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A Braden River High School students says she was called out for a "wardrobe malfunction" in front of her classmates. A Braden River High School students says she was called out for a "wardrobe malfunction" in front of her classmates.

Manatee school cleavage controversy?

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What's causing all the controversy with this photo? A Braden River High School student says she was humiliated, embarrassed, and horrified on the first day of school after she was called out for a "wardrobe malfunction" in front of her classmates. More>>

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Crash closes I-75 NB in Manatee County

Deadly crash in Manatee County. Deadly crash in Manatee County.
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There is a deadly accident on Northbound I-75 in Manatee County right now.The crash involves a tanker truck and multiple other vehicles. All Northbound lanes on I-75 near Ellenton are closed right now, More>>

Hernando Sheriff's office has new K-9 deputy

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Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuisannounced Friday that the Hernando County Sheriff's Office has a brand new deputy."K-9 Justice" is a 14-month old German Shepherd and will be joining the K-9 unit. Corporal Stephen Miller, K-9 Unit Supervisor, will be his handler. More>>

Bradenton apartment complex to be repaired after 8 On Your Side report

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Last week, 8 on your side showed you some of the dilapidated conditions inside some units at the Townhouse Park Apartments in Bradenton.Tenants were having problems with mold and rodents.There was also water damage. More>>

Clearwater Marine Aquarium releases final downtown project plans

Funding the New Cleartwater Marine Aquarium Funding the New Cleartwater Marine Aquarium
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The Clearwater Marine Aquarium released final plans Friday for the 68 million dollar downtown marine aquarium. More>>

Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 11 - 16

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Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We've gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from August 11 to 16, 2014.
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Funeral home removal service employee charged with stealing from dead woman

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Pinellas County Sheriff Deputies arrested a funeral home removal service employee after they claim he stole jewelry from deceased woman while he was in her home to remove her body. More>>

Massive wasp nest removed from Winter Haven home

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A massive wasp nest outside a Winter Haven home is being removed Friday morning. More>>

Students now report bullying online

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A persistent bullying problem has a new enemy in Pasco County.  This is the second school year starting off with a new online tool to fight bullies. More>>

Sarasota offers workshop on saving energy, money

Get a free Do It Yourself Energy Saving Kit, a $30 value, at one of Sarasota County's upcoming Energy Upgrade workshops. (Sarasota County) Get a free Do It Yourself Energy Saving Kit, a $30 value, at one of Sarasota County's upcoming Energy Upgrade workshops. (Sarasota County)
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Sarasota County is serious about saving money, conserving energy and protecting our environment.
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USF students learn about love

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University of South Florida students are traveling abroad to learn about love. More>>

Coast Guard to offload $19 million of cocaine in St. Pete

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Coast Guard crews are scheduled to offload 576 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $19 million in St. Petersburg Friday morning.
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Dover families concerned about a chemical they say causes illness Video included

Concerned families met with representatives from Arkema who sell the chemical Palacin that Zentkovich is concerned about Concerned families met with representatives from Arkema who sell the chemical Palacin that Zentkovich is concerned about
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After two years of illness, Mary Zentkovich wants answers about what is making her family sick.“ Zentkovich thinks the fumigant Paladin being used in nearby strawberry fields is the reason for her family's and other neighbor's illnesses. More>>

Teen's death could cause change to state fair Video included

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The parents of Andrew Joseph spoke at the monthly Hillsborough NAACP meeting Thursday night.

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Governor proposes increase in education funding Video included

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Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that he will propose an increase in per-pupil funding for Florida students if he is elected to a second term. His proposal calls for a $232 boost in per-student spending to $7,126. Scott and potential political opponent Charlie Crist have traded barbs on education in recent weeks, with Crist launching a bus tour around the state he called “Restore the Cuts.”Scott's proposal tops the ... More>>

8 On Your Side: In less then 24 hours, county shows up

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Shan Henderson and her husband, Brian, have spent their entire summer begging Hillsborough County to fix a deep, dangerous hole in their backyard. More>>

Clearwater history book creating controversy

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A planned book on the 100 year anniversary of Clearwater is making some business owners angry.Clearwater will celebrate the century mark next year and the city plans to publish a book on their rich history. More>>

Students arrive at USF Tampa for move in day

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Dozens of events were planned this week to welcome new and returning students back to the University of South Florida for the fall semester.Nearly 5,500 students were expected to move into campus residence halls Thursday. More>>

