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  • Lakeland woman says cats missing, found cut in half

    Lakeland woman says cats missing, found cut in half

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-04-25 00:00:17 GMT
    A Lakeland woman is trying to figure out what's happening to several cats that have gone missing in the neighborhood and two that have been discovered cut in half.
    A Lakeland woman is trying to figure out what's happening to several cats that have gone missing in the neighborhood and two that have been discovered cut in half.
  • Bollywood takes over Tampa

    Bollywood takes over Tampa

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:19:57 GMT
    All around Tampa there are signs the International Indian film academy or "IIFA" is in town.
    All around Tampa there are signs the International Indian film academy or "IIFA" is in town.
  • 15 year old sexually molested in Highlands Regional Medical Center ICU

    15 year old sexually molested in Highlands Regional Medical Center ICU

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:19:41 GMT
    People go to hospitals to be healed, not sexually molested. But an 8 On Your Side investigation confirmed a 15 year old Highlands county girl, who was heavily medicated and sedated at Highlands Regional Medical Center, was sexually molested in her ICU bed.
    People go to hospitals to be healed, not sexually molested. But an 8 On Your Side investigation confirmed a 15 year old Highlands county girl, who was heavily medicated and sedated at Highlands Regional Medical Center, was sexually molested in her ICU bed.
  • Squatters left dogs at soldier's house in New Port Richey

    Squatters left dogs at soldier's house in New Port Richey

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:04:53 GMT
    One of the dogs left at the soldier's houseOne of the dogs left at the soldier's house
    The house of Army Spc. Michael Sharkey sat almost empty early Thursday morning after two squatters said they moved out the day before.
    The house of Army Spc. Michael Sharkey sat almost empty early Thursday morning after two squatters said they moved out the day before.
  • Clearwater to give away free trees to residents on Saturday

    Clearwater to give away free trees to residents on Saturday

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:20:30 GMT
    The City of Clearwater will celebrate Arbor Day by giving away 2,100 trees to its residents on Saturday.
    The City of Clearwater will celebrate Arbor Day by giving away 2,100 trees to its residents on Saturday.
  • Pasco Sheriff's Shotgun Shootout benefits youth programs

    Pasco Sheriff's Shotgun Shootout benefits youth programs

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:10:27 GMT
    Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco invites all gun enthusiasts to join him at his Shotgun Shootout Saturday, April 26, at the Tampa Bay Sporting Clays gun range.
    Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco invites all gun enthusiasts to join him at his Shotgun Shootout Saturday, April 26, at the Tampa Bay Sporting Clays gun range.
  • Fired! Tampa Police detective target of grand jury probe

    Fired! Tampa Police detective target of grand jury probe

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:45:52 GMT
    Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston was fired Thursday because he is the target of a federal grand jury investigation. File photoTampa Police Officer Eric Houston was fired Thursday because he is the target of a federal grand jury investigation. File photo
    Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston was fired Thursday because he is the target of a federal grand jury investigation.
    Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston was fired Thursday because he is the target of a federal grand jury investigation.
  • Three 12-year olds catch a 692-pound shark in Sarasota

    Three 12-year olds catch a 692-pound shark in Sarasota

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:02:34 GMT
    Three 12-year-old boys caught a fish in Sarasota that would make a grown man jealous.
    Three 12-year-old boys caught a fish in Sarasota that would make a grown man jealous.
  • Tip leads to arrest of Pasco man on child sex charges

    Tip leads to arrest of Pasco man on child sex charges

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:28:49 GMT
    Francis Pfeffer, 63, is being held at the Land O' Lakes Detention Center. Jail booking photoFrancis Pfeffer, 63, is being held at the Land O' Lakes Detention Center. Jail booking photo
    An online tip led to the arrest of a 63-year-old New Port Richey man on multiple child sex charges.
    An online tip led to the arrest of a 63-year-old New Port Richey man on multiple child sex charges.
  • Suspect arrested for arson, animal cruelty in Animal Coalition of Tampa fire

