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By The Dispatch On Friday, April 5th, 2019
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Hillsborough County: Fake 911 calls prompts arrest of 18-year-old man

Three false 911 calls made this week–a bomb threat, a false report of use of firearm in a violent manner and disrupting a school function–ended with the arrest of 18-year-old Domerell Issac Lott. Image/HCSO The More...

By The Dispatch On Monday, February 18th, 2019
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University Area CDC Presents Free Prodigy Showcases

The public is invited to experience the joy of youth in arts, as University Area CDC (Community Development Corporation) presents Prodigy® Showcases throughout the months of February and March. Communities spreading More...

By The Dispatch On Sunday, December 9th, 2018
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Eighteen ‘Bird Gang’ Members Indicted for Drug Trafficking and Firearms Violations

United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the culmination of a long-term investigation of a violent and drug trafficking organization known as the “Bird Gang,” operating primarily in Tampa. As a result, More...

By The Dispatch On Monday, October 29th, 2018
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Florida Elections 2018: No surprise, Organize Florida endorses Democrats over Republicans

Organize Florida and its members have released a slate of endorsements for the November elections who will champion the working class and fight for fair and equitable communities that include access to affordable More...

By Brandon Jones On Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
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Tampa murder suicide: Juan Hernandez kills stepdad Michael Kurz, then self

Hillsborough County Sheriff are investigating a murder-suicide at an apartment complex in Tampa, identifying the victims as Juan Luis Hernandez and Michael Edward Kurz. “Today we are saddened to report another More...

By Brandon Jones On Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
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Why I voted to retain Susan Rothstein-Youakim to the Court of Appeals

It’s hard to analyze the Judges up for retention on any ballot and the lazy/non-existent press in the Tampa Bay area offers no help. In fact, the Tampa Bay Times offers a four paragraph recommendation to retain More...

By Brandon Jones On Monday, September 24th, 2018
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Florida shooting: County Deputy Kirk Keithley murders wife, Samantha Keithley, then self, leaving behind four kids

A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself overnight in their Land O’ Lakes home. Deputy Kirk Keithley, 39, shot and killed his wife, Samantha More...

By Brandon Jones On Friday, August 31st, 2018
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Florida Elections 2018: Kathy Lewis wins Democratic primary to face Tom Lee

Florida State Senate District 20: Kathy Lewis has released the following statement about her victory on August 28th: I’m so honored to be the Democratic nominee for Florida State Senate District 20. I want to More...

By Brandon Jones On Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
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Florida: Gov Rick Scott declares state of emergency for red tide outbreak

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for seven southwest Florida counties because of the effects of red tide, a toxic algae bloom devastating the coast of the Sunshine State. photo donkeyhotey More...

By Brandon Jones On Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
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Manhunt: Florida nursing assistant Dian’te Matthew stole and pawned 91-year-old’s wedding ring

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in Florida, working at the Arbor Terrace Assisted Living Facility, has been accused of stealing wedding rings and pawning them off, including one from a 91-year-old woman. Dian’te More...

By Brandon Jones On Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
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Florida: Police drive alligator back to lake after it wandered near a CVS and Speedway gas station

An amusing story comes from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, which wrote about an incident on Facebook: an alligator was driven back to a lake after made a trip to a CVS and speedway. “YOU More...

By Brandon Jones On Monday, April 16th, 2018
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Cold Case solved: Charles Martinez arrested for 2009 murder of Victor Martinez

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has solved a 2009 murder case: the death of Victor Martinez. Detectives arrested Charles Martinez, 28, Saturday in the death of Victor Martinez, 21. photo/ Gerd Altmann More...

By Brandon Jones On Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
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Florida: 81-year-old Robert Schultz arrested for molesting 11-year-old boy

A  81-year-old Florida man is being held without bond in the Orient Road Jail after deputies arrested him for molesting an 11-year-old boy. Robert Schultz Robert Schultz, of Valrico, Fla. was interviewed by detectives after More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
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Shigella cases triple last year’s total in Hillsborough County

The number of Shigellosis cases reported in Hillsborough County, FL in 2017 year-to-date is more than triple the number reported during the same period last year, according to data from the Hillsborough County Health More...

By Brandon Jones On Saturday, June 24th, 2017
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Confederate monument in Tampa will stay put, commission votes to add ‘diversity mural’

After three hours of contentious debate, Hillsborough County commissioners voted 4-3 on Wednesday to keep a Confederate monument outside the old county courthouse in downtown Tampa. Commissioners Victor Crist, More...

By The Dispatch On Friday, February 3rd, 2017
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Tampa: Pat Frank honored for her role in improvements to the organ and tissue donation system

Hillsborough Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Collier Frank was honored Wednesday, January 25th, by LifeLink Foundation, for her instrumental role in groundbreaking improvements to the organ and tissue donation system More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, May 2nd, 2016
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Zika in Florida: 1st Martin County case, 6th pregnant woman

Florida health officials reported today that three additional travel associated Zika virus cases were reported, bringing the state total to 99. Martin County Florida mapImage/David Benbennick Martin County saw their More...

By The Dispatch On Thursday, April 21st, 2016
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Food trucks converge at Florida State Fair for annual ‘Discover the Food Festival’ on April 30

Get a taste of the best that the Tampa Bay region has to offer when the Florida State Fair Authority hosts its Discover the Food Festival on Saturday, April 30 from 11am to 7pm and Sunday, May 1 from 11am to 5pm More...

By Brandon Jones On Monday, April 11th, 2016
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Xavier Smith arrested for Michael Beson murder as Florida gas station

A 19-year-old Florida man has been arrested in Friday’s murder of Michael Beson at a Plant City gas station. Xavier Quesean Smith has been charged with first-degree murder and robbery, according to Plant More...

By Brandon Jones On Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
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Kirk Kelly, ‘Cracka Boy’ chewed off fingerprints to avoid identification

A Florida man pleaded guilty to charges of escape, tampering with evidence, obstructing official police business and resisting arrest for biting off his fingerprints in an attempt to avoid being arrested. Kirk Kelly More...


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