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  • Palm Harbor strip club hit & run victim makes plea

    Palm Harbor strip club hit & run victim makes plea

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:33 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:33:46 GMT
    New video shows the violent incident early Friday morning, outside "Silks" strip club on US 19 in Palm Harbor. Bouncer Doug Berube and the club DJ. wanted to talk to a guy in a car about an earlier incident. The driver shoved it in reverse, hit the gas, and backed over Berube. He has a plea for the driver....
    New video shows the violent incident early Friday morning, outside "Silks" strip club on US 19 in Palm Harbor. Bouncer Doug Berube and the club DJ. wanted to talk to a guy in a car about an earlier incident. The driver shoved it in reverse, hit the gas, and backed over Berube. He has a plea for the driver....
  • St. Petersburg plane pulled from Tampa Bay after Sunday crash

    St. Petersburg plane pulled from Tampa Bay after Sunday crash

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:22:09 GMT
    The plane that crashed in Tampa Bay, off the coast of St. Petersburg Sunday,has been recovered.A recovery team started work early this morning. It took hours to bring the plane up from about 25 feet under water. The company that owns the plane, Aerial Banner, Inc., sent company representatives to St. Petersburg.
    The plane that crashed in Tampa Bay, off the coast of St. Petersburg Sunday,has been recovered.A recovery team started work early this morning. It took hours to bring the plane up from about 25 feet under water. The company that owns the plane, Aerial Banner, Inc., sent company representatives to St. Petersburg.
  • Pinellas Park police reunite trapped ducklings with mother

    Pinellas Park police reunite trapped ducklings with mother

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:15 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:15:46 GMT
    Photo courtesy Facebook/Pinellas Park Police DepartmentPhoto courtesy Facebook/Pinellas Park Police Department
    Police officers in Pinellas Park helped reunite a family of ducks on Sunday.
    Police officers in Pinellas Park helped reunite a family of ducks on Sunday.
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium plans to drop animal shows

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium plans to drop animal shows

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:09:15 GMT
    Aug. 3, 2011 file photo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium senior marine mammal trainer Abby Stone works with Winter the dolphin in Clearwater, Image APAug. 3, 2011 file photo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium senior marine mammal trainer Abby Stone works with Winter the dolphin in Clearwater, Image AP
    No animal performances will be held at a redesigned aquatic center planned by the Florida aquarium featured in the "Dolphin Tale" movies.
    No animal performances will be held at a redesigned aquatic center planned by the Florida aquarium featured in the "Dolphin Tale" movies.
  • Pilot dies in plane crash near downtown St. Pete

    Pilot dies in plane crash near downtown St. Pete

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:44 AM EDT2014-09-01 07:44:26 GMT
    Rescue boaters are on the scene of a downed banner plane near Albert Whitted Airport.Rescue boaters are on the scene of a downed banner plane near Albert Whitted Airport.
    The pilot of a banner plane that crashed into the water near Albert Whitted Airport has died, St. Petersburg police officials said. 
    The pilot of a banner plane that crashed into the water near Albert Whitted Airport has died, St. Petersburg police officials said. 

  • Buchholz throws 3-hitter, Red Sox beat Rays 3-0

    Buchholz throws 3-hitter, Red Sox beat Rays 3-0

    Sunday, August 31 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-08-31 23:10:21 GMT
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Clay Buchholz threw a three-hitter to stop his string of seven starts without a win, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Sunday. Buchholz (6-8) walked none and struck out six. ...
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Clay Buchholz threw a three-hitter to stop his string of seven starts without a win, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Sunday. Buchholz (6-8) walked none and struck out six. ...
  • Odorizzi shines as Rays shut out Boston, 7-0, at the Trop

