Florida Focus News Brief April 18, 2017

In this news brief: several Bay Area post offices are open late today so people can make tonight’s tax day deadline; two people are injured after a boat catches on fire in Coquina Key; heavy fires inside a New Tampa Jersey Mike’s damage three neighboring businesses; an overnight house fire in Wimauma sends one person to the hospital; Tampa International Airport releases more plans for its billion-dollar renovations; the first and second rounds of March Madness are returning to Tampa in 2020.

Florida Focus News Brief April 3, 2017

In this news brief: A Hernando man confesses to fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend with a large sword; A $25,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of a missing teen; St. Petersburg police are cracking down on bike and pedestrian traffic violaters; longer life spans are leading to increasing numbers of neurological disorders.

Florida Focus News Brief Apr. 6, 2017

In this news brief: a man is dead after holding a property manager hostage over a rent dispute; four local agencies conduct a search for missing teen Hailey Acierno; a woman faces child neglect charges after giving birth while on crack cocaine; Tampa celebrates National Burrito Day with Taco Bus’ El Jefe Burrito Eating Championship.

Florida Focus NOTD April 10, 2017

In this news brief: a brush fire in Hernando County is now 75 percent contained; Tampa gas prices increased more than the national average, jumping 18 cents in one week; a Springhill man died early this morning after an overnight head-on collision; a game of pool turns deadly at a St.Petersburg bar, and a man faces a manslaughter charge; Hillsborough wants to ban abusive cat and dog mills, encouraging the sale of rescue pets instead.

Florida Focus News Brief April 11, 2017

In this brief: two brush fires are on-going in Pasco County; the Hillsborough Planning Commission and the Florida Department of Health are holding a meeting to receive feedback on safety issues from residents of Terrace Park; a school bus crash in Sarasota sends seven students, a bus driver, a bus attendant, and driver of another car to the hospital; Zephyrhills Police are asking for help in their search for three men who stole weapons from the Sunshine State Armory after crashing a pickup truck into the store on Sunday.

Florida Focus News Brief April 12, 2017

In this news brief: The Bay area held a memorial for a teen in Tampa; a man died this morning after being trapped in a Pasco County house fire; Pasco County is now under a burn ban, and fires cannot be set in unincorporated areas without a permit; local organizations hosted over one thousand Bay area high school students for a construction career day.

Florida Focus News Brief April 13, 2017

In this news brief: crews in Pasco County are getting closer to containing four Pasco County wildfires; Pasco Sheriff’s Office is looking for two masked thieves who robbed a Wesley Chapel 7-11; a USF St. Petersburg historian is charged with child pornography; wildlife officials are asking parents to avoid buying ducks for Easter baskets; local tax service agencies like H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt will have extended business hours this weekend to help you file your taxes.

Florida Focus News Brief April 17, 2017

In this news brief: firefighters in Hernando County are still fighting a brush fire; a water shortage warning is in effect for South Florida; a man is in custody after he was found sleeping on a church roof; parents can now bring their obsolete car seats to Target; tax returns are due tomorrow and is bringing deals along with it.

Florida Focus News Brief March 28, 2017

In this news brief: a Chamberlain High School student stabs another student; a Temple Terrace woman runs into a car three times due to road rage, and is charged with aggravated battery and leaving the scene; meetings tonight and Thursday will discuss school zones in Tampa that could shift with changes in populations; Florida ranks third in the country for low taxes compared to quality of government services; the International Organization Oceana published a study on sharks, and found Florida shark encounters generate over $221 million annually.

Florida Focus News Brief March 21, 2017

In this news brief: a Riverview teen is charged with the murder of his mother; an undercover investigation leads to over 100 arrests; a man is sentenced to seven years in federal prison for scheming to sell Social Security checks; a new grocery service delivers Costco groceries without a membership.

 

Florida Focus News Brief

In this news brief: a man crashes a stolen car; a Hernando county high school teacher is arrested for having sexual relations with a student; Tampa is growing in population and home prices are rising; Florida senate passed ‘Whiskey to Wheaties’ bill to permit selling liquor in grocery stores; today is National Puppy Day.

 

 

Florida Focus Education Brief March 24, 2017

In this education brief: a St. Petersburg teacher is surprised with a $25,000 award; a local elementary school is providing for its students in and out of the classroom; some Bay Area teachers will be receiving a bonus through the Best and Brightest program; a new Riverview school is named after a civil rights activist.

Florida Focus News Brief Feb. 28, 2017

In this news brief: a bomb threat in Brooksville forces the evacuation of several businesses and a daycare; a Polk County woman dies in an early morning house fire; the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office releases new surveillance video of a car burglar; the 29th annual Black History celebration is at the Tampa Convention Center; over 500 sailors are racing from St. Pete to Cuba.