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  • Dunedin firefighters responding to possible sinkhole

    Dunedin firefighters responding to possible sinkhole

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:57:00 GMT
    Dunedin firefighters are responding to a report of a possible sinkhole.
    Dunedin firefighters are responding to a report of a possible sinkhole.
  • EXCLUSIVE: St. Pete mom accused of murdering her son talks

    EXCLUSIVE: St. Pete mom accused of murdering her son talks

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-04-17 12:10:06 GMT
    It's the jailhouse interview you need to see. A mother accused of stabbing her 4-year-old son to death speaks exclusively to News Channel 8's Melissa Beckman Thursday night at 6 p.m.
    It's the jailhouse interview you need to see. A mother accused of stabbing her 4-year-old son to death speaks exclusively to News Channel 8's Melissa Beckman Thursday night at 6 p.m.
  • Bay area prescription pill abusers ratchet up threat

    Bay area prescription pill abusers ratchet up threat

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-04-17 01:28:32 GMT
    Pinellas deputies say what happened at the Trust Pharmacy is the first time they know a drug user went after a customer instead of the pharmacist.
    Pinellas deputies say what happened at the Trust Pharmacy is the first time they know a drug user went after a customer instead of the pharmacist.
  • Man grabs woman, steals medicine outside Pinellas pharmacy

    Man grabs woman, steals medicine outside Pinellas pharmacy

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-04-16 19:53:05 GMT
    A man grabbed a woman by the throat and threw her to the ground before stealing her medicine, Pinellas deputies say.
    A man grabbed a woman by the throat and threw her to the ground before stealing her medicine, Pinellas deputies say.
  • Gun range approved for Tarpon Springs

    Gun range approved for Tarpon Springs

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-04-16 19:50:00 GMT
    The Tarpon Springs City Commission has approved a massive new gun range.
    The Tarpon Springs City Commission has approved a massive new gun range.
  • Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala fired during meeting

    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala fired during meeting

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:37:02 GMT
    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala was fired Tuesday.Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala was fired Tuesday.
    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala is out of a job. Pinellas County Commissioners fired him during a commission meeting on Tuesday.
    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala is out of a job. Pinellas County Commissioners fired him during a commission meeting on Tuesday.

  • Bay area post offices open after 6:00 p.m. on Tax Day

    Bay area post offices open after 6:00 p.m. on Tax Day

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:03:06 GMT
    If you've left your tax return until the last minute, several post offices are open late tonight to accommodate your needs.
    If you've left your tax return until the last minute, several post offices are open late tonight to accommodate your needs.
  • Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16

    Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:19:40 GMT
    Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16
    To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Wawa stores across Florida will give away a free cup of coffee, all day, on Wednesday, April 16.
    To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Wawa stores across Florida will give away a free cup of coffee, all day, on Wednesday, April 16.
  • Alex Sink says she will not run for Congress

    Alex Sink says she will not run for Congress

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:37:14 GMT
    Alex Sink's office issued a statement Tuesday morning that the candidate will not run for the 13th Congressional District seat in 2014 election.
    Alex Sink's office issued a statement Tuesday morning that the candidate will not run for the 13th Congressional District seat in 2014 election.
  • Clearwater Beach construction claims parking spaces

    Clearwater Beach construction claims parking spaces

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:06 AM EDT2014-04-15 08:06:04 GMT
    The construction site in Clearwater BeachThe construction site in Clearwater Beach
    Beach parking already comes at a premium. Now it's even harder to find a space on Clearwater Beach. Construction is underway on a new resort, where the Adam's Mark Hotel once stood. 
    Beach parking already comes at a premium. Now it's even harder to find a space on Clearwater Beach. Construction is underway on a new resort, where the Adam's Mark Hotel once stood. 
  • Online underage sex sting nets 18 arrests in Pinellas Co.

    Online underage sex sting nets 18 arrests in Pinellas Co.

    Monday, April 14 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-04-15 00:30:06 GMT
    A four-day effort to arrest men looking to have sex with young girls wrapped up Monday in Pinellas County.
    A four-day effort to arrest men looking to have sex with young girls wrapped up Monday in Pinellas County.
  • East Lake High School student rescued from auditorium ceiling

    East Lake High School student rescued from auditorium ceiling

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:22:49 GMT
    East Lake Fire Rescue helps student down from auditorium ceilingEast Lake Fire Rescue helps student down from auditorium ceiling
    East Lake Fire Rescue responded to the high school Monday afternoon to rescue a student who became trapped in the ceiling of the school's auditorium.
    East Lake Fire Rescue responded to the high school Monday afternoon to rescue a student who became trapped in the ceiling of the school's auditorium.
  • Job fair held in St. Pete

    Job fair held in St. Pete

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:10:49 GMT

    Dozens headed to the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg on Monday crossing their fingers that their luck will change.

    Dozens headed to the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg on Monday crossing their fingers that their luck will change.


  • Torch Run for Special Olympics in Pinellas County

    Torch Run for Special Olympics in Pinellas County

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:04:04 GMT
    Law enforcement agencies from all over Pinellas County will run the Torch for Special Olympics on Tuesday.
    Law enforcement agencies from all over Pinellas County will run the Torch for Special Olympics on Tuesday.
  • St. Pete paramedic remembers Boston bombing

    St. Pete paramedic remembers Boston bombing

    Monday, April 14 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-04-14 20:46:58 GMT
    The explosions happened almost a year ago in Boston near the marathon finish lineThe explosions happened almost a year ago in Boston near the marathon finish line
    It’s been a long year for the Cunningham family of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg firefighter and paramedic Jim Cunningham was at the Boston Marathon along with his daughter cheering on his wife when they heard the explosions.
    It’s been a long year for the Cunningham family of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg firefighter and paramedic Jim Cunningham was at the Boston Marathon along with his daughter cheering on his wife when they heard the explosions.
  • Woman arrested after fatal bike crash in Clearwater

    Woman arrested after fatal bike crash in Clearwater

    Monday, April 14 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-04-14 12:20:56 GMT
    Casandra Renita Hafford. Clearwater PD mugshotCasandra Renita Hafford. Clearwater PD mugshot
    A woman involved in a fatal motorcycle accident this weekend is in jail Monday morning, according to the Clearwater police report. She admitted she had been drinking the day of the crash.
    A woman involved in a fatal motorcycle accident this weekend is in jail Monday morning, according to the Clearwater police report. She admitted she had been drinking the day of the crash.
  • Cyclist dies in fatal crash in Clearwater

    Cyclist dies in fatal crash in Clearwater

    Monday, April 14 2014 1:22 AM EDT2014-04-14 05:22:49 GMT
    Clearwater Police traffic homicide investigators investigated a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday night.A crash between a car and a motorcycle occurred at 9:37 p.m. at the intersection of Belleair Road and Missouri Avenue.The motorcyclist, whose name was not released, was northbound on Missouri Avenue when the motorcycle collided with a car that was turning east on Belleair Road from Missouri Avenue.The driver of the motorcycle was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he was pronounced dead s...
    Clearwater Police traffic homicide investigators investigated a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday night.A crash between a car and a motorcycle occurred at 9:37 p.m. at the intersection of Belleair Road and Missouri Avenue.The motorcyclist, whose name was not released, was northbound on Missouri Avenue when the motorcycle collided with a car that was turning east on Belleair Road from Missouri Avenue.The driver of the motorcycle was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he was pronounced dead s...
  • Shooting suspect may have had PTSD

