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April 21, 2015 - 3:30pm

Lane Closure on West Waters Avenue

TAMPA, FL (April 21, 2015) On Wednesday, April 22nd starting at 9 a.m., the curbside eastbound lane of West Waters Avenue will be closed between North Armenia Avenue and North Saulray Street while the Tampa Water Department repairs a distribution pipe. All other lanes will remain open to through traffic. Barricades and signs will be located in the area to assist with traffic flow. Please use caution when traveling in the area. 
The pipe repair and roadway restoration are expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 22nd, weather conditions permitting.  

The staff and crews of the Tampa Water Department appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

April 21, 2015 - 11:30am

Police Release Surveillance Video in Liquor Store Armed Robbery

View surveillance video of the suspect committing an armed robbery inside the ABC Liquor Store

DATE/TIME:  4/19/2015 at 2:52 p.m.

LOCATION:  3727 East Hillsborough Avenue

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION - B/M, 20-30yoa, 6'2, 200lbs, Last seen wearing- White towel over his head, Gray t-shirt with a long sleeve black shirt underneath and a white shirt underneath that with black pants.


On 4/19/15 at 2:52 p.m. the suspect entered the ABC Liquor store at 3727 East Hillsborough Avenue armed with a gun.  The suspect pointed the gun at three victims inside the store and ordered them to the ground.  The suspect pulled one of the victims behind the front counter and demanded money.  As the victim opened the cash register,  another victim  pulled out a pistol and began to fire at the suspect.  The suspect then returned fire and shot a customer who was inside the store.  The suspect fled out of the store in an eastbound direction.  Several officers from District 3 and District 2 responded and set up a perimeter.  K9 and Air Service responded in an attempt to track the suspect. 

The investigation is still ongoing and detectives are working to identify and arrest the suspect in this armed robbery.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at, text CSTB plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or send a mobile tip using our new Tipsubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids. (Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Message & Data Rates May Apply.)

Janelle McGregor


April 17, 2015 - 12:15pm

Tampa Police Host First in Series of Anti-Violence Rallies



WHAT:          Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and District Two police officers will join Sulphur Springs residents and community stakeholders in a march against violent crime.

WHEN:          Saturday, April 18, 2015 from Noon to 3 p.m.

WHERE:        Officers and community members will start marching at noon from Abundant Life Church (8117 N. 13th Street) to Idlewild Sulphur Springs Church (8209 N. 19th Street)


The Tampa Police Department is combining forces with residents and community organizations to combat a recent spike in violent crime.  On Saturday, April 18, officers and community members will march side-by-side to send a message that crime will not be tolerated.  The first in a series of anti-violence rallies will take place in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood.  The group will march from Abundant Life Church to 920 E. Sitka Street, the scene where 14-year-old Richard Newton was shot and killed last month.  After a brief moment of silence, participants will continue marching to Idlewild Sulphur Springs Church for refreshments, entertainment and an opportunity to connect with positive resources in the neighborhood. 

District Two Detective Talley Cooks will serve his famous Jambalaya to the community.  Members of Idlewild Sulphur Springs Church and Country Boys Bar-B-Que will also provide free refreshments to the rally participants.     

Community activist Vivian Heyward was instrumental in securing the Cowbros for the event.  The well-known group of African-American ranchers will join over a dozen community resource vendors slated to participate in the rally wrap up.

This event is free and open to all community members.

Janelle McGregor

April 15, 2015 - 10:15am

First Annual Riverfest to Activate Riverwalk with Activities and Events - Mayor’s Mac n’ Cheese Throwdown anchors weekend

The entire length of the Tampa Riverwalk running from historic Tampa Heights through downtown Tampa to the Channel District will feature family-friendly activities and events on Saturday, May 2, 2015 and Sunday, May 3, 2015 with the Mayor’s Mac n’ Cheese Throwdown anchoring the weekend events. This free, annual event presented by Friends of the Riverwalk in conjunction with the City of Tampa, will attract people to the Riverwalk and highlight Tampa’s cultural institutions, local music and restaurants.

“All of the pieces are in place for us to finally be able to truly take advantage of our riverfront – the cultural assets, the parks and public spaces, and of course, the Riverwalk that connects it all. Riverfest is more than a weekend of events and activities; it’s a celebration of the transformation of our downtown and our best natural asset, the Hillsborough River,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Mac and cheese is comfort food at its best, and I’m looking forward to seeing what our local eateries will cook up for the Throwdown this year.”

There will be events and activities throughout the weekend at all six parks lining the Tampa Riverwalk. In addition, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa Convention Center, and Florida Aquarium will also host events. The Tampa Museum of Art, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, and Tampa Bay History Center (children only) will all feature free admission on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

The Mayor’s Mac n’ Cheese Throwdown returns to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park again, and will anchor the events on Saturday. Mac n’ cheese tasting will be available from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., as supplies last, followed by the RiverFest concert, which will kick-off with headliner G. Love & Special Sauce beginning at 7 p.m. The evening’s festivities will culminate with fireworks at 10:30 p.m.

