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  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:45:52 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.
  • Dangerous situation:189 kids left in locked cars in Pinellas

    Dangerous situation:189 kids left in locked cars in Pinellas

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:42 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:42:48 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • St. Pete mother of missing teen looks for answers 2 years later

    St. Pete mother of missing teen looks for answers 2 years later

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:59:03 GMT
    The mother of a missing teenager will be handing out flyers in South St. Petersburg this morning. 
    The mother of a missing teenager will be handing out flyers in South St. Petersburg this morning. 
  • Largo teen meets the Pope thanks to Make-A-Wish

    Largo teen meets the Pope thanks to Make-A-Wish

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:19:26 GMT
    A Largo teenager's wish came true this week when he shook hands with The Pope.
    A Largo teenager's wish came true this week when he shook hands with The Pope.
  • Clearwater twins inspire national campaign for epilepsy awareness

    Clearwater twins inspire national campaign for epilepsy awareness

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:08 AM EDT2014-07-25 08:08:31 GMT
    Hailey and LivyHailey and Livy
    'Make A Stand Against Epilepsy' - that's the slogan of a nationwide awareness and fundraising effort that sparked because of Clearwater twins.
    'Make A Stand Against Epilepsy' - that's the slogan of a nationwide awareness and fundraising effort that sparked because of Clearwater twins.
  • One struck by lightning in Clearwater

    One struck by lightning in Clearwater

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:48 AM EDT2014-07-25 04:48:51 GMT
    One person has been struck by lightning at Sand Key Park in Clearwater.
    One person has been struck by lightning at Sand Key Park in Clearwater.
  • New jobs on tap for Pinellas as loss looms

    New jobs on tap for Pinellas as loss looms

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:09:34 GMT
    File Photo: Gov. Rick ScottFile Photo: Gov. Rick Scott
    Gov. Rick Scott is expected to take part in an event marking the expansion at GE Energy Management in Clearwater.The expansion will create about 250 jobs, according to a news release from the governor's office.Gov. Scott often attends events connected to job creation, an issue he has made central to his administration and his re-election campaign.
    Gov. Rick Scott is expected to take part in an event marking the expansion at GE Energy Management in Clearwater.The expansion will create about 250 jobs, according to a news release from the governor's office.Gov. Scott often attends events connected to job creation, an issue he has made central to his administration and his re-election campaign.
  • Florida Hospital North Pinellas: Not responsible for 96-year-old patient's missing dentures

    Florida Hospital North Pinellas: Not responsible for 96-year-old patient's missing dentures

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:56:22 GMT
    Ella Mae Hess, age 96, wasn't thinking about her dentures when an ambulance rushedher to Florida Hospital North Pinellas last April after she took a bad fall at the Coral Oaks senior living facility in Palm Harbor.
    Ella Mae Hess, age 96, wasn't thinking about her dentures when an ambulance rushedher to Florida Hospital North Pinellas last April after she took a bad fall at the Coral Oaks senior living facility in Palm Harbor.
  • St. Pete police release wrong ID arrested in drug bust

    St. Pete police release wrong ID arrested in drug bust

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:18:58 GMT
    Photos of those arrested during drug investigation in St. Petersburg, including the mistaken ID.Photos of those arrested during drug investigation in St. Petersburg, including the mistaken ID.
    At a press conference on Wednesday, St. Petersburg Police released the picture of a man they said was arrested during a drug investigation. But, they got it wrong.
    At a press conference on Wednesday, St. Petersburg Police released the picture of a man they said was arrested during a drug investigation. But, they got it wrong.
  • Car loses control injuring 3 at Dunedin shopping center

    Car loses control injuring 3 at Dunedin shopping center

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:37:40 GMT
    An out of control car injured three people at a Dunedin shopping center on Wednesday afternoon. The shopping center is located at the intersection of Curlew Road and Bayshore Boulevard.
    An out of control car injured three people at a Dunedin shopping center on Wednesday afternoon. The shopping center is located at the intersection of Curlew Road and Bayshore Boulevard.
  • 20 people, 2 businesses busted for spice in St. Pete

    20 people, 2 businesses busted for spice in St. Pete

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:47:27 GMT
    Twenty people were arrested, and two local shops fined, after the St. Petersburg Police Department conducted an undercover round-up of spice buyers and sellers.
    Twenty people were arrested, and two local shops fined, after the St. Petersburg Police Department conducted an undercover round-up of spice buyers and sellers.
  • Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:59:58 GMT
    This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in PinellasThis Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
  • St. Petersburg Mayor names new police chief

    St. Petersburg Mayor names new police chief

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:02:55 GMT
    Newly named St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony HollowayNewly named St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway
    Mayor Rick Kriseman named St. Petersburg's new police chief. He's Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway. Kriseman went through an extensive search involving internal and external candidates, but in the end, he reached out to Holloway. Kriseman says after several conversations, he knew Holloway would be the perfect fit.
    Mayor Rick Kriseman named St. Petersburg's new police chief. He's Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway. Kriseman went through an extensive search involving internal and external candidates, but in the end, he reached out to Holloway. Kriseman says after several conversations, he knew Holloway would be the perfect fit.
  • Man critically injured by street sweeper in St. Pete

