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President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive at MacDill Air Force Base Tuesday.
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Father of 6 buried alive: 2nd suspect arrested

Detectives say Octavio Reyes was robbed and then buried alive. Family photo Detectives say Octavio Reyes was robbed and then buried alive. Family photo
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A second person was charged Tuesday in connection with the murder of Octavio Reyes, a Gibsonton father of 6 who was buried alive. More>>

New information released in Hudson homicides Video included

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Adam Matos has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend and her parents in Hudson. More>>

Lakeland teacher accused of sexual battery against student, 14

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Lakeland Police say a middle school teacher gave alcohol and other gifts to a 14-year-old student he is accused of having sex with. More>>

Clearwater crossing guard hit by vehicle

A Clearwater crossing guard was hit by a vehicle at Betty Lane and Sunset Point Road on Tuesday afternoon. A Clearwater crossing guard was hit by a vehicle at Betty Lane and Sunset Point Road on Tuesday afternoon.
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A Clearwater crossing guard has been hit by a vehicle at Betty Lane and Sunset Point Road. More>>

Pasco Sheriff: Deputies visited victim before 4 slain

Accused murderer Adam Matos made his first appearance on murder charges in a Pasco court on Tuesday. Accused murderer Adam Matos made his first appearance on murder charges in a Pasco court on Tuesday.
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Authorities in Florida say the victim of a quadruple slaying was given information on a domestic violence shelter before her ex-boyfriend killed her, her parents and another man.
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Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo offering $10 deal for Florida residents

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For 10 days - from September 17-26 - Florida residents are invited to discover a day of fun and adventure at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo for just $10 per person.
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No swim advisory lifted at North Lido Beach

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A "no swim" advisory that has been in place at North Lido Beach since Thursday, Sept. 11 was lifted Tuesday, September 16.
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Clearwater Whole Foods Market opens Sept. 24 with giveaways

The new Whole Foods Market is located at the Westfield Countryside Mall next to Sears. Whole Foods photo The new Whole Foods Market is located at the Westfield Countryside Mall next to Sears. Whole Foods photo
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Pinellas County's first Whole Foods Market grocery store is scheduled to open September 24 with a big grand opening celebration More>>

Female wounded warriors attend Bradenton retreat

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Fifteen female wounded warriors were gathering together for comradery and counseling during a retreat in Bradenton Tuesday.It's called ‘A Season of Change- You Can!' and it's organized by the Sarasota County Veterans Commission (SCVC) and Professional Assisting Military Families and Friends (PAMFF More>>

Hillsborough commission may get tough with chronic code violators

Brenda Owings is the owner of the Berkford Avenue property in Citrus Park. Brenda Owings is the owner of the Berkford Avenue property in Citrus Park.
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There's a change in the wind and it's all due to an 8 On Your Side investigation.Hillsborough County will decide tomorrow whether to get tough with chronic code enforcement violators.The case that broughtto lightcode enforcement's inability to take action sits on Berkford Avenue in the Citrus Park area in Hillsborough County. More>>

Traffic advisories in Tampa for President Obama's visit

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The City of Tampa advises drivers that the President Barack Obama will be visiting the area Tuesday and Wednesday. More>>

UPS won't pay for Tampa veteran's damaged computer Video included

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Vincent Farina had a plan when he left the Marines to pursue his degree in game design. More>>

Riverview High student injured after car crash

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A Riverview High School student was hit by a vehicle as she crossed the road on her bicycle early Tuesday morning. More>>

Tampa school's TIE Tuesday teaches more than proper attire Video included

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Sebastian Scott, who is in 5th grade, usually wears a tie only once a week. More>>

2 in hospital after argument, stabbing in Clearwater

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A man and a woman are both at a hospital early Tuesday morning after an argument they had at the Regal Hotel in Clearwater, according to Clearwater Police. More>>

