05/23/17 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....
05/23/17 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....
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 zephyrhillschamber.org....
05/23/17 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, raysbaseball.com, 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 MLB.com Ballpark app.
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?...
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. ...
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....
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....
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. ...
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....
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....
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....
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....
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.
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....