The majority of state's now use Common Core, a learning system that demands the same basics for every student. This school year, Florida is rolling out it's own tweaked version called the Florida Standards. More>>
A Pasco County Sheriff's deputy was on her way to a burglary call when she hit a family car with four people inside, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. More>>
Florida Democrats appeared poised Tuesday to select former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a nationally watched race that's part of an unlikely political comeback for Crist. More>>
Hillsborough Republican Party Chairman, State Senator Tom Lee, hosted a watch-party on primary day at O'Brien's Irish Pub in Brandon. Supporters and volunteers gathered to both talk politics and watch the brief returns. More>>
The Plant City Police have made an arrest in a cold case homicide from 1979. More>>
Penny Perez, of St. Petersburg, worries every time she sends her 11-year-old son, Keith, to school. Keith has a rare condition called Williams Syndrome. He is developmentally delayed, and if his blood pressure is too high for an extended period of time, his heart could stop. More>>
Jurors in the Kyle Williams case have begun their deliberations in the sentencing phase. They have to recommend a sentence of either life in prison or the death More>>
Kayser Sayeg doesn't allow his wife to drive her 2008 Toyota Camry on long distances.In the hot Florida sun, the dashboard melts and becomes incredibly sticky.Aside from being a nuisance to clean, it causes a glare in the windshield, sometimes making it difficult to drive More>>
A Brooksville man appears to have needed some help taking a mugshot. He was arrested after a domestic dispute with his mother and hitting a dog, police say. More>>
Florida's candidates for governor are on the road for the state's primary day.Democrat Charlie Crist is expected to greet supporters in Boynton Beach before heading to an election night party in Fort Lauderdale. He toured the state in Monday, making stops in Tampa and Jacksonville. More>>
The new owners of a million dollar mansion who've just moved here from Ohio have stirred up the neighborhood in a Pinellas beach community by hiring contractors to "maintain" the sand dunes that sit between their new beach home and the Gulf of Mexico."The dunes are there to protect all fo the residents," said Wendy Hutkin. More>>
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting on Freeport Avenue in Spring Hill. More>>
On a final push for votes and momentum before the primary election, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist made a quick stop in Tampa on Monday in a swing across the state. More>>
Daryl Rodgers retired from the U.S. Army Reserves and wanted a second income." I'm trying to make extra money to help pay for my wife's medical bills," said Rodgers.So he started driving for the ride sharing services Uber and Lyft. More>>
Jim Marz has received several emails from some scammers claiming to represent E-ZPASS. The first email stated he owes money for traveling on a toll road. The second claimed to be from E-ZPASS collections agency. The third claims to be from a court official informing Marz there is a court date set for a hearing on the money he owes. More>>
Are unsolicited calls from telemarketers driving you nuts? 8 On Your Side has received a rash of calls from consumers who say their phones are ringing at all hours. They block calls and then find out the overseas company just changes their number and keeps calling. They even have ways of changing their phone numbers to trick you into thinking it's a local call. More>>
Fired Centro Ybor guard tells his side of the story
The Clearwater Police Department targeted the East Gateway area in a crackdown on prostitution over the weekend. More>>
An 11th grade student was struck, and pinned under a car while walking home from school Monday. More>>
Disaster has struck Dade City's Wild Things Zoo in Pasco County. More>>
On October 25, 2011, Jessica Buchanan was kidnapped at gunpoint in Somalia, leading to a 93-day ordeal that she called the most difficult experience of her life.She had been doing aid work in eastern Africa when she and a colleague were forcefully taken from their vehicle by Somali pirates and held for ransom.She spent 93 days in the Somali wilderness. More>>
Emotional testimony in the Kyle Williams sentencing forced Polk County Judge Donald Jacobsen to send out the jury twice. Williams is the man jurors convicted of shooting and killing Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin in December of 2011. Crispin's father, Tomas, took the stand and through an interpreter, addressed the jury. More>>
A Lakeland mother is basking in her son's happiness after he recently scored a touchdown that was made possible through the sportsmanship of the opposing team.Jason Dryna is 13-years-old and loves football. However, his disabilities make it hard for him to excel at the sport. More>>
A 15-year-old is critically injured after breaking into his uncle's house and getting shot. It happened Sunday night at a house on Chipco Street. More>>
Charlie Crist stopped by a Tampa field office Monday, greeting supporters on a final campaign swing around the state before Tuesday's primary election.Crist took photos with supporters and made a few calls to voters, joking with a volunteer who switched reading glasses with him so he could see the printout he was using.Crist is taking on former state Sen. Nan Rich in the Democratic primary. More>>
"It was like a blackout for a quick second. When I got up I was a little shaken up." More>>
BUCCANEERS TRIM ROSTER Team Parts Ways With 12 PlayersThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced they have made the following roster moves:RELEASEDLS Jeremy CainWAIVEDDT Euclid CummingsOL Jace DanielsWR Skye DawsonOL Jason FosterDE Ryne GiddinsG R.J. MattesWR Eric PageWR Tommy StreeterDE Chaz SuttonQB Alex TanneyFB Ian Thompson More>>
Belmont Heights Estate apartments were the scene of a shooting Sunday. An unidentified man was standing outside of the apartment complex at 2210 E. Lake Ave., with a group of friends, Tampa police said.. ...
