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Sharon Scott and Sheila Williams of Tampa had been searching for their sister, Brenda Williams, ever since she disappeared in 1978.

Last year, the two had their DNA tested to see if it matched a cold case victim they saw at a University of South Florida symposium. It didn't.

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Police believe the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old autistic man who took the wrong bus home from work on Thursday night is linked to two other suspicious deaths in a Tampa neighborhood.

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Starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, all Tampa residents are under a mandatory curfew, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced during a late morning news conference carried live on Facebook.

He said the curfew will be indefinite or until a neighborhood is deemed safe from downed power lines, overturned trees and storm debris.

Ruling Overturned In Tampa Police Shooting

Apr 17, 2017
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A federal appeals court Friday overturned a ruling that had cleared the city of Tampa and a police officer in the shooting of a man who was suspected of being suicidal.

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The body of a 17-year-old Tampa girl who was missing since March 28 was found in Flatwoods Wilderness Park Friday morning.

Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward said a cause of death for Hailey Acierno needs to be determined, but it's believed that she committed suicide.

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The first responders who make up the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire Rescue typically spend days and nights fighting crime, helping those in danger and keeping the city safe.

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Forensic artists at a recent workshop hosted by the University of South Florida wrapped up their week of work by presenting their creations - fourteen clay busts of unidentified victims in cold cases - to local law enforcement.

But in the middle of their presentation, a woman looking at one of the works at the rear of a downtown Tampa conference room broke down sobbing, sure that the face staring back at her was that of her sister, some thirty-eight years after she went missing.

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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Tampa Police say a 23-year-old man who was shot by his cousin wasn't wearing a bulletproof vest, but instead had donned a "fragmentation protective vest," also known as a flak jacket.

Police said in a news release that Joaquin Mendez put on the vest late Saturday and "wondered aloud whether it still worked." Police say his 24-year-old cousin Alexandro Garibaldi pulled out a gun and responded, "Let's see."

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Veterinarians at Busch Gardens had to euthanize "Pinky" the flamingo after a man grabbed her from an animal viewing area and threw her to the ground.

Tampa police say 45-year-old Joseph Anthony Corrao of Orlando was visiting the park's Jambo Junction area with his family on Tuesday when he reached into a pen, picked up the flamingo and threw her down.

Tampa Police RNC Bikes Still On The Street

Jul 21, 2016
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When you are going to host something as big as The Republican National Convention, who do you call for advice?

This year's host city, Cleveland, turned to Tampa for advice on just what police needed to keep order with the estimated 50,000 people visiting. The number one answer from Tampa police was bikes.

Tampa Police got $50 million in grants to improve their security for the RNC in 2012. With that money they purchased equipment such as security cameras, patrol bikes, new uniforms and protective gear.

Tampa Authorities Suspect Drugs in Festival Deaths

Jun 2, 2016
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Tampa authorities suspect the deaths of a man and woman at the Sunset Music Festival over the weekend could have been caused by a mix of drugs including MDMA.

Alex Haynes, 22, of Melbourne and Katie Bermudez, 21, of Kissimmee died after attending the two-day music event.

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The U.S. Justice Department will release its report this morning on apparent racial disparities in the Tampa Police Department's issuance of bicycle citations.

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UPDATED 3/27 at 2 P.M. 

A Tampa police officer was shot and two men were killed during a shootout Saturday afternoon.

Officers responded to a 911 call around 4 p.m. Saturday, that said two men were fighting at a Sunoco gasoline station, police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said.

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Cortnee Brantley is supposed to begin serving a sentence Monday for her role in a 2010 shooting that killed two Tampa Police officers. But before that could happen, Brantley was arrested by Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies Saturday for getting in a fight on the way home from a 'going away' party.

An analysis by The Tampa Bay Times showed that Tampa police wrote more tickets last year than sheriff's offices in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties combined and more per capita than cops in Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando, the state's four other largest cities.

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Tampa City Council members continue to oppose Mayor Bob Buckhorn over the creation of a Civilian Police Review Board.

Council members said the current proposal gives the mayor too much power.

Buckhorn called for an executive order, establishing a board of citizens that would independently investigate police conduct and give him the ability to appoint nine people to the 11-member board.

City council members asked to appoint seven people to the board, one citizen member for each city council member, while allowing Buckhorn to still appoint four members.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the Tampa Police Department for issuing thousands of tickets to bicyclists for minor infractions. About 80 percent of those cited are black. 

In response, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn created a citizen's review board to determine if incidents involving the police department were handled justly.

But some people are not satisfied with the mayor's approach. 

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 The Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College will have special guests this evening. Tonight, the Federal Department of Justice’s C.O.P.S. Office, or Community Oriented Policing Services, will be holding a community listening session to listen to people concerned about the Tampa Police Department’s bike policing strategies.

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UPDATED 4/23 at 2:40 p.m.
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor released this statement in response to the Florida Supreme Court reducing the death sentence for Humberto Delgado Jr. to life without parole for killing police Cpl. Mike Roberts in 2009:

"We respect the justice system and those who have to make tough decisions. 

Regardless of the conclusion, it doesn't bring Mike back and it doesn't relieve the pain that his wife, son and his TPD family feel. His life sentence will still ensure he is held accountable for his actions."

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