    Shooting suspect may have had PTSD

    Monday, April 14 2014 1:10 AM EDT2014-04-14 05:10:58 GMT
    Questions about the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder surround a triple shooting inthe 4300 block ofSeventh Avenue North Saturday night.One victim, Mackenzie McConnell, passed away after he was hit by bullets."This is a tragedy, and we are still trying to cope with the loss,” McConnell's father toldNews Channel8 Sunday. The shooting occurredshortlyafter 10 p.m. Saturday.According to the arrest affidavits,34-year-old Jason Faber saw two men outside.McConnell and his friend, Alexander...
    Questions about the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder surround a triple shooting inthe 4300 block ofSeventh Avenue North Saturday night.One victim, Mackenzie McConnell, passed away after he was hit by bullets."This is a tragedy, and we are still trying to cope with the loss,” McConnell's father toldNews Channel8 Sunday. The shooting occurredshortlyafter 10 p.m. Saturday.According to the arrest affidavits,34-year-old Jason Faber saw two men outside.McConnell and his friend, Alexander...
  • Crowd jams at blues fest in the park

    Crowd jams at blues fest in the park

    Sunday, April 13 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-04-13 23:19:56 GMT
    The weather was warm, but the blues was cool at Vinoy Park Sunday.Some of the biggest names in blues music had the crowd on its feet and jammin' at the 20th annual Tampa Bay Blues Festival.People were dancing. Others sat back and relaxed. But they all enjoyed the music and tropical settting in downtown St. Petersburg.Fans have danced, swayed and entertained by the sounds of well-known entertainments and bands, including Chicago, guitarist Buddy Guy, Blind Boys of Alabama and crooner Michael M...
    The weather was warm, but the blues was cool at Vinoy Park Sunday.Some of the biggest names in blues music had the crowd on its feet and jammin' at the 20th annual Tampa Bay Blues Festival.People were dancing. Others sat back and relaxed. But they all enjoyed the music and tropical settting in downtown St. Petersburg.Fans have danced, swayed and entertained by the sounds of well-known entertainments and bands, including Chicago, guitarist Buddy Guy, Blind Boys of Alabama and crooner Michael M...
  • Bicycle rider seriously injured in crash on Drew St.

    Bicycle rider seriously injured in crash on Drew St.

    Sunday, April 13 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-04-13 17:14:06 GMT
    Officers with the Clearwater Police Department are investigating the crash. Officers with the Clearwater Police Department are investigating the crash.
    A 54-year-old Bay area bicyclist was seriously injured Saturday night when he was hit by a car on Drew St. in Clearwater.The unidentified man was transported by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where he is listed in critical condition.
    A 54-year-old Bay area bicyclist was seriously injured Saturday night when he was hit by a car on Drew St. in Clearwater.The unidentified man was transported by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where he is listed in critical condition.
  • Rays lose Cobb to DL with oblique strain

    Rays lose Cobb to DL with oblique strain

    Sunday, April 13 2014 12:26 PM EDT2014-04-13 16:26:09 GMT
    Cobb has not allowed an earned run in his last 15 1/3 innings. Cobb has not allowed an earned run in his last 15 1/3 innings.
    The Tampa Bay Rays put right-hander Alex Cobb on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained oblique in his left side, the second starter they've lost to injury in a week.Cobb pitched seven innings in a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. He's gone 15-1-3 innings without allowing a run.
    The Tampa Bay Rays put right-hander Alex Cobb on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained oblique in his left side, the second starter they've lost to injury in a week.Cobb pitched seven innings in a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. He's gone 15-1-3 innings without allowing a run.
  • Military veteran arrested on 1st-degree murder charge

    Military veteran arrested on 1st-degree murder charge

    Sunday, April 13 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-04-13 13:50:17 GMT
    Faber, 34, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder according to his wife. Faber, 34, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder according to his wife.
    A 34-year-old Bay area man is facing a variety of charges stemming from a fatal shooting that occurred late Saturday night in St. Petersburg.Jason Michael Faber was arrested just before midnight following a short pursuit. He is being held without bond at the Pinellas County Jail.According to a St. Petersburg Police Department report officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of 7th Ave. North just after 10 p.m. in response to a shots fired call.
    A 34-year-old Bay area man is facing a variety of charges stemming from a fatal shooting that occurred late Saturday night in St. Petersburg.Jason Michael Faber was arrested just before midnight following a short pursuit. He is being held without bond at the Pinellas County Jail.According to a St. Petersburg Police Department report officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of 7th Ave. North just after 10 p.m. in response to a shots fired call.
  • Restaurant Buzz: Big changes at Panera, Glory Days Grill opens, fire at Joffrey's Coffee

    Restaurant Buzz: Big changes at Panera, Glory Days Grill opens, fire at Joffrey's Coffee

    Friday, April 11 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-04-12 00:09:21 GMT
     Hillsborough County firefighters put out a fire in a coffee roaster at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea. HCFR photo Hillsborough County firefighters put out a fire in a coffee roaster at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea. HCFR photo
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.

  • Trailer released for 'Dolphin Tale 2' starring Clearwater dolphin

    Trailer released for 'Dolphin Tale 2' starring Clearwater dolphin

    Friday, April 11 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:42:19 GMT
    "Winter" the dolphin is returning to the big screen, and you can now get a sneak peek of what's in store. The trailer for Dolphin Tale 2 was released April 11.
    "Winter" the dolphin is returning to the big screen, and you can now get a sneak peek of what's in store. The trailer for Dolphin Tale 2 was released April 11.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 31- April 4

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 31- April 4

    Friday, April 11 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:07:05 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 31 to April 4, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 31 to April 4, 2014.
  • Rodents, roaches prompt closures of 2 Tampa Bay restaurants

    Rodents, roaches prompt closures of 2 Tampa Bay restaurants

    Friday, April 11 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:02:26 GMT
    The week of March 31 to April 4, two eateries that made our list of Tampa Bay restaurants with the most violations were also temporarily closed by state inspectors.
    The week of March 31 to April 4, two eateries that made our list of Tampa Bay restaurants with the most violations were also temporarily closed by state inspectors.
  • Spring Football League team coming to St. Pete

    Spring Football League team coming to St. Pete

    Friday, April 11 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-04-11 16:18:29 GMT
    Earl ChristyEarl Christy
    The Tide is rolling in! The St. Pete Tide is the newest team in the Professional Spring American Football League or SFL.
    The Tide is rolling in! The St. Pete Tide is the newest team in the Professional Spring American Football League or SFL.
  • Tampa Bay's first Spanx store attracts crowd

    Tampa Bay's first Spanx store attracts crowd

    Friday, April 11 2014 11:16 AM EDT2014-04-11 15:16:19 GMT
    Tampa Bay's first Spanx store opened April 11 at International Plaza.Tampa Bay's first Spanx store opened April 11 at International Plaza.
    Tampa Bay's first Spanx store attracted a crowd of women who waited outside the store for Friday's grand opening celebration.
    Tampa Bay's first Spanx store attracted a crowd of women who waited outside the store for Friday's grand opening celebration.
  • US 19 overpass open for morning commute

    US 19 overpass open for morning commute

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:21 AM EDT2014-04-11 09:21:39 GMT
    The overpass on US 19The overpass on US 19
    US 19 Highway drivers are getting a little relief, finally. The US 19 southbound overpass at Gulf to Bay in Clearwater is opening for traffic.
    US 19 Highway drivers are getting a little relief, finally. The US 19 southbound overpass at Gulf to Bay in Clearwater is opening for traffic.
  • VIDEO: peacock pecks Clearwater Police vehicle

    VIDEO: peacock pecks Clearwater Police vehicle

    Thursday, April 10 2014 9:26 PM EDT2014-04-11 01:26:18 GMT
    Video from the Clearwater Police Department shows a peacock pecking at a patrol car window.
    Video from the Clearwater Police Department shows a peacock pecking at a patrol car window.
  • Week two of festivities for the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

    Week two of festivities for the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

