Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

Thanksgiving closings

The following will be closed Thursday, unless otherwise noted.

Government and courts

Federal, state, county offices and courts are closed.

Buses and streetcars

HART and HARTplus will operate on a Sunday schedule, and the TECO Line Streetcar System will be closed.

Malls, attractions, museums

International Plaza, WestShore Plaza, Westfield Citrus Park, Westfield Brandon and University Mall will be closed. Department store and restaurant hours may vary.

The Tampa Museum of Art will be closed.

The Florida Aquarium will be closed.

Busch Gardens will be open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lowry Park Zoo will be closed.

Garbage collection

The city of Tampa, the city of Temple Terrace and the Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management Department will not have garbage collection or recycling pickup.

Utilities

Tampa Electric and People's Gas offices will be closed.

Post offices and mail delivery

All post offices will be closed; no mail delivery.

Schools

Hillsborough County public schools are closed.

Hillsborough Community College, the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa are closed.

Libraries and banks

All public libraries and most banks closed.

Recreation

City recreation centers and parks will be closed. County recreation centers and most parks will be closed. Alderman's Ford Regional Park in Lithia, Edward Medard Regional Park in Plant City, and Flatwoods, Morris Bridge and Trout Creek in Thonotosassa will be open.

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DUNEDIN — A 60-year-old Clearwater man who likely had a medical episode while driving is now in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after rolling over his car, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.A Largo police officer noticed a...
Updated: 10 minutes ago

Motorcyclist crashes into Subaru while trying to flee Pinellas deputies

CLEARWATER — A 21-year-old fleeing from deputies on a motorcycle crashed into car while speeding away from a cruiser Friday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.Michael Brown, of Clearwater, was recklessly driving his 2016 Yamaha motorc...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

Florida’s dip into frigid temperatures did more than just stun humans unused to such cold air. This month scientists and volunteers have rescued more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.The U.S. Geological S...
Published: 01/20/18
U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

WASHINGTON — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunctio...
Updated: 10 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

Friday’s scoreboardBoys soccerIndian Rocks Christian 2, Lakewood 1Lennard 3, Spoto 0Girls soccerPCAC Championship: Largo 3, Osceola 1Lennard 8, Spoto 0
Published: 01/19/18

Four people linked to Tampa carjacking captured hours later

TAMPA — It took officers just 27 minutes Friday night to capture four people who they said stole a car from its owner.The incident started outside the Ybor Coffee Shop at 5:45 a.m. A group approached the driver as he sat in his 2010 Toyota Corolla. T...
Published: 01/19/18
Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bay’s local career centers

Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bay’s local career centers

The state has opened an investigation into CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, days after the Tampa Bay Times asked about whether the two regional job centers were inflating the number of people they had helped get hired. The agencies, ...
Published: 01/19/18

Florida National Guard soldier killed, five injured in Sebring crash

SEBRING — A soldier with the Florida National Guard was killed and five others were hospitalized after a multi-vehicle crash on Friday, officials said.The crash took place at about 1 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Hammock Road.The soldiers ...
Published: 01/19/18
Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

NEW PORT RICHEY — Two New Port Richey men face charges after Pasco County deputies say they stole about $11,000 worth of cellphones and cellphone equipment at a Metro PCS store on State Road 54.Robert Jackson and Ronald Hartshorn were arrested Wednes...
Published: 01/19/18
U.S. Attorney: Tampa woman uses soul food restaurant as part of scheme to steals thousands

U.S. Attorney: Tampa woman uses soul food restaurant as part of scheme to steals thousands

TAMPA — The owner of a soul and seafood restaurant is facing more than 10 years in federal prison for filing dozens of false tax returns and stealing thousands of dollars, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Natalie Rene Panko, 57, owner of Ladie...
Published: 01/19/18