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Gun range approved for Tarpon Springs

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The Tarpon Springs City Council has approved a massive new gun range. More>>

Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

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Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning. More>>

USF team reveals facial composite from Dozier site Video included

USF researchers released the first facial composite of a set of remains excavated at Dozier. USF researchers released the first facial composite of a set of remains excavated at Dozier.
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A USF research team and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives briefed Sen. Bill Nelson today on the results of grave excavations at the former Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. More>>

Lakeland teacher accused of sex with student facing charges in 2 counties Video included

Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo
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Sex with a student and no regrets. That’s the story of a 29-year-old high school teacher who is spending Tuesday night behind bars. More>>

Lions & leopards get their Easter baskets at Tampa's Big Cat Rescue

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Lions and leopards enjoyed some Easter treats at Big Cat Rescue Tuesday. More>>

Burned dog's owner released from DeSoto jail on bond

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An Arcadia man accused in a disturbing crime against a dog has been released on bond. More>>

Race for Governor: Crist leads Scott in WFLA-TV poll Video included

Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist
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Democrat Charlie Crist leads Republican Gov. Rick Scott in Florida’s gubernatorial race, according to a new poll conducted for WFLA-TV. The leading news station will be tracking the governor's race throughout the election. More>>

Manatee High School quarterback arrested

Josh Meyer (Manatee HS Football website) Josh Meyer (Manatee HS Football website)
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The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says the starting quarterback for the Manatee High Hurricanes was arrested for lewd and lascivious battery. More>>

Students' films hit screen at Tampa food truck event Thursday

These students are the creators of six award-winning films, which will be shown at the "Flicks and Food Trucks" celebration in downtown Tampa Thursday night. These students are the creators of six award-winning films, which will be shown at the "Flicks and Food Trucks" celebration in downtown Tampa Thursday night.
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Some talented Hillsborough County students will be in the spotlight Thursday. They are the creators of six award-winning films, which will be shown at the "Flicks and Food Trucks" celebration in Tampa Thursday night.
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No sign of missing pilot in Hernando

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)
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The search for a missing pilot ended early Tuesday because of bad weather in Hernando County. More>>

Suspected bank robber who fired at Manatee deputies had criminal past Video included

Deputies say 24-year-old Ross Chrisman robbed a bank. Jail booking photo from previous arrest Deputies say 24-year-old Ross Chrisman robbed a bank. Jail booking photo from previous arrest
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We now know the name of the bank robber who fired at deputies during his attempted getaway in Manatee County on Monday. More>>

Pasco mom headed to prison after texting sexually explicit photos to teen Video included

Deputies arrested Alexis Colson on January 29, 2013. Jail booking photo Deputies arrested Alexis Colson on January 29, 2013. Jail booking photo
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A Pasco County mother of three who is accused of sending sexually explicit photos of herself to a 16-year-old boy made a deal with prosecutors Tuesday afternoon. More>>

Hillsborough Ave. getting new traffic signal, crosswalk Video included

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The Florida Department of Transportation announced today that it will install a traffic signal and another crosswalk on Hillsborough Avenue.
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Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala fired during meeting

Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala was fired Tuesday. Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala was fired Tuesday.
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Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala is out of a job. Pinellas County Commissioners fired him during a commission meeting on Tuesday.

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Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state Video included

The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients. The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.
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The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public More>>

Polk man gets life for setting wife on fire

Joshua Kimbrough (Polk County Sheriff's Office booking photo) Joshua Kimbrough (Polk County Sheriff's Office booking photo)
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A central Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire. More>>

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

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If you've left your tax return until the last minute, several post offices are open late tonight to accommodate your needs. More>>

Lakeland teacher arrested, accused of having sex with student

Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo
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A Central Florida Aerospace Academy English teacher has been arrested and charged with six counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. More>>

Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16

Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16 Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16
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To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Wawa stores across Florida will give away a free cup of coffee, all day, on Wednesday, April 16.
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Deputy struck during driver training course in Manatee

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A deputy was struck during a driver training exercise being instructed by Manatee County Sheriff's Office's training department. More>>

Shots fired, 1 dead in Tampa

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Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a murder early Tuesday morning at the Avesta apartment in Tampa. More>>

WalkAbility Day in Hillsborough County Video included

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When is the last time you just stepped out of your front door and took a walk?Studies show, just 30 minutes of walking per day makes a huge difference in your health. More>>

Alex Sink says she will not run for Congress

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Alex Sink's office issued a statement Tuesday morning that the candidate will not run for the 13th Congressional District seat in 2014 election. More>>

