Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Uptick in Marine suicides; Madeira Beach cop-related shooting; Mississippi flooding continues; Zillow report on Tampa Bay homes; Bucs Quarterback report

A 29-year-old former Marine corporal slipped out of his parents' house while they were asleep three weeks ago and drove to his favorite fishing lake in the Rockies. Under the bright mountain stars, Tyler Schlagel kindled a small campfire. When the flames grew high, he threw his military journals into the fire, then shot himself in the head. Schlagel's death Dec. 9 was the 14th suicide in his military unit since the group returned from a bloody tour in Afghanistan in 2008.

A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputy shot a man who tried to grab the deputy's gun during a traffic stop near John's Pass early Wednesday. Near the intersection of Gulf Boulevard and 129th Avenue W, police stopped a woman suspected of driving under the influence. Passenger Dylan Tompkins-Holmes, 26, caused a disturbance and was handcuffed. He then grabbed for Deputy Tim Virden's gun. In the struggle, Virden shot Tompkins-Holmes in the leg and stomach.

Federal officials were monitoring 19 vulnerable levees on the rising Mississippi River and its tributaries, warning that hundreds of homes in Illinois and Missouri could be threatened by a rare winter flood that already forced the partial closure of interstate highways and widespread evacuations.

A new report from Zillow shows the value of all of the homes in Tampa Bay combined is $232 billion, which is more than the Gross Domestic Product of some small countries and is a higher value than other big cities like Orlando and Las Vegas. But it's also less than a third of the value of Apple. See how else the number compares.

Weird things happen everywhere there are human beings, of course, but more weirdness happens in the Sunshine State and it tends to be weirder. For proof that this is a fact, look no further than a few of the stories that happened here in 2105: stories with headlines like "Deerfield Reptile Store Owner Hits People With Pet Dragon"and "Alleged FIU Foot Sniffer Arrested."

Questions are swirling around Marcus Mariota's future. And they have nothing to do with his right knee. In other QB news: if Jameis Winston throws for 283 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, he will be the first rookie in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in a single season.

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A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

Subtropical Storm Alberto continued its trek north-northeast overnight and is expected to make landfall in the northern Gulf Coast late Monday.The storm was about 85 miles north of the Dry Tortugas as of Sunday morning, producing winds up to 40 mph a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

What in the name of the 0-26 Bucs is going on here?The breathtaking Vegas Golden Knights are the greatest expansion team in professional sports history. They are the best (or worst) thing to ever happen to our games, having won 51 times during the re...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

THE BASEBALL LABORATORY IN ST. PETERSBURG — Up is down. Down is up. Hello is goodbye. Goodbye is hello. A reliever is a starter. A starter is a reliever.These are your 2018 Tampa Bay Rays.You never know what's going to happen. And just when you...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have had to get creative in how they start games. Now, after Friday's trade of closer Alex Colome, they might have to get creative in how they finish them.How they handle the ninth inning going forward will be a fluid ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who was trying to resurrect his career with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, said Saturday that he is retiring from football.Freeman, 30, was a first-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2009 and was their starting ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

RIVERVIEW — A Riverview woman shot and killed her husband Saturday because he punched her father and wouldn’t say sorry, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said. Sabrina Michelle Hendley, 40, faces a first-degree murder charge in th...
Published: 05/26/18
Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Interesting decision by the Rays to start RH reliever Ryne Stanek on Saturday. The Orioles' Nos. 1 through 5 hitters were righties, and Stanek came in allowing a 1.228 OPS against righties and a .592 OPS against lefties. It ended up working.How ...
Published: 05/26/18
Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

WEEKI WACHEE — A woman who runs an animal sanctuary will face dozens of animal cruelty charges after Hernando County animal enforcement officers said they found dogs, equine, pigs, cats and chickens housed in poor conditions on her property.Animal of...
Published: 05/26/18

Police investigating shooting outside nightclub

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside a south St. Petersburg nightclub early Saturday morning.Brennan-Aire D. Williams, 28, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving by cab at Bayfront Health. Police invest...
Published: 05/26/18

Woman dies in Plant City after SUV flips off road

PLANT CITY — A Seffner woman died Saturday from injuries sustained when her sports utility vehicle flipped off the road and crashed into a fence near the intersection of Tanner Road and State Road 574.Amanda K. Cepeda-Duque, 21, was traveling west on...
Published: 05/26/18