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

Here are four local stories surrounding the Bay Area.

Tampa Bay Community Mourns Pittsburg Shooting Victims

There are two local vigils Monday to remember the 11 Jewish victims who were killed Saturday during Sabbath at a synagogue in Pittsburg.

The suspected gunman is Robert Browers.

The first one is at the University of South Florida’s Hillel Center at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is also holding a public event at The Larry Greenspon Family Campus for Jewish Life. The “Vigil for Tree of Life: A Community in Solidarity” begins at 7 p.m., but attendees must register online beforehand.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Unlicensed Contractors

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office arrested unlicensed contractors for targeting the elderly. Sixteen people have been arrested and six others have charges pending. The Sheriff’s Office says the contractors who were arrested provided quotes without proper licensing.

This was part of a sting called “Operation Retrofit.”

Detectives responded to ads posed as homeowners who needed house repairs.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff, Chad Chronister, said homeowners should be cautious when hiring independent contractors.

“Unlicensed contractors are pretenders,” said Chronister. “If you choose to hire one, you’re inviting someone into your home who could be a convicted felon or fugitive.”

Family of Murdered Clearwater Couple Raises Reward Amount

The family of a murdered Clearwater couple raised their reward amount to $25,000 for any information about Mina, 80, and David Swan, 88. This amount is in addition to Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County‘s existing $3,000 reward.

The couple was found dead in their home Sept. 29. Police officials said the murder could have happened between Sept. 27 and 3 p.m. Sept. 28.

Adventure Island Opens Park for K-9 Training

Adventure Island gave law enforcement K-9s and their handlers the chance to train in their pools.

The park’s wave pool and kid-friendly splash zone staged scenarios like catching suspects who might have jumped into the water.

Tampa  Police officials said it’s important for K-9s to be prepared for any situation since Tampa Bay is surrounded by water. Water can be a unique challenge for the K-9s if they are not exposed to that environment.

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