    Man critically injured by street sweeper in St. Pete

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:16 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:16:44 GMT
    A man was critically injured Tuesday morning in St. Petersburg when he was run over by a street sweeper.
    A man was critically injured Tuesday morning in St. Petersburg when he was run over by a street sweeper.
  • New St. Petersburg Police Chief is Anthony Holloway

    New St. Petersburg Police Chief is Anthony Holloway

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:54 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:54:00 GMT
    Clearwater Police Chief, Anthony HollowayClearwater Police Chief, Anthony Holloway
    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will announce the new St. Petersburg Police Chief on Tuesday.
    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will announce the new St. Petersburg Police Chief on Tuesday.
  • Accused DUI killer in Pinellas court today

    Accused DUI killer in Pinellas court today

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:26 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:26:58 GMT
    File: mugshot of Garrett BruceFile: mugshot of Garrett Bruce
    Prosecutors have been trying to bring Garrett Bruce to justice for years now after he crashed a car in Tarpon Springs in 2011 and killed one of his passengers, Patrick Vosbein. Police say he was driving drunk.Today in a Pinellas courtroom Bruce willhave yet another pretrial hearing leading up to his scheduled trial
    Prosecutors have been trying to bring Garrett Bruce to justice for years now after he crashed a car in Tarpon Springs in 2011 and killed one of his passengers, Patrick Vosbein. Police say he was driving drunk.Today in a Pinellas courtroom Bruce willhave yet another pretrial hearing leading up to his scheduled trial
  • 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?
  • Bicyclist shoots juvenile at Largo park

    Bicyclist shoots juvenile at Largo park

    Sunday, July 20 2014 9:45 PM EDT2014-07-21 01:45:51 GMT
    Largo police officers are searching for a bicyclist who shot a juvenile at a park Sunday evening. Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Largo police received a call about a shooting at the Bayhead Recreation Complex at 375 Seminole Blvd. The shooting occurred in the area of the skate park.The incident began when a male on a bicycle started an argument with a juvenile male at the park,a Largo Police Department report said.After they exchanged words, the male on the bicycle pulled out a gun and began firing..
    Largo police officers are searching for a bicyclist who shot a juvenile at a park Sunday evening. Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Largo police received a call about a shooting at the Bayhead Recreation Complex at 375 Seminole Blvd. The shooting occurred in the area of the skate park.The incident began when a male on a bicycle started an argument with a juvenile male at the park,a Largo Police Department report said.After they exchanged words, the male on the bicycle pulled out a gun and began firing..
  • 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. 
  • Pilot in fatal plane crash off Captiva from St. Pete

    Pilot in fatal plane crash off Captiva from St. Pete

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:11:03 GMT
    The plane went down in the waters off Captiva Island on Wednesday. The plane went down in the waters off Captiva Island on Wednesday.
    Authorities have identified the pilot of a small plane that crashed into the waters off a southwest Florida island.The Lee County Sheriff's Office says Gregg Howard of St. Petersburg was flying the plane that crashed Wednesday evening into the Gulf of Mexico off Captiva Island.
    Authorities have identified the pilot of a small plane that crashed into the waters off a southwest Florida island.The Lee County Sheriff's Office says Gregg Howard of St. Petersburg was flying the plane that crashed Wednesday evening into the Gulf of Mexico off Captiva Island.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • DOT safety report out for Clearwater intersection where crossing guard died

    DOT safety report out for Clearwater intersection where crossing guard died

    Thursday, July 17 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-07-17 22:19:09 GMT
    File photo: Doug Carey, crossing guard killed at the intersection of GUlt ro Bay and Belcher Rd.File photo: Doug Carey, crossing guard killed at the intersection of GUlt ro Bay and Belcher Rd.
    The Florida DOT will reveal some suggestions today to make the intersection at Gulf to Bay Blvd and Belcher road a safer place to drive and walk.That intersection was where a hit and run motorist killed crossing guard Doug Carey, age 70, on May 20th.Safety experts have been studying ways to make the intersection safer without impeding the flow of more than 50,000 vehicles a day.
    The Florida DOT will reveal some suggestions today to make the intersection at Gulf to Bay Blvd and Belcher road a safer place to drive and walk.That intersection was where a hit and run motorist killed crossing guard Doug Carey, age 70, on May 20th.Safety experts have been studying ways to make the intersection safer without impeding the flow of more than 50,000 vehicles a day.
  • Teens try to break into undercover car with St. Pete detective inside

    Teens try to break into undercover car with St. Pete detective inside

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-07-17 20:47:52 GMT
    Three teens were charged with attempted burglary after authorities say they tried to open the door of a parked car while an undercover St. Petersburg police detective sat inside. The detective was watching an area because officers received reports that teens were trying to open parked car doors. The detective watched the teens try other doors.Apparently unaware he was inside, the teens tried the detective's door last.St. Petersburg police say the teens, girls ages 13 and 15 and a 14-year-old ...
    Three teens were charged with attempted burglary after authorities say they tried to open the door of a parked car while an undercover St. Petersburg police detective sat inside. The detective was watching an area because officers received reports that teens were trying to open parked car doors. The detective watched the teens try other doors.Apparently unaware he was inside, the teens tried the detective's door last.St. Petersburg police say the teens, girls ages 13 and 15 and a 14-year-old ...
  • St. Pete Shoppers hunt for bargains in pajamas and bikinis