A Tampa man died in a skydiving accident at Skydive City Saturday. Skydive City officials said Keith Murray, 50, was performing a team practice jump with three other team members and a videographer at the time of the accident. ... More>>
A Silver Alert has been issued for Earl Lee Jones, 82, of Pinellas Park. It is believed that Mr. Jones left his home sometime before 5 a.m. Sunday and was possibly headed to Georgia to see family, Pinellas Park police spokesman Sgt. Adam Geissenberger said in a news release.... More>>
Tropical Storm Cristobal is likely to strengthen, but will have less impact on the East Coast than expected. “Cristobal is still a Tropical Storm and bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to the Bahamas Sunday,” Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips said. ... More>>
Final election preparations are underway for Tuesday's primary, including handing out supplies to poll workers who will be responsible for checking in voters at sites throughout Hillsborough County. ... More>>
A fire has severely damaged a church in St. Petersburg that was to be used a polling location on Tuesday.A fire broke out in the kitchen of the Vietnamese Alliance Church at 4344 21st St. N. early Sunday morning, Pinellas County officials said.... More>>
The tourists stream to Florida in their cars, intent on a week at Disney or a sugar-sand seashore or a nonstop party on South Beach. Road weary and thirsty, they pull over at one of the state's five official welcome centers. They walk inside, and then they look up."The best start under the sun," reads a big sign. "FLORIDA ORANGE JUICE." More>>
A 49-year-old Bay area man walked into traffic in Largo Saturday night and was struck and killed.The incident occurred just before 10 pm in the 2400 block of East Bay Dr. The driver of the vehicle, a 16-year-old Largo girl, was not hurt. More>>
Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans had even more motivation to score once he saw defensive tackle Clinton McDonald return a fumble for a touchdown."I talked to Clinton and I said, 'How are you going to score one before me?" the first-round pick said. "And then, luckily, I got in." More>>
The tensions over the events of Ferguson, Mo, could be felt right here in the Tampa Bay area. Protests were held throughout the region on Saturday, including in downtown Tampa. Ferguson is more than a thousand miles away, but it has served as a rallying cry that has both united and divided people across this country. ...
In the middle of a New Port Richey subdivision on Langston Ave. white iron gates lead to a large compound surrounded by barbed wire fences. Inside there is a swimming pool, parking lotand several buildings that formerly served as the neighborhood HOA community center. More>>
A handful of Bay area celebrities went bowling for a very worthy cause Saturday afternoon in Tampa.They took part in an event at Pin Chasers on North Armenia to support the launch of the community campaign ‘Be Hope to My Hungry Neighbor.' More>>
Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public's help in tracking down a hit-and-run driver.The suspect fled the scene of a crash that left a pedestrian in serious condition. The incident occurred just before 2 am Saturday near the intersection of Palm Harbor Blvd. and Alderman Rd. More>>
Investigators with the Polk County Sheriff's Office are on the lookout for a Winter Haven man being sought on armed robbery and attempted murder charges.Brandon Leon Matthews, 29, has an extensive criminal background and is considered armed and dangerous. More>>
One person was killed and two others seriously injured Friday afternoon in a multi-vehicle crash that snarled traffic on Interstate 75 in Manatee and Sarasota counties.The incident occurred just after 4 pm in the northbound lanes just south of the Ellenton exit. More>>
Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's assistance in locating a driver that fled a fatal hit and run crash Saturday morning.The incident occurred just before 5 am near the intersection of Maggie Dr. and State Road 674 in Wimauma. More>>
Tampa Police have arrested 27-year-old Edgardo Molina of Tampa for a murder outside Club Underground in downtown Tampa early Thursday morning. More>>
Florida Highway Patrol troopers reopened I-75 in Manatee County after a deadly accident shutdown the northbound lanes early Friday evening.