Former Marine's computer damaged during trip to Tampa Video included

Farina's computer arrived in this damaged package from UPS. Farina's computer arrived in this damaged package from UPS.
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Vincent Farina had a plan when he left the Marines to pursue his degree in game design.But that plan was stalled when his computer was damage while shipped from Camp Pendleton, California to Tampa. More>>

Four survive St. Petersburg plane crash Video included

Crews removed the wreckage from Vinoy Park on Monday night. Crews removed the wreckage from Vinoy Park on Monday night.
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With rescue crews on their way, Kerry Moser grabbed his cell and captured images just minutes after a plane went down Monday morning at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. On the video you can hear a bystander talking to the pilot – “We're right here. I'm trying to help you. I don't want you to. . . Buddy. We got help on the way.”

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Sarasota health aide charged with stealing from elderly client

Investigators say Horton, 42, took advantage of an elderly Venice woman. Investigators say Horton, 42, took advantage of an elderly Venice woman.
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A 42-year-old North Port home health in is behind bars for bilking an elderly client out of approximately $5,000.Michelle Horton, an employee of Almost Family Inc., was booked into the Sarasota County Jail where she is being held on a bond of $20,000. More>>

Winter Haven Police officers escape injury while pursuing violent suspect

Officer Justin Wickings was not injured during Sunday's incident. Officer Justin Wickings was not injured during Sunday's incident.
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A pair of Winter Haven Police officers escaped injury Sunday afternoon while trying to apprehend a violent suspect who dragged them 50 feet with his vehicle as he attempted to flee.Kelly Bernard Washington IV is facing a variety of charges including two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, drug possession and carjacking. More>>

Discipline gone too far? Tampa Bay professionals weigh in Video included

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was re-instated by the team on Monday, despite charges of child abuse. More>>

St. Pete and FAA must improve safety at Albert Whitted Video included

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Around 7,000 planes took off from or came in low over St. Petersburg last year to land at city-owned and operated Albert Whitted airport.

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President Obama travels to Tampa Tuesday, traffic advisory issued Video included

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President Barack Obama will travel to Tampa this week for a two-day visit. More>>

Belleair police chief resigns Video included

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The Belleair Police Chief, Tom Edwards resigned Monday morning.His resignation follows weeks of controversy spelled out in an eight on your side investigation.Belleair police officers claimed Edwards treated them poorly and made serious mistakes in judgment. More>>

4 injured in plane crash at St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park Video included

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FAA investigators are trying to figure out what caused a small plane to crash at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg on Monday morning. More>>

Gibsonton father of 6 buried alive, says report Video included

An arrest affidavit says that  Octavio Reyes, 36, was buried alive. Family photo An arrest affidavit says that Octavio Reyes, 36, was buried alive. Family photo
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An arrest affidavit reveals disturbing new details about the murder of a Gibsonton father of six. It says that Octavio Reyes, 36, was buried alive. More>>

Pasco student dies, found in Florida Gulf Coast dorm room

Austin Vonckx, 19, of Trinity. WBBH photo Austin Vonckx, 19, of Trinity. WBBH photo
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A Pasco County teenager who only started college a few weeks ago, mysteriously died. More>>

Because of Ezra: Bay area couple uses loss to help others Video included

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The loss of a child leaves wounds so deep they never really heal. Robyn Matthews says "you don't realize how many people ask you how many children you have until your children die and then it's everyday somebody asking how many children you have. More>>

Bay area man killed in one-vehicle crash in Tampa

The crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.
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A 23-year-old Bay area man died early Sunday from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 275 in Tampa. Brett Gasperone was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital where he later died.Stay connected with the news of the day. More>>

Hillsborough Co. firefighter rescues Bradenton fire victims Video included

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A Hillsborough County firefighter on his way to work spotted a duplex fire early Saturday morning, Bradenton Fire Department officials said. Through quick action, he alerted the residents and helped to evacuate them from the building before the firefighting units arrived. Shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday, the Bradenton Fire Department received a call about a structure fire and responded to the 600 block of 21st Street W., a Bradenton Fire Department report said. Smoke and flames were showing. ... More>>

