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  1. Region softball: Boca Ciega dispatches Robinson

    Softballpreps

    GULFPORT — Boca Ciega scored three runs in the fifth inning Thursday and used a strong outing from starting pitcher Caylie VanAuken to earn a 6-2 win over Robinson in the Class 5A region semifinal. Boca Ciega will host Lemon Bay today at 4 p.m. …

    Boca Ciega’s Caylie VanAuken turns in another solid start on the mound, finishing with 12 strikeouts in the Pirates’ 6-2 win.
  2. District softball roundup: Countryside, Seminole dispatch top seeds

    Softballpreps

    PINELLAS PARK — With district semifinals this good, Thursday's final could almost be anticlimactic. …

  3. UConn easily dispatches Maryland, vies for third straight title

    College

    TAMPA — At least one college basketball juggernaut remains upright today. A night after Kentucky's men were introduced to mortality, Connecticut's women remained a sleek, sturdy model of infallibility in Sunday's national semifinals at Amalie Arena. …

    Maryland lost to Uconn, 81-58, in the Women's Final Four on Sunday April 5th, 2015 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa. 

MONICA HERNDON | TIMES
  4. District boy soccer: Northeast dispatches Seminole

    Preps

    SEMINOLE— Seminole brought the energy looking for an upset, but failed to maintain the intensity in overtime. …

  5. Hillsborough County Sheriff: Six-foot alligator attacks horse in Odessa pasture

    Crime

    Deputies were dispatched to Odessa Thursday evening to corral a six-foot alligator that attacked a horse, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. …

  6. District volleyball: Osceola dispatches Springstead in five games

    Volleyballpreps

    TRINITY — To almost no one's surprise, Tuesday's first Class 6A-10 district semifinal went the distance. In a match where two even teams couldn't hold momentum for long, Osceola had it when it mattered, beating Springstead 25-15, 11-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-13. …

  7. District tiebreaker: Berkeley Prep dispatches Tampa Catholic to move on

    Footballpreps

    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic and Fort Meade were moments from kicking off for the first quarter of a three-way tiebreaker to determine the Class 3A-4 district runner up. But Berkeley Prep, the host team for Monday's shootout, was out of sight. …

  8. Dispatcher resigns amid investigation of failure to send help for trapped baby

    Publicsafety

    TAMPA — A Tampa police dispatcher who refused to send help to a woman who called 911 after her baby was locked inside a hot car has resigned. Darrell Brown, 25, was under investigation for violating a police department policy on attentiveness to duty when he quit Oct. 2.  …

  9. The latest Dispatches: Burn survivor's words are the balm that soothe

    State

    Set for Floridian in Sunday's Times from award-winner John Woodrow Cox: TAMPA — "Joe Versaggi," he said, lightly bumping fists with the young man in the hospital bed. "Burn survivor." …

    Joe Versaggi.
  10. Authorities respond to reports of alligator at East Lake High School

    Publicsafety

    Authorities early Thursday responded to reports of an alligator in between buildings at East Lake High School. A trapper went to the scene about 7 a.m., according to a Pinellas sheriff's dispatcher. The gator was promptly caught, WTSP-10 News reported. The first bell at East Lake is at 7:05 a.m. …

    East Lake High School student Kiki Coulouras took this photo of an alligator on campus Thursday morning. [Photo by KIKI COULOURAS]
  11. Tampa police dispatcher faces discipline for handling of trapped baby

    Publicsafety

    TAMPA — A Tampa police dispatcher is facing discipline after he failed to send help to a woman who called 911 after her baby got locked inside a car, officials said. …

  12. Tiffany Lawrence remembered as more than a police dispatcher

    Obituaries

    TAMPA — To an officer on patrol in Tampa, Tiffany Lawrence's voice was one of the most reassuring sounds that could come through the radio. …

    Tiffany Lawrence, 31, had family roots in law enforcement.
  13. Crews search for man who fell off pontoon boat near Hernando Beach

    Accidents

    HERNANDO BEACH — Rescue crews continued searching Monday for a 31-year-old man who fell off a boat Sunday near the Hernando Beach shoreline. …

  14. Dispatches from Next Door: Burn survivor's words are the balm that soothe

    Humaninterest

    TAMPA — “Joe Versaggi," he said, lightly bumping fists with the young man in the hospital bed. "Burn survivor." …

    Joe Versaggi talks with Kris Ward, 20, who was burned in a grease fire, as girlfriend Keyaira Herring, 19, listens.
  15. Carlton: Diaco ends with some yucks, judges get fashion tips

    Courts

    Is radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem sweating the trial that could end the legal careers of lawyers who represented him? One of them being pal Stephen Diaco? All signs point to: Nah. …

    Bubba the Love Sponge Clem has been up to his usual shock jock ways.
  16. Hillsborough emergency workers recognized at 21st Our Heroes Luncheon

    Publicsafety

    TAMPA — University of South Florida police Officer Richard Curry didn't know what to expect when he approached the flooded car last May. Curry was dispatched after receiving a call that a car had plunged into a drainage ditch and had filled with water. …

    Eleven members of local honor guards salute during the presentation of the heroes table during the 21st annual Our Heroes Luncheon on Wednesday at the Tampa Convention Center.
  17. Tarpon Springs police to share data with Pinellas Sheriff's Office

    Publicsafety

    TARPON SPRINGS — The city's police department is moving forward with a plan to integrate crime information and 911 calls with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. …

  18. Baseball: Sunlake pulls ahead late, dispatches Mitchell

    Baseballpreps

    TRINITY — The Mustangs and Seahawks seemed evenly matched, with comparable win-loss records and pitching stats. For the first five innings Tuesday night, those similarities were obvious. Then Sunlake (9-5) broke away in the sixth, and the game was over.  …

  19. Police release surveillance video in shooting investigation

    Nation

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Law enforcement officials on Friday released surveillance video from a grocery store that is part of an investigation of an officer-involved shooting, which wounded two men who were suspected of trying to steal beer.  …

    Hundreds rallied at a park Thursday after the shootings of half brothers Bryson Chaplin, 21, and Andre Thompson, 24, then marched to a building that houses police headquarters and City Hall. 
  20. Region baseball: Focused Pasco dispatches Land O'Lakes

    Baseballpreps

    LAND O'LAKES — For most of this season, Pasco has been up and down, here and there and pretty much all over the place. The Pirates won a few games by the mercy rule, and lost a few that way, too, including the district championship. …

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