01/30/15 Public Safety
TAMPA — Two female students were injured Friday morning at King High School in what school officials believe was a fight over a boy.
The fight, which broke out at 7:35 a.m. just before the first bell, pitted two 10th grade girls against two 11th grade girls, Hillsborough County Schools spokesman Steve Hegarty said. One of the 10th graders had a knife.
Both of the 11th grade girls were injured, and one was taken to an area hospital with lacerations to her face and shoulders....
A woman received treatment for smoke inhalation and a mobile home was destroyed Friday morning in a fire in Lealman, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Firefighters were called to the Highland Mobile Home Park at 3663 58th Ave. N about 2:23 a.m. The fire ruined one mobile home and damaged two others, according to the Sheriff's Office. Two residents made it out of the fire. One, Laura Duncan, 50, was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for treatment of smoke inhalation...
TAMPA — A six hour standoff with three law enforcement agencies led to the capture of two suspects Friday morning in north Tampa.
Police believed the pair stole a car and were somehow involved in a shooting.
The standoff, which included an armored SWAT van, ended around 7 a.m. when the last suspect not in custody, who had barricaded himself in the attic of a home on Citrus Circle near Fourth Street, surrendered to police. ...
This from the Hillsborough County school district Friday morning:
Hillsborough County Public Schools will host eight Community Discipline Chats in areas throughout the county for parents and the community to review and provide input on 2014-2015 first semester in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, and alternative to out-of-school suspension data. ...
Does it feel like you've eaten McDonald's every day for the past two weeks?
Super Bowl Sunday — finally, mercifully — is almost here. When the Patriots and Seahawks won their conference championships a State of the Union address ago, the table was set for an appetizing finale. For the second straight season, the two best teams in football were going head-to-head. We were going to be talking about superstar players — Tom Brady! Rob Gronkowski! Russell Wilson! Marshawn Lynch! We were going to be reading about legacies. And we were going to be watching sappy Tom Rinaldi ESPN specials....
01/30/15 TV and Radio
Autos NASCAR Hall of Fame inductions 8 p.m. NBCSN Boxing Lightweights: Dargan vs. Luis 9 p.m. ESPN2 College basketball Harvard at Princeton 6 p.m. ESPNU Women: Florida State at Georgia Tech 7 p.m. FSF Monmouth at Fairfield 8 p.m. ESPNU Kent State at Buffalo 10 p.m. ESPNU College gymnastics Georgia at Florida 7 p.m. SEC College hockey North Dakota at Nebraska-Omaha 8:30 p.m. CBSSN Minnesota at Wisconsin 9 p.m. Big Ten Golf PGA Europe: Dubai Desert Classic 5:30 a.m. Golf PGA: Phoenix Open 3 p.m. Golf LPGA: Coates Championship (taped) 8 p.m. Golf High school hockey River Ridge vs. Newsome 7 p.m. BHSN East Lake vs. Wiregrass Ranch 9 p.m. BHSN Hockey OHL: Erie at Kingston 7 p.m. NHL NBA Mavericks at Heat 8 p.m. ESPN Bulls at Suns 10:30 p.m. ESPN NHL Sabres at Canucks 10 p.m. NHL Soccer Mexican: Santos at Quertaro 8:30 p.m. ESPND Mexican: Morelia at Tijuana 10:30 p.m. ESPND Tennis Australian Open (taped) 2 p.m. ESPN2 Australian Open, women's final: S. Williams vs. Sharapova 3 a.m....01/29/15Preps
ST. PETERSBURG — An already historic season got even better for Boca Ciega on Thursday night. Playing in only the second region game in school history, and the first since 1994, the Pirates defeated Bradenton Southeast 1-0 in overtime. It is the school's first region win and sets up a Class 3A region semifinal against Jesuit on Tuesday. .