Ruskin soldier killed in Afghanistan Video included

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida, died Aug. 20, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy. More>>

TPD claims training stories fell short

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The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D. More>>

Kyle Williams found guilty of murdering Lakeland Police officer Video included

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Kyle Williams, who is accused of killing a Lakeland Police officer was found guilty of murder Thursday afternoon. More>>

Tampa boy, 13, brought loaded gun to school, say police

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A Tampa middle school student faces a felony charge after police say he brought a loaded gun to school. More>>

Woman found in water after Indian Rocks Bridge crash identified

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The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman who was found in the water after a vehicle crash Thursday morning on the Indian Rocks Bridge. More>>

Target to extend store hours, hoping for younger shoppers Video included

Target to expand store hours, hoping to attract younger, late-night shoppers Target to expand store hours, hoping to attract younger, late-night shoppers
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More than 900 Target stores across the country will be extending store hours in an effort to accommodate late night shoppers, including more than 70 Florida retail locations.Target says that's what customers want and may be a way to get younger shoppers back in the store. More>>

TPD responds to story controversy surrounding police shooting Video included

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An 8 On Your Side investigation into police shooting and the lack of Crisis Intervention Team training at the Tampa police department is not sitting well with T.P.D.Police spokesperson Laura McElroy sent an email to News Channel 8 management with the subject line labeled, "The Rest of the Story More>>

PSTA bus involved in head on crash in St. Pete

A PSTA bus was involved in a head on crash. A PSTA bus was involved in a head on crash.
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94th Avenue North in St. Petersburg will be closed from Gandy Blvd to Dr. Dr. M.L. King Street for the next several hours after a head-on crash between a PSTA bus and an Acura. More>>

Child porn found on Plant City church computer, youth group volunteer arrested

Jay Howell Bloodworth, 28, was charged with 2 counts of possession of child pornography. Polk Co Jail booking photo Jay Howell Bloodworth, 28, was charged with 2 counts of possession of child pornography. Polk Co Jail booking photo
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A Plant City church youth group volunteer is charged with possession of child pornography after church staff told police they discovered images of child pornography on a church computer.Polk County Sheriff's Office Computer Crimes detectives on Wednesday arrested Jay Howell Bloodworth, 28, of Lakeland in connection with the crime.Detectives say Bloodworth is an active member of the Church on the Rock and is a volunteer with the youth group which includes 30 to 40 juveniles under the age of 18... More>>

Complaints of sexual activity in parks lead to 2 arrests in Lakeland

Left to right: Hazelton Crawn, 62, and Jose Javier Martinez, 54, were arrested. Jail booking photos Left to right: Hazelton Crawn, 62, and Jose Javier Martinez, 54, were arrested. Jail booking photos
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Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is warning people not to have sex in parks.  The warning came after the sheriff's office received complaints. The sheriff's office sent undercover detectives to Lakeland's Saddle Creek Park, they wound up arresting two men.

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Tuesday primary election will determine some local races

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Tuesday's primary election will be the final decision on some races across the Tampa Bay region.Although primaries are often thought of as precursors to the general election, some contests won't make it that far. More>>

Man killed outside Tampa club in early morning shooting

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A man was shot and killed outside Club Underground in downtown Tampa early Thursday morning, Tampa Police say. More>>

Bomb squad searches vehicle near USF after shooting

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A man is facing charges after Tampa Police reported finding numerous weapons and military gear in his vehicle early Thursday morning.
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4 airlifted to hospital in Wesley Chapel crash

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Four people needed to be airlifted to the hospital Thursday morning after a two-car crash on County Line Road in Wesley Chapel. More>>

Restaurant-style lunchrooms in Polk County high schools Video included

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This year the cafeterias in all Polk County High Schools are resemble restaurants more than lunchrooms."We hope they feel like it's something different. Not just a bigger portion size when they get to high school," said Jenna Kaczmarskie, Polk County School Nutrition Coordinator.
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378 people 'pay it forward' at St. Petersburg Starbucks

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A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a St. Petersburg Starbucks.
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Alive and well but Pasco veteran declared dead by government