    Suspect arrested for arson, animal cruelty in Animal Coalition of Tampa fire

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:16 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:16:43 GMT
    Terrod Arrington Terrod Arrington
    A suspect charged with burglary earlier this week has now been charged with starting the fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa on Saturday.
    A suspect charged with burglary earlier this week has now been charged with starting the fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa on Saturday.
  • Tampa-based Odyssey Marine on standby to search for Malaysian jet

    Tampa-based Odyssey Marine on standby to search for Malaysian jet

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:57:37 GMT
    Odyssey Marine crews conduct searches of underwater shipwrecks and retrieve valuable cargo from the shipwrecks. Odyssey Marine photoOdyssey Marine crews conduct searches of underwater shipwrecks and retrieve valuable cargo from the shipwrecks. Odyssey Marine photo
    Tampa-based Odyssey Marine says it has been put on standby to help search for the missing Malaysian jet.
    Tampa-based Odyssey Marine says it has been put on standby to help search for the missing Malaysian jet.
  • 2014-2015 Florida Hunting Season Dates

    2014-2015 Florida Hunting Season Dates

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:49:52 GMT
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released the following hunting dates for the 2014-2015 season.
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released the following hunting dates for the 2014-2015 season.
  • Silver Alert cancelled for missing, endangered Polk man, age 77

    Silver Alert cancelled for missing, endangered Polk man, age 77

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:51:52 GMT
    Robert RinglerRobert Ringler
    The Polk County Sheriff's Office has cancelled a Silver Alert Thursday morning for Robert Ringler, age 77, who was considered missing and endangered.
    The Polk County Sheriff's Office has cancelled a Silver Alert Thursday morning for Robert Ringler, age 77, who was considered missing and endangered.
  • Music program founded by Usher coming to Polk County High Schools

    Music program founded by Usher coming to Polk County High Schools

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:50 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:50:06 GMT
    Usher (Photo: NBC's The Voice)Usher (Photo: NBC's The Voice)
    The Polk County School District is partnering with award-winning artist Usher to introduce a new course to high school students in the district.
    The Polk County School District is partnering with award-winning artist Usher to introduce a new course to high school students in the district.
  • Polk deputies arrest Plant City murder suspect

    Polk deputies arrest Plant City murder suspect

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:59 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:59:35 GMT
    Master Brown was arrested on a second degree murder warrant. Polk Co. Jail booking photoMaster Brown was arrested on a second degree murder warrant. Polk Co. Jail booking photo
    Plant City Police Officers have arrested a man suspected of shooting and killing a man outside a convenience store on Wednesday.
    Plant City Police Officers have arrested a man suspected of shooting and killing a man outside a convenience store on Wednesday.
  • Police working with 2 new victims in Polk teacher sex scandal

    Police working with 2 new victims in Polk teacher sex scandal

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:42:39 GMT
    The Lakeland Police Department is working with two new potential victims in the case involving Jennifer Fichter, the former Polk County high school teacher who faces multiple sex charges.
    The Lakeland Police Department is working with two new potential victims in the case involving Jennifer Fichter, the former Polk County high school teacher who faces multiple sex charges.
  • Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor honored by Chamber of Commerce

    Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor honored by Chamber of Commerce

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:03 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:03:22 GMT
    Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor received the "2014 Woman of Influence" award. Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Facebook photoTampa Police Chief Jane Castor received the "2014 Woman of Influence" award. Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Facebook photo
    Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor was honored at the greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce's 8th annual Women of Influence luncheon Wednesday.
    Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor was honored at the greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce's 8th annual Women of Influence luncheon Wednesday.
  • Hillsborough Sheriff looking for owner of 1948 class ring

    Hillsborough Sheriff looking for owner of 1948 class ring

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:32 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:32:54 GMT
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is trying to find the owner of a 1948 class ring recovered from a pawn shop.
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is trying to find the owner of a 1948 class ring recovered from a pawn shop.
  • Manhunt underway for Plant City murder suspect

    Manhunt underway for Plant City murder suspect

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:44 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:44:41 GMT
    Police in Plant City are looking for a killer Thursday morning after a man was shot dead outside a convenience store.
    Police in Plant City are looking for a killer Thursday morning after a man was shot dead outside a convenience store.
  • Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:50:51 GMT
    Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out. 
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.  
  • Worth a Drive: SimCenter of Tampa Bay

