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  • Manatee school cleavage controversy?

    Manatee school cleavage controversy?

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:47:46 GMT
    A Braden River High School students says she was called out for a "wardrobe malfunction" in front of her classmates.A Braden River High School students says she was called out for a "wardrobe malfunction" in front of her classmates.
    What's causing all the controversy with this photo? A Braden River High School student says she was humiliated, embarrassed, and horrified on the first day of school after she was called out for a "wardrobe malfunction" in front of her classmates.
    What's causing all the controversy with this photo? A Braden River High School student says she was humiliated, embarrassed, and horrified on the first day of school after she was called out for a "wardrobe malfunction" in front of her classmates.
  • Duke Energy billing change making Florida consumers upset

    Duke Energy billing change making Florida consumers upset

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:27:46 GMT
    Duke Energy customers in Florida are a little hot this month, and not just because of the weather.Duke is changing it's billing cycle and adding up to 12 days to customers bills.Duke says it is rerouting their meter readers to make shorter trips.
    Duke Energy customers in Florida are a little hot this month, and not just because of the weather.Duke is changing it's billing cycle and adding up to 12 days to customers bills.Duke says it is rerouting their meter readers to make shorter trips.
  • Frightened neighbors voice concerns about Pasco mental health ALF

    Frightened neighbors voice concerns about Pasco mental health ALF

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:01:54 GMT
    In the middle of a New Port Richey subdivision on Langston Ave. white iron gates lead to a large compound surrounded by barbed wire fences. Inside there is a swimming pool, parking lotand several buildings that formerly served as the neighborhood HOA community center.
    In the middle of a New Port Richey subdivision on Langston Ave. white iron gates lead to a large compound surrounded by barbed wire fences. Inside there is a swimming pool, parking lotand several buildings that formerly served as the neighborhood HOA community center.
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium releases final downtown project plans

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium releases final downtown project plans

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

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 11 - 16

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

    Funeral home removal service employee charged with stealing from dead woman

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:21:18 GMT
    Pinellas County Sheriff Deputies arrested a funeral home removal service employee after they claim he stole jewelry from deceased woman while he was in her home to remove her body.
    Pinellas County Sheriff Deputies arrested a funeral home removal service employee after they claim he stole jewelry from deceased woman while he was in her home to remove her body.
  • Coast Guard to offload $19 million of cocaine in St. Pete

    Coast Guard to offload $19 million of cocaine in St. Pete

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:39 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:39:01 GMT
    Coast Guard crews are scheduled to offload 576 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $19 million in St. Petersburg Friday morning.
    Coast Guard crews are scheduled to offload 576 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $19 million in St. Petersburg Friday morning.
  • Clearwater history book creating controversy

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:57:21 GMT
    A planned book on the 100 year anniversary of Clearwater is making some business owners angry.Clearwater will celebrate the century mark next year and the city plans to publish a book on their rich history.
    A planned book on the 100 year anniversary of Clearwater is making some business owners angry.Clearwater will celebrate the century mark next year and the city plans to publish a book on their rich history.
  • Woman found in water after Indian Rocks Bridge crash identified

    Woman found in water after Indian Rocks Bridge crash identified

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:47:25 GMT
    The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman who was found in the water after a vehicle crash Thursday morning on the Indian Rocks Bridge.
    The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman who was found in the water after a vehicle crash Thursday morning on the Indian Rocks Bridge.
  • Target to extend store hours, hoping for younger shoppers

    Target to extend store hours, hoping for younger shoppers

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:25:55 GMT
    Target to expand store hours, hoping to attract younger, late-night shoppersTarget to expand store hours, hoping to attract younger, late-night shoppers
    More than 900 Target stores across the country will be extending store hours in an effort to accommodate late night shoppers, including more than 70 Florida retail locations.Target says that's what customers want and may be a way to get younger shoppers back in the store.
    More than 900 Target stores across the country will be extending store hours in an effort to accommodate late night shoppers, including more than 70 Florida retail locations.Target says that's what customers want and may be a way to get younger shoppers back in the store.
  • PSTA bus involved in head on crash in St. Pete

    PSTA bus involved in head on crash in St. Pete

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:05:47 GMT
    A PSTA bus was involved in a head on crash. A PSTA bus was involved in a head on crash.
    94th Avenue North in St. Petersburg will be closed from Gandy Blvd to Dr. Dr. M.L. King Street for the next several hours after a head-on crash between a PSTA bus and an Acura.
    94th Avenue North in St. Petersburg will be closed from Gandy Blvd to Dr. Dr. M.L. King Street for the next several hours after a head-on crash between a PSTA bus and an Acura.
  • Tuesday primary election will determine some local races

    Tuesday primary election will determine some local races

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:35 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:35:12 GMT
    Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia CommonsPhoto Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
    Tuesday's primary election will be the final decision on some races across the Tampa Bay region.Although primaries are often thought of as precursors to the general election, some contests won't make it that far.
    Tuesday's primary election will be the final decision on some races across the Tampa Bay region.Although primaries are often thought of as precursors to the general election, some contests won't make it that far.
  • 378 people 'pay it forward' at St. Petersburg Starbucks

    378 people 'pay it forward' at St. Petersburg Starbucks

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:43 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:43:23 GMT
    A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a St. Petersburg Starbucks.
    A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a St. Petersburg Starbucks.
  • Former UCF student in mortal danger

    Former UCF student in mortal danger

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-08-21 02:35:43 GMT
    NBC picture of Steven SotloffNBC picture of Steven Sotloff
    Video taped in the Iraqi desert, a man draped in black, with his face covered speaks with an British or New Zealand accent. “This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen of your country.” Moments before he beheaded Journalists James Foley, the knife-carrying man demanded air strikes stop, and warned, another American newsman, Steven Sotloff, could be next.
    Video taped in the Iraqi desert, a man draped in black, with his face covered speaks with an British or New Zealand accent. “This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen of your country.” Moments before he beheaded Journalists James Foley, the knife-carrying man demanded air strikes stop, and warned, another American newsman, Steven Sotloff, could be next.
  • Belleair Police Chief investigation may wrap up this week

    Belleair Police Chief investigation may wrap up this week

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:09:35 GMT
    Belleair Police Chief Thomas EdwardsBelleair Police Chief Thomas Edwards
    Fraternal Order of Police representative Jim Howard told Eight On Your Side Wednesday he expects a private consultant's investigation of Belleair Police Chief Thomas Edwards to wrap up by Friday.
    Fraternal Order of Police representative Jim Howard told Eight On Your Side Wednesday he expects a private consultant's investigation of Belleair Police Chief Thomas Edwards to wrap up by Friday.
  • Clearwater Police say missing special needs student found

    Clearwater Police say missing special needs student found

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:29:25 GMT
    Nefertari Blanks, 19, is missing.Nefertari Blanks, 19, is missing.
    Clearwater Police officers says a special needs student who was reported missing on Wednesday has been found.
    Clearwater Police officers says a special needs student who was reported missing on Wednesday has been found.

