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  • Truck flips into Keystone Road pond, one injured

    Truck flips into Keystone Road pond, one injured

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:15 AM EDT2014-04-20 05:15:13 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Neighbors say fatal car-in-house accident sound like explosion

    Neighbors say fatal car-in-house accident sound like explosion

    Sunday, April 20 2014 12:58 AM EDT2014-04-20 04:58:26 GMT
    The friends and family of Eleanor Balldidn't expect to have to say goodbye. But that is what they did Saturday after Ball waskilled when a car slammed into her bedroom.“It sounded like a grenade, boom, boom,” said Tyran Young, who saw the car speed past him and then heard the collision in the 3000 block of Maple in Sarasota at 3:30 a.m.Saturday.Police saidthe driver, Jakeilah Weeks of Tampa, drove away in her car after she was caught breaking into her ex-boyfriend’s home just a few blocks awa...
    The friends and family of Eleanor Balldidn't expect to have to say goodbye. But that is what they did Saturday after Ball waskilled when a car slammed into her bedroom.“It sounded like a grenade, boom, boom,” said Tyran Young, who saw the car speed past him and then heard the collision in the 3000 block of Maple in Sarasota at 3:30 a.m.Saturday.Police saidthe driver, Jakeilah Weeks of Tampa, drove away in her car after she was caught breaking into her ex-boyfriend’s home just a few blocks awa...
  • USF students protest Walmart over wages

    USF students protest Walmart over wages

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:50 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:50:55 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Polk County deputies searching for Winter Haven man

    Polk County deputies searching for Winter Haven man

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:44:05 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Man drowns taking part in triathlon

    Man drowns taking part in triathlon

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:44:33 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Manatee veterinarian arrested in Napier Family Farm case

    Manatee veterinarian arrested in Napier Family Farm case

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:13:15 GMT
    Authorities began their investigation in February. Authorities began their investigation in February.
    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
    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
  • FHP seeks Zolfo Springs man who fled from custody

    FHP seeks Zolfo Springs man who fled from custody

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:19:51 GMT
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • Arson suspected in fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay

    Arson suspected in fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay

    Saturday, April 19 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:29:01 GMT
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • Bradenton Police arrest three teens in early morning home invasion

    Bradenton Police arrest three teens in early morning home invasion

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:28 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:28:10 GMT
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • Sleeping Sarasota woman killed when car slams into home

    Sleeping Sarasota woman killed when car slams into home

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:17 AM EDT2014-04-19 15:17:35 GMT
    The car struck the home early Saturday morning. The car struck the home early Saturday morning.
    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.
    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.
  • Bill could slow growth of Florida's craft beer industry

    Bill could slow growth of Florida's craft beer industry

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-04-19 14:45:27 GMT
    Tampa Bay has several craft beer breweries in operation. Tampa Bay has several craft beer breweries in operation.
    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.
    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.
  • Restaurant Buzz: Free McDonald's breakfast, steakhouse closes, Tampa Ferg's

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

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:17 AM EDT2014-04-19 14:17:16 GMT
    A Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. Facebook photoA Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. Facebook photo
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:47 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:47:28 GMT
    We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
    We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
  • Tampa Police cruiser involved in crash on Kennedy Blvd.

    Tampa Police cruiser involved in crash on Kennedy Blvd.

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:28:23 GMT
    A Tampa Police cruiser was involved in a four-vehicle crash at Kennedy Boulevard and Memorial Highway on Friday night.
    A Tampa Police cruiser was involved in a four-vehicle crash at Kennedy Boulevard and Memorial Highway on Friday night.
  • Bradenton mom says 'no' to FCAT for her daughter

    Bradenton mom says 'no' to FCAT for her daughter

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:24:21 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Pinellas boat captain reacts to South Korea ferry tragedy

    Pinellas boat captain reacts to South Korea ferry tragedy

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:10:48 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Suspect arrested in Palm Harbor pharmacy robbery

    Suspect arrested in Palm Harbor pharmacy robbery

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:10:18 GMT
    Deputies have arrested a suspect in a violent pharmacy robbery that was caught on camera.
    Deputies have arrested a suspect in a violent pharmacy robbery that was caught on camera.
  • Tampa Day School principal arrested for molestation

    Tampa Day School principal arrested for molestation

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:08:29 GMT
    Larkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSOLarkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSO
    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.
    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.
  • Opening may be delayed for newest Busch Gardens ride

