- 4:07 am Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by Ann Kelly
For the second time since last December a Lakeland gun shop has been broken into. Guns Galore on Highway 92 had almost 50 firearms taken. Thieves just broke a lock on the front door and took off with the guns. That store still has no video surveillance.
Governor Scott is looking at pay raises for probation officers. Starting salaries would rise some 10%. Some veteran officers haven’t had a raise in the past ten years. The Governor’s budget will be released today, and those proposed raises would have to be approved by the legislature.
The Governor has also approved $15.8 million [More]
- 4:08 am Monday, January 30th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
Another Gasparilla has come and gone, but a lot of garbage was left behind. Even with Sunday’s wet and chilly weather more than 300 volunteers showed up to clean up. Last year that totaled more than 3,200 pounds of trash. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful says they’ll have this year’s total later this week.
Kenneth Atwater, the President of Hillsborough Community College was arrested and charged with driving under the influence Saturday night near Dale Mabry Highway. He refused a breathalyzer test. He has been president of HCC for seven years.
St Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman talked about the failing Tangerine Plaza [More]
- 4:00 am Friday, January 27th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
Still no word on exactly what is making pelicans sick in Coffee Pot Bayou. Some had died, and others rescued and taken to Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife. They released some of the birds back into the wild yesterday at North Shore Park. Residents in the area realized that there was a problem with the pelican’s right after we had a cold snap earlier this month that also triggered a fish kill in Riviera Bay Lake.
A brief scare for residents at the Tampa Marriot Waterside around 8 pm last when they were evacuated due to a fire on the [More]
- 3:45 am Thursday, January 26th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
Just one day before a Cuban delegation visits Florida to talk about business opportunities, Governor Scott warned ports in Florida not to do business with what he called a Cuban dictatorship. There is no formal agreement yet between the Port of Tampa and Cuba, but they will be here on Feb 1st and 2nd to talk more about it. The full story is in this morning’s Tampa Bay Times.
Paul Sireci, the director of public safety at the Tampa International Airport is retiring at the same time his deputy chief, Ralph Anthony announced his own resignation in March. He will [More]
- 3:34 am Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
A four year old Tampa boy is lucky to be alive today, after accidentally shooting himself with a gun found under a dresser in his home. It belonged to the mother’s boyfriend who is now in custody. Akia Thomas will face charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, along with possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and the unsafe storage of a firearm and possession of cocaine. The boy, Roshad Richardson is at St Joe’s in good condition.
- 3:46 am Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
As the University of South Florida continues to look at the possibility of building an on-campus stadium, the Tampa Sports Authority will be talking about a proposed new deal between USF and Raymond James Stadium today that includes a six year deal with a five year option. That deal also has a termination clause with 24-month written notice. The TSA Executive Committee and the Bucs has to approve any deal first.
A Sarasota deputy is charged with trying to kill a woman he was stealing money from. 46-year-old Deputy Frankie Bybee met the 79 year old woman when he was on [More]
- 3:45 am Monday, January 23rd, 2017 by Ann Kelly
The same weather system that killed 14 in Georgia made its way into the Bay area last yesterday . That triggered some flooding and damage from strong winds and more storms are still possible, mainly this morning. The Coast Guard was busy as well with calls to rescue a total of sixteen boaters. You’ll need to keep an eye on the next few high tides that could bring more flooding. High winds may also affect the ride across the Sunshine Skyway. Keep an eye on those overhead signs for warnings and advisories.
The Women’s March in downtown St Pete [More]
- 3:46 am Friday, January 20th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
St Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is defending his position that the city will not fund the St Pete Pride Parade if they move it from the Grand Central District and move it to a route in downtown St Pete. St Pete Pride Executive Director Eric Skains said the parade committee chose the new route over security concerns and that Kriseman had agreed to it. With no city funding the Pride Committee will have to come up with $45,000.
At last night’s St Pete City Council meeting Kenwood residents showed up to let council know how unhappy they are with the [More]
- 3:42 am Thursday, January 19th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
The woman babysitting two year old Hunter Fink when they were both hit by a train has been arrested and charged with aggravated child neglect. Hunter died when they were unable to get off a 200 foot trestle when a train approached. She has a $10,000 bond.
Tuesday night the St Pete Pride Committee announced a new route for the parade that would take it out of the Grand Central District and move it to a route along the downtown St Pete waterfront. Now Mayor Rick Kriseman said via his Facebook page city would pull their financial support if the [More]
- 3:51 am Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
Markeith Loyd, wanted in connection with the shooting death of Master Sgt. Debra Clayton has been caught. Orlando police found him in the Metro West area of Orlando. Loyd was wearing body armor, was armed and tried to escape before being taken into custody.
The Florida Highway Patrol is bringing back the “Arrive Alive” public safety campaign. A rash of bad wrecks originally began back in 1970, and accidents were on the decline for almost twenty years. It’s a group effort between Florida Police Chiefs Association, the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Department of Transportation. The federal Motor Carrier Safety [More]