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Detectives investigating Polk County inmate's death

Detectives investigating Polk County inmate's deathThe Polk County Sheriff's Office says 48-year-old Paul Desmond died Friday morning.
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Driver involved in Riverview crash dies

Driver involved in Riverview crash diesOne person is in critical after the pickup they were riding in went into a pond Friday night off of Gibsonton Drive.
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  • 16 hours, 58 minutes ago
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Lakeland chase ends in duplex crash

Lakeland chase ends in duplex crashNo officers were injured from gun fire.
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  • 17 hours, 41 minutes ago
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Witnesses nab Grinch robbing woman

Witnesses nab Grinch robbing womanA man is jailed Friday after three people took him down when he tried to take a purse from a 68-year-old woman out for dinner on Christmas Day.
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Mustang drives into Clearwater house

Mustang drives into Clearwater houseA 2006 Ford Mustang driven by a 77-year-old man veered out of control Friday night and into a house at 1407 Fairmont Street.
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Bradenton driver hits two mobile homes

Bradenton driver hits two mobile homesA 19-year-old man is in jail after he led Manatee County deputies on a chase early Friday that ended when he struck two mobile homes.
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T-shirt sales help family of slain officer

T-shirt sales help family of slain officerPeople looking for a way to help the family of the slain Tarpon Springs police officer can now buy a T-shirt for $20.
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Palmetto athlete dies during drug deal

Palmetto athlete dies during drug dealA Manatee County community is reeling from the loss of a beloved Palmetto High School football player, dragged to his death by a driver he knew.
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Tampa Theatre shows 'Interview' tonight

Tampa Theatre shows 'Interview' tonight"The Interview," the movie hackers tried to block from theaters will be shown at The Tampa Theatre at 10:45 p.m. on Friday.
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Retailers crack down on holiday return fraud

Retailers crack down on holiday return fraudIf you join post-Christmas crowds at your favorite store, there's something you need to know about returning gifts.
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Woman, 82, loses house in SUV crash

Woman, 82, loses house in SUV crashDorothy Ussery now considers herself homeless, after a car crashed into her living room around 3 a.m. Christmas morning.
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Vacationing man uses Facebook to locate missing dog

Vacationing man uses Facebook to locate missing dogA Tampa man was in North Carolina when his dog ran away, but social media and the Tampa police was able to reunite them.
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  • 1 day, 6 hours ago
Money

4 Bay area cities hit in Staples breach

4 Bay area cities hit in Staples breachStaples has come out with a list of all the stores where customer credit cards may have been compromised during the security breach revealed in October.
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  • 1 day, 9 hours ago
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Hernando deputies arrest police impersonater

Hernando deputies arrest police impersonaterA 23-year-old man was arrested Christmas night for impersonating an officer after he tried to pull over a person he nearly crashed into in Spring Hill.
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High school athlete dies after falling from car

High school athlete dies after falling from carA tragic end to Christmas Day for a Palmetto family who lost their son.
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Cruise ship employee's body washes up on Sand Key

Cruise ship employee's body washes up on Sand KeyThe body of a man that washed up on Sand Key Friday morning has been identified as an employee that went missing from a Holland America Line Ryndam cruise ship several days ago.
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Community shows support for slain Tarpon Springs officer

Community shows support for slain Tarpon Springs officerFlowers, cards and donations continue to arrive at the Tarpon Springs Police Department after an officer was killed Sunday.
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  • 1 day, 12 hours ago
Outreach

Neighborhood light display benefits Suncoast Hospice

Neighborhood light display benefits Suncoast HospiceThe Lights of Lake Park, a neighborhood in Seminole, is a holiday tradition that benefits Suncoast Hospice.
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Tampa Police use Facebook to find dog's owner

Tampa Police use Facebook to find dog's ownerTampa Police posted on their Facebook page Christmas night that they found the Husky near Manhattan and Gandy.
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Funeral services for slain Tarpon Springs officer

Funeral services for slain Tarpon Springs officerMemorial services for a Tarpon Springs police officer who was fatally shot while on duty have been scheduled.
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  • 1 day, 12 hours ago
Florida

Florida clerks won't give gays marriage licenses

Florida clerks won't give gays marriage licensesMost of Florida's 67 clerks of court don't plan to issue marriage licenses to gay couples on Jan. 6, paralyzed by confusion over whether a ban on same-sex marriage is being lifted across the whole state that day, according to an Associated Press survey.
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Woman homeless after SUV hits house

Woman homeless after SUV hits houseAn 82-year-old woman is looking for a place to live after an SUV hits her house early Christmas morning.
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Man sees relatives struck by wrong-way driver

Man sees relatives struck by wrong-way driverRelatives and friends are left mourning on Christmas after a wrong-way, head-on crash leaves two people dead in Seminole.
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Christmas tree disposal in Hillsborough, Pinellas

Christmas tree disposal in Hillsborough, PinellasHillsborough and Pinellas counties are offering several options to residents looking to dispose of Christmas trees.
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Police: Burglars trolling for Christmas boxes

