SARASOTA — A Tampa woman has been charged with vehicular homicide after she sped away from police and crashed into a Sarasota home early Saturday, killing a 62-year-old woman as she slept, police say.
Investigators say Jakeilah R. Weeks, 24, broke into the home of her ex-boyfriend on 29th Street about 3:30 a.m. and fled from officers who arrived and tried to speak to her. Weeks sped north on Maple Avenue and crashed through a side wall and into the bedroom of Eleanor Ball's home on the 1700 block of 32nd Street, police say. She died at the scene....
TAMPA — A fire that investigators suspect was intentionally set killed three cats at the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay early Saturday.
Firefighters responded to a call at 502 N Gilchrist Ave. shortly before 5 a.m. and quickly extinguished the fire, according to Tampa Fire Rescue. They searched the building and found three cats that died in the blaze. One dog that was found alive apparently escaped. ...
04/19/14 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — The Easter Bunny (a.k.a. Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy Damaris Hoffman) paid a visit Friday to All Children's Hospital.
The Easter Bunny hopped room to room, visiting with patients and families and giving each child a stuffed animal.
Hoffman, in her 13th year volunteering with the Easter Bunny Foundation, is a corrections officer at the Pinellas County Jail. The foundation, based in Orlando, partners with sheriff's offices nationwide to visit hospitalized children during the Easter week....
04/18/14 TV and Radio
Tampa Bay at Orlando 7:30 p.m. 1250-AM
Los Angeles at Iowa 8 p.m. CBSSN
F1: Chinese Grand Prix qualifying (taped) 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
F1: Chinese Grand Prix3 a.m. Sunday NBCSN
Angels at Tigers 1 p.m. FS1
Astros at A's 4 p.m. MLB
Yankees at Rays 7 p.m.Sun Sports; 620-AM
Diamondbacks at Dodgers 8 p.m. FS1
USF at Houston 1 p.m. 1010-AM
North Carolina at Virginia 1 p.m. FSF
LSU at Mississippi 2 p.m. Sun Sports
South Carolina at Auburn 5 p.m. CBSSN
Baylor at Kansas State 8 p.m. ESPNU
Alabama spring game 2 p.m. ESPNU
Auburn spring game 3 p.m. ESPN
Maryland at Notre Dame noon ESPNU
LSU at South Carolina 4 p.m. ESPNU
Florida at Texas A&M 6 p.m. ESPNU
PGA Europe: Malaysian Open (taped) 6:30 a.m. Golf
PGA: RBC Heritage 1 p.m. Golf
PGA: RBC Heritage 3 p.m. Ch. 10
Champions: Greater Gwinnett Championship 3 p.m. Golf
LPGA: Lotte Championship 6:30 p.m. Golf
NBA playoffs, conference quarterfinals
East, Game 1: Nets at Raptors 12:30 p.m. ESPN
West, Game 1: Warriors at Clippers 3:30 p.m. Ch. 28
East, Game 1: Hawks at Pacers 7 p.m. ESPN
West, Game 1: Grizzlies at Thunder 9:30 p.m. ESPN
NHL playoffs, conference quarterfinals
West, Game 2: Blackhawks at Blues 3 p.m. Ch. 8
East, Game 2: Blue Jackets at Penguins7 p.m. NBCSN
West, Game 2: Wild at Avalanche 9:30 p.m. NBCSN
EPL: Fulham at Tottenham 7:45 a.m. NBCSN; 1040-AM
EPL: Stoke City at Cardiff 10 a.m. NBCSN
EPL: Sunderland at Chelsea 12:30 p.m. Ch. 8
MLS: New England at Chicago 4 p.m. NBCSN
Mexican: Queretaro at America 5:45 p.m. Univision
Mexican: Veracruz at Monterrey 8 p.m. Unimas
Mexican: Tigres at Club Leon 9 p.m. Telemundo
ATP: Rolex Masters (taped) 12:30 p.m. Tennis
TV: CBSSN: CBS Sports Network; FS1: Fox Sports 1; FSF: Fox Sports Florida; NBCSN: NBC Sports Network....
04/18/14 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — At some point, manager Joe Maddon has insisted, the line drives will have eyes, the ground balls will find holes and the zeros on the scoreboard will be replaced by heroes at the plate.
It happened Friday as the Rays not only snapped out of their collective batting slump but ended their four-game losing streak with an 11-5 come-from-behind win over the Yankees before 26,079 at Tropicana Field....
