Law & Order

The latest developments in the investigation into the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon and related news include:

Update at 2 p.m. ET. FBI Says Suspects Planned Explosions In Times Square, New York Mayor Bloomberg Says:

As investigators look into the Boston Marathon bombings, one crucial question is whether the suspects, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, acted alone or had help. The clues might be found in the bombs used.

From what is now known, it appears the brothers assembled a whole arsenal of explosives. Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau told CNN last weekend that the suspects had at least six bombs, including the two used in the attack and one thrown at police during a shootout.

Footage from surveillance cameras along the Boston Marathon route gave the FBI early clues about the bombing suspects. And prosecutors say they'll use some of those images to try to prove their criminal case against 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But the proliferation of cameras in America's big cities is raising some tricky questions about the balance between security and privacy.

It was pictures of two brothers taken by a camera outside the Lord & Taylor department store that provided the first glimpse of the men who allegedly bombed the Boston Marathon.


A suspicious package that caused the closure of  a stretch of South Dale Mabry Highway for a few hours late this morning ended up containing garbage.

All of the lanes of South Dale Mabry Highway between Bay to Bay Boulevard and San Juan Street have since reopened.

Shortly after that, a bomb threat led to the temporary evacuation of a Tampa bank. The two events are believed to be unrelated.

(Most recent update: 8:39 p.m. ET.)

Massachusetts State Police/The Associated Press

Federal authorities have charged Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with using a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property and he now faces the death penalty, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said today.

Tsarnaev’s first court appearance was today in his hospital bed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he is listed in serious condition.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

You may not see them on the runway during Fashion Week in New York City, but make no mistake: Florida's police officers know how to work it.

Two Florida law enforcement agencies racked up honors during the Best Dressed Public Safety Departments Awards reception held earlier this month in Orlando. And the winners were...

  • Florida Highway Patrol (FHP): Best dressed department under 2,000 officers
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO): Best dressed department over 200 officers

(Most recent update: 7:00 p.m. ET.)

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill three people and wound more than 200 in what FBI investigators said evidence shows was a coldly calculated attack.

(Most recent update: 4:20 p.m. ET)

Investigators are still waiting to interview Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose wounds reportedly include injuries to his neck and leg. An official tells CNN that Tsarnaev has been "intubated and sedated," rendering him unable to speak with them.

The Boston Marathon's medical tent last Monday was filled with exhausted and dehydrated runners, but the atmosphere had started to turn festive as the race wound down.

Then the bombs went off.

"The first patients you see are a double amputee and this woman they were doing compressions on," says Emi Larsen, a nurse who volunteered at the tent. "It was sheer panic."

We Got Him, Boston Mayor Menino Announces Amid Cheers

Apr 19, 2013

"We got him" Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced tonight as police and overjoyed Watertown residents cheered when it was announced the lone surviving murderous marathon bombing suspect was captured alive.

"Your mayor is proud of you," Menino tweeted.

A Boston SWAT team officer in a vehicle heading out of Watertown along Mt. Auburn Street chanted "USA. USA. BPD" over the loud speaker and residents shouted back "USA. USA."

A Timeline Of The Boston Manhunt

Apr 19, 2013

A timeline of how events unfolded overnight in the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. We'll update as new information is released.

  • Approximately 5:20 p.m. ET on Thursday: The FBI releases images of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. Suspect No. 1 is wearing a black hat, and suspect No. 2 is wearing a white hat. The FBI urges people to call in with any information.

David Green

A Florida native accidentally took the "best photo" of one of the Boston bombers, according to the FBI. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Jacksonville native David Green did not realize his photo had captured a crisp image of one of the suspects. 

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that a suspicious package discovered Thursday morning at the Port of Tampa did not contain explosives. Terminal 3 had been shut down as a precaution after two specially trained K-9s alerted to the same item at a dock near a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.


The suspicious package that prompted the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to shut down Terminal 3 at the Port of Tampa turned out to be nothing more than a package of liquor.

Sheriff's officials say that during a routine cargo screening shortly after 9 a.m. today, a specially trained K-9 alerted to an item on the Terminal 3 dock near a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. A second K-9 was brought in and also alerted to the same item.

Five years after she was raped, beaten and left for dead outside the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, a Hillsborough County woman is sharing her story. Queena, as the Tampa Bay Times identifies her, was 18 when Kendrick Morris assaulted her in an attack that left her unable to walk, talk, see or eat on her own. On Saturday, Queena's family will launch, a website that documents her ongoing recovery. Morris, who is two years younger than Queena, is serving a 65-year state prison sentence.

City of Tampa

It’s tax day – time to file your federal income taxes if you haven’t already.

It’s also a reminder of the tax fraud scam that the Tampa Police Department uncovered in the fall of 2010.

Criminals were using stolen names, birth dates and Social Security numbers to file fake tax returns and get IRS refunds. Tampa Police uncovered laptops and debit cards pointing to the tax scam during a routine drug bust.

While USF researchers, along with former occupants of the Dozier School for Boys, continue to try to find out what lies under the ground of the closed facility, some Marianna residents are voicing their opposition. A number say that their town is being unfairly demonized by the investigation, others wonder who is going to pick up the cost.

Courtesy of Stetson University

This week, the Florida Senate passed the Freedom from Unwanted Surveillance Act, which prevents law enforcement agencies from using drones for routine surveillance. The bill, which passed quickly and unanimously, does allow for the use of unmanned aircraft in special cases, like the threat of a terrorist attack.

During a luncheon speech on drones Thursday at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, homeland security expert Michael Barton said citizens concerned about drones aren't just being paranoid.

Courtesy of Bay News 9

Put a kid in front of the camera and you will likely see some hijinks.

And that is precisely what happened today with 2-year-old Chase and 4-year-old Cole Hakken when their grandparents introduced them to reporters after a press conference. 

The boys faces were familiar. After all, their likenesses had been passed around on electronic flyers by police agencies and news outlets in the past week.