On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis provided an update on new therapeutics to treat COVID-19, as well as Florida’s vaccine distribution plan once vaccines are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Watch the Governor’s update by clicking the image below or clicking HERE. Wednesday’s update follows Governor DeSantis’ recentContinue Reading

Hillsborough County has extended its state of local emergency enacted in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the mandate that face coverings must be worn in indoor locations of businesses, with certain exceptions, remains in effect. Hillsborough County Administrator Bonnie Wise Wednesday signed an extension of the declarationContinue Reading

Out of an abundance of caution and after consulting with healthcare providers, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla (YMKG) and EventFest have announced that they will postpone Tampa’s signature Gasparilla Parades to a later date this spring. The decision resulted from an ongoing dialogue between event organizers, city leaders, and healthcareContinue Reading

After a recent announcement of a statewide Two-Week Freeze on Oregon, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-65, outlining risk reduction measures. “I know Oregonians have made tremendous sacrifices throughout this pandemic and that these new, temporary restrictions may seem daunting,” said Governor Brown. “But, we are at a breakingContinue Reading

The City of Toronto, Canada reported 420 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, putting Canada’s largest city, a population of 6,197,000 at 36,821 total cases since the pandemic started. The recent increase in cases has prompted the Province of Ontario Friday to announce further measures in Toronto and Peel Region toContinue Reading

In Ocala, Florida, 27-year-old Tommy Lee Holt was sentenced to four years and seven months in federal prison for possession of an unregistered destructive device today. According to the plea agreement, on November 5, 2019, Holt manufactured eight “Molotov cocktails” using glass bottles filled with gasoline. All qualified as destructiveContinue Reading

Michigan health officials announced this week a new emergency order that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates. Under this order, indoor residential gatherings are limited to two households at any one time. However, MDHHS stronglyContinue Reading

A Brandon man arrested during a recent Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office online chat operation is now facing additional charges after detectives discovered he was engaging in sex with a minor he met online. Flor-Adam Brandon Cruz, 24, was one of 22 men arrested during Operation Social Bust. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s OfficeContinue Reading

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported four additional locally acquired dengue fever cases this past week in Monroe and Miami-Dade Counties, bringing the state total to 70 in 2020. The Monroe County cases were identified through retrospective case finding efforts to better characterize activity early in the outbreak. TwoContinue Reading

The Libertarian Party announced recently that the campaign of Dr. Jo Jorgensen for president and Jeremy “Spike” Cohen for vice president has met all states’ ballot-access requirements, putting the ticket officially on the ballot in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. This marks the fifth time the LibertarianContinue Reading

This week, Ernest Gonzalez (68, Tampa), the president and owner of Health and Pain Center (HPC), a pain management clinic, was sentenced to  46 months in federal prison and Rosa Colon (30, Tampa) to 24 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute and dispense controlled substances for no legitimateContinue Reading

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has positively identified the presence of the horntail snail (Macrochlamys indica) in Miami-Dade County. The snail was discovered by a gastropod enthusiast in Coconut Grove who sent the unusual snail to the University of Florida (UF) for identification. This is the first time this snailContinue Reading

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A father and son duo has been charged with enticement and coercion of a minor traveling out of the country to engage in illicit sexual conduct, and transporting a minor into the country to engage in sexual activity. Trinity residents, 26-year-old Jordan Jysae Pulido (charged with the above) and hisContinue Reading

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On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Individual Assistance for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Bay counties following the impact of Hurricane Sally. With this announcement, families impacted by Hurricane Sally now have access to critical FEMA programs, including housing assistance,Continue Reading

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) announced today the arrest of 45-year-old Eugenio Rodriguez-Colina for the arson of the Incarnation Catholic Church. Video obtained from the church was used to identify the suspect who set fire to multiple pews on September 18. Four days later, on September 22, surveillance videoContinue Reading

Tampa International Airport (TIA) announced this week the launch of the country’s first airport testing pilot that will offer two types of FDA-approved COVID-19 tests for all departing and arriving passengers. The testing site, located inside the Main Terminal near the Airside F shuttle, will offer both the rapid antigenContinue Reading

Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis  announced new legislation to stop violent assemblies and protect law enforcement. The proposed legislation, the “Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act,” creates new criminal offenses and increases penalties for those who target law enforcement and participate in violent or disorderly assemblies. “Our rightContinue Reading

Polk County Sheriff’s Fraud detectives arrested 32-year-old Amanda Brown of Frostproof and charged her with five counts criminal use of personal ID (F2), one count grand theft (F3), one count misrepresentation of proceeds (F3), one count fraud (F3), for fraudulently misrepresenting three homicide victims’ families and collecting over $11,000 from GoFundMe onContinue Reading