92-year-old Frances Evans finds humor in the fact that the government considers her dead. 92-year-old Frances Evans finds humor in the fact that the government considers her dead.
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When 92-year-old Frances Evans got a letter in the mail about her death, she laughed. “What's funny is they're sending the letter to me, telling me they're sorry I'm deceased. More>>

Former UCF student in mortal danger

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Video taped in the Iraqi desert, a man draped in black, with his face covered speaks with an British or New Zealand accent. “This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen of your country.” Moments before he beheaded Journalists James Foley, the knife-carrying man demanded air strikes stop, and warned, another American newsman, Steven Sotloff, could be next. More>>

8 On Your Side gets results for Sun City Center couple Video included

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A giant hole is eroding the earth in Shan and Brian Henderson's backyard.

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Belleair Police Chief investigation may wrap up this week

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Fraternal Order of Police representative Jim Howard told Eight On Your Side Wednesday he expects a private consultant's investigation of Belleair Police Chief Thomas Edwards to wrap up by Friday. More>>

Clearwater Police say missing special needs student found

Nefertari Blanks, 19, is missing. Nefertari Blanks, 19, is missing.
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Clearwater Police officers says a special needs student who was reported missing on Wednesday has been found.

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Crist Orlando bus tour behind the scenes

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With a toss of a football, Charlie Crist boarded the bus in Orlando. “On to victory,” Crist announced, as he headed to his seat. It's a campaign tour that might have seemed improbable just a few years ago. But the former governor is on the campaign trail again, trying to win over voters to win back his old job in Tallahassee. More>>

Tree trimmers shocked in Largo accident Video included

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Two men were shocked while trimming trees in Largo on Wednesday.
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Verizon insists on seeing Town N' Country man's birth certificate for credit report error Video included

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James Woolever was shocked to find a bad mark on his credit report. Especially since it was for an "outstanding balance" from a Verizon account opened in 1979. He knew that couldn't be right, because he was just 6 years old then. More>>

Venice woman drowns at Madeira Beach

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Investigators say 69-year-old Kathleen Marie Shortill was in the water at Madeira Beach when her husband noticed she was unresponsive. More>>

Jury deliberates fate of accused Lakeland cop killer

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Closing arguments are set for Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing a Lakeland Police officer. More>>

Lakeland house labeled 'public nuisance' after dozens of police calls

919 North Iowa Ave has been labeled a "public nusiance" 919 North Iowa Ave has been labeled a "public nusiance"
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A Lakeland triplex was boarded up Wednesday and officially labeled a "public nuisance." More>>

Sarasota school psychologist arrested for molesting teen

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The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says they've arrested a school psychologist for molesting a teenage girl. More>>

Citrus Park property prompts code enforcement change Video included

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Action today by Hillsborough county commissioners following an 8 On Your Side investigation.Commissioners voted unanimously to draw up an ordinance that will bring chronic code offenders before a judge in county court.For months now 8 On Your Side has documented the county's inability to deal with properties that are overgrown and piled with junk and pose possible health risks to neighbors. More>>

Pillsbury Bake-Off: Marie Valdes' Spinach Dip-Stuffed Garlic Rolls

Marie Valdes, of Brandon, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Spinach Dip Stuffed Garlic Rolls.Pillsbury Bake-Off photo Marie Valdes, of Brandon, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Spinach Dip Stuffed Garlic Rolls.Pillsbury Bake-Off photo
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Marie Valdes, of Brandon, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Spinach Dip Stuffed Garlic Rolls. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here).
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Pillsbury Bake-Off: Anna Zovko's Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins

Anna Zovko, of Tampa, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins. Pillsbury Bake-Off photo Anna Zovko, of Tampa, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins. Pillsbury Bake-Off photo
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Anna Zovko, of Tampa, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here). More>>

Pillsbury Bake-Off: JoAnn Belack's Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist

JoAnn Belack, of Bradenton, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist. Photo credit Pillsbury JoAnn Belack, of Bradenton, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist. Photo credit Pillsbury
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JoAnn Belack, of Bradenton, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here). More>>

3 Tampa Bay women to vie for $1 million prize in Pillsbury Bake-Off

Contestants at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest cheer on their fellow finalists. Pillsbury Bake-Off photo Contestants at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest cheer on their fellow finalists. Pillsbury Bake-Off photo
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Whip up a tasty recipe and win a million bucks. Sounds easy enough, right? Not really. Just ask three talented Tampa Bay women who made it to the finals of this year's Pillbury Bake-Off contest.
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Dog returns to owner after missing from Weedon Island sandbar

