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  1. Deputies: Man in Land O'Lakes jail stole other inmates' personal information

    Crime

    LAND O'LAKES — A man confined to his jail cell for 23 hours a day committed an elaborate fraud scheme over several months, deputies say, during his only hour of free time. …

  2. Flow of pot from Colorado angers neighbors

    Nation

    SEDGWICK, Colo. — An old man with a snow-white beard bounded into the double-wide trailer that houses the only pot shop in eastern Colorado. He wore bib overalls over a white T-shirt, and a huge grin. He was a farmer from Nebraska, and he was 78 years old. "How much can I get for $100?" he asked. …

  3. Bucs' Bowers night with former Destiny's Child member lands her in jail

    Bucs

    The last weekend before the start of training camp can create some anxious moments for NFL coaches and executives as players enjoy their final freedom before the grind of the season. Things can get out of hand. As Da'Quan Bowers tweeted Sunday morning, "What a crazy night...'' …

  4. In jail, 'John Doe' inmates often identified

    Courts

    In late June, St. Petersburg police officer Daniel Poveda arrested a man without a name. Just after 8 p.m., according to an arrest affidavit, the man tried to use a fake license to collect a Western Union money order at the Publix store on 37th Avenue N.  …

  5. The NFL doesn't care about women

    Carol Wick, who runs a local shelter for domestic-battery victims, often goes out in the community to lecture on the epidemic of violence against women. And in her talks, she often uses a video of a man strangling his fiancee until she passes out and then dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator. …

  6. Tampa teen beaten by Israeli police tells his story (w/video)

    News

    TAMPA — At times, it doesn't feel real. But then Tariq Khdeir looks at the marks on his wrists from where the zip ties cut into his flesh and he remembers. …

  7. Trio sues Pouncey brothers

    Sports

    Mike and Maurkice Pouncey have been sued by three people who say the twins attacked them at a Miami Beach nightclub. The suit was filed Friday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on behalf of Ricquan James, Niya Pickett and Brentley Williams. They are seeking more than $15,000 in damages.  …

  8. Child dies in DUI accident, authorities say, and misdemeanor DUI is only charge

    Criminal

    HUDSON — Last year, Cathy Jo Ivancsits was drunk when she ran over her 4-year-old daughter in front of the family's townhouse, authorities say. The girl was dragged 16 feet underneath the SUV and died. Ivancsits won't face a felony charge — not vehicular homicide, not manslaughter. Why? …

  9. A day in the life of Derrick Brooks

    Bucs

    Derrick Brooks was going to jail. He would drive himself there, but the uniformed Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies would be waiting for him at the correctional facility on Orient Road. He knew the way. Past the barbed wired fence, right at the first dirt road and through the secured door at the building on the left. It was 9:30 in the morning when Brooks, the former Bucs linebacker who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, surrendered to authorities. Inside the cramped room, the interrogation began. Thirty-one seniors-to-be, selected by their high schools to participate in the Sheriff's Rising Star's Leadership Academy, were seated and eagerly awaiting the advice and inspiration from, arguably, the greatest athlete in Tampa Bay history. …

  10. Tampa teen beaten by Israeli police tells his story (w/video)

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — At times, it doesn't feel real. But then Tariq Khdeir looks at the marks on his wrists from where the zip ties cut into his flesh and he remembers. …

  11. Back-and-forth slugfest between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist intensifies

    State Roundup

    In Florida's bareknuckle governor's race, it's as if the 2010 campaign season never ended. The Florida Democratic Party on Thursday announced a digital media effort to highlight a sealed deposition that damaged Rick Scott on the campaign trail four years ago. …

  12. Land O'Lakes man accused of stealing parts for air gun

    Crime

    LAND O'LAKES — Deputies say a 43-year-old man stole the parts he needed to fix a broken Airsoft rifle from a Walmart. …

  13. St. Petersburg man arrested for molesting children over several years

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A 67-year-old St. Petersburg man was arrested Friday and charged with molesting three children and exposing them to pornography over several years, authorities said. …

  14. Yukos shareholders awarded about $50 billion in court ruling

    World

    LONDON — An international tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, has awarded the shareholders of the now-defunct Yukos oil company about $50 billion in ruling on claims that the Russian government illegally seized the company from one of the country's most powerful oligarchs. …

  15. Tampa woman accused of stalking Soundgarden singer Cornell

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and his wife pulled their children out of New York public schools, fearing that a Tampa woman would try to hurt them, according to a federal complaint that charges the woman with stalking. …

  16. Tuesday's letters: Energy coverage misleads readers

    Letters

    Utilities call shots; public loses | July 23, editorial Misleading energy issue coverage The Times' coverage of energy issues continues to be based on little more than political sound bites. Instead of relying on facts or science, the newspaper repeatedly makes misleading claims. …

  17. Man charged with murder after stabbing at Largo apartment

    Crime

    LARGO — A man who police say fatally stabbed another man during a fight at a Largo apartment complex Friday has been charged with murder. Charles Michael Yantis, 24, is charged in the death of Marvin Neil Haddock, 26, Largo police said. …

  18. Outside antitax group joins fray to thwart Greenlight Pinellas campaign

    Elections

    CLEARWATER — An outside antitax group led by a controversial Central Florida consultant and activist is gunning to derail the Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum. …

  19. Member of rampaging Dougherty gang sentenced in Pasco

    Crime

    DADE CITY — On Friday morning, three years later, Ryan Dougherty apologized for spraying a pursuing police car with bullets. …

  20. A history of Florida's gift ban: Scandal. Reform. Repeat.

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Free hunting trips, whether to King Ranch in Texas or destinations closer to home, are a fixture of Florida politics. …

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