A 59-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries Wednesday evening when she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle in Dunedin.
Catherine G. Ashenfelter of Clearwater was taken to Bayfront Medical Center after the crash, which occurred about 6:15 p.m. at the intersection of Alt. 19 and Tradewinds Drive in Dunedin.
Pinellas sheriff's deputies said Ann M. Tamboe, 78, of Dunedin, was driving a Chrysler 200 north on Alt. 19 when she turned left onto Tradewinds Drive, striking Ashenfelter, who was headed south on Alt. 19 in the bike lane....
Authorities have arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with a bank robbery in Oldsmar earlier this month.
David Lucas Olmedo was arrested Thursday on a robbery charge in connection with the Nov. 18 robbery at the Suntrust bank, 3500 Tampa Road. Authorities said Olmedo was arrested in Hillsborough County.
According to Pinellas sheriff's detectives, the robber entered the bank and demanded cash. The teller complied and the man ran away. No other details were released....
The Bulls (4-7, 3-4 AAC) lead the all-time series 4-1, and won both previous meetings in Tampa. UCF (7-3, 5-1), a half-game behind Memphis in the American Athletic Conference standings, must win to remain in reasonable contention for the league title. The Bulls, meantime, can avenge a back-breaking 2013 loss in Orlando and earn a quality win upon which to build entering a pivotal 2015 season. The Knights, fourth nationally against the pass (163.3 ypg), face a Bulls offense that may finally have found a groove in its last five quarters. Since replacing Quinton Flowers midway through the fourth period at SMU two Saturdays ago, QB Mike White is 30-for-51 for 350 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. UCF has won 13 consecutive non-Saturday games....
TAMPA — Fittingly, the beginning and benediction share the same zip code. Exactly 2.94 miles from where the curtain rose on the "Freakshow," the college version of this record-shattering production ends with one last command performance.
For Andre Davis, USF's greatest receiver and local amabassador, the final backdrop — Raymond James Stadium — also happens to be the backyard....
CLEARWATER — For the first mile of the 10K, Jon Mott stayed with the lead pack at the 36th Times Turkey Trot.
He did not have their company for long.
By the time the race ventured off Clearwater's Keene Road and into the neighboring streets, Mott surged to the front, never relinquishing his lead.
No one lately has been able to keep up with Mott, a former standout at Northeast High and Webber International who entered Thursday's race as the two-time defending champion....
Thanksgiving isn't really all that much different from the other 364 days of the year. In fact, it's more like every day crammed into one. You either start the day hopeful or anxious, things don't turn out the way you planned, you feel some regret and you eat a lot. And amid it all, you seek the temporary escape that is football.
Sure, the Buccaneers' brand has been so bad that fans have sought to escape from Raymond James Stadium more often this season than they've sought to escape to it, but there are some things we can be thankful for....
11/26/14 TV and Radio
College basketball Santa Clara vs. Tennessee noon ESPN2 Butler vs. Oklahoma 1 p.m. ESPN Kansas vs. Rhode Island 2 p.m. ESPN2 Princeton vs. UTEP 2 p.m. ESPNU Georgetown vs. Wisconsin 3:30 p.m. ESPN LIU-Brooklyn vs. Stony Brook 4 p.m. ESPNU San Diego vs. Xavier 4:30 p.m. ESPN2 Illinois vs. Indiana State 5 p.m. FS1 Western Kentucky vs. St. Joseph's 6 p.m. ESPNU Michigan State vs. Rider 6:30 p.m. ESPN2 North Carolina vs. UCLA 7 p.m. AXS* Women: USF vs. Oklahoma 8:15 p.m. 1010-AM Marquette vs. Georgia Tech 8:30 p.m. ESPN2 Long Beach State vs. Western Michigan 8:30 p.m. ESPNU Mercer vs. Rice 9:30 p.m. CBSSN Florida vs. UAB 9:30 p.m. AXS*; 620-AM San Jose State vs. Washington 11 p.m. ESPN2 UC-Santa Barbara vs. Washington State midnight CBSSN College football LSU at Texas A&M 7:30 p.m. ESPN; 1040-AM TCU at Texas 7:30 p.m. FS1 Golf Australian Open 8 p.m. Golf NFL Bears at Lions 12:30 p.m. Ch. 10; 1010-AM, 98.7-FM, 1470-AM Eagles at Cowboys 4:30 p.m. Ch. 13; 1010-AM, 98.7-FM, 1470-AM, 620-AM Seahawks at 49ers 8:30 p.m. Ch. 8; 98.7-FM Soccer UEFA Europa: Sevilla at Feyenoord 12:55 p.m. FS2; ESPND UEFA Europa: Everton at Wolfsburg 1 p.m. FS1 UEFA Europa: Monchengladbach at Villareal 3 p.m. ESPND UEFA Europa: Belgrade at Tottenham 3 p.m. FS1 UEFA Europa: Dnipro at Inter Milan 3 p.m. FS2 UEFA Europa: Dnipro at Inter Milan (taped) 5 p.m. ESPND
GIBSONTON — The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 were shut down Wednesday night at Gibsonton Drive after authorities said a woman jumped to her death from an overpass.
