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News at noon: Day 4 of the Clearwater parking lot shooting trial; top 10 most expensive homes sold in the Tampa Bay area in July; and more

Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com. [TMCCARTY  |  times staff]
Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com. [TMCCARTY | times staff]
Published Aug. 22, 2019

Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.

REI Co-op headed to Midtown Tampa

Specialty outdoor retailer REI Co-op will open its first store the west coast of Florida at the $550 million Midtown Tampa project near West Shore, developers said Thursday.

REI Co-op, the nation’s largest consumer cooperative, will open a 22,500-square-foot store on the spot where developers on Wednesday began tearing down the old Men’s Wearhouse on N Dale Mabry Highway.

Trial in the Clearwater parking lot shooting: Day 4, making the case

We’re doing live updates in the manslaughter trial of Michael Drejka, accused in the July 2018 shooting death of Markeis McGlockton. Follow along here.

St. Petersburg pumped 6.6 million more gallons of dirty water into the Florida Aquifer over the weekend

After rain pummeled the Tampa Bay area last week, Mayor Rick Kriseman on Sunday tweeted a laudatory note about the way the city’s sewage system handled the inundation.

“Really proud of our Public Works & Water Resources for guiding our improved wastewater system through the past few weeks," the mayor tweeted, "& esp yesterday.”

Yet the day before, his sewage system pumped 6.6 million more gallons of illegal dirty water into the Florida Aquifer through an injection well.

Citrus County Sheriff strikes, kills pedestrian in Hernando County

A vehicle driven by Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast struck and killed a pedestrian Wednesday in Hernando County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Here are the top 10 most expensive homes sold in the Tampa Bay area in July

After Hillsborough County dominated last month’s list of the most expensive homes sold, Pinellas accounted for the majority for July’s sales, including one of the biggest in Tampa Bay history

Three of the four St. Petersburg homes listed are located on Snell Isle while Hillsborough’s listings include a sprawling ranch in Riverview. See them here.


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