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Lakeland commissioner charged with murder in shooting of suspected shoplifter

Lakeland commissioner charged with murder in shooting of suspected shoplifter

LAKELAND — A Lakeland city commissioner surrendered Friday to face a second-degree murder charge in the Oct. 3 fatal shooting of a suspected shoplifter at a military surplus store. Michael Dunn, who has served on the City Commission since Janu...
Updated: 2 minutes ago
Hurricane Michael’s effect on timber industry ‘catastrophic,

Hurricane Michael’s effect on timber industry ‘catastrophic," Adam Putnam says.

Hurricane Michael’s enduring legacy could include long-term damage to Florida’s timber industry. While experts try to get a handle on the carnage, state Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam said Friday that preliminary estimates peg it ...
Updated: 27 minutes ago
FCC chairman Pai eases up on criticisms to Hurricane Michael response

FCC chairman Pai eases up on criticisms to Hurricane Michael response

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai praised Florida's first responders and telecommunications companies Friday — a positive change in tone from earlier this week.The chairman was in Tallahassee Friday afternoon, meeting with sta...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Sound-Smarter-Than-Your-Friends Guide: The Bucs are the Browns and the Browns are the Bucs

Sound-Smarter-Than-Your-Friends Guide: The Bucs are the Browns and the Browns are the Bucs

It was always this game.Not the Saints. Not the Eagles. Not the Steelers.The Browns.When the NFL released the Bucs’ schedule in April, the Browns were an afterthought. The first three games were the main attraction. If Tampa Bay could survive t...
Updated: 2 hours ago
9 days after Hurricane Michael, Florida’s death toll a mystery

9 days after Hurricane Michael, Florida’s death toll a mystery

TALLAHASSEE — It's been nine days since Hurricane Michael slammed the Panhandle and decimated whole cities, from the coastal beach towns to the rural, wooded communities north. Since the Category 4 storm hit Oct. 10, at least 27 people have bee...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Woman, 25, faces murder charge in Tampa shooting, stabbing death

Woman, 25, faces murder charge in Tampa shooting, stabbing death

TAMPA — A 25-year-old Brandon woman was arrested on Thursday in connection with the Sept. 30 murder of Justin Heilig in Hyde Park, according to Tampa police.Melissa McNutt faces charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery, police said.Heilig, 34...
Published: 10/19/18
Hillsborough deputies seek white SUV in homicide investigation

Hillsborough deputies seek white SUV in homicide investigation

TAMPA — Detectives are looking for a white 4-door Dodge Journey SUV that they believe is connected to the homicide investigation of a 24-year-old man found dead Friday.Witnesses said they saw the vehicle driving away from the apartment complex at 850...
Published: 10/19/18
Andrew Gillum on Ron DeSantis in St. Petersburg: ‘If I have to go there, I’m going to go there.’

Andrew Gillum on Ron DeSantis in St. Petersburg: ‘If I have to go there, I’m going to go there.’

ST. PETERSBURG — A few things you're sure to hear when Andrew Gillum addresses a crowd: References to his grandma. Generous sprinklings of "ya'll." Lots of crowd laughter."That's a shame," Gillum, at St. Petersburg College Friday, said of teach...
Published: 10/19/18
After break for Hurricane Michael, Andrew Gillum returns to stump in Tampa

After break for Hurricane Michael, Andrew Gillum returns to stump in Tampa

TAMPA  — After an 11-day break to deal with Hurricane Michael, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum returned to the campaign trail Friday with whistle stop appearances in St. Petersburg and Tampa.For a fired-u...
Published: 10/19/18
Romano: Has ‘stand your ground’ made Florida more tolerant of deadly force?

Romano: Has ‘stand your ground’ made Florida more tolerant of deadly force?

In another era, in another state, the video might be too unsettling to watch.A suspected shoplifter is looking for a way to slip past a Lakeland store owner who is holding a gun. The shoplifter gets one hand on the door at the same time the store own...
Published: 10/20/18