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One of the dogs left at the soldier's house One of the dogs left at the soldier's house

Squatters left dogs at soldier's house in New Port Richey Video included

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The house of Army Spc. Michael Sharkey sat almost empty early Thursday morning after two squatters said they moved out the day before. More>>

Manhunt underway for Plant City murder suspect

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Police in Plant City are looking for a killer Thursday morning after a man was shot dead outside a convenience store. More>>

Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home Video included

Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night. Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.
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Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.  
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Worth a Drive: SimCenter of Tampa Bay

The SimCenter is unique to Tampa Bay and is definitely Worth a Drive, Leslee Lacey says The SimCenter is unique to Tampa Bay and is definitely Worth a Drive, Leslee Lacey says
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SimCenter of Tampa Bay is known for their high-end realistic simulators. Once rated number one on TripAdvisor’s destinations in Dunedin, they are back at the top spot in Clearwater after relocating to US 19 a few months ago.
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Bollywood Oscars kickoff with huge party

IIFA star Anil Kapoor is surrounded by fans at the IIFA Stomp event at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park IIFA star Anil Kapoor is surrounded by fans at the IIFA Stomp event at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park
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The International Indian Film Academy kicked off the countdown to its version of the Oscars with a music festival in downtown Tampa. More>>

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

Photo courtesy of Beverly Young Photo courtesy of Beverly Young
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The widow of Congressman C.W. Bill Young says she no longer supports the man who campaigned as a “Bill Young Republican” and was elected to her husband’s seat in the House of Representatives. “No, I won’t support him,” Beverly Young said in an interview with News Channel 8. More>>

Tampa Theater named one of the world's most spectacular theaters

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April 23 is, according to some reports, William Shakespeare's birthday. In a nod to the Bard's enduring legacy 450 years on from his birth, as well as the UK's theatrical history, here are a few stages worth seeing, whether a play's being performed or not. More>>

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

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The star of Dolphin Tale met two of her biggest fans Wednesday. Hassan and Hussein traveled all the way from Ireland to meet Winter at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. More>>

Bollywood Stomp event rocks downtown Tampa Video included

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Downtown Tampa is getting a taste of Bollywood Wednesday night. "Stomp" is a free music event taking place in Curtis Hixon Park from 7-11 p.m. More>>

Sarasota teacher meltdown goes viral, student in video being bullied Video included

Jeffrey Daughtry is a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy, is seen having a meltdown on video. Jeffrey Daughtry is a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy, is seen having a meltdown on video.
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By now, many have seen the video of a Sarasota teacher screaming at one of his students. Now the family of that student is speaking out. More>>

TIA rolls out green carpet for IIFA Bollywood stars

Actress Deepika Padukone with TIA CEO Joe Lopano. TIA Twitter photo Actress Deepika Padukone with TIA CEO Joe Lopano. TIA Twitter photo
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Tampa International Airport rolled out the "green" carpet for celebrities attending the IIFA Bollywood awards this weekend in Tampa.
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TPD homicide detective subject of federal probe Video included

File photo: TPD homicide Detective Eric Houston File photo: TPD homicide Detective Eric Houston
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Tampa police detective Eric Houston is one of the investigators who worked the crime scene at the New Tampa home of Julie Schenecker. She's the mother accused of killing her two teenaged children. More>>

Home alone: Sarasota kids help deputies catch burglary suspects

Burglary suspects from left to right: Marcus Felder, Darian Jones, Trevor Jackson and Gary Saulby. Sarasota Co. Jail booking photos Burglary suspects from left to right: Marcus Felder, Darian Jones, Trevor Jackson and Gary Saulby. Sarasota Co. Jail booking photos
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Some quick-thinking kids in Sarasota are being credited for helping sheriff's deputies catch a group of burglary suspects who investigators say broke into the kids' home. More>>

Homicide under investigation in Plant City Video included

Plant City Police are investigating a murder on South Maryland Ave. Wednesday afternoon Plant City Police are investigating a murder on South Maryland Ave. Wednesday afternoon
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Plant City Police are investigating a homicide that occurred Wednesday afternoon at 516 South Maryland Avenue. More>>

New student victim in Polk teacher sex scandal Video included

Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher. Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher.
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A former Polk County teacher has been charged with 20 new counts of sex with a minor, the Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday afternoon. More>>

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

 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.
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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. More>>

