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Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014

Morelli, Keith

Tribune Staff

Violence at Tampa park shocks residents

- Gunfire killed two, injured two as dozens of children hunted for Easter eggs at Al Barnes Park in East Tampa.

Volunteers hunt tegus in Riverview

- Florida wildlife officials have recruited volunteers to scour the forest floors for tegus, an exotic species that has escaped the bondage of home terrariums for the great outdoors.

Lawyer: Principal did not molest student

- Deputies say James Larkin, a principal at a school for children with mild learning disabilities, inappropriately touched the teen while the boy’s mother was out of town.

Tampa police reviewing death of diabetic driver

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The death of a diabetic man Wednesday after he was handcuffed by Tampa police rai...

Hillsborough adds charges in Polk teacher sex case

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TAMPA — A Polk County teacher arrested in Lakeland on charges of having sex with a student now faces three simi...

1860s shipwreck near Skyway to become preserve

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TAMPA — An 1866 winter storm near Egmont Key did what fierce naval battles in the northern Gulf of Mexico and a torpedo in Mobile Bay could not: Send the USS Narcissus to its final resting place and a crew of more ...

Indictment charges 3 with misusing phone fees meant for the needy

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TAMPA — Millions of dollars that was supposed to help needy people afford telephone service was diverted by three men who spent the money on a lavish lifestyle that included two airplanes, a yacht and a quarter-of...

Arizona edges Florida in spring training attendance.

- Rainouts are cited as a possible reason fewer fans went to Grapefruit League games in Florida this year, with overall attendance down nearly 200,000 to 1.45 million.

Preservationists worry dock could impact Civil War-era shipwreck

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TAMPA — For the past 151 years, the Scottish Chief has slept beneath the gentle current of the Hillsborough River, undisturbed as the city grew from a 1,000-resident cow town when the Civil War blockade runner san...

Friends, colleagues laud Castor

- Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, who is staying in the position past her retirement date, has forged relationships throughout the city and reduced crime by 60 percent.

Risks for endangered manatees heat up as weather gets warmer

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TAMPA­ — Summertime, almost, and the swimmin’ is easy.

Tampa marches out of rain, welcomes April

- What may have been the last gasp of cold came and went over the weekend and West Central Florida now heads into balmy spring days and sunny April skies.

Bids sought for former Hillsborough Correctional Institution

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The state is accepting bids for the 135-acre complex that is a former women’s prison in Riverview that had offered the only faith- and character-based program in Florida.

Syd Potter, the voice of the Hillsborough River, dies at 95

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TAMPA — Syd Potter built his home on the Hillsborough River in 1955 and became the voice of the gently flowing waterway.

Brother of Bucs’ Williams surrenders

- Eric Baylor surrendered late Monday in connection with the stabbing of his brother, wide receiver Mike Williams. Baylor faces a charge of aggravated battery domestic violence.

Osprey nest could delay Riverwalk construction

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The beginning of an osprey nest atop of a crane being used the build the next stage of the Riverwalk could stall the project. An Audubon rep will check the nest for eggs Tuesday morning.

Pasco man charged with 123 counts of video voyeurism

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A New Port Richey man was charged with 123 counts of video voyeurism today when an IT employee discovered videos on his computer showing five victims using bathrooms and showering in the company’s locker room.

Tampa votes to end red-light cameras

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By a 4-3 vote, the Tampa City Council nixes a two-year extension of the city’s red-light camera program over questions about where the revenue was going.

Tampa council to vote on red light cameras

- The Tampa City Council is about to discuss renewing the contract for red light cameras, and Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Chief Jane Castor both want the devices to stay.

Why were bees at Yankees-Red Sox game?

- Honey bees were likely the variety that interrupted the Yankees-Red Sox game in Tampa, but the bad news is the spray used to disperse them might keep the bugs from regrouping.

Pill heist hints at bigger problems

- Nationally, violence against pharmacists is on the rise, and as a recent incident in Temple Terrace indicates, people who rob pharmacies typically are desperate and unstable.

Mathematician: Perfect March Madness bracket a long shot

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TAMPA — Predicting the weather is one thing. Predicting the winners of the next 63 men’s college basketball games is another. But it’s a gambit taken up every March by tens of millions of people, man...

Defense tries to get triple-homicide suspect's confession thrown out

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TAMPA — On May 12, 2008, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies discovered Edward Covington hiding in the closet of a Lutz home, covered in the blood of the dismembered bodies of his girlfriend and two child...

USF student worries about Ukraine’s future

- Across the Tampa region, nearly 7,000 Ukrainian immigrants or people of Ukrainian ancestry are watching news reports and reading newspapers and online accounts of the crisis unfolding in their homeland.

Scott wants to boost spending for child protection

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BRANDON -- Saying that one child injured or killed because of abuse in the home is one child too many, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday rolled out a ...

Osmakac considered several terrorism options, court documents say

- Sami Osmakac toyed with the idea of blowing up the bridges crossing Tampa Bay or detonating bombs at the sheriff’s office and police departments before settling on a plan to plant explosives in Tampa’s Hyde Park...

Bloody clues led to arrest in homicide

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When Michael Fields called 911 on Tuesday afternoon to report that he had found a body near his yard, he said he didn’t know how the woman had died.

Cigar City: No more Hunahpu Day release parties

- Ticket counterfeiters, who fouled up the admission and distribution systems, result in many legitimate ticket buying beer lovers not getting their Hanahpu fix.

Riverwalk increases congestion on Hillsborough River

- The annual arrival of rowers on the Hillsborough River added to construction barges, boat traffic makes using the waterway increasingly hazardous.

Smoke detectors are critical life savers

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TAMPA — Last month’s death of a 4-year-old child in Ruskin has fire officials talking again about the importance of having functional smoke detectors in the home.

DST? Another problem for sleep-deprived

- At precisely 2 a.m. Sunday, the clocks all across the United States, with a few exceptions, will jump an hour ahead.

Ah-choo! Allergy season in full bloom

- Eyes red, nose runny and palate itchy? It's pollen season in Florida, again, and if you have allergies, you already may be sensing the stuff in the air. Are you affected?

Knife-wielding suspect shot by deputies

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Deputies fatally Lew G. Tyree II after he stabbed a cat and threatened them with a butcher knife in Brandon. No deputies were injured.

Brandon Dillard’s reopens after evacuation during search for suspects

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TAMPA — It took an hour-and-a-half for law enforcement officers from three agencies to scour the inside of Dillard’s department store at Westfield Brandon mall on Monday afternoon and capture three suspec...

Water supply holds out during reservoir revamp

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TAMPA — Another dry season is upon the Tampa area, and once again water managers will have to make do without the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir.

Volunteers counting Hillsborough’s homeless

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TAMPA — Maybe it was the cold and rain or maybe it’s just difficult to locate and talk to an underground population that keeps itself safe by becoming invisible.

Exotic lizards breeding in Hillsborough

- As if there weren't enough exotic species crawling around Florida, add to the list of escaped exotic pets the tegu, a leg-sized lizard that is making it big here.