    Opening may be delayed for newest Busch Gardens ride

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:18 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:18:47 GMT
    The opening of the newest ride at Busch Gardens has been delayed, the park tweeted Friday.
    The opening of the newest ride at Busch Gardens has been delayed, the park tweeted Friday.
  • Rodents, roaches close 6 Tampa Bay restaurants

    Rodents, roaches close 6 Tampa Bay restaurants

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:47:53 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • $100,000 bond for Citrus dad accused of killing son so he could play video games

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

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:43:14 GMT
    Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, of Homosassa, is charged with child neglect with great bodily harm and third-degree murder in connection with the death of his son, Daymeon Wygant.
    Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, of Homosassa, is charged with child neglect with great bodily harm and third-degree murder in connection with the death of his son, Daymeon Wygant.
  • Fired Sarasota teacher speaks about meltdown video

    Fired Sarasota teacher speaks about meltdown video

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:19:48 GMT
    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!”
    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!”
  • Report: Polk teacher accused of sex crimes had similar behavior in 2008

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

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:11:51 GMT
    Jennifer Fichter, 29, during her first court appearance on Wednesday.Jennifer Fichter, 29, during her first court appearance on Wednesday.
    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.
    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.
  • Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

    Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:02:51 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

    Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:52:20 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Owners of Manatee Co. animal sanctuary arrested

    Owners of Manatee Co. animal sanctuary arrested

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:05:34 GMT
    Deputies arrested the owners of Napier's Log Cabin Horse Animal Sanctuary Thursday in connection with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation.
    Deputies arrested the owners of Napier's Log Cabin Horse Animal Sanctuary Thursday in connection with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation.
  • Egg hunt for Orangutans at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

    Egg hunt for Orangutans at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:05:45 GMT
    "Eggs"cellent Enrichment for Orangutans Friday at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo"Eggs"cellent Enrichment for Orangutans Friday at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
    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.
    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.
  • TRAFFIC: NB I-275 closed at Bearss Ave. in Tampa

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

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:08:38 GMT
    Northbound Interstate 275 is closed at Bearss Avenue due to a crash involving multiple cars, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
    Northbound Interstate 275 is closed at Bearss Avenue due to a crash involving multiple cars, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  • Burned dog named 'Hope' faces months of treatment

    Burned dog named 'Hope' faces months of treatment

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:41 AM EDT2014-04-18 11:41:11 GMT
    Hope is being treated at Tampa's BluePearl Veterinary. April 15 photo courtesy BluePearlHope is being treated at Tampa's BluePearl Veterinary. April 15 photo courtesy BluePearl
    Hope, the tough little mixed-breed dog that won the hearts of many after surviving a horrific act of abuse, could have to undergo months of treatment after she is released from 24-hour intensive care.
    Hope, the tough little mixed-breed dog that won the hearts of many after surviving a horrific act of abuse, could have to undergo months of treatment after she is released from 24-hour intensive care.
  • Citrus dad killed son so he could play video games, says Sheriff's Office

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

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:43:43 GMT
    A Citrus County father is charged with killing his one-year-old son so he could keep playing video games.
    A Citrus County father is charged with killing his one-year-old son so he could keep playing video games.
  • Fatal crash involving tractor trailer closed Hwy 60 East in Lake Wales

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

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:32:03 GMT
    Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal crash on Highway 60 East, between 630 East and Grape Hammock Road, in Lake Wales.
    Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal crash on Highway 60 East, between 630 East and Grape Hammock Road, in Lake Wales.
  • Bay area family demands charges against hit and run drivers

    Bay area family demands charges against hit and run drivers

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:28:45 GMT
    The family of 30-year-old hit and run victim Amari Williams held a memorial in his honor Thursday night begging for justice.
    The family of 30-year-old hit and run victim Amari Williams held a memorial in his honor Thursday night begging for justice.
  • Hillsborough Ave. student shuttle service to be provided

    Hillsborough Ave. student shuttle service to be provided

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-04-17 23:17:33 GMT
    Hillsborough School superintendent MaryEllen Elia announced plans Thursday to provide a shuttle bus service for students who live across Hillsborough Avenue.
    Hillsborough School superintendent MaryEllen Elia announced plans Thursday to provide a shuttle bus service for students who live across Hillsborough Avenue.
  • Hillsborough residents claim water company retaliates against them