  • Tree trimmers shocked in Largo accident

    Tree trimmers shocked in Largo accident

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:53:04 GMT
    Two men were shocked while trimming trees in Largo on Wednesday.
    Two men were shocked while trimming trees in Largo on Wednesday.
  • Venice woman drowns at Madeira Beach

    Venice woman drowns at Madeira Beach

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:20:36 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Investigators say 69-year-old Kathleen Marie Shortill was in the water at Madeira Beach when her husband noticed she was unresponsive.
    Investigators say 69-year-old Kathleen Marie Shortill was in the water at Madeira Beach when her husband noticed she was unresponsive.
  • 3 Tampa Bay women to vie for $1 million prize in Pillsbury Bake-Off

    3 Tampa Bay women to vie for $1 million prize in Pillsbury Bake-Off

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:51:02 GMT
    Contestants at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest cheer on their fellow finalists. Pillsbury Bake-Off photoContestants at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest cheer on their fellow finalists. Pillsbury Bake-Off photo
    Whip up a tasty recipe and win a million bucks. Sounds easy enough, right? Not really. Just ask three talented Tampa Bay women who made it to the finals of this year's Pillbury Bake-Off contest.
    Whip up a tasty recipe and win a million bucks. Sounds easy enough, right? Not really. Just ask three talented Tampa Bay women who made it to the finals of this year's Pillbury Bake-Off contest.
  • Dog returns to owner after missing from Weedon Island sandbar

    Dog returns to owner after missing from Weedon Island sandbar

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:19:40 GMT
    An upset dog owner is hoping to find her dog she believes was taken from Weedon Island on Sunday.
    An upset dog owner is hoping to find her dog she believes was taken from Weedon Island on Sunday.
  • Sarasota Police to try body cams

    Sarasota Police to try body cams

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:42 AM EDT2014-08-20 07:42:41 GMT
    Body cameras are used by several law enforcement agencies in Florida but not many in the Bay Area. Sarasota Police announced this week they will begin using body cameras on police officers with a pilot program.
    Body cameras are used by several law enforcement agencies in Florida but not many in the Bay Area. Sarasota Police announced this week they will begin using body cameras on police officers with a pilot program.
  • 8 On Your Side: What are the rules for guide dogs in restaurants?

    8 On Your Side: What are the rules for guide dogs in restaurants?

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:38:16 GMT
    News Channel 8's Melanie Michael with Susan Wiburn and her service dog, CarsonNews Channel 8's Melanie Michael with Susan Wiburn and her service dog, Carson
    News Channel 8 recently covered a story about a veteran who says he and his wife were kicked out of a restaurant by cops. He claims it was because of his Yorkie-mix service dog. The story ignited a firestorm on Facebook with numerous comments on the issue. So, what are the rules involving service dogs?
    News Channel 8 recently covered a story about a veteran who says he and his wife were kicked out of a restaurant by cops. He claims it was because of his Yorkie-mix service dog. The story ignited a firestorm on Facebook with numerous comments on the issue. So, what are the rules involving service dogs?

  • Belleair Police Chief under fire by one of his own

    Belleair Police Chief under fire by one of his own

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:50:52 GMT
    Belleair Police Chief Thomas Edwards is the target of numerous allegations ranging from mismanagement to ethical breaches and possible criminal acts.
    Belleair Police Chief Thomas Edwards is the target of numerous allegations ranging from mismanagement to ethical breaches and possible criminal acts.
  • St. Pete mom's arrest a reminder of hot car dangers

    St. Pete mom's arrest a reminder of hot car dangers

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:48:25 GMT
    Graver, 32, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail.Graver, 32, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail.
    St .Petersburg mother Natasha Graver faces a child abuse charge for leaving her baby daughter inside a hot van Saturday and forgetting about her.
    St .Petersburg mother Natasha Graver faces a child abuse charge for leaving her baby daughter inside a hot van Saturday and forgetting about her.
  • Vague laws on service dogs in restaurants

    Vague laws on service dogs in restaurants

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-08-19 21:52:59 GMT
    A veteran and his wife were extremely upset after they were escorted from a Clearwater restaurant by police.
    A veteran and his wife were extremely upset after they were escorted from a Clearwater restaurant by police.
  • Detectives: Former St. Pete teacher had sex with student, other victims possible

    Detectives: Former St. Pete teacher had sex with student, other victims possible

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:49:16 GMT
    Elisha Joy Kingsley, 39, is charged with unlawful sexual activity with certain minors. Pinellas Co. Jail booking photoElisha Joy Kingsley, 39, is charged with unlawful sexual activity with certain minors. Pinellas Co. Jail booking photo
    Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives think a former teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student may have victimized additional minors.
    Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives think a former teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student may have victimized additional minors.
  • ALDI hiring for new Oldsmar, Holiday stores

    ALDI hiring for new Oldsmar, Holiday stores

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:06 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:06:11 GMT
    ALDI Facebook photosALDI Facebook photos
    Know anyone who's looking for a job? Discount grocer ALDI is expanding in the Tampa Bay area and is hiring. ALDI will be holding a job fair Tuesday, Aug. 19 from noon to 8 p.m. in Clearwater.
    Know anyone who's looking for a job? Discount grocer ALDI is expanding in the Tampa Bay area and is hiring. ALDI will be holding a job fair Tuesday, Aug. 19 from noon to 8 p.m. in Clearwater.
  • Clearwater couple escorted from restaurant because of service dogs

    Clearwater couple escorted from restaurant because of service dogs

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:43 AM EDT2014-08-19 14:43:27 GMT
    Dr. Richard Davis with his two service dogs - Mocha and Micka.Dr. Richard Davis with his two service dogs - Mocha and Micka.
    A Clearwater couple tells News Channel 8 that their service dogs were the reason they were escorted from Maggie Mae's restaurant in Sand Key.
    A Clearwater couple tells News Channel 8 that their service dogs were the reason they were escorted from Maggie Mae's restaurant in Sand Key.
  • Brad Paisley signs guitar for Pinellas Park teen battling leukemia

    Brad Paisley signs guitar for Pinellas Park teen battling leukemia

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:22 AM EDT2014-08-19 13:22:14 GMT
    Left to right: Sara and Keith Koehler and David Gereg with the guitar donated by Westshore Pizza & signed by Brad Paisley.  Gereg family photo.Left to right: Sara and Keith Koehler and David Gereg with the guitar donated by Westshore Pizza & signed by Brad Paisley. Gereg family photo.
    When 15-year-old David Gereg goes to the hospital for a long-awaited bone marrow transplant on Wednesday, he'll know the community is rallying behind him, along with a very famous country singer. Brad Paisley autographed an electric guitar for the Pinellas Park teen during his Tampa concert last Friday.
    When 15-year-old David Gereg goes to the hospital for a long-awaited bone marrow transplant on Wednesday, he'll know the community is rallying behind him, along with a very famous country singer. Brad Paisley autographed an electric guitar for the Pinellas Park teen during his Tampa concert last Friday.
  • Missing Clearwater student located after 3-hour search

    Missing Clearwater student located after 3-hour search

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:41 AM EDT2014-08-19 07:41:45 GMT
    Moajed, 10, talks with a Clearwater Police Officer and Angie and Andy Gamsby shortly after he was found on Monday. Moajed, 10, talks with a Clearwater Police Officer and Angie and Andy Gamsby shortly after he was found on Monday.
    Officers with the Clearwater Police jumped into action Monday afternoon to find a missing Sandy Lane Elementary 5th-grader.

    Officers with the Clearwater Police jumped into action Monday afternoon to find a missing Sandy Lane Elementary 5th-grader.


