Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

Man arrested in Plant City attack with hammer

PLANT CITY

Argument leads to an ATTACK WITH A HAMMER

An argument Saturday night at a Plant City apartment turned violent when a man attacked a victim with a hammer, police said. According to an arrest affidavit, a man struck the victim's left thigh with the claw side of the tool. Dennis Christopher Gudgen, 36, of Dover faces a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The affidavit noted he has a prior battery conviction. He was held Sunday in the Hillsborough County jail on $7,500 bail.

TAMPA

Deputies: Man bites club guard

Deputies arrested a man they say bit a uniformed security guard at a nightclub early Sunday. The incident happened just after midnight at Club Sensacion, 1450 Skipper Road, off Bearss Avenue near the University area. The suspect later resisted arrest by pulling his arms away from a sheriff's deputy trying to handcuff him, the affidavit said. Clemente Maldonado Barron, 30, of Tampa, faces charges of aggravated battery on a specified officer and resisting an officer without violence. He remained Sunday in the Hillsborough County Jail on $15,500 bail.

TAMPA

Crash shuts down Suncoast Parkway

A crash early Sunday closed the southbound lanes of the Suncoast Parkway for several hours, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. About 1:15 a.m., the driver of a 1999 Infiniti crashed near the Veterans Expressway, the patrol said. Passenger Justin Bell, 18, of Lutz, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with serious injuries. The driver, 19-year-old Ryan Powers of Tampa, also was taken to St. Joseph's with critical injuries.

TAMPA

Marshals nab bank robbery suspect

U.S. Marshals arrested a Tampa bank robbery suspect in Alabama, police said Sunday. Danny Ray Madison, 47, is suspected of robbing BB&T Bank, 400 N Tampa St., on March 13, authorities say

Today's meeting

PASCO COUNTY

Zephyrhills City Council, 6 p.m., City Hall, 5335 Eighth St.

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Two die in head-on crash on Gunn Highway in Odessa

ODESSA — Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a head-on crash on Gunn Highway that killed two and sent a child to the hospital early Saturday afternoon.Terry Lee Bronschidle, 70, of Tampa was driving his Chevy Traverse south on Gunn Highway...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

LAKE BUENA VISTA — There were a lot of reasons the Rays didn’t start the process of trading some of their bigger-name, higher-paid players at last week’s winter meetings.Most obvious was them not finding the just-right deal to move closer Alex Colome...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

The following recounts an incident in 2004 that advocates of research into UFOs have said is the kind of event worthy of more investigation and that was studied by a Pentagon program that investigated UFOs. Experts caution that Earthly explanations o...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find. Which was how the Pentagon wanted it. For years, the program inve...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

TAMPA — Three firefighters were injured early Saturday morning battling a fire at a W Waters Avenue strip mall, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.Firefighters said the two-alarm blaze started in the attic of L.A. Nail Supply at 2:45 a.m. The store is in...
Updated: 5 hours ago
CDC gets list of forbidden words: ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘evidence-based’

CDC gets list of forbidden words: ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘evidence-based’

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.Polic...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Jones: Tony Dungy didn’t leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

Jones: Tony Dungy didn’t leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

It is and always will be the greatest debate in Tampa Bay sports history.Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy?You don’t even need to say anything more than that. Bucs fans already know what you’re talking about.Gruden or Dungy?Who was most responsible for the on...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? Why the debate rages on

Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? Why the debate rages on

TAMPA — Bucs coach Jon Gruden did not win the Super Bowl with Tony Dungy’s team. Don’t believe me? Ask Dungy. "It wasn’t. They did a great job. They took it and tweaked it," Dungy said. "The same way I got a great (Colts) tea...
Updated: 7 hours ago
She was about to celebrate her 94th birthday — and ended up in the back of a police car

She was about to celebrate her 94th birthday — and ended up in the back of a police car

Two days before her 94th birthday, Juanita Fitzgerald was arrested and hauled off to jail.The Eustis woman’s crime?She was being evicted and had fallen behind on her rent, WFTV 9 News reported. Instead of vacating her home at the National Church Resi...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Female congressional candidate leaves race after sexual harassment allegations resurface

Female congressional candidate leaves race after sexual harassment allegations resurface

A Democratic candidate hoping to flip a hotly contested congressional seat in Kansas has dropped out of the race after allegations that she sexually harassed a male subordinate resurfaced amid her campaign.Andrea Ramsey, 57, who was running to unseat...
Updated: 8 hours ago