Michaela Mulligan - Breaking News Reporter

Breaking News Reporter

Tampa Bay has been my home since around the time I took my first steps as a toddler. I took a short break away to pursue my passion for storytelling at the University of Florida. But now I’m back and excited to be telling the stories that make my home unique. When I’m not hunched in front of a computer or waiting in line for coffee, you can find me outside enjoying Florida’s beaches. Or when it’s just too hot, snuggled up inside with my two cats, Willow and Gabby, watching the latest home renovation show.

  1. Abortion-rights marchers hold signs during a rally Friday in St. Petersburg.
  2. Two scuba divers were found dead at Buford Spring in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area Wednesday. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that neither diver showed any obvious signs of trauma, and both had appropriate diving gear.
  3. Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area has over 20,000 acres of a wide variety of ecosystems including natural springs. Eagle Nest Sink and Buford Spring is popular with divers. [2018]
  4. Detectives were investigating a fatal shooting Tuesday on the 1600 block of Flagler Driver in Clearwater, police said.
  5. A child was airlifted Monday afternoon after the spine of a catfish stabbed the child in the chest and broke off, according to Pasco Fire Rescue.
  6. Craig Hartfield, a 54-year-old vocal coach from Brandon, was arrested Monday and is facing molestation charges in connection to a 14-year-old girl he was hired to teach in the New Port Richey area, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
  7. Six people were injured when a truck hit Building Blocks at Clearwater, a private day care, on Monday, according to Ayman Saed, the owner of the day care.
  8. The body of a missing St. Petersburg woman was found Monday in the Boca Ciega Bay near the Pinellas Bayway, according to police.
  9. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office responded to the Westfield Brandon mall Friday afternoon after receiving reports of a shooting. According to the agency, two men got into an argument that took them outside, where one man shot the other.
  10. Javier Perelez, of St. Petersburg, works to anchor his personal watercraft while waiting for a thunderstorm to pass off the Courtney Campbell Causeway on Monday, June 6, 2022, in Clearwater.
  11. Juan Sarmiento, de 42 años, mantuvo a su novia como rehén durante más de 9 horas en la cuadra 5600 de la carretera estatal 674 en el área de Wimauma el miércoles. Los agentes de la Oficina del Alguacil del condado de Hillsborough respondieron al sitio después de que se notificó a la Oficina que se encontró el cuerpo de un hombre con trauma en la parte superior del cuerpo en un automóvil en el área. [Oficina del alguacil del condado de Hillsborough]
  12. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office responded to a scene in Wimauma early Wednesday morning.
  13. One person is dead and two people are hospitalized after two shootings a few miles apart in Tampa Monday afternoon, according to police.
  14. Tampa Police Chief Chief Mary O’Connor poses for a photo with Gail Powell-Copes and Markita Robinson after delivering a proclamation to the Florida chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action on behalf of Mayor Jane Castor, deeming June 3 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Friday in Tampa.
  15. Nearly a year after authorities found a man shot to death in a vehicle on Interstate 275, three people have been arrested in connection to the shooting, including a man currently in jail on charges related to a mass shooting in Wildwood, according to the Tampa Police Department.
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  17. A state-contracted alligator trapper is seen Tuesday near where a man was found dead after going into the water to retrieve lost golf discs at John S. Taylor Park in Largo. Police believe an alligator was involved in the man's death.
  18. Víctor Thomas Torres, de 42 años, fue asesinado a tiros por agentes el martes. Había cumplido cuatro penas de prisión por cargos como robo a mano armada y secuestro. Torres era parte de una banda aparentemente. [ Departamento Correccional de Florida ]
  19. Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis and Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco held a joint press conference in Spring Hill to discuss a shooting earlier Tuesday. Three Hernando County deputies and one Pasco County deputy shot and killed a man who allegedly fired at deputies first, according to both agencies.
  20. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers are pictured by the lake in John S. Taylor Park, where a man was found dead Tuesday morning. Police believe he may have been wading into the water to retrieve lost flying discs. Investigators are still trying to determine whether he was bitten by an alligator.
  21. Artist Tom Stovall as he works to paint a mural of a turtle named Henry on the Dunedin Curlew Water Tower on Thursday, May 26, 2022 in Dunedin. The water tower was built in the 1960's and is 150 feet tall and holds 1 million gallons of water. Stovall is a large scale muralist who also painted the Crescent Lake Water tower. He started working on Henry in April and plans to complete phase one by mid June.
  22. Sheriff's Office vehicles are seen parked near the corner of Thonotosassa and McIntosh roads after two deputies shot a man who they said reached for a gun as they tried to arrest him, Sheriff Chad Chronister said.
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