  • Hospital network hack affects millions

    Hospital network hack affects millions

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-08-18 23:47:10 GMT
    Millions of people's personal information is at risk after hackers targeted a hospital network.
    Millions of people's personal information is at risk after hackers targeted a hospital network.
  • UPDATE: Boy found safe after missing from Clearwater elementary school

    UPDATE: Boy found safe after missing from Clearwater elementary school

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-08-18 23:27:43 GMT
    Clearwater Police are searching for a missing child Monday afternoon who was last seen at the end of the school day at Sandy Lane Elementary.
    Clearwater Police are searching for a missing child Monday afternoon who was last seen at the end of the school day at Sandy Lane Elementary.
  • Pinellas school construction creates big problems for parents and neighbors

    Pinellas school construction creates big problems for parents and neighbors

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:02:13 GMT
    Like many parents, Kim Smalling was looking forward to a new start for her children this year at school.Smalling says she didn't want to take her daughters to the public school where they were assigned, so she looked into a charter school as another option.
    Like many parents, Kim Smalling was looking forward to a new start for her children this year at school.Smalling says she didn't want to take her daughters to the public school where they were assigned, so she looked into a charter school as another option.
  • Heat Stroke: 30-minute walk can be deadly for dogs

    Heat Stroke: 30-minute walk can be deadly for dogs

    Monday, August 18 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:40:30 GMT
    Wikimedia Commons photo: Steve PartridgeWikimedia Commons photo: Steve Partridge
    A routine, 30-minute walk turned tragic for a young dog last weekend. The dog's death has a Tampa Bay area veterinarian warning pet owners about the dangers of heat stroke.
    A routine, 30-minute walk turned tragic for a young dog last weekend. The dog's death has a Tampa Bay area veterinarian warning pet owners about the dangers of heat stroke.
  • Pinellas 911 managers puzzled by lightning strike that knocked out phones

    Pinellas 911 managers puzzled by lightning strike that knocked out phones

    Monday, August 18 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:07:11 GMT
    For about 45 minutes last Friday, Pinellas 911 service was disruptedFor about 45 minutes last Friday, Pinellas 911 service was disrupted
    For about 45 minutes last Friday, Pinellas 911 callers were out of luck when they called for help. All they heard was ringing on the other end of the line after two lightening strikes disrupted service.
    For about 45 minutes last Friday, Pinellas 911 callers were out of luck when they called for help. All they heard was ringing on the other end of the line after two lightening strikes disrupted service.
  • Largo Police looking for man who entered home, sexually battered victim

    Largo Police looking for man who entered home, sexually battered victim

    Monday, August 18 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:07:45 GMT
    Largo Police are asking for help finding a man who entered a home and sexually battered a person inside the home early Monday morning
    Largo Police are asking for help finding a man who entered a home and sexually battered a person inside the home early Monday morning
  • Joe Maddon not happy with cheers for Jeter at Tropicana

    Joe Maddon not happy with cheers for Jeter at Tropicana

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-18 18:35:43 GMT
    Derek Jeter (NBC Sports)Derek Jeter (NBC Sports)
    Derek Jeter almost felt as if he were playing in the Bronx after getting a key late hit.
    Derek Jeter almost felt as if he were playing in the Bronx after getting a key late hit.
  • Crist casts vote for himself in early voting Democratic primary for governor

    Crist casts vote for himself in early voting Democratic primary for governor

    Monday, August 18 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-08-18 15:50:04 GMT
    Arriving to newly-planted Crist campaign signs, former Gov. Charlie Crist and his wife voted Monday morning in downtown St. Petersburg, Crist's home town.
    Arriving to newly-planted Crist campaign signs, former Gov. Charlie Crist and his wife voted Monday morning in downtown St. Petersburg, Crist's home town.
  • Pinellas schools working to increase graduation rates

    Pinellas schools working to increase graduation rates

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-08-18 14:46:53 GMT
    It's the first day of school in Pinellas County, and more than one hundred thousand boys and girls will make their way back to class.
    It's the first day of school in Pinellas County, and more than one hundred thousand boys and girls will make their way back to class.
  • Pinellas vows to make STEM more fun, available for kids at schools

    Pinellas vows to make STEM more fun, available for kids at schools

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:56 AM EDT2014-08-18 11:56:09 GMT
    Thousands of Pinellas county students are ready to hit the books on their first day of school.As students go back to classes, the county is putting a strong emphasis on STEM courses. 
    Thousands of Pinellas county students are ready to hit the books on their first day of school.As students go back to classes, the county is putting a strong emphasis on STEM courses. 
  • Tampa Bay students head back to school Monday, but not all at Windsor Prep

    Tampa Bay students head back to school Monday, but not all at Windsor Prep

    Sunday, August 17 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-08-18 01:46:26 GMT
    Daisy Quinn and her twin sons, William and Blake MartinDaisy Quinn and her twin sons, William and Blake Martin
    Frustrated and upset. Those are two words Daisy Quinn is using to describe her dealings with Windsor Preparatory Academy in St. Petersburg. She learned late last week, her twin 6th-graders, William and Blake Martin, didn't make the cut for the first day of school on Monday. But it wasn't their fault. The building that will house middle-schoolers is unfinished. ...
    Frustrated and upset. Those are two words Daisy Quinn is using to describe her dealings with Windsor Preparatory Academy in St. Petersburg. She learned late last week, her twin 6th-graders, William and Blake Martin, didn't make the cut for the first day of school on Monday. But it wasn't their fault. The building that will house middle-schoolers is unfinished. ...
  • Libertarian candidate for governor on 'brew tour'

    Libertarian candidate for governor on 'brew tour'

    Sunday, August 17 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-08-17 18:52:32 GMT
    Wyllie, 44, visited several small businesses recently as part of his craft brew tour. Wyllie, 44, visited several small businesses recently as part of his craft brew tour.
    If you stopped in a Tampa Bay brewery over the past week, you might have run into a Florida candidate for governor. Adrian Wyllie, a Libertarian, visited multiple breweries in the Bay area as part of his statewide craft brew tour.
    If you stopped in a Tampa Bay brewery over the past week, you might have run into a Florida candidate for governor. Adrian Wyllie, a Libertarian, visited multiple breweries in the Bay area as part of his statewide craft brew tour.
  • Dolphin Tale 2 premiere in Clearwater

    Dolphin Tale 2 premiere in Clearwater

    Friday, August 15 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-08-15 22:37:34 GMT
    Clearwater Marine Aquarium will host the premiere for the highly anticipated Dolphin Tale 2 movie on Wednesday, September 10
    Clearwater Marine Aquarium will host the premiere for the highly anticipated Dolphin Tale 2 movie on Wednesday, September 10
  • More trouble with Pinellas County 911 system

    More trouble with Pinellas County 911 system

    Friday, August 15 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-08-15 22:15:19 GMT
    Due to the storm, Pinellas County's 9-1-1 was experiencing technical issues late Friday morning. As of 12:20 p.m., the county says the 9-1-1 system is operational, functioning on a backup.
    Due to the storm, Pinellas County's 9-1-1 was experiencing technical issues late Friday morning. As of 12:20 p.m., the county says the 9-1-1 system is operational, functioning on a backup.
  • Laughter, love found in Pinellas Parkinson's support groups

    Laughter, love found in Pinellas Parkinson's support groups

    Thursday, August 14 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-08-15 03:24:10 GMT
    When you first meet Ann Doehme, it's not her struggle with Parkinson's that you notice.It's her smile, her spunky attitude and her quick wit, sending those she meets into fits of laughter.
    When you first meet Ann Doehme, it's not her struggle with Parkinson's that you notice.It's her smile, her spunky attitude and her quick wit, sending those she meets into fits of laughter.
  • Pasco sheriff announces latest Spice bust

    Pasco sheriff announces latest Spice bust

    Thursday, August 14 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-08-14 22:00:50 GMT
    The latest arrest targets included a gas station owner in Holiday and his supplier.The latest arrest targets included a gas station owner in Holiday and his supplier.
    On Thursday afternoon, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco revealed his agency's latest crackdown on the illegal marijuana substitute known as "Spice" and many other names. The latest arrest targets included a gas station owner in Holiday and his supplier.
    On Thursday afternoon, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco revealed his agency's latest crackdown on the illegal marijuana substitute known as "Spice" and many other names. The latest arrest targets included a gas station owner in Holiday and his supplier.
  • Ex-Tarpon Springs police officer found dead in jail cell

    Ex-Tarpon Springs police officer found dead in jail cell

    Thursday, August 14 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-08-14 16:47:09 GMT
    Larry Kobielnik Larry Kobielnik
    A former police officer incarcerated in the Pinellas County jail was found dead by apparent suicide Thursday morning.
    A former police officer incarcerated in the Pinellas County jail was found dead by apparent suicide Thursday morning.
  • Clearwater yoga studio joins challenge for a good cause

