State Attorney Removed From Loyd Murder Case 

Posted: 3:50 am Friday, March 17th, 2017

By Ann Kelly

Lt Deborah Clayton – photo City of Orlando

Governor Rick Scott removed Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala from the Markeith Loyd case and has assigned it to State Attorney Brad King. Alaya refused to go for the death penalty and then refused to recuse herself from the case against Loyd, who is accused of killing Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton and his pregnant girlfriend. Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Norman Lewis also died in an accident while searching for Loyd.

Tampa City Council has relaxed the rules for feeding the homeless. Groups will no longer be required to have a permit or insurance when they hand out food in city parks. Back in January the group Food without Bombs were arrested for doing that in Lykes Gaslight Park. Council will take a second look at how things are working in six months.

Some $15,000 in relics were stolen from St Leo Abbey in Pasco County. Investigators think they were taken sometime in January and include five gold rings and a cross that goes back to the 15th century. If you can help out, please call 1-800-706-2488, or to leave a tip on the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office website at

The search for two missing men has been suspended by the Coast Guard in the waters off Pass-A-Grille channel in Pinellas County. Jie Luo was a senior at Colorado State University, and was part of a group of 15 students from Colorado State University here on spring break. The second was Andrew Dillman, a crew member on the yacht chartered by the students. Dillman had dove into the water to try and rescue Luo who was caught up in the rough waters.

Photo courtesy Hernando County Government Facebook Timeline

There’s a new paddling trail in the waters off Hernando County open just in time for the weekend. The  Bayport-Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail is 4.5 miles long and can be used be newcomers or the most experienced, and features facilities at both ends of the trail from Bayport and Linda Pederson Park.

Some of St Petersburg Police Officer K-9’s are getting their own body armor. They are being donated from Vested Interest in K-9’s Inc. The vests for Officers K9 Mafia, Ares, Crush, Tyson, Nero, Danno, and Maverick should be here within the next few months