Tampa-based Odyssey Marine retrieving gold in richest U.S. shipwreck Video included

The Odyssey Explorer set off from Charleston South Carolina Wednesday afternoon to recover gold from the shipwrecked S.S. Central America. Photo courtesy Odyssey Marine The Odyssey Explorer set off from Charleston South Carolina Wednesday afternoon to recover gold from the shipwrecked S.S. Central America. Photo courtesy Odyssey Marine
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Tampa-based Odyssey Marine crews are on their way to retrieve gold from the richest shipwreck in American history.
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Lakeland man accused of road rage

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A Lakeland man has been charged after a road rage incident that occurred in Mulberry. Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested 25-year-old Warren "Chalmers" Orr for the alleged attack on a passenger in another car.
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Health advisory lifted for Hillsborough beaches

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The advisory that was issued on April 17th for Ben T. Davis, Cypress Point, Davis Island, and Picnic Island beach has been lifted.
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Pedestrian hit, killed on I-75 in Hillsborough

Investigators say Fred Butler, 66, of Providence, RI, was walking in a southbound lane of I-75. Investigators say Fred Butler, 66, of Providence, RI, was walking in a southbound lane of I-75.
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A man who was walking on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County was hit and killed by a car Tuesday night. More>>

Tampa-based Odyssey Marine set to embark on new search for treasure Video included

The Odyssey crew inspects the silver bars as they are recovered from the SS Gairsoppa site and  unloaded on deck of the Seabed Worker. In July 2013 from the site, which yielded 1,574 (60 tons) silver  ingots. Odyssey photo The Odyssey crew inspects the silver bars as they are recovered from the SS Gairsoppa site and unloaded on deck of the Seabed Worker. In July 2013 from the site, which yielded 1,574 (60 tons) silver ingots. Odyssey photo
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Tampa based Odyssey Marine Exploration has an exclusive contract to recover the remaining valuable cargo from the SS Central America shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina which is thought to have been carrying one of the largest cargos of gold ever lost at sea.
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Train, tractor trailer collide in Plant City

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The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is on scene of a crash involving a semi-tractor trailer logging truck vs CSX freight train at S.R. 39 and Moriczville Road in Plant City.The driver of the semi has been transported by ground to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.HCSO says there is no electronic crossing signals at this crossing. There is is a posted R.R. Crossing sign.S.R. 39 remains open while the investigation into the crash continues... More>>

Manatee deputies identify body found in Palmetto Video included

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Manatee County Sheriff Deputies say a body was found alongside U.S. 41 N. in Palmetto on Tuesday evening.  More>>

2 St. Pete women accused in violent road rage attack Video included

Amber Lynn Beckwith (Left) and Ariel Young (right) are accused in a violent road rage attack. Pinellas County Jail booking photo Amber Lynn Beckwith (Left) and Ariel Young (right) are accused in a violent road rage attack. Pinellas County Jail booking photo
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St. Petersburg Police say two women rammed into another woman's car, pulled her out of the car and attacked her in the middle of a street.
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'Selfies' not welcome at USF graduation ceremony Video included

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University of South Florida Student Affairs office announced Wednesday that students should refrain from taking selfies while on stage during the university's graduation ceremony this spring. More>>

Arcadia burned dog 'Hope' is 90% healed from burns Video included

Hope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photo Hope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photo
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We have some good news to report about Hope, the little 1-year-old dog that won over the hearts of many after she was doused with kerosene and lit on fire. More>>

Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved Video included

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Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right. More>>

FOUND: Justin Cangemi, 11, in Manatee

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Authorities in Manatee County are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 11-year-old boy. More>>

New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home Video included

Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
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When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
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John Franklin, head of Hillsborough County Transportation Department resigns

Head of Hillsborough school transportation department resigns Video included

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The general manager of the Hillsborough County School District's Transportation Department has resigned. More>>

Pasco school worker arrested on porn charges Video included

Kenneth Dempsey's mug shot. Kenneth Dempsey's mug shot.
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An employee with Pasco County School District is in jail Wednesday on federal charges of child pornography according to the county school officials. More>>

TRAFFIC: Fatal crash on NB I-275 near Sligh Avenue

The crash scene on NB I-275 The crash scene on NB I-275
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Northbound Interstate 275 is shut down at East Sligh Avenue in Tampa Wednesday morning after a single car crash with a fatality, according to traffic officials. More>>