    Clearwater yoga studio joins challenge for a good cause

    Thursday, August 14 2014 12:12 PM EDT2014-08-14 16:12:54 GMT
    Millions of people all over the country are taking part in the ALS Yoga Challenge, and that includes fitness enthusiasts right here in Tampa Bay area.
    Millions of people all over the country are taking part in the ALS Yoga Challenge, and that includes fitness enthusiasts right here in Tampa Bay area.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Bubba on Tony Stewart: "I will defend my friend"

    EXCLUSIVE: Bubba on Tony Stewart: "I will defend my friend"

    Thursday, August 14 2014 6:42 AM EDT2014-08-14 10:42:22 GMT
    File photo of Bubba the Love Sponge ClemFile photo of Bubba the Love Sponge Clem
    He's not afraid to speak his mind, especially when it comes to controversy. 
    He's not afraid to speak his mind, especially when it comes to controversy. 
  • Two face charges in death of St. Petersburg teen

    Two face charges in death of St. Petersburg teen

    Thursday, August 14 2014 5:24 AM EDT2014-08-14 09:24:40 GMT
    Two drivers are facing charges of DUI Manslaughter after a 17-year-old was hit and killed March 22 in St. Pete Beach.
    Two drivers are facing charges of DUI Manslaughter after a 17-year-old was hit and killed March 22 in St. Pete Beach.
  • Pinellas 911 busy signal prevents emergency calls from getting through

    Pinellas 911 busy signal prevents emergency calls from getting through

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-08-13 21:50:20 GMT
    Tim Killam thought he was having a stroke early Sunday so he called 911 seven times, each time he got a busy signal. Tim Killam thought he was having a stroke early Sunday so he called 911 seven times, each time he got a busy signal.
    Tim Killam thought he was having a stroke at 2am Sunday morning and didn't know what to do when he called Pinellas 911 and heard a busy signal.
    Tim Killam thought he was having a stroke at 2am Sunday morning and didn't know what to do when he called Pinellas 911 and heard a busy signal.
  • Donate school supplies, get a free haircut in Pasco, Hernando

    Donate school supplies, get a free haircut in Pasco, Hernando

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-08-13 21:20:51 GMT
    Bene's International School of Beauty Facebook photoBene's International School of Beauty Facebook photo
    If you're a parent with a back-to-school budget, this could help you out. Bene's International School of Beauty will be giving free haircuts during the month of August to anyone who donates a school supply.
    If you're a parent with a back-to-school budget, this could help you out. Bene's International School of Beauty will be giving free haircuts during the month of August to anyone who donates a school supply.
  • Horses for Lex: Sick girl who loves to ride is in for the ultimate surprise

    Horses for Lex: Sick girl who loves to ride is in for the ultimate surprise

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 1:49 PM EDT2014-08-13 17:49:39 GMT
    Alexus Lasiter is only 7, but she already has two big loves in life: horses and getting mail. Now, the little girl battling big health problems is in for a huge surprise, thanks to kind strangers moved by a mother's simple request.
    Alexus Lasiter is only 7, but she already has two big loves in life: horses and getting mail. Now, the little girl battling big health problems is in for a huge surprise, thanks to kind strangers moved by a mother's simple request.
  • Crash on EB Gandy Bridge with SUV, privately owned school bus

    Crash on EB Gandy Bridge with SUV, privately owned school bus

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-08-13 15:54:39 GMT
    A crash blocked lanes on eastbound Gandy Bridge Wednesday morning.
    A crash blocked lanes on eastbound Gandy Bridge Wednesday morning.
  • Seminole mother's past helps prevent suicide

    Seminole mother's past helps prevent suicide

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-08-13 13:42:22 GMT
    Bonnie McClellandBonnie McClelland
    In Bonnie McClelland's living room, there are pictures of her son, Timothy.When he was 17 years old, he committed suicide in his bedroom.
    In Bonnie McClelland's living room, there are pictures of her son, Timothy.When he was 17 years old, he committed suicide in his bedroom.
  • Clearwater Police to patrol Pinellas Trail

    Clearwater Police to patrol Pinellas Trail

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 5:35 AM EDT2014-08-13 09:35:26 GMT
    Clearwater Police will be patrolling the Pinellas Trail Wednesday. Officers are stepping up enforcement after 41-year-old Lydia Tross was found dead on the trail. 
    Clearwater Police will be patrolling the Pinellas Trail Wednesday. Officers are stepping up enforcement after 41-year-old Lydia Tross was found dead on the trail. 
  • Teen arrested in murder of woman found near Pinellas Trail

    Teen arrested in murder of woman found near Pinellas Trail

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-08-12 22:27:35 GMT
    Clearwater Police will hold a news conference Tuesday morning to speak about the mysterious death of Lydia Ann Tross, 41, whose decomposed body was found near the Pinellas Trail on Saturday.
    Clearwater Police have arrested a teen for murder in the mysterious death of Lydia Ann Tross, 41, whose decomposed body was found Saturday near the Pinellas Trail.
  • Clearwater crossing guard's legacy lives on with new award

    Clearwater crossing guard's legacy lives on with new award

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 12:13 PM EDT2014-08-12 16:13:57 GMT
    In a surprise ceremony Tuesday, Clearwater Police gave out their first award in honor of crossing guard Doug Carey. 
    In a surprise ceremony Tuesday, Clearwater Police gave out their first award in honor of crossing guard Doug Carey. 
  • Local comedians remember Robin Williams

    Local comedians remember Robin Williams

    Monday, August 11 2014 10:39 PM EDT2014-08-12 02:39:57 GMT
    Photo courtesy of the Associated PressPhoto courtesy of the Associated Press
    It’s the night the laughter died for comedians all around the world as news of Robin Williams death spread.
    It’s the night the laughter died for comedians all around the world as news of Robin Williams death spread.
  • Clearwater aquarium helps dolphin untangle from fishing line

    Clearwater aquarium helps dolphin untangle from fishing line

    Monday, August 11 2014 2:51 PM EDT2014-08-11 18:51:51 GMT
    Photo credit: NOAAPhoto credit: NOAA
    Clearwater Marine Aquarium was part of a collaborative effort to disentangle a dolphin calf that was caught in fishing line.
    Clearwater Marine Aquarium was part of a collaborative effort to disentangle a dolphin calf that was caught in fishing line.
  • Fire in Dunedin kills man, dog

    Fire in Dunedin kills man, dog

    Monday, August 11 2014 7:52 AM EDT2014-08-11 11:52:45 GMT
    Firefighters discovered a man and his dog dead in their Dunedin apartment Monday morning.
    Firefighters discovered a man and his dog dead in their Dunedin apartment Monday morning.
  • Police to release more info on suspicious Pinellas Trail death

    Police to release more info on suspicious Pinellas Trail death

    Monday, August 11 2014 5:26 AM EDT2014-08-11 09:26:57 GMT
    Lydia TrossLydia Tross
    Clearwater Police could release the cause of death Monday for the woman found in a ditch along the Pinellas Trail this weekend.
    Clearwater Police could release the cause of death Monday for the woman found in a ditch along the Pinellas Trail this weekend.
  • Report says Fla. teen killed in fatal wreck suffered broken neck

    Report says Fla. teen killed in fatal wreck suffered broken neck

    Sunday, August 10 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-08-10 15:38:29 GMT
    Niokoa Johnson, 15, died from injuries sustained in a crash at Bubba Raceway Park in March. Niokoa Johnson, 15, died from injuries sustained in a crash at Bubba Raceway Park in March.
    Authorities say a 15-year-old girl who died in a crash while racing at Bubba Raceway Park near Ocala suffered a broken neck and severe head injuries.Niokoa Johnson died in March while driving a race-ready Nissan Sentra.
    Authorities say a 15-year-old girl who died in a crash while racing at Bubba Raceway Park near Ocala suffered a broken neck and severe head injuries.Niokoa Johnson died in March while driving a race-ready Nissan Sentra.
  • St Pete family dog attacks 18-month-old

