Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Long-stolen Gauguin painting recovered

Long-stolen artwork recovered

Paintings by French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard that had been missing for four decades have been recovered by Italian authorities who said that the works of art were hanging in the kitchen of a retired Sicilian autoworker who was unaware of their value. Though the autoworker paid little for the paintings, they are both highly prized. The Gauguin is believed to be worth $14 million to $41 million. Officials in Italy held an unveiling ceremony Wednesday in Rome for the two paintings: Gauguin's Fruits sur une Table ou Nature au Petit Chien, or Fruit on a Table or Still Life With a Puppy, and Bonnard's La Femme aux Deux Fauteuils, or Woman on Two Armchairs. The paintings are believed to have been stolen from the London home of a collector in 1970, according to reports. They were abandoned on a train and eventually ended up at an auction in Italy where a factory worker for Fiat purchased them in 1975 for just $30. The Bonnard has an estimated value of about $827,000. After hanging them in his home in Turin, the autoworker took them with him to Sicily upon retirement. He notified authorities of the paintings after a relative saw similarities with another Gauguin. The name of the retired autoworker has not been made public. It remains unclear what will happen to the paintings. The owner from whom they were stolen was reportedly Terence Kennedy, the widower of a daughter of one of the founders of Marks & Spencer, the British retailer.

Crews make way to nuke waste dump

Officials say crews have made their first trip into the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump since a release of radiation in February contaminated 21 workers. The U.S. Department of Energy says two crews of eight made the initial descent into the half-mile deep Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad in southeastern New Mexico, and no radiation was detected. The agency called the entries a critical first step toward figuring out what caused the leak. But they say more expanded trips will be needed to continue the inquiry and assess the extent of damage.

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Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant.

Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant.

Two Gilchrist County sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed at a restaurant about 3 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.The deputies were at Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton when a man shot them through the rest...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

ST. PETERSBURG — Beef jerky, mayonnaise and Altoids mints were the only edible things in view inside one of the houses. There was no running water. The refrigerator was empty. A bed sat on top of the deteriorating living room floor. Cigarette butts b...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

LARGO — Detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who broke into a home early Thursday morning and confronted the owners with a knife.The incident took place about 3:40 a.m. at a townhouse at 7360 Ulmerton Road, according to Largo...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275 in St. Petersburg

FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275 in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A distracted driver from Pinellas Park walked away unscathed after his car plunged 50 feet off Interstate 275.Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevrolet Camaro along Interstate 275 around 11:10 a.m. when h...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Deputies: Man broke into house, set it on fire and stole their dog

Deputies: Man broke into house, set it on fire and stole their dog

SEMINOLE — A Seminole man was arrested on allegations that he burglarized a home, set it on fire and stole the homeowner’s dog, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Austin Lang, 19, now faces numerous charges of burglary, arson and poss...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: 15-year-old threatened attack on River Ridge High School

Deputies: 15-year-old threatened attack on River Ridge High School

NEW PORT RICHEY—A 15-year-old student was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he threatened to stage a shooting attack on River Ridge High School, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.The student attended Schwettman Education Center, dep...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: 19-month-old child hospitalized after being found in pond

Deputies: 19-month-old child hospitalized after being found in pond

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 19-month-old child was taken to the hospital Thursday after being found in a pond, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies were called at 12:31 p.m. to the 4700 block of Crestknoll Drive.An adult was watching the c...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Free rides on PSTA and HART buses to celebrate Earth Day

Free rides on PSTA and HART buses to celebrate Earth Day

Those who use mass transit across the Tampa Bay area can ride for free on Sunday.To celebrate Earth Day, both the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) will be offering free rides on Su...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Shaquem Griffin: ‘Lightning is going to win the Stanley Cup’

Shaquem Griffin: ‘Lightning is going to win the Stanley Cup’

Former UCF and Lakewood High standout Shaquem Griffin understandably has been focused on the NFL draft next week in Arlington, Tex., where he is projected as a potential second-day pick.But the Lightning's playoff run  hasn't escaped his attenti...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Teen, 16, walks into path of motorcycle while crossing Ulmerton Road

Teen, 16, walks into path of motorcycle while crossing Ulmerton Road

PINELLAS PARK — A 16-year-old was injured Thursday morning after being struck by a motorcycle on Ulmerton Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place at about 6 a.m. Austin Montgomery, 23, was riding his 2011 Suzuki motorcycle ...
Updated: 2 hours ago