    Worth a Drive: SimCenter of Tampa Bay

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:36 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:36:20 GMT
    The SimCenter is unique to Tampa Bay and is definitely Worth a Drive, Leslee Lacey saysThe SimCenter is unique to Tampa Bay and is definitely Worth a Drive, Leslee Lacey says
    SimCenter of Tampa Bay is known for their high-end realistic simulators. Once rated number one on TripAdvisor’s destinations in Dunedin, they are back at the top spot in Clearwater after relocating to US 19 a few months ago.
    SimCenter of Tampa Bay is known for their high-end realistic simulators. Once rated number one on TripAdvisor’s destinations in Dunedin, they are back at the top spot in Clearwater after relocating to US 19 a few months ago.
  • Bollywood Oscars kickoff with huge party

    Bollywood Oscars kickoff with huge party

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:23:09 GMT
    IIFA star Anil Kapoor is surrounded by fans at the IIFA Stomp event at Tampa's Curtis Hixon ParkIIFA star Anil Kapoor is surrounded by fans at the IIFA Stomp event at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park
    The International Indian Film Academy kicked off the countdown to its version of the Oscars with a music festival in downtown Tampa.
    The International Indian Film Academy kicked off the countdown to its version of the Oscars with a music festival in downtown Tampa.
  • Fl Congressman Bill Young's widow says she won't support Jolly

    Fl Congressman Bill Young's widow says she won't support Jolly

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:06 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:06:14 GMT
    Photo courtesy of Beverly YoungPhoto courtesy of Beverly Young
    The widow of Congressman C.W. Bill Young says she no longer supports the man who campaigned as a “Bill Young Republican” and was elected to her husband’s seat in the House of Representatives. “No, I won’t support him,” Beverly Young said in an interview with News Channel 8.
    The widow of Congressman C.W. Bill Young says she no longer supports the man who campaigned as a “Bill Young Republican” and was elected to her husband’s seat in the House of Representatives. “No, I won’t support him,” Beverly Young said in an interview with News Channel 8.
  • Tampa Theater named one of the world's most spectacular theaters

    Tampa Theater named one of the world's most spectacular theaters

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:54 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:54:24 GMT
    April 23 is, according to some reports, William Shakespeare's birthday. In a nod to the Bard's enduring legacy 450 years on from his birth, as well as the UK's theatrical history, here are a few stages worth seeing, whether a play's being performed or not.
    April 23 is, according to some reports, William Shakespeare's birthday. In a nod to the Bard's enduring legacy 450 years on from his birth, as well as the UK's theatrical history, here are a few stages worth seeing, whether a play's being performed or not.
  • Twins joined at birth travel to meet Clearwater's famous dolphin

    Twins joined at birth travel to meet Clearwater's famous dolphin

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:09:31 GMT
    The star of Dolphin Tale met two of her biggest fans Wednesday. Hassan and Hussein traveled all the way from Ireland to meet Winter at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
    The star of Dolphin Tale met two of her biggest fans Wednesday. Hassan and Hussein traveled all the way from Ireland to meet Winter at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
  • Bollywood Stomp event rocks downtown Tampa

    Bollywood Stomp event rocks downtown Tampa

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:38:09 GMT
    Downtown Tampa is getting a taste of Bollywood Wednesday night. "Stomp" is a free music event taking place in Curtis Hixon Park from 7-11 p.m.
    Downtown Tampa is getting a taste of Bollywood Wednesday night. "Stomp" is a free music event taking place in Curtis Hixon Park from 7-11 p.m.
  • Sarasota teacher meltdown goes viral, student in video being bullied

    Sarasota teacher meltdown goes viral, student in video being bullied

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:51:00 GMT
    Jeffrey Daughtry is a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy, is seen having a meltdown on video.Jeffrey Daughtry is a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy, is seen having a meltdown on video.
    By now, many have seen the video of a Sarasota teacher screaming at one of his students. Now the family of that student is speaking out.
    By now, many have seen the video of a Sarasota teacher screaming at one of his students. Now the family of that student is speaking out.
  • TIA rolls out green carpet for IIFA Bollywood stars

