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Mark Vandertie wants a safer path for his grandchildren to walk to the water at his new Island Lakes home in Winter Haven but the builder told him not to cut anymore because it's a wetlands violation. Mark Vandertie wants a safer path for his grandchildren to walk to the water at his new Island Lakes home in Winter Haven but the builder told him not to cut anymore because it's a wetlands violation.

Polk residents told to stop cutting their grass near the water

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Some Winter Haven homeowners are waist high in weeds as they wait for answers on whether they can cut their backyards.About a month ago, the Island Lakes Homeowners Association and Southwest Florida Water Management District told some 40 homeowners to stop cutting the grass near the water. More>>

4 - 5,000 attend Snooty's 66th birthday bash

Snooty’s 66th birthday “cake”  was made from cabbage, strawberries, pineapple, sweet potatoes and beets. South Florida Museum photo Snooty’s 66th birthday “cake” was made from cabbage, strawberries, pineapple, sweet potatoes and beets. South Florida Museum photo
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Imagine 4,000 people coming to your birthday party. That's about how many people showed up to celebrate the 66th birthday of Tampa Bay's beloved Snooty the manatee.  More>>

New surveillance shows Tampa boy's death as hit and run Video included

A still image from a business surveillance camera shows what appears to be a small boy running on the sidewalk. A still image from a business surveillance camera shows what appears to be a small boy running on the sidewalk.
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New surveillance video has Tampa Police investigating 4-year-old Marterrance Albury's death as a hit and run.  More>>

Bradenton man accused of impregnating 12-year-old girl

Zachrey McDowell is charged with lewd & lascivious battery. Manatee Co. Jail booking photo Zachrey McDowell is charged with lewd & lascivious battery. Manatee Co. Jail booking photo
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A 30-year-old Bradenton man was arrested after investigators say he met a 12-year-old girl on Facebook and got her pregnant. More>>

Strangers help Hernando sinkhole victim move out

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Hernando County officials gave Linda Fisher until noon Tuesday to get everything out of her house on Eldridge Dr. More>>

St. Petersburg Mayor names new police chief

Newly named St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway Newly named St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway
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Mayor Rick Kriseman named St. Petersburg's new police chief. He's Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway. Kriseman went through an extensive search involving internal and external candidates, but in the end, he reached out to Holloway. Kriseman says after several conversations, he knew Holloway would be the perfect fit. More>>

Man critically injured by street sweeper in St. Pete

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A man was critically injured Tuesday morning in St. Petersburg when he was run over by a street sweeper. More>>

Tampa veterinarian solves mystery behind dog's unusual injury

Riccie could not walk because of an injury to her back. Family photo Riccie could not walk because of an injury to her back. Family photo
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A Tampa-area Tibetan spaniel is on the road to recovery after a quick-thinking veterinarian figured out what caused a mysterious wound to the dog's back, in one of the most unusual cases he's seen. More>>

Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas
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Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills. More>>

Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

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Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach. More>>

Crist ahead in new WFLA poll on governor's race

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Democrat Charlie Crist jumped to a six-point lead over Gov. Rick Scott in a new News Channel 8 gubernatorial race poll released today. Crist, the former governor running to reclaim his old job, is ahead 46-40, giving Crist the biggest margin registered in the poll since it launched this spring. More>>

FOUND: Bradenton girl after argument with dad

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Bianca Unique Agustdottir, 11, had a fight with her dad at the apartment on 53rd Avenue West in Bradenton Monday evening, and disappeared for hours. More>>

Tampa Police now question if boy rolled from SUV Video included

Tampa Police are investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy who was found critically injured, sprawled on a Tampa road on Sunday night. Tampa Police are investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy who was found critically injured, sprawled on a Tampa road on Sunday night.
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Tampa Police are investigating the tragic death of a 4-year-old boy who was found critically injured, sprawled on a Tampa road on Sunday night. Marterrance Albury died at St. Joseph's Hospital on Monday morning. More>>

How thieves clone your credit cards Video included

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Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it." More>>

Geo experts to investigate Spring Hill sinkhole Video included

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Hernando County engineers and contractors will return to a sinkhole on Elderidge Dr. Tuesday with specialized geotechnical equipment to investigate what's happening underground. More>>

Report card for Tampa Mayor Buckhorn earns him high marks Video included

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Tampa's Mayor makes the grade with downtown investors.On the campaign trail Mayor Bob Buckhorn promised to turn a city where the sidewalks would roll up when the work whistle would blow, into a place where people could live, work and play." More>>

