Posted: 6:19 am Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Tampa Bay Surgery Center Hacked 

By Ann Kelly

25,000 patients at the Tampa Bay Surgery Center received a letter letting them know the Center was hacked back in May, and their personal information stolen, including Social Security numbers. A spokesperson for the Center said they are offering one year of free credit monitoring to affected patients accounts.

Heading out for a long 4th of July weekend? Gas prices in Florida are at a 12-year low. You can find gas for under $2 per gallon here in the Bay area. The average price nationally is $2.33 a gallon.

Police are looking for a subcontractor that worked for Lowe’s that may have stolen a lot of expensive jewelry from homes in Manatee and Sarasota counties. They know who he is and tracked him down, and the suspect agreed to turn himself in. He didn’t’ and if you think you may have been one his victims call Sgt. Robert Bourque at the Longboat Key Police Dept. at 941-316-1973. 

Do you drive a Ford Transit? A major recall is underway for more than 400,000 vehicles. The problem is with cracked drive shaft couplings that can cause the vehicles to lose power. Contact your dealer for repairs.

The Tampa Bay Bucs will have a new place to practice at One Buc Place. A $20 million dollar indoor practice facility will have room for 3,500 fans and should be ready by September 10th when the regular season begins.

Developers will be transforming Channelside into “Water Street Tampa.” Renderings of the $3 billion dollar project were released Tuesday. This is a joint project between Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Microsoft’s Bill Gates Cascades Investments. Ground will be broken for the first building this fall.

The Pasco County SPCA needs help to stay open. A GoFundMe page has been set up. The financially strapped animal shelter could close within the next 30 days. To help out, just click here.

It’s not a new scam but it’s popping up again this summer here in the Bay area. Scammers who say they’re with the IRS are calling to tell you you’re behind in taxes and threaten to have you arrested if you don’t pay up with one of those prepaid debit cards so popular with other scammers. If you get a call, you can contact the IRS yourself on their Impersonation Scam Reporting web page for more information.