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


    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]
  2. Pinellas County 911 calls rerouted to St. Petersburg Police dispatchers following outage


    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. …

  3. Volleyball: Berkeley Prep dispatches rival in straight sets


    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. …

  4. Albuquerque 911 dispatcher who hung up on caller quits


    An Albuquerque, N.M., 911 dispatcher who in June hung up on a teenage girl seeking help after her friend was fatally shot resigned on Tuesday after audio of the incident was released. …

  5. Cid advances to Sweet 16


    For the second time in three years, Roberto Cid is headed to college tennis' version of the Sweet 16.The USF senior, seeded No. 2 overall in the NCAA men's singles tournament in Tulsa, Okla., dispatched second-round foe Mazen Osama of Alabama, 6-0, 6-3 on Thursday to earn a berth in the Round of 16. …

    USF's Roberto Cid is headed to college tennis' version of the Sweet Sixteen for the second time in three years.
  6. Seffner man fined $48,000 by FCC for using cell phone jammer on daily commute


    A Seffner man who used a cell phone jamming device on his daily commute to and from Tampa now faces a $48,000 fine, issued Wednesday by the Federal Communications Commission. …

  7. These designer dustpans just might sweep you off your feet


    Is there any tool more utilitarian than a dustpan? Living in a small apartment, I use the plain plastic one under my kitchen sink as much as any other cleaning tool. But I never gave much thought to it until I came across another one online that was downright beautiful. …

    The Menu Sweeper & Funnel ($73, fit neatly together when not in use.
  8. St. Petersburg's Danielle Collins wins second NCAA tennis title


    Danielle Collins' final backhand winner Monday afternoon, on a hard court in Tulsa, seemed to ricochet off every net and cranny in her hometown a time zone away. …

    St. Petersburg native Danielle Collins of the University of Virginia won her second NCAA women's tennis singles title on May 30, 2016 in Tulsa, Okla. She also won the title in 2014. Bill Kallenberg/University of Virginia
  9. Rescue crews search for missing jet skier near Honeymoon Island


    DUNEDIN CAUSEWAY — Rescue workers were searching for a missing jet skier near Honeymoon Island State Park late Thursday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. …

  10. Al-Qaida moves to challenge ISIS in Syria, officials say


    WASHINGTON — Al-Qaida's top leadership in Pakistan, badly weakened after a decade of CIA drone strikes, has decided that the terror group's future lies in Syria and has secretly dispatched more than a dozen of its most seasoned veterans there, the New York Times reported Sunday, citing unnamed senior U.S. and European intelligence and counterterrorism officials. …

  11. Runaway donkey; mean sister, and clucking chickens: Listen to these wacky 911 calls in Florida


    A donkey tears down the center of a highway to chase a small horse in heat. A man is appalled that a boy mooned him from inside a school bus. A 6-year-old is distraught her little sister used all her lip balm. …

    Hillsborough 911 dispatchers take calls on all manner of strange topics. [Times photo]
  12. Forensic official: EgyptAir 804 human remains suggest blast


    CAIRO — Human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 suggest there was an explosion on board that may have brought down the aircraft in the east Mediterranean, a senior Egyptian forensics official said on Tuesday.  …

    A Coptic Christian grieves on Sunday during prayers for the departed, remembering the victims of Thursday's crash of EgyptAir Flight 804, at Al-Boutrossiya Church, the main Coptic Cathedral complex, in Cairo, Egypt. Human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 suggest there was an explosion on board that may have brought down the aircraft in the east Mediterranean, a senior Egyptian forensics official said on Tuesday. [Associated Press]
  13. Tampa bail bondsman chases suspect car after kidnapping goes awry


    TAMPA — Sitting in rush hour traffic with a phone to his ear, it was just another day at work for Rod Fisher. …

    Rod Fisher of Fisher Bail Bonds dialed 911 as he tailed the speeding Mazda.
  14. Military disciplines about 16 in Afghanistan hospital attack (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — About 16 U.S. military personnel, including a two-star general, have been disciplined for mistakes that led to the bombing of a civilian hospital in Afghanistan last year that killed 42 people, a senior U.S. official told the Associated Presson Thursday.  …

  15. Last of 3 funerals for 8 slain Ohio family members held


    WEST PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Traffic stopped for miles as black hearses left a church and snaked past mobile homes, weathered shops and green fields, leading a procession of mourners in more than 150 vehicles.  …

    Mourners arrive Tuesday at Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth, Ohio, for funeral services for six of the eight family members slain in Pike County on April 22.
  16. Djokovic, Murray in second straight final


    ROME — Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray line up in a major final today for the second straight week after taking contrasting routes into the Italian Open title match Saturday. …

    Novak Djokovic, above, in a rare tough spot, has to come from a set down and win a third-set tiebreak to beat Kei Nishikori and make the Italian Open final.
  17. Short film celebrates Pulitzer Prize centennial


    The Pulitzer Prize, considered journalism's most coveted award, is celebrating its centennial anniversary. …

  18. Pasco's 911 remedy falls to Kevin Guthrie, its just-hired emergency manager


    DADE CITY — Last week, Kevin Guthrie dealt with a tornado hitting west Pasco and damaging 57 homes. This week, he stepped into the eye of another storm. …

    Kevin Guthrie, 45, has been promoted to the newly created job of director of emergency services in Pasco County.
  19. Search continues for missing military man who disappeared off coast of Ruskin (w/video)


    RUSKIN — The search continued Wednesday for a military man who disappeared more than 24 hours earlier after he dived off his boat about 2 miles west of Little Harbor. …

  20. Florida Gov. Rick Scott goes to Washington to push for Zika funding 'now'


    WASHINGTON — With more Zika cases being reported Wednesday in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott implored lawmakers to set aside differences and reach a conclusion on federal funding to fight the virus. …

    Gov. Rick Scott addresses members of the media in Washington, D.C., after lobbying members of Florida's delegation to support federal funding for the Zika virus crisis. (Alex Leary |  Times)

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