    St. Pete Shoppers hunt for bargains in pajamas and bikinis

    Thursday, July 17 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-07-17 17:45:55 GMT
    The Sunrise Sale is a St. Petersburg tradition local merchants look forward to during each slow summer.
    The Sunrise Sale is a St. Petersburg tradition local merchants look forward to during each slow summer.
  • Pinellas doctor's murder remains unsolved, new info released

    Pinellas doctor's murder remains unsolved, new info released

    Thursday, July 17 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-07-17 17:35:13 GMT
    The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has released photos and details from the search of the Tarpon Springs home where a doctor was found allegedly murdered.
    The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has released photos and details from the search of the Tarpon Springs home where a doctor was found allegedly murdered.
  • Reward offered for info in murder of Tarpon Springs doctor

    Reward offered for info in murder of Tarpon Springs doctor

    Thursday, July 17 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-17 17:26:53 GMT
    Doctor Steven Patlin SchwartzDoctor Steven Patlin Schwartz
    On Friday June 6, Crime Stoppers announced that it is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the murder of Tarpon Springs Doctor Steven Schwartz.
    On Friday June 6, Crime Stoppers announced that it is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the murder of Tarpon Springs Doctor Steven Schwartz.
  • Helpful meetings for start-up hopefuls in St. Pete

    Helpful meetings for start-up hopefuls in St. Pete

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-07-17 14:51:39 GMT
    Think you have the next best idea for a unique start up business? There is a free resource in Tampa Bay to help get you up and running.
    Think you have the next best idea for a unique start up business? There is a free resource in Tampa Bay to help get you up and running.
  • Traditional Sunrise Sale in St. Pete back this year

    Traditional Sunrise Sale in St. Pete back this year

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:25 AM EDT2014-07-17 08:25:07 GMT
    Many businesses will open their doors early for the special saleMany businesses will open their doors early for the special sale
    Shoppers will be strolling along the streets of downtown St. Petersburg Thursday morning in pajamas and bathing suits for the 41st annual Sunrise Sale. This year's theme is 'PaJammin.'
    Shoppers will be strolling along the streets of downtown St. Petersburg Thursday morning in pajamas and bathing suits for the 41st annual Sunrise Sale. This year's theme is 'PaJammin.'
  • 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?
  • Lightning strike damages Clearwater home

    Lightning strike damages Clearwater home

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-07-16 16:52:37 GMT
    Lightning struck a home at 1450 Citrus St. in Clearwater. Lightning struck a home at 1450 Citrus St. in Clearwater.
    Photos of a damage at a Clearwater home show just how powerful a lightning strike can be.Clearwater Fire Rescue responded to a call about a fire at 1450 Citrus St. early Wednesday morning.Lightning struck the front of the house, according to CFR.The homeowner told firefighters that the intensity of the lightning strike caused metal objects, like the doorbell and the address plate, to fly off the house.Damage was limited to the front of the home.CFR says no one was injured.Copyright 2014 WFLA....
    Photos of a damage at a Clearwater home show just how powerful a lightning strike can be.Clearwater Fire Rescue responded to a call about a fire at 1450 Citrus St. early Wednesday morning.Lightning struck the front of the house, according to CFR.The homeowner told firefighters that the intensity of the lightning strike caused metal objects, like the doorbell and the address plate, to fly off the house.Damage was limited to the front of the home.CFR says no one was injured.Copyright 2014 WFLA....
  • Strange smell causes hundreds to evacuate Largo government building

    Strange smell causes hundreds to evacuate Largo government building

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 9:07 PM EDT2014-07-16 01:07:41 GMT
    Paramedics evaluate patients outside the Mary Grizzle Building in LargoParamedics evaluate patients outside the Mary Grizzle Building in Largo
    Largo firefighters evacuated an estimated 200-300 people from the Mary Grizzle Building in Largo after a strange smell caused several people to suffer breathing problems.
    Largo firefighters evacuated an estimated 200-300 people from the Mary Grizzle Building in Largo after a strange smell caused several people to suffer breathing problems.
  • Pranks caught on camera worry Clearwater cops

    Pranks caught on camera worry Clearwater cops

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 9:04 PM EDT2014-07-16 01:04:14 GMT
    Jack Tenney edits videos at his Indian Rocks Beach home. Jack Tenney edits videos at his Indian Rocks Beach home.
    In the You tube videos, they attach a long board to a tree and wait for someone to take it and confront them. “I know we have a lot of kids watching our videos, so we really just want to spread a positive message” said video maker Jack Tenney.In other videos, people duck when it looks like beer is being thrown on them.
    In the You tube videos, they attach a long board to a tree and wait for someone to take it and confront them. “I know we have a lot of kids watching our videos, so we really just want to spread a positive message” said video maker Jack Tenney.In other videos, people duck when it looks like beer is being thrown on them.
  • Mom arrested after leaving baby in running car in Pinellas Park

