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Jury finds McTear guilty of 1st-degree murder in baby's death

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The jury has reached a verdict for Richard McTear in the death of his ex-girlfriend’s baby. More>>

Jury reaches verdict in case of accused baby-killer Richard McTear

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The jury has reached a verdict in case of accused baby-killer Richard McTear. More>>

8 on your side helps stranded Riverview driver get a new car

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Last week, 8 on your side told you about the plight of Christopher Soto and his recalled car.Last fall, Soto purchased a 2004 Chevy Malibu from DriveTime, a used car dealership in Brandon. More>>

Citrus man accused of transmitting HIV, more victims possible

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The Citrus County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man for allegedly transmitting HIV to at least one woman. More>>

2 Pinellas chickens test positive for encephalitis

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Health officials are asking residents to use mosquito repellent and to eliminate standing water around their homes after two sentinel chickens tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis.
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Polk deputies assist in search for missing teen

Sanel Saint Simon booking photo (left), Alexandria Chery (right): Photo Courtesy WESH Sanel Saint Simon booking photo (left), Alexandria Chery (right): Photo Courtesy WESH
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The Polk County Sheriff's Office says they are assisting the Orange County Sheriff's Office in the search for a missing person in the Champions Gate area in Osceola County, according to WESH 2 News.
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Pinellas Public Safety Complex opens

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The Pinellas County Board of County Commissionersgot a tour of the new Sheriff's Administration Building and the Public Safety Complex. The tour included areas of the new complex like theSheriff's Read-Off Room, Mat Room, the Regional 911 Center and the Emergency Operations Center. More>>

AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

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Since Florida's frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state's vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies.The ranchers seek to nurture and protect their calves, while the panthers see them as prey.Human development won the battle, driving the large, tawny, cats to the brink of extinction before successful efforts to restore them began decades ago. More>>

Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

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Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars. More>>

Gymnastics coach accused of sex with Brandon teen bonds out

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Justin Henry, a 21-year-old gymnastics coach accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, is out of jail Thursday morning.  More>>

Pool parasite invades Pinellas County Video included

Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool. Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool.
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Health Department officials in Pinellas County are putting out a warning about a parasite that can lurk in swimming pools and water parks. And, if it invades your body, you're in for a rough ride - it's called Cryptosporidium.


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Pinellas commissioners to tour new public safety complex

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Pinellas County Commissioners will have a VIP tour this morning of the brand new public safety complex. More>>

Family, friends hold vigil for slain Sarasota teen Video included

Family and friends of 17-year-old Teria'le Rawls gathered for a memorial service Wednesday night in Sarasota. Family and friends of 17-year-old Teria'le Rawls gathered for a memorial service Wednesday night in Sarasota.
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There wasn’t a dry eye in sight as friends and family of 17 year-old Teria’le Rawls gathered for a memorial outside her Sarasota home on Wednesday night.Rawls was shot and killed early Monday morning when she was hit by a stray bullet while in the parking lot of the Royal Palm Movie Theater in Manatee County. More>>

Seminole man injured in crash on Blind Pass Rd.

The crash occurred just after 1:30 pm Wednesday. The crash occurred just after 1:30 pm Wednesday.
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A 27-year-old Seminole man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Blind Pass Rd. and 77th Ave. in St. Pete Beach.Adam Keehnle was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with life-threatening injuries. More>>

Lakeland gymnastics coach accused of sex with minor

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A man who works as a gymnastics coach in Lakeland has been accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. More>>

Bay area man headed to prison following sexual assault conviction

Hulsey, 22, was serve at least 25 years of his prison sentence. Hulsey, 22, was serve at least 25 years of his prison sentence.
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A 22-year-old Bay area man was sentenced to more than 36 years behind bars Wednesday for his role in the 2012 sexual battery of a 12-year-old girl.Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Newton handed down the sentence for Zachary Thomas Hulsey. More>>

Investigation underway after Haines City police office Facebook post Video included

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A Haines City Police Department officer is under an internal investigation after an e-mail was sent to the department this week including screenshots from her personal Facebook page. That e-mail was also sent to 8 On Your Side by a viewer who said the content was racist and sexist. More>>

Removal of tons of stinky rice near Port of Tampa begins Video included

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The nasty stench near the Port of Tampa may get better soon. Dump trucks worked to remove some of the 1,000 tons of rotting rice on the private land Wednesday. 8 On Your Side discovered the shipment of bad rice, rotting under tarps on property owned by Tampa Marine Terminals on Tuesday. More>>

SWAT team invades wrong house, Sarasota woman files lawsuit Video included

Louise Goldsberry shows where she spotted the swat team before they entered her home Louise Goldsberry shows where she spotted the swat team before they entered her home
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In July 2013, Louise Goldsberry was washing dishes in her Sarasota apartment when she saw a camouflaged man with a large weapon outside her window. More>>

Closing arguments wrap up in McTear trial Video included

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Attorneys had one last chance to try to sway jurors Wednesday before they deliberate if Richard McTear is guilty of throwing a baby out of a car window onto I-275. More>>

SAFETY ALERT: Saltwater bacteria kills 1 in Sarasota Video included

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A death in Sarasota County has health officials reminding people about a bacteria in Florida's coastal waters that has the potential to cause serious illness, even death. Other counties in Tampa Bay have reported cases of Vibrio vulnificus. More>>

Pinellas Health Dept. warns of parasitic disease

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The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is asking for the public's help to prevent the spread of Cryptosporidiosis, a disease that spreads easily in households, child-care settings and through swimming in contaminated water.
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Florida's CFO: Insurance customers entitled to refunds

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Consumers who bought insurance plans but could not use them in the early days of the Affordable Care Act rollout should be able to get a refund, Florida’s chief financial officer told News Channel 8. Some customers who signed up for plans and paid premiums didn’t initially receive ID cards or numbers from insurance company Florida Blue in early 2014. More>>

An app that repels mosquitoes? We test it. Video included

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Now, there's an app that claims to keep mosquitoes away. You can download the anti-mosquito sonic repeller on your smart phone.

