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  1. Region volleyball: Palm Harbor University dispatches Cinderella

    Volleyballpreps

    By Rodney Page Times Staff Writer PALM HARBOR — Both Palm Harbor University and East Bay brought its "B" games to Tuesday night's Class 8A region quarterfinal. For the Hurricanes, that was good enough. …

  2. 6A-7: Weeki Wachee dispatches Hernando in four

    Home Team

    CRYSTAL RIVER – No. 3 Weeki Wachee upset county foe and second-seeded Hernando in four sets (25-18, 25-27, 25-10, 25-20) Tuesday night in the Class 6A, District 7 semifinal  to advance to the  championship match Thursday night.  …

  3. Justice Department to dispatch team to Turkey for cleric inquiry

    World

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department will dispatch a team to Turkey in coming days to pursue allegations by the Turkish government of criminal activity by Fethullah Gulen, an Obama administration official said Friday. …

    Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen denies a role in the coup attempt.
  4. No. 11 Wisconsin dispatches No. 8 Michigan State with easeAssociated Press

    College

    EAST LANSING, Mich. — By the time Alex Hornibrook's first start was over, there wasn't much question about whether he could handle one of the toughest road tests in the Big Ten.  …

    Wisconsin’s Corey Clement, who had two rushing touchdowns, goes to the air to avoid a Spartan.
  5. For former New York fire dispatcher, memories of 9/11 are etched forever

    Humaninterest

    BROOKSVILLE John Lightsey reported for duty at central dispatch for the New York City Fire Department at 7 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. He didn't go home for four days. …

    John Lightsey, a New York City fire dispatcher on Sept. 11, 2001, will soon retire from Hernando County Fire Rescue. 
  6. Pasco doubles up on deputy dispatches; cost to neighborhoods rises

    Publicsafety

    After shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is mandating his deputies work in pairs when they answer calls for service. …

    Sheriff Chris Nocco made the decision in response to killings of police officers.
  7. Before battling Charlie Crist, Rep. David Jolly must first dispatch Mark Bircher in GOP primary

    Stateroundup

    U.S. Rep. David Jolly will almost certainly battle former Gov. Charlie Crist this fall in the 13th Congressional District in what will be a nationally scrutinized race. …

    Mark Bircher is seeking the Republican nomination in the 13th Congressional District. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times] 
  8. Orlando nightclub shooter told 911 dispatcher: 'I did the shootings'

    Crime

    The gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando last Sunday called 911 and admitted to a dispatcher that he "did the shootings," according to a transcript released Monday by the FBI. …

    People hold candles at Sunday's candlelight vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub as they gather at Lake Eola Park in Orlando. [Associated Press]
  9. Dispatches from budding rap star G-Eazy's tour bus in Tampa

    Music

    TAMPA — G-Eazy hunches on his tour bus, elbows on thighs, mouthing lyrics he just wrote on his iPhone, as a woman's voice pops through a black Marshall speaker. "I don't charge Bebe for this verse, right?" the rapper asks his crew. …

    Rapper G-Eazy records a verse in the bedroom of his tour bus for a song on Bebe Rexha's upcoming album before his show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, June 17, 2016. G-Eazy wrote the verse on his phone during the preceding hour. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  10. 911 calls show confusion during Fort Lauderdale airport shooting (w/video)

    Publicsafety

    FORT LAUDERDALE — One call came from a terrified woman hiding in a Fort Lauderdale airport restaurant as people ran past, fleeing a gunman. Another came from a woman hiding in some bushes. A group of people called as they hid in a storage unit.  …

    People flee on the tarmac at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on Jan. 6 after a gunman opened fire at  a baggage claim area. [Associated Press]
  11. Patient meets paramedics who saved his life

    Publicsafety

    Seconds after Angela Johns went to get a glass of water for her husband, Jerry, on a break from yard work, she heard his body hit the garage floor. …

  12. Fish and Wildlife dispatcher arrested on arson, aggravated stalking charges

    Crime

    PLANT CITY — The first fire at the house on Howard Street erupted the day after Christmas, at 2:42 a.m. Someone had poured gasoline and lit a flame. Three adults and an infant were sleeping inside. …

    The Fish and Wildlife agency fired Ryan Elliott Butler, 29.
[Photo courtesy of Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office]
  13. Pinellas County 911 calls rerouted to St. Petersburg Police dispatchers following outage

    Publicsafety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County's 911 system went down about 10 a.m. Wednesday, but the call load was quickly transferred to the St. Petersburg Police Department so emergency callers were not affected, a county spokeswoman said. …

  14. Hillsborough County, driven by 2004 storm season, finishes $36 million safety complex

    Publicsafety

    TAMPA — Larry Gispert surveyed the cavernous space, taking in the huge video screens and rows of work stations, and thought back to an infamous Florida hurricane season. "I could have used this in 2004," said Gispert, who served as Hillsborough County's emergency management director for 14 years. …

    A burned out Ford Expedition is evidence of a recent exercise at the Hillsborough County's firefighter training center is part of the county's new $36.1 million public safety operations complex on Columbus Drive in Tampa. The  24.5-acre complex is home to an Emergency Operations Center, fire rescue headquarters and 911 dispatch center. [TONY MARRERO   |   Times]
  15. Volleyball: Berkeley Prep dispatches rival in straight sets

    Volleyballpreps

    TAMPA — Berkeley Prep kicked off the season in style, easily dispatching visiting Tampa Prep 25-13, 25-15, 25-17 in both team's season opener on Thursday. …

  16. Firefighters contain St. Petersburg apartment complex fire to one unit; two dogs lost

    Fire

    ST. PETERSBURG — A fire broke out Wednesday at the Reserve at Lake Pointe apartment complex, leading to the death of two dogs and the evacuation of 12 units, according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue. …

  17. Several animals trapped inside Tampa warehouse fire

    Fire

    TAMPA — Several animals were trapped in a warehouse fire on Thursday, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 5828 Barry Road around 2:50 p.m.. They reported heavy smoking coming from the building, officials said. …

  18. Pasco narrows administrator search to five candidates

    Localgovernment

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco commissioners narrowed the search for their next county administrator to five candidates Tuesday, but not without a curveball from Commissioner Jack Mariano. …

    Pasco County Administrator Michele Baker is leaving when her contract expires in July.
  19. Man in custody after woman found dead in Largo mobile home

    Crime

    LARGO — A man is in custody for aggravated domestic battery after a woman was found dead inside a mobile home on Friday afternoon. …

  20. Squirrel attacks people at Deltona senior center, injures three

    Wildlife

    DELTONA — A squirrel attacked several people inside a senior center activity room in Volusia County, injuring at least three. Multiple news outlets report that the attack happened Thursday at Sterling Court Gracious Retirement Living.  …

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