News Near You: What’s Happening in The Bay Area

Here are four local stories surrounding the Bay Area.

Tampa Bay Resident Files Lawsuit against Catholic Dioceses

Mark Cattel, a former Tampa Bay resident, said he was sexually abused by a priest when he was 9-years-old. He claims that Father Robert D. Huneke took advantage of him on several occasions in 1981. Cattel was a student at Christ the King Catholic School. The lawsuit says that Father Huneke allegedly sexually abused another boy at St. Dominic’s parish in Oyster Bay, before moving to Florida.

“For too long, the Church has been able to hide behind the statute of limitations to avoid responsibility,” said Herman. “This case shows why the statute of limitations must be amended nationwide to hold institutions accountable for protecting sexual predators.”

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Officers Hold Two Days of Maritime Training

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office held several drills to help crews prepare for real-life situations that could affect Port Tampa Bay:

  • Marine
  • Aviation
  • Bomb
  • K-9
  • SWAT

The crews practiced boarding the ship by boat and helicopter. The goal of the training was to rescue hostages and regain control of the ship. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said the drills help keep his unit in check.

“Part of being prepared is being ready, and when you train, and you train realistically, you’re that much more prepared to respond to any type of scenario,” said Chronister.

The exercises began Tuesday.

The Home Shopping Network Lays off Hundreds of Employees 

The Home Shopping Network will be laying off hundreds of workers. The parent company, Qurate Retail Group, said it will lay off over 300 employees by the end of the year. Most of those positions will be from the St. Petersburg and Long Island, New York headquarters. This is part of an effort to combine HSN and longtime rival QVC into a new business named, “QXH.”

QVC underwent a similar change in Europe two years ago. In a statement, the HSN president, Mike Fitzharris talked about the company’s future.

“We thank all of our HSN team members for their hard work and dedication over the years, and for the support of the Tampa Bay community as we continue to evolve our business for the new retail economy,” said Fitzharris.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay Has Pumpkins and Puppies 

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is selling pumpkins to support the pets in their homeless shelter. The society has been hosting this pumpkin patch fundraiser for 16 years. Pumpkin prices range from $5 to $25. People are welcome to take photos of their family with the animals. The pumpkin patch will be open until Oct. 31. The shelter’s hours are from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and Sunday.

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