Two found dead after welfare check in Hudson

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Pasco deputies are investigating the circumstances of the death of two people in Hudson found on Clark Street late Monday night. More>>

Family of 4-year-old boy killed on a Tampa street speaks out

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"He's bad but he's a sweet bad. You know kids get into stuff and if he got into something, he would crawl up under the table and hide when he knows he is about to get in trouble,” said Williams as she remember her grandson Marterrance Albury who was killed Sunday More>>

New St. Petersburg Police Chief is Anthony Holloway Video included

Clearwater Police Chief, Anthony Holloway Clearwater Police Chief, Anthony Holloway
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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will announce the new St. Petersburg Police Chief on Tuesday. More>>

Accused DUI killer in Pinellas court today Video included

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Prosecutors have been trying to bring Garrett Bruce to justice for years now after he crashed a car in Tarpon Springs in 2011 and killed one of his passengers, Patrick Vosbein. Police say he was driving drunk.Today in a Pinellas courtroom Bruce willhave yet another pretrial hearing leading up to his scheduled trial More>>

Family mourns death of boy, 4, mauled by pit bulls Video included

Logan Shepard, 4, lived on Tocci Lane in Riverview. Logan Shepard, 4, lived on Tocci Lane in Riverview.
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It's hard to imagine the pain Stephanie Groulx is enduring. On Saturday night, her brother-in-law's two pit bulls attacked and killed her 4-year old son Logan Shepard.
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Davenport native producing Hollywood web series in Polk County

Mark E. Stephens is Welcome to our Mansion producer Mark E. Stephens is Welcome to our Mansion producer
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A Davenport native who's now living the Hollywood life is coming back home to turn the cameras on Polk County.They say home is where the heart is, so it's no surprise when producer Mark Stephens set off for his dream TV-series project, he came back to his old stomping grounds of Polk County More>>

Mote scientists do groundbreaking research on great white sharks Video included

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For the past year, Mote Marine scientists have made all new discoveries about great white sharks. More>>

How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo
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Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area? More>>

Spring Hill sinkhole swallows part of street, neighbors on edge Video included

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Some Spring Hill neighbors remain on edge as a sinkhole swallows part of their street. More>>

Will latest Tampa story of child falling from car affect Richard McTear trial? Video included

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They are horrific cases involving children, too painful to even fathom.People are asking the question – what in the world is going on right now? The discovery of two little boys’ bodies in Tampa is now making headlines. More>>

Lakeland Police seek help finding missing, endangered man

Kenneth Taylor, 44, is considered missing & endangered. Lakeland PD photo Kenneth Taylor, 44, is considered missing & endangered. Lakeland PD photo
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The Lakeland Police Department is asking for help finding a man who is considered missing and endangered. Kenneth Taylor, 44, was last seen at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 18, at Munn Park which is located at 201 E Main St.
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County to evaluate Spring Hill sinkhole with contractor

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Hernando County officials plan to assess the sinkhole that opened up on Eldridge Drive with a contractor on Monday.  More>>

Riverview boy mauled to death by pit bulls Video included

HCSO deputies were working a traffic stop nearby when they heard the child's screams. HCSO deputies were working a traffic stop nearby when they heard the child's screams.
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Shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, Logan Shepard, 4, sat down to enjoy ice cream at his uncle and aunt's house on Rhodine Road. Moments later, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies found the toddler on the front lawn of the house with two pit bulls standing over him.Authorities believe the dogs attacked the boy and mauled him to death when he was left alone in his relatives' family room. Logan was pronounced dead at the scene.According to a Hillsborough County sheriff's report, Logan.. More>>

Tampa nightclub worker killed on duty

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A night of fun turned tragic at a north Tampa nightclub early Sunday morning. Tampa police officers now are looking for a murder suspect.The incident occurred early Sunday morning at Supa D's at 810 E. Skagway Ave. The club was cleared out when a gunman opened fire in the parking lot. A nightclub employee wasfound lying on the ground after the gunfire stops. He died of his injuries.Tampapolice has not identifiedthe victim, pending notification of next of kin. No arrest had been made by ... More>>

Bicyclist shoots juvenile at Largo park

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Largo police officers are searching for a bicyclist who shot a juvenile at a park Sunday evening. Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Largo police received a call about a shooting at the Bayhead Recreation Complex at 375 Seminole Blvd. The shooting occurred in the area of the skate park.The incident began when a male on a bicycle started an argument with a juvenile male at the park,a Largo Police Department report said.After they exchanged words, the male on the bicycle pulled out a gun and began firing.. More>>

Sinkhole opens in Spring Hill

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A sinkhole opened up Saturday in a residential neighborhood on Eldridge Road near Van Allen Way in Spring Hill. The sinkhole is estimated to be about 40 by 40 yards wide and about 30 feet deep. "We have no reports of it growing," Hernando County spokeswoman Virginia Singer said Sunday. County officials will have a contractor at the site Monday to investigate the depression and determine a course of action, she said....

