06 06:36:31 GMT
    A Tampa high school student visiting relatives in Israel has been swept up in the ongoing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old ninth grader at the University Academy of Florida in Temple Terrace, was brutally beaten and jailed by Israeli forces in Jerusalem Thursday,according to the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He was taken into custody by Israeli soldiers after the beating and is incarcerated with severe medical injuries....
    A Tampa high school student visiting relatives in Israel has been swept up in the ongoing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old ninth grader at the University Academy of Florida in Temple Terrace, was brutally beaten and jailed by Israeli forces in Jerusalem Thursday,according to the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He was taken into custody by Israeli soldiers after the beating and is incarcerated with severe medical injuries....
  • Boater dies in single vessel crash

    Boater dies in single vessel crash

    Saturday, July 5 2014 10:02 PM EDT2014-07-06 02:02:04 GMT
    A boat outing on the Fourth of July turned deadly for a 38-year-old man Friday. The single vessel crash occurred off River Drive Southwest west of U.S. 41, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission official said. Two people were on board the boat at the time of the accident, FWC spokesman Baryl Martin said. The medical condition of the second passenger is unknown.The boat ended up in a mangroves. An initial report indicated the boat had flipped.The Hillsborough County Fire Rescue...
    A boat outing on the Fourth of July turned deadly for a 38-year-old man Friday. The single vessel crash occurred off River Drive Southwest west of U.S. 41, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission official said. Two people were on board the boat at the time of the accident, FWC spokesman Baryl Martin said. The medical condition of the second passenger is unknown.The boat ended up in a mangroves. An initial report indicated the boat had flipped.The Hillsborough County Fire Rescue...
  • Rays edge Tigers, 6-3, even series

    Rays edge Tigers, 6-3, even series

    Saturday, July 5 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-07-05 13:21:51 GMT
    Maddon didn't stick around for the end of the game. He was ejected in the sixth inning. Maddon didn't stick around for the end of the game. He was ejected in the sixth inning.
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus insists there were no guilty parties after three players were hit by pitches in Detroit's game against the Tampa Bay Rays."I never thought there was any malice on either side," he said.
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus insists there were no guilty parties after three players were hit by pitches in Detroit's game against the Tampa Bay Rays."I never thought there was any malice on either side," he said.
  • Channelside booms on Fourth of July

    Channelside booms on Fourth of July

    Saturday, July 5 2014 2:06 AM EDT2014-07-05 06:06:15 GMT
    As fireworks lit up the sky at Channelside in downtown Tampa, businesses there are hoping to see light in their future. “I can’t speak for everyone, but with the discussion going on it’s like an answered prayer,” said Janet Griffin, owner of White House Gear, of plans for the future of the waterfront shopping and dining complex.“It’s a pity it had to go on so long like it was, but Channelside is going to be amazing again," Griffin said. "There was never any doubt that it was just a matter of...
    As fireworks lit up the sky at Channelside in downtown Tampa, businesses there are hoping to see light in their future. “I can’t speak for everyone, but with the discussion going on it’s like an answered prayer,” said Janet Griffin, owner of White House Gear, of plans for the future of the waterfront shopping and dining complex.“It’s a pity it had to go on so long like it was, but Channelside is going to be amazing again," Griffin said. "There was never any doubt that it was just a matter of...
  • South Tampa boil water notice lifted

    South Tampa boil water notice lifted

    Saturday, July 5 2014 12:51 AM EDT2014-07-05 04:51:13 GMT
    A precautionary boil water notice for residents in the Ballast Point area of South Tampa has been lifted. Additional water quality samples confirm water is safe to drink.The area was bound by West Bay Avenue and West Conley Avenue on the north, South Switzer Avenue on the west, West Averill Avenue on the south and Hillsborough Bay on the east.The Tampa Water Department asks residents with private wells in the affected area to call the Utilities Call Center at (813) 274-8811, so additional...
    A precautionary boil water notice for residents in the Ballast Point area of South Tampa has been lifted. Additional water quality samples confirm water is safe to drink.The area was bound by West Bay Avenue and West Conley Avenue on the north, South Switzer Avenue on the west, West Averill Avenue on the south and Hillsborough Bay on the east.The Tampa Water Department asks residents with private wells in the affected area to call the Utilities Call Center at (813) 274-8811, so additional...
  • Veteran glad to celebrate Temple Terrace 4th of July