Traffic Alert: One lane closed on Kennedy

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One eastbound lane on West Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa will be closed starting Tuesday morning because Tampa Water Department crews need to repair a service line. More>>

Man who shot little boy in Tampa turns himself in Video included

Bakari Parks. HCSO mugshot Bakari Parks. HCSO mugshot
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Deputies say Bakari Parks turned himself in at Orient Road Jail late Monday night. Investigators spent the day looking for the 23-year-old shot and injured a little boy.
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Clearwater Beach construction claims parking spaces Video included

The construction site in Clearwater Beach The construction site in Clearwater Beach
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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.  More>>

Owner of burned Arcadia dog arrested Video included

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The owner of Hope, the dog that was set on fire in Arcadia, has been arrested. More>>

'Voice' contestant Sisaundra's Polk school stands behind her

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Lewis graduated in the class of 1987 from Haines City High School in Polk County. More>>

Homicide under investigation in Sarasota

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The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide in the 2100 block of Oak Terrace.
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Online underage sex sting nets 18 arrests in Pinellas Co. Video included

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A four-day effort to arrest men looking to have sex with young girls wrapped up Monday in Pinellas County. More>>

State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation Video included

Kevin Holmes, massage therapist Kevin Holmes, massage therapist
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According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate." More>>

Pasco elementary school sings 'FCAT Song'

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Students, teachers, and staff at Moon Lake Elementary School are wishing students good luck on the FCAT with a song.
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Code violation fines on Valrico property now at $996,000 Video included

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An 8 On Your Side investigation has learned code enforcement fines against a Valrico couple now stand at $996,950.
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Tampa Councilman calling for safety improvements on Hillsborough Ave. Video included

The intersection of 40th Street and Hillsborough Avenue The intersection of 40th Street and Hillsborough Avenue
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Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick says something must be done about a dangerous section of Hillsborough Avenue.
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Businesses disrupted during Manatee shootout Video included

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A.J. Ali was just putting out his sign in front of his Boost Mobile store, when he found out this wasn't going to be just another Monday. More>>

East Lake High School student rescued from auditorium ceiling

East Lake Fire Rescue helps student down from auditorium ceiling East Lake Fire Rescue helps student down from auditorium ceiling
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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. More>>

4-year-old shot in Tampa, school lockdowns lifted Video included

TPD on scene of Orange and Spruce Street where a child was shot in the arm Monday. TPD on scene of Orange and Spruce Street where a child was shot in the arm Monday.
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Tampa Police are looking for the person who shot a 4-year-old child in the arm. More>>

Job fair held in St. Pete Video included

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


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Torch Run for Special Olympics in Pinellas County

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Law enforcement agencies from all over Pinellas County will run the Torch for Special Olympics on Tuesday. More>>

St. Pete paramedic remembers Boston bombing Video included

The explosions happened almost a year ago in Boston near the marathon finish line The explosions happened almost a year ago in Boston near the marathon finish line
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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. More>>

Sarasota adds new K9 officer

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The Sarasota Police Department has a new member: K9 Andro.
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Pasco man charged with biting infant

Derek Austin Shea Derek Austin Shea
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Pasco County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man who they say admitted biting an infant on the face.
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Hillsborough Sheriff fights for custody of rescued horses found malnourished

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Two horses previously rescued by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office have been once again placed in their custody after they were found malnourished yet again. More>>

Woman arrested after fatal bike crash in Clearwater

Casandra Renita Hafford. Clearwater PD mugshot Casandra Renita Hafford. Clearwater PD mugshot
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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. More>>

Tampa official calls attention to unsafe street Video included

People brought flowers and toys to the spot where the students were hit on Hillsborough Avenue People brought flowers and toys to the spot where the students were hit on Hillsborough Avenue
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Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick wants changes on East Hillsborough Avenue. Last month two students have been hit by cars. One of them, 15-year-old Norma Velasquez-Cabrera died after being hit on her way to Middleton High School. More>>

School bus safety focus of Hillsborough meeting

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 Parents and school bus drivers have sounded off in a series of town hall meetings about transportation in the Hillsborough County School District. There will be another meeting Monday night in Apollo Beach. More>>

Cyclist dies in fatal crash in Clearwater

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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... More>>

Shooting suspect may have had PTSD

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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... More>>

Crowd jams at blues fest in the park

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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... More>>

Rapper T-Pain performs at Ribfest today

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The Eighth Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribfest is drawing crowds and rib masters from across the country.The annual event is a major fundraiser for United Community Centers, a nonprofit organization that provides programs to low-income and at risk youth in Manatee County. While the ribs are a major attractions, the entertainment reigns too.Big-name acts such as country music entertainer Tracy Lawrence and R&B star Musiq Soulchild has entertained fans during the three-day festival,... More>>

Bicycle rider seriously injured in crash on Drew St.