Canadiens sweep Lightning with 4-3 win

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Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday night with a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.The first team to advance this year, the Canadiens also got goals from Daniel Briere, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller. Montreal now faces a long wait for the Eastern Conference semifinal against the winner of the Boston-Detroit series.Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist for Tampa Ba... More>>

Polk teacher arrested for sex with student fired Video included

Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher. Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher.
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Polk County high school teacher Jennifer Fichter says she fell in love and had sex with her 17-year-old student.Tonight, the Polk County School Board voted to fire the teacher.Fichter told investigators her relationship with the boy started in November and that they had sex 20 to 30 times. More>>

Indian film awards expected to snarl Tampa traffic Video included

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Officials from the city of Tampa are asking motorists to prepare for traffic delays and allow for extra time if you are traveling in or around downtown Tampa this week, as the city hosts the International Indian Film Academy Weekend and Awards. More>>

TPD homicide detective under federal criminal investigation Video included

Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation. Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation.
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The feds are investigating one of Tampa Police Department's lead homicide detectives. Officer Eric Houston, who is one of the lead detectives in the Julie Schenecker murder investigation, is under federal criminal investigation. 
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Scott, Crist trade jabs over tuition, cost

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Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist took swipes at each other over college as they both attended events in Tallahassee on Tuesday. More>>

Sarasota students rally behind teacher fired after meltdown video went viral Video included

Captain Jeffrey Daughtry was a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy. Captain Jeffrey Daughtry was a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy.
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Last week, WFLA News Channel 8 told you about a Sarasota teacher who was fired after a cell phone video showed him having a meltdown. Now, his students are rallying behind him and want him to get his job back
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Citrus man accused of killing son facing new charges, 2 others arrested Video included

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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. More>>

Computer server problem delays FCAT testing in some Tampa Bay counties Video included

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Computer server problems delayed FCAT testing for students in some Tampa Bay counties on Tuesday. More>>

Disabled vet reunited with service dog lost in car wreck Video included

Luke Macner and Nina. Photo courtesy the Humane Society of Tampa Bay Luke Macner and Nina. Photo courtesy the Humane Society of Tampa Bay
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A disabled Tampa veteran was brought to tears Tuesday when he was reunited with his service dog after she went missing in a car wreck. More>>

Brooksville mom pleads not guilty in death of infant daughter Video included

April Weber, 26, appeared in court Tuesday. April Weber, 26, appeared in court Tuesday.
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 The Hernando County mother accused of killing her infant daughter pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday morning. More>>

Lockdown over at Freedom High, Liberty Middle Schools in Hillsborough

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The full lockdown is over at Freedom High and Liberty Middle Schools in Hillsborough County after a bomb threat was unfounded, Hillsborough County Schools says More>>

Polk County School board voting on termination of teacher facing sex charges

Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo
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The Polk County School Board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the termination of a teacher accused of a sexual relationship with a student. More>>

Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay arson suspect arrested on battery charges

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The man suspected in the arson that occurred Saturday at the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay has been arrested on battery charges. More>>

Boston Marathon winner trains in Tampa Video included

Keflezighi after the London Marathon Keflezighi after the London Marathon
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It was a hair curling scream at the Tampa Yacht Club that alerted members; TYC employee Hadas Asgedom’s brother-in-law Meb Keflezighi won the Boston marathon. More>>

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

Defendants Jeffery Williams and Zuzu Vargo learned their fate in court Monday. Defendants Jeffery Williams and Zuzu Vargo learned their fate in court Monday.
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Two people with the website Shefights.net learned on Monday that they will be headed to prison for their roles organizing fights between females and a homeless man in St. Petersburg. More>>

Second arrest made in Tampa apartment shooting

HCSO deputies found the victim lying in the grass on April 15th. HCSO deputies found the victim lying in the grass on April 15th.
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Authorities have arrested a second suspect in connection with the April 15th shooting death at a Tampa apartment complex.Kortney Dubron Jerry, a 33-year-old Riviera Beach man, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene. The incident occurred just after 2 a.m. at the Avesta Apartment Complex in the 2000 block of East 131st Ave. More>>

Bruce Springsteen auctioning off tickets to benefit Feeding America Tampa Bay

Bruce Springsteen (AP Photo) Bruce Springsteen (AP Photo)
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Bruce Springsteen is auctioning off exclusive concert packages to his show in Tampa to benefit Feeding America Tampa Bay.
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John Travolta to attend IIFA Awards in Tampa Video included