    Veteran glad to celebrate Temple Terrace 4th of July

    Friday, July 4 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-07-04 22:12:06 GMT
    Happy Birthday America. Friday is Independence Day number 238.
    Happy Birthday America. Friday is Independence Day number 238.
  • Deputies recover Hillsborough veteran's stolen motorcycle

    Deputies recover Hillsborough veteran's stolen motorcycle

    Friday, July 4 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-07-04 20:39:31 GMT
    It’s a 4th of July gift one disabled Iraq was veteran will not soon forget.
    It’s a 4th of July gift one disabled Iraq was veteran will not soon forget.
  • Hillsborough mom wants bullet-free sky

    Hillsborough mom wants bullet-free sky

    Friday, July 4 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-04 19:23:23 GMT
    Diego (left) and Sandy DuranDiego (left) and Sandy Duran
    What goes up, must come down. That's the message Sandy Duran is preaching through her non-profit organization called "Bullet Free Sky."
    What goes up, must come down. That's the message Sandy Duran is preaching through her non-profit organization called "Bullet Free Sky."
  • Boil water notice issued in South Tampa

    Boil water notice issued in South Tampa

    Thursday, July 3 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-03 22:37:11 GMT
    A precautionary boil water notice has been issued to approximately 500 water service customers in South Tampa.Preliminary water quality samples taken in the area indicate potential contamination. Additional testing to confirm that preliminary result has begun; however, additional sample results will not be available before noon on Friday, July 4, 2014. In the meantime, the City of Tampa urges customers in the affected area to follow a precautionary boil water notice until further notice.Custo...
    A precautionary boil water notice has been issued to approximately 500 water service customers in South Tampa.Preliminary water quality samples taken in the area indicate potential contamination. Additional testing to confirm that preliminary result has begun; however, additional sample results will not be available before noon on Friday, July 4, 2014. In the meantime, the City of Tampa urges customers in the affected area to follow a precautionary boil water notice until further notice.Custo...
  • Bill Young Reservoir renovation nears completion

    Bill Young Reservoir renovation nears completion

    Thursday, July 3 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-07-03 22:13:49 GMT
    The Bill Young Regional Reservoir.The Bill Young Regional Reservoir.
    It cost you about $125 million dollars.Its stair stepped walls are rebuilt with a slightly stronger soil cement mixture.And if the Florida Department of Environmental Protection gives the green light, Tampa Bay Water will be ready to start filling the 15 billion gallon Bill Young regional reservoir.According to Tampa Bay Water CFO Charles Carden, a key element to this reservoir renovation is the new drainage system. Nine inches of rock that lies beneath the stair stepped soil cement walls."Th...
    It cost you about $125 million dollars.Its stair stepped walls are rebuilt with a slightly stronger soil cement mixture.And if the Florida Department of Environmental Protection gives the green light, Tampa Bay Water will be ready to start filling the 15 billion gallon Bill Young regional reservoir.According to Tampa Bay Water CFO Charles Carden, a key element to this reservoir renovation is the new drainage system. Nine inches of rock that lies beneath the stair stepped soil cement walls."Th...
  • Burned Arcadia dog Hope healing, helping others

    Burned Arcadia dog Hope healing, helping others

    Thursday, July 3 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-07-03 21:27:41 GMT
    Hope with her new owner Leigh Sockolosky.Hope with her new owner Leigh Sockolosky.
    There is a lot of good in this story. Because of Hope's near-death experience more than $58,000 was raised from well-wishers around the world who wanted to help pay for Hope's medical treatment. Hope didn't need that much money. So, other animals are now benefiting from it.
    There is a lot of good in this story. Because of Hope's near-death experience more than $58,000 was raised from well-wishers around the world who wanted to help pay for Hope's medical treatment. Hope didn't need that much money. So, other animals are now benefiting from it.
  • Top items to shop for this 4th of July weekend

    Top items to shop for this 4th of July weekend

    Thursday, July 3 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-07-03 21:16:30 GMT
    No doubt you’ve seen all the ads.Every store out there is hoping you’ll come in this Fourth of July weekend and spend some quality time with your wallet. But, is it worth it?
    No doubt you’ve seen all the ads.Every store out there is hoping you’ll come in this Fourth of July weekend and spend some quality time with your wallet. But, is it worth it?
  • Hillsborough dogs left outside in heat, owner arrested