    Odorizzi shines as Rays shut out Boston, 7-0, at the Trop

    Sunday, August 31 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-08-31 16:29:55 GMT
    Odorizzi allowed just one hit and struck out seven in seven innings Saturday night. Odorizzi allowed just one hit and struck out seven in seven innings Saturday night.
    Jake Odorizzi and two pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-0 on Saturday night.Coming off a start Monday night in which he gave up a career-high eight runs over four innings in a 9-1 loss at Baltimore, Odorizzi (10-11) allowed a fourth-inning single to Will Middlebrooks, three walks and struck out seven over seven innings.
    Jake Odorizzi and two pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-0 on Saturday night.Coming off a start Monday night in which he gave up a career-high eight runs over four innings in a 9-1 loss at Baltimore, Odorizzi (10-11) allowed a fourth-inning single to Will Middlebrooks, three walks and struck out seven over seven innings.
  • FHP seeks hit-and-run driver that injured Palm Harbor security guard

    FHP seeks hit-and-run driver that injured Palm Harbor security guard

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-08-31 14:49:43 GMT
    The suspect was involved in an altercation inside the establishment just before 3 am Friday. The suspect was involved in an altercation inside the establishment just before 3 am Friday.
    Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public's assistance in identifying and locating a hit-and-run driver that seriously injured a security guard at a Palm Harbor nightclub early Friday morning.
    Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public's assistance in identifying and locating a hit-and-run driver that seriously injured a security guard at a Palm Harbor nightclub early Friday morning.
  • Gulfport man charged for role in fatal pedestrian crash

    Gulfport man charged for role in fatal pedestrian crash

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-08-31 13:00:48 GMT
    The charges against Fitzgerald were filed this week by investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol.The charges against Fitzgerald were filed this week by investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol.
    An 18-year-old Gulfport man is now facing charges for his role in a June 1st fatal crash that claimed the life of an Oklahoma woman.Caleb Fitzgerald was booked into the Pinellas County Jail late Friday on one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.
    An 18-year-old Gulfport man is now facing charges for his role in a June 1st fatal crash that claimed the life of an Oklahoma woman.Caleb Fitzgerald was booked into the Pinellas County Jail late Friday on one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.
  • Two men injured in Gandy Bridge boat crash

    Two men injured in Gandy Bridge boat crash

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:36 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:36:15 GMT
    Two men were injured in a single boat crash at the Gandy Bridge in Pinellas County Saturday. A 21-foot white Hydra-Sport boat collided with the Gandy Bridge, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Officer Baryl Martin said in a news release. ...
    Two men were injured in a single boat crash at the Gandy Bridge in Pinellas County Saturday. A 21-foot white Hydra-Sport boat collided with the Gandy Bridge, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Officer Baryl Martin said in a news release. ...
  • Down power line stalls Gulf Blvd. traffic

    Down power line stalls Gulf Blvd. traffic

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:49:01 GMT
    Severe weather in Redington Beach has forced the shutdown of a portion of Gulf Blvd.Pinellas County authorities closed northbound and southbound Gulf Blvd. from 161st Ave. to 164th Ave. due to down power lines.Sheriffs's officials are asking motorists to avoid the area.
    Severe weather in Redington Beach has forced the shutdown of a portion of Gulf Blvd.Pinellas County authorities closed northbound and southbound Gulf Blvd. from 161st Ave. to 164th Ave. due to down power lines.Sheriffs's officials are asking motorists to avoid the area.
  • Missing New Port Richey couple rescued from Gulf

    Missing New Port Richey couple rescued from Gulf

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-08-30 15:39:40 GMT
    The Coast Guard towed the couple's disabled sailboat back to land early Saturday.The Coast Guard towed the couple's disabled sailboat back to land early Saturday.
    A Bay area couple that failed to return from a boating excursion in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued early Saturday approximately 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key.A friend of Bogdan and Elizabeth Makowski contacted the United States Coast Guard Station Sand Key on Friday after not hearing from the couple for several days.
    A Bay area couple that failed to return from a boating excursion in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued early Saturday approximately 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key.A friend of Bogdan and Elizabeth Makowski contacted the United States Coast Guard Station Sand Key on Friday after not hearing from the couple for several days.
  • Coast Guard looking for missing Pasco couple

