Sunday, September 23, 2018


McKenna Oxenden, Times Staff Writer

McKenna Oxenden is a 2018 summer intern for the Tampa Bay Times.

Doby, a 5-year-old mutt, was struck by a car on Sept. 15 and needed expensive surgery. He underwent surgery on Monday. The University of South Florida students who own Doby raised more than $11,000 to pay for his surgery - most of that coming via Twitter on Friday. [photo provided by Sarah Marie Grassi]

Doby needed surgery. It cost $10,000. Twitter to the rescue.

Two University of South Florida students found themselves with a $10,000 bill to keep their beloved mutt Doby alive. So they turned to the Internet.Twitter to the rescue — for once.It started Sept. 15, when USF student Sarah Marie Grassi...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/22/18
Breanna Bechtol, shown following a July 2018 arrest, was charged with aggravated child abuse after she intentionally crashed her car with a 2-month-old girl in it. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]

Hernando woman crashes car with 2-month-old inside 'to get attention' of ex-boyfriend

DADE CITY — A woman intentionally crashed her car, with a 2-month-old girl inside, just to get the attention of her ex-boyfriend, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Published: 09/20/18
Lynne Knowles took to Facebook to share about the

Cops question viral video about human trafficking at Pinellas Publix

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is setting the record straight about a viral Facebook video posted by a Dunedin woman who claimed she almost fell victim to human trafficking.
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18
Jenni Schmidt and her boyfriend Eric Seigmund were volunteering at the Great Gay 5K and had to wear masks because the stench was so bad. [Jenni Schmidt]

Watch: Red Tide, dead fish spread across most Pinellas County beaches

After a clear Friday, Red Tide reappeared in Pinellas County Saturday morning, bringing with it countless dead fish washed up on beaches spanning from Clearwater to Fort DeSoto Park.County crews and contractors worked through the day at those...
Published: 09/15/18
Updated: 09/16/18
Hurricane Florence seen from space. [photo by Alexander Gerst/NASA]

NASA images show how massive Florence is

Hurricane Florence is so enormous, astronauts in space had to use a super-wide angle lens to capture a photo. German astronaut Alexander Gerst took to Twitter this morning warning coastal residents to "watch out.""Get prepared East...
Published: 09/12/18
Fish kill, Red Tide, in the  Intracoastal off the Pinellas County shoreline, Saturday. [Kelli Levy, Pinellas County's director of environmental management]

Red Tide arrives in Pinellas, killing hundreds of thousands of fish

ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County environmental officials have reported hundreds of thousands of dead fish on and off the coast of area beaches stretching more than 20 miles from Clearwater to St. Petersburg, confirming that Red Tide has reached the...
Published: 09/08/18
Updated: 09/12/18
The Atlantic is full of tropical activity with two storms and one depression. [National Hurricane Center]

Atlantic gains another tropical storm

The Atlantic gained another tropical storm overnight as a depression upgraded its status to become the second named storm in the ocean. Tropical depression eight, now Tropical Storm Helene, is lurking southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands with...
Updated one month ago
The 5 p.m. Friday forecast of the path of Tropical Storm (soon to be Hurricane) Florence in the Atlantic Ocean. [National Hurricane Center]

Florence just one of three storms threatening the United States

It’s been 26 years since three major storms have formed in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and threatened the United States and its territories in both hemispheres and could all make landfall at about the same time.
Updated one month ago
Registered sex offender Stephen Michael Roa, 30, of Plant City, now faces Sarasota County charges of lewd and lascivious molestation, seducing a minor, traveling to meet a minor and failure to provide his social media information, which is required of sex offenders. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Offce]

Deputies: Plant City sex offender had encounter with girl, 11

PLANT CITY— A 30-year-old registered sex offender is back in jail after he was accused of traveling to another county and engaging in a sex act with an 11-year-old girl, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.Detectives started their...
Updated one month ago
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Polk County testing schools for lead, four positive so far

The Polk County School District will be testing all 150 of its schools for lead levels over the next several months. So far, out of the five schools tested, four of them have had at least one elevated lead level. Cleveland Court, Union Academy,...
Updated one month ago