    Mom arrested after leaving baby in running car in Pinellas Park

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:28:41 GMT
    Abramenkova mug shotAbramenkova mug shot
    A woman was arrested near a Target on US 19 Monday after leaving a 19-month-old baby in a car with engine running while she shopped, Pinellas Park Police officers said.
    A woman was arrested near a Target on US 19 Monday after leaving a 19-month-old baby in a car with engine running while she shopped, Pinellas Park Police officers said.
  • Heat Stroke: 30-minute walk can be deadly for dogs

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

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:13:29 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.
  • 2nd Pinellas case of chikungunya virus

    2nd Pinellas case of chikungunya virus

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 12:56 PM EDT2014-07-15 16:56:29 GMT
    An Aedes aegypti mosquito. CDC photoAn Aedes aegypti mosquito. CDC photo
    The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County has received confirmation of its second chikungunya case in a Pinellas resident who traveled to the Caribbean in June and July. 
    The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County has received confirmation of its second chikungunya case in a Pinellas resident who traveled to the Caribbean in June and July. 
  • Pinellas justice system converts to computerized records

    Pinellas justice system converts to computerized records

    Monday, July 14 2014 7:45 PM EDT2014-07-14 23:45:28 GMT
    Pinellas State Attorney Bernie McCabe likens the 30-year-old courthouse records mainframe known as the Consolidated Justice Information System, or CJIS,to a rickety old car "that you can't find any parts for anymore."
    Pinellas State Attorney Bernie McCabe likens the 30-year-old courthouse records mainframe known as the Consolidated Justice Information System, or CJIS,to a rickety old car "that you can't find any parts for anymore."
  • 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.
  • Clearwater ice cream factory to close

    Clearwater ice cream factory to close

    Monday, July 14 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-07-14 21:56:45 GMT
    A factory that makes Klondike, Good Humor and Popsicle ice cream products in Clearwater is closing.The Unilever factory is scheduled to be phased out by early November, Unilever media relations manager Jamie Stein said.
    A factory that makes Klondike, Good Humor and Popsicle ice cream products in Clearwater is closing.The Unilever factory is scheduled to be phased out by early November, Unilever media relations manager Jamie Stein said.
  • Cold case: Clearwater man killed 6 years ago

    Cold case: Clearwater man killed 6 years ago

    Monday, July 14 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-07-14 19:25:58 GMT
    Francois Bing's homicide case remains unsolved Francois Bing's homicide case remains unsolved
    Six years ago, Francois Bing was found shot to death in Clearwater.Clearwater Police remain intent on finding his killer.Bing was 26-years old at the time of his death. His deceased body was found at 913 Engman Street on July 14, 2008. His homicide remains unsolved. Anyone with information about this case should call Clearwater Police Department at 562-4242, email tips@myclearwater.com, or call the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477). Copyright 2014 WFLA. All rights res...
    Six years ago, Francois Bing was found shot to death in Clearwater.Clearwater Police remain intent on finding his killer.Bing was 26-years old at the time of his death. His deceased body was found at 913 Engman Street on July 14, 2008. His homicide remains unsolved. Anyone with information about this case should call Clearwater Police Department at 562-4242, email tips@myclearwater.com, or call the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477). Copyright 2014 WFLA. All rights res...
  • Rick Scott for Florida Campaign Announces “Veterans For Scott” Coalition

    Rick Scott for Florida Campaign Announces “Veterans For Scott” Coalition

    Monday, July 14 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-07-14 17:03:41 GMT
    Governor Scott has worked to expand education and employment opportunities for veterans and has been a national leader in calling for accountability regarding issues plaguing VA hospitals across the country.Governor Scott has worked to expand education and employment opportunities for veterans and has been a national leader in calling for accountability regarding issues plaguing VA hospitals across the country.
    Pulling on support from veterans, Gov. Rick Scott announced a new coalition as part of his re-election campaign on Monday.The "Veterans for Scott" coalition is made up of 58 veterans, government elected officials and veteran activists, according to a press release from the Scott campaign.
    Pulling on support from veterans, Gov. Rick Scott announced a new coalition as part of his re-election campaign on Monday.The "Veterans for Scott" coalition is made up of 58 veterans, government elected officials and veteran activists, according to a press release from the Scott campaign.
  • Pair of motorcyclists killed on Pinellas County roads

    Pair of motorcyclists killed on Pinellas County roads

    Sunday, July 13 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-07-13 15:58:20 GMT
    Both incidents were investigated by troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol. Both incidents were investigated by troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol.
    Two Bay area motorcyclists were killed early Sunday in separate crashes in Pinellas County.The first one occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Roosevelt Blvd. and 28th St. North.
    Two Bay area motorcyclists were killed early Sunday in separate crashes in Pinellas County.The first one occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Roosevelt Blvd. and 28th St. North.
  • Kiermaier propels Rays to 10-3 win over Toronto

