Paul O’Neill the founder of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and a Florida resident died yesterday in Tampa at 61. O’Neill was staying at the Tampa Embassy Suites near USF when a staff member there found him. Police say there were no signs of foul play and a cause of death is pending. A statement on the TSO website said they believed he died of a chronic illness.
Largo firefighters were on a call at Oakcreek Apartments last night when someone fired shots very close to where they were helping a patient. None of the firefighters were struck but one man was hit. They don’t know who the shooter was yet.
Tampa teen Hailey Acierno is still missing. Police crews searched Flatwoods Park near her home on Thursday, one of the places her parents said she loved to walk through and take pictures. Hailey has been missing since Tuesday and there is a $25,000 reward for information leading to her save return. If you can help you’re asked to call Tampa Police at 813-231-6130.
Hillsborough County Commissioners moved one step closer to banning the commercial sale of cats and dogs. Instead the stores would be stocked with animals from local pet shelters. They’re trying to stop abusive breeders and so called puppy mills. A final reading on the proposal and vote is scheduled for next month.
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Clearwater Fire Rescue Dog Quincy is up for a national award. Quincy has helped with arson cases nationwide. To vote for Quincy for the American Humane Hero Dog Award, go to herodogawards.org/dog/quincy/.