    Hillsborough dogs left outside in heat, owner arrested

    Thursday, July 3 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-07-03 21:02:34 GMT
     Lola and Bear were left outside in the heat. Lola and Bear were left outside in the heat.
    A Hillsborough County woman is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after investigators say two dogs were found with alarmingly high body temperatures of 107 and 109 degrees.
    A Hillsborough County woman is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after investigators say two dogs were found with alarmingly high body temperatures of 107 and 109 degrees.
  • Many fireworks sold in Florida require customer signature

    Many fireworks sold in Florida require customer signature

    Thursday, July 3 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-07-03 19:25:14 GMT
    Technically, it's not legal to buy many of the fireworks sold.Technically, it's not legal to buy many of the fireworks sold.
    Technically, it's not legal in Florida to buy many of the fireworks sold.
    Technically, it's not legal in Florida to buy many of the fireworks sold.
  • Rip current risk in Tampa Bay area

    Rip current risk in Tampa Bay area

    Thursday, July 3 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-03 15:12:16 GMT
    Rip Current in Florida after Hurricane Jeanne Courtesy of Dennis Decker, WCM, NWS Melbourne, FLRip Current in Florida after Hurricane Jeanne Courtesy of Dennis Decker, WCM, NWS Melbourne, FL
    The National Weather Service is warning swimmers about a rip current risk in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties.
    The National Weather Service is warning swimmers about a rip current risk in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties.
  • Ex-boyfriend in Fla. revenge porn case speaks

    Ex-boyfriend in Fla. revenge porn case speaks

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 8:27 PM EDT2014-07-03 00:27:24 GMT
    Ryan Seay tells News Channel 8 his life has been turned upside down and will never be the same.
    Ryan Seay tells News Channel 8 his life has been turned upside down and will never be the same.
  • Freedom Summer: 50 years later for Tampa Bay resident

    Freedom Summer: 50 years later for Tampa Bay resident

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-07-02 22:04:37 GMT
    Before he ever started school, Anthony Quin had done more for racial equality than people 10 times his age.“By the age of 7, I was a ripe old veteran of the civil rights movement,” Quin recalled.
    Before he ever started school, Anthony Quin had done more for racial equality than people 10 times his age.“By the age of 7, I was a ripe old veteran of the civil rights movement,” Quin recalled.
  • After Philly food truck explodes, inspection questions at Tampa rally

    After Philly food truck explodes, inspection questions at Tampa rally

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-02 21:43:08 GMT
    The video of a food truck exploding has gone viral and is unnerving to watch, especially since many of us frequent downtown Tampa's food truck rally on the first Wednesday of every month.
    The video of a food truck exploding has gone viral and is unnerving to watch, especially since many of us frequent downtown Tampa's food truck rally on the first Wednesday of every month.
  • Bay area evangelist: corruption common in Honduras

    Bay area evangelist: corruption common in Honduras

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-07-02 21:09:35 GMT
    David Walters was not surprised the six employees of Tarpon Springs-based Aqua Quest ran into trouble in Honduras.
    David Walters was not surprised the six employees of Tarpon Springs-based Aqua Quest ran into trouble in Honduras.
  • Tampa Bay pet owners advised to vaccinate dogs for parvovirus

    Tampa Bay pet owners advised to vaccinate dogs for parvovirus

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-07-02 16:39:41 GMT
    American Staffordshire Terriors are at higher risk, according to the ASPCA. Wikimedia Commons photoAmerican Staffordshire Terriors are at higher risk, according to the ASPCA. Wikimedia Commons photo
    Dog owners are being warned to vaccinate their pets for the potentially deadly parvovirus after a local Humane Society reported seeing an increase in infected pets.
    Dog owners are being warned to vaccinate their pets for the potentially deadly parvovirus after a local Humane Society reported seeing an increase in infected pets.
  • Channelside goes on auction block

    Channelside goes on auction block

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 4:31 AM EDT2014-07-02 08:31:24 GMT
    Channelside goes on the auction block Wednesday morning. Bids will start coming in at 10 a.m. on the bankrupt waterfront dining and entertainment complex.
    Channelside goes on the auction block Wednesday morning. Bids will start coming in at 10 a.m. on the bankrupt waterfront dining and entertainment complex.
  • Brush fire on Hillsborough-Manatee line ties up I-75 traffic