    Thursday, April 10 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-04-10 18:11:29 GMT
    The second weekend of the Sunsets at Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival offers attendees a variety of activities including a concert, sand sculpting contest, fireworks, and a beach egg hunt.
    The second weekend of the Sunsets at Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival offers attendees a variety of activities including a concert, sand sculpting contest, fireworks, and a beach egg hunt.
  • Governor awards veterans in Pinellas Park

    Governor awards veterans in Pinellas Park

    Thursday, April 10 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-04-10 16:14:32 GMT
    Governor Rick Scott handed out medals today to more than 250 veterans and active military in Pinellas Park.
    Governor Rick Scott handed out medals today to more than 250 veterans and active military in Pinellas Park.
  • Family Dollar to cut jobs, close about 370 stores

    Family Dollar to cut jobs, close about 370 stores

    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:30 AM EDT2014-04-10 15:30:41 GMT
    Family Dollar plans to cut some jobs and close about 370 under performing stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings.
    Family Dollar plans to cut some jobs and close about 370 under performing stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings.
  • 911 call released in Pinellas Park McDonald's vadalism incident

    911 call released in Pinellas Park McDonald's vadalism incident

    Thursday, April 10 2014 5:24 AM EDT2014-04-10 09:24:57 GMT
    Image from the vandalism video posted onlineImage from the vandalism video posted online
    Officials released the record of the 911 call made from a McDonald's in Pinellas Park where a topless woman stormed in and crashed her way through the restaurant.
    Officials released the record of the 911 call made from a McDonald's in Pinellas Park where a topless woman stormed in and crashed her way through the restaurant.
  • Deadly Pinellas Park crash shut down Belcher Rd.

    Deadly Pinellas Park crash shut down Belcher Rd.

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-04-10 02:58:52 GMT
    A deadly crash between a lawn truck and a motorcycle shut down Belcher Road on Wednesday night.
    A deadly crash between a lawn truck and a motorcycle shut down Belcher Road on Wednesday night.
  • School stabbing solemn reminder for Bay area parents

    School stabbing solemn reminder for Bay area parents

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-04-10 01:18:45 GMT
    Some parents feel that preparing their children for a worst-case scenario is important.
    Some parents feel that preparing their children for a worst-case scenario is important.
  • Florida's orange production is declining

    Florida's orange production is declining

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:36:57 GMT
    This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that's infecting the trees is to blame.
    This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that's infecting the trees is to blame.

  • Mental health advocates in Pinellas against proposed bill

    Mental health advocates in Pinellas against proposed bill

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-04-09 20:04:26 GMT
    When Pinellas deputies tackled a suicidal man about to jump off a bridge this week, he was taken into custody under the Baker Act
    When Pinellas deputies tackled a suicidal man about to jump off a bridge this week, he was taken into custody under the Baker Act
  • Clearwater PD: infant injured when his dad tried to choke his mom

    Clearwater PD: infant injured when his dad tried to choke his mom

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-04-09 15:19:50 GMT
    A man in Clearwater had a fight with his wife and started choking her when she was holding their baby son, police said.
    A man in Clearwater had a fight with his wife and started choking her when she was holding their baby son, police said.
  • Topless thong-clad woman vandalizes Pinellas Park McDonald's

    Topless thong-clad woman vandalizes Pinellas Park McDonald's

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-04-09 10:54:36 GMT
    Surveillance video of a topless, thong-clad woman vandalizing a McDonald’s is from a St. Petersburg McDonald’s restaurant.Surveillance video of a topless, thong-clad woman vandalizing a McDonald’s is from a St. Petersburg McDonald’s restaurant.
    A Pinellas Park woman shown topless and wearing a thong as she vandalizes a Pinellas Park McDonald's was arrested for criminal mischief.
    A Pinellas Park woman shown topless and wearing a thong as she vandalizes a Pinellas Park McDonald's was arrested for criminal mischief.

  • Tierra Verde man accused of sexual battery on children

    Tierra Verde man accused of sexual battery on children

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-04-09 03:09:05 GMT
    Pinellas deputies say a Tierra Verde man sexually battered two children.
    Pinellas deputies say a Tierra Verde man sexually battered two children.
  • More delays ahead on I-275 in Tampa?

    More delays ahead on I-275 in Tampa?

    Monday, April 7 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-04-08 03:14:14 GMT
    Before you head out to work Tuesday morning, watch News Channel 8 Today to learn if there will be another traffic nightmare on I-275.
    Before you head out to work Tuesday morning, watch News Channel 8 Today to learn if there will be another traffic nightmare on I-275.
  • Jolly-Sink rematch for District 13 November election?

    Jolly-Sink rematch for District 13 November election?

    Monday, April 7 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-04-08 01:30:24 GMT
    This November, voters in Pinellas County could have a familiar choice: David Jolly or Alex Sink.
    This November, voters in Pinellas County could have a familiar choice: David Jolly or Alex Sink.
  • 4th Pinellas Park attack suspect arrested

    4th Pinellas Park attack suspect arrested

    Monday, April 7 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-04-08 00:57:00 GMT
    A fourth person has been arrested in connection with an attack on an elderly Pinellas Park man.
    A fourth person has been arrested in connection with an attack on an elderly Pinellas Park man.
  • Jake Barker: Pinellas County's heartthrob 'Voice' contestant

    Jake Barker: Pinellas County's heartthrob 'Voice' contestant

    Monday, April 7 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-04-08 00:46:21 GMT
    For Jake Barker's family, it's quite funny, and very impressive, to think back to what he was like growing into a teenager.
    For Jake Barker's family, it's quite funny, and very impressive, to think back to what he was like growing into a teenager.
  • Suicidal man saved by quick-thinking Pinellas deputies

    Suicidal man saved by quick-thinking Pinellas deputies

    Monday, April 7 2014 8:25 PM EDT2014-04-08 00:25:23 GMT
    As a dashboard camera rolled, Pinellas deputies found a 24-year-old man standing on the top rail of the Bay Pines Bridge.
    As a dashboard camera rolled, Pinellas deputies found a 24-year-old man standing on the top rail of the Bay Pines Bridge.
  • VIDEO: Pinellas deputies save suicidal man on bridge

    VIDEO: Pinellas deputies save suicidal man on bridge

    Monday, April 7 2014 3:44 PM EDT2014-04-07 19:44:20 GMT
    Pinellas deputies saved a suicidal man who was trying to jump off a bridge, and it was all caught on camera.
    Pinellas deputies saved a suicidal man who was trying to jump off a bridge, and it was all caught on camera.
  • Boat crashes into Howard Frankland Bridge, boater rescued

    Boat crashes into Howard Frankland Bridge, boater rescued

    Sunday, April 6 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-04-06 16:47:55 GMT
    St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue are investigating a report of a boat crashing into the Howard Frankland Bridge Saturday afternoon.A lone occupant of the boat was pulled from Tampa Bay by another boater. The victim, described only as a man, was uninjured and being taken care of by Florida Fish and Wildlife officials. The incident is under investigation.
    St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue are investigating a report of a boat crashing into the Howard Frankland Bridge Saturday afternoon.A lone occupant of the boat was pulled from Tampa Bay by another boater. The victim, described only as a man, was uninjured and being taken care of by Florida Fish and Wildlife officials. The incident is under investigation.
  • Bike rider in critical condition following crash in St. Pete

    Bike rider in critical condition following crash in St. Pete

    Sunday, April 6 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-04-06 12:57:52 GMT
    Officers with the St. Petersburg Police Department responded to the crash site. Officers with the St. Petersburg Police Department responded to the crash site.
    A 54-year-old Bay area man is in critical condition after the bicycle he was operating was struck by a vehicle in St. Petersburg on Saturday.Michael Cavanaugh was transported to Bayfront Medical Center just after 1 p.m.
    A 54-year-old Bay area man is in critical condition after the bicycle he was operating was struck by a vehicle in St. Petersburg on Saturday.Michael Cavanaugh was transported to Bayfront Medical Center just after 1 p.m.
  • Rays sign Escobar to two-year extension worth $13 million