It was hard to tell that the team colors of Riverview High School in Sarasota County were maroon and gray Friday night.Most of the crowd was wearing blue.“Her favorite color was blue,” said varsity cheerleader Devyn Kelly. Kelly is talking about fellow cheerleader Teria'le Rawls who was gunned down almost four weeks ago. More>>
Duke Energy customers in Florida are a little hot this month, and not just because of the weather.Duke is changing it's billing cycle and adding up to 12 days to customers bills.Duke says it is rerouting their meter readers to make shorter trips. More>>
Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuisannounced Friday that the Hernando County Sheriff's Office has a brand new deputy."K-9 Justice" is a 14-month old German Shepherd and will be joining the K-9 unit. Corporal Stephen Miller, K-9 Unit Supervisor, will be his handler. More>>
Last week, 8 on your side showed you some of the dilapidated conditions inside some units at the Townhouse Park Apartments in Bradenton.Tenants were having problems with mold and rodents.There was also water damage. More>>
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium released final plans Friday for the 68 million dollar downtown marine aquarium. More>>
Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We've gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from August 11 to 16, 2014.
Pinellas County Sheriff Deputies arrested a funeral home removal service employee after they claim he stole jewelry from deceased woman while he was in her home to remove her body. More>>
A massive wasp nest outside a Winter Haven home is being removed Friday morning. More>>
A persistent bullying problem has a new enemy in Pasco County. This is the second school year starting off with a new online tool to fight bullies. More>>
Sarasota County is serious about saving money, conserving energy and protecting our environment.
University of South Florida students are traveling abroad to learn about love. More>>
Coast Guard crews are scheduled to offload 576 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $19 million in St. Petersburg Friday morning.
After two years of illness, Mary Zentkovich wants answers about what is making her family sick.“ Zentkovich thinks the fumigant Paladin being used in nearby strawberry fields is the reason for her family's and other neighbor's illnesses. More>>
The parents of Andrew Joseph spoke at the monthly Hillsborough NAACP meeting Thursday night.
Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that he will propose an increase in per-pupil funding for Florida students if he is elected to a second term. His proposal calls for a $232 boost in per-student spending to $7,126. Scott and potential political opponent Charlie Crist have traded barbs on education in recent weeks, with Crist launching a bus tour around the state he called “Restore the Cuts.”Scott's proposal tops the ... More>>
Shan Henderson and her husband, Brian, have spent their entire summer begging Hillsborough County to fix a deep, dangerous hole in their backyard. More>>
A planned book on the 100 year anniversary of Clearwater is making some business owners angry.Clearwater will celebrate the century mark next year and the city plans to publish a book on their rich history. More>>
Dozens of events were planned this week to welcome new and returning students back to the University of South Florida for the fall semester.Nearly 5,500 students were expected to move into campus residence halls Thursday. More>>
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida, died Aug. 20, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy. More>>
The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D. More>>
Kyle Williams, who is accused of killing a Lakeland Police officer was found guilty of murder Thursday afternoon. More>>
A Tampa middle school student faces a felony charge after police say he brought a loaded gun to school. More>>
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman who was found in the water after a vehicle crash Thursday morning on the Indian Rocks Bridge. More>>
More than 900 Target stores across the country will be extending store hours in an effort to accommodate late night shoppers, including more than 70 Florida retail locations.Target says that's what customers want and may be a way to get younger shoppers back in the store. More>>
An 8 On Your Side investigation into police shooting and the lack of Crisis Intervention Team training at the Tampa police department is not sitting well with T.P.D.Police spokesperson Laura McElroy sent an email to News Channel 8 management with the subject line labeled, "The Rest of the Story More>>
94th Avenue North in St. Petersburg will be closed from Gandy Blvd to Dr. Dr. M.L. King Street for the next several hours after a head-on crash between a PSTA bus and an Acura. More>>
A Plant City church youth group volunteer is charged with possession of child pornography after church staff told police they discovered images of child pornography on a church computer.Polk County Sheriff's Office Computer Crimes detectives on Wednesday arrested Jay Howell Bloodworth, 28, of Lakeland in connection with the crime.Detectives say Bloodworth is an active member of the Church on the Rock and is a volunteer with the youth group which includes 30 to 40 juveniles under the age of 18... More>>
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is warning people not to have sex in parks. The warning came after the sheriff's office received complaints. The sheriff's office sent undercover detectives to Lakeland's Saddle Creek Park, they wound up arresting two men.