Officers with the Clearwater Police Department are investigating the crash. Officers with the Clearwater Police Department are investigating the crash.
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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. More>>

Rays lose Cobb to DL with oblique strain

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.
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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. More>>

Search for missing plane, pilot suspended

Weiss was last seen on Saturday, April 5th. Weiss was last seen on Saturday, April 5th.
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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. More>>

Two of three fleeing drivers identified in fatal Fowler crash

Troopers are still looking for a third driver who fled the scene early Saturday. Troopers are still looking for a third driver who fled the scene early Saturday.
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Two of the three fleeing drivers in Saturday morning’s fatal multi-vehicle crash on East Fowler Ave. have been identified.William S. Ridley, a 47-year-old Tampa resident, contacted the Florida Highway Patrol on Saturday to inform investigators of his involvement in the incident that claimed the life of 30-year-old Amari A. Williams of Thonotosassa. More>>

Military veteran arrested on 1st-degree murder charge

Faber, 34, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder according to his wife. Faber, 34, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder according to his wife.
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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. More>>

Multiple organ recipient, 3, tries for normal life

Adonis has had 20 surgical proceduries during his three years. Adonis has had 20 surgical proceduries during his three years.
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Adonis Ortiz is like any other 3-year-old boy.He wears light-up sneakers with "Cars" characters on them. He loves playing with his mom's smartphone and rolling around outside with the family dog. When he turns 4, his parents will put him on a T-ball team; he already plays the game in the family's living room with an inflatable bat and a tennis ball. More>>

Publix employee celebrates 50 years on the job

Publix Supermarkets headquarters are in Lakeland. Publix Supermarkets headquarters are in Lakeland.
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A Publix employee in central Florida is celebrating his 50th year working for the grocery store chain.Larry Delaney is something of a rarity at Publix. In the company's 83-year history, only 16 employees have reached the 50-year milestone. More>>

Tampa police makes arrest in South Tampa hit and run

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
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News Channel 8 has learned Tampa police have charged 26 year-old Danielle Goeller in a deadly hit and run in South Tampa Friday night.According to the affidavit, a pedestrian was struck at the intersection about 11:45 p.m. The victim did not survive the crash. The Tampa Police Departmenthas not released the victim's name.An eyewitnesscalled police. More>>

Faded message in bottle found along Tampa Bay

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Almost everyone has imagined what it would be like to find a message in a bottle. It actually happened Saturday to a Pepin Academy National Honor student participating in the Great American Cleanup, a nationwide event in honor of Earth Day. The student discovered a bottle with a faded note inside today while picking up trash along the shores of Cypress Point Park in Tampa's Westshore area. Inside were the heartfelt words of a Cuban wife and mother. ... More>>

Friends of Queena host self-defense fundraiser

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Family, friends and supporters of Queena, a Brandon area woman who survived a brutal rape six years ago, now feel more empowered.They learn the proper way to throw a jab, punch and other self-defense techniques at a three-hour seminar hosted by “Hot Ninja Defenders” program for women today.The seminar was at the Title Boxing Club Brandon, 889 E. Bloomingdale Ave. It marked the second year organizers hosted the Fight for Queena self-defense fundraising event.This year the participants experie... More>>

Thonotosassa man killed in hit-and-run crash

FHP arrived at the scene of the crash just after 3 a.m. FHP arrived at the scene of the crash just after 3 a.m.
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Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public’s assistance in tracking down three drivers who fled a fatal crash early Saturday morning on Fowler Ave.The incident occurred just after 3 a.m. just east of Interstate 75. A 30-year-old Thonotosassa man died at the scene. More>>

Tampa man arrested after firing shotgun at police chopper

Hearld, 56, is being held on a bond of $22,500. Hearld, 56, is being held on a bond of $22,500.
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A 56-year-old Bay area man is facing a variety of charges after he fired a shotgun in the direction of a Tampa Police Department helicopter early Saturday.Thomas Henry Hearld was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail where he is being held without bond pending his first appearance before a judge. More>>

Lightning player charged with DUI, cocaine possession

Malone, 34, posted a bond of $2,500 and was released from jail just before 10 a.m. Malone, 34, posted a bond of $2,500 and was released from jail just before 10 a.m.
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A member of the Tampa Bay Lightning was arrested early Saturday on driving under the influence and drug charges.Ryan Malone was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail and released after posting a bond of $2,500. More>>