    Brush fire on Hillsborough-Manatee line ties up I-75 traffic

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-07-02 01:47:02 GMT
    A 50-acre brush fire shut down Interstate 75 Tuesday afternoon near the Hillsborough-Manatee County line.
    A 50-acre brush fire shut down Interstate 75 Tuesday afternoon near the Hillsborough-Manatee County line.
  • Tampa father watches son score World Cup goal

    Tampa father watches son score World Cup goal

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-07-02 00:39:15 GMT
    106:17.  It’s a number on the clock Jerry Green will never forget.
    106:17.  It’s a number on the clock Jerry Green will never forget.
  • Tampa Bay students, teachers meet Katy Perry

    Tampa Bay students, teachers meet Katy Perry

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-07-01 19:39:41 GMT
    Katy Perry, center, with local teachers and students, left to right, Kem Mosley, Adalis Moody, Kye Harris and Stephanie Dershem backstage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision for Staples/AP Images)Katy Perry, center, with local teachers and students, left to right, Kem Mosley, Adalis Moody, Kye Harris and Stephanie Dershem backstage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision for Staples/AP Images)
    Monday night, two lucky Tampa Bay teachers and two students got the chance to meet Katy Perry at her Tampa concert.
    Monday night, two lucky Tampa Bay teachers and two students got the chance to meet Katy Perry at her Tampa concert.
  • Avila home of murder-suicide torn down

    Avila home of murder-suicide torn down

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-07-01 17:45:12 GMT
    The Avila mansion where a man carried out a murder-suicide on his family before lighting their home on fire is being demolish Tuesday.
    The Avila mansion where a man carried out a murder-suicide on his family before lighting their home on fire is being demolish Tuesday.
  • I-275 exit ramp to Lois Ave. in Tampa closed until July 12

    I-275 exit ramp to Lois Ave. in Tampa closed until July 12

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 6:58 AM EDT2014-07-01 10:58:10 GMT
    The northbound I-275 exit ramp to Lois Avenue (Exit 40B) closed at 10:45 p.m. on Monday, June 30, and will remain closed around-the-clock for twelve days, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
    The northbound I-275 exit ramp to Lois Avenue (Exit 40B) closed at 10:45 p.m. on Monday, June 30, and will remain closed around-the-clock for twelve days, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
  • Lightning owner could bring new life to Tampa's Channelside

    Lightning owner could bring new life to Tampa's Channelside

    Monday, June 30 2014 11:42 PM EDT2014-07-01 03:42:44 GMT
    A well-known name has resurrected his vision of turning a Tampa landmark around on Monday.
    A well-known name has resurrected his vision of turning a Tampa landmark around on Monday.
  • Veterans receive service medals from governor in Tampa

    Veterans receive service medals from governor in Tampa

    Monday, June 30 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-06-30 23:19:38 GMT
    About 200 veterans received veterans service award medals from Gov. Rick Scott in Tampa on Monday.
    About 200 veterans received veterans service award medals from Gov. Rick Scott in Tampa on Monday.
  • VIRAL: 2-headed Tampa alligator

    VIRAL: 2-headed Tampa alligator

    Monday, June 30 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-06-30 19:59:47 GMT
    Photo from Tumbler blog of Tampa artist Justin Alan Arnold.Photo from Tumbler blog of Tampa artist Justin Alan Arnold.
    An image of a 2-headed alligator is creating a buzz on the web and is raising eyebrows at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
    An image of a 2-headed alligator is creating a buzz on the web and is raising eyebrows at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
  • Proposed regulations could threaten Tampa's last cigar factory

    Proposed regulations could threaten Tampa's last cigar factory

    Monday, June 30 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-06-30 19:49:04 GMT
    The J.C. Newman Cigar Company in Ybor City.The J.C. Newman Cigar Company in Ybor City.
    Don't take the cigars out of Cigar City. That's the message workers at the J.C. Newman Cigar Company in Ybor City are hoping to convey. They hoisted a banner outside of Tampa's last remaining cigar factory that says, "Save this Factory, Take Action Today".
    Don't take the cigars out of Cigar City. That's the message workers at the J.C. Newman Cigar Company in Ybor City are hoping to convey. They hoisted a banner outside of Tampa's last remaining cigar factory that says, "Save this Factory, Take Action Today".
  • 16 dead rodents found at Tampa Bay restaurant