04/18/14 The Heater
Rays vs. Yankees
When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RAYS: RH Chris Archer (1-1, 4.50)
YANKEES: RH Ivan Nova (2-1, 5.94)
On Archer: The righty is coming off his worst start in the majors, seven runs and 12 hits against the Orioles on Monday. He is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three starts against the Yankees....
ST. PETERSBURG — Northeast coach Rob Stanifer wanted to send a message.
It was early March and the Vikings were struggling yet again, this time in a home game against Berkeley Prep.
"I had enough so I saw the bats over there lined up against the fence,'' Stanifer said. "You can't really throw bats and it hurts too much to kick them, so I gathered them all up and put them in the trash can. The next inning we scored three runs. Before that, the bats belonged in that trash can.''...
ST. PETERSBURG — After securing its first playoff appearance in the Class 5A, District 10 semifinals, Lakewood was looking for more in the final against Bradenton Bayshore.
The Spartans (15-11) were confident, especially after rallying to beat the Bruins last month to secure the top seed in the district. Lakewood played well in the title game but had its momentum halted in the sixth inning after a rain delay postponed Thursday's game. It didn't take long for Bayshore (20-4) to capitalize Friday, scoring three runs in the sixth for a 3-0 victory....
TAMPA — The Monday night game against Tampa Catholic, which Tampa Prep lost 8-2, had been over for nearly 15 minutes. But after his team's postgame huddle in leftfield broke, a disappointed Luis Medina lingered.
The sophomore catcher, who has a team-high .453 batting average, also had a near-flawless fielding percentage. But against the Crusaders, Medina had two throwing errors, one of which allowed a runner at third to steal home in the sixth inning....
"In the last couple of days, notices were sent (by officials in Ukraine) to Jews in one city indicating that they had to identify themselves as Jews."
Secretary of State John Kerry, Thursday in a speech in Geneva
On Facebook and Twitter, the story caused people to fear the history of the Holocaust was repeating itself.
It seems to have originated in Donetsk, a region and a city in eastern Ukraine. On April 7, pro-Russian activists took control of Donetsk's government building. Almost two weeks later, USA Today reported, "Leaflet tells Jews to register in East Ukraine."...
04/18/14 Tennis Preps
Wiregrass Ranch sophomore Agie Moreno made North Suncoast history Friday, becoming the first player from a public Pasco County school to win an individual tennis state championship.
A day after winning the team singles title and helping the Bulls tie for first as a team, he knocked off Fort Myers' John Carlin 6-1, 4-6, 10-3 to claim the overall Class 3A championship.
"I was very excited that I could be part of that moment," Moreno said....
04/18/14 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — Ben Bishop on Friday took another step in his rehabilitation of an injured left elbow as he took shots for the first time since he was hurt April 8 against the Maple Leafs.
Granted, the Lightning's No. 1 goaltender skated on his own and the shots came from goaltenders coach Frantz Jean. But, Jean said, "(Friday) was a very, very good day."
There still is no timetable for Bishop's return other than a hope he will be ready if the first-round playoff series with the Canadiens is a long one....
NEW PORT RICHEY — River Ridge softball coach Ernie Beck is retiring after this season, so this week's district tournament was his last.
And the way the Royal Knights played, one of his best, too.
Despite entering as the No. 3 seed, River Ridge rolled over all three opponents, including Dunedin 8-0 in Friday's Class 5A-8 championship.
The Royal Knights (25-3) did it in their usual style, with a relentless, timely offense and the marksmanship of pitcher Makenzie Goluba, who allowed two hits and struck out 13....
04/18/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — Easter came early for orangutans Goyang, 14, and Josie, 30, who shared a coconut made to look like an Easter egg during the annual orangutan egg hunt at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo on Friday.
Zookeepers put different types of vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, coconuts and other treats throughout the habitat for the orangutans to find during the enrichment activity.
This enrichment activity helps stimulate the orangutans both mentally and physically....
04/18/14 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — Lightning coach Jon Cooper would not characterize Friday's game with the Canadiens as a must-win. "If this was Game 4 and we were down three, I would call that a must-win," he said. "But this one we really need." But Tampa Bay failed badly in a 4-1 loss at the Tampa Bay Times Forum to fall behind two games to none in the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. A 2-0 deficit is not impossible to overcome, but it's not going to be easy. According to the NHL, only 37 times in the previous 291 series that have been 2-0 has a team come from behind to win the series. One of them was the 2002-03 Lightning, which lost its first two to the Capitals in the East quarterfinals but won the series in six. If history is to repeat, the Lightning must find a way to generate some offense, or a least some consistent time in the offensive zone....