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Suspect in Gilchrist deputies’ slayings has Tampa Bay ties


The man identified as the suspect who fatally shot two Gilchrist County deputies in a restaurant Thursday afternoon before taking his own life has ties to the Tampa Bay area.

Deputies say John Hubert Highnote, 59, ...

Portion of I-75 reopens in Sarasota after smoke settles over road


SARASOTA — A 10-mile stretch of southbound Interstate 75 has reopened in Sarasota County, after it was shut down earlier Friday morning due to smoke in the road.

According to broadcast reports, the smoke was cause...

Free rides on PSTA and HART buses to celebrate Earth Day


Those who use mass transit across the Tampa Bay area can ride for free on Sunday.

To celebrate Earth Day, both the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HA...

Tampa fugitive, on run for 18 years, extradited from Dominican Republic


TAMPA — A 76-year-old fugitive who has been on the run 18 years after skipping out on his court date has been extradited back to Hillsborough County to face charges.

Jose Antonio Gonzalez was recently located and a...

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Deputies: Tampa man exposed himself to women at Oldsmar shopping center


OLDSMAR — A Tampa man faces charges after Pinellas County deputies say he followed women and exposed himself in separate incidents at an Oldsmar shopping center.

Deputies say the first incident occurred on Dec. 8, ...

Woman, 65, dies after being injured by debris that flew through windshield on Howard Frankland


ST. PETERSBURG — A 65-year-old woman died Saturday from injuries she suffered earlier this month when a piece of metal flew through the passenger-side windshield of the sport-utility vehicle she was riding in on the Howa...

Top 5 at noon: Watch the ‘60 Minutes’ reports on Allegiant; mother sentenced to house arrest; and more


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Watch: ‘60 Minutes’ details ‘disturbing questions’ surrounding Allegiant Air


ST. PETERSBURG — A Tampa Bay Times investigation in 2016 — which included a first-of-its kind analysis of federal aviation records — found that Allegiant Air’s planes are four times as likely to fail during flig...

Top 5 at noon: Mixed reviews for SkyConnect; Water Street Tampa soon to rise; and more


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Smart design has kindled travelers’ love of Tampa Interna...

Top 5 at noon: Castor on ticketing black bicyclists; Putnam knows Florida, but is that enough?; and more


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Missing Pasco boy, 11, found safe at friend’s home


HOLIDAY — An overnight search is over after an 11-year-old boy was been found safe after going missing on Wednesday afternoon.

Janoy Romero was located at a friend’s house, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s O...

Lakeland officers, caught on video struggling with man, cleared of wrongdoing


LAKELAND — Two police officers will not face disciplinary action after passersby recorded video of them engaged in a physical struggle Tuesday with a homeless man they were arresting, according to Lakeland police.


Student pilot at Sun ‘n Fun escapes injury during hard landing


LAKELAND — A student pilot escaped injury Monday night when his experimental plane had a hard landing at the Sun ‘n Fun Air Show.

The crash occurred around 6:30 p.m. as Steven Gerard Felix, 54, was attempting to la...

Tampa police: Girl, 4, struck by pick-up after wandering from home


TAMPA — A 4-year-old girl was critically injured Saturday night when she wandered away from her home and was struck by a pick-up truck, according to Tampa police.

Jenna Wooten was in the care of an 11-year-old rela...

Woman faces charges in fatal stabbing of St. Petersburg man


ST. PETERSBURG — A 38-year-old woman was arrested Monday on a charge of second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a man she had been involved with, according to St. Petersburg police.

Police said Erica Deliford...

Top 5 at noon: Scott announces run, digs at Nelson; fan events ahead of NHL playoffs; and more


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Gov. Rick Scott announced his

Forecast: Muggy Monday ahead of rainy start to week across Tampa Bay


This weekend’s sometimes soggy conditions will return even stronger — especially to the north of Tampa Bay.

Monday definitely has more of a summertime feel, as residents are waking up to muggy conditions as the fro...

Bail set at $2 million for St. Petersburg man on child porn charges



Man jailed on child pornography charges

A 57-year-old man faces 20 counts of child pornography possession, according to St. Petersburg police.

Daniel Bol...

Forecast: Pleasant Friday in Tampa Bay will yield to potentially soggy weekend


A pleasant Friday will yield to a potentially soggy weekend across Tampa Bay.

With high pressure in control, the week will end with sunny skies and low humidity, according to the National Weather Service. Highs wil...

Forecast: Cold front means drier air, comfortable conditions for Tampa Bay


A cold front that is moving into the Tampa Bay area on Thursday morning won’t generate much cooler temperatures, but it will bring drier air that will result in more pleasant conditions.

At least for one day, when ...

Deputies: Pasco man sexually battered 2 boys over 8-year period


A 57-year-old Pasco County man is accused of sexually battering two young boys over a period of eight years, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Larry Wayne Moore turned himself in to the Hillsbo...

Fish without a license in Florida this weekend


ST. PETERSBURG — Those who want to get outdoors and enjoy our pleasant springtime conditions by fishing at a freshwater location in Florida can do without needing a fishing license this weekend.

At various times du...

Video: Grady Judd announces arrests in Polk underage sex sting


The Polk County Sheriff’s Office held a news conference Tuesday morning to announce the arrest of 16 men accused of attempting to travel to have sex with children.

Sheriff Grady Judd announced the results of Operat...

St. Pete man, 33, killed 13 days after being freed from prison


ST. PETERSBURG — An argument between two groups inside a club spilled outside into the parking lot of the Sugar Room early Monday morning, according to St. Petersburg police.