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Freebies and deals on National Ice Cream Day, July 20, 2014

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If you like ice cream, you should know that this Sunday, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day.We did some checking around and found some deals and freebies in honor of National Ice Cream Day.  More>>

Fort Homer Hesterly Armory stirs memories for wrestling fans

The Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa opened in 1941. The Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa opened in 1941.
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On Sunday the World Wrestling Federation brought their traveling sports entertainment road show to the Tampa Bay Times Forum.Back in 1976 the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory on Howard Ave. was home to the biggest wrestling stars of the day. More>>

Bradenton's favorite manatee 'Snooty' celebrates 66th birthday

Snooty celebrated his 66th birthday in Bradenton on Saturday. Snooty celebrated his 66th birthday in Bradenton on Saturday.
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The manatee that's believed to be the oldest in captivity in the world is marking another birthday.Hundreds of people gathered at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton on Saturday to celebrate Snooty's 66th birthday. More>>

Two men seriously injured in DUI crash in Manatee County

Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the crash just before 10 p.m. Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the crash just before 10 p.m.
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A 46-year-old Bradenton man is facing a variety of charges for triggering a multi-vehicle crash on State Road 70 in Manatee County Saturday night.Two pedestrians suffered serious injuries in the collision. William D. Stover, a 64-year-old Sarasota man, and Trevin N. Scott, a 25-year-old Sarasota resident, were transported to Blake Medical Center where both men are listed in critical condition. More>>

Pilot in fatal plane crash off Captiva from St. Pete

The plane went down in the waters off Captiva Island on Wednesday. The plane went down in the waters off Captiva Island on Wednesday.
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Authorities have identified the pilot of a small plane that crashed into the waters off a southwest Florida island.The Lee County Sheriff's Office says Gregg Howard of St. Petersburg was flying the plane that crashed Wednesday evening into the Gulf of Mexico off Captiva Island. More>>

Sarasota PD seek armed man who robbed sandwich shop

If you have any information about Saturday night's robbery please contact the Sarasota Police Department. If you have any information about Saturday night's robbery please contact the Sarasota Police Department.
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Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s help in tracking down an armed robbery suspect.According to a SPD report an unidentified male made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the Subway location in the 1100 block of Washington Blvd. on Saturday night. More>>

Two Lakeland men arrested for shooting into occupied house

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Two Lakeland men were charged with shooting into a house, hitting a man in the feet, Lakeland police said. Mario Fernando Garrett Jr. 18, of 510 Longfellow Blvd., Lakeland, was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, resisting arrest without violence and violation of probation.Antonio Maurice Pouncey, 21, of 1350 Lake Bonny Drive W., No. 24, Lakeland, was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.Lakeland police said the two men asked... More>>

Armed man on Davis Islands surrenders peacefully

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A Tampa police stand off with an armed suicidal man on Davis Islands has ended peacefully.The man, whose identity was not released because of the nature of the incident, was taken into custody for an evaluation, Tampa police Lt J. Preyer said.The incident began about 8 p.m. when members of the Tampa police SWAT team responded to a call about a suicidal man with a gun at the Davis Islands Sea Plane Basin. No injuries were reported.The armed man had been reported missing earlier in the day, Pre... More>>

TPD SWAT on scene of suicidal man with gun on Davis Islands beach

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The Tampa police SWAT team are on the scene of an endangered, suicidal man wielding a gun on Davis Islands Sea Plane Basin tonight. Due to the nature of the incident, Davis Islands Boulevard is closed to traffic at Severn Avenue, the Tampa Police Department said.Hostage team negotiators are on the scene. Officials at nearby Peter O. Knight Airport as well as Tampa International Airport have been notified.Police officers had been looking for him most of today, after loved ones reported ... More>>

