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A Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. Facebook photo A Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. Facebook photo

Restaurant Buzz: Free McDonald's breakfast, steakhouse closes, Tampa Ferg's

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No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants. More>>

Sleeping Sarasota woman killed when car slams into home

The car struck the home early Saturday morning. The car struck the home early Saturday morning.
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A 62-year-old Sarasota woman was killed early Saturday morning when a fleeing suspect crashed her vehicle into a home.Eleanor Ball, who was sleeping in a back bedroom at the time, died at the scene. The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. More>>

Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

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We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014. More>>

Tampa Police cruiser involved in crash on Kennedy Blvd.

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A Tampa Police cruiser was involved in a four-vehicle crash at Kennedy Boulevard and Memorial Highway on Friday night. More>>

Bradenton mom says 'no' to FCAT for her daughter Video included

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Many children would not take standardized test if they had the choice, but for one Bay area child, her mother made that choice for her. More>>

Pinellas boat captain reacts to South Korea ferry tragedy Video included

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Captain Charlie Ward of the Starlite Majesty in Clearwater Beach can't figure out why the captain of a South Korean ferry abandoned ship with passengers trapped below deck. More>>

Suspect arrested in Palm Harbor pharmacy robbery

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Deputies have arrested a suspect in a violent pharmacy robbery that was caught on camera. More>>

Tampa Day School principal arrested for molestation Video included

Larkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSO Larkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSO
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Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies arrested James Jerome Larkin, the principal of Tampa Day School, for lewd or lascivious molestation, according to HCSO. Larkin bailed out early Friday morning. More>>

Opening may be delayed for newest Busch Gardens ride

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The opening of the newest ride at Busch Gardens has been delayed, the park tweeted Friday. More>>

Rodents, roaches close 6 Tampa Bay restaurants

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State inspectors found rodents or roaches and temporarily closed six Tampa Bay eateries on our list of restaurants with the most violations from April 7 to 13, 2014. More>>

$100,000 bond for Citrus dad accused of killing son so he could play video games Video included

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Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, of Homosassa, is charged with child neglect with great bodily harm and third-degree murder in connection with the death of his son, Daymeon Wygant. More>>

Fired Sarasota teacher speaks about meltdown video Video included

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Earlier this month, Jeffrey Daughtry, a math teacher at the Sarasota Military Academy, was fired after a cell phone video captured him screaming at a student.The video shows Daughtry shoving a teenager into a seat and yelling, “You open your mouth again and you will die!” More>>

Report: Polk teacher accused of sex crimes had similar behavior in 2008 Video included

Jennifer Fichter, 29, during her first court appearance on Wednesday. Jennifer Fichter, 29, during her first court appearance on Wednesday.
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In a report New Channel 8 received from Orange County on Friday, it shows a teacher recently arrested for allegedly having sex with a student in Polk County also exhibited inappropriate behavior while employed there. More>>

Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers Video included

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The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
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Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials Video included

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Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems. More>>

Owners of Manatee Co. animal sanctuary arrested Video included

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Deputies arrested the owners of Napier's Log Cabin Horse Animal Sanctuary Thursday in connection with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation. More>>

Egg hunt for Orangutans at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

"Eggs"cellent Enrichment for Orangutans Friday at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo "Eggs"cellent Enrichment for Orangutans Friday at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
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The Bornean orangutan family at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo was celebrating Easter early on Friday.They all participated in the annual Orangutan Egg Hunt. Zoo keeperers played Easter bunny and "hid" hard-boiled eggs, baskets, coconuts, frozen juice pops and other seasonal goodies throughout the exhibit. More>>

TRAFFIC: NB I-275 closed at Bearss Ave. in Tampa

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Northbound Interstate 275 is closed at Bearss Avenue due to a crash involving multiple cars, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
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Citrus dad killed son so he could play video games, says Sheriff's Office Video included

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A Citrus County father is charged with killing his one-year-old son so he could keep playing video games. More>>

Fatal crash involving tractor trailer closed Hwy 60 East in Lake Wales

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Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal crash on Highway 60 East, between 630 East and Grape Hammock Road, in Lake Wales. More>>

Bay area family demands charges against hit and run drivers

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The family of 30-year-old hit and run victim Amari Williams held a memorial in his honor Thursday night begging for justice. More>>

Hillsborough Ave. student shuttle service to be provided

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Hillsborough School superintendent MaryEllen Elia announced plans Thursday to provide a shuttle bus service for students who live across Hillsborough Avenue. More>>

Hillsborough residents claim water company retaliates against them Video included

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After East Lake residents fed up with stinky, cloudy water won a big battle against their utility company, they say Pluris American Infrastructure is retaliating against them.
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Headstone found in Crystal River

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Citrus County deputies need your help to find the rightful owner of a headstone found in Crystal River. More>>

Sarasota math teacher fired after seen screaming at student in video Video included

Photo of Captain Jeffrey Daughtry courtesy Facebook Photo of Captain Jeffrey Daughtry courtesy Facebook
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A math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy was fired after a cell phone video showed him screaming at a student. More>>