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An upset dog owner is hoping to find her dog she believes was taken from Weedon Island on Sunday. More>>

Davis Islands woman shoots man in her home

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Tampa Police officers are investigating a shooting on Davis Islands.  It happened Tuesday night just before midnight on Riviera Drive. More>>

Sarasota Police to try body cams

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Body cameras are used by several law enforcement agencies in Florida but not many in the Bay Area. Sarasota Police announced this week they will begin using body cameras on police officers with a pilot program. More>>

Florida trucker records crash, then helps

News Channel 8's Peter Bernard interviews trucker David Fredericksen via Skype News Channel 8's Peter Bernard interviews trucker David Fredericksen via Skype
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Dash cam video rolled as David Fredericksen and his co-driver witnessed a horrible crash outside Biloxi Mississippi. It happened last Monday, as they drove a load of orange juice in a large tanker truck. A grandmother driving her young granddaughter lost control and slammed into a semi, igniting the truck's fuel tanks. More>>

Town N' Country grandmother fears intruder, shoots grandson by accident Video included

Photo of Tyler Maddox courtesy of Facebook. Photo of Tyler Maddox courtesy of Facebook.
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Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene of a shooting in Town N' Country just before 1:00 A.M. early Tuesday morning.The sheriff's office gives a chilling account of the events that led to the shooting.In the middle of the night, Linda Maddox, 63 heard a noise and grabbed a .22 caliber revolver she keeps by the bed. More>>

8 On Your Side: What are the rules for guide dogs in restaurants?

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News Channel 8 recently covered a story about a veteran who says he and his wife were kicked out of a restaurant by cops. He claims it was because of his Yorkie-mix service dog. The story ignited a firestorm on Facebook with numerous comments on the issue. So, what are the rules involving service dogs?

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Belleair Police Chief under fire by one of his own Video included

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Belleair Police Chief Thomas Edwards is the target of numerous allegations ranging from mismanagement to ethical breaches and possible criminal acts. More>>

Tampa elementary student wears GoPro camera to document school day

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Introducing children to technology in the classroom can be a beautiful thing, but what if the technology is a GoPro camera and the class is a room full of first graders on the first day back to class? McFarlane Park Elementary in Tampa experimented with one of its students to see what happens when those two worlds collide. More>>

Voter confusion over Hernando website Video included

The VoteHernando.com website links voters to the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections website, which has a similar address: hernandovotes.com. The VoteHernando.com website links voters to the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections website, which has a similar address: hernandovotes.com.
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A website is causing some confusion in Hernando County in the days leading up to the primary election. 
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Lakeland couple accused of 'caging' kids Video included

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A Lakeland couple is in the Polk County jail, charged with child abuse toward an 11 and 12-year-old.
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Vague laws on service dogs in restaurants

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A veteran and his wife were extremely upset after they were escorted from a Clearwater restaurant by police. More>>

Rock climber killed in fall after proposing to girlfriend

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A veteran Northern California rock climber died in a fall in Yosemite National Park, just hours after proposing to his girlfriend during another climb, authorities said. More>>

Water main breaks affect downtown, South Tampa traffic Video included

A water main break closed the two outer southbound lanes on Ashley Drive and westbound lanes on Tyler Street on Tuesday. A water main break closed the two outer southbound lanes on Ashley Drive and westbound lanes on Tyler Street on Tuesday.
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The two outer southbound lanes on Ashley Drive and westbound lanes on Tyler Street from Ashley to Macinnes Place are closed on Tuesday August 19, while the Tampa Water Department repairs a 12-inch transmission line break. More>>

Walmart to sell Manatee company's candles in select stores

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A Manatee County business is celebrating a major milestone Their novelty candles will be available for purchase at select Walmart stores.
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Busch Gardens Tampa opens Falcon's Fury

Busch Gardens Tampa holds test rides on Falcon's Fury for employees (Courtesy Facebook) Busch Gardens Tampa holds test rides on Falcon's Fury for employees (Courtesy Facebook)
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Busch Gardens Tampa has opened the newest thrill ride Falcon's Fury to park-goers.
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Lakeland businesses targets in payment scam