5-year-old Tampa golfer gives pro tips on national TV Video included

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A little lady from Tampa featured on The Steve Harvey Show is just 5 years old.  More>>

Palmetto crash sends three kids 5, 7, 17, to hospital

This semi-truck was involved in a crash in Palmetto. This semi-truck was involved in a crash in Palmetto.
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Two children and a teen were hospitalized Monday morning after a semi truck slammed into a passenger car in Palmetto. More>>

Missing Tarpon Springs woman found

Ella Jones Cone, 82, and her vehicle were discovered along the highway in Kenansville, Florida. Ella Jones Cone, 82, and her vehicle were discovered along the highway in Kenansville, Florida.
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A missing 82-year-old Tarpon Springs woman who suffers from dementia has been found.
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Pasco high school academy launches kids into aerospace

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Students at Sunlake High School in Pasco County are learning to fly. A dual-enrollment academy with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is giving students an introduction to aviation and aerospace.
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Hillsborough deputies identify body found

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When Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies told Rosario Reyes her husband was dead, her first thought was "How will I explain this to my youngest children?" More>>

Sarasota man in critical condition following early morning assault

Calvin Joseph White, 24, is being held without bond at the Sarasota County Jail. Calvin Joseph White, 24, is being held without bond at the Sarasota County Jail.
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A convicted felon is behind bars charged with attempted second-degree murder following an incident early Saturday morning in Sarasota.A 24-year-old man was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Joseph Viqueira suffered at least one stab wound to the chest. More>>

Police searching for missing Tarpon Springs woman

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The Tarpon Springs Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for Ella Jones Cone. Cone, 82, was last seen Sunday morning driving a blue 2006 Saturn Ion with Florida tag number C025PZ She was seen in the area of Church on the Bayou, 409 Whitcomb Blvd., at about 10 a.m. when she dropped the registered owner, Kenneth Staack, off at church. ... More>>

HCSO: Remains in Ruskin identified as Octavio Reyes

The remains were discovered on Saturday afternoon near the Little Manatee River. The remains were discovered on Saturday afternoon near the Little Manatee River.
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Crime scene technicians with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office were back in Ruskin Sunday to collect evidence where a body was located near the Little Manatee River.Saturday afternoon deputies discovered the remains of an unknown subject in a wooded area off US Highway 41. More>>

Over 70 firearms collected in Sarasota gun turn-in event

Two SCSO deputies tag some of the weapons collected at Saturday's event. Two SCSO deputies tag some of the weapons collected at Saturday's event.
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The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office collected more than 70 firearms Saturday during a community gun turn-in event, a component of the department's anti-violence initiative.Among the weapons several long rifles, a handful of small-caliber handguns, two black powder guns and a saw-offed shotgun. More>>

Remains discovered near Little Manatee River

A tip led Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies to a body near the Little Manatee River. A tip led Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies to a body near the Little Manatee River.
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A body was discovered Saturday afternoon in a wooded area off  U.S. Hwy 41 S. in Southern Hillsborough County. The scene is located near the Little Manatee River Bridge just north of the Manatee County line, Hillsborough County sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said. Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives, forensic crime scene technicians and personnel from the Hillsborough County Medical's Examiner's Office are on the scene... More>>

Two men wounded in East Tampa shooting

Tampa police investigate two men shot in the 8600 block of N. 39th St. in Tampa. Tampa police investigate two men shot in the 8600 block of N. 39th St. in Tampa.
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Two men were shot during an altercation involved a third man in east Tampa Saturday night, Tampa police said. Three men were arguing in the 8600 block of N. 39th St. about 10 p.m.when two of them suffered gunshot wounds, Tampa police Lt. Ron McMullen said. The identity of the men were unavailable Saturday night.... More>>

Hit-and-run driver sought in crash that injured Holiday teen

FHP investigators are working with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on this case. FHP investigators are working with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on this case.
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Authorities in Pasco County are asking for the public's help in tracking down a hit-and-run driver that struck an 18-year-old teenager early Thursday morning.Michael Eberl suffered injuries to his head, face and left hand. More>>