Off-duty Sarasota police officer hit by car

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An off-duty Sarasota police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries after she was hit by a vehicle at the Sarasota Yacht Club Friday night.The officer, whose name was not released,is being treated at a local hospital, Sarasota police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge said. More>>

Fallen Ft. Hood soldiers return to Bay area Video included

The body of Sgt. First Class Daniel Ferguson returns to Tampa Friday The body of Sgt. First Class Daniel Ferguson returns to Tampa Friday
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Two of the soldiers killed in the shootings this month at Ft. Hood returned home to the bay area Friday. More>>

Steve Jerve visits Woodlawn Elementary in Sebring

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News Channel 8's Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve took an Eagle 8 ride Friday to visit the kids at Highland County's Woodlawn Elementary School in Sebring. More>>

Thieves appear to target parents at Valrico ballparks Video included

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Baseball is not the only thing on the minds of parents at the Bloomingdale Youth Sports Association ballparks on Friday. More>>

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

 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
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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.

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Trailer released for 'Dolphin Tale 2' starring Clearwater dolphin

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"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.
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Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 31- April 4

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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.
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Rodents, roaches prompt closures of 2 Tampa Bay restaurants

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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. More>>

Missing pilot search continues in Hernando Saturday

The search for missing pilot Theodore Weiss, 74, continued Friday. The search for missing pilot Theodore Weiss, 74, continued Friday.
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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.
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Remaining Tampa Bay Sweetbay Stores converting to Winn-Dixie Video included

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As of this weekend, Sweetbay will be no more. On Saturday, the 18 remaining Sweetbay stores in Florida will be converted to Winn Dixie, many in the Bay area. More>>

Family increases reward to help solve cold case murder in Tampa Video included

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A cold case murder in Tampa has twists and turns, but police and the victims family are hoping for new leads to solve it. David Hope, 71, was killed in his East Tampa home in October of 2010. Tampa Police Detective Neal Smith says Hope was a well liked and respected figure in his neighborhood. More>>

Polk deputies round up 41 for theft, other charges Video included

Some of the suspects were caught on the security camera Some of the suspects were caught on the security camera
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In two days Polk County Sheriff's Organized Crime Unit arrested a total of 41 people, including teenagers, during the operation "Sticky Hands."
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Missing Sarasota woman, 82, found safe

Herminia Franco, 82, is missing. Herminia Franco, 82, is missing.
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The search for a missing 82-year-old woman who has dementia ended early Friday afternoon, just a few hours after she was reported missing. More>>

TPD investigating 12 burglaries in south Tampa

Surveillance photo of south Tampa burglary suspect Surveillance photo of south Tampa burglary suspect
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Tampa Police Detectives are investigating 12 auto burglaries and burglaries from homes with open garage doors in south Tampa.In each case, the car doors were unlocked or the garage doors were open. More>>

5 arrested in Sarasota prostitution sting

Fernando Valbuena was arrested on a charge of solicitation of prostitution. Jail booking photo Fernando Valbuena was arrested on a charge of solicitation of prostitution. Jail booking photo
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Sarasota Police officers arrested five people during a special prostitution operation on Thursday, April 10. More>>

Spring Football League team coming to St. Pete Video included

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The Tide is rolling in! The St. Pete Tide is the newest team in the Professional Spring American Football League or SFL. More>>

Tampa Bay's first Spanx store attracts crowd Video included

Tampa Bay's first Spanx store opened April 11 at International Plaza. Tampa Bay's first Spanx store opened April 11 at International Plaza.
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Tampa Bay's first Spanx store attracted a crowd of women who waited outside the store for Friday's grand opening celebration. More>>

Patriot Guard Riders to escort bodies of Tampa Bay Ft. Hood shooting victims

Sgt. Daniel Ferguson, 39, was killed in the Ft. Hood shooting on April 2. Courtesy: Fort Hood Public Affairs Office Sgt. Daniel Ferguson, 39, was killed in the Ft. Hood shooting on April 2. Courtesy: Fort Hood Public Affairs Office
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Florida's Patriot Guard Riders will honor two Fort Hood shooting victims Friday by escorting their remains from Tampa International Airport to local funeral homes. More>>

Kennedy Boulevard reopens downtown Tampa after pedestrian was hit

The accident scene in downtown Tampa The accident scene in downtown Tampa
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A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in downtown Tampa early Friday morning, Tampa Police officers confirmed. They closed westbound Kennedy Boulevard near Tampa Street and Ashley Drive. More>>

