PTC Agreement For Uber, Lyft 

Posted: 3:36 am Thursday, November 10th, 2016

By Ann Kelly


uber_logoThe Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission has an agreement now with Uber and Lyft so the ride-sharing services can continue to operate through 2017. The Tampa Bay Times says the agreement will include the enhanced background checks but will not require FBI fingerprint checks. Limos and taxicabs drivers do have to go through that. Additional insurance and annual vehicle inspections are also part of the deal.

An off-duty Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a woman from jumping off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Monday. Sunshine-skyway-bridge-1024x768-0309Corporal Howard Finley is a court processing deputy and was heading home across the bridge when he saw a car, and then the woman sitting on the edge of the bridge. He was able to grab her and hold her until help arrived. She’s been Baker acted for her own protection.

It’s an unusual item to shoplift but a woman stole over $500 worth of LED headlight bulbs from a Walmart in Tampa on West Waters Ave. They have her photo from surveillance cameras so if you recognize here call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office or Crimestoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), and you can also report anonymously online at

A rare bedbug that hasn’t been seen in Florida for 60 years is back. Brevard County has reported the first infestation of the bugs that spread a lot faster than ordinary bedbugs causing a lot of problems. No one is sure how they got back here but they suspect the problem could have come through Port Canaveral.

monkey-wtspThey’re still looking for that monkey which was spotted again, this time in Pinellas Park on Monday, just north of Park Blvd near 55th. Florida Wildlife did manage to get a tranquilizer in to monkey but it got away. Vernon Yates is helping wildlife officials to track the animal like he did with our last monkey nicknamed Cornelius who took for years to catch. If you spot this one, leave it along and call FWC or Wildlife Rescue and Rehab at 727-399-1525. Photo courtesy WTSP Ten News.

The city of Orlando wants to buy the Pulse nightclub, scene of the deadliest mass shooting in history and turn it into a memorial. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer is asking for help from the public on what the memorial should look like. The bucs3_12603435_8colpurchase price is $2.25 million. Orlando City Council will vote on the deal next week.

The Bucs will be back on the field Sunday at Raymond James Stadium against the Bears. Kickoff is 1 pm.