    TIA rolls out green carpet for IIFA Bollywood stars

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:34:47 GMT
    Actress Deepika Padukone with TIA CEO Joe Lopano. TIA Twitter photoActress Deepika Padukone with TIA CEO Joe Lopano. TIA Twitter photo
    Tampa International Airport rolled out the "green" carpet for celebrities attending the IIFA Bollywood awards this weekend in Tampa.
    Tampa International Airport rolled out the "green" carpet for celebrities attending the IIFA Bollywood awards this weekend in Tampa.
  • TPD homicide detective subject of federal probe

    TPD homicide detective subject of federal probe

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:02:03 GMT
    File photo: TPD homicide Detective Eric HoustonFile photo: TPD homicide Detective Eric Houston
    Tampa police detective Eric Houston is one of the investigators who worked the crime scene at the New Tampa home of Julie Schenecker. She's the mother accused of killing her two teenaged children.
    Tampa police detective Eric Houston is one of the investigators who worked the crime scene at the New Tampa home of Julie Schenecker. She's the mother accused of killing her two teenaged children.
  • Home alone: Sarasota kids help deputies catch burglary suspects

    Home alone: Sarasota kids help deputies catch burglary suspects

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:57:07 GMT
    Burglary suspects from left to right: Marcus Felder, Darian Jones, Trevor Jackson and Gary Saulby. Sarasota Co. Jail booking photosBurglary suspects from left to right: Marcus Felder, Darian Jones, Trevor Jackson and Gary Saulby. Sarasota Co. Jail booking photos
    Some quick-thinking kids in Sarasota are being credited for helping sheriff's deputies catch a group of burglary suspects who investigators say broke into the kids' home.
    Some quick-thinking kids in Sarasota are being credited for helping sheriff's deputies catch a group of burglary suspects who investigators say broke into the kids' home.
  • Homicide under investigation in Plant City

    Homicide under investigation in Plant City

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:49:24 GMT
    Plant City Police are investigating a murder on South Maryland Ave. Wednesday afternoonPlant City Police are investigating a murder on South Maryland Ave. Wednesday afternoon
    Plant City Police are investigating a homicide that occurred Wednesday afternoon at 516 South Maryland Avenue.
    Plant City Police are investigating a homicide that occurred Wednesday afternoon at 516 South Maryland Avenue.
  • New student victim in Polk teacher sex scandal

    New student victim in Polk teacher sex scandal

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:32:21 GMT
    Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher.Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher.
    A former Polk County teacher has been charged with 20 new counts of sex with a minor, the Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday afternoon.
    A former Polk County teacher has been charged with 20 new counts of sex with a minor, the Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday afternoon.
  • Citrus boy smothered: CA child welfare had contacted DCF about family

    Citrus boy smothered: CA child welfare had contacted DCF about family

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:12:00 GMT
     Cody Wygant, is charged with third-degree murder in connection with his son's death. Cody Wygant, is charged with third-degree murder in connection with his son's death.
    News Channel 8 has uncovered new information about the case of a Citrus County man accused of smothering his son, so he could play his Xbox game.
    News Channel 8 has uncovered new information about the case of a Citrus County man accused of smothering his son, so he could play his Xbox game.
  • Tampa-based Odyssey Marine retrieving gold in richest U.S. shipwreck

    Tampa-based Odyssey Marine retrieving gold in richest U.S. shipwreck

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:10:44 GMT
    The Odyssey Explorer set off from Charleston South Carolina Wednesday afternoon to recover gold from the shipwrecked S.S. Central America. Photo courtesy Odyssey MarineThe Odyssey Explorer set off from Charleston South Carolina Wednesday afternoon to recover gold from the shipwrecked S.S. Central America. Photo courtesy Odyssey Marine
    Tampa-based Odyssey Marine crews are on their way to retrieve gold from the richest shipwreck in American history.
    Tampa-based Odyssey Marine crews are on their way to retrieve gold from the richest shipwreck in American history.
  • Lakeland man accused of road rage

    Lakeland man accused of road rage

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:19:32 GMT
    A Lakeland man has been charged after a road rage incident that occurred in Mulberry. Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested 25-year-old Warren "Chalmers" Orr for the alleged attack on a passenger in another car.
    A Lakeland man has been charged after a road rage incident that occurred in Mulberry. Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested 25-year-old Warren "Chalmers" Orr for the alleged attack on a passenger in another car.
  • Health advisory lifted for Hillsborough beaches

