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  • Clearwater to give away free trees to residents on Saturday

    Clearwater to give away free trees to residents on Saturday

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:20:30 GMT
    The City of Clearwater will celebrate Arbor Day by giving away 2,100 trees to its residents on Saturday.
    The City of Clearwater will celebrate Arbor Day by giving away 2,100 trees to its residents on Saturday.
  • 2014-2015 Florida Hunting Season Dates

    2014-2015 Florida Hunting Season Dates

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:49:52 GMT
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released the following hunting dates for the 2014-2015 season.
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released the following hunting dates for the 2014-2015 season.
  • Worth a Drive: SimCenter of Tampa Bay

    Worth a Drive: SimCenter of Tampa Bay

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:36 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:36:20 GMT
    The SimCenter is unique to Tampa Bay and is definitely Worth a Drive, Leslee Lacey saysThe SimCenter is unique to Tampa Bay and is definitely Worth a Drive, Leslee Lacey says
    SimCenter of Tampa Bay is known for their high-end realistic simulators. Once rated number one on TripAdvisor’s destinations in Dunedin, they are back at the top spot in Clearwater after relocating to US 19 a few months ago.
    SimCenter of Tampa Bay is known for their high-end realistic simulators. Once rated number one on TripAdvisor’s destinations in Dunedin, they are back at the top spot in Clearwater after relocating to US 19 a few months ago.
  • Fl Congressman Bill Young's widow says she won't support Jolly

    Fl Congressman Bill Young's widow says she won't support Jolly

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:06 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:06:14 GMT
    Photo courtesy of Beverly YoungPhoto courtesy of Beverly Young
    The widow of Congressman C.W. Bill Young says she no longer supports the man who campaigned as a “Bill Young Republican” and was elected to her husband’s seat in the House of Representatives. “No, I won’t support him,” Beverly Young said in an interview with News Channel 8.
    The widow of Congressman C.W. Bill Young says she no longer supports the man who campaigned as a “Bill Young Republican” and was elected to her husband’s seat in the House of Representatives. “No, I won’t support him,” Beverly Young said in an interview with News Channel 8.
  • Twins joined at birth travel to meet Clearwater's famous dolphin

    Twins joined at birth travel to meet Clearwater's famous dolphin

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:09:31 GMT
    The star of Dolphin Tale met two of her biggest fans Wednesday. Hassan and Hussein traveled all the way from Ireland to meet Winter at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
    The star of Dolphin Tale met two of her biggest fans Wednesday. Hassan and Hussein traveled all the way from Ireland to meet Winter at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
  • 2 St. Pete women accused in violent road rage attack

    2 St. Pete women accused in violent road rage attack

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:19:02 GMT
    Amber Lynn Beckwith (Left) and Ariel Young (right) are accused in a violent road rage attack. Pinellas County Jail booking photoAmber Lynn Beckwith (Left) and Ariel Young (right) are accused in a violent road rage attack. Pinellas County Jail booking photo
    St. Petersburg Police say two women rammed into another woman's car, pulled her out of the car and attacked her in the middle of a street.
    St. Petersburg Police say two women rammed into another woman's car, pulled her out of the car and attacked her in the middle of a street.
  • Fighter, producer in St. Pete Shefights beating case headed to prison

    Fighter, producer in St. Pete Shefights beating case headed to prison

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:00 AM EDT2014-04-22 08:00:02 GMT
    Defendants Jeffery Williams and Zuzu Vargo learned their fate in court Monday.Defendants Jeffery Williams and Zuzu Vargo learned their fate in court Monday.
    Two people with the website Shefights.net learned on Monday that they will be headed to prison for their roles organizing fights between females and a homeless man in St. Petersburg.
    Two people with the website Shefights.net learned on Monday that they will be headed to prison for their roles organizing fights between females and a homeless man in St. Petersburg.
  • Restaurant Buzz: Free McDonald's breakfast, steakhouse closes, Tampa Ferg's

    Restaurant Buzz: Free McDonald's breakfast, steakhouse closes, Tampa Ferg's

    Monday, April 21 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-04-21 15:19:03 GMT
    A Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. Facebook photoA Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. 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.
  • Pinellas NAACP leader to seek Democratic nomination for U.S. Dist. 13 seat