Student shocked Polk teacher used her name in affair Video included

Jessica Seaman Jessica Seaman
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A Polk County high school student is trying to clear her name from an ordeal she says her former teacher brought her into. Jessica Seaman says her teacher posed as her in a messaging app and talked to a 17-year-old boy. Now that teacher, 29-year-old Jennifer Fichter, is under arrest, charged with having sex with the teenaged boy.“It's not just that it was my first name, it was my full name,” Seaman said, of what she learned was spelled out on the affidavit describing the relationship between ... More>>

EXCLUSIVE: St. Pete mom accused of murdering her son talks Video included

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It's the jailhouse interview you need to see. A mother accused of stabbing her 4-year-old son to death speaks exclusively to News Channel 8's Melissa Beckman. More>>

Officers vote no confidence in Port Richey police chief Video included

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There may be big changes at the Port Richey Police Department, after every officer on the force voted they have no confidence in the current chief.
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3 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

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Three Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
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RV destroyed in Hillsborough fire

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A fire destroyed an RV in rural Hillsborough County and sent the occupant to the hospital. More>>

Crews fill in Dunedin sinkhole

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A Dunedin sinkhole was filled in Thursday afternoon only a few hours after it opened. More>>

Man who died in shootout shot himself, says Manatee Sheriff's Office

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The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says the robbery suspect who died during a shootout with deputies died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. More>>

Health advisories issued for Hillsborough beaches

Ben T. Davis beach on April 17, the day the health advisory went into effect. Ben T. Davis beach on April 17, the day the health advisory went into effect.
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A Health Advisory has been issued for the following beaches: Ben T. Davis, Cypress Point, Davis Island, and Picnic Island based on the criteria for enterococci bacteria recommended by the EPA. More>>

$600,000 Hudson home destroyed by fire, 1 injured

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Investigators say strong winds spread a fire that destroyed a $600,000 home and injured one person in Hudson. More>>

90-year-old Hillsborough man victim of home invasion

A photo of the suspects' truck. Courtesy HCSO A photo of the suspects' truck. Courtesy HCSO
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Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are asking for help identifying two men wanted in the home invasion of a 90-year-old man. More>>

Pasco toy maker that helps needy kids destroyed by fire

Photo: The ToyMakers Photo: The ToyMakers
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A Pasco County toy maker that helps children in need has been completely destroyed from a fire this week. More>>

Riverview murder suspect had victim with him when talking to deputy, says affidavit

Jose Enrique Gonzalez is charged with murder. Jail booking photo Jose Enrique Gonzalez is charged with murder. Jail booking photo
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A Tampa man accused of murdering a woman had the victim in his car when he was talking to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy, about an hour before the woman was killed. More>>

Bay area prescription pill abusers ratchet up threat

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Pinellas deputies say what happened at the Trust Pharmacy is the first time they know a drug user went after a customer instead of the pharmacist.
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  • Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

    Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:02:51 GMT
    The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
    The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
  • Lawsuit claims SunPass tolls defective

    Lawsuit claims SunPass tolls defective

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:54:44 GMT
    A Plant City trucker claims tolling equipment on Florida highways is defective and that the state's Department of Transportation continues to overbill him.
    A Plant City trucker claims tolling equipment on Florida highways is defective and that the state's Department of Transportation continues to overbill him.
  • Hillsborough residents claim water company retaliates against them

    Hillsborough residents claim water company retaliates against them

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:08:40 GMT
    After East Lake residents fed up with stinky, cloudy water won a big battle against their utility company, they say Pluris American Infrastructure is retaliating against them.
    After East Lake residents fed up with stinky, cloudy water won a big battle against their utility company, they say Pluris American Infrastructure is retaliating against them.
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  • DA to Get Sarah Jones Investigation Monday

    DA to Get Sarah Jones Investigation Monday

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:51:31 GMT
    Sarah Jones, courtesy:  South Carolina Film CommissionSarah Jones, courtesy: South Carolina Film Commission
    We could learn as soon as next week as to whether criminal charges will be filed in the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones.
    We could learn as soon as next week as to whether criminal charges will be filed in the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones.
  • SURVELLIANCE VIDEO: Runaway Horse in Downtown Savannah

    SURVELLIANCE VIDEO: Runaway Horse in Downtown Savannah

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:08:52 GMT
    WSAV has learned that a horse carriage was involved in an accident in downtown Savannah on Monday. A viewer tells News 3 that the horse went 'berserk' after the accident. Savannah Police have closed
    WSAV has learned that a horse carriage was involved in an accident in downtown Savannah on Monday.
  • McIntosh Co School Board Takes No Action: Parents Disappointed

    McIntosh Co School Board Takes No Action: Parents Disappointed

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:52:59 GMT
    The McIntosh County School Board held an emergency meeting Thursday to decide the fate of three school officials charged by police for allegedly failing to report the sexual abuse of students. Numerous
    The McIntosh County School Board held an emergency meeting Thursday to decide the fate of three school officials charged by police for allegedly failing to report the sexual abuse of students. Numerous
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