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Award-winning actor John Travolta will make an appearance on the Green Carpet in Tampa Bay during the IIFA awards this week. More>>

'Voice' Top 12 include two Bay area natives

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The Bay area is well represented in the Top 12 contestants on NBC's sing-off show The Voice. More>>

Sarasota woman killed when car crashed into her home had complained about intersection Video included

62-year-old Eleanor Ball died when a car crashed into her home. 62-year-old Eleanor Ball died when a car crashed into her home.
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 News Channel 8 has learned that a Sarasota woman who was killed over the weekend when a speeding car crashed into her home, had complained to the city about the intersection near her home before. More>>

Tampa homeowner says Duke Energy is a bully for taking her oak tree

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Neda Dandache and her family love their backyard oasis, even though a gigantic Duke Energy transmission tower abuts their backyard. Oak trees block that view, for now, and give them shade.The trees have never been an issue, but now, Duke wants them gone. Dandache says Duke's forester told her they may cause a problem - seven years from now." More>>

Police seek suspect in shooting that left 2 dead at Tampa park

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Detectives in Tampa are seeking the public's help identifying anyone may have been armed and involved in an argument that left two dead at Al Barnes Park on Sunday. More>>

Woman drove 70 mph, crashed into Sarasota home, police say Video included

Jakeilah Weeks, 25, is charged with vehicular homicide, domestic battery, resisting arrest without violence, burglary, battery and petit theft. Jail booking photo Jakeilah Weeks, 25, is charged with vehicular homicide, domestic battery, resisting arrest without violence, burglary, battery and petit theft. Jail booking photo
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Investigators say a Tampa woman got in a physical fight with her ex-boyfriend and the woman he was dating, shortly before she plowed her car into a Sarasota home, killing a woman who was sleeping inside.
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Obamas hosting annual Easter Egg Roll

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President Barack Obama went 1-for-3 shooting basketballs at the White House Easter Egg Roll, an improvement over his 2013 performance, as he and first lady Michelle Obama applied a health and activity theme to the colorful annual springtime South Lawn ritual. More>>

Lack of qualified workers prompts opening of welding, pipefitting school

Some local industries are having a hard time filling positions. Wikimedia Commons photo Some local industries are having a hard time filling positions. Wikimedia Commons photo
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Some local industries are having a hard time filling positions. In Tampa, the Hendry Corporation has opened a training school to teach potential employees the skilled trades of pipefitting and welding. More>>

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

A Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. Facebook photo A Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. Facebook 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. More>>

Shuttle service starts on dangerous stretch of Hillsborough Ave. Video included

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Students can now board a shuttle bus instead of darting across several lanes of traffic on their way to Middleton High School. More>>

Facebook post leads to teen's arrest in Zephyrhills

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When 18-year old Leo Harvey spray painted graffiti in the bathrooms of two Zephyrhills parks, he probably shouldn't have bragged about it on Facebook. More>>

Neighbors: Car crash into house sounded like explosion

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The friends and family of Eleanor Ball didn't expect to have to say goodbye. But, that is what they did Saturday after Ball was killed when a car slammed into her bedroom. More>>

Woman found shot in car in Sarasota

Police on scene of shooting at 9th St. and Orange Ave. in Sarasota Monday morning (Sarasota Police Department) Police on scene of shooting at 9th St. and Orange Ave. in Sarasota Monday morning (Sarasota Police Department)
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Sarasota Police say a woman was found shot in her car early Monday morning. More>>

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

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The Rev. Manuel Sykes is running for the U.S. House seat in Pinellas County that Democrat Alex Sink decided not to vie for against Republican David Jolly. More>>

Flowers and mementos left at fire-damaged animal shelter in Tampa Video included

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Fansof the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bayshowedtheir support a day after the building was set fire by an arsonist.Flowers and other mementos were left in front of the boarded-up door at 502 N.Gilchrist Ave.Sunday.Investigatorsbelieve someone set the fire early Saturdaymorning.Three cats died in the fire. More>>

Fire breaks out at Duke Energy plant in St. Pete

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The Pinellas County Fire Department responded to a one-alarm fire that broke out at the Duke Energy plant in St. Petersburg overnight. More>>

Two killed, two injured in Tampa park shooting Video included

A shooting Sunday at Al Barnes Park in Tampa left two dead. A shooting Sunday at Al Barnes Park in Tampa left two dead.
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Two people were killed and two injured in a shooting at Al Barnes Park on 32nd Street in east Tampa on Sunday.