    Pinellas NAACP leader to seek Democratic nomination for U.S. Dist. 13 seat

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:02 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:02:46 GMT
    The Rev. Manuel Sykes is running for the U.S. House seat in Pinellas County that Democrat Alex Sink decided not to vie for against Republican David Jolly.
    The Rev. Manuel Sykes is running for the U.S. House seat in Pinellas County that Democrat Alex Sink decided not to vie for against Republican David Jolly.
  • Fire breaks out at Duke Energy plant in St. Pete

    Fire breaks out at Duke Energy plant in St. Pete

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:03 AM EDT2014-04-21 09:03:15 GMT
    The Pinellas County Fire Department responded to a one-alarm fire that broke out at the Duke Energy plant in St. Petersburg overnight.
    The Pinellas County Fire Department responded to a one-alarm fire that broke out at the Duke Energy plant in St. Petersburg overnight.
  • Clearwater man arrested for fatally shooting girlfriend

    Clearwater man arrested for fatally shooting girlfriend

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:25 AM EDT2014-04-21 04:25:57 GMT
    Police say the shooting occurred at this home at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday.Police say the shooting occurred at this home at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday.
    A Clearwater man has been charged with second-degree murder in the early morning shooting death of his girlfriend. Alexander Richardson, 24, of 2368 Hillcreek Circle E., was booked Sunday afternoon in the Pinellas County Jail in connection with the death of Josephine Nicole Austria, 51.
    From their Facebook pages, Alexander Richardson, 24, and Josephine Nicole Austria, 51, appeared to be madly in love. But something went wrong early Sunday morning, leaving Austria dead and Richardson charged with her murder.



  • Clearwater park drew thousands for Easter egg hunt

    Clearwater park drew thousands for Easter egg hunt

    Sunday, April 20 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-04-20 20:21:18 GMT
    It didn't take a sharp eye tospot colorfuleggs at the 22nd Annual Easter Egg Huntat Coachman Park on Sunday.Theground waslittered with the holiday nuggets.The noon to 2 p.m.eventwas expectedto draw more than a thousand basket-toting childrento gather up more than 25,000 candy-filled eggs.Based on history, the whole thing is more in a matter of minutes.The event started with a race to find the most Easter eggs, candy and 250 golden eggs. Those who find the special golden eggs receive a stuffed...
    It didn't take a sharp eye tospot colorfuleggs at the 22nd Annual Easter Egg Huntat Coachman Park on Sunday.Theground waslittered with the holiday nuggets.The noon to 2 p.m.eventwas expectedto draw more than a thousand basket-toting childrento gather up more than 25,000 candy-filled eggs.Based on history, the whole thing is more in a matter of minutes.The event started with a race to find the most Easter eggs, candy and 250 golden eggs. Those who find the special golden eggs receive a stuffed...
  • Dog beach at center of Pinellas condo conflict

    Dog beach at center of Pinellas condo conflict

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:32:02 GMT
    The popular canine park is located on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island. The popular canine park is located on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island.
    Dog owners and residents of a Pinellas County condominium complex are in a dispute over a popular dog park.The park, on Sunset Beach off Treasure Island, has been frequented by dog owners for years because it is one of the few places in Pinellas County where dogs and their owners can legally access the water.
    Dog owners and residents of a Pinellas County condominium complex are in a dispute over a popular dog park.The park, on Sunset Beach off Treasure Island, has been frequented by dog owners for years because it is one of the few places in Pinellas County where dogs and their owners can legally access the water.
  • St. Pete man struck, killed on I-75 in Sarasota County

    St. Pete man struck, killed on I-75 in Sarasota County

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:31:53 GMT
    The incident was investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol.The incident was investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol.
    A 33-year-old St. Petersburg man was struck and killed while walking along Interstate 75 near North Port Saturday night.Tyron Anthony Rubino was pronounced dead at the scene just before 11 p.m.
    A 33-year-old St. Petersburg man was struck and killed while walking along Interstate 75 near North Port Saturday night.Tyron Anthony Rubino was pronounced dead at the scene just before 11 p.m.
  • St. Pete hospital pays $7 million to settle lawsuit

    St. Pete hospital pays $7 million to settle lawsuit

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:22 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:22:40 GMT
    Officials with All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg have agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit. Officials with All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg have agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit.
    All Children's Hospital has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging it violated anti-kickback laws by paying inflated salaries and bonuses to doctors so that they would bring in more patients and revenues.The Tampa Bay Times reports the suit was filed in July 2011 by the director of operations for the doctors' practice at All Children's.
    All Children's Hospital has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging it violated anti-kickback laws by paying inflated salaries and bonuses to doctors so that they would bring in more patients and revenues.The Tampa Bay Times reports the suit was filed in July 2011 by the director of operations for the doctors' practice at All Children's.
  • Truck flips into Keystone Road pond, one injured