Tuesday's primary election will be the final decision on some races across the Tampa Bay region.Although primaries are often thought of as precursors to the general election, some contests won't make it that far. More>>
A man was shot and killed outside Club Underground in downtown Tampa early Thursday morning, Tampa Police say. More>>
A man is facing charges after Tampa Police reported finding numerous weapons and military gear in his vehicle early Thursday morning.
Four people needed to be airlifted to the hospital Thursday morning after a two-car crash on County Line Road in Wesley Chapel. More>>
This year the cafeterias in all Polk County High Schools are resemble restaurants more than lunchrooms."We hope they feel like it's something different. Not just a bigger portion size when they get to high school," said Jenna Kaczmarskie, Polk County School Nutrition Coordinator.
A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a St. Petersburg Starbucks.
When 92-year-old Frances Evans got a letter in the mail about her death, she laughed. “What's funny is they're sending the letter to me, telling me they're sorry I'm deceased. More>>
Video taped in the Iraqi desert, a man draped in black, with his face covered speaks with an British or New Zealand accent. “This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen of your country.” Moments before he beheaded Journalists James Foley, the knife-carrying man demanded air strikes stop, and warned, another American newsman, Steven Sotloff, could be next. More>>
A giant hole is eroding the earth in Shan and Brian Henderson's backyard.
Fraternal Order of Police representative Jim Howard told Eight On Your Side Wednesday he expects a private consultant's investigation of Belleair Police Chief Thomas Edwards to wrap up by Friday. More>>
Clearwater Police officers says a special needs student who was reported missing on Wednesday has been found.
With a toss of a football, Charlie Crist boarded the bus in Orlando. “On to victory,” Crist announced, as he headed to his seat. It's a campaign tour that might have seemed improbable just a few years ago. But the former governor is on the campaign trail again, trying to win over voters to win back his old job in Tallahassee. More>>
Two men were shocked while trimming trees in Largo on Wednesday.
James Woolever was shocked to find a bad mark on his credit report. Especially since it was for an "outstanding balance" from a Verizon account opened in 1979. He knew that couldn't be right, because he was just 6 years old then. More>>
Investigators say 69-year-old Kathleen Marie Shortill was in the water at Madeira Beach when her husband noticed she was unresponsive. More>>
Closing arguments are set for Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing a Lakeland Police officer. More>>
A Lakeland triplex was boarded up Wednesday and officially labeled a "public nuisance." More>>
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says they've arrested a school psychologist for molesting a teenage girl. More>>
Action today by Hillsborough county commissioners following an 8 On Your Side investigation.Commissioners voted unanimously to draw up an ordinance that will bring chronic code offenders before a judge in county court.For months now 8 On Your Side has documented the county's inability to deal with properties that are overgrown and piled with junk and pose possible health risks to neighbors. More>>
Marie Valdes, of Brandon, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Spinach Dip Stuffed Garlic Rolls. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here).
Anna Zovko, of Tampa, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here). More>>
JoAnn Belack, of Bradenton, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here). More>>
Whip up a tasty recipe and win a million bucks. Sounds easy enough, right? Not really. Just ask three talented Tampa Bay women who made it to the finals of this year's Pillbury Bake-Off contest.