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Clearwater man arrested for fatally shooting girlfriend

Police say the shooting occurred at this home at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday. Police say the shooting occurred at this home at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday.
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From their Facebook pages, Alexander Richardson, 24, and Josephine Nicole Austria, 51, appeared to be madly in love. But something went wrong early Sunday morning, leaving Austria dead and Richardson charged with her murder.



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Bradenton woman arrested after firing gun at Manatee deputy

Miller, 24, was arrested by Bradenton Police on April 4th for battery on a LEO. Miller, 24, was arrested by Bradenton Police on April 4th for battery on a LEO.
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A woman wanted for firing several shots at a Manatee County sheriff's deputy early Sunday morning has been arrested, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said. Darlene Latrice Miller, 24, was arrested Sunday afternoon walking in Bradenton.

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Clearwater park drew thousands for Easter egg hunt

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It didn't take a sharp eye tospot colorfuleggs at the 22nd Annual Easter Egg Huntat Coachman Park on Sunday.Theground waslittered with the holiday nuggets.The noon to 2 p.m.eventwas expectedto draw more than a thousand basket-toting childrento gather up more than 25,000 candy-filled eggs.Based on history, the whole thing is more in a matter of minutes.The event started with a race to find the most Easter eggs, candy and 250 golden eggs. Those who find the special golden eggs receive a stuffed... More>>

Dog beach at center of Pinellas condo conflict

The popular canine park is located on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island. The popular canine park is located on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island.
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Dog owners and residents of a Pinellas County condominium complex are in a dispute over a popular dog park.The park, on Sunset Beach off Treasure Island, has been frequented by dog owners for years because it is one of the few places in Pinellas County where dogs and their owners can legally access the water. More>>

Good Samaritan renders aid to man in Tarpon Springs crash

The crash occurred on Keystone Rd. in Tarpon Springs on Saturday night. The crash occurred on Keystone Rd. in Tarpon Springs on Saturday night.
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A Good Samaritan helped save the life of a 52-year-old Holiday man Saturday night after he lost control of his vehicle and landed in a pond in Tarpon Springs.Richard Fenton was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa where he is listed in serious condition. More>>

New Northwest Skate Park in Tampa makes debut

Hundreds attended Saturday's grand opening at the Northwest Skate Park. Hundreds attended Saturday's grand opening at the Northwest Skate Park.
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There’s a new place for skateboarders to hone their craft in Hillsborough County.The Grand Opening of the Northwest Skate Park at Jackson Park took place Saturday with a ribbon-cutting, games, giveaways, music, safety tips and a party! More>>

Marijuana firm purchases buildings in Manatee County

Registered voters in Florida vote on the issue in November. Registered voters in Florida vote on the issue in November.
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A publicly traded firm that appears to be positioning itself in advance of a medical marijuana vote in Florida later this year has acquired a trio of industrial buildings just north of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.The Herald-Tribune reports that Cannabis Rx is believed to have recently paid roughly $1.2 million for the 9.26-acre property. More>>

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

The incident was investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol. The incident was investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol.
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A 33-year-old St. Petersburg man was struck and killed while walking along Interstate 75 near North Port Saturday night.Tyron Anthony Rubino was pronounced dead at the scene just before 11 p.m. More>>

St. Pete hospital pays $7 million to settle lawsuit

Officials with All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg have agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit. Officials with All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg have agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit.
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All Children's Hospital has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging it violated anti-kickback laws by paying inflated salaries and bonuses to doctors so that they would bring in more patients and revenues.The Tampa Bay Times reports the suit was filed in July 2011 by the director of operations for the doctors' practice at All Children's. More>>

Pasco County expands boundaries for rabies alert

A recently discovered rabid raccoon prompted the boundary change in Pasco County. A recently discovered rabid raccoon prompted the boundary change in Pasco County.
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Health officials in Pasco County are expanding the boundaries for a previously issued rabies alert.The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County says this is in response to a raccoon found outside of the previous boundaries testing positive for rabies. More>>

