Thursday, August 16, 2018
Public safety

FHP: Fog reduces visibility on Sunshine Skyway Bridge

ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Highway Patrol urged drivers to use caution late Thursday as heavy fog has reduced visibility between 300 feet and 700 feet on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

To ensure safe travel, the FHP urged motorists to drive with their headlights on the low beam and reduce distractions.

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Missing child alert cancelled for Pasco County children

A Florida Missing Child Alert that was issued for three Dade City children who went missing Wednesday night has been cancelled, according to Dade City Police.The cancellation was announced Thursday around noon.It was originally believed the children,...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Federal grand jury indicts ex-Pasco schools bus manager on child porn, enticement charges

Federal grand jury indicts ex-Pasco schools bus manager on child porn, enticement charges

A federal grand jury has indicted a former Pasco County Schools transportation manager on child enticement, production of child pornography and other charges, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.William Matthew Napolitano, 35, of New Port Ri...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Pedestrian fatally struck by car in Tampa

Pedestrian fatally struck by car in Tampa

A pedestrian was killed in Tampa late Wednesday night.According to police, 47-year-old Melvin Allen was walking westbound on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of E Hillsborough Avenue around 11 p.m.. when he stepped onto the road, police say.He was stru...
Updated: 3 hours ago
‘It is taking people out’: More than 70 people overdose on K2 in a single day in New Haven

‘It is taking people out’: More than 70 people overdose on K2 in a single day in New Haven

Hour after hour, people kept dropping. Sirens blared throughout the afternoon. There were so many overdoses - people passed out, vomiting, convulsing - that emergency workers could hardly sprint fast enough to keep up."Even while we were trying to re...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Why does Tampa’s police station smell so much like weed?

Why does Tampa’s police station smell so much like weed?

TAMPA — For the uninitiated, the pungent odor that sometimes hangs in the lobby of the Tampa Police Department headquarters likely goes unidentified.For those with experienced noses, however, the skunky aroma at One Police Center has an unmistakable ...
Published: 08/16/18
Stand your ground shooter has three-lawyer team

Stand your ground shooter has three-lawyer team

LARGO — Three lawyers have signed on to represent Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in what authorities initially deemed a stand your ground shooting.Whether Lysa Clifton, John Trevena and Bryant Camareno will use that de...
Updated: 4 hours ago
One dead, several wounded when Pasco drug deal turns into gunfight

One dead, several wounded when Pasco drug deal turns into gunfight

HUDSON — A drug deal gone bad Wednesday night turned into a gunfight that left one dead, multiple people wounded and led to a car crashing into an apartment, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Multiple shooters were involved in the incide...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Hillsborough to regulate massage parlors in crackdown on prostitution

Hillsborough to regulate massage parlors in crackdown on prostitution

TAMPA — Hillsborough County has followed the city of Tampa in cracking down on illicit services like prostitution by moving to regulate massage parlors and bathhouses.County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt a law restricting the ope...
Published: 08/15/18
Former boxing champion Antonio Tarver accused of punching girlfriend’s son over Waffle House bill

Former boxing champion Antonio Tarver accused of punching girlfriend’s son over Waffle House bill

LAND O’LAKES — Former world-champion boxer Antonio Tarver was arrested Monday, after deputies said he punched his girlfriend’s teenage son in the face in a dispute over a Waffle House bill.Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies on Monday responded to Tarver...
Published: 08/15/18
Northeast High student, 16, threatened shooting, police say

Northeast High student, 16, threatened shooting, police say

ST. PETERSBURG — A 16-year-old Northeast High School student was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he threatened a shooting attack at the school, according to St. Petersburg police.The student made statements in front of other students that he w...
Published: 08/15/18