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  1. Rockets dispatch Thunder in five

    Sports

    HOUSTON — James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped the Rockets overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over the Thunder on Tuesday to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.  …

  2. Region tennis: St. Petersburg girls dispatch Steinbrenner 4-1

    Tennispreps

    ST. PETERSBURG — Throughout the regular season and into the postseason, St. Petersburg has relied on its depth to win matches. That pattern didn't change in Tuesday's Class 4A region semifinal against Steinbrenner at the St. Pete Tennis Center. The Green Devils won four of five singles matches to defeat the Warriors 4-1.  …

  3. North Korea decries U.S. carrier dispatch as parliament meets

    Military

    PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea's parliament convened Tuesday amid heightened tensions on the divided peninsula, with the United States and South Korea conducting their biggest-ever military exercises and the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier heading to the area in a show of American strength.  …

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his parliament called the escalation of U.S. presence nearby “outrageous.”
  4. 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. …

  5. East Region: Florida silences doubters, dispatches East Tennessee State 80-65

    College

    ORLANDO — When analyst Seth Davis pegged fourth-seeded Florida as a potential first-round upset victim on CBS's Selection Sunday Show, the Gators were watching on their locker-room big screen TV. The volume was cranked up. They heard what Davis said.  …

    Canyon Barry does the Gator Chomp after Florida’s balanced effort ends ETSU’s upset hopes.
  6. I-275 south closed in St. Pete heading towards Sunshine Skyway

    Accidents

    ST. PETERSBURG — All southbound lanes of Interstate 275 on the southern tip of Pinellas County were closed Wednesday afternoon due to a traffic crash with injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. …

  7. 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.  …

  8. Pinellas bus driver says chemical smell caused her to drop kids off blocks away from school (w/video)

    Publicsafety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Officials are investigating a Pinellas County school bus driver who made 24 students get off her bus 10 blocks from Lealman Innovation Academy on Tuesday morning. The driver told a dispatcher she suspected someone poured chemicals into the vehicle's engine, making her sick. …

    Police have found a child they said was unaccounted for on Aug. 15, 2017, after a Pinellas County school bus driver made up to 39 children get off her bus 10 blocks from Lealman Innovation Academy. The driver pulled over at 39th Avenue N and 28th Street N and asked the children to get off. The school is located at 4900 28th St. N. [SAMANTHA PUTTERMAN | Times]
  9. 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.
  10. Hernando deputies capture escaped inmate after he left work detail

    Crime

    BROOKSVILLE — A Hernando County inmate who escaped from his assigned work detail on Wednesday has been taken into custody. …

    Joshua Holmes, 35, was arrested a day after Hernando County deputies say he left the Northwest Solid Waste Management Facility, located on Norris Bishop Loop, without permission about noon on Wed., Aug. 16. [Hernando County Sheriff's Office]
  11. Planned fire on Caladesi Island causing smoke

    Fire

    DUNEDIN — According to Pinellas County, a planned fire clearing on Caladesi Island State Park is creating a large presence of smoke. The clearing is the only activity going on the county is aware of, according to a dispatcher.

    A large plume of smoke is visible from Indian Rocks Beach looking toward Clearwater Beach Friday afternoon 7/14/2017.
  12. 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.
  13. 911 call in Pasco stabbing: 'He says he just killed the lady that lives here' (w/audio)

    Crime

    A 911 call from a woman in Holiday helps illustrate the chilling scene that unfolded when a man she had taken into her home woke her up to say he'd just stabbed the other woman who lived there. …

    Warren Birbeck [Pasco County Sheriffs Office]
  14. 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.
  15. 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. …

    Lightsey, an inventory officer for Hernando County Fire Rescue, displays his Hispanic Medal of Honor Society Award.
  16. 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]
  17. 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] 
  18. 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 performs at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, June 17, 2016. The rapper is currently on his Endless Summer tour, which he is co-headlining with Logic. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 

  19. Six middle fingers on Snapchat lead to disqualification of Junior League softball team

    Nation

    Let this be a lesson, kids: The next time you want to gloat about beating your opponents on their home turf, think twice - especially if your chosen method of gloating is posting a photo on social media of six teammates flipping the bird under the caption, "watch out host." …

    The Snapchat icon is seen on an iPhone screen. [Times files]
  20. 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]

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