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SERIAL KILLINGS

Man, 24, faces four counts of murder

 

Nov. 28, 2017

TAMPA — One of the most intense dragnets in city history ended Tuesday with a tip to a police officer sitting in a McDonald's doing her paperwork. Read more...

 

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McDonald's worker to get all $110,000 reward

 

Dec. 1, 2017

The McDonald's worker who turned in a gun that led to the arrest in the Seminole Heights serial killings will receive "every penny" of the $110,000 reward...

 

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In wake of killings, residents host supper thanking police

 

Nov. 20, 2017

Kenny Hoffa surprised everyone when he made the seven-hour drive from Charleston, S.C., to Tampa's Seminole Heights to attend a dinner set up to thank police for working hard to solve a string of recent killings..

Black residents question arrest spike during search for killer

 

Nov. 16, 2017

Members of the black community expressed appreciation on Thursday for police efforts to find the person responsible for killing four residents of southeast Seminole Heights in recent weeks.

In Seminole Heights, candy flows as officers watch over Halloween

Oct. 31, 2017

Dozens of princesses, superheroes and Star War characters who stood no more than waist high filled their bags with candy handed out by police officers Tuesday evening at Giddens Park in Seminole Heights.

Arrests spike as police blanket Seminole Heights in search of killer

 

Nov. 9, 2017

A month after the killings began, numbers from the department reveal how police are going about it: Arrests in the area more than doubled in October compared to the same month a year earlier.

Another suspicious death in Tampa's Seminole Heights

Oct. 19, 2017

Police were investigating what they were calling a suspicious death in southeast Seminole Heights Thursday night, near the location of two fatal shootings last week.

Tampa police link two shootings, tell Seminole Heights residents to avoid walking alone

Oct. 17, 2017

One was a 22-year-old African American man. The other was a 32-year-old white woman.Both died mysteriously of gunshot wounds in southeast Seminole Heights last week.

City worker finds body of 32-year-old Tampa woman

Oct. 13, 2017

A city of Tampa employee discovered the body of a 32-year-old woman who apparently had suffered upper body trauma, police said.

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(Photo by Luis Santana / Tampa Bay Times)

Aug. 17, 2017

TAMPA — The blast happened suddenly, with enough force to toss Carlton Nelson across the power plant’s floor. When he came to, the veteran Tampa Electric mechanic lifted his head and squinted. The tank he had been trying to fix was spewing a deadly substance called slag from an open door, like a volcano gushing lava. Nearby, a forklift was melting in the molten goo. Read more...

TECO accounts for nearly half Florida power plant deaths

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July 8, 2017

TAMPA — Tina Partridge wasn't expecting to see her dad at the door. He was working a contract job at a Tampa power plant, but made the drive to Jacksonville to surprise his grandsons."The boys were thrilled," Partridge recalled. Read more...

Arrests spike as police blanket Seminole Heights in search of killer

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Nov. 9, 2017

TAMPA — Police have little to say about their ongoing investigation into the Seminole Heights killings. But a month after the killings began, numbers from the department reveal how police are going about it: Arrests in the area more than doubled in October compared to the same month a year earlier. Read more...

 

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Residents wonder what’s next after fire destroys Tampa apartments

(Photo by Jonathan Capriel / Tampa Bay Times)

Dec, 11, 2017

TAMPA — When her apartment complex caught fire Monday afternoon, Peaches McIntyre grabbed her four children and baby stroller and ran outside.Hours later, she looked at the smoldering building with her 5-year-old autistic son, Choice Underwood, hugging her leg. Her family was now homeless.... Read more...

Skyway suicides may have hit 15-year-high

Jan. 8, 2018

Nearly 1 in 3 Christmas arrests in Tampa Bay arose from domestic violence

Dec. 30, 2017

Tampa girl, 4, dies of gunshot reaching for candy
 

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Frustrations mount as supplies for Puerto Rico sit idle in Tampa

USF police investigate Facebook comment seen as threat to Muslim speaker

Deputies: Seffner man paints truck to hide role in hit-and-run

HURRICANE IRMA

Residents prepare for mobile homes

Store shelves empty as Irma menaces Florida

Travelers forced to change plans in rush to escape Tampa

Man weathered Irma on powerboat

Florida's Condom Depot wrapped inventory in plastic to be safe during Hurricane Irma

INVESTIGATIONS

University of Memphis paid more than $2.3 million to run mostly empty buses

April 22, 2016

About 85 percent of the seats on the busses that traverse the campus area five days a week are empty, and some buses make a full round-trip completely empty. The U of M paid nearly $725,000 in 2015 to Groome Transportation of Tennessee, the private company that operates the shuttles.

Violent sorority hazing haunts University, officials refuse to identify suspects

April 8, 2015

After suffering insults, slaps to the face and being forced to answer to nicknames like “Fail,” 11 University of Memphis sorority pledges stood in line for one last humiliation. Other Zetas jeered as a tall women went down the line beating faces. During the attack, one pledge heard the crunch of her own nose breaking.

$150,000 in student green fees spent on pavilion with 'no energy saving' aspects

Sept. 9, 2015

The University of Memphis used student money designated for projects that push the campus to go green to build an outdoor dining area where Aramark, a multi-billion dollar food corporation, could sell food.