    Kiermaier propels Rays to 10-3 win over Toronto

    Sunday, July 13 2014 8:24 AM EDT2014-07-13 12:24:50 GMT
    Rays' Manager Joe Maddon loves Kiermaier's 'hair on fire' playing style. Rays' Manager Joe Maddon loves Kiermaier's 'hair on fire' playing style.
    Kevin Kiermaier's youthful exuberance is becoming a major asset for the Tampa Bay Rays.The rookie had three hits and drove three runs Saturday, helping right-hander Jake Odorizzi beat the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 10-3.
    Kevin Kiermaier's youthful exuberance is becoming a major asset for the Tampa Bay Rays.The rookie had three hits and drove three runs Saturday, helping right-hander Jake Odorizzi beat the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 10-3.
  • Pinellas Park firefighter charged with selling drugs

    Pinellas Park firefighter charged with selling drugs

    Sunday, July 13 2014 3:07 AM EDT2014-07-13 07:07:57 GMT
    A Pinellas Park firefighter and SWAT medic has been arrested for selling narcotics. James Allen Comer, 38, of Largo was taken into custody about noon Saturday and booked into the Pinellas County Jail, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. He was arrested in the parking lot of Northside Hospital. Deputies said Comer sold and was in possession of eight different types of prescription pills.
    A Pinellas Park firefighter and SWAT medic has been arrested for selling narcotics. James Allen Comer, 38, of Largo was taken into custody about noon Saturday and booked into the Pinellas County Jail, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. He was arrested in the parking lot of Northside Hospital. Deputies said Comer sold and was in possession of eight different types of prescription pills.
  • Mother of teenage boy says 50-year-old woman took advantage of him

    Mother of teenage boy says 50-year-old woman took advantage of him

    Saturday, July 12 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-13 02:38:35 GMT
    It’s not the outcome a Seminole mother expected when her son asked to go sleep over at a friend’s home. “This is a woman I’ve never had a problem with her. I would speak to her if my son was over there to make sure it was okay the boys were hanging out there,” said the victim’s mother. Eight On Your Side will not name the mother to protect her son's identity. The victim is a 15 year-old boy....
    It’s not the outcome a Seminole mother expected when her son asked to go sleep over at a friend’s home. “This is a woman I’ve never had a problem with her. I would speak to her if my son was over there to make sure it was okay the boys were hanging out there,” said the victim’s mother. Eight On Your Side will not name the mother to protect her son's identity. The victim is a 15 year-old boy....
  • Rays' home woes continue, lose to Jays, 8-5

    Rays' home woes continue, lose to Jays, 8-5

    Saturday, July 12 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-07-12 14:25:12 GMT
    Bautista had two hits and two RBI for visiting Toronto on Friday night. Bautista had two hits and two RBI for visiting Toronto on Friday night.
    The Tampa Bay Rays have lost the momentum from an outstanding road trip.Steve Tolleson's two-run single snapped a ninth-inning tie and helped the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Rays 8-5 on Friday night.Stay connected with the news of the day.
    The Tampa Bay Rays have lost the momentum from an outstanding road trip.Steve Tolleson's two-run single snapped a ninth-inning tie and helped the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Rays 8-5 on Friday night.Stay connected with the news of the day.
  • Archer, Kiermaier lead Rays past Tigers, 7-2

    Archer, Kiermaier lead Rays past Tigers, 7-2

    Saturday, July 12 2014 9:58 AM EDT2014-07-12 13:58:52 GMT
    Kiermaier had three hits for Tampa Bay on Saturday. Kiermaier had three hits for Tampa Bay on Saturday.
    Tampa Bay's Chris Archer came within two outs of a complete game, holding the Detroit Tigers to six hits in the Rays' 7-2 victory Saturday.The Rays broke the game open with three runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth, and the Tigers never mounted much of a rally against Archer (5-5).
    Tampa Bay's Chris Archer came within two outs of a complete game, holding the Detroit Tigers to six hits in the Rays' 7-2 victory Saturday.The Rays broke the game open with three runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth, and the Tigers never mounted much of a rally against Archer (5-5).
  • Pinellas woman, 50, accused of sex with 15-year-old

    Pinellas woman, 50, accused of sex with 15-year-old

    Friday, July 11 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-07-11 19:21:11 GMT
    Julia OrcaJulia Orca
    A 50-year-old Pinellas woman has been accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old boy.
    A 50-year-old Pinellas woman has been accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old boy.
  • Worker rescued from 20-ft. hole in St. Pete

    Worker rescued from 20-ft. hole in St. Pete

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-07-09 23:46:24 GMT
    A 57-year-old construction worker from Kloot Construction is at Bayfront Medical Center with multiple fractures and head injures after falling into a 20-25 foot hole in St. Petersburg.
    A 57-year-old construction worker from Kloot Construction is at Bayfront Medical Center with multiple fractures and head injures after falling into a 20-25 foot hole in St. Petersburg.
  • Investigators look for clues in Tarpon Springs business fire

    Investigators look for clues in Tarpon Springs business fire

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-07-09 21:58:39 GMT
    Firefighters from the Tarpon Springs Fire Department and other Pinellas County agencies were fighting a fire at the Tarpon Tap House at 701 Pinellas Ave N. on Tuesday night.
    Firefighters from the Tarpon Springs Fire Department and other Pinellas County agencies were fighting a fire at the Tarpon Tap House at 701 Pinellas Ave N. on Tuesday night.
  • Woman's body found under parked St. Pete car, run over night before