Missing Manatee County woman has been located

Family members contacted MCSO on Friday when 'Luz' did not return home. Family members contacted MCSO on Friday when 'Luz' did not return home.
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Elizabeth ‘Luz' Ingraham, 24, has been found, Manatee County sheriff's officials said. Ingraham had not been seen since Friday and family members was worried. More>>

Three Lakeland shootings possibly connected

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Lakeland police are investigating a string of shootings that began Friday night. A victim in each of the three separate shootings were hospitalized, authorities said.The first incident occurred about 8:45 p.m. Friday. The Lakeland Police Department received several calls about shots fired near 100 Emma St. Moments later, an off-duty police officer working a detail at Lakeland Regional Medical Center reported a gunshot victim arrived to the hospital by private vehicle. ... More>>

Military family gets new home in Riverview

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Army Staff Sgt. Visala Tui is totally disabled. The husband and father of four suffered a traumatic brain injury, severe sleep apnea, shoulder injuries, PTSD, and severe arthritis. As a combat medic he's seen devastating injuries and casualties. He's served the country for 14.5 years. Today he got a new home. Building Homes for Heroes is a charitable organization that gives Veterans mortgage free homes. ... More>>

Fuel truck driver involved in August 27th in Sarasota Co. dies

The August 27th crash snarled traffic along I-75 in Sarasota and Manatee counties for over 10 hours. The August 27th crash snarled traffic along I-75 in Sarasota and Manatee counties for over 10 hours.
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The driver of a fuel tanker involved in a crash that snarled traffic along Interstate 75 in Sarasota County on August 27th has died.Thomas Leland Grattan, a 71-year-old Brooksville resident, passed away early Friday morning at Blake Medical Center. More>>

Polk woman dies following crash in Lake Wales

The crash is being investigated by the Lake Wales Police Department. The crash is being investigated by the Lake Wales Police Department.
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A 24-year-old Polk County woman died Friday from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Central Ave. in Lake Wales.Heather Ann McPhail, a resident of Alturas, was pronounced dead at the scene just after 3:30 pm. More>>

Wall collapses at Hard Rock Casino in Tampa, 8 injured

Interior wall collapsed at Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. Photo Courtesy: Alec Burnett/Twitter Interior wall collapsed at Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. Photo Courtesy: Alec Burnett/Twitter
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Eight people were injured when a 15-foot temporary construction wall fell at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa on Friday night. Three people were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, including a man with a broken arm, according to Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue. More>>

Jon Gruden gives back to Bay area prep football programs

Gruden is a regular on ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcasts. Gruden is a regular on ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcasts.
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In his first season as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jon Gruden led the team to its first and only Super Bowl championship in franchise history.Since his days with the Bucs, the 51-year-old football enthusiast has gone on to become one of ESPN's most popular pigskin prognosticators. More>>

Plant Panthers dominated Gaither for big win

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Patrick Brooks scored three touchdowns, and the Plant Panthers found the end zone four times in a dominant fourth quarter to outlast visiting Gaither High, 37-10. Plant looked to be in danger of an upset when Gaither quarterback David Mazur's touchdown run tied the game at 10-10 late in the third quarter.But the Panthers responded when Brooks opened up the fourth quarter with a 33-yard scoring run.Plant quarterback Rex Culpepper then found Brooks on a post route for another score... More>>

Tampa General Hospital: Patient data compromised Video included

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It's happened again. Patient information at Tampa General Hospital has been compromised.TGH released the news Friday. A hospital representative said the hospital last month began investigating after an employee was arrested with TGH patient cover letters. ... More>>

GreenPal website lets lawn care companies bid for your job

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Move over Lyft and Uber, a new web-based service is in town.But, you won't be hitching any rides with this new service, GreenPal can help hook you up with someone who will mow your lawn and spruce up your yard.
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Iowa man arrested in Pinellas for alleged sexual abuse Video included

