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Tampa man shot by cousin was wearing flak jacket, not a bullet-resistant vest

Tampa man shot by cousin was wearing flak jacket, not a bullet-resistant vest

TAMPA — The man who fired a handgun at his cousin to see if a bullet-resistant vest would work wasn’t shooting at a bullet-resistant vest, after all, police said Monday.
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Drug smugglers end up in Tampa after record cocaine haul

Drug smugglers end up in Tampa after record cocaine haul

TAMPA — One day last March, a U.S. Customs reconnaissance plane patrolling the Pacific Ocean southwest of Panama spotted a contraption that drug smugglers had gone to great lengths to hide.
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Police: Tampa man killed while testing out bulletproof vest

TAMPA — A Tampa man faces a manslaughter charge after shooting his cousin in an attempt to see whether a bulletproof vest still worked, according to police.
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Hillsborough approves animal abuse registry, barring abusers from adoption

Hillsborough approves animal abuse registry, barring abusers from adoption

Convicted animal abusers will no longer be able to adopt dogs and cats in Hillsborough County.
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Friends, family say unarmed man shot by Hillsborough sheriff’s deputy was more than just his rap sheet

Friends, family say unarmed man shot by Hillsborough sheriff’s deputy was more than just his rap sheet

CLAIR-MEL — Levonia Riggins spins in circles with a little girl on his shoulders. Two other young girls bounce around his feet, giggling, clapping and chanting while begging for a ride of their own.
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Jewelry store worker thrown from hood of car while chasing thief in Brandon

Jewelry store worker thrown from hood of car while chasing thief in Brandon

BRANDON — Jean Celestin wasn’t going to let the jewelry thief get away without a chase.
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Ruskin man who landed gyrocopter on Capitol lawn is free from prison

Ruskin man who landed gyrocopter on Capitol lawn is free from prison

Doug Hughes, the former mailman who landed his gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol last year to protest government corruption, returned home on Wednesday, his 62nd birthday, after serving three months of a four-month prison sentence at Federal...
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TECO warns customers of ongoing phone scam

TECO warns customers of ongoing phone scam

Tampa Electric Co. customers are being warned to be vigilant as a scammer pretending to be affiliated with the utility continues to contact customers, threaten disconnection, and demand payment via a prepaid debit card.
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Tampa man sentenced to eight years in credit card skimming scheme

TAMPA — A man who helped concoct a scheme to steal credit card numbers from gasoline pumps throughout the Tampa Bay area was sentenced Tuesday to eight and a half years in federal prison.
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Man fatally shot after argument in Tampa’s university area

TAMPA — Two men were shot Monday, one fatally, after an argument with another man at an apartment complex west of the University of South Florida, deputies said.
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