    16 dead rodents found at Tampa Bay restaurant

    Monday, June 30 2014 12:27 PM EDT2014-06-30 16:27:59 GMT
    State inspectors temporarily closed five Tampa Bay eateries from June 9 through 20, 2014 after discovering rodents or roaches.
    State inspectors temporarily closed five Tampa Bay eateries from June 9 through 20, 2014 after discovering rodents or roaches.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 16 - 21

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 16 - 21

    Friday, June 27 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-06-27 22:26:36 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 16 to 21, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 16 to 21, 2014.
  • TECO rates hinge on US Supreme Court decision

    TECO rates hinge on US Supreme Court decision

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-06-24 21:53:32 GMT
    The Obama administration wants a 30 percent reduction in carbon pollution by the year 2030.
    The Obama administration wants a 30 percent reduction in carbon pollution by the year 2030.
  • Scam Alert: callers say they work at TECO

    Scam Alert: callers say they work at TECO

    Monday, June 23 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-06-24 01:37:50 GMT
    8 On Your Side has a new warning about a power company scam that continues to swindle people out of thousands of dollars.
    8 On Your Side has a new warning about a power company scam that continues to swindle people out of thousands of dollars.

  • Sales receipts have ink that fades, making returns harder

    Sales receipts have ink that fades, making returns harder

    Monday, June 23 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-06-23 21:37:01 GMT
    If you save paper sales receipts in case you need to make a return, you might want to come up with a plan B.
    If you save paper sales receipts in case you need to make a return, you might want to come up with a plan B.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 9 - 13

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 9 - 13

    Friday, June 20 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-06-20 22:46:39 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants?We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 9 to 13, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants?We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 9 to 13, 2014.

  • Hillsborough Co. wants code fix as fines top $1M on Valrico home

    Hillsborough Co. wants code fix as fines top $1M on Valrico home

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-06-18 22:34:46 GMT
    It's a mess again.  A problem property in Valrico continues to amass fines day after day for code violations.
    It's a mess again.  A problem property in Valrico continues to amass fines day after day for code violations.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Colonnade Restaurant in Tampa

    Restaurant Ratings: Colonnade Restaurant in Tampa

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-06-18 22:23:59 GMT
    The Colonnade Restaurant is located at 3401 Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa. Facebook photoThe Colonnade Restaurant is located at 3401 Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa. Facebook photo
    Each week, we bring you Restaurant Ratings, a look at the 30 restaurants that were given the most violations by state inspectors during the previous week. We also investigate a restaurant's past inspections when we receive requests from our readers. We received a request from "Kathy" who wanted us to look into the Colonnade Restaurant in Tampa.
    Each week, we bring you Restaurant Ratings, a look at the 30 restaurants that were given the most violations by state inspectors during the previous week. We also investigate a restaurant's past inspections when we receive requests from our readers. We received a request from "Kathy" who wanted us to look into the Colonnade Restaurant in Tampa.
  • Some Tampa Bay buses offer free rides for 'Dump the Pump Day'

    Some Tampa Bay buses offer free rides for 'Dump the Pump Day'

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-06-18 22:17:43 GMT
    Pasco Co. Public Transportation photoPasco Co. Public Transportation photo
    People who use public bus service in some Tampa Bay counties will be able to ride for free on June 19. The freebie is in recognition of "National Dump the Pump Day", which is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation instead of driving to save money.
    People who use public bus service in some Tampa Bay counties will be able to ride for free on June 19. The freebie is in recognition of "National Dump the Pump Day", which is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation instead of driving to save money.
  • Hillsborough Co. moves forward with plans to take over two utilities

    Hillsborough Co. moves forward with plans to take over two utilities

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-06-18 20:53:25 GMT
    Hillsborough County Commissioners voted today to move forward with legal steps to to force a private utility company to sell its two Hillsborough utilities.
    Hillsborough County Commissioners voted today to move forward with legal steps to to force a private utility company to sell its two Hillsborough utilities.
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