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Pinellas County detectives have arrested a self-described pedophile Thursday for allegedly sexually abusing two girls. More>>

Work being done on moldy condo making St. Pete woman sick Video included

Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems.
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A St. Petersburg woman upset about black mold in the condo next door is now breathing easier in a hotel, after an 8 On Your Side investigative report More>>

SEU football gearing up in Lakeland Video included

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As students across the state start to get adjusted to college life, Lakeland's South Eastern University Flames are getting geared up for its first home football game in the schools almost 80 year history. More>>

Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: Sept. 1 - 6

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Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We've gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from September 1 to 6, 2014.
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Lakeland veteran waits for VA care Video included

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A Lakeland veterans is puzzled why he has to "jump through hoops" to get a prescription filled at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tampa.
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Social media a powerful police tool, leads to Tampa man's arrest Video included

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Hillsborough county sheriff's detectives swooped in on and arrested a bank robbery suspect last night. More>>

Sarasota Co. bus driver arrested for soliciting prostitute while on-duty Video included

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On Thursday, Sarasota police conducted a sting targeting individuals who solicit prostitutes. More>>

Reports of Crypto parasitic disease rise in Hillsborough

Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool. Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool.
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The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County is asking for the public's help to prevent the spread of cryptosporidiosis (Crypto), a disease that spreads easily person to person in households, child-care settings and schools, through swimming in contaminated water or from contact with animals.
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More than 200 pets at Clearwater adoption event

One of the pets available at this weekend's adoption event. One of the pets available at this weekend's adoption event.
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Are you looking to add a pet to your family? You might want to check out a big adoption event going on this weekend.  More>>

Former Pinellas school bus driver arrested for child porn

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center on Thursday arrested William Eichenberger, 58, of 5685 35th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Fla. on 10 counts of possession of child pornography.
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President Obama to visit Tampa Video included

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President Barack Obama is expected to be in Tampa on Wednesday, September 17. More>>

Child sets boy on fire, Tampa caregiver arrested for child neglect

 Ruby Lee Brown, 66, of Tampa, is charged with child neglect. Jail booking photo Ruby Lee Brown, 66, of Tampa, is charged with child neglect. Jail booking photo
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A 7-year-old boy is recovering at Tampa General Hospital after another child lit him on fire.
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Pinellas hoarder makes no progress despite offers of help

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One week after Eight On Your Side negotiated with Pinellas County to deliver a free dumpster to Potter's trash filled property at 1700 Balmoral Drive, nothing has changed.
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No swim advisory at North Lido Beach Video included

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County health officials are recommending that swimmers stay out of the water at North Lido Beach. More>>

Girl, 16, flees Sunstar transit van wearing hospital gown, socks Video included

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A 24-year-old man is behind bars, accused of obstructing an officer after telling St. Petersburg Police that a 16-year-old girl clad in a hospital gown was his girlfriend. More>>

Services set for 1 of 4 Hudson murder victims Video included

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Family and friends will gather Friday to say goodbye to one of the four people found murdered on a hill in Hudson.  More>>

St Pete job fair: foodies are welcome

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New culinary market Locale at St Petersbugr's Sundial is looking for passionate foodies. More>>

'Dolphin Tale 2' hits theaters today

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The movie 'Dolphin Tale 2' hits theaters Friday. Just like the first movie, the sequel is expected to attract visitors to Clearwater. More>>

FL animal advocates seek tougher abuse laws Video included

Hope continues to recover from abuse at the hands of her former owner. Hope continues to recover from abuse at the hands of her former owner.
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She's been through hell and back, but Hope is now wagging her tail to recovery.“Two little wounds on her front legs left to heal, but other than that she is doing excellent,” said Leigh Sockalosky of Hardee Animal Rescue Team, who now owns Hope. More>>

