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  • Citrus boy smothered: CA child welfare had contacted DCF about family

    Citrus boy smothered: CA child welfare had contacted DCF about family

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:12:00 GMT
     Cody Wygant, is charged with third-degree murder in connection with his son's death. Cody Wygant, is charged with third-degree murder in connection with his son's death.
    News Channel 8 has uncovered new information about the case of a Citrus County man accused of smothering his son, so he could play his Xbox game.
    News Channel 8 has uncovered new information about the case of a Citrus County man accused of smothering his son, so he could play his Xbox game.
  • Citrus man accused of killing son facing new charges, 2 others arrested

    Citrus man accused of killing son facing new charges, 2 others arrested

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-04-22 20:26:44 GMT
    Additional charges have been filed against a Citrus man who allegedly killed his 1-year-old son last week and continued to play video games, the Sheriff's Office says. Two others have also been arrested Tuesday in connection to the case.
    Additional charges have been filed against a Citrus man who allegedly killed his 1-year-old son last week and continued to play video games, the Sheriff's Office says. Two others have also been arrested Tuesday in connection to the case.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • $100,000 bond for Citrus dad accused of killing son so he could play video games

    $100,000 bond for Citrus dad accused of killing son so he could play video games

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:43:14 GMT
    Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, of Homosassa, is charged with child neglect with great bodily harm and third-degree murder in connection with the death of his son, Daymeon Wygant.
    Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, of Homosassa, is charged with child neglect with great bodily harm and third-degree murder in connection with the death of his son, Daymeon Wygant.
  • Citrus dad killed son so he could play video games, says Sheriff's Office

    Citrus dad killed son so he could play video games, says Sheriff's Office

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:43:43 GMT
    A Citrus County father is charged with killing his one-year-old son so he could keep playing video games.
    A Citrus County father is charged with killing his one-year-old son so he could keep playing video games.
  • Headstone found in Crystal River

    Headstone found in Crystal River

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:56:24 GMT
    Citrus County deputies need your help to find the rightful owner of a headstone found in Crystal River.
    Citrus County deputies need your help to find the rightful owner of a headstone found in Crystal River.
  • No sign of missing pilot in Hernando

    No sign of missing pilot in Hernando

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:15:48 GMT
    Theodore Weiss, 74, of Zephyrhills stands in front of his plane. (Photo courtesy Hernando County Sheriff's Office Facebook)Theodore Weiss, 74, of Zephyrhills stands in front of his plane. (Photo courtesy Hernando County Sheriff's Office Facebook)
    The search for a missing pilot ended early Tuesday because of bad weather in Hernando County.
    The search for a missing pilot ended early Tuesday because of bad weather in Hernando County.
  • 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.
  • Fla. chooses new test to replace FCAT next year

    Fla. chooses new test to replace FCAT next year

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-04-15 12:31:33 GMT

    Florida is picking a new test to replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test that has been a mainstay in the state's schools for more than a decade.

    Florida is picking a new test to replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test that has been a mainstay in the state's schools for more than a decade.


  • Search for missing plane, pilot suspended

    Search for missing plane, pilot suspended

    Sunday, April 13 2014 12:01 PM EDT2014-04-13 16:01:08 GMT
    Weiss was last seen on Saturday, April 5th. Weiss was last seen on Saturday, April 5th.
    Authorities have suspended their ground search for pilot whose small plane went missing at it flew from north Florida to the Tampa Bay area.Theodore Weiss of Zephyrhills was flying a fixed-wing, single-engine Sonex two-seater with white and green stripes. The Marion County Sheriff's office says Weiss left the Dunnellon Airport on April 5, bound for Zephyrhills.
    Authorities have suspended their ground search for pilot whose small plane went missing at it flew from north Florida to the Tampa Bay area.Theodore Weiss of Zephyrhills was flying a fixed-wing, single-engine Sonex two-seater with white and green stripes. The Marion County Sheriff's office says Weiss left the Dunnellon Airport on April 5, bound for Zephyrhills.
  • 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.

  • Missing pilot search continues in Hernando Saturday

    Missing pilot search continues in Hernando Saturday

    Friday, April 11 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-04-11 22:36:40 GMT
    The search for missing pilot Theodore Weiss, 74, continued Friday.The search for missing pilot Theodore Weiss, 74, continued Friday.
    Theodore Weiss, 74, took off in his experimental aircraft on Saturday. He was headed from the Dunellon Airport in Marion County to the Zephyrhills Regional Airport, but never made it.
    Theodore Weiss, 74, took off in his experimental aircraft on Saturday. He was headed from the Dunellon Airport in Marion County to the Zephyrhills Regional Airport, but never made it.
  • Missing pilot search to move to Hernando County

