Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Morris' trial in killings of two officers to be held in Tampa

Morris' trial in killings of two police officers will be in Tampa

Dontae Morris will be tried for the killings of two police officers in Tampa, a judge ruled Friday, not Orlando. Morris, 28, is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Tampa Officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis, shot to death during a traffic stop in June 2010. The jurors for the trial will come from Orlando, Hillsborough Circuit Judge William Fuente ruled Friday, but the trial will be held in Tampa, according to Bay News 9. Morris was already convicted this year by an Orange County jury of murder for a different 2010 shooting, and he's serving a mandatory life prison sentence. He faces the death penalty if convicted of killing the officers.

Several ways to dispose of old can

If you're wondering what to do with your old garbage can once Hillsborough County starts its new collection system, here's a solution: Leave it at the curb. The county will collect your old garbage can the week of Sept. 23 if you leave a note on it. Otherwise, you can put it inside your new, county-issued garbage cart the week of Sept. 30. Or take it to any of the county's community collection centers. As part of automated collection service starting this month, all county residential garbage customers are getting standardized garbage cans.

Family tied up, robbed by at least two men, deputies say

Authorities were searching for at least two men who tied up and robbed a Riverview family late Thursday night. Christina Weber, 34, woke just after 10 p.m. to see a man hovering over her bed at 11200 Tucker Road, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said. The man covered Weber's head, tied her up with rope and dragged her into the living room. One of the men then pulled a 13-year-old boy out of the room where he was sleeping, bound him with rope and brought him into the living room as well. Deputies said Weber and the boy were held for nearly two hours while the men waited for Charles J. Sanders, 60, to return home. When Sanders walked in the men struck him on the head, tied him up and ransacked the house before taking off in Sanders' silver 2002 Chevy Astro van, deputies said. Inside the house, one of the family members broke loose and called for help just after midnight Friday. Sanders was treated for cuts on his head, but Weber and the boy weren't injured. Deputies were still looking Friday for the two or three men involved in the robbery.

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Teen, 16, walks into path of motorcycle while crossing Ulmerton Road

Teen, 16, walks into path of motorcycle while crossing Ulmerton Road

PINELLAS PARK — A 16-year-old was injured Thursday morning after being struck by a motorcycle on Ulmerton Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place at about 6 a.m. Austin Montgomery, 23, was riding his 2011 Suzuki motorcycle ...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
Here’s your first look at what will be Riverwalk Place, Tampa’s tallest tower

Here’s your first look at what will be Riverwalk Place, Tampa’s tallest tower

TAMPA — Developers on Thursday detailed plans for what they touted as the tallest building on Florida’s west coast, with condominiums priced in six and seven figures and a shimmering glass design they say would stand out in the skylines of New York, ...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Wells Fargo said to be target of $1 billion fine

Wells Fargo said to be target of $1 billion fine

Federal regulators are poised to impose a $1 billion penalty on Wells Fargo for a number of alleged misdeeds, including forcing customers to buy auto insurance policies that they didn’t need, according to people briefed on the regulatory action. The ...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Castor ends speculation: She’s running to be Tampa’s next mayor

Castor ends speculation: She’s running to be Tampa’s next mayor

TAMPA — For months, Tampa political aficionados have speculated: Will she or won’t she?Does Jane Castor, the city’s first woman police chief and presumed heavyweight mayoral candidate, really want the job? Asked and answered. Castor filed paperwork T...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Hernando County commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

Hernando County commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson, 71, was arrested Thursday by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on multiple prostitution-related charges.Nicholson was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on one count of opera...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

LARGO — Detectives are asking the public’s help in identifying a man who broke into a home and confronted the owners with a knife.According to Largo police, the man entered about 3:40 a.m. a townhouse at 7360 Ulmerton Road holding a large black knife...
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Retiring Tampa cop’s son pleads guilty to hazing in death of FSU student

Retiring Tampa cop’s son pleads guilty to hazing in death of FSU student

TAMPA — A Leon County judge sentenced the son of former Tampa Assistant Police Chief Marc Hamlin on Monday to 60 days in jail for a role in the November hazing death of a 20-year-old Florida State University student. Christopher Hamlin, 20, was one o...
Updated: 1 hour ago

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Marriott Edition to bring five-star hotel ambitions to Water Street Tampa

Marriott Edition to bring five-star hotel ambitions to Water Street Tampa

TAMPA — At the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City, hotelier Ian Schrager transformed a Jazz Age building with its own rich history into a destination offering even more heady experiences — extravagant, edgy and bohemian.In Tampa, Schrager will have...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

The Bucs' 2018 schedule won't be officially released until 8 p.m. with the rest of the league, but the Times has obtained a copy of the schedule, which shows a challenging start for Tampa Bay.The Bucs open with three division champions back-to-back &...
Updated: 2 hours ago