News To Start Your Week: Home Fire, Hockey and More

By Bethany Hanson

Here’s what you should know to start your week in the Tampa Bay Area.

1. Red Tide Now Affecting Birds in the Tampa Bay Area

Birds are the latest known victims of red tide. They’re getting sick after eating contaminated fish because the algae’s toxins collect in their bodies. Most Birds can be treated if found in time and wildlife rehab workers are searching for sick animals.

Red tide has been spreading along the Gulf Coast for about ten months, and it is now plaguing Bay Area beaches. The first sign of the algae bloom in the area came in early September when dead fish were found washed up on Clearwater Beach.

2. Fake Immigration Flyer Circling Around Florida and Texas

Authorities are warning about a fake flyer offering a reward for deporting undocumented immigrants.  The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office posted information about the flyer on their Facebook page, stating that the flyer was fraudulent and it was not produced by their local Crime Stoppers program or Homeland Security/ICE.

The flyer featured logos for the department of homeland security and crime stoppers. It says you will receive one hundred dollars for reporting an undocumented immigrant.  Authorities say the flyer has been circulating in Florida and Texas.

The fake flyer, claiming a reward for turning in undocumented immigrants, was posted on the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. The flyer was fake and was not produced by Crime Stoppers or Homeland Security.
Photo Courtesy of Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

3. Semi-Truck Spilled 50 Gallons of Fuel In Tampa

Early Monday morning, a semi-truck crashed and spilled about 50 gallons of diesel fuel near Bearss Ave. in Tampa.  Sgt. Steve Gaskins of the Florida Highway Patrol said the driver felt the truck losing stability as he made a turn, this was probably due to an unbalanced load.  The trailer contents spilled onto the grass of the shoulder and the truck blocked the outside turn lane. Crews worked throughout the day to clean up the accident. Gaskins said the driver of the truck was not hurt.


A VO1 semi truck overturned near Bearss Ave. in Tampa. The crash caused a 50-gallon fuel spill. Photo Courtesy of Steve Gaskins.

4. Possible Explosion Causes House Fire in Palmetto, Two Injured

Two people are injured after a house fire in Palmetto late last night, it was caused by a possible explosion. Authorities say five people were in the home at the time, one heard the blast and escaped. The others woke up to the smell of smoke and rushed out. The home is a total loss. Two people were hospitalized. There is no word yet on what caused the fire.

5. The Tampa Bay Lightning Are Getting Ready To Take On Carolina Hurricanes

The Tampa Bay Lightning are ready to strike. The entire roster and even some new faces showed off their skills today at the ice sports forum in Brandon. The bolts are preparing to take on the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow, it will be their first preseason game at Amalie Arena. Last season the team made it to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Anchor: Nada Blassy

Prompter: Angie Romero

Audio: Galen Martin

Technical Director: Katlyn Brieskorn

Director: Dakota Galvin

Camera Operator: Valezka Nava

Floor Manager: Helen Leon

Graphics: Sherra Parent

Graduate Assistant: Kelsey Baker

Faculty Advisor: Cathy Gugerty