Posted: 3:36 am Thursday, December 29th, 2016
By Ann Kelly
Bucs running back Doug Martin will not play in this weekend’s final regular season game against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium. Martin was suspended for violating the league’s drug policy and is under a four game suspension. Martin said he’s going into rehab immediately rather than appeal the suspension.
The man responsible for shutting down a busy portion of Dale Mabry during rush hour yesterday died after police finally managed to get him in custody. 39 year-old Nathan Hamilton was running up and down Dale Mabry with no clothes and banging his head on car windows just after 5:30 am. He was taken to St Joe’s where he died. Police do suspect possible drug use as the cause of death.
The company that runs the controversial traffic cameras released a short video yesterday on what they call “America’s Worst Red Light Runners in Florida.” A lot of drivers think those cameras are responsible for many of
the rear-end crashes when drivers suddenly hit the brakes to avoid a ticket at a light that’s just turning from yellow to red. ATS is looking at more timers for intersections where those crashes are most likely to happen.
The St Pete Baseball Forever Campaign to keep the Rays in the city has a new spokesman – legendary sports caster Dick Vitale who’s a Manatee County resident. We’ll tell you more about that campaign and Vitale’s participation here.
Just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died, Debbie Reynolds died of what might have been a stroke. Reynolds son Todd Fisher said he felt the loss of Carrie was just too much for the 84 year old Reynolds.
Outback Bowl festivities are underway in the Bay area with the Florida Gator and Iowa Hawkeyes in town for the game scheduled for this Monday, January 2nd at Raymond James Stadium. The Gators are holding their practices at Jesuit High School. This is the 5th time each team has made it to the bowl game.