Police: Burglars trolling for Christmas boxesClearwater police are warning residents to avoid putting TV boxes and other items outside because they tell thieves what's in the house.
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Tampa moviegoers get look at 'Interview'

Tampa moviegoers get look at 'Interview'Dozens of cars lined up up to get into the Fun Lan Drive In on Thursday after Sony decides to release the film, "The Interview."
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Squirrel causes power outage in Tampa

Squirrel causes power outage in TampaA squirrel has been blamed for a power outage Thursday in the area of George Road and Hillsborough Avenue.
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AAA again offers 'Tow and Go' to revelers

AAA again offers 'Tow and Go' to revelersAAA and Bud Light are offering intoxicated drivers in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee free rides home during the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
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Wounded warrior home for holidays

Wounded warrior home for holidaysA wounded Army sergeant who suffered severe injuries after an explosion on the battlefield in Afghanistan returned home on Christmas Day.
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Fun Lan Drive In showing 'Interview' tonight

Fun Lan Drive In showing 'Interview' tonightShowtimes for the new comedy "The Interview" are now popping up in the Bay area, including a drive-in presenting the film tonight.
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Ex-wrestling star Kevin Nash arrested after fight with son

Ex-wrestling star Kevin Nash arrested after fight with sonThe family's attorney says the teen "was out of control, and the father was defending his wife."
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Jacksonville firefighters take precautions after shooting

Jacksonville firefighters take precautions after shootingMichael Reid was treated at the scene Tuesday outside Fire Station 28. Senterfitt says Reid was cut by debris kicked up by a bullet fired near him.
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  • 2 days, 13 hours ago
Florida

Police: Man dies after falling 30 feet at Orlando mall

Police: Man dies after falling 30 feet at Orlando mallAuthorities say 52-year-old Robert Belvoir of Lake Mary was on the ropes course at the Artegon Marketplace in Orlando when he fell Wednesday afternoon.
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  • 2 days, 14 hours ago
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Tampa police catch man in stolen car

Tampa police catch man in stolen carThe pursuit lasted 13 minutes
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Polk County crash involves three vehicles, two fatalities

Polk County crash involves three vehicles, two fatalitiesExcessive speed and impairment are possible factors in this crash.
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Overnight hit-and-run in Sarasota

Overnight hit-and-run in SarasotaAs a result, the vehicle collided with the left side of the Honda, veered back left and sped off.
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Court: no divorce in Florida for same-sex couple

Court: no divorce in Florida for same-sex coupleThe appeals court pointed out that neither woman sought to challenge the ban.
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Holiday trash could make you a target for thieves

Holiday trash could make you a target for thievesLaw enforcement warns leaving big TV and computer boxes outside your home can make you a target for thieves.
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Teens charged with threatening 911 dispatchers

Teens charged with threatening 911 dispatchersAuthorities say three Tampa Bay area teens have been charged with making threatening calls to Hillsborough County's 911 dispatch center.
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Florida

Surfin' Santas hang ten in record numbers

Surfin' Santas hang ten in record numbersMore than 4,000 spectators converged on the oceanfront along Minutemen Causeway on Wednesday to witness the sixth annual Surfin' Santas extravaganza, a beachside Christmas Eve tradition.
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Traffic

Fatal crash closes Hwy 98 in Lakeland

Fatal crash closes Hwy 98 in LakelandU.S. Highway 98 is closed at Rockridge Road because of a fatal accident, the Polk County Sheriff's Office reports.
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Travel delays continue at TIA on Christmas Eve

Travel delays continue at TIA on Christmas EveSome passengers decided to stick around for another day in paradise rather than get stuck missing a connection elsewhere.
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Doc accused of drugging, assaulting patients

Doc accused of drugging, assaulting patientsA Pasco County doctor is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting three patients.
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Entertainment

'The Interview' hits Tampa Bay amid controversy

'The Interview' hits Tampa Bay amid controversyOn Wednesday, the Tampa Theatre announced four late night screenings of the film. Right now you can even watch it on YouTube.
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Best and worst of shopping on Christmas Eve...

Best and worst of shopping on Christmas Eve...Shoppers are crowding area malls and stores in that last minute push for presents. Some just starting their Christmas shopping on this Christmas Eve.
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Inmate suspected of ingesting crack cocaine dies

Inmate suspected of ingesting crack cocaine diesSheriff's officials say a 31-year-old woman died a week after being taken to a hospital to have a crack pipe removed from her body.
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Investigations

TIPS: How to make smarter charity donations

TIPS: How to make smarter charity donationsDecember can be full of misguided generosity if your donations don't go to the right place. Here's what you should ask.
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Florida

Oldest Publix employee dies at 98

Oldest Publix employee dies at 98A 98-year-old woman who was the oldest employee of the Publix grocery store chain has died.
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Florida clerks won't give gays marriage licenses

Florida clerks won't give gays marriage licensesHardly any of Florida's 67 clerks of court plan to issue marriage licenses to gay couples on Jan. 6.
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  • 3 days, 9 hours ago
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New time limit for driver license knowledge exams