    Woman's body found under parked St. Pete car, run over night before

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-07-09 20:43:35 GMT
    Henrietta Regina Dickson was found dead under a car. Hillsborough Co. Jail booking photo from prior arrestHenrietta Regina Dickson was found dead under a car. Hillsborough Co. Jail booking photo from prior arrest
    St. Petersburg Police made a disturbing discovery underneath a car on Wednesday, the lifeless body of a transient who was accidentally run over the night before.
    St. Petersburg Police made a disturbing discovery underneath a car on Wednesday, the lifeless body of a woman who was accidentally run over the night before.
  • Got a photogenic pet? Calendar contest underway

    Got a photogenic pet? Calendar contest underway

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-07-09 15:24:42 GMT
    Suncoast Animal League Facebook photoSuncoast Animal League Facebook photo
    Got a photogenic pet? You might want to enter a photo of your critter in Suncoast Animal League's annual pet calendar contest.
    Got a photogenic pet? You might want to enter a photo of your critter in Suncoast Animal League's annual pet calendar contest.
  • Bats at Largo apartment building causing worries

    Bats at Largo apartment building causing worries

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 4:47 AM EDT2014-07-09 08:47:48 GMT
    Nestled away from Ulmerton road in building nine, a colony of bats is finding the eves above these apartment, perfectly suited for their homes.When the sun goes down, the bats come out.
    Nestled away from Ulmerton road in building nine, a colony of bats is finding the eves above these apartment, perfectly suited for their homes.When the sun goes down, the bats come out.
  • Deadly pedestrian crash in Clearwater

    Deadly pedestrian crash in Clearwater

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-07-08 22:45:00 GMT
    A pedestrian was killed early Wednesday morning in Clearwater while trying to cross Gulf to Bay Boulevard. It is the second deadly crash in the last two weeks in which a pedestrian was killed on the busy road.
    A pedestrian was killed early Wednesday morning in Clearwater while trying to cross Gulf to Bay Boulevard. It is the second deadly crash in the last two weeks in which a pedestrian was killed on the busy road.
  • Safety experts check out deadly intersection in Clearwater

    Safety experts check out deadly intersection in Clearwater

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-07-08 22:39:33 GMT
    Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road is Clearwater's second-busiest intersection and one of its most dangerous. Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road is Clearwater's second-busiest intersection and one of its most dangerous.
    Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road is Clearwater's second-busiest intersection and one of its most dangerous. More than 30 crashes typically happen there every year.
    Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road is Clearwater's second-busiest intersection and one of its most dangerous. More than 30 crashes typically happen there every year.
  • Tampa Bay captain jailed in Honduras plans to continue work there

    Tampa Bay captain jailed in Honduras plans to continue work there

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-07-08 19:49:16 GMT
    Family and friends were onhand to welcome the crew home to Tarpon Springs on July 2.Family and friends were onhand to welcome the crew home to Tarpon Springs on July 2.
    The captain of an underwater salvage crew who was held in a Honduran jail for seven weeks is making plans to go back to the country where he says he and his crew were "kidnapped."
    The captain of an underwater salvage crew who was held in a Honduran jail for seven weeks is making plans to go back to the country where he says he and his crew were "kidnapped."
  • Fights, public intoxication lead to four arrests at Rowdies match

    Fights, public intoxication lead to four arrests at Rowdies match

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 10:55 AM EDT2014-07-08 14:55:18 GMT
    Four men were arrested Sunday and about 20 people were tossed out of a Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer match at Al Lang Stadium after a violent disruption Sunday afternoon, the St. Petersburg Police Department said.Firefighterswith theSt. Petersburg Fire Department were called to the stadium to extinguish a fire in the stands, St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz said. The incident occurred during the Rowdies' match with the Orlando City team.Two busloads of fans from the visiting teammade the...
    Four men were arrested Sunday and about 20 people were tossed out of a Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer match at Al Lang Stadium after a violent disruption Sunday afternoon, the St. Petersburg Police Department said.Firefighterswith theSt. Petersburg Fire Department were called to the stadium to extinguish a fire in the stands, St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz said. The incident occurred during the Rowdies' match with the Orlando City team.Two busloads of fans from the visiting teammade the...
  • Pinellas officials warn of rip currents

    Pinellas officials warn of rip currents

    Monday, July 7 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-07-08 00:10:16 GMT
    Pinellas County officials are warning beachgoers to be aware of rip currents.
    Pinellas County officials are warning beachgoers to be aware of rip currents.
  • Pinellas deputies warn citizens about new scam

    Pinellas deputies warn citizens about new scam

    Monday, July 7 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-07-07 23:09:55 GMT
    Pinellas deputies are warning residents to not let their guard down. Detectives are investigating five cases, where criminals pose as city workers or contractors, such as tree trimmers. They convince residents to follow them to their backyard.
    Pinellas deputies are warning residents to not let their guard down. Detectives are investigating five cases, where criminals pose as city workers or contractors, such as tree trimmers. They convince residents to follow them to their backyard.
  • St. Pete mom's arrest a reminder of hot car dangers

