WEDNESDAY’S TOP STORIES: SUSPECT SEARCH, WATER LANDING RESCUE, ICE SKATING AND MORE

Here is your daily news roundup for today’s top stories.

Plane lands in water near a St. Pete airport

A local flight school plane landed in the water near Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg.

Four people were rescued by the Coast Guard and a group of good Samaritans. The good Samaritans began helping the people on board the plane before the Coast Guard arrived and brought the people to shore.

One of the people on board has been taken to the hospital, but there were no life-threatening injuries reported.

According to St. Pete fire officials, the pilot tried to land at Albert Whitted Airport but overshot the runway.

All four people on the plane are expected to be OK.

Pasco sheriff’s office releases sketch of attempted kidnapping suspect

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has released a sketch of the suspect in Monday’s suspicious Moon Lake incident.

On Monday, around 5 p.m., a 10-year-old girl reported a man in a tan, four-door vehicle with no license plate pulled up to her and told her to get in his car.

The suspect told the girl that he was friends with her mother and offered to take her to go get candy and ice cream.

The suspect drove westbound on Banbury Avenue, after being told that the victim would call 911 if he didn’t leave her alone.

The victim described the man as a black male, medium skin tone, in his 20s with black hair and brown eyes. The girl said the man had cornrows and facial hair.

At the time of the incident, he was wearing a red tank top, black shorts, gold chains (with a dollar sign pendant) and had a tattoo of a naked woman on his upper right arm.

Pasco deputies have released a computer composite drawing of the suspect in yesterday’s suspicious incident in Moon…

Posted by Pasco Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Anyone who can identify the suspect is asked to call 911 immediately.

Tampa police searching for suspects accused of a fatal shooting

The Tampa Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying armed suspects accused of fatally shooting a man and threatening his pregnant girlfriend.

The suspects had handguns and demanded money from the 19-year-old woman in her home.

The woman’s boyfriend, Cristian Velazquez-Osorio, got up to respond to the commotion and one of the suspects shot him. He died from his injuries.

Surveillance footage shows a four-door silver vehicle that may be involved.

TAMPA POLICE SEEK PUBLIC’S HELP IN SOLVING FATAL HOME INVASION

Tampa Police detectives have released a video of a vehicle seen driving near the residence where a fatal home invasion occurred on Saturday, November 17. Detectives are describing the car as a “vehicle of interest.” Anyone with any information regarding the vehicle is asked to call Tampa Police at 813-231-6130, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873 TIPS (8477), or report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com.On November 17, suspects armed with handguns forced their way into a residence located at 2409 W State St. and demanded money from the 19 year-old female resident, who was in the kitchen making breakfast. The female’s boyfriend, Cristian Velazquez-Osorio, who was in bed at the time, got up to respond to the commotion. One of the suspects shot and killed the boyfriend. The suspects then threatened to shoot Cristian’s girlfriend if she did not comply with their demands. She was 8-months pregnant at the time. The robbery/home invasion does not appear to be random.

Posted by Tampa Police Department on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477 or the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.

Celebrate the Holidays at the Winter Village

Floridians are embracing the cold, putting on their sweaters and heading down to Tampa Bay’s only outdoor ice rink.

Don’t have skates? Don’t worry! You can rent ice skates, for children and adults, on-site at the ice rink entrance.

During the holiday season, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transformed into a winter wonderland for children and adults of all ages.

Also at the Winter Village

  • Enjoy warm holiday drinks at the Icicle Craft Kitchen cafe
  • A “pop-up” holiday shopping experience featuring 10 boutiques from local makers and purveyors
  • Board the Winter Villiage Express to enjoy treats, music and activities during the nonstop ride.

Whether you come with your family, friends or significant other, you are bound to have a magical time.

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

USF students “paws and relax” before final exams

Students at the University of South Florida are finishing up their final projects and studying for final exams.

With high levels of stress, anxiety and exhaustion, the USF Center for Student Well-Being invited dogs and other animals to help students cope during final exams.

Students were able to take a break from study to pet and play with a variety of certified therapy dogs.

Marielle Skairus, a USF psychology student, was able to attend the Paws and Relax event this afternoon.

“I was so happy when I saw the dogs outside of the library. I am on my way back to continue studying for my exams,” said Skairus.

Petting animals can help boost your mood and reduce stress

Click here to learn more about the USF Center for Student Well-Being events.

 

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