Tampa man arrested by TPD on DUI manslaughter charge

Cannon, 51, is facing one count of DUI manslaughter. Cannon, 51, is facing one count of DUI manslaughter.
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A 51-year-old Bay area man was arrested Thursday on a charge of DUI manslaughter for his role in a fatal crash that claimed the life of a Tampa woman last month.Roderick George Cannon was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail where he is being held on a bond of $50,000. More>>

Two giant solar flares head to earth Video included

Two large solar flares are rocketing towards Earth but will have little effect. Two large solar flares are rocketing towards Earth but will have little effect.
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Scientists warn, two solar flares heading our way are some of the biggest seen in several years. But what exactly are they? Jeff Rodgers from the Bishop Planetarium in Bradenton explains, solar flares originate in sun spots, and are a wave of charged particles blasted from the surface. More>>

Death sentence upheld for killer of Sarasota middle school student Video included

Carlie Brucia was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered on February 1, 2004. Carlie Brucia was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered on February 1, 2004.
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The death sentence for a former Bay area man convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering a Sarasota middle school student was upheld Thursday by the Supreme Court of Florida.Joseph Peter Smith, 48, was arrested and charged with the February 1, 2004 killing of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia. More>>

Investigation into Haines City cop's Facebook posts Video included

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The investigation is complete into a former Haines City Police Officer who was under fire for posts on her private Facebook page.
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Man critical after fire at Palm Harbor motel Video included

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Three people were injured Thursday afternoon in a fire at a Palm Harbor motel.
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Rare meeting of Medal of Honor recipients meets 'bucket list' request

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ron Clark (center) got to meet Congressional Medal of Honor recipients     Gary Beikrich, Gary Littrell, Leroy Petry and Clinton Romesha. U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ron Clark (center) got to meet Congressional Medal of Honor recipients Gary Beikrich, Gary Littrell, Leroy Petry and Clinton Romesha.
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United States Marine Corps veteran Ron Clark recently contacted 8 on Your Side with unique request. "My whole life, I wanted to meet a Medal of Honor Recipient," said Clark. His "bucket list" item is now checked off. More>>

Hillsborough student arrested for bringing gun to school, deputies say Video included

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Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies say a Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of a King High School student for bringing a loaded gun to school. More>>

Spooky critters, frightening family fun at ZooBoo

Lowry Park Zoo's ZooBoo is in its 16th year. Photo courtesy Lowry Park Zoo Lowry Park Zoo's ZooBoo is in its 16th year. Photo courtesy Lowry Park Zoo
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As fall draws near, so does the 16th year of fun and fear at ZooBoo, Tampa Bay's largest family Halloween event. More>>

Sebring second grader plants 9/11 tree Video included

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Talking to kids, who weren't even alive on September 11, 2001, about the horror of that day, is difficult.
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'No Swim' advisory issued for North Lido Beach in Sarasota

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A "no swim" advisory has been issued for North Lido Beach on Ben Franklin Drive in Sarasota, the Florida Department of Health warns. More>>

Study: weather does not affect back pain Video included

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 Chronic back pain often has triggers, but an Australian study found that weather may not be one of those triggers. A local back pain sufferer and back pain specialist disagree.

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U.S. Military Commanders gather in St. Pete to remember 9/11 Video included

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High ranking U.S. Military Commanders gathered in St. Petersburg for breakfast joining a number of veterans wounded in combat, as well as the families of civilians who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of September 11th. More>>

9/11 memorial unveiled in Ybor City Video included

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A symbol of courage, healing and hope now stands in Ybor City.   More>>

Father of 6 vanishes without a trace in Hillsborough Video included

Reyes was last seen on August 30th. His burned out truck was found in Ruskin a few days later. Reyes was last seen on August 30th. His burned out truck was found in Ruskin a few days later.
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Octavio Reyes vanished without a trace.The 36-year-old Riverview construction work was last seen on August 30th in the parking lot a local Wal-Mart. He was supposed to go out with friends to Club 301 that night but never showed. More>>