    St Pete family dog attacks 18-month-old

    Saturday, August 9 2014 8:23 AM EDT2014-08-09 12:23:50 GMT
    Extended Stay America Hotel, 2311 Ulmerton Rd.Extended Stay America Hotel, 2311 Ulmerton Rd.
    A 18-month-old child suffered severe bite wounds when the family dog attacked him in a room at an Ulmerton Road hotel Friday evening.At about 6:50 p.m. today, St. Petersburg police officers and paramedics responded to a call about a dog attack at the Extended Stay America Hotel at 2311 Ulmerton Rd., the St. Petersburg Police Department said.A couple staying at the hotel told police officers the family dog, an 11-year-old female Husky mix breed, bit their 18-month-old son, Gabriel Maurice, a S...
    A 18-month-old child suffered severe bite wounds when the family dog attacked him in a room at an Ulmerton Road hotel Friday evening.At about 6:50 p.m. today, St. Petersburg police officers and paramedics responded to a call about a dog attack at the Extended Stay America Hotel at 2311 Ulmerton Rd., the St. Petersburg Police Department said.A couple staying at the hotel told police officers the family dog, an 11-year-old female Husky mix breed, bit their 18-month-old son, Gabriel Maurice, a S...
  • Motorcyclist injured in traffic crash on Bayshore in Safety Harbor

    Motorcyclist injured in traffic crash on Bayshore in Safety Harbor

    Saturday, August 9 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-08-09 04:10:01 GMT
    A motorcyclist was injured Friday evening when a car entered the path of the bike on Bayshore Blvd. at Seventh St. in Safety Harbor. The accident occurred about 5:20 p.m..The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating a vehicle vs. motorcycle crash.
    A motorcyclist was injured Friday evening when a car entered the path of the bike on Bayshore Blvd. at Seventh St. in Safety Harbor. The accident occurred about 5:20 p.m..The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating a vehicle vs. motorcycle crash.
  • Dash cam video shows St. Pete cop's 'excessive force'

    Dash cam video shows St. Pete cop's 'excessive force'

    Friday, August 8 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-08-08 22:15:53 GMT
    Stephen Patrick Woodworth mug shot from the DUI arrestStephen Patrick Woodworth mug shot from the DUI arrest
    The St. Petersburg Police Department fired one of its officers because it claims he intended to dump some dash cam video evidence in a DUI case.
    The St. Petersburg Police Department fired one of its officers because it claims he intended to dump some dash cam video evidence in a DUI case.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 28 - Aug. 2

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 28 - Aug. 2

    Friday, August 8 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-08-08 21:53:07 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 28 to Aug. 2, 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 28 to Aug. 2, 2014.

  • Wanted: St. Pete man accused of sexually abusing 12-year-old

    Wanted: St. Pete man accused of sexually abusing 12-year-old

    Friday, August 8 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-08-08 21:02:16 GMT
    Edward Williams mug shotEdward Williams mug shot
    St. Petersburg Police are looking for a man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old.
    St. Petersburg Police are looking for a man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old.
  • Tarpon Springs splash park to reopen Saturday

    Tarpon Springs splash park to reopen Saturday

    Friday, August 8 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-08-08 16:43:13 GMT
    The Tarpon Springs Splash Park should reopen Saturday after a nasty bug was found in the water.
    The Tarpon Springs Splash Park should reopen Saturday after a nasty bug was found in the water.
  • Pinellas County hit and run suspect arrested

    Pinellas County hit and run suspect arrested

    Friday, August 8 2014 12:49 AM EDT2014-08-08 04:49:45 GMT
    Florida Highway Patrol troopers have tracked down an accused hit and run driver in Pinellas CountyChristopher F. Dohmen, 24, of Palm Harbor, was the driver of a car that collided into another one at on Belcher Road north of Alderman Road Monday night, authorities said.Investigators say a 1999 Chrysler 300, registered to Dohmen, was traveling at about 100 miles per hour when it slammed into a 2014 Nissan Altima. The driver ran from the scene after the crash.Angela Love, 25, of Largo, who was a...
    Florida Highway Patrol troopers have tracked down an accused hit and run driver in Pinellas CountyChristopher F. Dohmen, 24, of Palm Harbor, was the driver of a car that collided into another one at on Belcher Road north of Alderman Road Monday night, authorities said.Investigators say a 1999 Chrysler 300, registered to Dohmen, was traveling at about 100 miles per hour when it slammed into a 2014 Nissan Altima. The driver ran from the scene after the crash.Angela Love, 25, of Largo, who was a...
  • Nasty parasite closes Tarpon splash park

    Nasty parasite closes Tarpon splash park

    Thursday, August 7 2014 10:57 PM EDT2014-08-08 02:57:35 GMT
    On a hot August afternoon, kids would normally be at the Tarpon Springs Splash Park, enjoying themselves.But the parasite, Cryptosporidium forced Tarpon Springs to close down and clean.“I've never heard of it, no” said Heather Davis, a parent of a 2 and half year old son. “It's scary, kind of makes me want to Google it so I can find out what it is” She said.With Crypto in the water, kids are having to find somewhere e...
    On a hot August afternoon, kids would normally be at the Tarpon Springs Splash Park, enjoying themselves.But the parasite, Cryptosporidium forced Tarpon Springs to close down and clean.“I've never heard of it, no” said Heather Davis, a parent of a 2 and half year old son. “It's scary, kind of makes me want to Google it so I can find out what it is” She said.With Crypto in the water, kids are having to find somewhere e...
  • Parasite temporarily closes Tarpon Springs Splash Park

    Parasite temporarily closes Tarpon Springs Splash Park

    Thursday, August 7 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-08-07 22:16:18 GMT
    Tarpon Springs Splash Park (Courtesy City of Tarpon Springs, Florida Facebook)Tarpon Springs Splash Park (Courtesy City of Tarpon Springs, Florida Facebook)
    The Tarpon Springs Splash Park has closed after multiple people became sick by a parasite disease believed to be from the park.
    The Tarpon Springs Splash Park has closed after multiple people became sick by a parasite disease believed to be from the park.
  • Dead dog found in suitcase in St. Pete

    Dead dog found in suitcase in St. Pete

    Thursday, August 7 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-08-07 20:54:17 GMT
    Investigators in Pinellas County are looking for the person who put a dog in a suitcase and dumped it in a canal off 14th Avenue South.
    Investigators in Pinellas County are looking for the person who put a dog in a suitcase and dumped it in a canal off 14th Avenue South.
  • Pot hanging out car window leads to arrests in Clearwater

    Pot hanging out car window leads to arrests in Clearwater

    Thursday, August 7 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-07 13:49:12 GMT
    Clearwater Police Facebook photoClearwater Police Facebook photo
    Two men face charges of manufacturing marijuana after a Clearwater Police officer spotted a marijuana plant sticking out of their car window.
    Two men face charges of manufacturing marijuana after a Clearwater Police officer spotted a marijuana plant sticking out of their car window.
  • Bay area woman seeks answers in son's death

    Bay area woman seeks answers in son's death

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 10:26 PM EDT2014-08-07 02:26:51 GMT
    Medley's family has paid for two billboards seeking clues in his death.Medley's family has paid for two billboards seeking clues in his death.
    Jean Cubero is hoping a billboard will bring her peace.“I know he didn't get in that water on his own. I know he didn't,” said Cubero whose son Robert Medley was found dead in the bay April 5th, 2014. Medley was last seen March 30th at the Getaway Beach Bar on Gandy Boulevard.
    Jean Cubero is hoping a billboard will bring her peace.“I know he didn't get in that water on his own. I know he didn't,” said Cubero whose son Robert Medley was found dead in the bay April 5th, 2014. Medley was last seen March 30th at the Getaway Beach Bar on Gandy Boulevard.
  • Honest test comes to Clearwater

