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  1. Dade City man dies after crashing into county bus, troopers say

    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 38-year-old man died Tuesday after colliding into the rear of a county bus on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

    Juan Carlos Izaguirre of Dade City was heading south in a Chevrolet Tahoe as a bus was unloading passengers at a bus stop, troopers said. Izaguirre failed to stop and crashed into the bus.

    Izaguirre died at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. The bus driver sustained minor injuries....

  2. Suspicious device at Pinellas Park home was a spent artillery round, police say

    Public Safety

    PINELLAS PARK — Bomb squad investigators determined that a "suspicious device" found at a Pinellas Park home Tuesday afternoon was a spent artillery round, police said.

    About 4 p.m., officers responded to 10248 Oakhaven Drive after receiving reports about the device. They notified the Tampa Police Bomb Squad.

    The residents of the home were evacuated. Police believe the spent round was left behind at the house by a previous tenant....

  3. Pasco Business Digest for May 26



    CHAMBER BUSINESS BREAKFAST: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly business breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. June 1 at Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. The event is sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, and the guest speaker will be Todd Vandeberg. The cost is $8 for members, $10 for guests. For information, call (813) 782-1913 or visit

    HOSPITAL NAMES NURSE OF THE YEAR: Registered nurse Gabriel Mangual-Reyes was named 2017 Nurse of the Year for Florida Hospital Zephyrhills at the hospital?  s eighth annual Nurse of the Year celebration ceremony May 8. Mangual-Reyes is employed in the progressive care unit and joined the hospital in 2015. He was nominated by patients, their family members, peers and hospital leadership. From left are: hospital employees Ryan Willis, chief financial officer; Mangual-Reyes; Gwen Alonso, chief nursing officer, and Randy Surber, president and chief executive officer.
  4. Rays vs. Angels, 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Angels

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tickets: $15-$275; available at Tropicana Field box office,, team Tampa store; surcharge up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

    Promotion: Half price on lower corner and upper level tickets through the Ballpark app.

    Probable pitchers...

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Erasmo Ramirez #30 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. How did Florida National Guard miss soldier's neo-Nazi leanings?


    Brandon Russell, a private first class assigned to Company C of the 53rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion in Pinellas Park, has been in the Florida National Guard since February, 2016.

    All the while, authorities said, he was a self-professed neo-Nazi who led a group of like-minded individuals calling themselves the Atomwaffen Division.

    So how did he escape the attention of Guard officials?...

    Brandon Russell, 21, of Tampa, is a Florida National Guardsman accused in a federal complaint of illegal possession of explosives. [From YouTube]
  6. New stores coming to Tyrone Square Mall, like Bath & Body Works


    Tyrone Square Mall will welcome a half dozen new stores, like Bath & Body Works and MidiCi's The Neapolitan Pizza Company, this summer.

    Six new stores are slated to open at Tyrone Square Mall, St. Petersburg's only enclosed shopping mall, in the next few months. Those stores are PlayLive Nation, a social gaming lounge that opened May 1; MidiCi's The Neapolitan Pizza Company, a fast-line Italian restaurant expected to open in early fall; Bath & Body Works and White Barn Candle will sell lotion, soap and candles when the stores open June 1 ; and Shoe Palace, a shoe store which will open in the coming months. ...

  7. Hernando teacher faces sexual battery charges


    BROOKSVILLE — Deputies arrested a teacher on charges of sexual battery Tuesday, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said.

    Sheriff Al Nienhuis and superintendent of schools Lori Romano scheduled a news conference for Wednesday morning to discuss the case.

    Until then, the Sheriff's Office said, it would not release any additional information, including the name of the teacher, the teacher's school or the circumstances of the case....

  8. Drought forces tougher watering restrictions around Tampa Bay


    Water restrictions will go into effect next month as the region grapples with the driest dry season on record in 103 years, the Southwest Florida Water Management District said Tuesday.

    The new restrictions will remain in place in 16 counties, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Hernando, and Pasco, through Aug. 1. Lawn watering will be limited to one day a week. Car washing will also be limited and homeowners' associations won't be allowed to enforce deed restrictions that could cause an increase in water use by requiring residents to keep their lawns green....