    Health advisory lifted for Hillsborough beaches

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:43 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:43:18 GMT
    The advisory that was issued on April 17th for Ben T. Davis, Cypress Point, Davis Island, and Picnic Island beach has been lifted.
    The advisory that was issued on April 17th for Ben T. Davis, Cypress Point, Davis Island, and Picnic Island beach has been lifted.
  • Pedestrian hit, killed on I-75 in Hillsborough

    Pedestrian hit, killed on I-75 in Hillsborough

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:32:52 GMT
    Investigators say Fred Butler, 66, of Providence, RI, was walking in a southbound lane of I-75.Investigators say Fred Butler, 66, of Providence, RI, was walking in a southbound lane of I-75.
    A man who was walking on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County was hit and killed by a car Tuesday night.
    A man who was walking on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County was hit and killed by a car Tuesday night.
  • Tampa-based Odyssey Marine set to embark on new search for treasure

    Tampa-based Odyssey Marine set to embark on new search for treasure

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:55:56 GMT
    The Odyssey crew inspects the silver bars as they are recovered from the SS Gairsoppa site and  unloaded on deck of the Seabed Worker. In July 2013 from the site, which yielded 1,574 (60 tons) silver  ingots. Odyssey photoThe Odyssey crew inspects the silver bars as they are recovered from the SS Gairsoppa site and unloaded on deck of the Seabed Worker. In July 2013 from the site, which yielded 1,574 (60 tons) silver ingots. Odyssey photo
    Tampa based Odyssey Marine Exploration has an exclusive contract to recover the remaining valuable cargo from the SS Central America shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina which is thought to have been carrying one of the largest cargos of gold ever lost at sea.
    Tampa based Odyssey Marine Exploration has an exclusive contract to recover the remaining valuable cargo from the SS Central America shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina which is thought to have been carrying one of the largest cargos of gold ever lost at sea.
  • Train, tractor trailer collide in Plant City

    Train, tractor trailer collide in Plant City

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:21:27 GMT
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is on scene of a crash involving a semi-tractor trailer logging truck vs CSX freight train at S.R. 39 and Moriczville Road in Plant City.The driver of the semi has been transported by ground to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.HCSO says there is no electronic crossing signals at this crossing. There is is a posted R.R. Crossing sign.S.R. 39 remains open while the investigation into the crash continues...
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is on scene of a crash involving a semi-tractor trailer logging truck vs CSX freight train at S.R. 39 and Moriczville Road in Plant City.The driver of the semi has been transported by ground to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.HCSO says there is no electronic crossing signals at this crossing. There is is a posted R.R. Crossing sign.S.R. 39 remains open while the investigation into the crash continues...
  • Manatee deputies identify body found in Palmetto

    Manatee deputies identify body found in Palmetto

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:25:22 GMT
    Manatee County Sheriff Deputies say a body was found alongside U.S. 41 N. in Palmetto on Tuesday evening. 
    Manatee County Sheriff Deputies say a body was found alongside U.S. 41 N. in Palmetto on Tuesday evening. 
  • 2 St. Pete women accused in violent road rage attack

    2 St. Pete women accused in violent road rage attack

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:19:02 GMT
    Amber Lynn Beckwith (Left) and Ariel Young (right) are accused in a violent road rage attack. Pinellas County Jail booking photoAmber Lynn Beckwith (Left) and Ariel Young (right) are accused in a violent road rage attack. Pinellas County Jail booking photo
    St. Petersburg Police say two women rammed into another woman's car, pulled her out of the car and attacked her in the middle of a street.
    St. Petersburg Police say two women rammed into another woman's car, pulled her out of the car and attacked her in the middle of a street.
  • 'Selfies' not welcome at USF graduation ceremony

    'Selfies' not welcome at USF graduation ceremony

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:15:22 GMT
    University of South Florida Student Affairs office announced Wednesday that students should refrain from taking selfies while on stage during the university's graduation ceremony this spring.
    University of South Florida Student Affairs office announced Wednesday that students should refrain from taking selfies while on stage during the university's graduation ceremony this spring.
  • Arcadia burned dog 'Hope' is 90% healed from burns