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

    Monday, July 7 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-07-07 20:33:07 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.
  • Mom charged after St. Pete infant left in hot van

    Mom charged after St. Pete infant left in hot van

    Sunday, July 6 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-07-06 14:44:45 GMT
    Graver, 32, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. Graver, 32, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail.
    A St. Petersburg woman was arrested leaving an infant in a hot, unattended vehicle Saturday.St. Petersburg police said Natasha W. Graver, 32, of 2011 42nd St. S. in St. Petersburg, left a four-month-old baby girl in a hot, unattended van for several hours Saturday.
    A St. Petersburg woman was arrested leaving an infant in a hot, unattended vehicle Saturday.St. Petersburg police said Natasha W. Graver, 32, of 2011 42nd St. S. in St. Petersburg, left a four-month-old baby girl in a hot, unattended van for several hours Saturday.
  • Pinellas man arrested on burglary, theft charges

    Pinellas man arrested on burglary, theft charges

    Saturday, July 5 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-07-05 15:37:54 GMT
    Mathis, 34, is facing a variety of charges. Mathis, 34, is facing a variety of charges.
    A 34-year-old Palm Harbor man is facing a variety of charges in connection with a string of burglaries in Pasco and Pinellas counties.Jeffrey Carl Mathis was taken into custody Friday night at a location along US 19. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail where he is being held without bond.
    A 34-year-old Palm Harbor man is facing a variety of charges in connection with a string of burglaries in Pasco and Pinellas counties.Jeffrey Carl Mathis was taken into custody Friday night at a location along US 19. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail where he is being held without bond.
  • Lightning sparks house fire

    Lightning sparks house fire

    Saturday, July 5 2014 2:13 AM EDT2014-07-05 06:13:55 GMT
    Pinellas County firefighters battled a three-story house fire in Oldsmar Friday night.Fire officials believe the blaze at 3192 Phoenix Avenue was caused by lightning.There were reportstwostories of the house collapsed.No one was home at the time of the fire.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2014 WFLA. All rights reserved.
    Pinellas County firefighters battled a three-story house fire in Oldsmar Friday night.Fire officials believe the blaze at 3192 Phoenix Avenue was caused by lightning.There were reportstwostories of the house collapsed.No one was home at the time of the fire.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2014 WFLA. All rights reserved.
  • Chihuly Collection preparing to celebrate 4th anniversary in St. Pete

    Chihuly Collection preparing to celebrate 4th anniversary in St. Pete

    Friday, July 4 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-07-05 01:57:39 GMT
    The Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center is celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Collection’s opening on Friday, July 11 with discounted admission.
    The Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center is celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Collection’s opening on Friday, July 11 with discounted admission.
  • Parking problems plague St. Pete Beach

    Parking problems plague St. Pete Beach

    Friday, July 4 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-07-05 00:00:46 GMT
    They're not serving burgers or fries at closed restaurant under renovation in St.Pete Beach, but the parking lot is jammed.
    They're not serving burgers or fries at closed restaurant under renovation in St.Pete Beach, but the parking lot is jammed.
  • Clearwater Police want to avoid repeat of Memorial Day shooting

    Clearwater Police want to avoid repeat of Memorial Day shooting

    Friday, July 4 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-07-04 21:10:53 GMT
    Independence Day marks the first major holiday in Clearwater since Memorial Day when a shooting at Clearwater Beach left two people injured.
    Independence Day marks the first major holiday in Clearwater since Memorial Day when a shooting at Clearwater Beach left two people injured.
  • St. Pete Beach parking crackdown infuriates biz owners

    St. Pete Beach parking crackdown infuriates biz owners

    Friday, July 4 2014 10:18 AM EDT2014-07-04 14:18:27 GMT
    Empty lots like this are no longer available to St. Pete Beach beachgoers.Empty lots like this are no longer available to St. Pete Beach beachgoers.
    New barriers stretch across the entrances to prime parking lots in St. Pete Beach. Spots where visitors once parked, are no longer available, like at closed restaurants.
    New barriers stretch across the entrances to prime parking lots in St. Pete Beach. Spots where visitors once parked, are no longer available, like at closed restaurants.
  • St. Pete teen who asked to be adopted still looking for a family

    St. Pete teen who asked to be adopted still looking for a family

    Thursday, July 3 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-07-03 23:02:33 GMT
    Davion Only is still seeking a forever family.Davion Only is still seeking a forever family.
    Davion Only, the teenage boy who won the hearts of many when he stood up at a St. Petersburg church and asked for someone to adopt him, is still looking for a forever family.Davion was born in a prison and had lived with foster families for most of his life. He was staying at a group home, when he made his plea in church in October of 2013.The teen spent time with a prospective family, but it was not a good fit, according Eckerd Youth Alternatives, which is the agency handling Davion's case.E...
    Davion Only, the teenage boy who won the hearts of many when he stood up at a St. Petersburg church and asked for someone to adopt him, is still looking for a forever family.Davion was born in a prison and had lived with foster families for most of his life. He was staying at a group home, when he made his plea in church in October of 2013.The teen spent time with a prospective family, but it was not a good fit, according Eckerd Youth Alternatives, which is the agency handling Davion's case.E...
  • 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.
  • Pinellas to open 2 technology magnet schools

