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January 30, 2015 - 9:15am

Barricaded Suspect Taken Into Custody

WHEN: 1/30/2015, 1:30 a.m.

SUSPECT 1: Antwan Gordon, 02/07/1994, B/M, 20 Warnell Street, Plant City, FL

CHARGES: Pending

SUSPECT 2: Herbert Stubbins, 9/29/1987, B/M, 3415 53rd Street North, Tampa

CHARGES: Pending

DETAILS: Plant City Police Department requested TPD’s assistance looking for a stolen vehicle and information on a shooting in their jurisdiction. Patrol and undercover officers saturated the area and found the vehicle. They initiated a vehicle pursuit that ended at 109th Avenue East and 15th Street and the suspect bailed from the car. Air Service tracked the suspect (Stubbins) who was on foot. Officers discovered his cousin was the suspect Plant City Police were looking for (Gordon). They received information that Gordon was in an apartment at 4606 Citrus Circle where he barricaded himself. Two people were taken into custody at the apartment. At that point, Gordon was in the attic and officers had information that he was armed. The Tactical Response Team and Hostage Negotiators responded and a negotiator convinced Gordon to surrender peacefully.

Please contact the Plant City Police Department for information involving the crimes in their jurisdiction.

January 30, 2015 - 6:15am

Tampa Police assisting Plant City Police Department

Tampa Police is assisting Plant City Police Department with a shooting/stolen vehicle offense which occurred in their jurisdiction overnight. Currently the main suspect has barricaded himself in an apartment complex located in the vicinity of 46th/Citrus Cir. Tampa Police have called for their Tactical Response Team and Hostage Negotiator to resolve the situation as peacefully as possible. The surrounding area has been evacuated. The 18 y/o suspect, B/M Antwan Gordan is wanted for shooting at individuals and stealing the vehicle from Plant City. Lt. Stout is on scene.

January 29, 2015 - 6:45pm

Composite Sketch of Suspect

After working with the victims and narrowing down a description, attached is a sketch of the possible suspect in two West Tampa stabbings. Sketch courtesy of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Previous Release:

Detectives Searching for Aggravated Battery Suspect Tampa Police detectives are investigating two separate stabbing incidents in the same area that appear to be random. The suspect descriptions are similar and detectives believe they may be related. Investigators have reason to believe the suspect may live in the area of the crimes.

SUSPECT: White or Hispanic male, 20-30 years old, 5'7", short curly hair and very skinny.

12/27/2015, 9:30 p.m., 4700 block of Armenia Avenue The victim was walking along Armenia Avenue when the suspect approached her from behind and stabbed her in the chest. She received serious, but non-life threatening injuries. At the time of this crime, he was wearing a dark jacket and blue jeans.

1/20/2015, 8:30 p.m., South east corner of Armenia Avenue and Violet Street The victim was sitting on the bus bench when the suspect approached her and asked her if she was waiting for the bus. She said yes and as she turned to the direction of the bus, the suspect stabbed her in the neck. She sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

 

January 29, 2015 - 11:00am

TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY - Water Transmission Main Segment 2 and Cypress Street Outfall Improvements Project

Start: Monday, February 9, 2015

Cypress Street between Hillsborough River and North Boulevard;

W. Cass Street between North Boulevard and the Cass Street Bridge

Tampa, Fla. (January 29, 2015) – West Cypress Street, from the Hillsborough River to North Boulevard, will be closed to traffic beginning on Monday, February 9, 2015.  This closure is for installation of a new 36-inch water main as well as installation of a new stormwater system.  Both projects are part of the City of Tampa’s Downtown Utility Capital Improvement Projects (UCAP).  This portion of the work is expected to be complete in the spring of 2016.

For Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park parking, please use the temporary parking lot at the intersection of West Green Street and Laurel Street.

Due to the closure of West Cypress Street, motorists traveling east on West Cass Street into Downtown Tampa will experience a lane closure in the south lane between North Boulevard and University of Tampa University Drive.  This lane will be used from 7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. each morning for Tampa Preparatory School’s student drop off. One lane will remain for thru traffic into downtown Tampa.

