The University of Tampa’s ban all smoking and tobacco use on campus takes effect today. The policy, which was announced in January, bans smoking and use of tobacco of all types, including electronic cigarettes, chew tobacco, hookah, cigar and cigarette smoking. This ban includes all UT students, employees, including contractors,Continue Reading

A September 2014 sewer line break in St. Petersburg, Florida dumped 500,000 gallons untreated wastewater into neighborhoods and into Boca Ciega Bay and a team of University of South Florida (USF) researchers went to sample the waters and what they found was a little concerning. The lead researcher of a study published in theContinue Reading

Three employees of a Lakeland Walmart store are now facing manslaughter charges after an investigation into a shoplifter’s death. Police identified those arrested as Nathan Allen Higgins, Crucelis Nunez, Randall Eugene Tomko and charged them with the  manslaughter death of Kenneth Edger Wisham. On Thursday, Lakeland Police arrested store support manager Higgins,Continue Reading

In a developing story, Hillsborough sheriff’s detectives are investigating a fatal shooting of a woman identified as Ivonne Rivera-Ramis in Clair Mel City that includes two separate locations, one being the local McDonald’s. Rivera-Ramis, 42, was sitting in a vehicle with a passenger on Rivergate Drive when an unknown suspect shot atContinue Reading

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office identified the pregnant woman killed by a car Wednesday while crossing Gibsonton Drive from the Murphy USA gas station as Leanna Jean Mammen, nicknamed “Lili.” Isaac Rodriguez Velez was also identified as the driver of the Nissan Altima which struck Mammem. Police say Mammem, 21, died atContinue Reading

Indiana governor and GOP Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence visited the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay Tuesday, talking about taxes, cutting red tape, but avoided Donald Trump’s remarks describing some illegal immigrants from as “rapists” and “killers” (a stereotype proven accurate by some analysis.) “He didn’t address anything specific regarding the HispanicContinue Reading

Tampa Police say a missing runaway, Bryana Lemaire, has been found safe Wednesday morning and that Antwoine Noland, the “dangerous suspect” connected to the murder of Alica Fussell is in custody. Lemaire, 17, has been missing since July 17, reported missing by her family on July 22. Late yesterday, police announced thatContinue Reading

St. Petersburg Police have arrested and charged the man they say is responsible for a hit and run that killed Jeron Davis. Taurus Frederick surrendered to St. Petersburg Police Saturday morning and was officially charged in court on Sunday. Police reported that Frederick argued with Davis, 29, near 22nd Avenue and Martin Luther KingContinue Reading

Tampa police detectives announced they are seeking Antwoine Noland, an armed and dangerous man linked to three crimes and now the murder of Alicia Fussell. Alicia Fussell, 43, was shot and killed outside of City Liquors on Nebraska Ave. Tuesday night. At the time of her death, police said they didn’t believe the shootingContinue Reading

A Pasco County man pretended to be another man for more than 20 years, even fooling his wife, Pasco County deputies said Thursday. Richard Hoagland assumed Terry Symanksy’s identity in 1992, embezzling over $1 million, until a Symansky relative discovered the identity theft using Ancestry.com Hoagland, 63, hit rock bottom after two failedContinue Reading

Since Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has announced they, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are investigating two possible non-travel related cases of Zika virus–one in Miami-Dade County and one in Broward County. These latest developments have some saying Florida may have it’s first ZikaContinue Reading

Hernando County Al Nienhuis announced Wednesday that four suspects are in custody in connection with the murder of Preston Talley of Gainesville. Nienhuis identified the four as Kayla Ja’Nae Morrow, 25; Joshua Dewayne Gardner, 24; Andrew Christopher Abbott, 19; and Brandon Joe Harrelson, 24. The group lured Talley,35, into the Withlacoochee State Forrest using a dating site calledContinue Reading

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department says they are still investigating the car crash involving Ronald Barlett, who collided into a power pole Wednesday morning. Barlett, 54, was alone, driving in the 18300 Block of Gulf Boulevard when he collided with a wooded pole just after 4 a.m. in Indian Shores. Officers detailed theContinue Reading