    Coast Guard looking for missing Pasco couple

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:04:16 GMT
    Crewmembers from the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for two missing boaters near St. Petersburg on Friday night. Searchers are looking for 69-year-old Bogdan Makowski and his wife 61-year-old Elizabeth Makowski of Hudson.
    Crewmembers from the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for two missing boaters near St. Petersburg on Friday night. Searchers are looking for 69-year-old Bogdan Makowski and his wife 61-year-old Elizabeth Makowski of Hudson.
  • Coast Guard warns about fake flare emergencies

    Coast Guard warns about fake flare emergencies

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-08-30 00:46:08 GMT
    Emergency signal flares can be a real life saver. He feels, sending off a fake flare alert can cause real problems.
    Emergency signal flares can be a real life saver. He feels, sending off a fake flare alert can cause real problems.
  • Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:48:06 GMT
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
  • Pinellas Park elementary school lockdown lifted after area shooting

    Pinellas Park elementary school lockdown lifted after area shooting

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:32:45 GMT
    The lockdown at Pinellas Park Elementary School has been lifted. It was issued just before 11 a.m. Thursday as police searched for a shooter in the area.
    The lockdown at Pinellas Park Elementary School has been lifted. It was issued just before 11 a.m. Thursday as police searched for a shooter in the area.
  • 13 arrested in St. Pete prostitution sweep

    13 arrested in St. Pete prostitution sweep

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:30:14 GMT
    Image from prostitution sweep in St. PetersburgImage from prostitution sweep in St. Petersburg
    Police in St. Petersburg have arrested 13 people during a prostitution sweep.
    Police in St. Petersburg have arrested 13 people during a prostitution sweep.
  • Duke Energy to issue credits

    Duke Energy to issue credits

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:35:10 GMT
    Duke Energy to issue credits.
    Duke Energy to issue credits.

  • Mother manatee and calf rescued in Clearwater

    Mother manatee and calf rescued in Clearwater

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:47:47 GMT
    Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute FacebookPhoto: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Facebook
    A mother manatee and her dependent calf were successfully rescued at Allen Creek in Clearwater Tuesday thanks to a joint effort by FWC and Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff.
    A mother manatee and her dependent calf were successfully rescued at Allen Creek in Clearwater Tuesday thanks to a joint effort by FWC and Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff.
  • Largo travel club head now caught up in Dr. Oz magic diet pill controversy

    Largo travel club head now caught up in Dr. Oz magic diet pill controversy

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:48:14 GMT
    File photo: Nicholas Congleton File photo: Nicholas Congleton
    It turns out the subject of an Eight On Your Side investigation of a local travel club has another claim to fame. He's at the heart of a "magic diet pill" promoted by Dr. Oz and vilified by the FTC.That means Nicholas Congleton is at the heart of two business schemes that are under investigating by state and federal consumer protection authorities for misleading or taking advantage of unwitting customers.
    It turns out the subject of an Eight On Your Side investigation of a local travel club has another claim to fame. He's at the heart of a "magic diet pill" promoted by Dr. Oz and vilified by the FTC.That means Nicholas Congleton is at the heart of two business schemes that are under investigating by state and federal consumer protection authorities for misleading or taking advantage of unwitting customers.
  • School officials to explain new Florida Standards

    School officials to explain new Florida Standards

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:13 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:13:59 GMT
    The majority of state's now use Common Core, a learning system that demands the same basics for every student. This school year, Florida is rolling out it's own tweaked version called the Florida Standards.
    The majority of state's now use Common Core, a learning system that demands the same basics for every student. This school year, Florida is rolling out it's own tweaked version called the Florida Standards.
  • Duke Energy to announce changes

    Duke Energy to announce changes

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:02 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:02:58 GMT
    Jolted by customers fed up with Duke's rollout of a plan to avoid duplicating meter reader routes, it appears the utility is ready to throw in the towel. Wednesday morning, we expect the company to announce changes that could include bill credits.
    Jolted by customers fed up with Duke's rollout of a plan to avoid duplicating meter reader routes, it appears the utility is ready to throw in the towel. Wednesday morning, we expect the company to announce changes that could include bill credits.
  • Crist becomes Democratic nominee, rallies with Nan Rich planned