Lakeland's Warrior Walk honors fallen members of the military

Crosses lined the grounds of Lakeland's First Presbyterian Church on Saturday morning. Crosses lined the grounds of Lakeland's First Presbyterian Church on Saturday morning.
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Saturday morning’s 5th annual Warrior Walk drew over 1,000 Bay area residents to Lake Hollingsworth Park in Lakeland.The event was held to honor service men and women who lost their lives during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. More>>

Early morning crash claims life of Tampa man

Tampa Police arrived at the scene of the crash before 8 a.m. Saturday. Tampa Police arrived at the scene of the crash before 8 a.m. Saturday.
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A 40-year-old Hillsborough County man was killed early Saturday when he was run over by a vehicle on North 50th St. just north of Adamo Dr. in Tampa.James W. Mingo Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene just before 8 a.m. More>>

Rays open second half with 6-2 victory over Minnesota

Longoria knocked in three of Tampa Bay's six runs on Friday night. Longoria knocked in three of Tampa Bay's six runs on Friday night.
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With the state-map silhouette of Minnesota still mowed into the outfield grass, the All-Star game festivities having come and gone, the Twins returned to Target Field.For Kyle Gibson and his teammates, this wasn't the way they wanted to play their first game after the break. More>>

Florida Health Dept. concerned about immigrant children

A handful of young people are detained for crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas. A handful of young people are detained for crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration expressed concern in a letter Friday about reports that the federal government planned to send unaccompanied immigrant children from the Southwest border to Miami this weekend, seeming to be unaware that it is a regular practice and asking for any health information the government had for the minors. More>>

In Homosassa, scallop shucking is big business

Many Homosassa residents make their living by shucking scallops. Many Homosassa residents make their living by shucking scallops.
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The cavalcade of tourists rolled in for hours. Their beers iced and children lotioned, they drove through archways of mossy oaks and beneath an aging water tower that in faded letters advertised "Old Homosassa, est. 1835." More>>

Pasco man killed in one-vehicle crash in New Port Richey

The crash is being investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash is being investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol.
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A 41-year-old New Port Richey man died Friday night from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash in Pasco County.William Moran was transported to the Medical Center of Trinity just after 7 p.m. where he passed away a short time later. More>>

Bradenton man arrested following standoff with police

Blakey, 27, has been arrested twice by BPD since June 1st. Blakey, 27, has been arrested twice by BPD since June 1st.
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A 27-year-old Bay area man is behind bars facing a variety of charges following a standoff with police.Michael E. Blakey was booked into the Manatee County Jail early Saturday morning on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. More>>

Tampa father hit, left by driver

24-year-old Gavin Carter shows inujuries sustained when he was hit by a hit & run driver on Friday morning 24-year-old Gavin Carter shows inujuries sustained when he was hit by a hit & run driver on Friday morning
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All 24 year-old Gavin Carter wanted was a burger when he got on his bike and rode to Checkers at Floribraska and North Nebraska Avenue early Friday morning and before he knew it there was blood rushing from his head. More>>

Citrus Park resident angry about neighbor's code violations Video included

 Bob Mullins is upset about code violations at a neighbor's home. Bob Mullins is upset about code violations at a neighbor's home.
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He has put up with a junkyard around the corner for 17 years. Now Bob Mullins is worried about the possibility of one right across the street from his Citrus Park home. More>>

Fire damages 3 homes in Plant City

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A permitted burn got out of control and damaged three mobile homes on Colson Road in Plant City on Friday night. More>>

Florida Surgeon General: are migrant children healthy?

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As News Channel Eight told you first, last week, boys from Central America are staying at this facility in Holiday, Pasco County, and more could be on the way if the place is allowed to expand. More>>

2nd case of chikungunya confirmed in Manatee County

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The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County Friday confirmed a second case of Chikungunya Fever More>>

Malaysia plane crash victim attended Tampa high school Video included

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The Malaysian airliner crash cost hundreds of people their lives. Among them, world renowned AIDS researcher. Dr. Joep Lange. More>>

Man caught in affair at nude beach a suspect in wife's death Video included

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The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says a woman has died after a domestic dispute occurred with her husband, who is now a suspect in her death. More>>

Restaurant Buzz: Cigar City brews served at sea, BBQ team on TV, Shephard's expands

Cigar City’s Florida Cracker Belgian-Style Ale and Invasion Pale Ale are being served on the Carnival ship from five Florida ports. Carnival Cruise Line photo Cigar City’s Florida Cracker Belgian-Style Ale and Invasion Pale Ale are being served on the Carnival ship from five Florida ports. Carnival Cruise Line photo
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Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants. Shephard's Beach Resort on Clearwater Beach has just completed an 18-month-long expansion.
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Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 7 - 12