The City of Tampa recommends that motorists use alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.

The public can stay up to date on the project by visiting tampa-ucap.com.  Questions or comments should be directed to the UCAP hotline at (813) 777-9222.  For additional information, please contact Tricia Shuler with CH2M HILL at (813) 874-7717.  

January 28, 2015 - 8:30am

Free Online Permitting (Accela) Training

The City of Tampa is offering free training on how to use the new Accela online permitting system. In person, classroom style training will be conducted at the Development Services Center located at 1400 North Boulevard on February 3rd, and an online webinar will available on February 4th. Both sessions will cover the same content, so there is no need to sign up for both. Please select the appropriate link below to register for one of the sessions.

February 3, 2015 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
1400 North Boulevard
https://eventbrite.com/event/15521846260/

February 4, 2015 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Webinar
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1825255636931338753

January 27, 2015 - 4:00pm

Video on Demand Unavailable Saturday Night

Due to maintenance activities, Video on Demand services will be unavailable from 11:00 pm on Saturday until 1:00 am on Sunday.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

January 26, 2015 - 2:30pm

Detectives Searching for Aggravated Battery Suspect

Tampa Police detectives are investigating two separate stabbing incidents in the same area that appear to be random. The suspect descriptions are similar and detectives believe they may be related. Investigators have reason to believe the suspect may live in the area of the crimes.

SUSPECT: White or Hispanic male, 20-30 years old, 5’7”, short curly hair and very skinny.
12/27/2015, 9:30 p.m., 4700 block of Armenia Avenue
The victim was walking along Armenia Avenue when the suspect approached her from behind and stabbed her in the chest. She received serious, but non-life threatening injuries. At the time of this crime, he was wearing a dark jacket and blue jeans.

1/20/2015, 8:30 p.m., South east corner of Armenia Avenue and Violet Street
The victim was sitting on the bus bench when the suspect approached her and asked her if she was waiting for the bus. She said yes and as she turned to the direction of the bus, the suspect stabbed her in the neck. She sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

January 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

City of Tampa Traffic & Parking Advisory for the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates - Saturday, January 31

Please note maps of the parade route, detours, street closure times, etc. are available at tampagov.net/Gasparilla. Scroll down towards the bottom for information on this weekend’s parade and activities.

City of Tampa Traffic & Parking Advisory for the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates - Saturday, January 31

Avast ye! The City of Tampa wants you to be prepared for heavier than normal traffic on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in downtown and south Tampa as we batten down the hatches and prepare for great fun and high adventure during the 100th Annual Gasparilla Pirates Fest!

The pirates arrive by sea as the fully rigged Jose Gasparilla sails into Seddon Channel and docks at the Tampa Convention Center at 1 p.m. Then, the marauding buccaneers gather at the intersection of Bay to Bay Blvd. and Bayshore Blvd. for the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates, which steps off at 2 p.m. The parade continues along Bayshore Blvd. to Brorein Street, turns east on Brorein Street, then north on Ashley Drive. The parade ends in downtown Tampa at Cass Street and Ashley Drive.

South Tampa Neighborhood Parking and Circulation Plans

The City is alerting the public of road closures and towing zones to minimize congestion in neighborhoods that border the parade route. “No Parking” signs have been installed in the neighborhoods west of Bayshore Blvd and will be in effect beginning on Friday, January 30, 2015 through Saturday, January 31, 2015. Any vehicles parked on the streets in the affected neighborhoods will be cited and towed at the owner’s expense. Tampa Police advise motorist not to park their vehicle in the “No Parking” areas to avoid having their vehicle towed.