    Clouds build in downtown St. Petersburg on Tuesday ahead of storms forecast to bring much-needed rain. The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood watch for Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota counties that went into effect at 2 a.m. today, and runs through Thursday morning. Forecasters say the best chance for severe storms is this afternoon, accompanied by localized flooding, frequent lightning, gusty winds and dangerous surf.
  9. Sharing extreme views, neo-Nazis sometimes convert to radical Islam


    It sounds like an unlikely leap of faith: a neo-Nazi converting to Islam.

    But according to records and at least one friend who knew him, that's what 18-year-old Devon Arthurs did about a year before he allegedly killed two roommates in a Tampa Palms apartment on Friday. According to police report, Arthurs said he previously had neo-Nazi beliefs in common with Jeremy Himmelman and Andrew Oneschuk, but shot them Friday because they disrespected his new faith. Arthurs also said he was angry about anti-Muslim sentiment and the United States bombing Muslim countries. ...

    Devon Arthurs, 18, told police  he shared neo-Nazi beliefs with his roommates, Jeremy Himmelman and Andrew Oneschuk, until he converted to Islam, according to a police report .
[Tampa Police]
  10. Target Corp. reaches $18.5 million settlement with 47 states over data breach


    Target Corp. has agreed to pay Florida $928,963 out of a newly-announced $18.5 million settlement over a huge data breach that occurred in late 2013.

    But don't expect a check in the mail if your information was affected. The money will go toward "investigative costs and fees and towards future enforcement" according to Kylie Mason, press secretary for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

    The deal announced Tuesday with attorneys general from 47 states and Washington, D.C., is being billed as the largest multistate data breach settlement to date....

    Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have reached an $18.5 million settlement with Target Corp. to resolve the states' probe into the discounter's massive pre-Christmas data breach in 2013. 
[Associated Press]
  11. Bomb experts say materials at Tampa Palms murder scene were meant to kill


    TAMPA — Easily obtainable chemicals and equipment that investigators found at the scene of a double murder in Tampa Palms were assembled for one purpose, according to explosives experts: To create an improvised explosive device that could kill people and destroy property.

    There were enough explosive materials found to blow up a car, or more, according to Anthony May, a retired Army bomb squad member who now runs Arizona-based ALM Security and Explosives Consultant LLC....

    Authorities search a vehicle late Sunday in Key Largo after arresting Brandon Russell of Tampa, who is not pictured. Russell faces federal explosives charges after Tampa police investigating a double homicide found bomb materials in his Tampa Palms apartment. [Photo courtesy of Kevin Wadlow,]
  12. Hernando Events for May 26-June 1



    26 Friday

    Free Zika training: Presented by the Hernando Computer Club, the training is for those who wish to assist in the effort to find a cure for the Zika virus. Club members are volunteers for World Community Grid and are donating their devices' spare computing power to help scientists find a cure. Participants need to leave their computers on overnight so World Community Grid can crunch numbers. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-7171....

  13. Tampa lands Super Bowl in 2021


    TAMPA — Record rainfall in Los Angeles ultimately may end Tampa Bay's drought of hosting the Super Bowl.

    NFL owners voted unanimously in a one-day meeting in Chicago on Tuesday to shift Super Bowl LV, which will be played in February 2021, from Los Angeles to Tampa.

    The decision came five days after the Rams and Chargers announced that heavy rainfall in southern California had delayed construction and pushed the opening of the stadium they will share in Inglewood, Calif., back one year until 2020....

    Mike Tomlin celebrates with LaMarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu after the Steelers beat the Cardinals in 

Super Bowl XLIII  on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. [Times files (2009)
  14. Forecast: Severe storms, gusty winds for Tampa Bay as cold front arrives Wednesday


    Muggy and dry conditions will prevail across the Tampa Bay region ahead of a cold front that could produce gusty winds and potentially severe storms late Wednesday.


    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  15. As St. Petersburg's Jabil Circuit broadens its business, it shrinks its name to Jabil


    St. Petersburg's Fortune 500 company, Jabil Circuit, informally tossed aside the "Circuit" in its name some time ago. That's because circuit board manufacturing, the company's core business for decades, has been squeezed out by a broader business agenda ranging from consumer packaging to supply chain management.

    Hence the new and simpler name: Jabil Inc.

    The company made it official in an SEC filing this week, announcing that Jabil Circuit will be trimmed to Jabil as of June 5. Nothing else really changes. JBL, its stock ticker, will remain as is....

    Jabil Circuit informally dropped "Circuit" from its marketing material and signage, like at its St. Petersburg headquarters, years ago. Now it's official.
[Times file photo]