    Honest test comes to Clearwater

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-08-07 02:01:35 GMT
    Will Clearwater pass the 'Honest test?'Will Clearwater pass the 'Honest test?'
    Right in the middle of the Pier 60 crowds, workers set up a booth with banners proclaiming this to be "The Honest Store."Stocked with ice cold tea in all kinds of flavors, the booth had a sign directing customers to pay a dollar a small Plexiglas box.And almost everybody did “I think its pretty interesting, and people are generally honest when it comes to something like that” said Ryan Deangelis.
    Right in the middle of the Pier 60 crowds, workers set up a booth with banners proclaiming this to be "The Honest Store."Stocked with ice cold tea in all kinds of flavors, the booth had a sign directing customers to pay a dollar a small Plexiglas box.And almost everybody did “I think its pretty interesting, and people are generally honest when it comes to something like that” said Ryan Deangelis.
  • Pinellas launches new school district website

    Pinellas launches new school district website

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 7:39 AM EDT2014-08-06 11:39:38 GMT
    The home page of the new website. Image courtesy PCS.orgThe home page of the new website. Image courtesy PCS.org
    Students and parents in Pinellas County will enjoy a new revamped school district website this year, Pinellas school officials announced this week.
    Students and parents in Pinellas County will enjoy a new revamped school district website this year, Pinellas school officials announced this week.
  • Disney employee, former officer, among 132 arrested in online child sex sting

    Disney employee, former officer, among 132 arrested in online child sex sting

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 9:58 PM EDT2014-08-06 01:58:15 GMT
    Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the suspects arrested ranged in ages from their 20's to their 70's.Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the suspects arrested ranged in ages from their 20's to their 70's.
    A Disney Animal Kingdom employee and a former law enforcement office are among 132 people arrested in "Operation Cyber Vigilance" a recent online sting targeting people who use the internet to make arrangements to have sex with children.
    A Disney Animal Kingdom employee and a former law enforcement office are among 132 people arrested in "Operation Cyber Vigilance" a recent online sting targeting people who use the internet to make arrangements to have sex with children.
  • FHP looking for driver in Palm Harbor hit and run crash, 4 injured

    FHP looking for driver in Palm Harbor hit and run crash, 4 injured

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 9:43 AM EDT2014-08-05 13:43:28 GMT
    This Chrysler 300 overturned several times.This Chrysler 300 overturned several times.
    Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for help finding a driver involved in a hit-and-run crash who ran away from the crash scene Monday evening in Palm Harbor.
    Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for help finding a driver involved in a hit-and-run crash who ran away from the crash scene Monday evening in Palm Harbor.
  • Police: St. Pete mom left son, 8, in Mercedes while she drank at bar

    Police: St. Pete mom left son, 8, in Mercedes while she drank at bar

    Monday, August 4 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-08-04 22:57:12 GMT
    Krastina Gesheva, 36, was charged with DUI & child neglect. Pinellas Co. Jail booking photoKrastina Gesheva, 36, was charged with DUI & child neglect. Pinellas Co. Jail booking photo
    A St. Petersburg woman is charged with DUI and child neglect after police say she left her 8-year-old son in a 2010 Silver Mercedes while she drank at a bar for four hours.
    A St. Petersburg woman is charged with DUI and child neglect after police say she left her 8-year-old son in a 2010 Silver Mercedes while she drank at a bar for four hours.
  • PF Chang's names Clearwater, Winter Park restaurants in data breach

    PF Chang's names Clearwater, Winter Park restaurants in data breach

    Monday, August 4 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-08-04 22:46:12 GMT
    PF Changs data breach includes Clearwater and Winter Park locations (Photo from NBC News)PF Changs data breach includes Clearwater and Winter Park locations (Photo from NBC News)
    P.F. Chang's is providing more details on its ongoing investigation into a security breach, saying data may have been stolen from certain credit and debit cards used at 33 P.F. Chang's China Bistro restaurants including in Clearwater and Winter Park.
    P.F. Chang's is providing more details on its ongoing investigation into a security breach, saying data may have been stolen from certain credit and debit cards used at 33 P.F. Chang's China Bistro restaurants including in Clearwater and Winter Park.
  • Pinellas drug ringleader shipped cocaine through U.S. Mail, detectives say

    Pinellas drug ringleader shipped cocaine through U.S. Mail, detectives say

    Monday, August 4 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-08-04 21:41:07 GMT
    Pedro Maisonet-Gonzalez, 40, was identified as the leader of the ring in Pinellas County. (Jail Booking photo)Pedro Maisonet-Gonzalez, 40, was identified as the leader of the ring in Pinellas County. (Jail Booking photo)
    Detectives arrested 14 people accused of distributing cocaine and heroin in Pinellas County in an undercover case called "Operation White Pony."
    Detectives arrested 14 people accused of distributing cocaine and heroin in Pinellas County in an undercover case called "Operation White Pony."
  • Man struck by lightning in St. Pete walks away

    Man struck by lightning in St. Pete walks away

    Monday, August 4 2014 5:52 AM EDT2014-08-04 09:52:27 GMT
    Lightning strike victim on the BP convenience store surveillance cameraLightning strike victim on the BP convenience store surveillance camera
    A man is struck by lightning, and not only survives, but refuses a trip to the hospital. 
    A man is struck by lightning, and not only survives, but refuses a trip to the hospital. 
  • Madeira Beach man charged with sexual battery

    Madeira Beach man charged with sexual battery

    Monday, August 4 2014 12:26 AM EDT2014-08-04 04:26:45 GMT
    Pinellas County sheriff's detectives have arrested a Madeira Beach man on a charge ofsexual battery.Justin Gene Gregorits, 37, of228 146th Ave. inMadeira Beach, has been accused of committing sexual battery on a 17-year-old girl. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail for booking. Authorities said the incident occurredearly Sunday morning at Gregorits' home.Pinellas County sheriff's deputies were contacted by the victim's parents Sundaywhen the 17-year-old did not return home.Deputies said ...
    Pinellas County sheriff's detectives have arrested a Madeira Beach man on a charge ofsexual battery.Justin Gene Gregorits, 37, of228 146th Ave. inMadeira Beach, has been accused of committing sexual battery on a 17-year-old girl. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail for booking. Authorities said the incident occurredearly Sunday morning at Gregorits' home.Pinellas County sheriff's deputies were contacted by the victim's parents Sundaywhen the 17-year-old did not return home.Deputies said ...
  • Clearwater shooting suspect in custody

    Clearwater shooting suspect in custody

    Sunday, August 3 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-08-04 02:38:34 GMT
    Clearwater police are investigating a shooting and barricade incident that occurred at 1348 Boylan Ave. Sunday afternoon.One man has been arrested and transported to the Clearwater Police Main Station for questioning.The shooting occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Boylan Avenue, Clearwater police said. The injuries to the shooting victim appeared to be non-life threatening . The victim, whose name has been withheld, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.Th...
    Clearwater police are investigating a shooting and barricade incident that occurred at 1348 Boylan Ave. Sunday afternoon.One man has been arrested and transported to the Clearwater Police Main Station for questioning.The shooting occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Boylan Avenue, Clearwater police said. The injuries to the shooting victim appeared to be non-life threatening . The victim, whose name has been withheld, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.Th...
  • Rays score early, often in win over Angels