Street Closure Schedule

Sunday, January 18 – Sunday, February 1, 2015
Bayshore Blvd Crossover Closure at DeSoto Ave, Nance Ave, Albany Ave & Gunby Ave

Friday, January 30, 2015 @ 10:00 PM
Bayshore Blvd from Gandy Blvd to Platt St/Channelside Dr
Bay to Bay from Bayshore Blvd to Ysabella St
Davis Islands Bridge Off Ramp onto NB Bayshore Dr

Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ 3:00 AM
Bayshore Blvd from Brorein St to Platt St
Platt St/Channelside Dr from Plant Ave to Franklin St

Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ 5:30 AM
Crosstown- EB Willow Ave Off Ramp (Exit 4)
Willow Ave from Platt St to Swann Ave (SB lanes closed only, 1-way NB)

Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ 7:00 AM
Ashley Dr from Brorein St to Jackson St
Brorein St from Florida Ave to Parker St
Franklin St from Channelside Dr to Harbour Island Bridge
Old Water St from Florida Ave to Franklin St
Washington St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St
Whiting St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St
Whiting St from Florida Ave to Franklin St (WB)

Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
Kennedy from Hyde Park Ave to Ashley Dr (EB)
Ashley Dr from Cass St to Jackson St
Jackson St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St
Kennedy Blvd from Florida Ave to Plant Ave (WB)
Madison St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St
Madison St from Florida Ave to Tampa St (WB)
Twiggs St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St
Twiggs St from Florida Ave to Tampa St (WB)
Zack St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St
Zack St from Florida Ave to Tampa St (WB)
Polk St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St
Polk St from Florida Ave to Tampa St (WB)
Tyler St from Florida Ave to Tampa St (WB)

Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ 11:00 AM
Cass St from Willow Ave to N Blvd
North A St from Willow Ave to Newport Ave
North B St from Willow Ave to Newport Ave
Fig St from Willow Ave to Gilchrist Ave
Carmen St from Willow Ave to Delaware Ave
Newport Ave from Cass St to North A St
Gilchrist Ave from Cass St to Fig St
Cass St from N Blvd to Ashley Dr (EB)

Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ 1:30 PM
Cass St from N Blvd to Tampa St
Tyler St from Tampa St to Cass St

Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ 3:00 PM
Bay-to-Bay Blvd from MacDill Ave to Ysabella Ave (EB)
Swann Ave from MacDill Ave to Armenia Ave (EB lanes closed only, 1-way WB)
Platt St at Howard Ave (EB)
Platt St at S Blvd (EB)
Willow Ave from Kennedy Blvd to Cleveland St
Willow Ave from Cleveland St to Platt St (SB)
South Blvd from Kennedy Blvd to Cleveland St
South Blvd from Cleveland St to Platt St (SB)
Whiting St from Tampa St to Franklin St

Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ 4:30 PM
Kennedy Blvd at Himes Ave (EB)
Kennedy Blvd at MacDill Ave (EB)
Kennedy Blvd at Howard Ave (EB)
Kennedy Blvd at Willow Ave (EB)
Kennedy Blvd at Blvd (EB)

City of Tampa Parking Information
For access to the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates in south Tampa, consider using the following garages and lots:
• Ft Brooke Garage - $10 flat rate and will open at 7 a.m.
• Jackson Street Parking Lot - hourly rate of $1.60/hr, with a $9.50 daily maximum and will open at 7 a.m.
• Poe Garage – hourly rate of $1.20/hr, with a $7.00 daily maximum and will open at 6 a.m. At 10:30am the garage will switch for to a $4 flat rate for the Straz mantinee.
• Royal Regional Lot – $10 flat rate and will open at 7 a.m.
• Tampa Convention Center Garage - $10 flat rate and will open at 7 a.m.
• Twiggs Street Garage - hourly rates of $1.20/hr, with a $7 daily maximum and will open at 6 a.m.
• All numbered spaces on Kennedy Blvd. and south of Kennedy Blvd. are enforced up until midnight at the standard hourly rate.

For access to the Amalie Arena in the evening, consider using the following garages and lots:
• The Selmon Express Way Lots - $12 flat rate for hockey
• South Regional Garage - $10 flat rate and will be open from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. for parade parking. After 10 a.m. parking will be restricted to Arena Reserved Parking Passes for the remainder of the day.