Truck flips into Keystone Road pond, one injured

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A man was injuredSaturday night when he lost control ofa pickup truck and ended up in a pond on Keystone Road.Thedriver of a Ford F-150 pickuptruck was traveling west on Keystone Roadshortly after 7:30 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle in a bend in the road, the Florida HighwayPatrol said.Thetruckspun out, went airborne and flipped twice before itcame to rest partially submerged in the pond.Pinellas County firefighters had to cut awaytheroof of the truck to freethe driver, who wasalone... More>>

USF students protest Walmart over wages

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Calling for better jobs, University of South Florida students and community supporters held a protest Saturday in front of the Walmart store on East Fletcher Avenue west of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.USF student and protest organizer Crystal Wilson said the group wanted to draw attention to employee wages paid by the mega retailer.About 25 peoplegathered from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday to show their outrage that while Walmart makes $17 billion in profits, it pays many workers poverty wages, W... More>>

Polk County deputies searching for Winter Haven man

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Polk County sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help to locate Travis "Pinky Barrientos of Winter Haven.Deputies said a warrant has been issued for Barrientos' arrest for attempted second degree murder. He is considered armed and dangerous.Early Saturday morning Barrientos and 32-year-old Juan Bautista got into an altercation on Rifle Range Road in Wahneta, a Polk County Sheriff's Office news release stated. Barrientos stabbed Bautista several times and threatened his life/Bautista... More>>

Man drowns taking part in triathlon

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A Michigan man participating in a triathlon at Fort De Soto State Park has died.Donald Bautel, 64, was visiting Florida to take part in the "Escape from Fort De Soto" triathlon at the park 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. in St. Petersburg.During the swimming portion of the triathlon, Bautel appeared to be drowning, a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office news release stated.The sheriff's office was contacted,and deputies responded to the park about 8:16 a.m.Swimmers in the area pulled Bautel from the wate... More>>

Manatee veterinarian arrested in Napier Family Farm case

Authorities began their investigation in February. Authorities began their investigation in February.
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Authorities in Manatee County have made a third arrest in connection with an on-going animal cruelty investigation at the Napier Family Farm and Rescue on State Road 64 near Bradenton.Dr. Edward E. Dunham, 76, was taken into custody Saturday morning at his home in Palmetto. He was booked into the Manatee County Jail on one count of animal torture with intent. His bond was sent at $1,500.Sign up for free breaking news and headline email alerts http://8.wfla.com/18DCEqk More>>

FHP seeks Zolfo Springs man who fled from custody

Ramirez, 30, was last seen running through a wooded area along SR 66. Ramirez, 30, was last seen running through a wooded area along SR 66.
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The Florida Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who escaped from custody Saturday morning in Hardee County.Demetrio DeLeon Ramirez, 30, is facing a variety of charges including theft and escape. More>>

Arson suspected in fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay

Crews from Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the scene at approximately 3:30 a.m. Crews from Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the scene at approximately 3:30 a.m.
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Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office are collecting evidence in an early morning fire that claimed the lives of three cats at the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay’s facility on North Gilchrist Ave. in Tampa.The incident occurred just before 5 a.m. More>>

Bradenton Police arrest three teens in early morning home invasion

Officers with the Bradenton Police Department arrested three suspects; a fourth is on the loose. Officers with the Bradenton Police Department arrested three suspects; a fourth is on the loose.
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Three suspects were arrested early Saturday morning following a home invasion in Bradenton.An unidentified fourth perpetrator managed to escape and is being sought by law enforcement officers. The incident occurred just after 3:30 a.m. in the 400 block of 22nd Ave. West. More>>

Sleeping Sarasota woman killed when car slams into home

The car struck the home early Saturday morning. The car struck the home early Saturday morning.
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A 62-year-old Sarasota woman was killed early Saturday morning when a fleeing suspect crashed her vehicle into a home.Eleanor Ball, who was sleeping in a back bedroom at the time, died at the scene. The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. More>>

Bill could slow growth of Florida's craft beer industry

Tampa Bay has several craft beer breweries in operation. Tampa Bay has several craft beer breweries in operation.
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Republican Senate President Don Gaetz is boasting in emails to beer lovers that he helped a craft brewery in his district get started. But now he's also supporting legislation that would hurt the same brewery.Gaetz wrote the legislation that set up an economic development grant program with BP oil spill recovery money. More>>

Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

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We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014. More>>

Tampa Police cruiser involved in crash on Kennedy Blvd.

