2 monkey reports 2 miles apart, but still no capture
Two monkey sightings were reported Friday morning in northwest Hillsborough County a couple of hours apart. It's not clear if the same monkey was seen twice or if this is the same monkey that eluded officials last week, said Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman Vida Morgan. The first sighting was at 7:50 a.m. at 13444 Bellingham Drive, Morgan said. A resident told dispatchers a monkey was sitting on his back porch. A few hours later, at about 10:15 a.m., someone else reported seeing a monkey at 11700 Cypress Nook, about 2 miles away. No monkey has been caught, and Florida fish and wildlife officials have been notified, Morgan said.
Jurors want to quit Gotti Jr. murder case
Remember the federal racketeering and murder trial of John Gotti Jr., the one that originated in Tampa a year ago and moved to New York City at the behest of his defense attorneys? After seven days of deliberations, the jury sent a note to the judge Thursday saying "we are unable to reach a unanimous verdict." The New York Daily News said this message had Gotti's defense attorney grinning. This is the fourth federal trial in five years for Gotti, and all the others ended in hung juries. The judge was unmoved by the note, and told the jurors to get some rest and try again Monday.
Doctors hopeful after officer's Mexico crash
Andrea Law, the Tampa officer who was injured in a collision Wednesday while in Cozumel, Mexico, remains in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital. On Friday, one day after Law underwent surgery to repair lacerations to her liver, doctors were more optimistic of her recovery, police officials said.
Beck in Tampa today
Pundit Glenn Beck comes to Tampa today with an announcement about a major change on his TV show. 8B
Tickets for the "Broadway in Concert" show today and Sunday are $18 for members and $25 for nonmembers of the Carrollwood Cultural Center. Entertainment listings in some regional sections Friday included incorrect prices.