US 19 overpass open for morning commute Video included

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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. More>>

Pasco elevated toll highway needs public support, says DOT Video included

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The Florida Department of Transportation has said they will not move forward with constructing the proposed elevated highway along State Road 54/56 in Pasco County without the public’s support. More>>

Mock funeral, roast held for 'The Cowhead Show'

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A mock funeral and roast was held Thursday night in Tampa as 'The Cowhead Show' prepares to be born again with a new name. More>>

VIDEO: peacock pecks Clearwater Police vehicle

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Video from the Clearwater Police Department shows a peacock pecking at a patrol car window. More>>

Pasco theater shooting suspect explains motive in recordings

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Retired Tampa police officer Curtis Reeves said the man was threatening him, and he was terrified. More>>

Missing pilot search to move to Hernando County Video included

Crews searched in Citrus County on Thursday. Crews searched in Citrus County on Thursday.
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The search for a missing pilot and his plane will move south from Citrus to Hernando County beginning Friday. More>>

Probe into Lakeland's acting police chief over Video included

Larry Giddens was promoted to acting police chief after Chief Lisa Womack was put on administrative leave. Larry Giddens was promoted to acting police chief after Chief Lisa Womack was put on administrative leave.
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An investigation into accusations that Acting Chief of Police Larry Giddens made threatening statements to retired police officer Jimmy Mock have been determined to be unfounded. More>>

Pasco animal shelter over capacity, seeks homes for dogs

Pasco Animal Services staff says the shelter is over capacity and is "bursting at the seams" with adoptable dogs (Photos courtesy Pasco County). Pasco Animal Services staff says the shelter is over capacity and is "bursting at the seams" with adoptable dogs (Photos courtesy Pasco County).
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Are you looking to add a four-legged addition to your family? You might want to check out the dogs available for adoption at Pasco County Animal Services. More>>

Man walking around the world stops in Sarasota Video included

Mats Andren stops in Sarasota County in his walk around the world. Mats Andren stops in Sarasota County in his walk around the world.
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A Swedish man walking across the world is making his way through the Tampa Bay area on Thursday. More>>

Missing 7-month-old from Tampa found

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Tampa police officers say they have located a missing 7-month-old girl, thanks to social media. More>>

Week two of festivities for the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

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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. More>>

Longtime Strawberry Festival director resigns

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The man who has led Plant City's Strawberry Festival for 43 years has resigned, saying it's time for a change. More>>

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  • Foul Play Suspected In Union Missing Person Investigation

    Foul Play Suspected In Union Missing Person Investigation

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:15:36 GMT
    Officers roped off the scene on Union BlvdOfficers roped off the scene on Union Blvd
    City of Union Public Safety investigators were at the scene of a home on Union Blvd Tuesday night investigating a missing person case.
    City of Union Public Safety investigators were at the scene of a home on Union Blvd Tuesday night investigating a missing person case.
  • Bass Pro Shops Considering Spartanburg Co., Sources Tell Paper

    Bass Pro Shops Considering Spartanburg Co., Sources Tell Paper

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:30:59 GMT
    Sources tell our coverage partners at the Spartanburg Herald Journal, Bass Pro Shops is considering building near the BMW facility at the intersection of Highway 101 and Interstate 85.
    Sources tell our coverage partners at the Spartanburg Herald Journal, Bass Pro Shops is considering building near the BMW facility at the intersection of Highway 101 and Interstate 85.
  • 11 Upstate High Schools Among Nations "Most Challenging"

    11 Upstate High Schools Among Nations "Most Challenging"

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:03:25 GMT
    A new ranking released Tuesday by the Washington Post lists 11 local high schools as some of the nation's most challenging. A new ranking released Tuesday by the Washington Post lists 11 local high schools as some of the nation's most challenging.
    A new ranking released Tuesday by the Washington Post lists 11 local high schools as some of the nation's most challenging. Schools are measured by how well they prepare their students for college level work. 8 Greenville County schools made the list. Greenville's Southside High School earned the number 2 spot in the state and 189 on a national list of more than 2000. 2 Spartanburg County schools also made the list....
    A new ranking released Tuesday by the Washington Post lists 11 local high schools as some of the nation's most challenging. Schools are measured by how well they prepare their students for college level work. 8 Greenville County schools made the list. Greenville's Southside High School earned the number 2 spot in the state and 189 on a national list of more than 2000. 2 Spartanburg County schools also made the list....
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