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Three Lakeland restaurants have been targeted in a scam designed to scare owners into paying their electric bill to the unknown caller. More>>

Lakeland Electric warns customers about phone payment scam Video included

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Lakeland Electric customers beware of a current scam that involves an individual who calls and acts as if he is a representative of Lakeland Electric.
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Detectives: Former St. Pete teacher had sex with student, other victims possible Video included

Elisha Joy Kingsley, 39, is charged with unlawful sexual activity with certain minors. Pinellas Co. Jail booking photo Elisha Joy Kingsley, 39, is charged with unlawful sexual activity with certain minors. Pinellas Co. Jail booking photo
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Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives think a former teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student may have victimized additional minors. More>>

FOUND: 71-year-old man with dementia

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Hillsborough County deputies need your help finding a 71-year-old man last seen Monday in Tampa. More>>

ALDI hiring for new Oldsmar, Holiday stores

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Know anyone who's looking for a job? Discount grocer ALDI is expanding in the Tampa Bay area and is hiring. ALDI will be holding a job fair Tuesday, Aug. 19 from noon to 8 p.m. in Clearwater.
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Clearwater couple escorted from restaurant because of service dogs Video included

Dr. Richard Davis with his two service dogs - Mocha and Micka. Dr. Richard Davis with his two service dogs - Mocha and Micka.
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A Clearwater couple tells News Channel 8 that their service dogs were the reason they were escorted from Maggie Mae's restaurant in Sand Key. More>>

Brad Paisley signs guitar for Pinellas Park teen battling leukemia

Left to right: Sara and Keith Koehler and David Gereg with the guitar donated by Westshore Pizza & signed by Brad Paisley.  Gereg family photo. Left to right: Sara and Keith Koehler and David Gereg with the guitar donated by Westshore Pizza & signed by Brad Paisley. Gereg family photo.
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When 15-year-old David Gereg goes to the hospital for a long-awaited bone marrow transplant on Wednesday, he'll know the community is rallying behind him, along with a very famous country singer. Brad Paisley autographed an electric guitar for the Pinellas Park teen during his Tampa concert last Friday.
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Water main break causes S. Tampa traffic headaches Video included

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A broken water main could cause some major traffic issues in a heavily traveled area of south Tampa.  More>>

Town 'N' Country woman accidentally shoots her grandson

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A woman accidentally shot her grandson early Tuesday morning in Town 'n' Country, Hillsborough deputies confirmed. More>>

Hillsborough to work on bus safety issues

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It's now the first day of school for the 8th largest school district in the nation.  More>>

Hillsborough school bus mechanic cautiously optimistic about future

It's Back to School in Tampa Bay. Hillsborough County students head back to the classroom. It's Back to School in Tampa Bay. Hillsborough County students head back to the classroom.
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Alberto Pomare Davis has been fixing Hillsborough County buses for more than decade. He promises the buses kids are hopping on today are safe.  More>>

Water main break snarls traffic on Dale Mabry in South Tampa

The water main break occurred just after 7 pm in South Tampa along Dale Mabry Blvd. The water main break occurred just after 7 pm in South Tampa along Dale Mabry Blvd.
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A broken water main has all northbound lanes of Dale Mabry between Ballast Point and Gandy boulevards shutdown while crews work to correct the problem.Barricades and signs are located in the area to assist drivers with detour routes. More>>

Missing Clearwater student located after 3-hour search Video included

Moajed, 10, talks with a Clearwater Police Officer and Angie and Andy Gamsby shortly after he was found on Monday. Moajed, 10, talks with a Clearwater Police Officer and Angie and Andy Gamsby shortly after he was found on Monday.
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Officers with the Clearwater Police jumped into action Monday afternoon to find a missing Sandy Lane Elementary 5th-grader.