Dolphin Tale 2 offers sneak peak in Clearwater Video included

Wednesday night's screening of Dolphin Tale 2 was held at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Wednesday night's screening of Dolphin Tale 2 was held at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.
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A bit of Hollywood came to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Hundreds came for the Florida premier of Dolphin Tale Two.This latest dolphin movie is getting a lot of attention. It's about Winter, suffering from the death of her adopted mother, Panama. More>>

Bradenton Police say teen was abducted at gunpoint

Bradenton Police released this image of the suspect vehicle involved in Monday's abduction. Bradenton Police released this image of the suspect vehicle involved in Monday's abduction.
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Investigators with the Bradenton Police Department are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a pick-up truck involved in the abduction of a teenager.The alleged incident occurred Monday afternoon at approximately 4:30 in the 2500 block of 7th Ave. East in Bradenton. More>>

Treasure Island man dies after falling from fifth-floor balcony

Treasure Island Police were called to this complex just after 2:30 am Wednesday morning. Treasure Island Police were called to this complex just after 2:30 am Wednesday morning.
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A 42-year-old Bay area man died early Wednesday after he fell from a fifth-floor balcony of a condominium located at 450 Treasure Island Causeway in Treasure Island.Wyvon Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene just after 2:30 am. More>>

Career criminal caught selling drugs near Sarasota park

Pontoon, 41, has been in and out of jail most of his adult life. Pontoon, 41, has been in and out of jail most of his adult life.
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A career criminal with a long history of drug-related arrests is in trouble with the law again.Kent Pontoon was arrested on multiple felony warrants after he repeatedly sold illegal narcotics within 1,000 feet of a park in Sarasota. More>>

Polk deputies investigating murder-suicide in Lakeland Video included

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Polk County Sheriff's Office Homicide detectives are conducting a death investigation at 6250 Cornerstone Drive in Lakeland.
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Fatal crash closes West Hillsborough Ave. Video included

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Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal crash at West Hillsborough Ave and Double Branch Road. More>>

Ministry that houses the homeless has Tampa neighbors upset Video included

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Darien Pease and his non-profit, Labor of Love, have residents in an east Tampa neighborhood up in arms.
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DOC officer resigns over investigation into prisoner escape in Pasco Video included

Jason Adams manged to escaped from an inmate work crew in Lutz earlier this week. He was subsequently captured by officials. Jason Adams manged to escaped from an inmate work crew in Lutz earlier this week. He was subsequently captured by officials.
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How did Jason Adams slip away from a Department of Corrections work crew in Pasco County on Monday and escape the manhunt that ensued? More>>

Clearwater boy, 8, vanished in 2000, case unsolved Video included

Zach Bernhardt vanished at the age of 8 on September 11, 2000. Zach Bernhardt vanished at the age of 8 on September 11, 2000.
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Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter says he's determined to solve the missing person case of Zach Bernhardt who vanished at the age of 8 on September 11, 2000.
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Lakeland mom finds mold in son's Capri Sun

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The next time you give your kids a healthy drink from a pouch, you'll probably think about this! More>>

Hillsborough leaders concerned about safety of Uber, Lyft ride-sharing services Video included

Tampa taxi drivers are squaring off against ride sharing services Uber and Lyft. Lyft Facebook photo Tampa taxi drivers are squaring off against ride sharing services Uber and Lyft. Lyft Facebook photo
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It's an all-out street fight. Tampa taxi drivers are squaring off against ride sharing services Uber and Lyft. Both sides met with county leaders on Wednesday.  . More>>

Man dies after fall from 5th-floor balcony in Treasure Island

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Treasure Island Police believe alcohol may have been a factor in the death of a man who fell from a fifth-floor balcony early Wednesday morning.
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Review: 'Dolphin 2' a warmly immersive adventure Video included

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Containing all the elements that made the 2011 original boy and his dolphin story a hit with audiences and critics, Charles Martin Smith's "Dolphin Tale 2" is another engaging film inspired by the real-life inhabitants of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. More>>

