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Governor DeSantis signs death warrant for Tampa serial killer Robert 'Bobby' Joe Long

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a death warrant for convicted Tampa serial killer and rapist Robert "Bobby" Joe Long. The governor's office announced the execution date has been set for Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6 p.m.


Family cat died during fumigation in Florida home: report

A St. Petersburg woman’s cat is dead after a pest control company tented and fumigated her house earlier than she expected, according to WFLA, a NBC affiliate serving Tampa. Caroline Stadler and her cat Dahlia recently moved into her new home and soon discovered termites. Stadler called Terminix and


Florida soldier dies in 'freak accident' while skydiving

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A U.S. soldier from Florida died Sunday in a skydiving accident in North Carolina. Justin Lowell Goff, 29, of Ruskin was stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He died during an off-duty, recreational skydiving trip at Ocean Isle, North Carolina, according to a U.S. Army news re


Former Police Chief Jane Castor elected first LGBTQ mayor of Tampa, Florida

Washington (CNN) — Former Police Chief Jane Castor became the first LGBTQ person elected mayor of Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday, easily winning a runoff. Castor said her victory "sends a resounding message to our community -- no, it sends a resounding message to the nation -- that Tampa celebrates its


Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office points out safety issues on Morris Bridge Road

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla — Dozens and dozens of crashes have happened along Morris Bridge Road over the last five years. Deputies split up Tuesday to do a road audit with engineers from the county to pinpoint why.


Police open homicide investigation after neighbor finds man dead in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla — Tampa police are investigating a homicide they say does not appear to be random. After not seeing the victim since the weekend, investigators say a neighbor went to check on him and found the man dead just before 7 p.m. Tuesday on W. Oklahoma Avenue between S. Manhattan Avenue and S. Lo


E. coli outbreak from tainted ground beef expands to Florida, other states

At least 156 people in 10 states have been infected with E. coli after eating tainted ground beef at home and in restaurants, federal officials said. Of the people infected so far, 20 of them have been hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday . There have been no fat


Hit-and-run driver arrested after crash sends man to the hospital, police say

TAMPA, Fla. — A hit-and-run driver faces DUI charges after a crash that sent a man to the hospital, Tampa police say. Danielle Swanson, 34, drove around the man and kept going after hitting him just before 9 p.m. Tuesday at E Davis Boulevard and Biscayne Avenue on Davis Islands.


Boy arrested in Sarasota shooting was also accused of beating a cop

SARASOTA, Fla. — Two Sarasota teen boys have been arrested after an attempted robbery and shooting Tuesday night at the BellaSol Apartments complex on Signal Pointe Circle, and a third young person has also been questioned by investigators.


Florida deputy fired, charged with battery for kicking inmate

A Pinellas sheriff's deputy has been fired and is now facing charges after forcing a jail inmate to do push-ups, then kicking the man in the stomach because he'd thrown a cookie from the trash to a nearby bird. WFLA's Jamel Lanee reports.


The Florida House passes texting while driving bill

(WCJB)-- Florida is a step closer to strengthening it's texting while driving laws a bill that passed the House Tuesday, would make texting while driving a primary offense. That means an officer could pull you over if they see you texting and the Senate bill would make using a wireless communication


Port Tampa Bay hosts hurricane training simulation

TAMPA, Fla. — Port Tampa Bay hosted a hurricane training simulation on Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service in Ruskin presented the following scenario at the simulation: What if Hurricane Michael had taken a right turn and made landfall in Pinellas County?


End could be near for Visit Florida

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s tourism-marketing agency is closer to having its doors closed this fall as a Senate budget proposal Tuesday matched the House’s stance to eliminate Visit Florida.


Florida sheriff Scott Israel, blamed in Parkland shooting aftermath, is dealt blow by state’s Supreme Court

Florida’s Supreme Court dealt a blow Tuesday to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, ruling Gov. Ron DeSantis had the legal authority to remove the embattled lawman from office amid widespread criticism Israel failed to prevent the Parkland high school shooting.


Hillsborough homeowner shoots intruder, suspects on the run

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - A Hillsborough County family is shaken up after deputies said two men wearing masks broke through the front door of their home in Town N' Country Wednesday.


Man had sexual relationship with 12-year-old niece, wanted to marry her, officials say

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced Mirza Afzal Hussain (56, Brandon) to 37 years in federal prison for enticement of a minor, document fraud, and aggravated identity theft.


18-year-old arrested, accused of vandalizing Bradenton River Walk

BRADENTON (WWSB) - Police are thanking the public for providing the tips that led to the arrest of an 18-year-old man they say vandalized the Bradenton River Walk skate park last week.


Riding Trump wave, Florida Republicans poised to adopt sanctuary city ban

Florida Republicans once worried that hardline immigration policies would alienate Hispanic voters and cost the party the nation’s biggest swing state. Then came Donald Trump, who carried Florida in 2016. Two years later, Gov. Ron DeSantis won election running as a Trump clone.


Close Encounter With Shark Caught on Camera in Florida Keys

You're gonna need a bigger boat. A close encounter with a hungry shark was caught on camera by boaters in the Florida Keys. Suzy Grumbo says she was on a boat Tuesday near Summerland Key and Looe Key when the shark, believed to be a female great white, came up and started eating the chum from the si


Manatee County votes to not arm school teachers

SARASOTA (WWSB) - The Manatee County School Board voted this evening to not arm their teachers. The vote was three to two in favor of not arming teachers in Manatee County. “It was just amazing," Makiko Felice, a mother of two students said. “Teachers need to teach and students need to learn in a pe