New time limit for driver license knowledge examsBeginning January 5, 2015, residents will have 60 minutes to complete the knowledge exam.
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  • 3 days, 10 hours ago
Local

Hillsborough deputy arrested for domestic violence

Hillsborough deputy arrested for domestic violenceA Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy was arrested early Christmas Eve for domestic violence after a dispute with his girlfriend.
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  • 3 days, 11 hours ago
Florida

2 adults, 2 kids found dead in submerged car

2 adults, 2 kids found dead in submerged carPolice told WKMG the car was found in a pond in front of Valencia College on U.S. 192 around 2:30 p.m.
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  • 3 days, 12 hours ago
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Hillsborough Animal Services closes for tenting

Hillsborough Animal Services closes for tentingBeginning noon Christmas Eve, the Hillsborough County Animal Shelter, also known as the The Pet Resource Center at 440 N. Falkenburg Road, will shut down temporarily to tent for termites.
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  • 3 days, 12 hours ago
Tech

Too much to drink? There's an app for that

Too much to drink? There's an app for thatA free app available for Android and iPhones calculates your Blood Alcohol so you will think twice before driving after drinking
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Florida

FL Missing Child Alert: Missing Miami teen

FL Missing Child Alert: Missing Miami teenA Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for 16-year-old Samantha Delgado from Miami.
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Local

Clearwater offers safe disposal of gift boxes

Clearwater offers safe disposal of gift boxesThe big question is - what to do with all of those boxes?
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Community markers added to Pinellas Trail

Community markers added to Pinellas TrailNew landmarks will catch the eye of cyclists, runners, walkers and skaters who cruise along the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail.
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Woman murdered, husband killed in standoff

Woman murdered, husband killed in standoffLakeland Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder of a woman whose husband was killed following a standoff with police Tuesday morning.
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  • 3 days, 13 hours ago
Florida

Firefighters targeted in drive-by shooting; 1 wounded

Firefighters targeted in drive-by shooting; 1 woundedA firefighter was wounded Tuesday in an apparent drive-by shooting as he and four others refueled a fire truck outside a station on the city's south side.
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  • 3 days, 14 hours ago
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Wrong-way driver arrested in Tampa

Wrong-way driver arrested in TampaAnother wrong-way driver has was arrested Tuesday after she was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of 21st Street.
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  • 3 days, 15 hours ago
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3 arrested after threatening officers, 911 operators

3 arrested after threatening officers, 911 operatorsHillsborough Sheriff's detectives have arrested three juveniles who called 911 and threatened HCSO law enforcement and 911 operators on Dec. 20.
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  • 3 days, 15 hours ago
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St. Pete Police round up holiday shoplifters

St. Pete Police round up holiday shopliftersFor the second time in a week, plain-clothed police detectives joined loss prevention officers at a St. Pete Walmart to arrest shoplifters.
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  • 3 days, 15 hours ago
Florida

Florida surpasses New York in population

Florida surpasses New York in populationBy adding an average of 803 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, Florida passed New York to become the nation's third most populous state, according to U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates released today. Florida's population...
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  • 3 days, 19 hours ago
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Woman who drove into ocean with kids committed to hospital

Woman who drove into ocean with kids committed to hospitalA judge decided on Tuesday to commit the mother, who pleaded insanity to charges of driving her three children into the ocean, to a Florida State Hospital.
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  • 3 days, 19 hours ago
Local

Tampa Pitcher Show to present 'Interview' movie

Tampa Pitcher Show to present 'Interview' movieThe Tampa Pitcher Show is scheduled on Jan. 2 to show the movie "The Interview," which is about a potential assassination attempt on North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.
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Storms delay travelers at Tampa International

Storms delay travelers at Tampa InternationalInside Tampa International Airport's terminal, there's lots of joyous reunions, but that's where the happiness ends.
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Investigations

Does St. Pete tow truck title scheme erase liens?

Does St. Pete tow truck title scheme erase liens?Pinellas sheriff investigates alleged scheme where vehicles are towed, company claims titles and resells the vehicles.
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  • 4 days, 4 hours ago
Local

Two drivers dead after head-on crash in Hernando

Two drivers dead after head-on crash in HernandoTwo drivers are dead after one of them struck the other head-on Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 98.
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  • 4 days, 5 hours ago
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Gold bars found among Salvation Army donation

Gold bars found among Salvation Army donationA literal gold mine found in a pair of pants at the Salvation Army, and the charity organization wants to return it to the rightful owner.
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  • 4 days, 6 hours ago
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Tampa Taco Bell robbed at gunpoint

Tampa Taco Bell robbed at gunpointHillsborough Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help identifying the man who held up a Tampa Taco Bell restaurant on Dec. 22.
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  • 4 days, 6 hours ago
Health

Ellenton boy died of flu complications

Ellenton boy died of flu complicationsHealth officials have confirmed an 11-year-old Florida boy has died of rare complications from the flu.
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  • 4 days, 6 hours ago
Local

Man shot to death outside Tampa strip club

Man shot to death outside Tampa strip clubTampa Police detectives are investigating a homicide near the Playpen Gentleman's Club in Tampa.
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  • 4 days, 7 hours ago