    Arcadia burned dog 'Hope' is 90% healed from burns

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:27:12 GMT
    Hope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photoHope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photo
    We have some good news to report about Hope, the little 1-year-old dog that won over the hearts of many after she was doused with kerosene and lit on fire.
    We have some good news to report about Hope, the little 1-year-old dog that won over the hearts of many after she was doused with kerosene and lit on fire.
  • Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

    Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:35:13 GMT
    Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
    Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
  • FOUND: Justin Cangemi, 11, in Manatee

    FOUND: Justin Cangemi, 11, in Manatee

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:07 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:07:59 GMT
    Authorities in Manatee County are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 11-year-old boy.
    Authorities in Manatee County are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 11-year-old boy.
  • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:58:50 GMT
    Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
     When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
  • John Franklin, head of Hillsborough County Transportation Department resigns

    Head of Hillsborough school transportation department resigns

    Head of Hillsborough school transportation department resigns

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:54:04 GMT
    John FranklinJohn Franklin
    The general manager of the Hillsborough County School District's Transportation Department has resigned.
    The general manager of the Hillsborough County School District's Transportation Department has resigned.
  • Pasco school worker arrested on porn charges

    Pasco school worker arrested on porn charges

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:49 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:49:36 GMT
    Kenneth Dempsey's mug shot. Kenneth Dempsey's mug shot.
    An employee with Pasco County School District is in jail Wednesday on federal charges of child pornography according to the county school officials.
    An employee with Pasco County School District is in jail Wednesday on federal charges of child pornography according to the county school officials.
  • TRAFFIC: Fatal crash on NB I-275 near Sligh Avenue

    TRAFFIC: Fatal crash on NB I-275 near Sligh Avenue

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:55 AM EDT2014-04-23 11:55:26 GMT
    The crash scene on NB I-275The crash scene on NB I-275
    Northbound Interstate 275 is shut down at East Sligh Avenue in Tampa Wednesday morning after a single car crash with a fatality, according to traffic officials.
    Northbound Interstate 275 is shut down at East Sligh Avenue in Tampa Wednesday morning after a single car crash with a fatality, according to traffic officials.
  • Canadiens sweep Lightning with 4-3 win

    Canadiens sweep Lightning with 4-3 win

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:35:42 GMT
    Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday night with a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.The first team to advance this year, the Canadiens also got goals from Daniel Briere, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller. Montreal now faces a long wait for the Eastern Conference semifinal against the winner of the Boston-Detroit series.Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist for Tampa Ba...
    Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday night with a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.The first team to advance this year, the Canadiens also got goals from Daniel Briere, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller. Montreal now faces a long wait for the Eastern Conference semifinal against the winner of the Boston-Detroit series.Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist for Tampa Ba...
  • Polk teacher arrested for sex with student fired

    Polk teacher arrested for sex with student fired

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-04-23 01:25:13 GMT
    Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher.Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher.
    Polk County high school teacher Jennifer Fichter says she fell in love and had sex with her 17-year-old student.Tonight, the Polk County School Board voted to fire the teacher.Fichter told investigators her relationship with the boy started in November and that they had sex 20 to 30 times.
    Polk County high school teacher Jennifer Fichter says she fell in love and had sex with her 17-year-old student.Tonight, the Polk County School Board voted to fire the teacher.Fichter told investigators her relationship with the boy started in November and that they had sex 20 to 30 times.
  • Indian film awards expected to snarl Tampa traffic

    Indian film awards expected to snarl Tampa traffic

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:36 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:36:04 GMT
    Officials from the city of Tampa are asking motorists to prepare for traffic delays and allow for extra time if you are traveling in or around downtown Tampa this week, as the city hosts the International Indian Film Academy Weekend and Awards.
    Officials from the city of Tampa are asking motorists to prepare for traffic delays and allow for extra time if you are traveling in or around downtown Tampa this week, as the city hosts the International Indian Film Academy Weekend and Awards.
  • TPD homicide detective under federal criminal investigation