The incident caused interstate traffic to backup to Big Bend Road. Travellers were urged to seek alternate routes.
Cars could exit at Gibsonton then re-enter the interstate on the northbound ramp.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said the woman jumped from the Gibsonton Drive overpass around 7:34 p.m. in an apparent suicide. Her identity was not immediately released. Detectives were at the scene. An investigation is continuing....
TAMPA — Every single Armwood High School starting quarterback since 1995 has gone on to play Division I-A or I-AA football, a streak that is even more impressive when the Hawks' defensive tradition is taken into consideration.
But as Armwood's undefeated season wore on this year, senior quarterback Noah Johnson plugged along without any offers in tow.
Johnson's 5-foot-10 frame has been considered a drawback when it comes to his future at the next level, and coach Sean Callahan — who has helped his players get recruited for more than 25 years — admits that, because of his lack of size, he wasn't surprised Johnson went so long without offers. ...
TAMPA — From player sound bites to a school-produced video promoting Friday's game, USF has made no secret of the grudge it harbors toward geographic and conference rival UCF.
Knights coach George O'Leary, previously unabashed in his hype of an annual Knights-Bulls game, did a mild about-face Tuesday evening. Which is to say, he indirectly called out the Bulls for stoking the rivalry with verbal animosity....
11/26/14 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — The Lightning honored its controversial former captain Marty St. Louis on Wednesday, showing a video tribute during the first period.
And, perhaps surprisingly, St. Louis — making his much-anticipated return since forcing a March trade to the Rangers — received a standing ovation, popping off the bench and touching his heart as he saluted the crowd of 19,204.
"It brought back a lot of memories," St. Louis said. "I wanted to give them the thank you that they deserved."...
11/26/14 Human Interest
BRENDAN FITTERER | Times
Volunteers from Community Service Council of West Pasco, from left, Carolyn Keilman, Katie McQuillan, Austin Jerome, Victoria Barley and Diana Jerome wrap slices of pumpkin pie for almost 1,500 hot Thanksgiving meals to serve needy families in the community at Jennifer Gardens Assisted Living Facility on Wednesday. The Community Service Council of West Pasco members, local assisted living facilities, nursing homes, rehab centers and volunteers will deliver the turkey dinners to more than 250 families in western Pasco County on Thanksgiving morning....
RIVERVIEW — Four adults were charged and three young children were taken into custody Wednesday after Hillsborough investigators uncovered a drug-manufacturing operation.
Acting on an anonymous tip, Hillsborough deputies searched a house at 11506 Brancato Lane and found two generators and two vessels used in the production of methamphetamine, the Sheriff's Office said.
Three children, ages 5, 3 and 6 months, found inside were turned over to child protective investigators, deputies said....
Bears at Lions
When/where: 12:30; Ford Field, Detroit
TV/radio: Ch. 10; 1010-AM, 98.7-FM
Line/OU: Lions by 7; 47½
Two of the NFL's top receivers square off; in the last meeting, Calvin Johnson's two TDs trumped Brandon Marshall's two TDs in a 21-19 Lions win in an NFC North matchup. Two 7-4 NFC teams would miss the playoffs right now, so pressure's on Detroit, which gets its next three at home (including Bucs next week) before closing at Chicago and at Green Bay....
11/26/14 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — D Victor Hedman is almost ready to return to the Lightning lineup.
Hedman was cleared for all on-ice activities Wednesday, including contact. He participated in the morning skate with a regular-colored jersey after spending the last week in a red, non-contact jersey.
Hedman, out the past five weeks with a fractured right finger, missed his 18th game Wednesday but hasn't been ruled out for Saturday. After his surgery, he was expected to be out 4-6 weeks. ...