    Rays score early, often in win over Angels

    Sunday, August 3 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-08-03 11:48:58 GMT
    Longoria started the scoring with a two-run HR in the first inning.Longoria started the scoring with a two-run HR in the first inning.
    C.J. Wilson couldn't make it through the second inning as the Tampa Bay Rays jumped all over the Los Angeles starter.In his first start since a sprained ankle put him on the 15-day disabled list, Wilson gave up six runs in 1 1-3 innings, the second-shortest start of his career. Tampa Bay went on to win 10-3 on Saturday night.
    C.J. Wilson couldn't make it through the second inning as the Tampa Bay Rays jumped all over the Los Angeles starter.In his first start since a sprained ankle put him on the 15-day disabled list, Wilson gave up six runs in 1 1-3 innings, the second-shortest start of his career. Tampa Bay went on to win 10-3 on Saturday night.
  • Cities not interested in joining combined 911 center in Pinellas County

    Cities not interested in joining combined 911 center in Pinellas County

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:42:56 GMT
    Thursday Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told county commissioners and others attending a tour of his new Public Safety Complex that "it's time [for Clearwater, Largo, Pinellas Park and Tarpon Springs] to stop the nonsense" and combine their police dispatch operations with the new 911 center located inside his headquarters.
    Thursday Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told county commissioners and others attending a tour of his new Public Safety Complex that "it's time [for Clearwater, Largo, Pinellas Park and Tarpon Springs] to stop the nonsense" and combine their police dispatch operations with the new 911 center located inside his headquarters.
  • Mother and daughter accused in Pinellas jail pill scheme

    Mother and daughter accused in Pinellas jail pill scheme

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:11:32 GMT
    Janelle Albertston (left) and her mom Mary Ann Albertson. Pinellas Co. Jail photosJanelle Albertston (left) and her mom Mary Ann Albertson. Pinellas Co. Jail photos
    A mother and daughter are accused of running a scheme to smuggle prescription drugs into the Pinellas County Jail. A tip from an inmate led investigators to Janelle Albertson.
    A mother and daughter are accused of running a scheme to smuggle prescription drugs into the Pinellas County Jail. A tip from an inmate led investigators to Janelle Albertson.
  • Dangerous situation:189 kids left in locked cars in Pinellas

    Dangerous situation:189 kids left in locked cars in Pinellas

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-08-01 20:17:21 GMT
    An increase in the number of emergency responses about kids being left in cars has local agencies reminding people to be safe.
    An increase in the number of emergency responses about kids being left in cars has local agencies reminding people to be safe.
  • AM Headlines: Missing canoers, new mosquito virus, St. Pete antique fire, storms Tuesday

    AM Headlines: Missing canoers, new mosquito virus, St. Pete antique fire, storms Tuesday

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-08-01 20:17:19 GMT
    It's been a very busy Tuesday morning. We have a lot of developing stories to pass along, plus which parts of Tampa Bay could see storms today.
    It's been a very busy Tuesday morning. We have a lot of developing stories to pass along, plus which parts of Tampa Bay could see storms today.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 19 - 26

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 19 - 26

    Friday, August 1 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-08-01 18:44:14 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 21 to 26, 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 21 to 26, 2014.
  • Shots fired at Pinellas Park officer, K9

    Shots fired at Pinellas Park officer, K9

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-08-01 16:16:28 GMT
    Pinellas Park Police K9 Nyko. PPPD photoPinellas Park Police K9 Nyko. PPPD photo
    A Pinellas Park Police officer and his K9 partner were shot at while responding to a disturbance call on Thursday evening.
    A Pinellas Park Police officer and his K9 partner were shot at while responding to a disturbance call on Thursday evening.
  • Baycare Sports Medicine Conference is Saturday

    Baycare Sports Medicine Conference is Saturday

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:36:08 GMT
    The annual BayCare Sports Medicine Conference is Saturday, Aug. 9 starting at 8 a.m.This year, the topic is about keeping young athletes on the playing field and in the game.The keynote speaker is David Epstein, Sports Illustrated senior writer and author of the acclaimed book, The Sports Gene.
    The annual BayCare Sports Medicine Conference is Saturday, Aug. 9 starting at 8 a.m.This year, the topic is about keeping young athletes on the playing field and in the game.The keynote speaker is David Epstein, Sports Illustrated senior writer and author of the acclaimed book, The Sports Gene.
  • Pinellas school district asks Crist to pull TV ad

    Pinellas school district asks Crist to pull TV ad

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:32 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:32:42 GMT
    The Pinellas County school district is asking former Gov. Charlie Crist to pull a television ad filmed at an area high school.
    The Pinellas County school district is asking former Gov. Charlie Crist to pull a television ad filmed at an area high school.
  • 2 Pinellas chickens test positive for encephalitis

    2 Pinellas chickens test positive for encephalitis

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:29:42 GMT
    Health officials are asking residents to use mosquito repellent and to eliminate standing water around their homes after two sentinel chickens tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis.
    Health officials are asking residents to use mosquito repellent and to eliminate standing water around their homes after two sentinel chickens tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis.
  • Pinellas Public Safety Complex opens

    Pinellas Public Safety Complex opens

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:32:45 GMT
    Pinellas County Public Safety ComplexPinellas County Public Safety Complex
    The Pinellas County Board of County Commissionersgot a tour of the new Sheriff's Administration Building and the Public Safety Complex. The tour included areas of the new complex like theSheriff's Read-Off Room, Mat Room, the Regional 911 Center and the Emergency Operations Center.
    The Pinellas County Board of County Commissionersgot a tour of the new Sheriff's Administration Building and the Public Safety Complex. The tour included areas of the new complex like theSheriff's Read-Off Room, Mat Room, the Regional 911 Center and the Emergency Operations Center.
  • Pool parasite invades Pinellas County

    Pool parasite invades Pinellas County

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:25 AM EDT2014-07-31 10:25:05 GMT
    Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool. Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool.
    Health Department officials in Pinellas County are putting out a warning about a parasite that can lurk in swimming pools and water parks.

    Health Department officials in Pinellas County are putting out a warning about a parasite that can lurk in swimming pools and water parks. And, if it invades your body, you're in for a rough ride - it's called Cryptosporidium.


  • Pinellas commissioners to tour new public safety complex

    Pinellas commissioners to tour new public safety complex

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:30 AM EDT2014-07-31 09:30:41 GMT
    The complex renderingThe complex rendering
    Pinellas County Commissioners will have a VIP tour this morning of the brand new public safety complex.
    Pinellas County Commissioners will have a VIP tour this morning of the brand new public safety complex.
  • Seminole man injured in crash on Blind Pass Rd.

    Seminole man injured in crash on Blind Pass Rd.

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:00:01 GMT
    The crash occurred just after 1:30 pm Wednesday.The crash occurred just after 1:30 pm Wednesday.
    A 27-year-old Seminole man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Blind Pass Rd. and 77th Ave. in St. Pete Beach.Adam Keehnle was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with life-threatening injuries.
    A 27-year-old Seminole man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Blind Pass Rd. and 77th Ave. in St. Pete Beach.Adam Keehnle was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with life-threatening injuries.
  • Bay area man headed to prison following sexual assault conviction

    Bay area man headed to prison following sexual assault conviction

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:16:02 GMT
    Hulsey, 22, was serve at least 25 years of his prison sentence. Hulsey, 22, was serve at least 25 years of his prison sentence.
    A 22-year-old Bay area man was sentenced to more than 36 years behind bars Wednesday for his role in the 2012 sexual battery of a 12-year-old girl.Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Newton handed down the sentence for Zachary Thomas Hulsey.
    A 22-year-old Bay area man was sentenced to more than 36 years behind bars Wednesday for his role in the 2012 sexual battery of a 12-year-old girl.Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Newton handed down the sentence for Zachary Thomas Hulsey.
  • Pinellas Health Dept. warns of parasitic disease

    Pinellas Health Dept. warns of parasitic disease

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:12:18 GMT
    Wikimedia Commons photo credit Ukko.deWikimedia Commons photo credit Ukko.de
    The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is asking for the public's help to prevent the spread of Cryptosporidiosis, a disease that spreads easily in households, child-care settings and through swimming in contaminated water.
    The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is asking for the public's help to prevent the spread of Cryptosporidiosis, a disease that spreads easily in households, child-care settings and through swimming in contaminated water.
  • An app that repels mosquitoes? We test it.

