Saturday, September 22, 2018


Daniel Figueroa IV, Times staff writer

Daniel Figueroa IV is a web reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. Before that, he covered was a staff writer at the Plant City Times & Observer and the Ledger of Lakeland. He probably wants to ride motorcycles and trade books with you.

In now viral tweets, Brooke Adkins shows injuries she suffered after jumping out of a moving car to escape an Uber driver. [Twitter]

St. Petersburg woman jumps from moving Uber to avoid kidnapping in Tallahassee

It had been about 25 minutes since they passed her drop-off. So, realizing the driver wasn’t going to let her out, 19-year-old Brooke Adkins rolled down the window of the moving car and jumped.Police found her minutes later in a...
Published: 09/21/18
A sunny, hot day is on tap for Tampa Bay. The view is looking west across the Intracoastal waterway in St. Pete Beach with the Gulf in the background on Sept. 21, 2018. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

After record-setting day in Tampa, last day of summer brings more stifling heat

Weather in Tampa on Thursday took one step above the previous record high, then another for good measure.The high temperature in Tampa reached 96 degrees Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. That beat the old record of 94 by two...
Published: 09/21/18
Deputies said Kevin Wilson attempted to kidnap a 6-month-old baby, violating an order of protection, before being captured by a K9 in the woods. [Pasco Sheriff]

Pasco man taken down by K9 after attempting to kidnap infant girl, putting schools on lockdown

NEW PORT RICHEY — A few hours before he was lying on his back in the woods, shirtless with a dog’s jaws clamped around his arm, Kevin Wilson climbed into a second-story window and tried to kidnap a 6-month-old baby girl, according to the...
Published: 09/19/18
Samuel Retherford (left) and Edward Retherford (right) were arrested Saturday after they were accused of stealing a trailer off a lot in Land O'Lakes. [Pasco Sheriff's Office]

Fort Myers brothers wanted for stealing trailers caught in Pasco, taken down by K9

LAND O'LAKES — It started just after 9:30 Saturday night.
Published: 09/18/18
Deputies said Tyler Potter raped, kidnapped and robbed a woman before threatening to kill her if she told police. [Pasco Sheriff]

Deputies: Pasco woman escapes attacker after death threats, sexual assault

PORT RICHEY — She was home doing laundry when he asked to come over. A few hours later she was running from his house, scared for her life after being raped, robbed and kidnapped, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.Tyler...
Published: 09/18/18
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Police: Two Tampa 7-Elevens robbed at gunpoint

TAMPA — Two 7-Eleven stores were robbed early Friday, police said.First, two armed men robbed the 7-Eleven at 10815 N. Nebraska Ave. at 2:25 a.m., according to Tampa police.Then about seven miles away, police said two armed men with...
Published: 09/14/18
Palm Beach County Mayor Mellisa McKinlay said a male administrator told her daughter to think of her male classmate's hormones when wearing these jeans. She said her daughter was placed in in-school suspension, missing a quiz and full day of classes. [Melissa McKinlay|Facebook]

Palm Beach County mayor charges sexism, says school body-shamed her daughter over ripped jeans

A West Palm Beach teen’s slightly exposed knee was too much for her male classmate’s hormones to handle, according to Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay.In a Facebook post Thursday, McKinlay went on a self-styled "mom rant." She said her...
Published: 09/14/18
Seven-day forecast for the Tampa Bay area on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

Hurricane Florence sets up a drier-than-normal weekend across Tampa Bay

As Hurricane Florence slowly makes its way westward to the East Coast, moisture is being pulled from the air over Florida, setting the Tampa Bay area up for an unseasonably dry weekend, according to the National Weather Service.Florence made...
Published: 09/14/18
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‘Smokey and the Bandit’ returns to theaters today, honoring Burt Reynolds

For the next nine days, AMC Theaters will take you east bound and down once more as the late Burt Reynolds’ iconic 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit returns to theaters in the Tampa Bay area.The theater chain announced it will be...
Published: 09/12/18
Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said jail inmates are now using bug spray to get high. [YouTube]

‘Better than K-2’: Polk Sheriff says jail inmates use roach motels and bug spray to get high

What doesn’t kill you might make you stronger, but what does kill roaches will get you higher, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Tuesday."They’re spraying this stuff on paper and either smoking it or eating it in the county jail," he said.
Published: 09/12/18