    Rays sign Escobar to two-year extension worth $13 million

    Saturday, April 5 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-04-05 21:59:50 GMT
    The Tampa Bay Rays and shortstop Yunel Escobar have agreed to a two-year contract extension covering 2015 and 2016 with a one-year club option for 2017.According to the Rays, the extension, worth a guaranteed $13 million, replaces the 2015 club option. Escobar will contribute to the Rays Baseball Foundation during the course of the deal. “Yunel (Escobar)has been a tremendous addition to our infield and was a critical...
    The Tampa Bay Rays and shortstop Yunel Escobar have agreed to a two-year contract extension covering 2015 and 2016 with a one-year club option for 2017.According to the Rays, the extension, worth a guaranteed $13 million, replaces the 2015 club option. Escobar will contribute to the Rays Baseball Foundation during the course of the deal. “Yunel (Escobar)has been a tremendous addition to our infield and was a critical...
  • Trio of thieves hit Palm Harbor Wal-Mart

    Trio of thieves hit Palm Harbor Wal-Mart

    Saturday, April 5 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-04-05 17:20:19 GMT
    The male suspect was captured on surveillance video placing items in his car. The male suspect was captured on surveillance video placing items in his car.
    Investigators with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office are on the lookout for a trio of theft suspects who struck late last month at a Palm Harbor Wal-Mart.The incident occurred just after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26th.Stay connected with the news of the day.
    Investigators with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office are on the lookout for a trio of theft suspects who struck late last month at a Palm Harbor Wal-Mart.The incident occurred just after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26th.Stay connected with the news of the day.
  • Pinellas deputies seek grand theft suspect

    Pinellas deputies seek grand theft suspect

    Saturday, April 5 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-04-05 16:09:11 GMT
    Grossman, 63, cashed over 100 bogus checks and money orders in 2013.Grossman, 63, cashed over 100 bogus checks and money orders in 2013.
    Authorities in Pinellas County are asking for the public’s help in locating a grand theft suspect.Martin Louis Grossman bilked approximately 60 victims out of $20,000 last year investigators say.
    Authorities in Pinellas County are asking for the public’s help in locating a grand theft suspect.Martin Louis Grossman bilked approximately 60 victims out of $20,000 last year investigators say.
  • Restaurant Buzz: Freddy's Frozen Yogurt, Jalapeno shakes, mac n' cheese throwdown

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

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

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 24-28

    Saturday, April 5 2014 7:06 AM EDT2014-04-05 11:06:49 GMT
    Multiple Tampa Bay restaurants had problems with rodents or roaches during the week of March 24-28, 2014.
    Multiple Tampa Bay restaurants had problems with rodents or roaches during the week of March 24-28, 2014.
  • Petition aims to reinstate Pinellas desk clerk who found body

    Petition aims to reinstate Pinellas desk clerk who found body

    Friday, April 4 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-04-05 01:25:20 GMT
    A petition is circulating at the apartment building where a desk clerk found a body, and thought it was a mannequin.
    A petition is circulating at the apartment building where a desk clerk found a body, and thought it was a mannequin.
  • Third suspect in custody in Pinellas Park stabbing, robbery of elderly man

    Third suspect in custody in Pinellas Park stabbing, robbery of elderly man

    Friday, April 4 2014 4:35 PM EDT2014-04-04 20:35:55 GMT
    The third and final teen suspected in the stabbing and robbery of an 83-year-old Pinellas Park man has been arrested.
    The third and final teen suspected in the stabbing and robbery of an 83-year-old Pinellas Park man has been arrested.
  • Pinellas Park attack: teen suspects charged

    Pinellas Park attack: teen suspects charged

    Friday, April 4 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-04-04 13:27:41 GMT
    Suspect Jazmine Burney appeared in court Friday.Suspect Jazmine Burney appeared in court Friday.
    Two teens suspected in an attack on an 83-year-old Pinellas Park man appeared before a judge Friday.
    Two teens suspected in an attack on an 83-year-old Pinellas Park man appeared before a judge Friday.
  • St. Pete desk clerk who mistakenly threw away body speaks

    St. Pete desk clerk who mistakenly threw away body speaks

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-04-04 10:10:57 GMT
    Ronald Benjamin sits in his rocking chair, thinking about how a mistake has changed his life.
    Ronald Benjamin sits in his rocking chair, thinking about how a mistake has changed his life.
  • Pinellas e-cigarette store owner reacts to new warnings

    Pinellas e-cigarette store owner reacts to new warnings

    Thursday, April 3 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-04-04 02:08:35 GMT
    The owner of a Bay area e-cigarette store is well aware of the latest CDC warning about his product, kids and nicotine.
    The owner of a Bay area e-cigarette store is well aware of the latest CDC warning about his product, kids and nicotine.
  • St. Pete clerk who mistook suicide for April Fool's prank fired

    St. Pete clerk who mistook suicide for April Fool's prank fired

    Thursday, April 3 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-04-03 20:08:52 GMT
    The desk worker who mistook a dead woman for an April Fool's Day joke and threw the 96 year-old's body into a dumpster has been fired. Ronald Benjamin confirmed that the Peterborough Apartment complex fired him Wednesday morning.
    The desk worker who mistook a dead woman for an April Fool's Day joke and threw the 96 year-old's body into a dumpster has been fired. Ronald Benjamin confirmed that the Peterborough Apartment complex fired him Wednesday morning.

  • Teen girl still at large in Pinellas Park stabbing, robbery

    Teen girl still at large in Pinellas Park stabbing, robbery

    Thursday, April 3 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-04-03 17:15:25 GMT
    Xavier Peterson (left), Antonio Peterson (center), Jazmine Burney (right)Xavier Peterson (left), Antonio Peterson (center), Jazmine Burney (right)
    Another arrest was made in connection with the stabbing and robbery of an 83-year-old man in Pinellas Park, police said Thursday.
    Another arrest was made in connection with the stabbing and robbery of an 83-year-old man in Pinellas Park, police said Thursday.
  • Palm Harbor storage facility fire causes $4-5 million damage

    Palm Harbor storage facility fire causes $4-5 million damage

    Thursday, April 3 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-04-03 17:06:14 GMT
    Investigators say the fire at the Florida West Covered Storage Facility at 4470 Alt. 19 does not appear to be an arson.Investigators say the fire at the Florida West Covered Storage Facility at 4470 Alt. 19 does not appear to be an arson.
    A blaze at a Palm Harbor RV storage facility on March 25 caused an estimated $4 to 5 million in damage.
    A blaze at a Palm Harbor RV storage facility on March 25 caused an estimated $4 to 5 million in damage.
  • Pasco teacher accused of luring teens on Facebook in Pinellas jail

    Pasco teacher accused of luring teens on Facebook in Pinellas jail

    Thursday, April 3 2014 9:45 AM EDT2014-04-03 13:45:56 GMT
    David Thompson is being held at the Pinellas County Jail. Booking photoDavid Thompson is being held at the Pinellas County Jail. Booking photo
    The Pasco middle school teacher accused of using Facebook to try to entice teenagers into having sex with him is back in the Tampa Bay area.
    The Pasco middle school teacher accused of using Facebook to try to entice teenagers into having sex with him is back in the Tampa Bay area.
  • 1 arrested, 2 sought in stabbing of Pinellas Park man, 83

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-04-03 03:05:58 GMT
    16-year-old Antonio Peterson didn't have much to say as Pinellas Park Police officers escorted him to a waiting van.
    16-year-old Antonio Peterson didn't have much to say as Pinellas Park Police officers escorted him to a waiting van.
  • Search for answers continues in Palm Harbor storage facility fire