    Crist becomes Democratic nominee, rallies with Nan Rich planned

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:11:41 GMT
    Photo courtesy Florida DemocratsPhoto courtesy Florida Democrats
    Florida Democrats appeared poised Tuesday to select former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a nationally watched race that's part of an unlikely political comeback for Crist.
    Florida Democrats appeared poised Tuesday to select former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a nationally watched race that's part of an unlikely political comeback for Crist.
  • Pinellas front desk school staff trained to handle medical needs at some schools

    Pinellas front desk school staff trained to handle medical needs at some schools

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:15:59 GMT
    Penny Perez, of St. Petersburg, worries every time she sends her 11-year-old son, Keith, to school. Keith has a rare condition called Williams Syndrome. He is developmentally delayed, and if his blood pressure is too high for an extended period of time, his heart could stop.
    Penny Perez, of St. Petersburg, worries every time she sends her 11-year-old son, Keith, to school. Keith has a rare condition called Williams Syndrome. He is developmentally delayed, and if his blood pressure is too high for an extended period of time, his heart could stop.
  • Dune destruction on Pinellas beach angers neighbors and puzzles state agencies

    Dune destruction on Pinellas beach angers neighbors and puzzles state agencies

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-08-26 14:46:15 GMT
    There is a  controversy over sand dunes on this Pinellas property.There is a controversy over sand dunes on this Pinellas property.
    The new owners of a million dollar mansion who've just moved here from Ohio have stirred up the neighborhood in a Pinellas beach community by hiring contractors to "maintain" the sand dunes that sit between their new beach home and the Gulf of Mexico."The dunes are there to protect all fo the residents," said Wendy Hutkin.
    The new owners of a million dollar mansion who've just moved here from Ohio have stirred up the neighborhood in a Pinellas beach community by hiring contractors to "maintain" the sand dunes that sit between their new beach home and the Gulf of Mexico."The dunes are there to protect all fo the residents," said Wendy Hutkin.
  • National toll scam targeting Tampa Bay area

    National toll scam targeting Tampa Bay area

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-08-26 01:57:01 GMT
    James Marz  is the viewer who contacted us about this E-ZPASS scam. James Marz is the viewer who contacted us about this E-ZPASS scam.
    Jim Marz has received several emails from some scammers claiming to represent E-ZPASS. The first email stated he owes money for traveling on a toll road. The second claimed to be from E-ZPASS collections agency. The third claims to be from a court official informing Marz there is a court date set for a hearing on the money he owes.
    Jim Marz has received several emails from some scammers claiming to represent E-ZPASS. The first email stated he owes money for traveling on a toll road. The second claimed to be from E-ZPASS collections agency. The third claims to be from a court official informing Marz there is a court date set for a hearing on the money he owes.
  • Telemarketers ignore laws, harass consumers in Tampa Bay area

    Telemarketers ignore laws, harass consumers in Tampa Bay area

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-08-26 01:14:28 GMT
    Are unsolicited calls from telemarketers driving you nuts? 8 On Your Side has received a rash of calls from consumers who say their phones are ringing at all hours. They block calls and then find out the overseas company just changes their number and keeps calling. They even have ways of changing their phone numbers to trick you into thinking it's a local call.
    Are unsolicited calls from telemarketers driving you nuts? 8 On Your Side has received a rash of calls from consumers who say their phones are ringing at all hours. They block calls and then find out the overseas company just changes their number and keeps calling. They even have ways of changing their phone numbers to trick you into thinking it's a local call.
  • 12 arrested in Clearwater prostitution crackdown

    12 arrested in Clearwater prostitution crackdown

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:40:57 GMT
    The Clearwater Police Department targeted the East Gateway area in a crackdown on prostitution over the weekend.
    The Clearwater Police Department targeted the East Gateway area in a crackdown on prostitution over the weekend.
  • Silver Alert issued for missing Pinellas Park man