One group then aimed gunfire at the oth...

Deputies make arrest after man found dead on Tampa sidewalk


TAMPA — Hillsborough sheriff’s deputies on Sunday night arrested a 38-year-old man wanted in a slaying that took place earlier that morning near N 15th Street and E 140th Avenue.

Wresley Torres was arrested on char...

Minivan eludes Tampa police after firing at, and chasing, another vehicle


TAMPA — Police are searching for whoever was in a gold Kia Sedona minivan chasing after another vehicle and firing gunshots at it early Monday morning.

Officers were patrolling the 3700 block of W Columbus Drive ar...

Sarasota police wound man who pointed gun at them


SARASOTA — Police early Monday morning wounded a man who pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at them near the site of two business and two vehicle burglaries in the last three nights.

Just before 1 a.m., Officers Ad...

The 4 theme songs that defined Steven Bochco’s hit shows


Those of us who grew up watching TV starting in the early 1980s can thank Steven Bochco for quite a few drowsy mornings.

Starting with Hill Street Blues in 1981, Bochco was the mastermind behind four of the ...

Forecast: Watch out for rain this Easter weekend — but no deluge


A cold front marching toward Tampa Bay began to disintegrate Friday, meaning rains won’t flood Easter weekend plans.

There could still be rain, however.

The front is set to arrive Friday night into Saturday, ...

Deputies: 3 adults, 2 juveniles attack teen in Seminole park over necklace


SEMINOLE — Five people — three men and two teens — face charges for luring a 17-year-old teen into a park, then beating and robbing him, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident took place Ma...

Miami man accused of sexually battering 10-year-old Polk girl he met online


A man traveled from Miami to Lakeland intending to kidnap and sexually batter a 10-year-old girl whom he met online, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Jonathan Diaz Fundora, 23, took thre...

President Trump calls Roseanne Barr after debut of show


NEW YORK — President Donald Trump called Roseanne Barr after an estimated 18.4 million viewers tuned in for the reboot of "Roseanne."

Speaking by telephone on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday, ...

Listen: In 911 call, student describes altercation with Coleman Middle School principal


TAMPA —- A 13-year-old student describes an encounter last week with the principal of Coleman Middle School in which he claims he was grabbed by the neck and thrown into a bush.

In the 911 call, released by the Tam...

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FHP: Pedestrian, 94, killed in Town ‘N Country


TAMPA — A 94-year-old man was killed Tuesday night when he was struck by a car as he was crossing W Hillsborough Avenue in the Town ‘N Country area, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The incident took place ...

Police: Road rage led 18-year-old to aim pellet gun (w/video)



Police: Woman aimed pellet gun in road rage

A road rage incident Monday morning led an 18-year-old woman to attack a 72-year-old woman, point a pellet gun at her 5...

St. Pete police, searching for fake cop, want to find this car


ST. PETERSBURG — Police have already released a composite image of the man they believe impersonated a police officer last week. Now police are looking for what they’re calling a "vehicle of interest."

Police relea...

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Wrong-way crash kills St. Petersburg woman, injures 4 teens


LARGO — A St. Petersburg woman was killed in a head-on crash Sunday night when she veered into the opposite lane of 66th Street N, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash took place at about 11:20 p.m. T...

Police investigating shooting at Tampa strip club


TAMPA — A man was wounded early Monday morning in a shooting that took place at a strip club, according to Tampa police.

Police were dispatched to a report of a shooting and arrived at about 2:50 a.m. to Hush Gentl...

Largo police identify man fatally shot by officer at traffic stop


LARGO — Police on Monday identified the man who was fatally shot by an officer this past weekend and offered new details about the incident.

Linus F. Phillip, 30, was fatally shot by the officer at the Wawa gas sta...

Raw video: Boy, 2, okay after being ejected in Winter Haven crash


WINTER HAVEN — Raw video, released Monday by the Winter Haven Police Department, shows a 2-year-old boy who only suffered minor injuries after being ejected from the back window of a car following a crash on Sunday afte...

Police release image of man who impersonated officer in St. Petersburg


ST. PETERSBURG — Police have released a composite image of a man they say impersonated a police officer last week.

He was driving a white, police-style sedan when he pulled over a driver Thursday night around 10:30...

Top 5 at noon: Ed Peachey’s very bad year; could the JPP deal become Revis 2.0?; and more


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Bradenton man in state of ‘excited delirium’ when he attacked officers


SARASOTA — A Bradenton man was believed to be high on spice when he attacked police officers on Thursday night, according to police.

The incident occurred around 7 p.m. in the 1700 block of Gore Court as officers w...

Officials: Woman, 62, dies in St. Petersburg fire


ST. PETERSBURG — A 62-year-old woman died in a house fire Friday morning.

Around 7:30 a.m., crews were called to the fire at a two-story wood structure at the intersection of 10th Ave. N and 25th Street N.


Town ‘N Country intersection reopens after deputies investigate apparent shooting


TOWN ‘N COUNTRY — The intersection of northbound Sheldon Road and eastbound W Waters Avenue has reopened after deputies investigated an apparent shooting early Friday morning.

Deputies say a subject showed up at a ...

5 things we’re learning about Austin serial bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt


As details are starting to emerge, here’s what we’re learning from various news sources about Mark Anthony Conditt, the suspected Austin serial bomber who died when he detonated a device in his car early Wednesday mornin...

Lyft offering free rides in Tampa for March for Our Lives event


Lyft is offering free rides to those interested in attending Saturday’s March for Our Lives demonstration in Tampa.

The marches are being led by student organizers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parklan...