    Search for answers continues in Palm Harbor storage facility fire

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-02 23:00:49 GMT
    Ever since a devastating fire at the Florida West storage facility in Palm Harbor destroyed dozens of high-end motor homes, boats and cars last week, the owner has been answering questions.
    Ever since a devastating fire at the Florida West storage facility in Palm Harbor destroyed dozens of high-end motor homes, boats and cars last week, the owner has been answering questions.
  • Clearwater couple tricked into sending $10,000 has warning for others

    Clearwater couple tricked into sending $10,000 has warning for others

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-04-02 21:36:09 GMT
    Alan and Anne Smith were tricked into sending $10,000 to a stranger.Alan and Anne Smith were tricked into sending $10,000 to a stranger.
     A Clearwater couple who says they were tricked into sending $10,000 to a stranger, wants to warn others so they do not become victims.
     A Clearwater couple who says they were tricked into sending $10,000 to a stranger, wants to warn others so they do not become victims.
  • Diver rescued from boat off Tarpon Springs

    Diver rescued from boat off Tarpon Springs

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-04-02 19:47:58 GMT
    U.S. Coast Guard crews medically evacuated a diver from a boat off of Tarpon Springs Wednesday morning.
    U.S. Coast Guard crews medically evacuated a diver from a boat off of Tarpon Springs Wednesday morning.
  • 83-year-old Pinellas Park stabbing victim's vehicle stolen

    83-year-old Pinellas Park stabbing victim's vehicle stolen

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-04-02 17:24:14 GMT
    Charles Clark, 83, was stabbed Tuesday. His vehicle was stolen later. Charles Clark, 83, was stabbed Tuesday. His vehicle was stolen later.
    An 83-year-old Pinellas Park man who stabbed Tuesday morning has now had his vehicle stolen.
    An 83-year-old Pinellas Park man who stabbed Tuesday morning has now had his vehicle stolen.
  • New outdoor market coming weekly to St. Pete

    New outdoor market coming weekly to St. Pete

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-04-02 15:54:36 GMT
    A new outdoor market will be held weekly in midtown St. Petersburg.
    A new outdoor market will be held weekly in midtown St. Petersburg.
  • St. Pete intersection with history of accidents prompts call for change

    St. Pete intersection with history of accidents prompts call for change

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-04-02 01:20:48 GMT
    A high school student was hit by a car at the same intersection where a man was hit on Tuesday morning.
    A high school student was hit by a car at the same intersection where a man was hit on Tuesday morning.
  • Preparation underway for Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

    Preparation underway for Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 6:30 PM EDT2014-04-01 22:30:30 GMT
    Head to Clearwater during the 10 day Sugar Sand Festival to see why it was named the best beach town in Florida
    Head to Clearwater during the 10 day Sugar Sand Festival to see why it was named the best beach town in Florida
  • Pinellas condo owners fight investors over takeover

    Pinellas condo owners fight investors over takeover

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-04-01 21:53:08 GMT
    Imagine an investor forcing you to sell your home for a price so low that you're stuck paying a mortgage, even though you have no desire to sell at all?That's happening at the Madison Oaks Condominiums in Palm Harbor.
    Imagine an investor forcing you to sell your home for a price so low that you're stuck paying a mortgage, even though you have no desire to sell at all?That's happening at the Madison Oaks Condominiums in Palm Harbor.
  • 5 vehicle crash on U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs injures 6

    5 vehicle crash on U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs injures 6

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-04-01 21:51:32 GMT
    5 vehicle crash closes northbound US 19 in Tarpon Springs.5 vehicle crash closes northbound US 19 in Tarpon Springs.
    A five-vehicle crash closed the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 for several hours on Tuesday afternoon.
    A five-vehicle crash closed the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 for several hours on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Man carrying groceries struck in St. Pete

    Man carrying groceries struck in St. Pete

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-04-01 20:14:37 GMT
    A pedestrian carrying groceries was struck by a car while crossing the street in front of St. Petersburg High.
    A pedestrian carrying groceries was struck by a car while crossing the street in front of St. Petersburg High.
  • 83-year-old stabbed in Pinellas Park, 3 suspects sought

    83-year-old stabbed in Pinellas Park, 3 suspects sought

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-04-01 20:04:17 GMT
    Charles Clark arrives home from the hospital after being beaten by a teenaged attacker.Charles Clark arrives home from the hospital after being beaten by a teenaged attacker.
    The Pinellas Park Police Department is investigating a robbery in the 5000 block of 76th Avenue. A lock down that was in place at several area schools during the incident has now been lifted.
    The Pinellas Park Police Department is investigating a robbery in the 5000 block of 76th Avenue. A lock down that was in place at several area schools during the incident has now been lifted.
  • Funeral services Tuesday for Pinellas plane crash victims

    Funeral services Tuesday for Pinellas plane crash victims

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-04-01 14:24:39 GMT
    Funeral services were held Tuesday for Katherine Bronken, 15, and her father Jeffrey Bronken, 53,. Facebook photoFuneral services were held Tuesday for Katherine Bronken, 15, and her father Jeffrey Bronken, 53,. Facebook photo
    Funeral services are being held Tuesday morning for a Chicago-area father and daughter who died after their small plane crashed on McMullen Booth Road in Safety Harbor on March 22.
    Funeral services are being held Tuesday morning for a Chicago-area father and daughter who died after their small plane crashed on McMullen Booth Road in Safety Harbor on March 22.
  • Chihuahua missing after mobile home fire in St. Pete

    Chihuahua missing after mobile home fire in St. Pete

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-04-01 13:42:07 GMT
    The mobile home damaged in the fireThe mobile home damaged in the fire
    Firefighters quickly put out a fire at the Silver Lakes Mobile Home Park in St. Petersburg early Tuesday morning on 24th Street North. Two residents made it out safe but a pet chihuahua is missing.
    Firefighters quickly put out a fire at the Silver Lakes Mobile Home Park in St. Petersburg early Tuesday morning on 24th Street North. Two residents made it out safe but a pet chihuahua is missing.
  • Price outpitches Dickey, Rays top Blue Jays 9-2

    Price outpitches Dickey, Rays top Blue Jays 9-2

    Monday, March 31 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-03-31 23:42:02 GMT
    The Rays home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays was sold out.The Rays home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays was sold out.
    David Price took a shutout into the eighth inning and Matt Joyce drove in three runs Monday to help the Tampa Bay Rays begin the season with a 9-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
    David Price took a shutout into the eighth inning and Matt Joyce drove in three runs Monday to help the Tampa Bay Rays begin the season with a 9-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Group says it has funding to buy, renovate Belleview Biltmore

    Group says it has funding to buy, renovate Belleview Biltmore

    Monday, March 31 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-03-31 22:28:39 GMT
    A group that had previously planned to purchase and renovate Belleair's Belleview Biltmore Resort says it now has the funding to do so.
    A group that had previously planned to purchase and renovate Belleair's Belleview Biltmore Resort says it now has the funding to do so.
  • Ban of biometrics in Tampa Bay area schools

    Ban of biometrics in Tampa Bay area schools

    Monday, March 31 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-03-31 22:04:43 GMT
    State legislature may ban palm scans like these in Pinellas schools.State legislature may ban palm scans like these in Pinellas schools.
    Use of biometric devices in two Tampa Bay area schools prompted the state legislature to take a hard look at the use of personal information of students.Last week the Senate in Tallahassee passed a ban on the use of biometrics in schools.
    Use of biometric devices in two Tampa Bay area schools prompted the state legislature to take a hard look at the use of personal information of students.Last week the Senate in Tallahassee passed a ban on the use of biometrics in schools.
  • St. Pete mayor says Rays need more outreach

    St. Pete mayor says Rays need more outreach

    Monday, March 31 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-03-31 20:21:19 GMT
    The Rays home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays was sold out.The Rays home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays was sold out.
    The Tampa Bay Rays kick off the season with a sold out home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. But, will that excitement continue throughout the season?
    The Tampa Bay Rays kick off the season with a sold out home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. But, will that excitement continue throughout the season?
  • Do you know who owns this pig?