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A Tampa Police cruiser was involved in a four-vehicle crash at Kennedy Boulevard and Memorial Highway on Friday night. More>>

Bradenton mom says 'no' to FCAT for her daughter Video included

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Many children would not take standardized test if they had the choice, but for one Bay area child, her mother made that choice for her. More>>

Pinellas boat captain reacts to South Korea ferry tragedy Video included

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Captain Charlie Ward of the Starlite Majesty in Clearwater Beach can't figure out why the captain of a South Korean ferry abandoned ship with passengers trapped below deck. More>>

Suspect arrested in Palm Harbor pharmacy robbery

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Deputies have arrested a suspect in a violent pharmacy robbery that was caught on camera. More>>

Tampa Day School principal arrested for molestation Video included

Larkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSO Larkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSO
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Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies arrested James Jerome Larkin, the principal of Tampa Day School, for lewd or lascivious molestation, according to HCSO. Larkin bailed out early Friday morning. More>>

Opening may be delayed for newest Busch Gardens ride

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The opening of the newest ride at Busch Gardens has been delayed, the park tweeted Friday. More>>

Rodents, roaches close 6 Tampa Bay restaurants

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State inspectors found rodents or roaches and temporarily closed six Tampa Bay eateries on our list of restaurants with the most violations from April 7 to 13, 2014. More>>

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

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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. More>>

Fired Sarasota teacher speaks about meltdown video Video included

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Earlier this month, Jeffrey Daughtry, a math teacher at the Sarasota Military Academy, was fired after a cell phone video captured him screaming at a student.The video shows Daughtry shoving a teenager into a seat and yelling, “You open your mouth again and you will die!” More>>

Report: Polk teacher accused of sex crimes had similar behavior in 2008 Video included

Jennifer Fichter, 29, during her first court appearance on Wednesday. Jennifer Fichter, 29, during her first court appearance on Wednesday.
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In a report New Channel 8 received from Orange County on Friday, it shows a teacher recently arrested for allegedly having sex with a student in Polk County also exhibited inappropriate behavior while employed there. More>>

Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers Video included

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The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
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Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials Video included

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Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems. More>>

Owners of Manatee Co. animal sanctuary arrested Video included

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Deputies arrested the owners of Napier's Log Cabin Horse Animal Sanctuary Thursday in connection with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation. More>>

Egg hunt for Orangutans at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

"Eggs"cellent Enrichment for Orangutans Friday at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo "Eggs"cellent Enrichment for Orangutans Friday at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
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The Bornean orangutan family at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo was celebrating Easter early on Friday.They all participated in the annual Orangutan Egg Hunt. Zoo keeperers played Easter bunny and "hid" hard-boiled eggs, baskets, coconuts, frozen juice pops and other seasonal goodies throughout the exhibit. More>>

TRAFFIC: NB I-275 closed at Bearss Ave. in Tampa

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Northbound Interstate 275 is closed at Bearss Avenue due to a crash involving multiple cars, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
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Citrus dad killed son so he could play video games, says Sheriff's Office Video included

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A Citrus County father is charged with killing his one-year-old son so he could keep playing video games. More>>

Fatal crash involving tractor trailer closed Hwy 60 East in Lake Wales

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Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal crash on Highway 60 East, between 630 East and Grape Hammock Road, in Lake Wales. More>>

Bay area family demands charges against hit and run drivers

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The family of 30-year-old hit and run victim Amari Williams held a memorial in his honor Thursday night begging for justice. More>>

Hillsborough Ave. student shuttle service to be provided

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Hillsborough School superintendent MaryEllen Elia announced plans Thursday to provide a shuttle bus service for students who live across Hillsborough Avenue. More>>

Hillsborough residents claim water company retaliates against them Video included

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After East Lake residents fed up with stinky, cloudy water won a big battle against their utility company, they say Pluris American Infrastructure is retaliating against them.
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Headstone found in Crystal River

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Citrus County deputies need your help to find the rightful owner of a headstone found in Crystal River. More>>

Sarasota math teacher fired after seen screaming at student in video Video included

Photo of Captain Jeffrey Daughtry courtesy Facebook Photo of Captain Jeffrey Daughtry courtesy Facebook
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A math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy was fired after a cell phone video showed him screaming at a student. More>>

