01/31/15 Public Safety
TAMPA — John Bennett likes to use big words.
He talks about "synergy" and "nexus of actionable intelligence." His resume notes that he has a "passion for simplifying complex mission space into actionable outcomes."
The language is a reflection of the man. Bennett, an assistant police chief who has served as Chief Jane Castor's right hand for the last five years, is complicated and calculating. On the 10th floor of Tampa Police's downtown headquarters, he pores over color-coded maps of the city, analyzing crime patterns and drawing up action plans. His methods might be part of what has, at times, put him at odds with rank-and-file officers. ...
PALM HARBOR — Pinellas County deputies arrested a Palm Harbor man after he struck a deputy several times and attempted to carjack his patrol car early Saturday. Deputy Richard Tipton had gone to help the man after it appeared he had been hit by a car. When Tipton neared him, the man hit Tipton several times, injuring the deputy. Also injured was Sharon L. Scroggins of Palm Harbor, the driver of the car. Scroggins was hurt when she went to help Tipton....
TAMPA — As Hillsborough County School Board members get ready to search for a new superintendent, they sound confident they'll attract some top candidates.
"They will want to come to Tampa, Florida," board member Sally Harris predicted. "We are the eighth-largest school district in the country. Why wouldn't you apply for this job if you have ambition?"
But the board, which dismissed MaryEllen Elia on Jan. 20, faces a highly competitive market and a small pool of candidates qualified and willing to lead a large, urban school system....
01/31/15 Human Interest
3:52 p.m. — Tony "The Birdman" Beck walked the parade route with a colorful pair of parrots. A kiss from one of the birds was free, but to get a photo with the parrots cost revelers $5.
3:50 p.m. — The Gasparilla party to be at on Bayshore Boulevard was the joint bash thrown by the families of Joe Maddon and Jill Kelley, arguably the best known next-door neighbors in Tampa. And they knew it, too....
NEW PORT RICHEY — Firefighters found a dead man after putting out a camper/trailer fire early today.
Pasco County officials said fire rescue responded to a call about 1:17 a.m. at 12011 Belmont Ave. in the area of Moon Lake. When they arrived, they found the 30-foot vehicle with an attachment ablaze. After searching the camper, they found the body of a middle-aged man inside. One firefighter received a minor burn to his ear. The camper was a total loss. ...
01/31/15 TV and Radio
Autos AMA Supercross 10 p.m. FS1 College basketball Wisconsin at Iowa noon ESPN Auburn at Tennessee noon ESPN2 Texas Tech at West Virginia noon ESPNU Notre Dame at Pittsburgh noon Ch. 44 Providence at St. John's noon Ch. 13 Davidson at St. Joseph's noon NBCSN Boston College at Clemson noon Sun Sports Xavier at Seton Hall noon FS1 Tulane at Temple noon CBSSN Women: UTEP at Middle Tennessee State noon FSF USF at Tulsa 1 p.m. ESPNews; 1010-AM Arkansas at Florida 1 p.m. Ch. 10; 620-AM Penn State at Illinois 1 p.m. Big Ten Kansas State at Kansas 2 p.m. ESPN Richmond at VCU 2 p.m. ESPN2 TCU at Iowa State 2 p.m. ESPNU LSU at Mississippi State 2 p.m. SEC Virginia Tech at Wake Forest 2 p.m. Sun Sports Butler at Marquette 2 p.m. FSF Villanova at DePaul 2 p.m. FS1 Georgetown at Creighton 2 p.m. CBSSN Women: USF at Memphis 3 p.m. 1040-AM Rutgers at Indiana 3:15 p.m. Big Ten North Carolina at Louisville 4 p.m. ESPN Wichita State at Northern Iowa 4 p.m. ESPN2 Georgia at South Carolina 4 p.m. ESPNU Mississippi at Missouri 4 p.m. Sun Sports UMass at St. Louis 4 p.m. CBSSN Vanderbilt at Texas A&M 4:30 p.m. SEC Fresno State at Colorado State 6 p.m. CBSSN Texas at Baylor 6 p.m. ESPN2 Purdue at Northwestern 6 p.m. ESPNU Nebraska at Minnesota 6 p.m. Big Ten Duke at Virginia 7 p.m. ESPN; 620-AM Alabama at Kentucky 7 p.m. SEC Oklahoma at Oklahoma State 8 p.m. ESPN2 UCF at SMU 8 p.m. ESPNU Utah State at San Diego State 8 p.m. CBSSN Memphis at Gonzaga 10 p.m. ESPN2; 1040-AM Cal Poly at UC Davis 10 p.m. ESPNU College hockey New Hampshire at Notre Dame 6:30 p.m. NBCSN Minnesota at Wisconsin 8 p.m. Big Ten Golf PGA Europe: Dubai Desert Classic 4 a.m. Golf PGA: Phoenix Open 1 p.m. Golf PGA: Phoenix Open 3 p.m. Ch. 10 LPGA: Coates Championship 3 p.m. Golf NBA Mavericks at Magic 7 p.m. FSF Clippers at Spurs 9 p.m. ESPN, ESPND NFL NFL Honors 9 p.m. Ch. 8 NHL Capitals at Canadiens 1 p.m. NHL Kings at Bruins 7 p.m. NHL Blue Jackets at Lightning 7:30 p.m. Sun Sports; 970-AM Soccer EPL: Newcastle at Hull City 7:45 a.m. NBCSN; 1040-AM EPL: Leicester at Manchester United 10 a.m. NBCSN EPL: Manchester City at Chelsea 12:30 p.m. Ch. 8 Mexican: Cruz Azul at Puebla 5:50 p.m. ESPND Mexican: Tigres at America 6 p.m. Univision Tennis Australian Open, women's final: S. Williams vs. Sharapova 3 a.m. Saturday ESPN Australian Open, women's final (taped) 9 a.m. ESPN2 Australian Open, men's semifinals (taped) 11 a.m. Tennis Australian Open, women's final (taped) 8 p.m. Tennis Australian Open, men's final: Djokovic vs. Murray 5:30 a.m. Sunday Tennis Track and field Armory Invitational 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
ST. PETERSBURG — Countryside hopes of winning the school's first district title in girls basketball since 1993 did not start off well. The Cougars had two quick turnovers and fell behind 6-0 within the first two minutes against Northeast in Friday's Class 7A, District 9 final.