    Hillsborough residents claim water company retaliates against them

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:08:40 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Headstone found in Crystal River

    Headstone found in Crystal River

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:56:24 GMT
    Citrus County deputies need your help to find the rightful owner of a headstone found in Crystal River.
    Citrus County deputies need your help to find the rightful owner of a headstone found in Crystal River.
  • Sarasota math teacher fired after seen screaming at student in video

    Sarasota math teacher fired after seen screaming at student in video

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:49:08 GMT
    Photo of Captain Jeffrey Daughtry courtesy FacebookPhoto of Captain Jeffrey Daughtry courtesy Facebook
    A math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy was fired after a cell phone video showed him screaming at a student.
    A math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy was fired after a cell phone video showed him screaming at a student.
  • Student shocked Polk teacher used her name in affair

    Student shocked Polk teacher used her name in affair

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:43:59 GMT
    Jessica SeamanJessica Seaman
    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 ...
    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 ...
  • EXCLUSIVE: St. Pete mom accused of murdering her son talks

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

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:40:24 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Officers vote no confidence in Port Richey police chief

    Officers vote no confidence in Port Richey police chief

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:11:13 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • 3 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    3 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:06:57 GMT
    Three Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
    Three Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
  • RV destroyed in Hillsborough fire

    RV destroyed in Hillsborough fire

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:42:04 GMT
    A fire destroyed an RV in rural Hillsborough County and sent the occupant to the hospital.
    A fire destroyed an RV in rural Hillsborough County and sent the occupant to the hospital.
  • Crews fill in Dunedin sinkhole

    Crews fill in Dunedin sinkhole

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:20:32 GMT
    A Dunedin sinkhole was filled in Thursday afternoon only a few hours after it opened.
    A Dunedin sinkhole was filled in Thursday afternoon only a few hours after it opened.
  • Man who died in shootout shot himself, says Manatee Sheriff's Office

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

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:29:36 GMT
    The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says the robbery suspect who died during a shootout with deputies died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
    The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says the robbery suspect who died during a shootout with deputies died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
  • 12-year-old located safe in Manatee

    12-year-old located safe in Manatee

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:42:39 GMT
    The Manatee Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old boy reported missing Wednesday night has now been located and is okay.
    The Manatee Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old boy reported missing Wednesday night has now been located and is okay.
  • Health advisories issued for Hillsborough beaches

    Health advisories issued for Hillsborough beaches

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:30:08 GMT
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • $600,000 Hudson home destroyed by fire, 1 injured

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

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:20:43 GMT
    Investigators say strong winds spread a fire that destroyed a $600,000 home and injured one person in Hudson.
    Investigators say strong winds spread a fire that destroyed a $600,000 home and injured one person in Hudson.
  • 90-year-old Hillsborough man victim of home invasion

    90-year-old Hillsborough man victim of home invasion

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:59 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:59:42 GMT
    A photo of the suspects' truck. Courtesy HCSOA photo of the suspects' truck. Courtesy HCSO
    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.
    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.
  • Pasco toy maker that helps needy kids destroyed by fire

    Pasco toy maker that helps needy kids destroyed by fire

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:40:43 GMT
    Photo: The ToyMakers Photo: The ToyMakers
    A Pasco County toy maker that helps children in need has been completely destroyed from a fire this week.
    A Pasco County toy maker that helps children in need has been completely destroyed from a fire this week.
  • Riverview murder suspect had victim with him when talking to deputy, says affidavit

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

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:48:24 GMT
    Jose Enrique Gonzalez is charged with murder. Jail booking photoJose Enrique Gonzalez is charged with murder. Jail booking photo
    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.
    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.
  • Bay area prescription pill abusers ratchet up threat

    Bay area prescription pill abusers ratchet up threat

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-04-17 01:28:32 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Tampa Police: 'reckless' driver dead after medical incident

    Tampa Police: 'reckless' driver dead after medical incident

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-04-17 00:56:44 GMT
    Tampa Police are investigating a report of a reckless driver that lead to a man being taken to the hospital, where he died.
    Tampa Police are investigating a report of a reckless driver that lead to a man being taken to the hospital, where he died.
  • Tampa Bay fans cheer on the Bolts for playoffs

    Tampa Bay fans cheer on the Bolts for playoffs

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-04-16 23:22:58 GMT
    Early Wednesday morning, the Lightning staff started drumming up support for the Bolts, as they prepared to take on the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night.
    Early Wednesday morning, the Lightning staff started drumming up support for the Bolts, as they prepared to take on the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night.
  • Polk teacher faces more sex charges