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Hospital network hack affects millions

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Millions of people's personal information is at risk after hackers targeted a hospital network.
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UPDATE: Boy found safe after missing from Clearwater elementary school Video included

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Clearwater Police are searching for a missing child Monday afternoon who was last seen at the end of the school day at Sandy Lane Elementary. More>>

Pinellas school construction creates big problems for parents and neighbors

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Like many parents, Kim Smalling was looking forward to a new start for her children this year at school.Smalling says she didn't want to take her daughters to the public school where they were assigned, so she looked into a charter school as another option. More>>

Hillsborough water customers continue to complain of stinky water and high bills Video included

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The stinky, cloudy water is bad enough. But East Lake residents, near Tampa's Hard Rock Casino, say their water bills are out of control and going up. Tonia Hammond is so fed up with the private water company, Pluris American Infrastructure, that she posted sings on her fence in protest. She says her bill started to skyrocket after she publicly complained about her water quality to the Hillsborough County Commission. More>>

Pinellas 911 managers puzzled by lightning strike that knocked out phones Video included

For about 45 minutes last Friday, Pinellas 911 service was disrupted For about 45 minutes last Friday, Pinellas 911 service was disrupted
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For about 45 minutes last Friday, Pinellas 911 callers were out of luck when they called for help. All they heard was ringing on the other end of the line after two lightening strikes disrupted service. More>>

Largo Police looking for man who entered home, sexually battered victim

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Largo Police are asking for help finding a man who entered a home and sexually battered a person inside the home early Monday morning More>>

Joe Maddon not happy with cheers for Jeter at Tropicana

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Derek Jeter almost felt as if he were playing in the Bronx after getting a key late hit. More>>

8 On Your Side helps Winter Haven woman find owner of lost moving boxes Video included

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A Winter Haven woman got her wish: the owner of the moving boxes that ended up at her house now has his belongings back. More>>

Crist casts vote for himself in early voting Democratic primary for governor

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Arriving to newly-planted Crist campaign signs, former Gov. Charlie Crist and his wife voted Monday morning in downtown St. Petersburg, Crist's home town. More>>

Pinellas schools working to increase graduation rates

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It's the first day of school in Pinellas County, and more than one hundred thousand boys and girls will make their way back to class. More>>

Sarasota deputies remind: Drive safely!

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As the school year starts in Sarasota County, the county sheriff deputies remind all drivers and pedestrians to be safe on the roadways. More>>

Hillsborough buses roll one day early Video included

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Hillsborough County students have one day left of summer, but their bus drivers are already back to work. More>>

Pinellas vows to make STEM more fun, available for kids at schools Video included

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Thousands of Pinellas county students are ready to hit the books on their first day of school.As students go back to classes, the county is putting a strong emphasis on STEM courses.  More>>

Suspect arrested in Tampa club shooting

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Hillsborough deputies arrested a man who they said shot and killed a woman in a Tampa night club parking lot early Sunday morning. More>>

Woman shot to death outside Hillsborough County nightclub

Deputies were dispatched to Club 301 just after 3 am Sunday. Deputies were dispatched to Club 301 just after 3 am Sunday.
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A 49-year-old woman was shot to death early Sunday outside of a nightclub in the 8200 block of US Highway 301 in Tampa. 
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Man killed in Clearwater stabbing

Clearwater police officers are at a stabbing scene on Albright Drive. Clearwater police officers are at a stabbing scene on Albright Drive.
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Clearwater police are investigating a fatal stabbing on Albright Drive. Police were called to 1809 Albright Drive about 7:16 p.m., Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw said. The victim was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where he later died from his injuries.. ...

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Tampa Bay students head back to school Monday, but not all at Windsor Prep Video included

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Frustrated and upset. Those are two words Daisy Quinn is using to describe her dealings with Windsor Preparatory Academy in St. Petersburg. She learned late last week, her twin 6th-graders, William and Blake Martin, didn't make the cut for the first day of school on Monday. But it wasn't their fault. The building that will house middle-schoolers is unfinished. ... More>>

Autopsy will determine cause of Parrish drowning

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The body of a man was found in a backyard swimming in Parrish Sunday evening. The victim has been identified as Jonathan M. Vain, 40, of 5119 119th Terrace East., a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report said. ... More>>

Libertarian candidate for governor on 'brew tour'

Wyllie, 44, visited several small businesses recently as part of his craft brew tour. Wyllie, 44, visited several small businesses recently as part of his craft brew tour.
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If you stopped in a Tampa Bay brewery over the past week, you might have run into a Florida candidate for governor. Adrian Wyllie, a Libertarian, visited multiple breweries in the Bay area as part of his statewide craft brew tour. More>>