For access to downtown and south Tampa from historic Ybor City, consider using the following garages and utilizing HART services:
• Centro Ybor and Palm Avenue Garages - will open at 6 a.m at the standard hourly rate. HART park and ride available from both locations.

HART will be offering extra streetcar, bus, and trolley services. For more information about HART service during this special event, please call (813) 254-4278 or visit www.goHART.org.

Getting to the Straz Center

Drivers attending the 1 p.m. show of the Book of Mormon at the Straz Center are encouraged to take one of the following routes:

From South Tampa
- Dale Mabry NB to Cypress St.
- Right on Cypress St to N Blvd
- Left on N Blvd to Laurel St.
- Right on Laurel St to Doyle Carlton Dr.
- Right on Doyle Carlton Dr. to available parking

From Brandon
- I-4 WB to Downtown Exit 45A
- Follow Downtown West sign to Doyle Carlton Dr.
- Left on Doyle Carlton Dr. through Laurel St to available parking

From St. Pete/Clearwater
- I-275 NB to Exit 44 Ashley Dr.
- Continue on Ashley Dr. to Tyler St
- Right on Tyler St to available parking.

From North Tampa
- South on Tampa St to Laurel St
- Right on Laurel St to Doyle Carlton Dr.
- Left on Doyle Carlton Dr. to available parking.
OR
- I-1275 SB to Downtown Exit 45A
- Follow Downtown West sign to Doyle Carlton Dr.
- Left on Doyle Carlton Dr. through Laurel St to available parking

See Something Say Something

The Tampa Police Department would like to remind all celebrating pirates to report suspicious activity. If you see something, say something. No tip is too small. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U7kLtBrsoo

Stay in Touch

Updates will also be shared on social media via Facebook on the City of Tampa Government and Tampa Police Department pages, and via twitter @cityoftampa and @tampapd.

January 23, 2015 - 11:30am

Tampa’s Water, Sewer Bonds Receive Upgrade from Standard and Poor’s

Standard & Poor’s has upgraded the City’s outstanding water and sewer bonds from ‘AA+’ to ‘AAA’ today. In July 2014, Fitch also upgraded the same Water and Sewer bonds from ‘AA+’ to ‘AAA,’ meaning these bonds hold the highest possible bond rating from two major ratings agencies.

“The economic recession forced everyone to make tough choices, and City Hall wasn’t exempt. Together, we made those decisions and balanced the budget year after year,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Today, we’re being recognized for our economic stability, and ratings upgrades like this tell investors that Tampa is where they should be putting their money.”

Standard & Poor’s writes that they “consider Tampa's economy strong,” noting the region’s job growth. According to the report, the upgrade reflects “a long trend of strong coverage and liquidity levels” and “continued strong financial performance” of the bonds.

To view the upgrade, please visit tampagov.net.

In 2014, the City of Tampa received four different ratings upgrades. In November 2014, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the City of Tampa’s solid waste revenue bonds. In September 2014, Standard and Poor’s upgraded the City of Tampa’s Issuer Credit Rating, more generically thought of as the city’s general credit rating, from a ‘AA+’ to ‘AAA’, the highest possible rating for municipal issuers. Also in September 2014, Standard and Poor’s upgraded the City of Tampa’s occupational license revenue bonds from ‘AA’ to ‘AA+’. In July 2014, Fitch Ratings upgraded the City’s outstanding water and sewer revenue bonds from ‘AA+’ to ‘AAA’.

January 23, 2015 - 11:00am

Tampa is ArcGIS Open Data Site of the Week

Tampa’s Open Data Share has become very popular in the Tampa community since its launch in the fall of 2014. The site boasts 60 datasets linked directly to their geodatabase, ensuring users have access to the most authoritative and timely data to explore and download. Read the full article…

Governments and organizations have been hard at work creating Open Data sites to make their authoritative data accessible, discoverable, explorable, and collaborative. There are over 100 sites in the ArcGIS Open Data site gallery for you to explore! The Site of the Week is a series that profiles one ArcGIS Open Data site each week.