    Polk teacher faces more sex charges

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:36:49 GMT
    Jennifer Fichter, 29, made her first appearance in court on Wednesday.Jennifer Fichter, 29, made her first appearance in court on Wednesday.
    A Polk County teacher accused of having sex with a student now faces additional charges in Hillsborough County.
    A Polk County teacher accused of having sex with a student now faces additional charges in Hillsborough County.
  • Female sex offenders in still in minority, despite recent cases in Pasco and Polk

    Female sex offenders in still in minority, despite recent cases in Pasco and Polk

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:28:16 GMT
    Clinical Sex Therapist Dr. Barbara Cook talks to News Channel 8's Yolanda Fernandez about why teachers prey on their students for sex. Clinical Sex Therapist Dr. Barbara Cook talks to News Channel 8's Yolanda Fernandez about why teachers prey on their students for sex.
    Now, women having sexual relationships with teen boys is more common in the headlines. In cases just this week, a Pasco mom was convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old boy and a Polk teacher was also charged with having sex with a minor.
    Now, women having sexual relationships with teen boys is more common in the headlines. In cases just this week, a Pasco mom was convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old boy and a Polk teacher was also charged with having sex with a minor.
  • Mom says she complained about Lakeland teacher facing sex charges

    Mom says she complained about Lakeland teacher facing sex charges

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:05:24 GMT
    Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29, is charged with 6 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Polk Co. Jail booking photoJennifer Christine Fichter, 29, is charged with 6 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Polk Co. Jail booking photo
    WFLA News Channel 8 has learned of another case involving Jennifer Fichter, the Polk County teacher charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
    WFLA News Channel 8 has learned of another case involving Jennifer Fichter, the Polk County teacher charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
  • Governor presents award money for Hillsborough schools

    Governor presents award money for Hillsborough schools

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:01:25 GMT
    Governor Rick Scott delivered a big check to Hillsborough County schools on Wednesday.
    Governor Rick Scott delivered a big check to Hillsborough County schools on Wednesday.
  • Man who tackled Sarasota CVS robber tells his story

    Man who tackled Sarasota CVS robber tells his story

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:23:55 GMT
    A masked man tried to rob a CVS pharmacy off Fruitville Road in Sarasota, when a fellow customer ran over to save the day.
    A masked man tried to rob a CVS pharmacy off Fruitville Road in Sarasota, when a fellow customer ran over to save the day.
  • Nurses who helped Pasco theater shooting victim speak out

    Nurses who helped Pasco theater shooting victim speak out

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:03:53 GMT
    Derek Friedhoff, 25, and his girlfriend, Jennie Manera, 38, helped theater shooting victim Chad Oulson.Derek Friedhoff, 25, and his girlfriend, Jennie Manera, 38, helped theater shooting victim Chad Oulson.
    Two registered nurses who rushed to help Pasco theater shooting victim Chad Oulson are telling their stories for the first time.
    Two registered nurses who rushed to help Pasco theater shooting victim Chad Oulson are telling their stories for the first time.
  • Man grabs woman, steals medicine outside Pinellas pharmacy

    Man grabs woman, steals medicine outside Pinellas pharmacy

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-04-16 19:53:05 GMT
    A man grabbed a woman by the throat and threw her to the ground before stealing her medicine, Pinellas deputies say.
    A man grabbed a woman by the throat and threw her to the ground before stealing her medicine, Pinellas deputies say.
  • Gun range approved for Tarpon Springs

    Gun range approved for Tarpon Springs

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-04-16 19:50:00 GMT
    The Tarpon Springs City Commission has approved a massive new gun range.
    The Tarpon Springs City Commission has approved a massive new gun range.
  • Customer tackles robber at Sarasota CVS store

    Customer tackles robber at Sarasota CVS store

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 2:15 PM EDT2014-04-16 18:15:17 GMT
    A customer at a Sarasota CVS store risked his life to tackle a man who was trying to rob the pharmacy. Surveillance photoA customer at a Sarasota CVS store risked his life to tackle a man who was trying to rob the pharmacy. Surveillance photo
    A customer at a Sarasota CVS store risked his life to tackle a man who was trying to rob the pharmacy. A surveillance camera recorded the dramatic takedown.
    A customer at a Sarasota CVS store risked his life to tackle a man who was trying to rob the pharmacy. A surveillance camera recorded the dramatic takedown.

