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Motorcyclist killed in crash that closed WB lanes on Courtney Campbell Causeway

Motorcyclist killed in crash that closed WB lanes on Courtney Campbell Causeway

CLEARWATER — Westbound lanes on the Courtney Campbell Causeway were closed for three hours after a motorcyclist struck the back of a car and was killed early Friday morning.According to police, the crash occurred around 4 a.m. on the Clearwater side ...
Published: 09/14/18
Former students wonder if trusted Bloomingdale High teacher made secret videos of them too

Former students wonder if trusted Bloomingdale High teacher made secret videos of them too

As she got undressed in a storage room at Bloomingdale High School one day last year, Emilee Runnels found herself looking for a hidden camera.The room beside teacher Mark Ackett’s classroom served as a changing area where his students tried on the p...
Published: 09/13/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Multiple gas explosions set more than 60 homes ablaze north of Boston

Multiple gas explosions set more than 60 homes ablaze north of Boston

A series of gas explosions tore through several Massachusetts communities Thursday, setting numerous homes on fire and forcing evacuations in at least three towns.Following reports of between 60 and 100 fires, state police ordered residents of Lawren...
Published: 09/13/18
Girl, 15, arrested for threatening to bring gun to Gibbs High

Girl, 15, arrested for threatening to bring gun to Gibbs High

ST. PETERSBURG — A 15-year-old girl was arrested Thursday and accused of threatening to bring a gun to Gibbs High School.The tip about the threatening Facebook post came in Thursday afternoon, according to St. Petersburg police.The 15-year-old, whose...
Published: 09/13/18
Kentucky police arrest Ruskin man wanted for Hillsborough murders

Kentucky police arrest Ruskin man wanted for Hillsborough murders

TAMPA— The nine-month search for a wanted man accused of killing a Ruskin couple and their unborn child ended with his arrest Wednesday in rural Kentucky.Kentucky State Police arrested McKinsie Alexander Lyons, 39, without incident at a gas station i...
Published: 09/13/18
Palm Harbor student says threat to fire gun at school on Snapchat was a joke

Palm Harbor student says threat to fire gun at school on Snapchat was a joke

HOLIDAY — An 18-year-old high school student faces charges after he was accused of posting a threat on social media that he was going to fire a gun at school.William Elliott Freeman III, 18, of Holiday, said his Snapchat post on Sept. 12 was intended...
Published: 09/13/18
He fled Cuba, but the life he made in Tampa ended at the end of a machete blade

He fled Cuba, but the life he made in Tampa ended at the end of a machete blade

TAMPA — Eddie Quezada fled Cuba to the United States for a better life.Years later, Quezada told neighbors he made the journey as part of the Mariel boatlift, the mass emigration in 1980. He made a living as custodian, first in Texas and then in Tamp...
Updated: 8 hours ago
There’s no norm for how hot-car death cases play out, advocates say. What does that mean for Spring Hill baby case?

There’s no norm for how hot-car death cases play out, advocates say. What does that mean for Spring Hill baby case?

SPRING HILL — It’s been nearly a month since a baby died after he was left in a hot car, and officials still have not said if anyone will face charges related to the boy’s death.History suggests an answer could come any day, according to an advocate ...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Day before Jordan Belliveau’s death, case worker warned parents the 2-year-old could go back to foster care

Day before Jordan Belliveau’s death, case worker warned parents the 2-year-old could go back to foster care

LARGO — The day before 2-year-old Jordan Belliveau was killed, a case manager warned his parents that the toddler could once again be taken from them if they did not fix mounting problems.The Aug. 31 reprimand capped a tumultuous summer for 21-year-o...
Published: 09/12/18
Bloomingdale High teacher hid cameras in girls’ changing room, deputies say

Bloomingdale High teacher hid cameras in girls’ changing room, deputies say

BRANDON — A teacher and girls track coach left Bloomingdale High School in handcuffs on Tuesday after deputies said he admitted to secretly recording students in his fashion design class as they undressed.Mark William Ackett, 49, of Plant City, had s...
Published: 09/12/18