Student shocked Polk teacher used her name in affair Video included

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A Polk County high school student is trying to clear her name from an ordeal she says her former teacher brought her into. Jessica Seaman says her teacher posed as her in a messaging app and talked to a 17-year-old boy. Now that teacher, 29-year-old Jennifer Fichter, is under arrest, charged with having sex with the teenaged boy.“It's not just that it was my first name, it was my full name,” Seaman said, of what she learned was spelled out on the affidavit describing the relationship between ... More>>

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

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It's the jailhouse interview you need to see. A mother accused of stabbing her 4-year-old son to death speaks exclusively to News Channel 8's Melissa Beckman. More>>

Officers vote no confidence in Port Richey police chief Video included

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There may be big changes at the Port Richey Police Department, after every officer on the force voted they have no confidence in the current chief.
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3 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

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Three Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
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RV destroyed in Hillsborough fire

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A fire destroyed an RV in rural Hillsborough County and sent the occupant to the hospital. More>>

Crews fill in Dunedin sinkhole

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A Dunedin sinkhole was filled in Thursday afternoon only a few hours after it opened. More>>

Man who died in shootout shot himself, says Manatee Sheriff's Office

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The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says the robbery suspect who died during a shootout with deputies died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. More>>

Health advisories issued for Hillsborough beaches

Ben T. Davis beach on April 17, the day the health advisory went into effect. Ben T. Davis beach on April 17, the day the health advisory went into effect.
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A Health Advisory has been issued for the following beaches: Ben T. Davis, Cypress Point, Davis Island, and Picnic Island based on the criteria for enterococci bacteria recommended by the EPA. More>>

$600,000 Hudson home destroyed by fire, 1 injured

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Investigators say strong winds spread a fire that destroyed a $600,000 home and injured one person in Hudson. More>>

90-year-old Hillsborough man victim of home invasion

A photo of the suspects' truck. Courtesy HCSO A photo of the suspects' truck. Courtesy HCSO
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Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are asking for help identifying two men wanted in the home invasion of a 90-year-old man. More>>

Pasco toy maker that helps needy kids destroyed by fire

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A Pasco County toy maker that helps children in need has been completely destroyed from a fire this week. More>>

Riverview murder suspect had victim with him when talking to deputy, says affidavit

Jose Enrique Gonzalez is charged with murder. Jail booking photo Jose Enrique Gonzalez is charged with murder. Jail booking photo
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A Tampa man accused of murdering a woman had the victim in his car when he was talking to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy, about an hour before the woman was killed. More>>

Bay area prescription pill abusers ratchet up threat

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Pinellas deputies say what happened at the Trust Pharmacy is the first time they know a drug user went after a customer instead of the pharmacist.
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  • Squatters left dogs at soldier's house in New Port Richey

    Squatters left dogs at soldier's house in New Port Richey

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:12:34 GMT
    One of the dogs left at the soldier's houseOne of the dogs left at the soldier's house
    The house of Army Spc. Michael Sharkey sat almost empty early Thursday morning after two squatters said they moved out the day before.
    The house of Army Spc. Michael Sharkey sat almost empty early Thursday morning after two squatters said they moved out the day before.
  • Manhunt underway for Plant City murder suspect

    Manhunt underway for Plant City murder suspect

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:44 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:44:41 GMT
    Police in Plant City are looking for a killer Thursday morning after a man was shot dead outside a convenience store.
    Police in Plant City are looking for a killer Thursday morning after a man was shot dead outside a convenience store.
  • Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:50:51 GMT
    Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out. 
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.  
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  • Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger

    Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:27 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:27:19 GMT
    President Barack Obama is rejecting suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger.
    As negotiators struggle, President Barack Obama is rejecting suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger and says the U.S. and Japan must take bold steps to overcome differences that are threatening completion...
  • Tape released of woman who pointed gun at Ford

    Tape released of woman who pointed gun at Ford

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:45:30 GMT
    Nearly 40 years after a former Manson family member pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford, the audiotape from her pretrial psychiatric examination has been made public.
    Nearly 40 years after a former Manson family member pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford, the audiotape from her pretrial psychiatric examination has been made public.
  • Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates' claims

    Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates' claims

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:26 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:26:22 GMT
    The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that two death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them, putting them back on track to be executed as early as next week.
    The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that two death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them, putting them both on track to be executed as early as next week.
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