An upset dog owner is hoping to find her dog she believes was taken from Weedon Island on Sunday. More>>
Tampa Police officers are investigating a shooting on Davis Islands. It happened Tuesday night just before midnight on Riviera Drive. More>>
Body cameras are used by several law enforcement agencies in Florida but not many in the Bay Area. Sarasota Police announced this week they will begin using body cameras on police officers with a pilot program. More>>
Dash cam video rolled as David Fredericksen and his co-driver witnessed a horrible crash outside Biloxi Mississippi. It happened last Monday, as they drove a load of orange juice in a large tanker truck. A grandmother driving her young granddaughter lost control and slammed into a semi, igniting the truck's fuel tanks. More>>
Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene of a shooting in Town N' Country just before 1:00 A.M. early Tuesday morning.The sheriff's office gives a chilling account of the events that led to the shooting.In the middle of the night, Linda Maddox, 63 heard a noise and grabbed a .22 caliber revolver she keeps by the bed. More>>
News Channel 8 recently covered a story about a veteran who says he and his wife were kicked out of a restaurant by cops. He claims it was because of his Yorkie-mix service dog. The story ignited a firestorm on Facebook with numerous comments on the issue. So, what are the rules involving service dogs?
Belleair Police Chief Thomas Edwards is the target of numerous allegations ranging from mismanagement to ethical breaches and possible criminal acts. More>>
Introducing children to technology in the classroom can be a beautiful thing, but what if the technology is a GoPro camera and the class is a room full of first graders on the first day back to class? McFarlane Park Elementary in Tampa experimented with one of its students to see what happens when those two worlds collide. More>>
A website is causing some confusion in Hernando County in the days leading up to the primary election.
A Lakeland couple is in the Polk County jail, charged with child abuse toward an 11 and 12-year-old.
A veteran and his wife were extremely upset after they were escorted from a Clearwater restaurant by police. More>>
A veteran Northern California rock climber died in a fall in Yosemite National Park, just hours after proposing to his girlfriend during another climb, authorities said. More>>
The two outer southbound lanes on Ashley Drive and westbound lanes on Tyler Street from Ashley to Macinnes Place are closed on Tuesday August 19, while the Tampa Water Department repairs a 12-inch transmission line break. More>>
A Manatee County business is celebrating a major milestone Their novelty candles will be available for purchase at select Walmart stores.
Busch Gardens Tampa has opened the newest thrill ride Falcon's Fury to park-goers.
Three Lakeland restaurants have been targeted in a scam designed to scare owners into paying their electric bill to the unknown caller. More>>
Lakeland Electric customers beware of a current scam that involves an individual who calls and acts as if he is a representative of Lakeland Electric.
Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives think a former teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student may have victimized additional minors. More>>
Hillsborough County deputies need your help finding a 71-year-old man last seen Monday in Tampa. More>>
Know anyone who's looking for a job? Discount grocer ALDI is expanding in the Tampa Bay area and is hiring. ALDI will be holding a job fair Tuesday, Aug. 19 from noon to 8 p.m. in Clearwater.
A Clearwater couple tells News Channel 8 that their service dogs were the reason they were escorted from Maggie Mae's restaurant in Sand Key. More>>
When 15-year-old David Gereg goes to the hospital for a long-awaited bone marrow transplant on Wednesday, he'll know the community is rallying behind him, along with a very famous country singer. Brad Paisley autographed an electric guitar for the Pinellas Park teen during his Tampa concert last Friday.
A broken water main could cause some major traffic issues in a heavily traveled area of south Tampa. More>>
A woman accidentally shot her grandson early Tuesday morning in Town 'n' Country, Hillsborough deputies confirmed. More>>
It's now the first day of school for the 8th largest school district in the nation. More>>
Alberto Pomare Davis has been fixing Hillsborough County buses for more than decade. He promises the buses kids are hopping on today are safe. More>>
A broken water main has all northbound lanes of Dale Mabry between Ballast Point and Gandy boulevards shutdown while crews work to correct the problem.Barricades and signs are located in the area to assist drivers with detour routes. More>>
Officers with the Clearwater Police jumped into action Monday afternoon to find a missing Sandy Lane Elementary 5th-grader.
