Your Local Monday News: Democratic Campaign Rally, Double Homicide and More

By Peyton Roux

1. Democratic Campaign Rally at USF

Former Vice President Joe Biden rallied for the Democratic candidates in Florida today. He was joined by Andrew Gillum and Sen. Bill Nelson at the University of South Florida.

Biden said the only way to protect the environment is to vote for Nelson.

“The governor, who is now trying to win Senate, doesn’t even believe in climate change,” said Biden.

Biden also had great things to say about Gillum, the current mayor of Tallahassee.

“Don’t tell me things can’t change. Don’t tell me this man can’t get elected,” said Biden.

Biden ended the rally by appealing to college students’ concerns, reiterating his prior statements about the environment.

“The oceans are warming, the seas are rising, these storms are becoming more and more intense, and more devastating,” said Biden.

2. Early Voting in Hillsborough County

Today is the first day to start early voting in Hillsborough County. 20 polling sites are up and running in the Tampa Bay area.

The University of South Florida’s Yuengling Center is the newest voting site this election season.

“Early voting begins at the University of South Florida Oct. 22, Monday, 12 hours a day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and it will be for 14 straight days. so, it runs through the last Sunday before the election,” said Craig Latimer, Supervisor of Elections.

In order to early vote, you must be a registered voter. The final day to early vote is Nov. 4. Election Day is Nov. 6.

3. Double Homicide in Tampa

A man has been accused of murdering his girlfriend and her 10-year-old son after an argument about football.

Forty-two-year-old Tyrone Terell Johnson killed his girlfriend early last night. Johnson started to argue with his girlfriend over changing the channels on TV so Johnson could watch football. The names of the victims have not been released.

Johnson called 911 at 6:47 p.m. Sunday “because he was being attacked.” He told deputies he moved into the master bedroom to start packing and his girlfriend started to yell at him. Johnson messaged his father through Facebook asking to be picked up in the morning.

Johnson started to fire a Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun after the woman armed herself with a PlayStation console. According to Johnson, all the shots happened in the master bedroom. However, there is evidence of gunshots and blood in the young boy’s room.

Johnson is currently being held without bond and is facing multiple charges.

4. Free Vaccines in Pinellas County

The Pinellas County Health Department is asking residents to help prevent the spread of Hepatitis A.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection which affects the ability of the liver to function. It is spread through contaminated water and food, as well as encountering someone with Hepatitis A.

As of Oct. 22, 158 cases have been reported in Florida, 58 of them being in Pinellas County.

“We are on track to report the highest number of hepatitis A cases since 2005,” said DOH-Pinellas Director Dr. Ulyee Choe.

Free vaccines are being handed out at these locations:

  • Petersburg: 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.
  • Pinellas Park: 6350 76th Ave. N.
  • Mid-County (Largo): 8751 Ulmerton Rd.
  • Clearwater: 310 N. Myrtle Ave.
  • Tarpon Springs: 301 S. Disston Ave.

For any questions, call (727) 824-6900.


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