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Parents of Sarasota teen hit by stray bullet want others held accountable Video included

17-year-old Teria'le was killed by a stray bullet Monday morning in Bradenton. 17-year-old Teria'le was killed by a stray bullet Monday morning in Bradenton.
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The parents of a 17 -year-old girl who was hit and killed by a bullet not meant for her are looking for justice. Teria’le Rawls was killed Monday morning when she was hit by a bullet while at a party in the Royal Palm Movie Theater parking lot in Bradenton. More>>

Debate over debates in FL gubernatorial race Video included

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Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are both proposing general election debates in the gubernatorial race this fall. Scott’s campaign on Tuesday said the governor would participate in three. Crist countered, saying he wanted more debates and proposing a slate of seven More>>

Venice pilot issues apology, explanation on deadly beach crash Video included

A statement from Karl Kokomoor is read by the pastor as his wife (far left) listens. A statement from Karl Kokomoor is read by the pastor as his wife (far left) listens.
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The pilot of the plane that crashed on Caspersen beach on July 27th killing a father and his 9 yr old daughter released a statement through the pastor of his church late Tuesday. As the pastor read the statementfrom Karl Kokomoor, the pilot's wife listened as details of what happened during thedeadly plane crash were revealed in a press conference at the church. More>>

Polk school uniforms pricey for some public school parents Video included

Dundee Ridge Middle School and Dundee Elementary School are converting to magnet programs in the fall, and the switch means a parent-teacher committee selected uniforms the students have to wear. Dundee Ridge Middle School and Dundee Elementary School are converting to magnet programs in the fall, and the switch means a parent-teacher committee selected uniforms the students have to wear.
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Some Polk County parents are baffled at the price-tags on mandatory uniforms for their children’s school. Dundee Ridge Middle School and Dundee Elementary School are converting to magnet programs in the fall, and the switch means a parent-teacher committee selected uniforms the students have to wear. More>>

Date of this year's Knight Parade is no sweetheart deal for some Ybor business owners Video included

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It's a scheduling issue for some, a relationship problem for others and a lost revenue opportunity for business owners.This year the Knights of Sant'yago Knight Parade will be held on February 14-th.Several restaurant owners in Ybor are not happy with the date.
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Defense: No evidence McTear killed baby Video included

Richard McTear in court Tuesday (pool photo) Richard McTear in court Tuesday (pool photo)
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After the state rested its case in the Richard McTear murder trial Monday, the defense began presenting its case. More>>

Million dollar bond for suspects charged in death of Sarasota teen Video included

Frank Brice (left) and Jasper Dudley (right) Frank Brice (left) and Jasper Dudley (right)
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Two teenagers have been arrested in the shooting death of 17-year-old Teria’le Rawls.19-year-old Frank Brice and 19-year-old Jasper Dudley have both been charged with principal to 2nd degree murder. More>>

Tons of rotting rice near the Port of Tampa angers residents, business owners Video included

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There's a stench in the air near the Port of Tampa, and business owners and residents say it is so bad they want to stay inside. 8 On Your Side discovered a shipment of 1,000 tons of bad rice, rotting under tarps on property owned by Tampa Marine Terminals. More>>

Pasco deputies say rugs were a front for drugs

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Pasco Sheriff's Deputies say for years, 55-year old Mark Eisenberg dealt more than rugs out of his carpet outlet store in Zephyrhills. They say he was a major drug dealer and trafficker in the county. "This is Mark Eisenberg." Said Sheriff Chris Nocco, holding Eisenberg's mug shot. z"This is not the kind of person we want in our community. More>>

7 venomous snakes removed from Sarasota man's home

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Seven venomous reptiles are now in a safe facility after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission removed them from a man unlicensed to have them last week. More>>

Girl, 9, hit by plane on Venice beach dies from injuries Video included

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9-year-old Oceana Irizzary, who was critically injured in the plane crash off Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon, has died. More>>

Dog trapped 2 days under Clearwater house

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Imagine what it would be like to have a beloved member of your family vanish, only to learn she had never been more than a few feet away? That's what recently happened to a Clearwater family. More>>

Crist announces immediate plans if he becomes Florida's governor Video included

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Charlie Crist announced a plan Tuesday for his first day in office if he is elected to his old job as Florida governor.Crist calls the day the "First Day of Fairness" and set out five executive orders he plans to sign. More>>

Second suspect in Manatee shooting turns himself in Video included

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After the manhunt 19-year-old Frank Brice accused of being involved in shooting Sarasota teenager Teria'le Rawls, turned himself in Tuesday morning, according to Manatee County Sheriff's Office. More>>

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