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  1. Hillsborough firefighter wanted as Outlaw gang member turns self in

    Crime

    A Hillsborough County firefighter wanted in connection to a Key West bar fight involving Outlaw Motorcycle Gang members turned himself in Monday in Monroe County.

    Hillsborough County firefighter Clinton Neal Walker, 33, of Bradenton, was arrested Monday in Tavernier on a misdemeanor battery charge. [Monroe County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Clearwater church vandalized with swastikas, Trump campaign slogan

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — A church was vandalized with swastikas and hate speech alluding to President-elect Donald Trump's campaign, according to police.

    This hate speech written in sidewalk chalk appeared sometime between 11:30 a.m. Dec. 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Iglesia El Sembrador Wesleyano Church at 300 S Hillcrest Ave., according to Clearwater police. [KATHRYN VARN | Times staff]
  3. Driving while drowsy significantly increases crash risks, AAA study shows

    Public Safety

    Getting a good night's sleep has long been cited as an important factor in our overall health and productivity. But how does it impact our driving?

    Traffic is seen along Interstate 4 in the Champions Gate area near Orlando. The 132-mile road, which stretches from Tampa to Daytona Beach, tops the list  of most dangerous highways since 2010, according to an analysis by EverQuote.   [CHRIS URSO | Times]
  4. Motorcyclist, 19, killed in St. Petersburg crash

    Accidents

    A 19-year-old St. Petersburg motorcyclist was killed Monday night when the driver of another vehicle turned into his path, according to St. Petersburg Police.

  5. Valrico man killed in crash with semi while driving tractor

    Accidents

    WIMAUMA

    A Valrico man was killed Monday when he was struck by a semitrailer truck while riding his farm tractor.

  6. Pulse owner decides not to sell club to city of Orlando

    Public Safety

    ORLANDO — The owner of the nightclub where the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place said Monday that she is no longer interested in selling the property to the city of Orlando.

    The city of Orlando had planned to purchase the site of the Pulse nightclub and create a memorial to the victims. 
  7. Hillsborough Fire Rescue: Spontaneous combustion likely sparked large scrap metal fire near Port Tampa Bay

    Fire

    TAMPA — A large fire at a recycling plant near the Port Tampa Bay on Friday night began after chemicals clinging to pieces of scrap metal spontaneously combusted, according to investigators.

  8. Man dies in three-vehicle crash on I-75 in Pasco County

    Accidents

    A 66-year-old man was killed Monday morning following a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 in Pasco County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  9. Cortnee Brantley released from federal prison, now faces state charges

    Courts

    TAMPA — Cortnee Brantley has served her time for a federal charge related to a 2010 shooting that killed two Tampa police officers, but her legal troubles aren't over.

    Cortnee Nicole Brantley served time for a crime that arose from the slaying of two Tampa police officers. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  10. Judge: Prosecutors can use Bill Cosby's deposition at trial

    Criminal

    PHILADELPHIA — Damaging testimony that Bill Cosby gave in an accuser's lawsuit, including admissions that he gave young women drugs and alcohol before sex, can be used at his sex assault trial, a judge ruled Monday.

    Damaging testimony that Bill Cosby, shown here Nov. 1 after a hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., gave in an accuser's lawsuit, including admissions that he gave young women drugs and alcohol before sex, can be used at his sex assault trial, a judge ruled Monday. Cosby, 79, acknowledged in the 2006 deposition that he had a string of extramarital relationships. He called them consensual, but many of the women say they were drugged and molested. The release of the deposition testimony last year prompted prosecutors to reopen Constand's 2005 police complaint. [Associated Press]
  11. Pulse owner no longer wants to sell Orlando nightclub targeted by mass shooting

    Crime

    ORLANDO — The owner of the nightclub where the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place says she's no longer interested in selling the property to the city of Orlando.

    Law enforcement responds to the Pulse nightclub after the June 12 attack that left 49 dead and 53 wounded. According to one deputy's report, it was difficult to locate survivors among the victims inside the building because of the amount of blood on the floor.  [Getty Images]
  12. Mourning, memorials amid probe into fatal Oakland warehouse fire (w/video)

    Fire

    OAKLAND, Calif. — As investigators searched for signs of a crime in the fire that killed at least 33 in an Oakland warehouse during a late-night dance party, survivors and teary-eyed friends of those who perished viewed the charred building from a distance, placed flowers on several small memorials and embraced …

    Mourners embrace near the site of a warehouse fire Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. The death toll from a fire that tore through a warehouse hosting a late-night dance party climbed on Sunday as firefighters painstakingly combed through rubble for others believed to still be missing. [Associated Press]
  13. Police seek driver who fled after plowing into auto service building in Tampa

    Accidents

    A vehicle exiting from Interstate 275 onto Sligh Avenue slammed into a building early Monday morning, according to Tampa Police.

  14. Pedestrian killed while crossing E Hillsborough Avenue in Seminole Heights

    Accidents

    A pedestrian was killed early Monday morning after she was struck by a car at E Hillsborough and N Nebraska avenues in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa.

  15. Clearwater police: Man fatally shot during domestic dispute

    Crime

    A man was fatally shot during a domestic disturbance shortly after noon Sunday in Clearwater, police said.