Mulberry woman struck, killed walking near Highway 60

Polk deputies and emergency vehicles arrived at the scene just after 3 am Sunday. Polk deputies and emergency vehicles arrived at the scene just after 3 am Sunday.
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A 45-year-old Mulberry woman died early Sunday after she was hit by a car while walking along Highway 60 in Polk County.Julie Ann Melvin was pronounced dead at the scene just after 3 am. More>>

Florida's newest university makes debut in Lakeland

The school's Chief Operating Officer Ava L. Parker addresses the crowd on Saturday. The school's Chief Operating Officer Ava L. Parker addresses the crowd on Saturday.
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Florida Polytechnic University officially opened for business Saturday in Lakeland.Governor Rick Scott was among the more than 1,000 supporters, students and faculty that attended the facility's launch celebration. The event marked the school's grand opening and the completion of the Science and Technology Building. More>>

Bucs make progress in 20-14 loss to Miami at RJS

Vincent Jackson scored the Bucs first TD Saturday night. Vincent Jackson scored the Bucs first TD Saturday night.
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Mike Evans made the biggest play in his first home game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Unfortunately, for him it didn't end well. Matt Moore directed two straight touchdown drives in the Miami Dolphins' 20-14 preseason victory over the Bucs on Saturday night. More>>

Volunteers play major role in protecting Florida tutle nests

A turtle nest in the Sunshine State is roped off by a volunteer. A turtle nest in the Sunshine State is roped off by a volunteer.
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Mike Daley hits the beach on Canaveral National Seashore before dawn most mornings, climbing into an all-terrain vehicle to survey 12 miles of beach, looking for unique trails in the sand that tell him a sea turtle plodded ashore to lay her eggs.Daley is among a small group of paid employees and volunteers who monitor beaches along the coast of Volusia and Flagler counties, marking and counting nests and recording the locations. More>>

Artist's works behind walls of closed Hillsborough prison

One of the works of Florida Highwaymen artist Al 'Blood' Black. One of the works of Florida Highwaymen artist Al 'Blood' Black.
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Behind the rusting, too-tall-to-climb chain-link fence topped with razor wire and inside abandoned buildings where muted rooms are blanketed with dust lies artistic treasure.Two years ago, the Hillsborough Correctional Institution fell victim to not enough money and too few inmates. More>>

Suspect robs Winter Haven check cashing business

A surveillance camera captured this image of the suspect. A surveillance camera captured this image of the suspect.
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Authorities in Winter Haven are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a robbery suspect.The unidentified black male struck Saturday afternoon just after 5 pm at the Rapid Cash location in the 1100 block of 6th St. NW. More>>

Tampa Bay voices joined chorus of support for Missouri protests

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Protests rage on a week after a Ferguson, Mo., police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager.Voices of support for Ferguson residents now are being raised in cities across the country. Rallies held today in Tampa and Orlando grew sparse crowds, but the people expressed themselves loud and strong. ... More>>

Felecia Williams' murder suspect appears before judge

Ritchie, 35, will be back in court Monday. Ritchie, 35, will be back in court Monday.
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A Tampa man charged Friday in the death of a nine-year-old girl made his first appearance before a judge Saturday morning to hear the new charges filed against him.Granville Ashanti Ritchie, 35, is facing child abuse, sexual battery and first-degree murder charges. More>>

FHP releases name of driver that triggered fatal Hillsborough crash

The crash occurred just before 3 am Friday morning along I-275 in Hillsborough County. The crash occurred just before 3 am Friday morning along I-275 in Hillsborough County.
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Authorities have released the identity of a wrong-way driver that died in a fatal crash on Interstate 275 in Hillsborough County early Friday morning.Edward Jose Duran, a 23-year-old Tampa resident, was pronounced dead at the scene just before 3 am. More>>

Tampa Police seek credit union robbery suspect

TPD investigators say the suspect took off with an undisclosed amount of money. TPD investigators say the suspect took off with an undisclosed amount of money.
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Detectives with the Tampa Police Department are seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating a robbery suspect.The crime occurred just after 5 pm Friday at the Suncoast Federal Credit Union in the 1900 block of East Hillsborough Ave. More>>

Natural gas fire breaks out near Port of Tampa

HCFR crews responded to the scene just after 6:30 am Saturday. HCFR crews responded to the scene just after 6:30 am Saturday.
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At least two vehicles were destroyed early Saturday morning when a fire broke out at a natural gas fueling station near the Port of Tampa.Crews with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue were dispatched to a location near the intersection of Madison Ave. and 50th St. just after 6:30 a.m. More>>