Millions of people's personal information is at risk after hackers targeted a hospital network.
Clearwater Police are searching for a missing child Monday afternoon who was last seen at the end of the school day at Sandy Lane Elementary. More>>
Like many parents, Kim Smalling was looking forward to a new start for her children this year at school.Smalling says she didn't want to take her daughters to the public school where they were assigned, so she looked into a charter school as another option. More>>
The stinky, cloudy water is bad enough. But East Lake residents, near Tampa's Hard Rock Casino, say their water bills are out of control and going up. Tonia Hammond is so fed up with the private water company, Pluris American Infrastructure, that she posted sings on her fence in protest. She says her bill started to skyrocket after she publicly complained about her water quality to the Hillsborough County Commission. More>>
For about 45 minutes last Friday, Pinellas 911 callers were out of luck when they called for help. All they heard was ringing on the other end of the line after two lightening strikes disrupted service. More>>
Largo Police are asking for help finding a man who entered a home and sexually battered a person inside the home early Monday morning More>>
Derek Jeter almost felt as if he were playing in the Bronx after getting a key late hit. More>>
A Winter Haven woman got her wish: the owner of the moving boxes that ended up at her house now has his belongings back. More>>
Arriving to newly-planted Crist campaign signs, former Gov. Charlie Crist and his wife voted Monday morning in downtown St. Petersburg, Crist's home town. More>>
It's the first day of school in Pinellas County, and more than one hundred thousand boys and girls will make their way back to class. More>>
As the school year starts in Sarasota County, the county sheriff deputies remind all drivers and pedestrians to be safe on the roadways. More>>
Hillsborough County students have one day left of summer, but their bus drivers are already back to work. More>>
Thousands of Pinellas county students are ready to hit the books on their first day of school.As students go back to classes, the county is putting a strong emphasis on STEM courses. More>>
Hillsborough deputies arrested a man who they said shot and killed a woman in a Tampa night club parking lot early Sunday morning. More>>
A 49-year-old woman was shot to death early Sunday outside of a nightclub in the 8200 block of US Highway 301 in Tampa.
Clearwater police are investigating a fatal stabbing on Albright Drive. Police were called to 1809 Albright Drive about 7:16 p.m., Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw said. The victim was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where he later died from his injuries.. ...
Frustrated and upset. Those are two words Daisy Quinn is using to describe her dealings with Windsor Preparatory Academy in St. Petersburg. She learned late last week, her twin 6th-graders, William and Blake Martin, didn't make the cut for the first day of school on Monday. But it wasn't their fault. The building that will house middle-schoolers is unfinished. ... More>>
The body of a man was found in a backyard swimming in Parrish Sunday evening. The victim has been identified as Jonathan M. Vain, 40, of 5119 119th Terrace East., a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report said. ... More>>
If you stopped in a Tampa Bay brewery over the past week, you might have run into a Florida candidate for governor. Adrian Wyllie, a Libertarian, visited multiple breweries in the Bay area as part of his statewide craft brew tour. More>>
A 45-year-old Mulberry woman died early Sunday after she was hit by a car while walking along Highway 60 in Polk County.Julie Ann Melvin was pronounced dead at the scene just after 3 am. More>>
Florida Polytechnic University officially opened for business Saturday in Lakeland.Governor Rick Scott was among the more than 1,000 supporters, students and faculty that attended the facility's launch celebration. The event marked the school's grand opening and the completion of the Science and Technology Building. More>>
Mike Evans made the biggest play in his first home game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Unfortunately, for him it didn't end well. Matt Moore directed two straight touchdown drives in the Miami Dolphins' 20-14 preseason victory over the Bucs on Saturday night. More>>
Mike Daley hits the beach on Canaveral National Seashore before dawn most mornings, climbing into an all-terrain vehicle to survey 12 miles of beach, looking for unique trails in the sand that tell him a sea turtle plodded ashore to lay her eggs.Daley is among a small group of paid employees and volunteers who monitor beaches along the coast of Volusia and Flagler counties, marking and counting nests and recording the locations. More>>
