On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Tampa area gained the most private sector jobs of all metro areas in the state adding 84,600 new private-sector jobs over the year, a 7.2% increase. Tampa’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.9% in September, down from 6.0% reported in September 2020. TheContinue Reading

The U.S. Attorney’s Office with the Middle District of Florida reports 50-year-old Tampa accountant, DeAnna Marie Stinson has been arrested and charged by federal criminal complaint with soliciting a crime of violence and murder-for-hire. If convicted on all counts, Stinson faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. According toContinue Reading

Edgar Hurtado-Ramirez (52, Mexico) today pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder monetary instruments and engage in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity. Hurtado-Ramirez faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set. According to the plea agreement, Hurtado-RamirezContinue Reading

Acting United States Attorney Karin Hoppmann announces the extradition of Glib Oleksandr Ivanov-Tolpintsev (28, Chernivtsi, Ukraine) in connection with charges of conspiracy, trafficking in unauthorized access devices, and trafficking in computer passwords. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum penalty of 17 years in federal prison. The indictmentContinue Reading

After setting an industry record with six consecutive No. 1 hits, 4x GRAMMY Award winning, platinum-selling duo and recording artist for KING & COUNTRY are bringing RELATE  The 2021 Fall Tour in concert to your area. After wowing crowds in 2020 with their Pollstar recognized drive-in theater performances, this 24-date trek will see Joel andContinue Reading

Repticon, a recognized leader in hosting reptile and exotic animal expos throughout the United States, is coming back to Tampa with an outstanding mixture of vendors and breeders. This family-oriented, fun-filled event offers guests the opportunity to learn about animals not normally seen in local pet stores. Breeder-vendors are alwaysContinue Reading

U.S. District Judge Thomas Barber has sentenced Terrance Lee Hester Jr. (21, Tampa) to five years in federal prison for damaging or destroying by fire a building used in interstate commerce. The court also ordered Hester to pay restitution and to serve three years of supervised release following completion ofContinue Reading

GRAMMY® nominated, multiple American Music Award, Billboard Music Award and Dove Award-winning band MercyMe has announced their fall 2021 inhale (exhale) tour.  Hitting 30 cities across the U.S., the band is excited to hit the road with fellow Fair Trade Services artist Micah Tyler.   For ticket information on all MercyMe tour dates, please visit www.mercyme.org.Continue Reading

The team at Fo’Cheezy Twisted Meltz, the grilled-cheese themed restaurant operated by Celebrity Chef Robert Hesse and restaurateur Chef Craig Munroe announced Thursday that they’re scheduled to host a job fair at their newest location in downtown St. Petersburg next week. The event is scheduled to be held on Thursday, JulyContinue Reading

43-year-old Tampa man, Lewis Matthews, was sentenced to life in prison by Circuit Court Judge Kimberly Fernandez today for sexually battering and molesting his girlfriend’s 10-year-old daughter—then pouring bleach onto her genitals to try to destroy evidence of the crime. Matthews was found guilty on June 4 following a three-dayContinue Reading

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In the wake of the Russian hacking of the Colonial Pipeline, Tampa Bay residents are aggressively filling up their tanks, creating some shortages and long lines across the region. “Obviously, it affects our state,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Wednesday. DeSantis urged people not to hoard gas and to avoidContinue Reading

Winter Jam Tour Weekend 2021 is coming and Christian music’s premiere multi-artist annual outing will headline GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Crowder with We Are Kingdom, hip-hop rapper KB, Colton Dixon, Riley Clemmons, JJ Weeks, Apollo LTD and Winter Jam founders NewSong. “I am so excited about this Winter Jam Weekend we haveContinue Reading