Tampa Bay to hold rally supporting Ferguson, MO

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Tampa Bay area residents are organizing a Stand Up for Justice in solidarity with Ferguson, Mo.The event is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at 3808 N. 22nd St. ... More>>

Tampa man charged with murder of 9-year-old

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Family and friends of Felecia Williams have waited for the day someone would be held accountable for Williams' death. Felecia, 9,was found dead, floating in Tampa Bay, in May. ... More>>

Lakeland police seeks armed robbery suspect

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Lakeland police is looking for a man in connection with the beating of a 76-year-old female store owner in an $18 heist. The police has issued an arrest warrant for Angel Miguel Molina, 28. ... More>>

Pasco County deputies investigate missing money from Oulsen fund

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Pasco County sheriff's spokesman Eddie Daniels has confirmed the sheriff's office is launching an investigation into allegations money was taken from the Oulsen Family Fund. ... More>>

Police Chief: 'I carry Felecia with me every day'

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It's a piece of paper, tattered and torn. The ends are frayed, and the words are fading. But, every single day since May 16th, Temple Terrace Police Chief Kenneth Albano carries it with him.
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Dolphin Tale 2 premiere in Clearwater Video included

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium will host the premiere for the highly anticipated Dolphin Tale 2 movie on Wednesday, September 10
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Bradenton apartment infested with mold, mice Video included

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Residents of a Bradenton apartment complex say they have problems with mold and rodents, but feel they have no where to turn, as the county says they cannot help. More>>

More trouble with Pinellas County 911 system Video included

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Due to the storm, Pinellas County's 9-1-1 was experiencing technical issues late Friday morning. As of 12:20 p.m., the county says the 9-1-1 system is operational, functioning on a backup. More>>

'Ice Bucket Challenge' comes to Tampa Bay teams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith partakes in the Ice Bucket Challenge (Credit: Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith partakes in the Ice Bucket Challenge (Credit: Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
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Chances are you have seen the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" videos that have gone viral all over the internet and now the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Lightning, Rays, and USF Bulls have all posted videos and pictures of their own. More>>

Tampa police shoot mentally ill man, family blames lack of training Video included

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After shooting their mentally ill son in the back, the Tampa Police Department assured the dead man's parents that officers would get specialized crisis intervention team training. An 8 On Your Side investigation learned that five years later, TPD walked away from that promise.

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911 call: Wrong-way driver made U-turn before hitting ambulance on I-275 Video included

A wrong-way driver hit an ambulance on Interstate 275 early Friday morning in Tampa. A wrong-way driver hit an ambulance on Interstate 275 early Friday morning in Tampa.
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Moments before a wrong-way driver crashed into an ambulance on Interstate 275 early Friday morning, the FHP fielded a number of 911 calls from motorists, including one who claimed he saw the wrong way driver do a U-turn on I-4 near exit 3. More>>

Temple Terrace police make arrest in Felecia Williams murder Video included

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Temple Terrace Police announced Friday they are formally charging Granville Ritchie with murder of 9-year-old Felecia Nicole Williams. Police made the announcement at a news conference where they also released new details about the murder.


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Camera records man placing skimmer on Hillsborough ATM

Investigators say a man attached a skimmer to an ATM the Regions Bank ATM at 6297 W. Waters Ave. Investigators say a man attached a skimmer to an ATM the Regions Bank ATM at 6297 W. Waters Ave.
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Do you know the man in the photo? Sheriff's investigators say he attached a skimming device at the Regions Bank ATM at 6297 W. Waters Ave. in Hillsborough County at about 6:30 p.m on August 13. Detectives are asking for help finding the suspect. More>>

Manatee deputies find missing woman, 96, with dementia

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The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has found a missing and endangered 96-year-old woman. More>>

St. Pete man arrested for having sex with teen boy

Kyle Ostromecky. Mug courtesy MCSO Kyle Ostromecky. Mug courtesy MCSO
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St. Petersburg man lured a 13-year-old boy in his car and had sex with him, Manatee deputies said. More>>

8 On Your Side tests Doctor on Demand App Video included

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Imagine not having to go to the doctor's office, but being treated from your own home. There is an app for that. More>>

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