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Weekned rewind: Family says two bikers involved in fatal I-4 crash were friends; Steven Tyler cancels on Strawberry Festival; Florida senator secures $1 million of state budget for wife's employer; and more

Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com you may have missed over the weekend. The two bikers involved in fatal I-4 crash were friends, victim's family says.


Websites for all? Charlotte County one of many facing ADA lawsuits

Beyoncé, Winn-Dixie and Charlotte County all have the same problem. Their websites discriminate against disabled people and need to be fixed, according to lawsuits filed against them and thousands of other businesses and government entities across the country.


Florida Inmates Use Carjacking Skills to Rescue Baby From Locked Car

A.k.a. "The Redemption of Florida Man." A couple in Florida experienced every parent's worst nightmare when they realized that they locked both their 1-year-old child as well as their keys inside their Chevrolet Tahoe, reports ABC 11. Fortunately for them, some of the inmates working on a nearby med


PG eyes south Charlotte Co. to expand city limits, boost tax base

PUNTA GORDA — Trash pick-up. That’s often the biggest issue for Charlotte County residents considering annexation into Punta Gorda. “‘We don’t want it,’ they say,” said Steve Helmers, going on his fourth year as director on the board for the River Haven Mobile Home Park (10100 Burnt Store Road). “Th


Homeless man carrying massive snake rattles Florida beach town

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - Talk about a scary -- and scaly -- visitor. A rattlesnake was thrown into the back of a Florida police car Monday morning after a homeless man was spotted carrying the nearly 8-foot reptile around Jacksonville Beach.


Explore Charlotte history before 1865 at FGCU’s Renaissance Academy

History is more than a simple chronology learned in school. It comes in a variety of forms depending on the perspective from which it is studied. One form is the microhistory, which is the intensive historical investigation of a single event, individual or community. Microhistory, a term coined in 1


Disney World offering 'Discover Disney' deal for Florida residents

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) - Walt Disney World has brought back a popular deal for Florida residents that allows them to "Discover Disney" at a cheaper price. The "Discover Disney" ticket deal lets Florida residents purchase a three-day ticket for just $175 plus tax - that's about $59 a day. You can add a


Punta Gorda council looking into stopping pickleball noise

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - People in Punta Gorda are getting a better taste at what fixing the pickleball sound problem at Gilchrist Park will cost them. The city council is looking into buying AcoustiFence, a sound-deadening fabric that blocks out noise.


Florida man accused of pointing red laser at sheriff’s helicopter

A Florida man was arrested early Sunday after authorities said he shined a red laser at a sheriff’s helicopter that was circling overhead to observe a controlled fire. Brian Harting, 48, allegedly admitted to pointing the device at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office helicopter but claimed he did n


Florida boy, 11, arrested after confrontation following refusal to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

LAKELAND, Fla. — An 11-year-old boy in Florida refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, later became disruptive and ended up getting arrested earlier this month. The boy is a sixth grader at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland. He was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center, charge


JetBlue passenger gives birth to baby boy on flight from Puerto Rico to Florida

JetBlue has a surprise in store for its “youngest customer to date.” On Saturday, the airline confirmed that a passenger had given birth to a baby boy aboard Flight 1954 between Puerto Rico to Florida, and even hinted that the aircraft – which is coincidentally named “Born to Be Blue” – will soon be


Second annual Big Boy Toyz Expo begins in Punta Gorda

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — The second annual Big Boy Toyz Expo features exotic cars, motorcycles, boats, RVs, ATVs, scuba diving equipment and more starting on Friday in Punta Gorda.


Helicopter finds body of missing Florida mom

COCOA, Fla. (WESH) - The body of a missing mother of four has been found in a remote area of Osceola County, deputies confirmed. "She didn't deserve this at all. She was the most innocent of souls. She was always willing to help. She was always just naturally bubbly," Sh'Mika Scott-Devoe said.


Florida Correctional Officer arrested on multiple charges

GRACEVILLE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A Florida correctional officer is behind bars according to the Florida Department of Corrections. They say correctional officer Holly Haessig was charged with multiple counts of unlawful compensation as a public servant, the introduction of contraband into a correction


Florida father shot in neck while throwing house party for his children, deputies say

OAK HILL, Fla. - A Florida father was shot in the neck early Sunday morning during a house party he was throwing for his teenage children, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.


Port Charlotte man, 92, in serious condition after scooter crash

A 92-year-old Port Charlotte man is in serious condition at Lee Memorial Hospital after crashing his scooter late Saturday morning in Port Charlotte. According to a Florida Highway Patrol press release, Victor Piperato, 92, was driving his 2006 Yamaha Vino scooter southbound on Merrick Lane NW aroun


Florida woman accused of bringing enough fentanyl to kill 1,300 students to high school

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — A Florida woman was arrested after police said she brought enough fentanyl to kill more than 1,000 children. According to WINK News, Ayanna Felix, 18, brought 2.7 grams of fentanyl, enough to kill 1,300 students, to Lehigh Acres Senior High School.


Confusion over how to implement restoration of Florida felons' voting rights

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - Now that convicted felons have been given the right to vote in Florida, one lawmaker said some criminals would undoubtedly have that right revoked. Legislators are struggling to implement Amendment IV which was approved overwhelmingly by voters last November.


Drunk man crashes into motorcycle, jeep in North Fort Myers

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Fort Myers man is behind bars after deputies said he crashed into multiple vehicles after a night of drinking. Lee County Deputies arrested 28-year-old Israel Delacruz after they said he was drinking at Fisherman's Pub in North Fort Myers, got into his truck, hit a stop si


Mine to lakeside housing project takes next step

The next big development on rural land is moving forward with a proposal that would bring in 1,384 units of single- and multi-family housing to a mining site near Lee County. The Charlotte County Planning and Zoning Board voted unanimously last week to recommend the proposal and forward it to the st