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This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas

Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes Video included

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Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills. More>>

RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

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A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination. More>>

How thieves clone your credit cards Video included

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Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it." More>>

How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo
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Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area? More>>

Flood insurance refunds issued beginning Oct. 1

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Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) announced that the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is continuing to implement the Grimm-Cassidy Substitute Amendment to the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. Insurance companies will begin to issue refunds for applicable policyholders beginning October 1, 2014.
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Code Violators Skate in Hillsborough County

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If you want to let junk and trash pile up in your yard you can get away with it in Hillsborough county. 66 year old Brenda Owings has.She owns a property at 14508 Berkford Avenue in Citrus Park.Junk, trash and debris litter the lot from one end to the other. Neighbors have put up with the mess for 17 years."It's not a good situation, it needs to go," neighbor Larry Calder complained.County Code Enforcement can't make Owings do a thing at her property. Owings claims she lives in a house that's... More>>

Citrus Park resident angry about neighbor's code violations Video included

 Bob Mullins is upset about code violations at a neighbor's home. Bob Mullins is upset about code violations at a neighbor's home.
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He has put up with a junkyard around the corner for 17 years. Now Bob Mullins is worried about the possibility of one right across the street from his Citrus Park home. More>>

Unwanted Tampa house guests tell their side of the story Video included

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Suzanne Keller-Becker says she invited her old friend, Erisan Seibert, to stay with her in her Tampa home for a few days while she got back on her feet.But a few days later, Becker says things changed. Seibert's boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, a convicted felon, showed up and wanted to stay, too. Becker says she agreed but said they had to be out soon. But Becker says they ended up saying they had established residency and weren't leaving without an eviction. Becker says they ate her food and used her... More>>

Manatee employees will NOT have to give back their raises Video included

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After 8 On your Side broke the story, Manatee County employees will not have to give their raises back to the county.WFLA-TVreported that a number of county employees received raises after completing training programs. More>>

Sen. Nelson calls hearing on grandparent scams

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Grandparent scams have become such a costly problem for American seniors, the US Senate’s Special Committee on Aging will hold a special meeting Wednesday to come up with possible solutions. More>>

Citrus Park property racks up $300K in code violations

A Citrus Park neighborhood is angry about an accumulation of junk, trash and debris. A Citrus Park neighborhood is angry about an accumulation of junk, trash and debris.
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A Citrus Park neighborhood is angry about an accumulation of junk, trash and debris.They claim the 10,000 square foot lot on Berkford Avenue is jam packed with junk. They are correct.According to the Hillsborough County property appraiser's office the lot at 14508 Berkford is owned by Brenda D. Owings. More>>

Surveillance photos catch Hillsborough power scam crook Video included

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DETECTIVES BELIEVE THIS WOMAN IS INVOLVED IN THE TECO POWER BILL SCAM.  THEY NEED YOUR HELP IDENTIFYING HER. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DETECTIVES BELIEVE THIS WOMAN IS INVOLVED IN THE TECO POWER BILL SCAM. THEY NEED YOUR HELP IDENTIFYING HER.
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Surveillance photos obtained by 8 On Your Side are giving detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office an idea who is involved in a power bill scam. The con involves telephone calls from people claiming to be with Tampa Electric Company's billing department More>>

Tampa family stuck with squatters sleeping in their living room Video included

Erisan Seibert and her boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, sleep on the floor of Suzanne Keller-Becker’s home. Erisan Seibert and her boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, sleep on the floor of Suzanne Keller-Becker’s home.
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Suzanne Keller-Becker says she offered an old friend a place to stay to help her get back on her feet. It was only supposed to be for a few days. But then the friend's boyfriend, a convicted felon, showed up, and the pair refused to leave.Keller-Becker says they started using terms like "established residency" and claimed the Tampa home was now their home, too. More>>

Auto loans getting longer

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As cars get more expensive car loans get longer and longer. Over the last decade the length of the average car loan has crept past five years and is now nearly five and a half years long, according to Edmunds.com.Personal finance expert Gerri Detweiler of Credit.com says "I think our parents used to get two and three year car loans but now we're getting five, six, seven and even 8 year car loans. More>>

Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

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Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. More>>

TECO scam targeting small Tampa Bay businesses

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Telephone scammers are targeting small businesses, claiming they are calling from Tampa Electric Company. More>>

Safety concern for sidewalks along Fletcher Avenue Video included

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A Bay Area man says a five million dollar project to improve safety on Fletcher Avenue is making things worse.Construction began in August of 2013 on Fletcher to improve sidewalks, add bike lanes and put in pedestrian friendly islands and crosswalks. More>>

Undocumented border crossing kids land in Pasco County Video included

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Eight on Your side has just learned that some of the undocumented kids who've cross the Mexican border have landed in a federally-funded shelter in Pasco County operated by Gulf Coast Jewish Community Services. More>>

Honda recalls more vehicles for faulty airbags

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Honda is recalling up to 1 million more vehicles, while Subaru has become the eighth automaker affected by faulty Takata airbags.
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Best travel reward credit cards

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Consumer flock to travel rewards credit cards but they are not all created equal.Credit.com is out with its new 2014 list of the best travel reward credit cards. These are not cards that offer points and miles with airline and hotel programs, but cards that offer rewards points issued by the banks that can be used for nearly any travel reservation. More>>

Training video shows home security employees instructed to lie to customers Video included

A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company. A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company.
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A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company. More>>

Pinellas deputies warn citizens about new scam Video included

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Pinellas deputies are warning residents to not let their guard down. Detectives are investigating five cases, where criminals pose as city workers or contractors, such as tree trimmers. They convince residents to follow them to their backyard. More>>

Winter Haven homeowners face wetlands violations Video included

Sean Leader is angry after receiving a notice he can no longer cut his backyard after doing so for several years. Sean Leader is angry after receiving a notice he can no longer cut his backyard after doing so for several years.
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After years of mowing their backyards, some Winter Haven homeowners have been told they have to stop or else they'll face fines. The notice came from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, stating that mowing and other infractions like pavers and sheds, violate wetlands regulations. More>>

Blue Bird recalls school buses for steering issue

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Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult. More>>

California chicken linked to salmonella recalled

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A California chicken producer has issued its first recall since being linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year, company and federal food officials said Thursday night. More>>

Pasco homeowners want wall to block noise from I-75 Video included

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The residents in the 1,500-home Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club desperately want a concrete noise wall to separate them from the noisy Interstate 75. But the state Department of Transportation insists they don't qualify tor a wall.
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Bill Young Reservoir renovation nears completion Video included

The Bill Young Regional Reservoir. The Bill Young Regional Reservoir.
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It cost you about $125 million dollars.Its stair stepped walls are rebuilt with a slightly stronger soil cement mixture.And if the Florida Department of Environmental Protection gives the green light, Tampa Bay Water will be ready to start filling the 15 billion gallon Bill Young regional reservoir.According to Tampa Bay Water CFO Charles Carden, a key element to this reservoir renovation is the new drainage system. Nine inches of rock that lies beneath the stair stepped soil cement walls."Th... More>>

Former Lakeland PD chief accuses State Attorney of extorting resignation Video included

File: Former Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack File: Former Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack
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The gloves are off for former Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack, and she's swinging -- hard. Her target State Attorney Jerry Hill who she accuses of extorting her resignation. More>>

4th of July gas prices highest since 2008

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If you're planning on taking a road trip this Fourth of July, it could wind up costing you more. AAA Travel is predicting gas prices to be the highest for the Independence Day holiday since 2008.