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Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 7 to 12, 2014.
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Tampa's Odyssey finds thousands of coins in shipwreck

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Odyssey Marine Exploration has uncovered over 13,500 of gold and silver coins from the site of a 1857 ship wreck off the coast of South Carolina. More>>

Polygraph screening proposed for businesses that deal with kids

Chanel Bellotto, owner of SkateWorld in Lakeland, said if the legislation passes, she would include the polygraph testing when hiring potential workers. Chanel Bellotto, owner of SkateWorld in Lakeland, said if the legislation passes, she would include the polygraph testing when hiring potential workers.
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Recently introduced legislation could provide another barrier for child predators getting jobs at places that deal with kids. More>>

Workers throw away body mistaken for mannequin in Hernando dump Video included

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Deputies are investigating human remains found in a bin at the West Hernando Transfer Station Thursday. More>>

New hotel opens in downtown Tampa

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Two new hotels recently opened in downtown Tampa and recently announced plans call for two more.

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11-year-old boy saves 3-year-old from drowning in Pinellas pool

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A 3-year-old boy was recovering in a hospital on Thursday night after being pulled out of a hotel swimming pool by an 11-year-old boy according to Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies. More>>

Downing the plane could have been a mistake says Tampa experts Video included

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Strewn about in hostile territory, crash investigators could find their jobs hampered by the fighting between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists.And that's only part of the tough job ahead to determine, who shot the plane down, and why. More>>

Unwanted Tampa house guests tell their side of the story Video included

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Suzanne Keller-Becker says she invited her old friend, Erisan Seibert, to stay with her in her Tampa home for a few days while she got back on her feet.But a few days later, Becker says things changed. Seibert's boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, a convicted felon, showed up and wanted to stay, too. Becker says she agreed but said they had to be out soon. But Becker says they ended up saying they had established residency and weren't leaving without an eviction. Becker says they ate her food and used her... More>>

DOT safety report out for Clearwater intersection where crossing guard died Video included

File photo: Doug Carey, crossing guard killed at the intersection of GUlt ro Bay and Belcher Rd. File photo: Doug Carey, crossing guard killed at the intersection of GUlt ro Bay and Belcher Rd.
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The Florida DOT will reveal some suggestions today to make the intersection at Gulf to Bay Blvd and Belcher road a safer place to drive and walk.That intersection was where a hit and run motorist killed crossing guard Doug Carey, age 70, on May 20th.Safety experts have been studying ways to make the intersection safer without impeding the flow of more than 50,000 vehicles a day. More>>

Baby duck rescued by Sarasota police officer

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A Sarasota police officer made an adorable rescue Thursday. A baby duck became trapped in a pile of muck.
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Teens try to break into undercover car with St. Pete detective inside

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Three teens were charged with attempted burglary after authorities say they tried to open the door of a parked car while an undercover St. Petersburg police detective sat inside. The detective was watching an area because officers received reports that teens were trying to open parked car doors. The detective watched the teens try other doors.Apparently unaware he was inside, the teens tried the detective's door last.St. Petersburg police say the teens, girls ages 13 and 15 and a 14-year-old ... More>>

Lakeland pays $25,000 for bra shaking search Video included

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A Florida city has paid a $25,000 settlement to a woman ordered to shake out her bra during a traffic stop. More>>

Historic Tampa skateboard park to make way for new park Video included

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Farouk Jamjoom is a regular at the "Bro Bowl" skate-board park, a historic venue that'll soon be demolished to make way for a totally renovated Perry Harvey, Senior park."It'll be sad I been using it for the last year, I come here almost daily, it'll be really sad, said Jamjoom. More>>

St. Pete Shoppers hunt for bargains in pajamas and bikinis

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The Sunrise Sale is a St. Petersburg tradition local merchants look forward to during each slow summer. More>>

Pinellas doctor's murder remains unsolved, new info released

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The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has released photos and details from the search of the Tarpon Springs home where a doctor was found allegedly murdered. More>>

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  • Polk residents told to stop cutting their grass near the water

