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.
The largest ice hockey and sports facility in Florida will open tomorrow in Wesley Chapel. Florida Hospital Center Ice not only has three NHL size rinks they can put a hard floor down over the ice for other sports like basketball. It will be open seven days and week with a restaurant.
Florida Fish and Wildlife are getting help with the python problem. They’re working with the Irula tribe from India that have already caught 13 snakes in just over a week. If you happen to spot any of those nonnative species call the Exotic Species Reporting Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1 (888-483-4681); go online at IveGot1.org or download the free “IveGot1” smartphone app.
The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo will close for good after this Sunday. You’ll be able to pay a final visit for free from noon-4 pm. The museum had been losing money and decided to close the doors, but will offer the free day for one last look. The museum is in Largo on 34th Way North.
The Florida State Fair has kicked off the third annual People’s Choice Fare Favorites and they’re looking beyond just burgers. You can see who’s in the running and vote at floridastatefair.com through Jan. 30. The winner will be announced Jan. 31.