Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

Woman who trespassed on MacDill Air Force Base pleads guilty, is sentenced

MacDill Trespasser sentenced

The homeless woman accused of sneaking onto MacDill Air Force Base four times since 2012 has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to her serial trespassing. Suzanne M. Jensen, 51, was sentenced to serve six months and three days for illegally entering the base. She has been jailed since her arrest, so Jensen was released Feb. 4, four days after she pleaded guilty. Prosecutors had previously said they thought Jensen was mentally ill. Her mother says Jensen may believe she is a secret agent working for the military. Jensen has trespassed at several other military installations and once spent a weekend camping in a California congressman's Washington, D.C., office.

State Fair's new Wi-Fi comes with few glitches

Interference in the Florida State Fair's Wi-Fi system caused armbands' barcodes to stop scanning correctly Sunday. Ride operators were told to let people wearing the armbands onto rides without scanning them, said Chuck Pesano, executive director of the Florida State Fair Authority. Cisco provides the Wi-Fi equipment for the fair, and its engineers were working Monday to correct the problem. Officials expected some glitches when switching from the old ticketing system to the FunCards and scanned armbands, Pesano said. The system could not be fully tested until all of the rides were set up because the attractions and lights can create interference. Sunday was an especially busy day, Pesano said, which added to the interference and slowed down the Wi-Fi. The problem affected about 10 to 15 percent of the rides at the fair.

District close to settling campaign firing suit

The Hillsborough County School District is close to settling the federal lawsuit filed by a maintenance worker who was fired for a campaign-related activity. The district said George Olmo violated one of its policies in early 2012 when he gave Leto High School cafeteria workers petitions to re-elect School Board member Susan Valdes. Olmo contends the firing was politically motivated, as Valdes is a well-known critic of superintendent MaryEllen Elia. The lawsuit, which accuses the district of unlawful termination, says Olmo didn't violate the policy because the campaign season hadn't started.

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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: 5 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

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Updated: 6 hours ago

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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...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bay’s local career centers

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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, ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

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 ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
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...
Updated: 9 hours ago
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...
Updated: 9 hours ago
That noise you hear from MacDill is low-flying A-10 Warthogs in training

That noise you hear from MacDill is low-flying A-10 Warthogs in training

TAMPA — If you hear loud noises coming from MacDill Air Force Base over the next few days, don’t be alarmed.It’s the sound of flying hogs.A squadron of A-10C Warthogs, beloved by troops in the field for their ability to swoop low and slow and tear ap...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Autopsy: drugs found in MLB star Roy Halladay’s system after plane crash

Autopsy: drugs found in MLB star Roy Halladay’s system after plane crash

When former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a plane crash in November, he had amphetamines, morphine and the sleep aid zolpidem in his system, according to an autopsy report.Halladay, 40, died from blunt force trauma with drowning ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
USF leaders move to calm fears over consolidation plan

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Updated: 9 hours ago