Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Authorities say a Florida teen fatally stabbed a man who forced his way into a home and attacked the teen's mother.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

The suspect in the four Seminole Heights murders entered a not guilty plea in Hillsborough County Court on Tuesday morning.

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Police say a deal to buy a SUV became deadly when a Florida woman shot a man who carjacked the vehicle she and her son arrived in.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

The sister of a man fatally shot by his roommate said Wednesday that she believed her brother was staying with his friend — who federal investigators said was an avowed neo-Nazi — because her brother needed an inexpensive place to sleep in Florida while he was looking for work, not because he shared his views.

A House panel faced stiff opposition as it passed a measure assigning heightened punishments to undocumented immigrants.

Car Break-Ins Higher In St. Petersburg In 2016

Feb 21, 2017
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St. Petersburg residents have increasingly been the target of car break-ins since 2015.

In the last three months of 2016, the city saw a 53 percent increase in car burglaries compared to the same time a year ago.

Police Chief Anthony Holloway says that most of these crimes happen when people leave their cars unlocked or leave valuables in plain sight.

"If people just can remember to lock their vehicles and double-check and don't leave their valuables in their cars, we both can work on this together to reduce burglaries in vehicles,” he explained.

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Police say a man and a woman are accused of killing their landlord in Florida and living with the body for two weeks while trying to decide how to dispose of it.

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Florida authorities say new fingerprint technology helped them solve a 25-year-old rape case.

Authorities say two former Tampa Bay area police employees have been charged with stealing more than $20,000 from the Bradenton Police Department's evidence room.

A substitute teacher who recently worked at a Bradenton area elementary school is accused of molesting three young girls he knew outside of school.

Police Investigating Shooting Death Of Tampa Toddler

Sep 19, 2016
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Police are continuing their investigation in the shooting death of a 17-month-old girl at a Tampa apartment complex Sunday afternoon, officials said.

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Investigators say a suspect in an aggravated battery case rammed his vehicle into a deputy's patrol car during a traffic stop near Tampa on Tuesday.

Pinellas County Sheriff

Authorities say three teenage girls have been found dead inside a car they stole after driving into a pond while fleeing sheriff's deputies in Florida.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said the driver apparently missed a sharp turn near the Royal Palm Cemetery in St. Petersburg and went into the water early Thursday morning.

St. Petersburg Police Department

St. Petersburg police are still trying to sort out how a local teen got a loaded handgun and ended up shooting a police officer and rattling the department.

St. Petersburg Police Office Michael Cordiviola is recovering at Bayfront Medical Center after being shot in the leg on Sunday. Two other officers at the scene, Matthew Enhoffer and Brian Lynch,  were not injured.

St. Petersburg Police Chief  Holloway said  the wounded officer’s training kicked in and he used a nearby garden hose as a tourniquet until medical help could arrive.

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Watching Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy talk to a University of South Florida criminology class, two things are apparent: the man is incredibly charming and he makes sure he knows his audience.

"Some of you don't know who I am," he said, pausing to flash a smile. "Ask your grandma!"

Tampa Police Department

A man being sought in connection with four deaths in Pasco County was taken into custody early Friday morning in Tampa.

The Tampa Bay Times says Adam Matos was arrested at a downtown Tampa hotel after a day-long manhunt.


Eleven children from Florida were among the nearly 170 rescued during a nationwide sex trafficking sting conducted by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies last week.

Authorities around the country rounded up 281 pimps and freed 168 children, targeting child sex-trafficking operations in more than 100 U.S. cities.

Police arrested 21 pimps in Phoenix, the most of any FBI division. Other hotspots in the coordinated raids were centered in Denver, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, while eight children were freed and three people were arrested in the Tampa FBI office's region.

Five nurseries will be part of a 12-member panel announced Friday to hammer out rules on who can grow medical marijuana and how it will be distributed to patients.

The rule makers selected by the state Office of Compassionate Use will meet the first week of February in Tallahassee to set up the regulatory structure for the five nurseries eventually selected to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana in Florida.

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President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people, including a Tampa man, saying they were serving unduly harsh drug sentences. It was the most expansive use yet of the president's power to free inmates.

All eight were sentenced under old federal guidelines that treated convictions for crack cocaine offenses harsher than those involving the powder form of the drug. Obama also pardoned 13 others for various crimes.

Suspect Detained in Rape Case of 5-year-old Girl

Jul 17, 2013

The Herald Tribune is reporting that the Sarasota Police Department has detained a suspect in the rape of a 5-year-old girl. A woman recognized the man in a convenience store's video where the man was buying candy for the girl.