Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Public safety

He fled Cuba, but the life he made in Tampa ended at the end of a machete blade

He fled Cuba, but the life he made in Tampa ended at the end of a machete blade

TAMPA — Eddie Quezada fled Cuba to the United States for a better life.Years later, Quezada told neighbors he made the journey as part of the Mariel boatlift, the mass emigration in 1980. He made a living as custodian, first in Texas and then in Tamp...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/17/18

Dr. Delay: Pinellas Trail bridge to reopen in late fall

When will (the Pinellas Trail Bridge across Alt 19 North of Curlew road) be repaired and reopened? -AJ NicholsThe bridge, which was closed last fall, should be reopened by late fall. The $2 million contract was awarded to GLF Construction earlier thi...
Published: 09/17/18
I-275 reopened after closure of northbound lanes in Tampa

I-275 reopened after closure of northbound lanes in Tampa

TAMPA— All northbound lanes of Interstate 275 have been reopened after a crash involving multiple vehicles temporarily stopped traffic, Tampa police said. The crash did not result in any major injuries, a spokeswoman said. All northbound lanes were c...
Published: 09/17/18
Police: Drunk St. Petersburg woman flips SUV after fleeing traffic stop

Police: Drunk St. Petersburg woman flips SUV after fleeing traffic stop

ST. PETERSBURG -- A St. Petersburg woman faces her fourth DUI charge after police say she crashed while fleeing a traffic stop Sunday night, leaving a female passenger with life-threatening injuries.According to police, officers attempted to conduct ...
Published: 09/17/18
Deputies: Lutz woman covered kennelled dogs with gasoline during arson

Deputies: Lutz woman covered kennelled dogs with gasoline during arson

LUTZ — A 40-year-old woman arrested in connection with arson charges last month now faces an additional charge of animal cruelty after deputies say she doused two kenneled dogs with gasoline while setting her home on fire, leaving them severely burne...
Published: 09/17/18
Deputies: Zephyrhills man gave meth to 17-year-old girl, forced her into sex

Deputies: Zephyrhills man gave meth to 17-year-old girl, forced her into sex

ZEPHYRHILLS — A 46-year-old Zephyrhills man was arrested Saturday after deputies said he gave a 17-year-old girl methamphetamine and then forced her to have sex with him.Gary George Elder faces charges of sexual battery and contributing to the delinq...
Published: 09/17/18
Crash involving patrol vehicle, car fire cause backup on Sunshine Skyway

Crash involving patrol vehicle, car fire cause backup on Sunshine Skyway

A crash involving a patrol car and a vehicle fire caused traffic to move slowly across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge early Monday morning.According to the Florida Highway Patrol’s live traffic map, the crash involving a patrol car was blocking the insid...
Published: 09/17/18
Land O'Lakes woman fatally struck while crossing State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel

Land O'Lakes woman fatally struck while crossing State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel

A Land O'Lakes woman was killed Sunday night when when she was struck by two vehicles in Wesley Chapel.According to the Florida Highway Patrol,46-year-old Tricia Anne O'Brien attempted to cross State Road 54, west of Wesley Chapel Boulevard, when she...
Published: 09/17/18
Deputies: Gambling business manager shoots and kills nephew, who was called to calm him down

Deputies: Gambling business manager shoots and kills nephew, who was called to calm him down

SPRING HILL — A manager at a gambling establishment shot and killed his nephew Saturday after a co-worker called the victim to calm his uncle down, Hernando deputies reported.Authorities arrested Roger Vazquez, 56 of Spring Hill, on homicide and assa...
Published: 09/15/18
Updated: 09/16/18
St. Petersburg motorcyclist, 30, dies after crash, police report

St. Petersburg motorcyclist, 30, dies after crash, police report

ST. PETERSBURG — A motorcyclist died after crashing into a truck on Park Street N on Saturday night, police reported.About 5:25 p.m., Michael Aaron Baker, 30, was riding a 2018 Yamaha northbound on the road, according to the St. Petersburg Police Dep...
Published: 09/16/18