    Pinellas to open 2 technology magnet schools

    Thursday, July 3 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-07-03 15:36:15 GMT
    Dozens of teachers crowded into Kings Highway Elementary School to learn a new language: technology.
    Dozens of teachers crowded into Kings Highway Elementary School to learn a new language: technology.
  • 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.
  • Car downs tree in Indian Rocks Beach

    Car downs tree in Indian Rocks Beach

    Thursday, July 3 2014 7:07 AM EDT2014-07-03 11:07:52 GMT
    A car hit a tree on Gulf Boulevard in Indian Rocks Beach early Thursday morning, according to Pinellas County emergency dispatch.
    A car hit a tree on Gulf Boulevard in Indian Rocks Beach early Thursday morning, according to Pinellas County emergency dispatch.
  • At-home beauty treatments a risk, says St. Pete doctor

    At-home beauty treatments a risk, says St. Pete doctor

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-07-03 01:34:30 GMT
    Dr. Christian Drehsen, of St. Petersburg, has seen it all before.
    Dr. Christian Drehsen, of St. Petersburg, has seen it all before.
  • Aqua Quest crew already planning future trips

    Aqua Quest crew already planning future trips

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-07-03 01:29:07 GMT
    Aqua Quest Captain Bob Mayne is ready for a short break, but then, back to work.
    Aqua Quest Captain Bob Mayne is ready for a short break, but then, back to work.
  • Tarpon Springs crew held in Honduran jail arrives home

    Tarpon Springs crew held in Honduran jail arrives home

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-07-02 21:51:35 GMT
    The crew of Tarpon Springs based Aqua Quest ship was greeted by family and friends Wednesday morning.The crew of Tarpon Springs based Aqua Quest ship was greeted by family and friends Wednesday morning.
    The crew of the Aqua Quest returned to cheers and relieved families in Tarpon Springs on Wednesday morning.
    The crew of the Aqua Quest returned to cheers and relieved families in Tarpon Springs on Wednesday morning.
  • 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.
  • Chikungunya case confirmed in Pinellas County

    Chikungunya case confirmed in Pinellas County

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 2:56 PM EDT2014-07-02 18:56:42 GMT
    The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County has received confirmation of its first chikungunya case.
    The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County has received confirmation of its first chikungunya case.
  • 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.
  • Car crashes into Clearwater pool

    Car crashes into Clearwater pool

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 9:48 AM EDT2014-07-02 13:48:21 GMT
    Clearwater Police are questioning the driver of a car they say plowed into a mailbox, a parked car, a pool cage, and finally into a swimming pool.
    Clearwater Police are questioning the driver of a car they say plowed into a mailbox, a parked car, a pool cage, and finally into a swimming pool.
  • Tarpon Springs crew returns home from Honduras

    Tarpon Springs crew returns home from Honduras

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 4:48 AM EDT2014-07-02 08:48:28 GMT
    Family and friends are waiting anxiously for their loved ones in the Aqua Quest International Crew to return home. The six men made it into US waters Tuesday.
    Family and friends are waiting anxiously for their loved ones in the Aqua Quest International Crew to return home. The six men made it into US waters Tuesday.
  • Tarpon Springs crew due back from Honduras on Wednesday

    Tarpon Springs crew due back from Honduras on Wednesday

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-07-01 22:05:19 GMT
    A long-awaited homecoming for the crew of the Aqua Quest will be delayed a little longer.
    A long-awaited homecoming for the crew of the Aqua Quest will be delayed a little longer.
  • Hit-and-run suspect in Pinellas court, victims' family pack courtroom

    Hit-and-run suspect in Pinellas court, victims' family pack courtroom

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-07-01 20:43:03 GMT
    Marquise Anderson's first appearance Tuesday (Pool photo)Marquise Anderson's first appearance Tuesday (Pool photo)
    Family members of the victims of last Thursday's fiery crash packed a Pinellas County courtroom this afternoon. They were there to witness Marquice Anderson's first appearance.
    Family members of the victims of last Thursday's fiery crash packed a Pinellas County courtroom this afternoon. They were there to witness Marquice Anderson's first appearance.
  • 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.
  • Dunedin veteran couple: home sellers turn down offers due to VA loan

    Dunedin veteran couple: home sellers turn down offers due to VA loan

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    Like most moms, Melanie Gearhart wants her 7-year-old son, Andrew, to grow up in their own home, with a big yard.
    Like most moms, Melanie Gearhart wants her 7-year-old son, Andrew, to grow up in their own home, with a big yard.
  • Search warrant now required before police can search your smart phone

    Search warrant now required before police can search your smart phone

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    The U.S. Supreme Court moved to protect your privacy in this digital world, but it could make it more difficult for law enforcement to catch criminals.
    The U.S. Supreme Court moved to protect your privacy in this digital world, but it could make it more difficult for law enforcement to catch criminals.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 9 - 13

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 9 - 13

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    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.

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