Friday, June 22, 2018
News Roundup

Tampa wants residents, businesses to participate in video project

Tampa wants residents, businesses to participate in video project

Tampa leaders are asking residents and businesses for videos that show what's special about their neighborhoods and offer ideas to improve the community. Officials plan to use the "What's Your Vision?" videos as part of the city's InvisionTampa project to write a master plan for an area that includes downtown, Ybor City, an area west to Armenia Avenue and the Nebraska Avenue corridor up to Hillsborough Avenue. Prizes, including lunch with Mayor Bob Buckhorn, will be awarded for the videos with the most views. Instructions and sample videos can be found at Facebook.com/InVisionTampa. The contest ends July 30.

Police say man shot self in chest

Charles E. Pitts stumbled into a St. Petersburg sushi bar late Thursday with bullet wounds to his chest. Police said he had accidentally shot himself. Before the shooting, Pitts, 28, had been at Hiro's Tokyo Steakhouse and Sushi Bar at the Mainstream Station shopping complex on Fourth Street N. Pitts left and then returned "with bullet holes in his chest," witnesses said. Patrons said they saw a gun in Pitts' waistband when paramedics took him to the hospital. Police determined that the shooting was accidental after reviewing surveillance video and interviewing witnesses. Pitts is expected to live.

Firefighters to cook up spaghetti

Tampa firefighters will make spaghetti dinners for families today at Club Tampa Palms. The free event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the club, 16402 Tampa Palms Blvd. Firefighters will prepare the food, while law enforcement personnel serve guests. The outreach is meant to increase support for Amendment 9, which would exempt a widow or widower of a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty from paying property taxes. Families do not need to sign up for the event, said Tampa Fire Rescue spokeswoman Debra Sue Warshefski.

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