Monday, November 19, 2018


Daniel Figueroa IV, Times staff writer

Daniel Figueroa IV is a web reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. Before that, he covered was a staff writer at the Plant City Times & Observer and the Ledger of Lakeland. He probably wants to ride motorcycles and trade books with you.

Seven-day forecast for the Tampa Bay area on Friday, November 16, 2018.

There'll be plenty of sun today, but it's still sweater weather out there

Don't let that bright Florida sunshine fool you this morning, it's cold outside. Florida cold, that is.
Published: 11/16/18
In this November 17, 2017, file photo, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico pose at a Citgo station in Philadelphia. Bobbitt, a homeless man whose selfless act of using his last $20 to fill the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia drew worldwide attention, filed suit against D'Amico and McClure, the couple who led a $400,000 GoFundMe fundraising campaign to help him, contending the couple mismanaged donations and committed fraud by taking contributed money for themselves. (Elizabeth Robertson/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS) 1239517

Charges are being filed against the homeless vet and couple who raised $400,000 for him online

The heart warming story of a homeless veteran who saved a woman was all a scheme to make money, prosecutors in New Jersey say.
Published: 11/15/18
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Red Lobster Restaurant at 6151 34th St N, St Petersburg, FL 33714.

Florida woman steals lobster from Red Lobster tank, tells deputies she was 'blacked out drunk'

The lobster never saw it coming. And it was never seen again.
Published: 11/14/18
Updated: 11/15/18
Chelsea Priest and Ben Wolfgram of BenShot LLC. [YouTube]

Wisconsin company gives guns as a Christmas bonus

A small business owner in Wisconsin decided he didn't want his employees to blow their Christmas bonuses on stress and bills. So instead of cash, he bought them all guns.
Published: 11/14/18
Check for the latest breaking news and developments.

FHP: Daytona Beach man killed crossing St. Petersburg street

The 59-year-old pedestrian walked into the path of an oncoming car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Published: 11/13/18
Miguel Camacho helps reunite the Maramenides family with their beloved dog, Zeus. Zeus, who is known for his ability to pilot a kiteboard, was allegedly stolen Sunday while the family attended a kiteboarding competition near the north end of the Skyway Bridge. [Courtesy of Helen Trotman]

Tampa millenial rescues Zeus, the missing kiteboarding dog, in most millenial way possible

A famous kiteboarding Jack Russell Terrier was stolen Sunday. He was rescused by a millenial armed with a phone and Facebook.
Published: 11/09/18
Seven-day forecast for the Tampa Bay area on Friday, November 9, 2018.

Get ready for another cold front this weekend in Tampa Bay, with no tornadoes this time

Some areas of dense, but patchy fog Friday morning will lead to a sunny, unseasonably warm day throughout the Tampa Bay area ahead of a brief weekend cold front.
Published: 11/09/18
Zeus, a kiteboarding Jack Russell Terrier, went missing from a beach near the Skyway Bridge Sunday. His family is offering a cash reward for his return [Helen Trotman]

A pet detective is helping track a famous dog missing from a Skyway beach

Zues is a famous kiteboarding Jack Russell Terrier. A pet detective is looking for him.
Published: 11/08/18
Check for the latest breaking news and developments.

Hillsborough deputies: Woman’s body found on side of Lutz road

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday morning it is conducting a death investigation off Sierra Pines Boulevard, just north of Lutz Lake Fern Road W.
Published: 11/07/18
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office arrested 35 people in Operation Cast Out, an effort to crack down on unlicensed contracting. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]

Pinellas unlicensed contractor sting nets 35 arrests, 65 charges

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office conducted a recent sting of unlicensed contractors that netted 35 arrests and 65 charges, with the potential for more, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release
Published: 11/06/18