    TPD homicide detective under federal criminal investigation

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:55:30 GMT
    Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation.Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation.
    The feds are investigating one of Tampa Police Department's lead homicide detectives. Officer Eric Houston, who is one of the lead detectives in the Julie Schenecker murder investigation, is under federal criminal investigation. 
    The feds are investigating one of Tampa Police Department's lead homicide detectives. Officer Eric Houston, who is one of the lead detectives in the Julie Schenecker murder investigation, is under federal criminal investigation. 
  • Sarasota students rally behind teacher fired after meltdown video went viral

    Sarasota students rally behind teacher fired after meltdown video went viral

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-04-22 21:55:04 GMT
    Captain Jeffrey Daughtry was a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy.Captain Jeffrey Daughtry was a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy.
    Last week, WFLA News Channel 8 told you about a Sarasota teacher who was fired after a cell phone video showed him having a meltdown. Now, his students are rallying behind him and want him to get his job back
    Last week, WFLA News Channel 8 told you about a Sarasota teacher who was fired after a cell phone video showed him having a meltdown. Now, his students are rallying behind him and want him to get his job back
  • Citrus man accused of killing son facing new charges, 2 others arrested

    Citrus man accused of killing son facing new charges, 2 others arrested

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-04-22 20:26:44 GMT
    Additional charges have been filed against a Citrus man who allegedly killed his 1-year-old son last week and continued to play video games, the Sheriff's Office says. Two others have also been arrested Tuesday in connection to the case.
    Additional charges have been filed against a Citrus man who allegedly killed his 1-year-old son last week and continued to play video games, the Sheriff's Office says. Two others have also been arrested Tuesday in connection to the case.
  • Computer server problem delays FCAT testing in some Tampa Bay counties

    Computer server problem delays FCAT testing in some Tampa Bay counties

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-04-22 19:55:28 GMT
    Computer server problems delayed FCAT testing for students in some Tampa Bay counties on Tuesday.
    Computer server problems delayed FCAT testing for students in some Tampa Bay counties on Tuesday.
  • Disabled vet reunited with service dog lost in car wreck

    Disabled vet reunited with service dog lost in car wreck

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:49:00 GMT
    Luke Macner and Nina. Photo courtesy the Humane Society of Tampa BayLuke Macner and Nina. Photo courtesy the Humane Society of Tampa Bay
    A disabled Tampa veteran was brought to tears Tuesday when he was reunited with his service dog after she went missing in a car wreck.
    A disabled Tampa veteran was brought to tears Tuesday when he was reunited with his service dog after she went missing in a car wreck.
  • Brooksville mom pleads not guilty in death of infant daughter

    Brooksville mom pleads not guilty in death of infant daughter

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:50:26 GMT
    April Weber, 26, appeared in court Tuesday.April Weber, 26, appeared in court Tuesday.
     The Hernando County mother accused of killing her infant daughter pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday morning.
     The Hernando County mother accused of killing her infant daughter pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday morning.
  • Lockdown over at Freedom High, Liberty Middle Schools in Hillsborough

    Lockdown over at Freedom High, Liberty Middle Schools in Hillsborough

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-04-22 14:39:52 GMT
    The full lockdown is over at Freedom High and Liberty Middle Schools in Hillsborough County after a bomb threat was unfounded, Hillsborough County Schools says
    The full lockdown is over at Freedom High and Liberty Middle Schools in Hillsborough County after a bomb threat was unfounded, Hillsborough County Schools says
  • Polk County School board voting on termination of teacher facing sex charges

    Polk County School board voting on termination of teacher facing sex charges

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-04-22 12:51:48 GMT
    Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photoJennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo
    The Polk County School Board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the termination of a teacher accused of a sexual relationship with a student.
    The Polk County School Board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the termination of a teacher accused of a sexual relationship with a student.
  • Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay arson suspect arrested on battery charges

    Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay arson suspect arrested on battery charges

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 5:11 AM EDT2014-04-22 09:11:30 GMT
    Terrod Arrington Terrod Arrington
    The man suspected in the arson that occurred Saturday at the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay has been arrested on battery charges.
    The man suspected in the arson that occurred Saturday at the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay has been arrested on battery charges.
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