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  1. 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]
  2. 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. …

  3. Rescue crews search for missing jet skier near Honeymoon Island

    Publicsafety

    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. …

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

    Publicsafety

    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]
  5. 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. …

  6. Military disciplines about 16 in Afghanistan hospital attack (w/video)

    Military

    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.  …

  7. Albuquerque 911 dispatcher who hung up on caller quits

    Nation

    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. …

  8. 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.
  9. Region softball: Springstead 3, Crystal River 1

    Softballpreps

    SPRING HILL — Paige Pfent has been a clutch batter for Springstead all season, and she answered the call again on Tuesday night. The Eagles won 3-1 on a walk-off two-run homer from their sophomore catcher to dispatch Crystal River in the Class 6A region semifinals. …

  10. District softball roundup: Countryside, Seminole dispatch top seeds

    Softballpreps

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

  11. District boy soccer: Northeast dispatches Seminole

    Preps

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

  12. 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
  13. Search continues for missing military man who disappeared off coast of Ruskin (w/video)

    Publicsafety

    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. …

  14. Short film celebrates Pulitzer Prize centennial

    Business

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

  15. 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. …

  16. District baseball: Jesuit 3, Robinson 2

    Baseballpreps

    TAMPA — When Jesuit coach Miguel Menendez motioned for reliever Jeff Hakanson to enter in the seventh inning of Thursday's Class 6A, District 8 final, he did so with full confidence the junior would work out of a seemingly impossible situation. …

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

    Publicsafety

    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.
  18. News at noon: Primaries recap; FL Zika threat on Capitol Hill; Local photographer captures fragile moments; Weekend/Beyoncé planner

    News

    Bolstering his grip on the Republican primaries, Donald Trump prepares Wednesday for a general election showdown with Hillary Clinton, accusing the Democratic front-runner of "playing the woman card" in her presidential campaign. He will give a speech at noon. Delegate tracker: Here's where things stand after Tuesday's primaries. …

  19. Oil spill inspired greater scientific knowledge of Gulf of Mexico

    Columns

    Today marks the sixth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, an event that remains one of the nation's largest, most complex and most contentious environmental disasters. The spill and its impact remain a daily concern for those of us whose lives revolve around the Gulf of Mexico. Years have not dulled the memory of those troubling months when oil gushed into this unique environment. …

    Crews work on June 23, 2010, to clean up oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill that washed ashore on Pensacola Beach.
  20. The DayStarter: The Bolts' playoff run resumes, Beyoncé Week continues and some of Tampa Bay's dumbest 911 calls

    News

    It should be hot and humid, with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, according to 10Weather WTSP. Don't hold your breath — it's not going to cool off anytime soon. …

    In this June 9, 2015 photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges in his hush-money case in Chicago.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

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