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  • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:01 AM EDT2014-04-22 08:01:42 GMT
    Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
     When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
  • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
    Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
  • Hope the dog: Burns are 90% healed

    Hope the dog: Burns are 90% healed

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:07:14 GMT
    Hope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photoHope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photo
    We have some good news to report about Hope, the little 1-year-old dog that won over the hearts of many after she was doused with kerosene and lit on fire.
    We have some good news to report about Hope, the little 1-year-old dog that won over the hearts of many after she was doused with kerosene and lit on fire.
  • Disabled vet reunited with service dog lost in car wreck

    Disabled vet reunited with service dog lost in car wreck

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:49:00 GMT
    Luke Macner and Nina. Photo courtesy the Humane Society of Tampa BayLuke Macner and Nina. Photo courtesy the Humane Society of Tampa Bay
    A disabled Tampa veteran was brought to tears Tuesday when he was reunited with his service dog after she went missing in a car wreck.
    A disabled Tampa veteran was brought to tears Tuesday when he was reunited with his service dog after she went missing in a car wreck.
  • Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

    Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-04-02 03:26:55 GMT
    "Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo"Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo
    A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
    A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
  • Citrus man accused of killing son facing new charges, 2 others arrested

    Citrus man accused of killing son facing new charges, 2 others arrested

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-04-22 20:26:44 GMT
    Additional charges have been filed against a Citrus man who allegedly killed his 1-year-old son last week and continued to play video games, the Sheriff's Office says. Two others have also been arrested Tuesday in connection to the case.
    Additional charges have been filed against a Citrus man who allegedly killed his 1-year-old son last week and continued to play video games, the Sheriff's Office says. Two others have also been arrested Tuesday in connection to the case.
  • MISSING: Justin Cangemi, 11, in Manatee

    MISSING: Justin Cangemi, 11, in Manatee

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:44 AM EDT2014-04-23 07:44:06 GMT
    Authorities in Manatee County are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 11-year-old boy.
    Authorities in Manatee County are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 11-year-old boy.
  • Fighter, producer in St. Pete Shefights beating case headed to prison

    Fighter, producer in St. Pete Shefights beating case headed to prison

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:00 AM EDT2014-04-22 08:00:02 GMT
    Defendants Jeffery Williams and Zuzu Vargo learned their fate in court Monday.Defendants Jeffery Williams and Zuzu Vargo learned their fate in court Monday.
    Two people with the website Shefights.net learned on Monday that they will be headed to prison for their roles organizing fights between females and a homeless man in St. Petersburg.
    Two people with the website Shefights.net learned on Monday that they will be headed to prison for their roles organizing fights between females and a homeless man in St. Petersburg.
  • Tampa-based Odyssey Marine set to embark on new search for treasure

    Tampa-based Odyssey Marine set to embark on new search for treasure

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:23 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:23:38 GMT
    The Odyssey crew inspects the silver bars as they are recovered from the SS Gairsoppa site and  unloaded on deck of the Seabed Worker. In July 2013 from the site, which yielded 1,574 (60 tons) silver  ingots. Odyssey photoThe Odyssey crew inspects the silver bars as they are recovered from the SS Gairsoppa site and unloaded on deck of the Seabed Worker. In July 2013 from the site, which yielded 1,574 (60 tons) silver ingots. Odyssey photo
    Tampa based Odyssey Marine Exploration has an exclusive contract to recover the remaining valuable cargo from the SS Central America shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina which is thought to have been carrying one of the largest cargos of gold ever lost at sea.
    Tampa based Odyssey Marine Exploration has an exclusive contract to recover the remaining valuable cargo from the SS Central America shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina which is thought to have been carrying one of the largest cargos of gold ever lost at sea.
  • Search underway for families of boys buried at Dozier reform school

    Search underway for families of boys buried at Dozier reform school

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-04-16 13:30:08 GMT
    USF researchers are trying to identify remains found at the former Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, FL.USF researchers are trying to identify remains found at the former Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, FL.
    USF researchers are seeking help identifying the remains of children buried at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, FL.
    USF researchers are seeking help identifying the remains of children buried at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, FL.
  • More evidence mounts in case of missing Gaboon Viper

    More evidence mounts in case of missing Gaboon Viper

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:00:58 GMT
    (WCBD) More evidence has surfaced that lead experts to believe that the Gaboon Viper is still on the loose in Harbor Pointe Apartments. What is now only pieces of the snake's skin was approximately 95% of the shed skin when it was found, only missing part of the head.
    (WCBD) More evidence has surfaced that lead experts to believe that the Gaboon Viper is still on the loose in Harbor Pointe Apartments. What is now only pieces of the snake's skin was approximately 95% of the shed skin when it was found, only missing part of the head.
  • TRAFFIC: Fatal crash on NB I-275 near Sligh Avenue

    TRAFFIC: Fatal crash on NB I-275 near Sligh Avenue

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:43 AM EDT2014-04-23 09:43:45 GMT
    The crash scene on NB I-275The crash scene on NB I-275
    Northbound Interstate 275 is shut down at East Sligh Avenue in Tampa Wednesday morning after a single car crash with a fatality, according to traffic officials.
    Northbound Interstate 275 is shut down at East Sligh Avenue in Tampa Wednesday morning after a single car crash with a fatality, according to traffic officials.
  • Florida fisherman reels in 805-pound shark

    Florida fisherman reels in 805-pound shark

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:34:13 GMT
    Photo from WKRGPhoto from WKRG
    A fisherman in Florida seeks to protect the spot where he reeled in a 805-pound mako.
    A fisherman in Florida seeks to protect the spot where he reeled in a 805-pound mako.
  • Polk prostitution sting results in 80 arrests

    Polk prostitution sting results in 80 arrests

    Friday, April 11 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-04-11 16:24:17 GMT
    Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives conducted a four day prostitution investigation that resulted in the arrests of 80 people
    Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives conducted a four day prostitution investigation that resulted in the arrests of 80 people
  • Clearwater man arrested for fatally shooting girlfriend

    Clearwater man arrested for fatally shooting girlfriend

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:25 AM EDT2014-04-21 04:25:57 GMT
    Police say the shooting occurred at this home at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday.Police say the shooting occurred at this home at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday.
    A Clearwater man has been charged with second-degree murder in the early morning shooting death of his girlfriend. Alexander Richardson, 24, of 2368 Hillcreek Circle E., was booked Sunday afternoon in the Pinellas County Jail in connection with the death of Josephine Nicole Austria, 51.
    From their Facebook pages, Alexander Richardson, 24, and Josephine Nicole Austria, 51, appeared to be madly in love. But something went wrong early Sunday morning, leaving Austria dead and Richardson charged with her murder.



  • News Channel 8's set teardown and rebuild

    News Channel 8's set teardown and rebuild

    Monday, March 31 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-03-31 18:04:05 GMT
    We're excited to announce the construction of a brand new set here at News Channel 8!
    We're excited to announce the construction of a brand new set here at News Channel 8!
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:47 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:47:28 GMT
    We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
    We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
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  • Shannon Behnken

    Shannon Behnken

    Shannon Behnken is an award-winning reporter who specializes in real estate, property rights and consumer issues.
    Shannon Behnken is an award-winning reporter who specializes in real estate, property rights and consumer issues.
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