  • Bond set at $500K for man who shot at Tampa toddler

    Bond set at $500K for man who shot at Tampa toddler

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:04:18 GMT
    Bakari Parks.Bakari Parks.
    The man accused of shooting and injuring a 4-year-old boy in Tampa had his bond set at half a million dollars Wednesday morning.
    The man accused of shooting and injuring a 4-year-old boy in Tampa had his bond set at half a million dollars Wednesday morning.
  • Sheriff: Race horse stolen from Odessa stable

    Sheriff: Race horse stolen from Odessa stable

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:45:31 GMT
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating the alleged theft of a race horse from a rented stable in Odessa.
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating the alleged theft of a race horse from a rented stable in Odessa.
  • Hospice Regatta coming to Tampa Bay

    Hospice Regatta coming to Tampa Bay

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:38:12 GMT
    Charley MorganCharley Morgan
    What is fast becoming the largest charity sailing regatta in west central Florida is coming to Tampa.
    What is fast becoming the largest charity sailing regatta in west central Florida is coming to Tampa.
  • Crossing guard no longer on duty at Lakeland elementary crosswalk

    Crossing guard no longer on duty at Lakeland elementary crosswalk

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:33:11 GMT
    The Cleveland Court Elementary crossing guard located at Cleveland Heights Boulevard and Edgewood Drive in Lakeland will be removed due to the inconsistent use of the crossing by elementary students, eliminating the need for the crossing guard at that location.
    The Cleveland Court Elementary crossing guard located at Cleveland Heights Boulevard and Edgewood Drive in Lakeland will be removed due to the inconsistent use of the crossing by elementary students, eliminating the need for the crossing guard at that location.
  • Man exposes himself at Palmetto school bus stop

    Man exposes himself at Palmetto school bus stop

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:51:17 GMT
    The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report about a man who exposed himself at a school bus stop in Palmetto on Wednesday morning.
    The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report about a man who exposed himself at a school bus stop in Palmetto on Wednesday morning.
  • Sternberg calls Tampa 'very, very attractive'

    Sternberg calls Tampa 'very, very attractive'

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:27:09 GMT
    Six years after saying they wanted to explore alternative sites to downtown St. Petersburg for a new ballpark, the Tampa Bay Rays still are in search of a location.
    Six years after saying they wanted to explore alternative sites to downtown St. Petersburg for a new ballpark, the Tampa Bay Rays still are in search of a location.
  • Students' films hit screen at Tampa food truck event Thursday

    Students' films hit screen at Tampa food truck event Thursday

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:23:57 GMT
    The cast and crew of the short film "Alicia & Lucy,"Justin Bell, Raymiya Thicklin, Naajean Thomas, and Shazaila Torres.The cast and crew of the short film "Alicia & Lucy,"Justin Bell, Raymiya Thicklin, Naajean Thomas, and Shazaila Torres.
    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.
    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.
  • Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-04-16 11:57:42 GMT
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
  • Hillsborough Ave. getting new traffic signal, crosswalk

    Hillsborough Ave. getting new traffic signal, crosswalk

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:49 AM EDT2014-04-16 09:49:15 GMT
    The Florida Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it will install a traffic signal and another crosswalk on Hillsborough Avenue.
    The Florida Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it will install a traffic signal and another crosswalk on Hillsborough Avenue.
  • Lightning's Lindback to start Game 1 vs. Canadiens

    Lightning's Lindback to start Game 1 vs. Canadiens

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:54 AM EDT2014-04-16 07:54:49 GMT
    Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper grudgingly gave up the news.Injured goaltender Ben Bishop will not play in Game 1 of the team's Eastern Conference playoff series against Montreal.
    Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper grudgingly gave up the news.Injured goaltender Ben Bishop will not play in Game 1 of the team's Eastern Conference playoff series against Montreal.
  • USF team reveals facial composite from Dozier site

    USF team reveals facial composite from Dozier site

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:28:30 GMT
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • Lakeland teacher accused of sex with student facing charges in 2 counties

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

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:06:03 GMT
    Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photoJennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo
    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.
    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.
  • Lions & leopards get their Easter baskets at Tampa's Big Cat Rescue

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

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:38:20 GMT
    Lions and leopards enjoyed some Easter treats at Big Cat Rescue Tuesday.
    Lions and leopards enjoyed some Easter treats at Big Cat Rescue Tuesday.
  • Burned dog's owner released from DeSoto jail on bond