Behind the rusting, too-tall-to-climb chain-link fence topped with razor wire and inside abandoned buildings where muted rooms are blanketed with dust lies artistic treasure.Two years ago, the Hillsborough Correctional Institution fell victim to not enough money and too few inmates. More>>
Authorities in Winter Haven are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a robbery suspect.The unidentified black male struck Saturday afternoon just after 5 pm at the Rapid Cash location in the 1100 block of 6th St. NW. More>>
Protests rage on a week after a Ferguson, Mo., police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager.Voices of support for Ferguson residents now are being raised in cities across the country. Rallies held today in Tampa and Orlando grew sparse crowds, but the people expressed themselves loud and strong. ... More>>
A Tampa man charged Friday in the death of a nine-year-old girl made his first appearance before a judge Saturday morning to hear the new charges filed against him.Granville Ashanti Ritchie, 35, is facing child abuse, sexual battery and first-degree murder charges. More>>
Authorities have released the identity of a wrong-way driver that died in a fatal crash on Interstate 275 in Hillsborough County early Friday morning.Edward Jose Duran, a 23-year-old Tampa resident, was pronounced dead at the scene just before 3 am. More>>
Detectives with the Tampa Police Department are seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating a robbery suspect.The crime occurred just after 5 pm Friday at the Suncoast Federal Credit Union in the 1900 block of East Hillsborough Ave. More>>
At least two vehicles were destroyed early Saturday morning when a fire broke out at a natural gas fueling station near the Port of Tampa.Crews with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue were dispatched to a location near the intersection of Madison Ave. and 50th St. just after 6:30 a.m. More>>
Tampa Bay area residents are organizing a Stand Up for Justice in solidarity with Ferguson, Mo.The event is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at 3808 N. 22nd St. ... More>>
Family and friends of Felecia Williams have waited for the day someone would be held accountable for Williams' death. Felecia, 9,was found dead, floating in Tampa Bay, in May. ... More>>
Lakeland police is looking for a man in connection with the beating of a 76-year-old female store owner in an $18 heist. The police has issued an arrest warrant for Angel Miguel Molina, 28. ... More>>
Pasco County sheriff's spokesman Eddie Daniels has confirmed the sheriff's office is launching an investigation into allegations money was taken from the Oulsen Family Fund. ... More>>
It's a piece of paper, tattered and torn. The ends are frayed, and the words are fading. But, every single day since May 16th, Temple Terrace Police Chief Kenneth Albano carries it with him.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium will host the premiere for the highly anticipated Dolphin Tale 2 movie on Wednesday, September 10
Residents of a Bradenton apartment complex say they have problems with mold and rodents, but feel they have no where to turn, as the county says they cannot help. More>>
Due to the storm, Pinellas County's 9-1-1 was experiencing technical issues late Friday morning. As of 12:20 p.m., the county says the 9-1-1 system is operational, functioning on a backup. More>>
Chances are you have seen the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" videos that have gone viral all over the internet and now the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Lightning, Rays, and USF Bulls have all posted videos and pictures of their own. More>>
After shooting their mentally ill son in the back, the Tampa Police Department assured the dead man's parents that officers would get specialized crisis intervention team training. An 8 On Your Side investigation learned that five years later, TPD walked away from that promise.
Moments before a wrong-way driver crashed into an ambulance on Interstate 275 early Friday morning, the FHP fielded a number of 911 calls from motorists, including one who claimed he saw the wrong way driver do a U-turn on I-4 near exit 3. More>>
Temple Terrace Police announced Friday they are formally charging Granville Ritchie with murder of 9-year-old Felecia Nicole Williams. Police made the announcement at a news conference where they also released new details about the murder.
Do you know the man in the photo? Sheriff's investigators say he attached a skimming device at the Regions Bank ATM at 6297 W. Waters Ave. in Hillsborough County at about 6:30 p.m on August 13. Detectives are asking for help finding the suspect. More>>
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has found a missing and endangered 96-year-old woman. More>>
St. Petersburg man lured a 13-year-old boy in his car and had sex with him, Manatee deputies said. More>>