Mayor Arrested, America’s Top Beach and More

Active Search For Gunman 

Venice police are searching for a gunman who shot a man multiple times in a parking lot of PGT Custom Windows and Doors, located on 1070 Technology Drive. The victim had been taking a break from work when the gunman approached his vehicle.

The gunman approached the victim’s vehicle car, opened the car door, asked the victim for his name and then shot him. The gunman then walked away.

“Unfortunately we were unable to locate anyone,” explained Captain Eric Hill with the Venice Police Department.

Officials believe that there is no threat to the public and that this was not a random shooting. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and is stable condition.

The location of the store where the gunman opened fire. Courtesy of Fox 13

Woman Killed In House Fire 

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A house fire killed a woman early this morning in Dade City. Flames broke out this morning at a home on Southview Avenue near 14th St. A nearby jogger smelled smoke and flagged down an officer for help.

“We’re very proud of our officer for making that quick response. First for finding the home so quickly and then for doing everything that he could to gain entry into the home.” Brian Uppercue, lieutenant of administration for the police department said.

The officer responded to the scene and found dark, heavy smoke inside. He broke a window to look inside and found someone on the floor.  The officer found his way inside the house through a door and dragged the woman outside.

Paramedics tried to save her but unfortunately, she didn’t make it.

The woman’s identity has not been released and investigators are now calling the fire suspicious.

Mayor Arrested 






Courtesy of WFLA

Maurice Nelson Campbell Vice Mayor of Fort Meade is arrested for stalking and harassing a woman with threatening messages. The Polk County Sheriff’s office started an investigation after receiving a complaint from a woman.

According to detectives, Campbell repeatedly harassed a woman and accused her of having an intimate relationship with her husband.

“The victim has put up with this harassment for quite some time, and she finally reached a breaking point. This is not proper behavior for anyone, let alone an elected official” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.

Campbell is facing a felony aggravated stalking charge.

Florida’s Best Beach 

Courtesy of Fox 13

According to Trip Advisors, Clearwater is the best beach in America and number six in the world. Clearwater has been awarded as the number 1 spot three times in the last four years.

“The sugar fine white sand is a trademark of this fabulous beach. Perfect for a day in the sun. You might even spot a dolphin or two playing on the horizon,” TripAdvisor wrote on its website.

In addition to Clearwater, Floridians are surrounded by top-ranking beaches. Panama City is ranked number three with St.Pete beach following and Pensacola Beach as number five.

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