    Burned dog's owner released from DeSoto jail on bond

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-04-16 01:10:27 GMT
    An Arcadia man accused in a disturbing crime against a dog has been released on bond.
    An Arcadia man accused in a disturbing crime against a dog has been released on bond.
  • Manatee High School quarterback arrested

    Manatee High School quarterback arrested

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:39:32 GMT
    Josh Meyer (Manatee HS Football website)Josh Meyer (Manatee HS Football website)
    The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says the starting quarterback for the Manatee High Hurricanes was arrested for lewd and lascivious battery.
    The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says the starting quarterback for the Manatee High Hurricanes was arrested for lewd and lascivious battery.
  • No sign of missing pilot in Hernando

    No sign of missing pilot in Hernando

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:15:48 GMT
    Theodore Weiss, 74, of Zephyrhills stands in front of his plane. (Photo courtesy Hernando County Sheriff's Office Facebook)Theodore Weiss, 74, of Zephyrhills stands in front of his plane. (Photo courtesy Hernando County Sheriff's Office Facebook)
    The search for a missing pilot ended early Tuesday because of bad weather in Hernando County.
    The search for a missing pilot ended early Tuesday because of bad weather in Hernando County.
  • Suspected bank robber who fired at Manatee deputies had criminal past

    Suspected bank robber who fired at Manatee deputies had criminal past

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:49:13 GMT
    Deputies say 24-year-old Ross Chrisman robbed a bank. Jail booking photo from previous arrestDeputies say 24-year-old Ross Chrisman robbed a bank. Jail booking photo from previous arrest
    We now know the name of the bank robber who fired at deputies during his attempted getaway in Manatee County on Monday.
    We now know the name of the bank robber who fired at deputies during his attempted getaway in Manatee County on Monday.
  • Pasco mom headed to prison after texting sexually explicit photos to teen

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

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:43:26 GMT
    Deputies arrested Alexis Colson on January 29, 2013. Jail booking photoDeputies arrested Alexis Colson on January 29, 2013. Jail booking photo
    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.
      
    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.
  • Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala fired during meeting

    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala fired during meeting

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:37:02 GMT
    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala was fired Tuesday.Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala was fired Tuesday.
    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala is out of a job. Pinellas County Commissioners fired him during a commission meeting on Tuesday.
    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala is out of a job. Pinellas County Commissioners fired him during a commission meeting on Tuesday.

  • Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:03:21 GMT
    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.
    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
    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
  • Polk man gets life for setting wife on fire

    Polk man gets life for setting wife on fire

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:51:30 GMT
    Joshua Kimbrough (Polk County Sheriff's Office booking photo)Joshua Kimbrough (Polk County Sheriff's Office booking photo)
    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.
    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.
  • Bay area post offices open after 6:00 p.m. on Tax Day

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

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:03:06 GMT
    If you've left your tax return until the last minute, several post offices are open late tonight to accommodate your needs.
    If you've left your tax return until the last minute, several post offices are open late tonight to accommodate your needs.
  • Lakeland teacher arrested, accused of having sex with student

    Lakeland teacher arrested, accused of having sex with student

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-04-15 18:48:33 GMT
    Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photoJennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo
    A Central Florida Aerospace Academy English teacher has been arrested and charged with six counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
    A Central Florida Aerospace Academy English teacher has been arrested and charged with six counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
  • Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16

    Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:19:40 GMT
    Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16
    To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Wawa stores across Florida will give away a free cup of coffee, all day, on Wednesday, April 16.
    To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Wawa stores across Florida will give away a free cup of coffee, all day, on Wednesday, April 16.
  • Deputy struck during driver training course in Manatee

    Deputy struck during driver training course in Manatee

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:34:32 GMT
    A deputy was struck during a driver training exercise being instructed by Manatee County Sheriff's Office's training department.
    A deputy was struck during a driver training exercise being instructed by Manatee County Sheriff's Office's training department.
  • Shots fired, 1 dead in Tampa

    Shots fired, 1 dead in Tampa

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-04-15 15:36:06 GMT
    Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a murder early Tuesday morning at the Avesta apartment in Tampa.
    Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a murder early Tuesday morning at the Avesta apartment in Tampa.
  • WalkAbility Day in Hillsborough County