    Missing pilot search to move to Hernando County

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:04:07 GMT
    Crews searched in Citrus County on Thursday.Crews searched in Citrus County on Thursday.
    The search for a missing pilot and his plane will move south from Citrus to Hernando County beginning Friday.
    The search for a missing pilot and his plane will move south from Citrus to Hernando County beginning Friday.
  • 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.
  • Missing pilot: Crews search Citrus forest, check leads

    Missing pilot: Crews search Citrus forest, check leads

    Thursday, April 10 2014 10:02 AM EDT2014-04-10 14:02:44 GMT
    Searchers received instructions Thursday morning before heading to the Withlacoochee State Forest to search for a missing pilot. Citrus Co. Sheriff's Office Facebook photoSearchers received instructions Thursday morning before heading to the Withlacoochee State Forest to search for a missing pilot. Citrus Co. Sheriff's Office Facebook photo
    Thursday's search for a missing pilot and his plane is focusing on densely wooded areas in the Withlacoochee State Forest in Citrus County.
    Thursday's search for a missing pilot and his plane is focusing on densely wooded areas in the Withlacoochee State Forest in Citrus County.
  • Search continues in Citrus for missing pilot

    Search continues in Citrus for missing pilot

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-04-09 22:33:24 GMT
    Theofore Weiss, 74, and his experimental aircraft.  Hernando Sheriff's Office Facebook photoTheofore Weiss, 74, and his experimental aircraft. Hernando Sheriff's Office Facebook photo
    More than 125 people turned out Wednesday morning to help with the search for a 74-year-old pilot who vanished during a flight from Marion County to Zephyrhills over the weekend.
    More than 125 people turned out Wednesday morning to help with the search for a 74-year-old pilot who vanished during a flight from Marion County to Zephyrhills over the weekend.
  • Silver Alert issued for Citrus County man

    Silver Alert issued for Citrus County man

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-04-09 22:15:18 GMT
    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Silver Alert for a Homosassa man.
    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Silver Alert for a Homosassa man.
  • Citrus County officials search for missing plane, pilot

    Citrus County officials search for missing plane, pilot

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-04-09 00:43:05 GMT
    This plane and its pilot have been missing since Saturday, April 5. This plane and its pilot have been missing since Saturday, April 5.
    The Citrus County Sheriff's Office says they are assisting in the search for a missing plane that possibly went down in the Withlacoochee Forest over the weekend.
    The Citrus County Sheriff's Office says they are assisting in the search for a missing plane that possibly went down in the Withlacoochee Forest over the weekend.
  • Citrus County man charged with strangling, stabbing his mother

    Citrus County man charged with strangling, stabbing his mother

    Sunday, April 6 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-04-06 23:55:24 GMT
    A 23-year-old man has been arrested for strangling and stabbing his mother to death, Citrus County sheriff's deputies said. Benjamin William Dick is being held at the Citrus County Jail on second degree murder charges. Dick asked another man, Shannon Parker, 28, to help him bury the victim, authorities said. Parker also is in custody charged with accessory after the fact and witness tampering. Deputies said Dick and his mother, Jennifer Brooks, 42, argued Friday night...
    A 23-year-old man has been arrested for strangling and stabbing his mother to death, Citrus County sheriff's deputies said. Benjamin William Dick is being held at the Citrus County Jail on second degree murder charges. Dick asked another man, Shannon Parker, 28, to help him bury the victim, authorities said. Parker also is in custody charged with accessory after the fact and witness tampering. Deputies said Dick and his mother, Jennifer Brooks, 42, argued Friday night...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SunPass mistake results in suspended driver's license

    SunPass mistake results in suspended driver's license

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-03-19 12:52:31 GMT
    The state admits it dropped the ball, but 51 year old Wes Diebold lost his license over a 2 dollar mistake.The state admits it dropped the ball, but 51 year old Wes Diebold lost his license over a 2 dollar mistake.
    Looking for a job is tough enough these days but how much tougher does having a suspended driver's license make things? 51 year old Wes Diebold doesn't know for sure if his suspended license was a roadblock.
    Looking for a job is tough enough these days but how much tougher does having a suspended driver's license make things? 51 year old Wes Diebold doesn't know for sure if his suspended license was a roadblock.
  • No bond for Citrus mom accused of killing child

    No bond for Citrus mom accused of killing child

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 9:13 AM EST2014-02-26 14:13:01 GMT
    Chelsea Huggett made her first appearance in front of a Citrus County Judge early Friday. Huggett is charged with aggravated child abuse and murder for the death of her own daughter.
    Chelsea Huggett made her first appearance in front of a Citrus County Judge early Friday. Huggett is charged with aggravated child abuse and murder for the death of her own daughter.
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