    Silver Alert issued for missing Pinellas Park man

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-08-25 02:24:05 GMT
    Earl JonesEarl Jones
    A Silver Alert has been issued for Earl Lee Jones, 82, of Pinellas Park. It is believed that Mr. Jones left his home sometime before 5 a.m. Sunday and was possibly headed to Georgia to see family, Pinellas Park police spokesman Sgt. Adam Geissenberger said in a news release....
    A Silver Alert has been issued for Earl Lee Jones, 82, of Pinellas Park. It is believed that Mr. Jones left his home sometime before 5 a.m. Sunday and was possibly headed to Georgia to see family, Pinellas Park police spokesman Sgt. Adam Geissenberger said in a news release....
  • Fire damages St. Petersburg church, polling place

    Fire damages St. Petersburg church, polling place

    Sunday, August 24 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-24 22:18:29 GMT
    A fire has severely damaged a church in St. Petersburg that was to be used a polling location on Tuesday.A fire broke out in the kitchen of the Vietnamese Alliance Church at 4344 21st St. N. early Sunday morning, Pinellas County officials said....
    A fire has severely damaged a church in St. Petersburg that was to be used a polling location on Tuesday.A fire broke out in the kitchen of the Vietnamese Alliance Church at 4344 21st St. N. early Sunday morning, Pinellas County officials said....
  • Largo PD: transient walked into roadway, struck and killed

    Largo PD: transient walked into roadway, struck and killed

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-24 14:27:23 GMT
    Cooney, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene according to investigators. Cooney, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene according to investigators.
    A 49-year-old Bay area man walked into traffic in Largo Saturday night and was struck and killed.The incident occurred just before 10 pm in the 2400 block of East Bay Dr. The driver of the vehicle, a 16-year-old Largo girl, was not hurt.
    A 49-year-old Bay area man walked into traffic in Largo Saturday night and was struck and killed.The incident occurred just before 10 pm in the 2400 block of East Bay Dr. The driver of the vehicle, a 16-year-old Largo girl, was not hurt.
  • Frightened neighbors voice concerns about Pasco mental health ALF

    Frightened neighbors voice concerns about Pasco mental health ALF

    Saturday, August 23 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-08-23 22:23:18 GMT
    In the middle of a New Port Richey subdivision on Langston Ave. white iron gates lead to a large compound surrounded by barbed wire fences. Inside there is a swimming pool, parking lotand several buildings that formerly served as the neighborhood HOA community center.
    In the middle of a New Port Richey subdivision on Langston Ave. white iron gates lead to a large compound surrounded by barbed wire fences. Inside there is a swimming pool, parking lotand several buildings that formerly served as the neighborhood HOA community center.
  • Massachusetts man injured in Pinellas hit-and-run

    Massachusetts man injured in Pinellas hit-and-run

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:23 PM EDT2014-08-23 17:23:53 GMT
    If you have any information about this incident please contact FHP. If you have any information about this incident please contact FHP.
    Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public's help in tracking down a hit-and-run driver.The suspect fled the scene of a crash that left a pedestrian in serious condition. The incident occurred just before 2 am Saturday near the intersection of Palm Harbor Blvd. and Alderman Rd.
    Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public's help in tracking down a hit-and-run driver.The suspect fled the scene of a crash that left a pedestrian in serious condition. The incident occurred just before 2 am Saturday near the intersection of Palm Harbor Blvd. and Alderman Rd.
  • Duke Energy billing change making Florida consumers upset

    Duke Energy billing change making Florida consumers upset

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:14:14 GMT
    Duke Energy customers in Florida are a little hot this month, and not just because of the weather.Duke is changing it's billing cycle and adding up to 12 days to customers bills.Duke says it is rerouting their meter readers to make shorter trips.
    Duke Energy customers in Florida are a little hot this month, and not just because of the weather.Duke is changing it's billing cycle and adding up to 12 days to customers bills.Duke says it is rerouting their meter readers to make shorter trips.
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium releases final downtown project plans

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium releases final downtown project plans