    WalkAbility Day in Hillsborough County

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-04-15 15:04:03 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Alex Sink says she will not run for Congress

    Alex Sink says she will not run for Congress

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:37:14 GMT
    Alex Sink's office issued a statement Tuesday morning that the candidate will not run for the 13th Congressional District seat in 2014 election.
    Alex Sink's office issued a statement Tuesday morning that the candidate will not run for the 13th Congressional District seat in 2014 election.
  • Traffic Alert: One lane closed on Kennedy

    Traffic Alert: One lane closed on Kennedy

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:02 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:02:21 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Man who shot little boy in Tampa turns himself in

    Man who shot little boy in Tampa turns himself in

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:02 AM EDT2014-04-15 09:02:58 GMT
    Bakari Parks. HCSO mugshotBakari Parks. HCSO mugshot
    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.
    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.
  • Clearwater Beach construction claims parking spaces

    Clearwater Beach construction claims parking spaces

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:06 AM EDT2014-04-15 08:06:04 GMT
    The construction site in Clearwater BeachThe construction site in Clearwater Beach
    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. 
    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. 
  • Owner of burned Arcadia dog arrested

    Owner of burned Arcadia dog arrested

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:09 AM EDT2014-04-15 04:09:23 GMT
    The owner of Hope, the dog that was set on fire in Arcadia, has been arrested.
    The owner of Hope, the dog that was set on fire in Arcadia, has been arrested.
  • 'Voice' contestant Sisaundra's Polk school stands behind her

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

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:06 AM EDT2014-04-15 04:06:33 GMT
    Lewis graduated in the class of 1987 from Haines City High School in Polk County.
    Lewis graduated in the class of 1987 from Haines City High School in Polk County.
  • Homicide under investigation in Sarasota

    Homicide under investigation in Sarasota

    Monday, April 14 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-04-15 00:56:23 GMT
    The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide in the 2100 block of Oak Terrace.
    The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide in the 2100 block of Oak Terrace.
  • Online underage sex sting nets 18 arrests in Pinellas Co.

    Online underage sex sting nets 18 arrests in Pinellas Co.

    Monday, April 14 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-04-15 00:30:06 GMT
    A four-day effort to arrest men looking to have sex with young girls wrapped up Monday in Pinellas County.
    A four-day effort to arrest men looking to have sex with young girls wrapped up Monday in Pinellas County.
  • State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

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

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:09:06 GMT
    Kevin Holmes, massage therapistKevin Holmes, massage therapist
    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."
    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."
  • Pasco elementary school sings 'FCAT Song'

    Pasco elementary school sings 'FCAT Song'

    Monday, April 14 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-04-14 22:48:49 GMT
    Students, teachers, and staff at Moon Lake Elementary School are wishing students good luck on the FCAT with a song.
    Students, teachers, and staff at Moon Lake Elementary School are wishing students good luck on the FCAT with a song.
  • Code violation fines on Valrico property now at $996,000

    Code violation fines on Valrico property now at $996,000

    Monday, April 14 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-04-14 22:23:13 GMT
    An 8 On Your Side investigation has learned code enforcement fines against a Valrico couple now stand at $996,950.
    An 8 On Your Side investigation has learned code enforcement fines against a Valrico couple now stand at $996,950.
  • Tampa Councilman calling for safety improvements on Hillsborough Ave.

    Tampa Councilman calling for safety improvements on Hillsborough Ave.

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:51:56 GMT
    The intersection of 40th Street and Hillsborough AvenueThe intersection of 40th Street and Hillsborough Avenue
    Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick says something must be done about a dangerous section of Hillsborough Avenue.
    Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick says something must be done about a dangerous section of Hillsborough Avenue.
  • Businesses disrupted during Manatee shootout

    Businesses disrupted during Manatee shootout

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:51:02 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • East Lake High School student rescued from auditorium ceiling

    East Lake High School student rescued from auditorium ceiling

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:22:49 GMT
    East Lake Fire Rescue helps student down from auditorium ceilingEast Lake Fire Rescue helps student down from auditorium ceiling
    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.
    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.
  • 4-year-old shot in Tampa, school lockdowns lifted

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

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:18:59 GMT
    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.
    Tampa Police are looking for the person who shot a 4-year-old child in the arm.
    Tampa Police are looking for the person who shot a 4-year-old child in the arm.
  • Job fair held in St. Pete

