Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Talk of the bay

Talk of the bay: Two missing teens found in Montana

WIL VRAGOVIC   |   Times

WIL VRAGOVIC | Times

Two missing teens found in Montana

Two Alonso High School students who were reported missing on May 27 have been found in Montana, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. Ronnie Sousa Jr., 16, and Ivy Warhul, 14, were last seen after Sousa left home in the early morning that day and drove to Sarasota County to pick up his girlfriend, according to the Sheriff's Office. Authorities got several reports of sightings of the teens, who are both from north Tampa, before they were located. The case remains under investigation and other details about the teens' disappearance were unclear Wednesday.

I-75/Overpass Road interchange okayed

Pasco County officials have won federal approval to add a new interchange at Interstate 75 and Overpass Road. The project, estimated at $55 million, is the first step in a larger effort to expand Overpass Road east toward U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills. It still requires multiple environmental and engineering studies and state approvals. Funding would come from state and local sources, including local sales tax revenue known as Penny for Pasco. Officials have eyed the interchange for more than 10 years as a way to relieve morning and afternoon congestion on State Roads 52, 54 and 56.

Meetings demystify Florida Standards

Everyone, it seems, is asking questions about Florida Standards, the state's adaptation of the Common Core education standards. To answer them, and to counter some of the election-season hype, Hills­borough school superintendent MaryEllen Elia has hosted a series of parent meetings and will continue to do so throughout the summer. The next one will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the South Shore campus of Hillsborough Community College in Ruskin, second floor community conference room. Other meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. July 23 at the ROSSAC auditorium, 901 E Kennedy Blvd.; 7 p.m. July 30 at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 108 S Warnell St., Plant City; and 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at College Hill Church of God in Christ, 6414 N 30th St., Tampa.

Archer, WTSP pitch in for donation

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer teamed up this week with the Rays, Massachusetts-based nonprofit Good Sports and WTSP-Ch. 10 to donate $29,000 of sports equipment to Tampa's Parks and Recreation Department. The donation included baseball and softball bats, helmets, floor hockey sets, footballs, soccer balls and folding goals. The new gear will be used throughout the city. Archer made the contribution Tuesday at the city's Springhill Park Community Center, where he also played a game of Wiffle Ball with kids at the center.

Correction

Michael McPheron, husband of the late St. Petersburg High School International Baccalaureate coordinator Linda McPheron, died in 1999. A story Wednesday gave an incorrect year.

Talk of the bay: Two missing teens found in Montana 07/09/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 9:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Romano: C'mon Rick Baker, tell us how you really feel about Trump

    Local Government

    A brief timeline of presidential politics in St. Petersburg:

    Rick Baker, center,  waves to drivers while holding a sign that reads "Thank You" along with his family and supporters.
  2. In St. Petersburg mayor's race, Rick vs. Rick is also Rays vs. Rowdies

    Local

    ST. PETERSBURG — Maybe before the NFL's national anthem uproar you assumed professional sports were apolitical endeavors. You'd be dead wrong in the case of St. Petersburg's mayoral race.

    Rep. Janet Cruz D-Tampa, left, Rafaela Amador, Tampa Bay Rays Senior Director of Public Relations, center, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman talk with reporters during a press conference at Signature Flight Support in Tampa after returning from Ponce, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 11. (WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times)
  3. What we've learned from the Bucs' and Bills' playoff droughts

    Bucs

    Is it possible for the Buccaneers and Bills to be any farther off the NFL's radar? You get the feeling schedule-makers didn't think twice about putting this one down for 1 p.m. Sunday — the let's-hope-no-one-notices time slot.

    [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  4. Motorcycle driver killed after hitting turning car on Keene Road in Largo

    Accidents

    A motorcycle driver was killed Friday evening when he struck a turning car, Largo police said.

  5. Drive-by shooting near Robles Park injures four people standing outside in crowd

    Crime

    TAMPA — Four people standing in a crowd were hit by bullets during a drive-by shooting near Robles Park in Tampa late Friday, Tampa police said.