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

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 11 - 16

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

    Funeral home removal service employee charged with stealing from dead woman

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

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

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

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

    Woman found in water after Indian Rocks Bridge crash identified

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

    Target to extend store hours, hoping for younger shoppers

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

    PSTA bus involved in head on crash in St. Pete

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

    Tuesday primary election will determine some local races

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

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

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

    Former UCF student in mortal danger

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

    Belleair Police Chief investigation may wrap up this week

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

    Clearwater Police say missing special needs student found

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

  • Tree trimmers shocked in Largo accident

    Tree trimmers shocked in Largo accident

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

    Venice woman drowns at Madeira Beach

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

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

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

    Dog returns to owner after missing from Weedon Island sandbar

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

    Sarasota Police to try body cams

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

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

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

  • Belleair Police Chief under fire by one of his own

    Belleair Police Chief under fire by one of his own

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

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

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

    Vague laws on service dogs in restaurants

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

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

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

    ALDI hiring for new Oldsmar, Holiday stores

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

    Clearwater couple escorted from restaurant because of service dogs

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

    Brad Paisley signs guitar for Pinellas Park teen battling leukemia

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

    Missing Clearwater student located after 3-hour search

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

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


  • Hospital network hack affects millions

    Hospital network hack affects millions

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

    UPDATE: Boy found safe after missing from Clearwater elementary school

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

    Pinellas school construction creates big problems for parents and neighbors

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

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

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

    Pinellas 911 managers puzzled by lightning strike that knocked out phones

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

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

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

    Joe Maddon not happy with cheers for Jeter at Tropicana

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

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

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

    Pinellas schools working to increase graduation rates

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

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

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

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

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

    Libertarian candidate for governor on 'brew tour'

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

    Dolphin Tale 2 premiere in Clearwater

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

    More trouble with Pinellas County 911 system

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

    Laughter, love found in Pinellas Parkinson's support groups

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

    Pasco sheriff announces latest Spice bust

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

    Ex-Tarpon Springs police officer found dead in jail cell

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

    Clearwater yoga studio joins challenge for a good cause

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

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

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

    Two face charges in death of St. Petersburg teen

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

    Pinellas 911 busy signal prevents emergency calls from getting through

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Seminole mother's past helps prevent suicide

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

    Clearwater Police to patrol Pinellas Trail

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

    Teen arrested in murder of woman found near Pinellas Trail

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

    Clearwater crossing guard's legacy lives on with new award

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

    Local comedians remember Robin Williams

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

    Clearwater aquarium helps dolphin untangle from fishing line

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

    Fire in Dunedin kills man, dog

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

    Police to release more info on suspicious Pinellas Trail death

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

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

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

    St Pete family dog attacks 18-month-old

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

    Motorcyclist injured in traffic crash on Bayshore in Safety Harbor

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

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

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

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 28 - Aug. 2

    Friday, August 8 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-08-08 21:53:07 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We've gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 28 to Aug. 2, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We've gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 28 to Aug. 2, 2014.

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

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

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

    Tarpon Springs splash park to reopen Saturday

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

    Pinellas County hit and run suspect arrested

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

    Nasty parasite closes Tarpon splash park

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

    Parasite temporarily closes Tarpon Springs Splash Park

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

    Dead dog found in suitcase in St. Pete

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

    Pot hanging out car window leads to arrests in Clearwater

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

    Bay area woman seeks answers in son's death

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

    Honest test comes to Clearwater

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

    Pinellas launches new school district website

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

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

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

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

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 9:43 AM EDT2014-08-05 13:43:28 GMT
    This Chrysler 300 overturned several times.This Chrysler 300 overturned several times.
    Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for help finding a driver involved in a hit-and-run crash who ran away from the crash scene Monday evening in Palm Harbor.
    Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for help finding a driver involved in a hit-and-run crash who ran away from the crash scene Monday evening in Palm Harbor.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 19 - 26

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 19 - 26

    Friday, August 1 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-08-01 18:44:14 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 21 to 26, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 21 to 26, 2014.
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