A Florida woman tossed a lit Molotov cocktail into the lobby of a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Oakland Park. Cellicia Hunt, 35, has been charged with maliciously attempting to damage or destroy a government building by fire after walking into the office Friday afternoon and hurled aContinue Reading

Dorian is now a Category 5 hurricane, located about 225 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida; 35 miles east of Great Abaco island in the Bahamas; was packing winds of 160 mph with higher gusts and was moving west at 8 mph.​​​​​​​ Hurricane Dorian continued tracking toward the BahamasContinue Reading

Investigators have a recovered a body near the Howard Frankland Bridge that has been identified as the missing driver from Wednesday’s crash as Hiran Reis Vaz. Vaz, 53, was the driver behind the white SUV that flipped and plunged into Tampa Bay following a crash on the bridge Wednesday morning. Vaz’s bodyContinue Reading

A 12-year-old middle school student was arrested last week for making a written threat using Snapchat. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office (HCSO), Emma Acebedo, 12, a 7th grade student at Burns Middle School in Brandon, FL posted on Snapchat: “Dear bms students I will be shooting that skoolContinue Reading

A Florida physician mishandled an abortion by performing the procedure on the wrong woman in 2017 at A Women’s Center of Hollywood, an abortion facility in Hollywood, Florida. That doctor, Harvey Craig Roth, will now have to pay a $10,000 fine and take additional courses as a punishment for hisContinue Reading

On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of 11 expert researchers and leading scientists to the recently re-organized Red Tide Task Force. For over 15 years, this Task Force had been inactive and without funding until it’s re-organization by  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at theContinue Reading

When she was just seventeen, Naomi Rosado moved out of her home to live with her boyfriend, Charles Tenpenny. Her relationship turned violent when she refused to abort the couple’s baby. Tenpenny beat and shot Naomi in the face. Rosado considers her son Landyn, now around eight months old, toContinue Reading

A federal lawsuit that Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed on behalf of a Sarasota County church and religious school has prompted the county to reverse course and approve the church’s use of its property to educate children in its religious school. The county had forced the church to go through a $10,000 specialContinue Reading

President Trump may be making headlines over the bickering House Democrats “the squad,” while moving to reverse the U.S. policy to end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border, slashing the number of people seeking refuge in America. The new rule, expected to go intoContinue Reading

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a lower court to reconsider its earlier ruling that a World War II-era memorial cross in Pensacola must be removed. In Kondrat’yev v. City of Pensacola, a federal appeals court had ruled that the 78-year-old cross must come down, with two of the three judgesContinue Reading

Robert Sylvester Kelly, AKA “R. Kelly,” was arrested in Chicago Thursday night following an investigation by the joint Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York and New York City Police Department (NYPD) Public Safety Task Force and special agents with HSI Chicago. A five-count superseding indictment was unsealed Friday in federalContinue Reading

U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich today sentenced Martin Steele (46, St. Petersburg) to seven years and five months in prison for his role in a telemarketing fraud scam. As part of his sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $75,000, the proceeds of the wireContinue Reading

By Robert Herriman  @bactiman63 On this week’s Outbreak News This Week Radio Show in the Tampa Bay area, two important topics were covered concerning Florida and the Tampa Bay area in particular with two great guests. In the first half, Regional Epidemiologist & Laboratory Liason with the Bureau of Epidemiology at the FloridaContinue Reading

On Friday, speaking from Sarasota, Governor Ron DeSantis signed CS/HB 107: Wireless Communications While Driving. The law authorizes the enforcement of texting while driving as a primary offense. Additionally, the bill specifies that a person may not use a handheld wireless communications device while driving in a designated sensitive areaContinue Reading

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) announced Wednesday the arrest of a man charged with the shooting and murder of a woman in Brandon on April 7. Be’Quadre Jackson, 18, was arrested May 15 and charged with Murder in the First Degree, Robbery and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. OnContinue Reading