Friday, September 21, 2018


Carl Lisciandrello, Times staff writer

Carl Lisciandrello is the digital news editor for the Tampa Bay Times. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and previously worked at the Clearwater Sun and The Tampa Tribune.

Andrae Orian Prince, 33, of St. Petersburg, was arrested on Sept. 20, 2018 and faces charges of capital sexual battery upon a 11-year-old female child and sexual battery on the victim's 18-year-old sister. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]

St. Petersburg man accused of sexually abusing sisters, 18 and 11

ST. PETERSBURG -- A St. Petersburg man faces charges after deputies say he sexually battered an 11-year-old girl and her 18-year-old sister.According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the victims had been placed in the care of...
Published: 09/21/18
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Girl, 16, stabbed in back during fight with Gibbs classmate at St. Petersburg bus stop

ST. PETERSBURG — A fight at a school bus stop escalated Thursday morning, resulting in a 16-year-old girl being stabbed in the back by a fellow Gibbs High student.St. Petersburg police say the girls — ages 15 and 16 — have...
Published: 09/20/18
MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesTampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) leaves the field after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 16, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Top 5 at noon: Birds are latest Red Tide victims; Bucs fans have a QB controversy; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on Tide endangers more than sea life. Birds are latest victimsAmid all the talk of the wildlife killed by Red Tide this year — eels, snook,...
Published: 09/17/18
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Land O'Lakes woman fatally struck while crossing State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel

A Land O'Lakes woman was killed Sunday night when when she was struck by two vehicles in Wesley Chapel.According to the Florida Highway Patrol,46-year-old Tricia Anne O'Brien attempted to cross State Road 54, west of Wesley Chapel Boulevard,...
Published: 09/17/18
Photo's from Friday's early-morning crash that killed the driver of a motorycle. [Clearwater Police Department]

Motorcyclist killed in crash that closed WB lanes on Courtney Campbell Causeway

CLEARWATER — Westbound lanes on the Courtney Campbell Causeway were closed for three hours after a motorcyclist struck the back of a car and was killed early Friday morning.According to police, the crash occurred around 4 a.m. on the Clearwater...
Published: 09/14/18
President Donald Trump speaks during a Congressional Medal of Honor Society Reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. [Associated Press]

Top 5 at noon: Florida officials respond to Trump’s claim; remembering an eccentric motorhead; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on OFFICIALS RESPOND TO TRUMP’S CLAIM, WITHOUT...
Published: 09/13/18
William Elliott Freeman III, 18, of Holiday, faces charges after he was accused of posting a threat on Snapchat that he was going to fire a gun at his school, Center Academy in Palm Harbor. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]

Palm Harbor student says threat to fire gun at school on Snapchat was a joke

HOLIDAY — An 18-year-old high school student faces charges after he was accused of posting a threat on social media that he was going to fire a gun at school.William Elliott Freeman III, 18, of Holiday, said his Snapchat post on Sept. 12 was...
Published: 09/13/18
Tampa police are searching for five males seen on video stealing nearly $1,000 in cigars from Long Ash Cigars, 1728 E Seventh Ave. in Ybor City, on Aug. 31. [Tampa Police Department]

They walked out of a Ybor City cigar store with $1,000 in stogies, police say

TAMPA — Police are looking for five men who walked into an Ybor City cigar store and are accused of walking out with nearly $1,000 worth of smokes.The incident took place just before 6 p.m. on Aug. 31 at Long Ash Cigars, 1728 E Seventh...
Published: 09/11/18
[National Hurricane Center]

Top 5 at noon: Florence forecast to re-intensify; Nelson doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Gillum; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on FLORENCE CONTINUES BEARS DOWN ON...
Published: 09/11/18
Marco Island's beaches remain as tranquil and clean as before Hurricane Irma hit in 2017. [Cat Gloria | Florida Beach Insider photo]

Top 5 at noon: Stay tuned for Genshaft’s retirement announcement; remembering Irma, one year later; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on TO ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT PLANS AT 2 P.M. NEWS...
Published: 09/10/18