    Do you know who owns this pig?

    Monday, March 31 2014 4:15 PM EDT2014-03-31 20:15:48 GMT
    Photo of the pig from St. Pete Police TwitterPhoto of the pig from St. Pete Police Twitter
    St. Petersburg Police are wondering if you know the owner of this pig.
    St. Petersburg Police are wondering if you know the owner of this pig.
  • Tampa Bay Rays fans celebrate season opener

    Tampa Bay Rays fans celebrate season opener

    Monday, March 31 2014 2:36 PM EDT2014-03-31 18:36:34 GMT
     Tampa Bay Rays fans were treated to a free opening day rally and block party. Tampa Bay Rays fans were treated to a free opening day rally and block party.
     Tampa Bay Rays fans were treated to a free opening day rally and block party on Central Avenue before the 2014 season opener against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
     Tampa Bay Rays fans were treated to a free opening day rally and block party on Central Avenue before the 2014 season opener against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
  • Woman arrested for hitting firefighter in Clearwater

    Woman arrested for hitting firefighter in Clearwater

    Monday, March 31 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-03-31 15:33:05 GMT
    Ashley Cochran's mugshotAshley Cochran's mugshot
    A Palm Harbor woman was arrested after police say she flipped her car, hit a power pole and then battered a firefighter in Clearwater.
    A Palm Harbor woman was arrested after police say she flipped her car, hit a power pole and then battered a firefighter in Clearwater.
  • Motorcyclist killed in Clearwater high-speed crash

    Motorcyclist killed in Clearwater high-speed crash

    Monday, March 31 2014 7:07 AM EDT2014-03-31 11:07:04 GMT
    A 22-year-old Clearwater man died in a high-speed motorcycle crash Sunday.Tye Joshua Ballinger of 2550 Stag Run was pronounced dead at the scene, Clearwater Police officials said.
    A 22-year-old Clearwater man died in a high-speed motorcycle crash Sunday.Tye Joshua Ballinger of 2550 Stag Run was pronounced dead at the scene, Clearwater Police officials said.
  • Clearwater couple charged with child abuse

    Clearwater couple charged with child abuse

    Monday, March 31 2014 7:04 AM EDT2014-03-31 11:04:58 GMT
    Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested a Clearwater couple in connection with the sexual battery of an 8-year-old female, authorities said.
    Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested a Clearwater couple in connection with the sexual battery of an 8-year-old female, authorities said.
  • Largo PD: Alcohol a factor in fatal crash on Starkey Rd.

    Largo PD: Alcohol a factor in fatal crash on Starkey Rd.

    Sunday, March 30 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-03-30 14:09:23 GMT
    Largo Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash. Largo Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash.
    A 31-year-old Bay area man died early Sunday from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Starkey Rd. in Largo.Shannon Ollek was pronounced dead at the scene.
    A 31-year-old Bay area man died early Sunday from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Starkey Rd. in Largo.Shannon Ollek was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete evacuated grandstands due to weather

    Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete evacuated grandstands due to weather

    Sunday, March 30 2014 7:12 AM EDT2014-03-30 11:12:49 GMT
    Hundreds of Grand Prix spectators had to take cover Saturday as severe storms moved through the area.
    Hundreds of Grand Prix spectators had to take cover Saturday as severe storms moved through the area.
  • Tampa Bay Restaurants: Burger Fi coming, tablet menus, free coffee

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

    Saturday, March 29 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-03-29 12:26:10 GMT
    Burger Fi will be opening soon in South Tampa. Facebook photoBurger Fi will be opening soon in South Tampa. Facebook photo
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
  • Expectation high for Rays' 2014 season

    Expectation high for Rays' 2014 season

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

    NY child rape suspect in Pinellas Park Police custody

    Saturday, March 29 2014 7:58 AM EDT2014-03-29 11:58:10 GMT
    The massive search for suspected child rapist Jesse Sawyer came to an end late Friday afternoon in Pinellas Park.
    The massive search for suspected child rapist Jesse Sawyer came to an end late Friday afternoon in Pinellas Park.
  • Boy, 4, killed in St. Petersburg stabbing, mother charged

    Boy, 4, killed in St. Petersburg stabbing, mother charged

    Friday, March 28 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-03-29 03:08:21 GMT
    Mug shot of Tasha TrotterMug shot of Tasha Trotter
    St. Petersburg Police say they are investigating the stabbing death of a 5-year-old male child at the Jordan Park Apartments.
    St. Petersburg Police say they are investigating the stabbing death of a 5-year-old male child at the Jordan Park Apartments.
  • Tampa Bay Rays home opener sold out

    Tampa Bay Rays home opener sold out

    Friday, March 28 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-03-28 21:59:39 GMT
    Rays fans: are you ready for Fan Fest 2014?Rays fans: are you ready for Fan Fest 2014?
    The Tampa Bay Rays is expecting a full house at its season opener against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field on Monday.This will mark the ninth consecutive year the Rays have sold out its home opener.Tickets still are available for the three remaining games in the series with the Blue Jays and the following three-game series versus the Texas Rangers.The Rays has scheduled several giveaways for April 4 to 6.A special-edition Rays Wall banner will be available at the game on Friday, Apri...
    The Tampa Bay Rays is expecting a full house at its season opener against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field on Monday.This will mark the ninth consecutive year the Rays have sold out its home opener.Tickets still are available for the three remaining games in the series with the Blue Jays and the following three-game series versus the Texas Rangers.The Rays has scheduled several giveaways for April 4 to 6.A special-edition Rays Wall banner will be available at the game on Friday, Apri...
  • More Tampa Bay Sweetbay stores to become Winn Dixie

    More Tampa Bay Sweetbay stores to become Winn Dixie

    Friday, March 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-03-28 19:28:07 GMT
    12 Tampa Bay Sweetbay Supermarkets are included in a list of 18 additional Central Florida stores that will be converted to Winn Dixie stores.
    12 Tampa Bay Sweetbay Supermarkets are included in a list of 18 additional Central Florida stores that will be converted to Winn Dixie stores.
  • St. Pete Grand Prix: What to know if you go

    St. Pete Grand Prix: What to know if you go

    Friday, March 28 2014 3:17 PM EDT2014-03-28 19:17:35 GMT
    St. Petersburg celebrates ten years of Grand Prix racing this weekend at the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.St. Petersburg celebrates ten years of Grand Prix racing this weekend at the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
    St. Petersburg celebrates ten years of Grand Prix racing this weekend at the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Here's everything you need to know, if you go.
    St. Petersburg celebrates ten years of Grand Prix racing this weekend at the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Here's everything you need to know, if you go.
  • NY man wanted for taking explicit pictures of kids is on the run in Pinellas Park

    NY man wanted for taking explicit pictures of kids is on the run in Pinellas Park

    Friday, March 28 2014 9:36 AM EDT2014-03-28 13:36:32 GMT
    A New York man wanted for sexually abusing young children is in Pinellas Park and police are looking for him, NBC New York reported.
    A New York man wanted for sexually abusing young children is in Pinellas Park and police are looking for him, NBC New York reported.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations March 17-21

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations March 17-21

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

  • Safety Harbor remembers plane crash victims

    Safety Harbor remembers plane crash victims

    Thursday, March 27 2014 12:20 PM EDT2014-03-27 16:20:54 GMT
     Two dozen came together to honor members of a Chicago family, who lost their lives after a Saturday plane crash.
     Two dozen came together to honor members of a Chicago family, who lost their lives after a Saturday plane crash.
  • 2 rescued from burning St. Pete home, no smoke detectors inside

