Posted: 3:23 am Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
By Ann Kelly
There’s been an arrest in the murder of Tampa Bay artists and muralist Matt Callahan. Keith Mauga, 34, will be charged with manslaughter. Police say he allegedly punched Callahan back in April leading to his death at Tampa General Hospital two day later.
Florida Fish & Wildlife’s latest report came out Friday and shows high concentrations of red tide in five counties including Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties. A small portion of Northwest Florida is also affected. To track the levels of red tide, check the latest map from Florida Fish and Wildlife.
First responders from the Bay area were airlifted into some of the hardest hit areas of North Carolina after flooded roads cut off their routes. An Army Chinook took them in and so far they’ve helped rescue and evacuate more than 2,600 people and at least 300 animals from flooded areas, Many of the rivers are expected to crest Wednesday or Thursday with major flooding. Right now the city of Wilmington is virtually cut off from the rest of North Carolina.
If you want to make a donation to those affected by Florence, be careful. Give only to organizations you know and trust or directly to the person affected. We have a list of groups that are accepting donations. Blood donations are also need as well as volunteer hours. Some breweries have stopped beer production and are canning water to be distributed to storm victims.
Now is the time to get that flu shot. Doctors are advising patients six months and older should get their flu shot. Last year’s flu season was a rough one and there were shortages in the vaccine.
The Lightning begin preseason play this this week, with the first game Sept. 18 against the Carolina Hurricanes. One of those games will be in Orlando for the first time since 2013.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers make it two in a row with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles 27-21. Their next game is one on Monday Night Football against the Steelers on the 24th at Raymond James Stadium. QB Jameis Winston sits this one out as well as part of his three-game suspension for allegedly groping an Uber driver. That driver is now suing Winson.