Posted: 3:43 am Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Inmate Caught After Kidnapping Officer 

By Ann Kelly

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david-ross_1476908121600_6553519_ver1-0An inmate on the run from Polk County who allegedly kidnapped a corrections officers was caught in Pinellas County yesterday. David Ross was already in jail on charges that included battery on a law enforcement officer pulled small knife on Officer Jeffrey Rexrodek. Ross was tracked to the Lealman area and taken back into custody. Photo provided by Bartow Police.

St Pete City Council will be taking a look at the redevelopment plans for the Trop today. Also on their agenda is the latest on sewage issues in the city, and if they should grant historical preservation protection to what’s known as Block 25. That’s in the downtown area around Jannus Live.

At a presentation to the Pier Public Art Committee yesterday, city architect Raul Quintana showed his plan for a waterfront plaza that be positioned near Spa Beach. He called it “the heart and soul of the whole project” that would be the 25-acre Pier project. Quintana also gave an update on the part of the part of the Pier that would be out over the water that he says is in the final design stage. There’s more on this story in this morning’s Tampa Bay Times.

At Tuesday’s workshop with Pasco County Commissioners, it was a question of how much higher the county’s stormwater hudsonassessment fees should be. The proposal was for a substantial 72% increase, taking the current fee of $57 per home up to $97.87. That money would be used for construction projects to help reduce flooding. Commissioners want to look at other ways to raise money for the projects that might include options like using a portion of the BP settlement funds.

The Buc’s Vincent Jackson is out with an ACL injury. He has been place on injured reserve for now. Jackson had an MRI Tuesday after he experienced pain in his left knee after the win over the Panther’s where he played the entire game. The Bucs are in San Francisco for Sunday’s 4:05 pm kickoff.

Aorlando-fhp-bald-eagle-rescue Florida Highway Patrol trooper in Orlando rescued a Bald Eagle that had been struck on the Florida Turnpike. Officer Julia Velez kept it safe in the back of his vehicle until animal rescue could come and help. See the rescue right here on video from the car dashcam. Photo courtesy of Orlando FHP.