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PARENTS OF SEMINOLE HEIGHTS SUSPECT SENTENCED TO HOUSE ARREST
The parents of the man police say committed four murders in Seminole Heights have been found in contempt of court and sentenced to 5-½ months of house arrest. The only exemptions would be for religious, medical and employment activities, Circuit Judge Mark Wolfe ruled. For more than two months, Howell Donaldson Jr. and Rosita Donaldson — who showed up late for their 9 a.m. court appearance — have refused to talk to prosecutors building a case against their son, Howell Donaldson III. Their son, who is 24, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder. The state will seek the death penalty in the case.
AMID CAREERSOURCE CONTROVERSY, ALLEGATIONS OF A LOVE AFFAIR, BIG RAISES, FAVORITISM
The anonymous letter sent to a community commissioner's office earlier this month described a possible love affair at the top of the local jobs center. President and CEO Edward Peachey was in a romantic relationship with top administrator Haley Loeun, it said.Peachey would not talk about the relationship. Loeun, the business services director, denied that they were romantically involved. But what's not in question is that Peachey has signed off on four substantial raises for Loeun in four years, as she rose to the highest levels of CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay. Also not in dispute: Peachey approved the hiring of three of Loeun's relatives since 2014.
PASCO SHERIFF'S FACEBOOK PAGE A WALL OF SHAME FOR THOSE ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has amped up its social media presence in the past year, actively sharing photos with commentary, images of crimes caught on video and nightly reminders to lock home doors by 9 p.m. It has the biggest Facebook fan base of all Tampa Bay-area law enforcement agencies by far based on the 113,000 followers who have "liked" the page. The mugshot albums are some of the Pasco page's most popular posts. Each batch is accompanied by the header: "Domestic violence is not acceptable and will not be tolerated, in any capacity." They attract comments that are often sexist or have racist undertones, or that poke fun at less-than-flattering photos. They also attract debate..
RAYS' KIERMAIER MOTIVATED TO PROVE HE'S 'THE BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER'
Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier heads into the 2018 season not only with a lot to prove but a pretty big reminder he wants to deliver — that he's "the best defensive player on this planet." After missing 61 games last season due to a fractured hip (which made him ineligible for a third straight Gold Glove) — and that after missing seven weeks in 2016 with a broken hand — Kiermaier said he comes into 2018 determined to stay on the field and re-establish himself among the game's elite.
DISNEY WORLD ANNOUNCES JUNE OPENING DATE FOR 'TOY STORY LAND'
Disney World just announced the opening date for Toy Story Land. The area in Disney's Hollywood Studios is set to open June 30, just in time for the busy summer season, The Orlando park announced today on Good Morning America. The land brings to life characters and experiences from the more than 20-year-old Disney/Pixar movie. Guests are made to feel like they've been shrunk down to toy size in main character Andy's backyard.