    Truck flips into Keystone Road pond, one injured

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:15 AM EDT2014-04-20 05:15:13 GMT
    A man was injuredSaturday night when he lost control ofa pickup truck and ended up in a pond on Keystone Road.Thedriver of a Ford F-150 pickuptruck was traveling west on Keystone Roadshortly after 7:30 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle in a bend in the road, the Florida HighwayPatrol said.Thetruckspun out, went airborne and flipped twice before itcame to rest partially submerged in the pond.Pinellas County firefighters had to cut awaytheroof of the truck to freethe driver, who wasalone...
    A man was injuredSaturday night when he lost control ofa pickup truck and ended up in a pond on Keystone Road.Thedriver of a Ford F-150 pickuptruck was traveling west on Keystone Roadshortly after 7:30 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle in a bend in the road, the Florida HighwayPatrol said.Thetruckspun out, went airborne and flipped twice before itcame to rest partially submerged in the pond.Pinellas County firefighters had to cut awaytheroof of the truck to freethe driver, who wasalone...
  • Man drowns taking part in triathlon

    Man drowns taking part in triathlon

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:44:33 GMT
    A Michigan man participating in a triathlon at Fort De Soto State Park has died.Donald Bautel, 64, was visiting Florida to take part in the "Escape from Fort De Soto" triathlon at the park 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. in St. Petersburg.During the swimming portion of the triathlon, Bautel appeared to be drowning, a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office news release stated.The sheriff's office was contacted,and deputies responded to the park about 8:16 a.m.Swimmers in the area pulled Bautel from the wate...
    A Michigan man participating in a triathlon at Fort De Soto State Park has died.Donald Bautel, 64, was visiting Florida to take part in the "Escape from Fort De Soto" triathlon at the park 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. in St. Petersburg.During the swimming portion of the triathlon, Bautel appeared to be drowning, a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office news release stated.The sheriff's office was contacted,and deputies responded to the park about 8:16 a.m.Swimmers in the area pulled Bautel from the wate...
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:47 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:47:28 GMT
    We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
    We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
  • Pinellas boat captain reacts to South Korea ferry tragedy

    Pinellas boat captain reacts to South Korea ferry tragedy

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:10:48 GMT
    Captain Charlie Ward of the Starlite Majesty in Clearwater Beach can't figure out why the captain of a South Korean ferry abandoned ship with passengers trapped below deck.
    Captain Charlie Ward of the Starlite Majesty in Clearwater Beach can't figure out why the captain of a South Korean ferry abandoned ship with passengers trapped below deck.
  • Suspect arrested in Palm Harbor pharmacy robbery

    Suspect arrested in Palm Harbor pharmacy robbery

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:10:18 GMT
    Deputies have arrested a suspect in a violent pharmacy robbery that was caught on camera.
    Deputies have arrested a suspect in a violent pharmacy robbery that was caught on camera.
  • Rodents, roaches close 6 Tampa Bay restaurants

    Rodents, roaches close 6 Tampa Bay restaurants

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:47:53 GMT
    State inspectors found rodents or roaches and temporarily closed six Tampa Bay eateries on our list of restaurants with the most violations from April 7 to 13, 2014.
    State inspectors found rodents or roaches and temporarily closed six Tampa Bay eateries on our list of restaurants with the most violations from April 7 to 13, 2014.
  • EXCLUSIVE: St. Pete mom accused of murdering her son talks

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

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:40:24 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.
    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.
  • Crews fill in Dunedin sinkhole

    Crews fill in Dunedin sinkhole

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:20:32 GMT
    A Dunedin sinkhole was filled in Thursday afternoon only a few hours after it opened.
    A Dunedin sinkhole was filled in Thursday afternoon only a few hours after it opened.
  • 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
    Facebook photoFacebook photo
     Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
     Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 24-28

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 24-28

    Saturday, April 5 2014 7:06 AM EDT2014-04-05 11:06:49 GMT
    Multiple Tampa Bay restaurants had problems with rodents or roaches during the week of March 24-28, 2014.
    Multiple Tampa Bay restaurants had problems with rodents or roaches during the week of March 24-28, 2014.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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