    Polk residents told to stop cutting their grass near the water

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:19:12 GMT
    Mark Vandertie wants a safer path for his grandchildren to walk to the water at his new Island Lakes home in Winter Haven but the builder told him not to cut anymore because it's a wetlands violation.Mark Vandertie wants a safer path for his grandchildren to walk to the water at his new Island Lakes home in Winter Haven but the builder told him not to cut anymore because it's a wetlands violation.
    Some Winter Haven homeowners are waist high in weeds as they wait for answers on whether they can cut their backyards.About a month ago, the Island Lakes Homeowners Association and Southwest Florida Water Management District told some 40 homeowners to stop cutting the grass near the water.
    Some Winter Haven homeowners are waist high in weeds as they wait for answers on whether they can cut their backyards.About a month ago, the Island Lakes Homeowners Association and Southwest Florida Water Management District told some 40 homeowners to stop cutting the grass near the water.
  • 4 - 5,000 attend Snooty's 66th birthday bash

    4 - 5,000 attend Snooty's 66th birthday bash

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:03:55 GMT
    Snooty’s 66th birthday “cake”  was made from cabbage, strawberries, pineapple, sweet potatoes and beets. South Florida Museum photoSnooty’s 66th birthday “cake” was made from cabbage, strawberries, pineapple, sweet potatoes and beets. South Florida Museum photo
    Imagine 4,000 people coming to your birthday party. That's about how many people showed up to celebrate the 66th birthday of Tampa Bay's beloved Snooty the manatee. 
    Imagine 4,000 people coming to your birthday party. That's about how many people showed up to celebrate the 66th birthday of Tampa Bay's beloved Snooty the manatee. 
  • New surveillance shows Tampa boy's death as hit and run

    New surveillance shows Tampa boy's death as hit and run

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:51:45 GMT
    A still image from a business surveillance camera shows what appears to be a small boy running on the sidewalk.A still image from a business surveillance camera shows what appears to be a small boy running on the sidewalk.
    New surveillance video has Tampa Police investigating 4-year-old Marterrance Albury's death as a hit and run. 
    New surveillance video has Tampa Police investigating 4-year-old Marterrance Albury's death as a hit and run. 
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  • State finally revokes massage license of sex offender

    State finally revokes massage license of sex offender

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:01 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:01:17 GMT
    Licensed massage therapist Michael McIntosh pleaded guilty to molesting one of his clients and relinquished his state license. But, McIntosh and another massage therapist who was recently arrested for sexual battery are still listed on the state's website saying their licenses are clear and active.
    Licensed massage therapist Michael McIntosh pleaded guilty to molesting one of his clients and relinquished his state license. But, McIntosh and another massage therapist who was recently arrested for sexual battery are still listed on the state's website saying their licenses are clear and active.
  • Tampa family stuck with squatters sleeping in their living room

    Tampa family stuck with squatters sleeping in their living room

    Monday, July 14 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-07-14 20:24:40 GMT
    Erisan Seibert and her boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, sleep on the floor of Suzanne Keller-Becker’s home.Erisan Seibert and her boyfriend, Kyle Cooke, sleep on the floor of Suzanne Keller-Becker’s home.
    Suzanne Keller-Becker says she offered an old friend a place to stay to help her get back on her feet. It was only supposed to be for a few days. But then the friend's boyfriend, a convicted felon, showed up, and the pair refused to leave.Keller-Becker says they started using terms like "established residency" and claimed the Tampa home was now their home, too.
    Suzanne Keller-Becker says she offered an old friend a place to stay to help her get back on her feet. It was only supposed to be for a few days. But then the friend's boyfriend, a convicted felon, showed up, and the pair refused to leave.Keller-Becker says they started using terms like "established residency" and claimed the Tampa home was now their home, too.
  • Training video shows home security employees instructed to lie to customers

    Training video shows home security employees instructed to lie to customers

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-07-08 23:55:25 GMT
    A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company.A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company.
    A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company.
    A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company.
  • NationalMore>>

  • General: Guard to take observation role at border

    General: Guard to take observation role at border

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:21:55 GMT
    A top National Guard general says most of the 1,000 troops heading to South Texas will take up observation positions along the border and detain people only if they interfere with their mission.
    A top National Guard general says most of the 1,000 troops heading to South Texas will take up observation positions along the border and detain people only if they interfere with their mission.
  • Georgia man pleads guilty to faking allergy tests

    Georgia man pleads guilty to faking allergy tests

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:13:56 GMT
    The owner of an allergy-testing laboratory near Atlanta has pleaded guilty to faking the results of blood tests for food and environmental allergies.
    The owner of an allergy-testing laboratory near Atlanta has pleaded guilty to faking the results of blood tests for food and environmental allergies.
  • After 3-year probe, feds to monitor Newark police

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