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3 People Escape Clearwater House Fire

CLEARWATER, FL -- Clearwater Fire & Rescue crews responded to a house fire at 709 Richards Ave. at 8:45 a.m. Friday. Heavy smoke was pouring from the single-story structure as crews arrived. Three people who were inside the house escaped without injury, and the fire was extinguished.


Tarpon Springs motorcyclist dies from injuries suffered in Clearwater crash

CLEARWATER — A 76-year-old Tarpon Springs man died at a local hospital from injuries he suffered in a crash April 18 on eastbound Gulf to Bay Boulevard at McMullen Booth Road.


Hoverboard battery explodes, starting house fire, officials say

TAMPA, Fla. — A house fire started Friday night when a hoverboard battery burst, Tampa Fire Rescue said. The fire happened in a home about 7:30 p.m. on Cozumel Isle Drive in New Tampa.


Police arrest Pinellas Park spa owner on prostitution charges

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (WFLA) - A Pinellas Park massage parlor owner is facing criminal charges after police claim she was offering sexual services in addition to massages. Fuzi Jin, 58, is facing prostitution and operating a business for prostitution charges.


Sugar Sand Festival stands up to Friday’s rough weather

CLEARWATER, Fla. — It’s one of the biggest draws to Clearwater Beach post-spring break. “This past weekend, we had a huge crowd. We actually broke a record on Saturday with one of the hugest crowds the festival has ever had,” said Jason Beisel of the City of Clearwater.


Electrical fire displaces four in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — Red Cross is assisting four people who were displaced due to a fire at a house on Richards Avenue in Clearwater the morning of April 19. When Clearwater Fire & Rescue responded to the home about 8:45 a.m., heavy smoke was pouring from the single-story structure. Three people inside the


Sheriff's office employee accused of stealing gift cards meant to aid the needy

TAMPA, Fla. — A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office employee was suspended after being accused of stealing gift cards meant to aid the needy, officials said. Kristine Brois, 50, has been charged with third-degree grand theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. She was arrested Friday and released


Florida deputy reassigned after video shows him punching teen in the head

A Florida deputy was reassigned Friday after cellphone video showed him punching a teenage boy in the head during an arrest. Broward County Sheriff's deputies were called to a Tamarac shopping plaza about a large group of students who were fighting, according to an arrest report from Thursday. After


Florida man charged with attempted murder smiles in mugshot

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - A Florida man accused of opening fire on two men at a Lake County park smiled for his mugshot. Tavares police said Channen Quashie, 29, of Eustis, was arrested Thursday night after an officer who was investigating a report of a stolen vehicle at the corner of Lake Avenue and Main


Florida Sportscaster Charged with Soliciting a 14-Year-Old Boy

Justin Pawlowski, a Tampa, Florida, sports broadcaster and host of the Bucs Uncensored podcast, was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to solicit sex from a 14-year-old boy.


Clearwater's revised downtown incentive thuds again, but not all are discouraged

CLEARWATER — About 15 years ago, Michael Janecek eyed a restaurant space on St. Petersburg's then-quieter Beach Drive but missed out when another business beat him to the punch.


Clearwater mobile home park closing, residents given short notice of six months to move

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) - Residents living in Southern Comfort mobile home park must vacate the property by October 31st. "The six months without no where to go, we can't save money cause we to pay the rent," said Nimie Cotto.


Monticello man wins $1 million in Florida Lottery scratch-off game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Lottery announced that a Monticello man has claimed a $1 million top prize in the $5 Gold Rush Classic Scratch-Off game. Carl Madison, 60, of Monticello, claimed a $1 million top prize in the new game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive


Storms in South kill girl in North Florida, bring tornado threat

ATLANTA (AP) — A strong storm system barreling through the South on Friday killed an 8-year-old girl in Florida and threatened to bring tornadoes to large parts of the Carolinas and southern Virginia.


Tampa woman charged with DUI in crash with pedestrian on Ulmerton Road

CLEARWATER — Florida Highway Patrol charged a 26-year-old Tampa woman with DUI with serious injuries and leaving the scene with serious injuries in connection with a crash that occurred about 5:28 p.m. April 18 on Ulmerton Road near 49th Street North in Clearwater.


Half-Naked Florida Man Tries to Steal Ford Fiesta, Gets Bat to the Face From Feisty Grandma

A Florida man was charged with two counts of burglary and drug possession after being taken into custody on Sunday morning in Gainesville, Florida. The suspect was accused of breaking into a 65-year-old woman's Ford Fiesta, who promptly sneaked up on him and hit him in the head and face with a baseb


Brevard Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers Bust Perps For Illegal Fishing, BUI

man arrested for boating under the influence with passenger under 18 years of age on board. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following report highlights some cases the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission handled in Brevard County over the past week but does not include all actions taken by the Divis


8-year-old dies in storm after tree falls on house, deputies say

LEON COUNTY, Fla. — A tree fell through a house during Friday's storms, killing an 8-year-old girl, according to the sheriff's office. It happened just after 8 a.m. Friday on Old Woodville Highway.


Man critically injured in hit-and-run crash in Pinellas County

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A pedestrian was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash in Pinellas County Thursday afternoon. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Shayla Collins, 26, of Tampa, was traveling south on 49th Street North, approaching Ulmerton Road.


4 smashed Rolex case at Florida Mall jewelry store with sledgehammers — stole $340K in watches, deputies say

Four thieves who used sledgehammers to smash cases at a Florida Mall jewelry store Thursday night made off with 17 watches — worth more than $340,000, deputies said. Four suspects were later arrested on charges of first-degree grand theft and felony criminal mischief: Lorenzo Caldwell, 20; Torren Jo