Tampa dishwasher job not OK for woman? Video included

Linsey Stiglic says she denied a job as a dishwasher because she's female. Linsey Stiglic says she denied a job as a dishwasher because she's female.
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Linsey Stiglic says she was planning to start the job the next day, when she got a text.
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Suspect in quadruple killings says he didn't do it Video included

Murder suspect Adam Matos, 28. Jail booking photo Murder suspect Adam Matos, 28. Jail booking photo
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The suspect in the Florida deaths of his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend and her parents said in a jailhouse interview he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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9/11 Memorials in Tampa Bay

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There are numerous events scheduled throughout Tampa Bay on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
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Hillsborough school bus crash sends 21 to hospital Video included

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21 people were taken to local hospitals after a crash between two school buses in Hillsborough County on Wednesday morning. More>>

Lyft, Uber supporters to push for ride-sharing in Tampa

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Supporters for ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber are expected to attend a meeting by the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission Wednesday morning. More>>

EXCLUSIVE: TONY DUNGY ON RAY RICE: "He does not deserve a second chance – yet" Video included

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For the first time, Tony Dungy is sharing his thoughts on the Ray Rice incident. More>>

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  • FDLE opens investigation into Spring Hill sinkhole home

    FDLE opens investigation into Spring Hill sinkhole home

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:52:00 GMT
    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has opened an investigation into whether a Spring Hill home seller committed fraud by lying about a sinkhole under the home. This follows an 8 On Your Side investigation that showed that Glenn Jasen, the former homeowner, cashed a check from Citizens Property Insurance for $153,745 in January 2009. But he didn't use the money to fix the sinkhole. Instead, Jasen sold the home to Kelly Magbee's family in March. The Magbees moved in with their five ch...More >>
    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has opened an investigation into whether a Spring Hill home seller committed fraud by lying about a sinkhole under the home. This follows an 8 On Your Side investigation that showed that Glenn Jasen, the former homeowner, cashed a check from Citizens Property Insurance for $153,745 in January 2009. But he didn't use the money to fix the sinkhole. Instead, Jasen sold the home to Kelly Magbee's family in March. The Magbees moved in with their five ch...More >>
  • Neighborhood eyesore in Clearwater never changes despite 17 years of complaints

    Neighborhood eyesore in Clearwater never changes despite 17 years of complaints

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-09-03 21:17:54 GMT
    Ed Potter took his trash to the curb for pickup Wednesday, but he didn't put out all of it out. Not by any means. That would take a forklift or a front-end loader.Thousands of items ranging from soggy cardboard to car batteries, food, crutches, old tents and junk cars litter the landscape ofPotter's two lot ranch style home near Clearwater and that's been driving neighbors nuts for years.More >>
    Ed Potter took his trash to the curb for pickup Wednesday, but he didn't put out all of it out. Not by any means. That would take a forklift or a front-end loader.Thousands of items ranging from soggy cardboard to car batteries, food, crutches, old tents and junk cars litter the landscape ofPotter's two lot ranch style home near Clearwater and that's been driving neighbors nuts for years.More >>
  • Magic diet pill promoter found running new business in Tampa

    Magic diet pill promoter found running new business in Tampa

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:02:23 GMT
    File Photo: Nick CongletonFile Photo: Nick Congleton
    Nick Congleton is in hot water with the FTC for selling "magic diet pills," and under investigation by Florida's Attorney General for a defunct travel club that owes hundreds of consumers for vacations they never received.Now, he's keeping a low profile and running a new business out of an unmarkedwarehouse in the Channelside District, where he didn't have much to say to Eight On Your Side this morning.More >>
    Nick Congleton is in hot water with the FTC for selling "magic diet pills," and under investigation by Florida's Attorney General for a defunct travel club that owes hundreds of consumers for vacations they never received.Now, he's keeping a low profile and running a new business out of an unmarkedwarehouse in the Channelside District, where he didn't have much to say to Eight On Your Side this morning. More >>
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