Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Around the bay

Tampa police union endorses Dick Greco for mayor


police fear missing man is in danger

A 34-year-old man who has been missing since Tuesday night after going to pick up food for his wife may be in danger, police said. Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating him and his car. Emilio J. Martinez-Rodriguez left his home at 2125 W Dallas Ave. about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said he may have returned home, but didn't make it inside. Police think he is in danger, but did not say why. He is 6 feet tall with an olive complexion, short brown hair, brown eyes and a goatee. He has tattoos of a cross on his lower back, a heart with tribal designs on the back of his left shoulder and Japanese characters on his right biceps. He was driving a 2007, four-door, gray Toyota with tinted windows, police said. The Tampa Bay Bucs license plate has tag number B2AKC, and there is damage to the front passenger door. Call Tampa police at (813) 231-6130.


Two charged with attempted murder

Hillsborough County deputies arrested two men and charged them with attempted murder after a shooting at an apartment complex Wednesday. Donald Bass and Bobby Holmes, both 20 and of Tampa, were charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and armed burglary of a conveyance. Just before 11 p.m., two suspects with guns approached a man checking his mail at the Bay Pointe Colony apartments on Seaford Circle, off Skipper Road, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. The man told the gunmen he didn't have any money but they could take his car, deputies said. After finding nothing of value in the car, one of the assailants fired shots in the victim's direction, striking him in the right arm. Deputies said they found Bass and Holmes, who fit descriptions of the assailants, in a neighboring apartment complex. The wounded man was taken to Tampa General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said.


Fire burns through roof of house

Flames tore through the roof and destroyed a one-story home in north Hillsborough County on Thursday, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the fire at 16009 Pennington Place. Firefighters responded to the call at 1:40 p.m. and were quickly ordered to evacuate the house because it was unsafe. It didn't appear anyone was home at the time of the fire, officials said.


Lawyer appointed to county court

Lawyer Herbert M. Berko­witz of Temple Terrace has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to fill a Hillsborough County Court vacancy. Berkowitz, 63, has been in private practice since 1980. From 1973 to 1980, he was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and an assistant U.S. attorney. He received his bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, the Governor's Office said. Berkowitz will fill a county court vacancy created by the appointment of Cheryl K. Thomas to the Circuit Court bench.

Tampa police union endorses Dick Greco for mayor 12/16/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 16, 2010 11:46pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. 24-year-old man charged with murder in shooting at Andrea Cove Motel

    LARGO — Pinellas sheriff's officers arrested a 24-year-old transient man Saturday in connection with a homicide at the Andrea Cove Motel in unincorporated Largo.

  2. Photo gallery: Calvary Christian rolls to state title


    View a gallery of images from Calvary Christian's defeat of Pensacola Catholic 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers for the Class 4A title.

    Calvary Christian players circle up on the field before the FHSAA class 4A baseball championship against Pensacola Catholic on Friday May 27, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Calvary scored 6 runs in the first inning, and had 7 hits.
  3. Two girls found safe after being reported missing in New Port Richey

    UPDATE: Both girls were found safe Saturday night, police said.

  4. IT failure blamed for British Airways cancellations (w/video)


    LONDON — British Airways canceled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday as a global IT failure upended the travel plans of tens of thousands of people on a busy U.K. holiday weekend.

    Passengers wait at a British Airways check-in desk after the airport suffered an IT systems failure Saturday at London''s Gatwick Airport. [Associated Press]
  5. Calvary Christian routs Pensacola Catholic to win state baseball title


    FORT MYERS — Calvary Christian left no doubt as to which baseball team in Class 4A was the best in Florida this season. The Warriors defeated Pensacola Catholic 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Hammond Stadium to claim the school's first state championship in any team sport. It also solidified a 30-0 season. …

    Matheu Nelson celebrates after scoring on a wild pitch during the first inning, when Calvary Christian took a 6-0 lead.