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Dunedin veteran couple: home sellers turn down offers due to VA loan Video included

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Like most moms, Melanie Gearhart wants her 7-year-old son, Andrew, to grow up in their own home, with a big yard.
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  • InvestigationsMore>>

  • State finally revokes massage license of sex offender

    State finally revokes massage license of sex offender

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:01 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:01:17 GMT
    Licensed massage therapist Michael McIntosh pleaded guilty to molesting one of his clients and relinquished his state license. But, McIntosh and another massage therapist who was recently arrested for sexual battery are still listed on the state's website saying their licenses are clear and active.
    Licensed massage therapist Michael McIntosh pleaded guilty to molesting one of his clients and relinquished his state license. But, McIntosh and another massage therapist who was recently arrested for sexual battery are still listed on the state's website saying their licenses are clear and active.
  • Tampa family stuck with squatters sleeping in their living room

    Tampa family stuck with squatters sleeping in their living room

    Monday, July 14 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-07-14 20:24:40 GMT
    Erisan Seibert and her boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, sleep on the floor of Suzanne Keller-Becker’s home.Erisan Seibert and her boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, sleep on the floor of Suzanne Keller-Becker’s home.
    Suzanne Keller-Becker says she offered an old friend a place to stay to help her get back on her feet. It was only supposed to be for a few days. But then the friend's boyfriend, a convicted felon, showed up, and the pair refused to leave.Keller-Becker says they started using terms like "established residency" and claimed the Tampa home was now their home, too.
    Suzanne Keller-Becker says she offered an old friend a place to stay to help her get back on her feet. It was only supposed to be for a few days. But then the friend's boyfriend, a convicted felon, showed up, and the pair refused to leave.Keller-Becker says they started using terms like "established residency" and claimed the Tampa home was now their home, too.
  • Training video shows home security employees instructed to lie to customers

    Training video shows home security employees instructed to lie to customers

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-07-08 23:55:25 GMT
    A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company.A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company.
    A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company.
    A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company.
  • Restaurant RatingsMore>>

  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 7 - 12

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 7 - 12

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:57:30 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 7 to 12, 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 7 to 12, 2014.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 30 - July 5

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 30 - July 5

    Monday, July 14 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-07-14 23:10:41 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 June 30 to July 5, 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 June 30 to July 5, 2014.
  • Roaches prompt closure of 4 Tampa Bay restaurants

    Roaches prompt closure of 4 Tampa Bay restaurants

    Friday, July 4 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-07-04 19:09:39 GMT
    State inspectors found problems with roaches and temporarily closed four Tampa Bay eateries from June 23 to June 28.
    State inspectors found problems with roaches and temporarily closed four Tampa Bay eateries from June 23 to June 28.
  • RecallsMore>>

  • Chrysler recalls 651,000 SUVs for mirror lights

    Chrysler recalls 651,000 SUVs for mirror lights

    Friday, July 11 2014 9:18 AM EDT2014-07-11 13:18:49 GMT
    Chrysler says it is recalling 651,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs in the U.S. because vanity mirror lights that have undergone repairs can short circuit and start a fire if not reassembled correctly.
    Chrysler says it is recalling 651,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs in the U.S. because vanity mirror lights that have undergone repairs can short circuit and start a fire if not reassembled correctly.
  • RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:45:14 GMT
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
  • California chicken linked to salmonella recalled

    California chicken linked to salmonella recalled

    Friday, July 4 2014 4:15 AM EDT2014-07-04 08:15:39 GMT
    A California chicken producer has issued its first recall since being linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year, company and federal food officials said Thursday night.
    A California chicken producer has issued its first recall since being linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year, company and federal food officials said Thursday night.
  • ConsumerMore>>

  • RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:45:14 GMT
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
  • P.F. Chang's 'Investigating' Major Credit Card Breach

    P.F. Chang's 'Investigating' Major Credit Card Breach

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:55:33 GMT
    Image NBC News/Steve Anderson photographyImage NBC News/Steve Anderson photography
    P.F. Chang’s is “currently investigating” claims that thousands of credit and debit card numbers had been stolen from restaurant locations across the country.
    P.F. Chang’s is “currently investigating” claims that thousands of credit and debit card numbers had been stolen from restaurant locations across the country.
  • How thieves clone your credit cards

    How thieves clone your credit cards

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:15:02 GMT
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    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
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