"This is huge for our program,'' Boca Ciega coach Colby Bidwell said. "There's a buzz around school about these guys. It's so rewarding.''...01/29/15Preps
ST. PETERSBURG — After a collision in overtime, East Lake goalkeeper Sean Caulfield writhed on the ground in pain. He hobbled to the sideline, unsure if he would return for the game — or the season — after suffering what he said could be ligament damage to his knee.
But it didn't take long for Caulfield to know he was going to keep playing Thursday.
"I couldn't go out like that," Caulfield said. "I saw how hard everyone else on the team was fighting. If they were out there playing that hard, I had to be back out there fighting for them."...01/29/15 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — What Cedric Paquette does best typically doesn't end up on the score sheet.
The gritty center does all the thankless dirty work in the corners and on the penalty kill. He probably blocks more shots than he takes.
So when Paquette, 21, delivered an improbable hat trick on a big stage Thursday night, lifting the Lightning to a 5-1 win over the Red Wings, the whole bench went wild. Jonathan Drouin stood up on his seat and screamed as many in the mixed-fan sellout crowd of 19,204 at Amalie Arena tossed hats onto the ice....01/29/15Preps
DOVER — With arguably the best player in Hillsborough County on its roster last year, Strawberry Crest followed Aliyah Gregory's leadership all the way to its first district championship.
Gregory has since graduated and now plays at UCF. The Chargers, who had some growing pains midseason, longed to prove the inaugural feat could be done without her. But for most of Strawberry Crest's Class 7A-7 championship matchup with Plant City on Thursday, that seemed in doubt. ...01/29/15 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — Imagine this: Lightning C Tyler Johnson in a Red Wings uniform.
Turns out, it might have been fitting. Detroit coach Mike Babcock goes way back with Johnson, having coached in the center's hometown, Spokane, Wash., from 1994-2000. Babcock said Johnson's mother, Debbie, taught his kids how to skate.
"It's unbelievable he's not a Red Wing," quipped Babcock, whose Red Wings played the Lightning on Thursday. "I could have hand delivered that guy so easy it's not even funny. Should have mentioned that a few times."...01/29/15Roads
TAMPA — State officials are moving forward with a multibillion dollar plan to create express toll lanes on Tampa Bay-area interstates.
But several of the 100 or so residents who showed up to an open house presentation off 50th Street during rush-hour traffic Thursday were not pleased with it.
"I am unequivocally against this plan," said Austin Prince, a 22-year-old University of South Florida graduate, who called it "a tightening of the economic noose around the working class."...01/29/15 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — Services are scheduled this weekend for Christopher C. Styles, the first African-American band director and chair of the department of music at St. Petersburg College, who died at the age of 79 on Jan. 22.
Mr. Styles, who went by Chris, was born in St. Petersburg and dedicated his life to giving back to the community through music, said his sister, Gladys Styles Johnston. He taught music for more than 50 years and was a member of the St. Petersburg chapter of the NAACP, the Pinellas County Urban League, the Junior Symphony, the Al Downing Jazz Association and the Florida A&M University Alumni Association. ...01/29/15Energy
Duke Energy Florida has iced its idea to build a solar farm in mid Pinellas County or anywhere else, at least for now.
The decision came after state regulators in November denied Duke's request to redirect $2 million from a solar panel rebate program for customers to so-called community solar projects, where solar panels in a central location feed the existing power grid.
The goal, company spokesman Sterling Ivey said, was to "spread the cost among all our 1.7 million customers and make it fair for all of our customers, not just the few who can afford to install panels."...01/29/15News
DADE CITY — A judge Thursday set an Aug. 24 date for the murder trial of Curtis Reeves, a retired Tampa police captain accused of shooting and killing a man in a Wesley Chapel movie theater last January.
Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa said he expects the trial to last three weeks, closing on Sept. 11.
Reeves, 72, is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated battery in the Jan. 13 shooting of Chad Oulson, 43, at the Cobb Grove 16 Theatres. The men were at a matinee show with their wives when they argued over Oulson texting his young daughter's babysitter during previews....