Still, Cougars coach Tony Klemmer was not worried.
His team has often had slow starts this season. It didn't take long for Countryside to wake up, rallying to lead then holding off the Vikings in a 52-45 win....
PALM HARBOR — The game plan for Palm Harbor University in its Class 5A region final match against Newsome was simple. The Hurricanes wanted to survive the first 20 minutes, find a way to score a goal and then hang on for dear life.
They followed the script perfectly.
PHU played flawlessly on defense, scored a second-half goal and hung on to defeat the Wolves 1-0. The Hurricanes will play in Friday's state semifinal in Melbourne against Oviedo. This will be their first state tournament appearance since 2010, when they won their fifth title...
A suspect shot three people in a dispute Friday night before fleeing the scene, police said.
Authorities responded to 1018 E Norfolk Street in Seminole Heights at 8:07 p.m. and found three people wounded with non-life threatening injuries, the result of an intense argument that broke out between two different groups, police said.
The injured, whose names were not released, were transported to a local hospital. Authorities have identified the shooter and are searching for him....
01/30/15 Human Interest
Who knew a civic prank — businessmen pretending to invade Tampa during the 1904 May Festival — would evolve into the city's signature event, lending its name to festivals, a road race and conjuring the mascot of a pro football team a century later? Since those pirates, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, mixed Mardi Gras style and marketing savvy, the "invasion" and parade have grown exponentially, spawning a multimillion-dollar impact, 60 krewes, 9,000 parade participants and 300,000 spectators along Bayshore Boulevard and downtown streets. • With a fledgling start, wars and one infamous cancellation causing the festivities to skip certain years, this is the 100th procession. We honor it with 100 doubloons of history....
Florida vs. Arkansas
When/where: 1; O'Connell Center, Gainesville
TV/radio: Ch. 10, 620-AM Records: Florida 11-9, 4-3 SEC; Arkansas 16-4, 5-2
Notable: Florida has won two in a row and seven of the past eight against the Razorbacks, but Arkansas enters on a three-game winning streak with two players — F Bobby Portis (17.5) and G Michael Qualls (16.5) — averaging at least 16 points a game. The Razorbacks and Gators make the most 3-pointers in the SEC; they combine for an average of 14.2 made per game. Arkansas leads the league with 7.2 per game....
USF at Tulsa
When/where: 1; Reynolds Center, Tulsa, Okla.
TV/radio: ESPNews; 1010-AM
Records: USF 7-14, 1-7 AAC; Tulsa 15-5, 8-0
Notable: The Golden Hurricane won the first meeting, 75-58, Jan. 17 in Tampa. Handling the rematch's analysis for ESPNews will be Bob Knight. Tulsa is on a 10-game winning streak; the Bulls have dropped six in a row. USF is expected to be without PF Chris Perry (unspecified health issue) for the third consecutive game. In his absence Wednesday, redshirt freshman Bo Zeigler and 265-pound Jaleel Cousins teamed for 12 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks in an 11-point loss to SMU. With five assists, PG Anthony Collins would pass Chucky Atkins (519) for third on USF's career list....
USF women at Memphis
When/where: 3; Roane Fieldhouse, Memphis
Records: USF 16-4, 7-1 AAC, Memphis 11-9, 5-4
Notable: The Bulls embarrassed the Tigers 72-39 on Dec. 31, but Memphis enters on a two-game winning streak. Tigers scoring leader Ariel Hearn (15.6 ppg) had five points and four fouls in the first matchup. Bulls junior G Courtney Williams has at least 20 points in five consecutive games and had 24 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in Sunday's 64-45 win against Tulane. USF is one of two American Athletic Conference teams (also UCF) with 10 players averaging at least 10 minutes....
PHOENIX — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has convinced the best player in Bucs history he should be Tampa Bay's No. 1 overall draft pick.
The endorsement of Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks should carry some weight, even if he admittedly is biased as a former Seminoles All-American.
Brooks said Friday at Super Bowl XLIX that Winston will impress with his work ethic and football acumen....