Today’s News in Tampa: Ex-Gator Domestic Battery, Free Flights, Red Tide and More

Ex-Gator Domestic Violence

Former Gator and Clearwater High School running back, Adarius Lemons, was arrested for domestic battery.

Lemons, 21, is accused of strangling his girlfriend and pushing her into a wall. Gainesville police said the altercation began after Lemons became enraged over a social media message.

Photo Courtesy Alachua County Jail

A warrant for Lemons’ arrest was issued Monday and he was in custody Thursday morning. Lemons was charged with one felony complaint and two misdemeanors. Bond is set at $65,000.

Free Flights

Allegiant Airlines celebrated their 40 millionth passengers in Florida today by giving away free flight tickets.

Passengers at the St. Pete Clearwater Airport who were headed to Nashville, Tennessee were refunded the price of their ticket.

St. Pete Clearwater Airport was just one of six other Allegiant Florida Airports that celebrated this milestone for Allegiant with free flights.

Clearwater Red Tide

Environmental groups met in Clearwater at 10 a.m. to talk about red tide. Groups such as Future Florida, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund, Indivisible FL-13 want Governor Rick Scott to take action because Pinellas businesses have lost nearly $129 million due to red tide.

Photo Courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Clearwater city leaders met with the organizers to discuss this weekend’s Hooters Clearwater Super Boat National championship. They said the effects of red tide have been minimal in Clearwater and do not expect the race to be affected by red tide this weekend.

Visit Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for reports on where red tide is as well as conditions of local areas affected by the algae bloom.

Project Helping Hands

Project Helping Hands Tampa and the Humane Society are teaming up to improve the happiness of both two and four-legged friends.

The program is a win for the volunteers and the animals as it improves moods while engaging with each other.

Volunteering tasks include puppy handling, dog exercising/walking, cat interaction and light cleaning/organizing.

You can apply to volunteer by going to Project Helping. Contact them via email: or call 813-591-0758

Coffee with a Cop

The Temple Terrace Police Department hosted Coffee with a Cop this morning.

Members of the community gathered together at Java Bay Café for free coffee and friendly conversations with local police officers. It was a way for citizens to voice their concerns about crime happening in the Bay area while being in a more relaxed environment.

Casual conversations over coffee help put names and faces to each side, with both sides being express their thoughts comfortably. During Coffee with a Cop, officers urged citizens to remember to lock their cars and homes as this had been a big problem in the Bay area. These are a few ways people can help reduce the number of auto burglaries and theft locally.


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