    An app that repels mosquitoes? We test it.

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:53:07 GMT
    Now, there's an app that claims to keep mosquitoes away. You can download the anti-mosquito sonic repeller on your smart phone.
    Now, there's an app that claims to keep mosquitoes away. You can download the anti-mosquito sonic repeller on your smart phone.

  • Dog trapped 2 days under Clearwater house

    Dog trapped 2 days under Clearwater house

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:32 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:32:58 GMT
    Imagine what it would be like to have a beloved member of your family vanish, only to learn she had never been more than a few feet away? That's what recently happened to a Clearwater family.
    Imagine what it would be like to have a beloved member of your family vanish, only to learn she had never been more than a few feet away? That's what recently happened to a Clearwater family.
  • Veteran officer named new Clearwater Police chief

    Veteran officer named new Clearwater Police chief

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:45:20 GMT
    Daniel Slaughter was named Clearwater Police Chief. City of Clearwater photoDaniel Slaughter was named Clearwater Police Chief. City of Clearwater photo
    Daniel Slaughter, a veteran of more than two decades with the Clearwater Police Department, has been named the agency's new chief. City Manager Bill Horne made the announcement Tuesday morning, picking the patrol commander as the 13th chief of the department after an internal search, necessitated by the recent resignation of Chief Tony Holloway.
    Daniel Slaughter, a veteran of more than two decades with the Clearwater Police Department, has been named the agency's new chief. City Manager Bill Horne made the announcement Tuesday morning, picking the patrol commander as the 13th chief of the department after an internal search, necessitated by the recent resignation of Chief Tony Holloway.
  • Crist announces immediate plans if he becomes Florida's governor

    Crist announces immediate plans if he becomes Florida's governor

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:51:05 GMT
    Charlie Crist announced a plan Tuesday for his first day in office if he is elected to his old job as Florida governor.Crist calls the day the "First Day of Fairness" and set out five executive orders he plans to sign.
    Charlie Crist announced a plan Tuesday for his first day in office if he is elected to his old job as Florida governor.Crist calls the day the "First Day of Fairness" and set out five executive orders he plans to sign.
  • 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

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:46:28 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.
  • Pasco hit & run driver injures baby in stroller, parents

    Pasco hit & run driver injures baby in stroller, parents

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:27:49 GMT
    The Florida Highway Patrol is asking for help finding a hit and run driver who injured a young Holiday couple and their 4-month-old baby, who they were pushing in a stroller.
    The Florida Highway Patrol is asking for help finding a hit and run driver who injured a young Holiday couple and their 4-month-old baby, who they were pushing in a stroller.
  • 3rd case of chikungunya in Pinellas

    3rd case of chikungunya in Pinellas

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:27 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:27:53 GMT
    The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County has received confirmation of its third chikungunya case in a 38-year-old male who traveled to the Caribbean in July. 
    The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County has received confirmation of its third chikungunya case in a 38-year-old male who traveled to the Caribbean in July. 
  • St. Pete man will relocate bees for free

    St. Pete man will relocate bees for free

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-07-28 15:39:17 GMT
    Mr NaturalsMr Naturals
    He's a carpenter by day, but bees are his passion. 
    He's a carpenter by day, but bees are his passion. 
  • Free hepatitis testing in Pinellas this week

    Free hepatitis testing in Pinellas this week

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:57 AM EDT2014-07-28 07:57:16 GMT
    Department of Health Pinellas and Pinellas Planning Partnership will offer free hepatitis test and other screenings Monday and Friday.
    Department of Health Pinellas and Pinellas Planning Partnership will offer free hepatitis test and other screenings Monday and Friday.
  • Armed man robs Treasure Island Walgreens location

    Armed man robs Treasure Island Walgreens location

    Sunday, July 27 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-07-27 16:04:38 GMT
    Police say the armed man entered the store just before 5 am Sunday.Police say the armed man entered the store just before 5 am Sunday.
    Detectives with the Treasure Island Police Department are on the lookout for an armed robbery suspect who struck early Sunday morning at the Walgreens location on Gulf Blvd.The crime occurred just before 5 am.
    Detectives with the Treasure Island Police Department are on the lookout for an armed robbery suspect who struck early Sunday morning at the Walgreens location on Gulf Blvd.The crime occurred just before 5 am.
  • 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.
  • Making lemonade to help cure epilepsy

    Making lemonade to help cure epilepsy

    Saturday, July 26 2014 7:25 PM EDT2014-07-26 23:25:07 GMT
    Lemonade for Livy participants in front of the Gold & Diamond Source in ClearwaterLemonade for Livy participants in front of the Gold & Diamond Source in Clearwater
    It seems more special when children help other children. Such is the case with a set of Clearwater twins, who have been instrumental in drawing nationwide awareness to help find a cure for epilsepy.They inspired the slogan "Make A Stand Against Epilepsy" because of their efforts to raise money for another child called Livy.The officials 2014 "Lemonade for Livy" fundraising campaign, which launched Friday, continued today.Three Pinellas County businesses and five homeowners are hosting lemon...
    It seems more special when children help other children. Such is the case with a set of Clearwater twins, who have been instrumental in drawing nationwide awareness to help find a cure for epilsepy.They inspired the slogan "Make A Stand Against Epilepsy" because of their efforts to raise money for another child called Livy.The officials 2014 "Lemonade for Livy" fundraising campaign, which launched Friday, continued today.Three Pinellas County businesses and five homeowners are hosting lemon...
  • Argument turns deadly; Clearwater man arrested on murder charge

    Argument turns deadly; Clearwater man arrested on murder charge

    Saturday, July 26 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-07-26 13:34:58 GMT
    Largo Police were dispatched to the scene just after 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Largo Police were dispatched to the scene just after 5:30 p.m. on Friday.
    A 24-year-old Clearwater man is facing murder charges after an argument turned deadly Friday afternoon at the Royal Pine condominium complex in Largo.Charles Michael Yantis was booked into the Pinellas County Jail where he is being held without bond.
    A 24-year-old Clearwater man is facing murder charges after an argument turned deadly Friday afternoon at the Royal Pine condominium complex in Largo.Charles Michael Yantis was booked into the Pinellas County Jail where he is being held without bond.
  • St. Pete man arrested on sex crime charges

    St. Pete man arrested on sex crime charges

    Saturday, July 26 2014 9:14 AM EDT2014-07-26 13:14:18 GMT
    Kent, 67, was arrested on Friday by deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Kent, 67, was arrested on Friday by deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
    A 67-year-old St. Petersburg man is behind bars facing a variety of charges stemming from his involvement with three juveniles.Roger Lyle Kent is being held without bond at the Pinellas County Jail. He is charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation; two counts of showing obscene material to minors and one count of committed a prohibited act in the presence of minors.
    A 67-year-old St. Petersburg man is behind bars facing a variety of charges stemming from his involvement with three juveniles.Roger Lyle Kent is being held without bond at the Pinellas County Jail. He is charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation; two counts of showing obscene material to minors and one count of committed a prohibited act in the presence of minors.
  • Largo police say fight led to death

    Largo police say fight led to death

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:16:34 GMT
    Largo Police are investigating a death after being called to the scene of a fight at the Royal Pine Condominiums at 4500 East Bay Drive at 5:38 p.m.
    Largo Police are investigating a death after being called to the scene of a fight at the Royal Pine Condominiums at 4500 East Bay Drive at 5:38 p.m.
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