    2 rescued from burning St. Pete home, no smoke detectors inside

    Thursday, March 27 2014 10:36 AM EDT2014-03-27 14:36:12 GMT
    Firefighters responded to the blaze at 7363 17th Way N. SPFR photoFirefighters responded to the blaze at 7363 17th Way N. SPFR photo
    Firefighters rescued two people Thursday morning from a burning home that did not have smoke detectors.
    Firefighters rescued two people Thursday morning from a burning home that did not have smoke detectors.
  • How overweight is your county? Florida releases county health rankings

    How overweight is your county? Florida releases county health rankings

    Thursday, March 27 2014 6:40 AM EDT2014-03-27 10:40:06 GMT
    The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday released its comprehensive county health rankings.The rankings include the percentage of overweight, obese, underweight and healthy weight adults and middle-to-high-school-age children.
    The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday released its comprehensive county health rankings.The rankings include the percentage of overweight, obese, underweight and healthy weight adults and middle-to-high-school-age children.
  • Push to encourage Affordable Care Act enrollment not convincing everyone

    Push to encourage Affordable Care Act enrollment not convincing everyone

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 9:43 PM EDT2014-03-27 01:43:08 GMT
    Most of the Florida residents, who were uninsured when the federal campaign to get people signed up for health insurance began, are still uninsured today.
    Most of the Florida residents, who were uninsured when the federal campaign to get people signed up for health insurance began, are still uninsured today.
  • Fire damages Palm Harbor vehicle storage facility

    Fire damages Palm Harbor vehicle storage facility

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-03-26 23:26:53 GMT
    Firefighters were on their way to another blaze when they came across the huge fire at Florida West RV and Boat storage facility in Palm Harbor.
    Firefighters were on their way to another blaze when they came across the huge fire at Florida West RV and Boat storage facility in Palm Harbor.
  • Pilot's daughter hurt in Pinellas plane crash has died

    Pilot's daughter hurt in Pinellas plane crash has died

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-03-26 22:57:00 GMT
    The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says a teenager hurt in a small plane crash over the weekend has died.
    The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says a teenager hurt in a small plane crash over the weekend has died.
  • Thursday's St. Pete Grand Prix night parade brings street closures

    Thursday's St. Pete Grand Prix night parade brings street closures

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-03-26 21:54:37 GMT
    2013 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Photo courtesy Rick Bennett, www.RWBAdventures.com2013 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Photo courtesy Rick Bennett, www.RWBAdventures.com
    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will escort world-class IndyCar Series drivers, floats, marching bands, and beauty queens during the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix Illuminated Night Parade on Thursday, March 27.
    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will escort world-class IndyCar Series drivers, floats, marching bands, and beauty queens during the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix Illuminated Night Parade on Thursday, March 27.
  • Gas line struck in St. Pete, Tyrone Blvd re-opened

    Gas line struck in St. Pete, Tyrone Blvd re-opened

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-03-26 19:23:42 GMT
    Site of gas leak on Tyrone Blvd in St. PetersburgSite of gas leak on Tyrone Blvd in St. Petersburg
    Construction crews in St. Petersburg drilled into a gas line Wednesday morning that prompted a gas leak, the evacuation of a nearby business and the closure of a busy road.
    Construction crews in St. Petersburg drilled into a gas line Wednesday morning that prompted a gas leak, the evacuation of a nearby business and the closure of a busy road.
  • Free shuttle service for St. Petersburg Grand Prix

    Free shuttle service for St. Petersburg Grand Prix

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-03-26 18:54:34 GMT
    2013 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Photo courtesy Rick Bennett, www.RWBAdventures.com2013 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Photo courtesy Rick Bennett, www.RWBAdventures.com
    There will be a free shuttle service for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30.
    There will be a free shuttle service for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30.
  • Volunteers needed for Pinellas Trail survey

    Volunteers needed for Pinellas Trail survey

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 2:30 PM EDT2014-03-26 18:30:49 GMT
    Pinellas County officials want to know what people think of the Pinellas Trail, and they need your help to do it.
    ?Pinellas County officials want to know what people think of the Pinellas Trail, and they need your help to do it.
  • Dozens of boats, RVs destroyed in Palm Harbor storage complex fire

    Dozens of boats, RVs destroyed in Palm Harbor storage complex fire

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-03-26 15:28:09 GMT
    The storage unit damaged by the fireThe storage unit damaged by the fire
    A 3-alarm fire damaged a storage building in Palm Harbor early Wednesday morning, destroying classic cars, boats and recreational vehicles inside, fire officials said.
    A 3-alarm fire damaged a storage building in Palm Harbor early Wednesday morning, destroying classic cars, boats and recreational vehicles inside, fire officials said.
  • Homemade quilts bring color, love to St. Pete Ronald McDonald House

    Homemade quilts bring color, love to St. Pete Ronald McDonald House

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-03-25 22:29:51 GMT
    Brenda Schlechter teaches visitors and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House how to make art quilts. RMH photoBrenda Schlechter teaches visitors and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House how to make art quilts. RMH photo
    A crafty volunteer is bringing the community together and helping to brighten the Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay.
    A crafty volunteer is bringing the community together and helping to brighten the Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay.
  • 1 year after St. Pete company shutdown, employees can't access 401Ks

    1 year after St. Pete company shutdown, employees can't access 401Ks

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-03-25 21:41:54 GMT
    Almost a year after federal agents raided the company offices in St. Petersburg, some Universal Health Care employees are still dealing with financial fallout.
    Almost a year after federal agents raided the company offices in St. Petersburg, some Universal Health Care employees are still dealing with financial fallout.
  • Pinellas seawall contractor could lose construction license

    Pinellas seawall contractor could lose construction license

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-03-25 21:29:20 GMT
    A Pinellas county seawall contractor who collected tens of thousands of dollars and still hasn't finished work could lose his license if he doesn't take care of problems quickly.
    A Pinellas county seawall contractor who collected tens of thousands of dollars and still hasn't finished work could lose his license if he doesn't take care of problems quickly.
  • Pinellas deputies arrest 3, seize synthetic marijuana at Clearwater store

    Pinellas deputies arrest 3, seize synthetic marijuana at Clearwater store

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-03-25 19:58:42 GMT
    Deputies arrested the owner, a clerk and a customer at the High Point Food Mart which is located at 6201 150th Ave. N.Deputies arrested the owner, a clerk and a customer at the High Point Food Mart which is located at 6201 150th Ave. N.
    Pinellas County Sheriffs deputies seized more than 200 bags of synthetic marijuana and arrested three people at a Clearwater food mart Tuesday.
    Pinellas County Sheriffs deputies seized more than 200 bags of synthetic marijuana and arrested three people at a Clearwater food mart Tuesday.
  • Car slams into porch in St. Petersburg

    Car slams into porch in St. Petersburg

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 9:18 AM EDT2014-03-25 13:18:40 GMT
    Vehicle pieces spread throughout the front yards of 49th street North residential homes. (Approximately 6 homes)Vehicle pieces spread throughout the front yards of 49th street North residential homes. (Approximately 6 homes)
    A car left the roadway, took out a bus stop and a tree and landed on a porch of a home near 49th Street North in St. Petersburg early Tuesday morning, according to St. Petersburg Police.
    A car left the roadway, took out a bus stop and a tree and landed on a porch of a home near 49th Street North in St. Petersburg early Tuesday morning, according to St. Petersburg Police.
  • Dali Museum in Florida to exhibit Picasso works

