DUNEDIN — Three people were injured Friday morning during a two-vehicle crash on Belcher Road, fire officials said.
The crash was reported about 11:40 a.m. just south of Curlew Road. One car was flipped over when deputies and firefighters arrived.
Two people were flown to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with what appeared to be life-threatening injuries. One other person was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa with non-life threatening injuries. A fourth person refused medical treatment, Dunedin fire officials said....
TAMPA — A man who went on a rampage of assaults in early September, touching off a massive daylong manhunt, had heavy amounts of a chemical substance that is common in illegal bath salts in his body when he was shot to death by police.
An autopsy and toxicology report released Friday by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office shows that Charlie Christopher "Chris" Bates had heavy concentrations of methylone in his bodily fluids when he died....
The first sign that Thursday’s Scandal would go teetering off its precarious perch into the abyss of absurdity is the title of the episode: YOLO. As in, YOLO Quinn, so make sure Huck doesn't kill you! (Or lick your face again, eeesh). Or YOLO vice pres, better kill your secretly gay philandering husband before your secrets come out!...
Boley Angels plan holiday brunch
Boley Angels will gather for a gala holiday brunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. The auxiliary for Boley Centers helps to raise money for residents' unmet medical and dental expenses and new-apartment furnishings. $45. (727) 823-0713.
Girls Night to Give helps out Children's Dream Fund...
The sixth annual Tour de Clay of Tampa Bay takes place Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15, with free art studio tours and sales of orginial art. The event spans five pottery studios in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties, featuring 22 clay artists. The tour concludes at San Antonio Pottery, 11903 Curley Road.
Charter member of the Florida Westcoast Ceramics Society and studio owner Jack Boyle will feature four clay artists each with distinctive approaches to creating with clay; stoneware, earthenware, raku and porcelain....
With the re-election campaign gearing up, speculation continues to rise about who Gov. Rick Scott will pick as his running mate.
One rumor recently floated by the Saintpetersblog: his chief of staff Adam Hollingsworth.
Scott isn't saying much. ...
Against our better judgment, we watched the three-hour live staging of The Sound of Music on NBC Thursday night. Like most things on NBC these days, it was kind of a train wreck. Unlike most things on NBC, we couldn’t stop watching. Here are five reasons why.
UPDATE: Apparently you couldn't stop watching either; early Nielsens ratings show that a whopping 18.5 million viewers watched The Sound of Music Live, averaging a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49. It was easily the most-watched program of the night....
The Bulls (2-9, 2-5 American Athletic Conference), who haven't kicked off a game in temperatures below 59 degrees all season, will be slathered in Under Armour. Snow is forecast for Piscataway, where USF hasn't won since 2005. While coach Willie Taggart has defiantly downplayed the weather, QB Mike White has been practicing with a glove on his throwing hand. Emotion could factor as heavily into the outcome as elements. Rutgers (5-6, 2-5), which will recognize its seniors before kickoff, needs a victory to lock up a bowl berth. Like USF, the Scarlet Knights, who depart the American for the big Ten after this season, prefer a power run game with max protection in the passing attack. They will, however, employ some zone-read looks. USF's run game, which has reached 100 yards only once in the past five contests, faces the nation's seventh-ranked run defense (102.3 yards per game)....
TAMPA — The YouTube collages capture No. 7 in all his raw brilliance. At that time, a few years backward and a couple of zip codes westward, Andre Davis mostly outclassed his coverages.
With his slinky 6-foot-1 frame, pillowy hands and clairvoyant alliance with quarterback Quentin Williams, the Jefferson High wideout created vertical and/or horizontal separation from his defenders regularly....
Valessa Robinson, who was a 15-year-old when she helped murder her own mother, was released from state prison early Friday.
Department of Corrections officials confirmed that Robinson was let out of Homestead Correctional Institution shortly after midnight, having reached the end of her third-degree murder sentence for the 1998 murder of Vicki Robinson, a Tampa Realtor.
Robinson was murdered in her Carrollwood home. At the time, she was struggling to get control of her daughter, who was acting out and dating Adam Davis, a 19-year-old with a criminal past....
BRANDON — A 20-year-old Brandon man died late Thursday when he crossed a busy street against traffic and was hit by a car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Joshua Emilio Chervoni was walking south about 10:07 p.m. on Brandon Town Center Boulevard, moving along the crosswalk to cross the intersection of Brandon Parkway, troopers said. At the same time, the traffic signal was green for cars headed east on Brandon Parkway....
A pedestrian died after being struck by a car on U.S. 19.
Florida Highway Patrol said John E. Ludwig, 27, of New Port Richey was crossing the highway at the intersection of Applegate Drive in Spring Hill just before 9:30 Thursday night when he was struck by a Hyundai Sonata.
According to an FHP spokesman, the driver of that car, Kevin M. Mcquain, 62 of Tarpon Springs, didn't see Ludwig and hit him in an outside lane. ...
As nearly half the country suffers under ice and snow, Tampa Bay will approach record high temperatures and should see sunny skies all weekend.
"It looks like we could tie the record today or at least get very close," Bay News 9 Meteorologist Juli Marquez said.
Tampa's record high for today is 83 degrees. In St. Petersburg, temperatures will reach the 80's Friday but likely won't break the 84 degree record high. The rest of the weekend should be equally warm, with highs in the 80's and overnight lows in the high 60's. A sea breeze will likely mean cooler beaches, but mid-70's are still likely there throughout the weekend....
12/06/13 TV and Radio
>Middleweights: Love vs. Simon, 11:30 p.m., Showtime
>Arizona St. at DePaul, 7 p.m., FS1
>South Carolina at Oklahoma St., 9:30 p.m., ESPNU
>Kentucky vs. Baylor, 10 p.m., ESPN
>Bowling Green vs. N. Illinois, 8 p.m., ESPN2
>UMass at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
>North Dakota at W. Michigan, 7:30 p.m., CBSSN
>Women's College Cup: Va. Tech vs. FSU, 5 p.m., ESPNU
>Women's College Cup: UCLA vs. Virginia, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
>Nedbank Challenge, 6 a.m., Golf
>Northwestern Mutual World Championship, 3 p.m., Golf
>PGA Europe: Hong Kong Open, midnight, Golf
>High school football
>Class 2A final: Hialeah Champagnat vs. Lakeland Victory Christian, 1 p.m., BHSN
>Class A final: Gainesville Trenton vs. Blountstown, 7 p.m., BHSN
>Nuggets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
>Magic at Knicks, 7:30 p.m., FSF
>Ducks at Blackhawks, 8 p.m., NHL
>World Cup draw, 11:30 a.m., ESPN2
ST. PETERSBURG — So far this season St. Petersburg has used a simple formula to frustrate opponents. Apply stifling fullcourt defense, convert turnovers into layups and wear teams out with depth.
That strategy was on display Thursday night against Northeast. And like seven previous games, it worked like a charm.
The Green Devils jumped on the Vikings early and never let up in a 61-29 win. Jordan Berenbaum led St. Petersburg (8-0) with 18 points, but she also got help. Overall, 10 Green Devils scored, including 11 points from Victoria Uhatafe and eight from Angel Brown....