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Florida man's death was blamed on alligators at first, but his mom's determination led to the truth

It was a few days before Christmas 2000. A pre-dawn duck hunting trip was Mike Williams' time alone before a busy anniversary weekend with his wife, Denise. As he had done so many times before, Mike got up around 3 a.m. and left his home in Tallahassee, Florida, for Lake Seminole about an hour away.


Florida billionaire among men sought on charges of soliciting prostitution

VERO BEACH, Fla. — A billionaire is among the more than 100 men being sought on charges of soliciting prostitution in a major Florida operation targeting human trafficking. Florida Today reports John Childs, 77, is the subject of a warrant. He has not been arrested yet.


Oak Hill Hospital Offers Lymphedema Treatment Services by a Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Spring Hill, Florida (February 20, 2019) – Oak Hill Hospital offers lymphedema treatment services by its own certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) who works with inpatients at the bedside to plan for care after discharge as well as with outpatients by providing comprehensive decongestive therapy with


VIDEO: Unknown suspects beat, rob teen walking home from Gulf High School in Pasco County

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Pasco County investigators are searching for a group of men who beat and robbed a teenager after following him for more than one mile. Geoffrey Lehman, 15, tells ABC Action News he was walking home from Gulf High School just after 5 p.m. Wednesday when he noticed a truck foll


Florida governor suspends mayor over allegations of attempted murder

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has suspended the mayor of Port Richey, Fla., after he was arrested Friday on charges of practicing medicine without a license in addition to charges of attempted homicide for allegedly shooting at officers who came to arrest him.


Bomb Threat forces evacuation at Sears in Brooksville

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation today on the scene of a reported Bomb Threat at the Sears store located at 13085 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville. The Sheriff's Office in a Facebook video says a call came for a bomb threat just before 12:30 P.M. Wednesday afternoon the a


Dozens Arrested in Massive Sex Trafficking Busts in Florida

A massive sex trafficking bust spanning multiple Florida cities resulted in nearly 50 arrests and 175 warrants being issued, authorities said. Officials with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office said 171 arrest warrants were issued this week, and at least 45 suspects were arrested as part of the


Operation Heartfelt makes sure needy school kids don't go hungry on the weekends

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — An organization in Brooksville is making sure school kids don’t go hungry on the weekends. "The schools take care of them through the week but on the weekends they don’t have anything," said volunteer Debbie Mentz.


Police went to a mayor's house with a warrant and they say he shot at them

(CNN)The mayor of Port Richey, Florida, is "lucky he's not dead" after firing two shots at a SWAT team at his house to serve a warrant, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco told reporters Thursday.


Shots fired during Florida mayor's arrest

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - Authorities say shots were fired when they arrested a Florida mayor on a charge of practicing medicine without a license. The Tampa Bay Times, citing news releases, reports that no one was injured during the Thursday morning arrest of Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad.


You need ‘the skin of an alligator’: How Hernando County’s warring factions sunk another administrator

BROOKSVILLE — When Len Sossamon was fired as Hernando County administrator on Jan. 29, it was just as predicted when he took the job in 2012. Hernando County, he was told, devoured its administrators. The head-hunter advertising the position urged candidates to have "the skin of an alligator.'' Soss


Pasco deputies seek information in death of man found in pond

Pasco County deputies are seeking the public's help in locating the car driven by a man whose body was found in a pond in Zephyrhills on Feb. 19. Deputies have identified the body as Carlos Saint Louis of Hillsborough County.


BREAKING: 'Robert Kraft Not The Biggest Name Involved' In Florida Prostitution Case, ESPN's Schefter Reports

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Friday that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is "not the biggest name involved" in a prostitution case in South Florida. "On Friday morning, police in Jupiter, Florida charged prominent New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft — who is worth an estimated $6.6 b


Tickets are Now on Sale for the Hit Musical of the 70s, Godspell

Brooksville, Florida (February 22, 2019) – Tickets are now on sale for the Stephen Schwartz hit musical Godspell. The Live Oak Theatre version of the 70s smash hit will be presented over three weekends from March 29 through April 14, at the Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooks


FHP: Driver was on meth before fatal crash killed Pasco teen in 2018

It has been nine months since 17-year-old Lillia Morris was killed when troopers said an SUV ran a red light and slammed into her car. Now an arrest has finally been made in the case and the Florida Highway Patrol explained what led to the 2018 crash in Trinity:


Florida Prisons Take $50 Million Hit In Hurricane

As state officials deal with the costs associated with Hurricane Michael recovery, they will need to consider about $50 million in storm damage to a large concentration of prisons in Northwest Florida, state records show.


FDOT wants to recruit and train you to work on the Gateway Expressway

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — If you’re looking for a job, the Florida Department of Transportation may want to hire you to work on some of its largest projects, like the Gateway Expressway. And the best part is no experience in construction is needed.


3 New Port Richey Residents Arrested In Drug Bust

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL -- The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has arrested three people in a methamphetamine and marijuana bust. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, shortly after 1 p..m., Pasco deputies executed a search warrant at 3551 Elfers Parkway in New Port Richey and recovered drugs, guns and ammunition.


Florida education news: Senate priorities, charter schools, test scores and more

PRIORITIES: Florida Senate leaders outline their chamber’s planned education legislation for 2019. Some of the ideas in what they say will be a single omnibus bill, such as eliminating a wait list for tax-credit scholarships by using state funds, dovetail with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ideas. But some of t


Two Pasco Co. school employees help kids get their day started on a positive note with a fist bump

SPRING HILL, Fla. — For students at Crews Lake Middle School in Pasco County a little fist bump goes a long way. Plant Manager Jimmy Bishop and Custodian Randy LaBlanc spend just about every morning greeting kids as they get off the school bus.