    Dali Museum in Florida to exhibit Picasso works

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 6:51 AM EDT2014-03-25 10:51:28 GMT
    The Salvador Dali Museum in Florida will showcase a Pablo Picasso exhibit that includes rarely loaned works from international art museums and private collections.
    The Salvador Dali Museum in Florida will showcase a Pablo Picasso exhibit that includes rarely loaned works from international art museums and private collections.
  • Bay area aviation expert in demand in missing plane case

    Bay area aviation expert in demand in missing plane case

    Monday, March 24 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-03-25 01:03:34 GMT
    Former US Airways Captain John Cox is in high demand for his expert opinions on Malaysia Airlines flight 370.
    Former US Airways Captain John Cox is in high demand for his expert opinions on Malaysia Airlines flight 370.
  • Road closures, detours begin for Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

    Road closures, detours begin for Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

    Monday, March 24 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-03-24 22:18:26 GMT
    The 2013 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The 2013 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
    Construction begins Sunday Feb. 23 for the race course, which winds its way through downtown St. Pete. If you work, live or frequent the area, be prepared for some detours. 
    Construction begins Sunday Feb. 23 for the race course, which winds its way through downtown St. Pete. If you work, live or frequent the area, be prepared for some detours. 
  • Preps underway for 10th annual Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

    Preps underway for 10th annual Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

    Monday, March 24 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-03-24 22:18:21 GMT
    The event begins on March 28th and wraps up on March 30th. The event begins on March 28th and wraps up on March 30th.
    Even though the race is more than a month away preparations began Sunday for the 10th annual Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.Just after 7 a.m. crews began laying down the first phase of the 1.8-mile, 14-turn road course. Firestone is the official sponsor of the 2014 event.
    Even though the race is more than a month away preparations began Sunday for the 10th annual Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.Just after 7 a.m. crews began laying down the first phase of the 1.8-mile, 14-turn road course. Firestone is the official sponsor of the 2014 event.
  • Pilot killed in Pinellas crash may have had fuel emergency

    Pilot killed in Pinellas crash may have had fuel emergency

    Monday, March 24 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-03-24 21:57:23 GMT
    The plane was removed from McMullen Booth Road Saturday afternoon.The plane was removed from McMullen Booth Road Saturday afternoon.
    A “fuel emergency” communication from the plane that crashed on McMullen Booth Road in Pinellas County early Saturday morning appears to be an early indicator of what was going on inside the plane.
    A “fuel emergency” communication from the plane that crashed on McMullen Booth Road in Pinellas County early Saturday morning appears to be an early indicator of what was going on inside the plane.
  • Three Fla. banner towing plane crashes in 5 months

    Three Fla. banner towing plane crashes in 5 months

    Monday, March 24 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-03-24 21:50:43 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the Sunday afternoon crash of a banner towing plane operated by Advertising Air Force of St. Petersburg.
    The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the Sunday afternoon crash of a banner towing plane operated by Advertising Air Force of St. Petersburg.
  • Sidewalks a burst of color at Safety Harbor Chalk Art Fest

    Sidewalks a burst of color at Safety Harbor Chalk Art Fest

    Monday, March 24 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-03-24 21:33:18 GMT
    The sidewalks in downtown Safety Harbor were bursting with color over the weekend during the city's annual Chalk Art Festival.The sidewalks in downtown Safety Harbor were bursting with color over the weekend during the city's annual Chalk Art Festival.
    The sidewalks in downtown Safety Harbor were bursting with color over the weekend during the city's annual Chalk Art Festival.
    The sidewalks in downtown Safety Harbor were bursting with color over the weekend during the city's annual Chalk Art Festival.
  • Pinellas Sheriff warns of phone scam

    Pinellas Sheriff warns of phone scam

    Monday, March 24 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-03-24 19:40:56 GMT
    The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a phone scam involving a person posing as a PCSO lieutenant.
    The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a phone scam involving a person posing as a PCSO lieutenant.
  • Plane in fatal Pinellas crash was damaged before

    Plane in fatal Pinellas crash was damaged before

    Monday, March 24 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-03-24 17:08:04 GMT
    A pilot was killed when his plane crashed onto McMullen Booth Road early Saturday morning.A pilot was killed when his plane crashed onto McMullen Booth Road early Saturday morning.
    The pilot of a small single-engine plane was killed when his plane crashed in the median of McMullen Booth Road in North Pinellas County, early Saturday morning.
    The pilot of a small single-engine plane was killed when his plane crashed in the median of McMullen Booth Road in North Pinellas County, early Saturday morning.
  • Plane ditches in Tampa Bay, pilot rescued

    Plane ditches in Tampa Bay, pilot rescued

    Monday, March 24 2014 8:34 AM EDT2014-03-24 12:34:51 GMT
    A 1951 Cessna L19 Bird Dog plane was ditched Sunday afternoon in Tampa Bay near the Albert Whitted Airport in downtown St. Petersburg.
    A 1951 Cessna L19 Bird Dog plane was ditched Sunday afternoon in Tampa Bay near the Albert Whitted Airport in downtown St. Petersburg.
  • Kenneth City man arrested following standoff with police

    Kenneth City man arrested following standoff with police

    Sunday, March 23 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-03-23 18:05:37 GMT
    Peters, 31, is being held on a bond of $20,000.Peters, 31, is being held on a bond of $20,000.
    A 31-year-old convicted felon is behind bars again following a 12-hour standoff with law enforcement in Kenneth City.Justin Peters was taken into custody without incident just before noon Sunday.
    A 31-year-old convicted felon is behind bars again following a 12-hour standoff with law enforcement in Kenneth City.Justin Peters was taken into custody without incident just before noon Sunday.
  • St. Petersburg High senior hit by two vehicles, killed

    St. Petersburg High senior hit by two vehicles, killed

    Sunday, March 23 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-03-23 12:08:25 GMT
    Pinellas deputies were dispatched to the crash site early Saturday morning. Pinellas deputies were dispatched to the crash site early Saturday morning.
    A St. Petersburg teen is dead after authorities say he was struck by two vehicles and killed.The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reports 17-year-old Patrick McLean was hit Saturday at about 12:45 a.m. in St. Petersburg Beach.
    A St. Petersburg teen is dead after authorities say he was struck by two vehicles and killed.The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reports 17-year-old Patrick McLean was hit Saturday at about 12:45 a.m. in St. Petersburg Beach.
  • Family friend talks about man who died in plane crash

    Family friend talks about man who died in plane crash

    Saturday, March 22 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-03-22 23:12:19 GMT
    Jeffrey Bronken with his daughterJeffrey Bronken with his daughter
    Word spread quickly about a second Bronken family tragedy Saturday morning.
    Word spread quickly about a second Bronken family tragedy Saturday morning.
  • Clearwater woman arrested in husband's 2008 killing

    Clearwater woman arrested in husband's 2008 killing

    Friday, March 21 2014 9:43 PM EDT2014-03-22 01:43:43 GMT
    A Clearwater woman was taken into custody late Friday afternoon, accused of first-degree murder in the slaying of her husband more than six years ago.
    A Clearwater woman was taken into custody late Friday afternoon, accused of first-degree murder in the slaying of her husband more than six years ago.
  • DUI manslaughter defendant catches another break in Pinellas court

    DUI manslaughter defendant catches another break in Pinellas court

    Friday, March 21 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-03-21 20:58:13 GMT
    Prosecutors say Garrett Bruce was driving drunkthe nighthe slammed into a Tarpon Springs power polein 2011killing one of his passengers, Patrick Vosbein.Now, years after that fatal crash and months after Bruce skipped town and fled to Texas to avoid trial, the justice system is still cutting him breaks.
    Prosecutors say Garrett Bruce was driving drunkthe nighthe slammed into a Tarpon Springs power polein 2011killing one of his passengers, Patrick Vosbein.Now, years after that fatal crash and months after Bruce skipped town and fled to Texas to avoid trial, the justice system is still cutting him breaks.
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