    Job fair held in St. Pete

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:10:49 GMT

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

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


  • Torch Run for Special Olympics in Pinellas County

    Torch Run for Special Olympics in Pinellas County

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:04:04 GMT
    Law enforcement agencies from all over Pinellas County will run the Torch for Special Olympics on Tuesday.
    Law enforcement agencies from all over Pinellas County will run the Torch for Special Olympics on Tuesday.
  • St. Pete paramedic remembers Boston bombing

    St. Pete paramedic remembers Boston bombing

    Monday, April 14 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-04-14 20:46:58 GMT
    The explosions happened almost a year ago in Boston near the marathon finish lineThe explosions happened almost a year ago in Boston near the marathon finish line
    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.
    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.
  • Sarasota adds new K9 officer

    Sarasota adds new K9 officer

    Monday, April 14 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-04-14 18:13:17 GMT
    The Sarasota Police Department has a new member: K9 Andro.
    The Sarasota Police Department has a new member: K9 Andro.
  • Pasco man charged with biting infant

    Pasco man charged with biting infant

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-04-14 15:12:45 GMT
    Derek Austin Shea Derek Austin Shea
    Pasco County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man who they say admitted biting an infant on the face.
    Pasco County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man who they say admitted biting an infant on the face.
  • Hillsborough Sheriff fights for custody of rescued horses found malnourished

    Hillsborough Sheriff fights for custody of rescued horses found malnourished

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-04-14 15:02:23 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Woman arrested after fatal bike crash in Clearwater

    Woman arrested after fatal bike crash in Clearwater

    Monday, April 14 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-04-14 12:20:56 GMT
    Casandra Renita Hafford. Clearwater PD mugshotCasandra Renita Hafford. Clearwater PD mugshot
    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.
    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.
  • Tampa official calls attention to unsafe street

    Tampa official calls attention to unsafe street

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:22 AM EDT2014-04-14 09:22:24 GMT
    People brought flowers and toys to the spot where the students were hit on Hillsborough AvenuePeople brought flowers and toys to the spot where the students were hit on Hillsborough Avenue
    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.
    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.
  • School bus safety focus of Hillsborough meeting

    School bus safety focus of Hillsborough meeting

    Monday, April 14 2014 4:27 AM EDT2014-04-14 08:27:48 GMT
     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.
     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.
  • Cyclist dies in fatal crash in Clearwater

    Cyclist dies in fatal crash in Clearwater

    Monday, April 14 2014 1:22 AM EDT2014-04-14 05:22:49 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Shooting suspect may have had PTSD

    Shooting suspect may have had PTSD

    Monday, April 14 2014 1:10 AM EDT2014-04-14 05:10:58 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Crowd jams at blues fest in the park

    Crowd jams at blues fest in the park

    Sunday, April 13 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-04-13 23:19:56 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Rapper T-Pain performs at Ribfest today

    Rapper T-Pain performs at Ribfest today

    Sunday, April 13 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-04-13 20:28:47 GMT
    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,...
    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,...
  • Bicycle rider seriously injured in crash on Drew St.

    Bicycle rider seriously injured in crash on Drew St.

    Sunday, April 13 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-04-13 17:14:06 GMT
    Officers with the Clearwater Police Department are investigating the crash. Officers with the Clearwater Police Department are investigating the crash.
    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.
    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.
  • Rays lose Cobb to DL with oblique strain

    Rays lose Cobb to DL with oblique strain

    Sunday, April 13 2014 12:26 PM EDT2014-04-13 16:26:09 GMT
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • Search for missing plane, pilot suspended

    Search for missing plane, pilot suspended

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

    Two of three fleeing drivers identified in fatal Fowler crash

    Sunday, April 13 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-04-13 15:14:21 GMT
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • Military veteran arrested on 1st-degree murder charge

    Military veteran arrested on 1st-degree murder charge

    Sunday, April 13 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-04-13 13:50:17 GMT
    Faber, 34, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder according to his wife. Faber, 34, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder according to his wife.
    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.
    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.
  • Rodents, roaches prompt closures of 2 Tampa Bay restaurants

    Rodents, roaches prompt closures of 2 Tampa Bay restaurants

    Friday, April 11 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:02:26 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Missing pilot search continues in Hernando Saturday

    Missing pilot search continues in Hernando Saturday

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

    Probe into Lakeland's acting police chief over

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:01:53 GMT
    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.
    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.
    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.
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