“The opening of Kennedy Plaza has been a game changer for the Riverwalk, connecting the cultural assets, the parks and public spaces along the waterfront. RiverFest is the first opportunity to celebrate Tampa’s new Riverwalk,” said Shaun Drinkard, Executive Director of Friends of the Riverwalk.

The event serves as a fundraising program for Friends of the Riverwalk, a local nonprofit that works to improve and enhance the Tampa Riverwalk in a variety of ways, including events, programming and activation.

The events and entertainment are free and open to the public. Vendor items will be available for purchase.

A full list of events is below. For more information, please visit

Water Works Park, Historic Tampa Heights
Saturday– Jazz on the Riverwalk (11 a.m. -4 p.m.)
Straz Center, Downtown Tampa
Saturday / Sunday – String Theory’s Fin Harp (11:30 a.m. -5p.m.)
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Downtown Tampa
Saturday - Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown (4 p.m. -11 p.m.)
Saturday – Tampa Museum of Art: Day of Poseidon & FREE admission
Saturday – Florida Museum of Photographic Arts: FREE admission
Sunday – Bloody Mary Festival presented by Big City Events (11 a.m. -4 p.m.)
Kennedy Plaza, Downtown Tampa
Saturday / Sunday – Roaming musicians, artist and food vendors
MacDill Park, Downtown Tampa
Saturday - Big Brothers Big Sisters Day Out with free children’s activities (9 a.m.- 5 p.m.)
Saturday - Hillsborough County School System Stage featuring artists from 43 local schools
Saturday / Sunday – The Plank “pop-up bar” returns
USF / Anchor Park, Downtown Tampa
Saturday - Hillsborough County School System Stage featuring artists from 43 local schools
Saturday – ASPCA Activities (9 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Cotanchobee Park, Downtown Tampa
Saturday / Sunday – RiverFest Downtown Carnival presented by Big City Events (10 a.m.-10 p.m. & 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Saturday – Tampa Bay History Center: FREE children’s admission
Florida Aquarium, Channel District
Saturday – The Penguin Waddle (8 a.m.)
Sunday – Cigar City River Run (10 a.m.)

For additional information, please contact: 
Ali Glisson, Public Affairs Director 
(813) 274-8262

April 14, 2015 - 10:30am

Five New Ways You Can Be Hacked

Think that when it comes to hacking, you’ve heard it all?  Sadly, this is never the case.  Here are some new attacks to keep in mind:

1. When apps attack.  Malicious apps are a real and growing threat—and the attacks are going to get much worse, experts say.  Researchers have found that apps could potentially jump out of the security  “sandbox” that Apple, Android, and others use to protect smartphones from hackers and viruses.  Once out of the sandbox, a malicious app could infect other parts of the phone to steal information and spy on you.

2. No such thing as safe Wi-Fi.  Public Wi-Fi hotspots make users extremely vulnerable to hackers, which is why consumer advocates have been suggesting 3G mobile hotspots instead.  However, researchers have recently found that 3G mobile broadband modems could also be vulnerable.  Hackers don’t even have to be within range of the wireless signal to launch an attack.

3. Thumb-drive malware.  While it’s been known for years that removable USB drives can easily spread viruses, a new type of thumb-drive malware is even more alarming; it hides in the drive’s controller chip and can’t be detected by current antivirus or anti-malware tools.

4. Digital home invasions.  Experts report an alarming trend in which hacker techniques are used to help with traditional crimes like burglary.  This trend will grow.  In particular, several popular home alarm systems have been found to be vulnerable to such hack attacks as remote disabling, creating false alarms, intercepting the user’s passcode, and tracking people in their homes. 

5. “Bricking.”  This high-powered hack renders all of a company’s computers completely inoperable (like a brick, hence the term).  It’s a rare attack, but that may not be the case for long.

The 10 Worst States for Cybercrime

Which states do you want to avoid if you’re worried about cybercrime?

Every year, the FBI and its partners in the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) publish a report detailing the number and type of complaints the center receives.  The list includes everything from non-delivered merchandise to bank account-clearing fraud.

The most recent report was based on complaints in the year 2013.  That year, there were 262,813 consumer complaints to IC3.  More than 45% of these complaints involved financial loss, adding up to $781,841,611.  That’s 48.8% higher than the amount of loss reported in 2012, $581,441,110.

What follows is a list, in reverse-countdown format of course, of the 10 states with the most complaints documented by IC3.  Where does your favorite state stand?   

10. Georgia.  2.58% of all complaints.  Average loss: $3,039.

9.  Ohio.  2.75% of all complaints.  Average loss: $1,888.

8.  Virginia. 2.84% of all complaints.  Average loss: $3,004.

7.  Illinois.  2.95% of all complaints.  Average loss: $2,265.

6.  New Jersey.  3.21% of all complaints.  Average loss: $1,753.

5.  Pennsylvania.  3.32% of all complaints. Average loss: $1,819.

4.  New York.  5.29% of all complaints.  Average loss: $3,015.

3.  Texas.  6.74% of all complaints. Average loss: $3,521.

2.  Florida.  7.45% of all complaints.  Average loss: $2,750.

1. California.  12.13% of all complaints.  Average loss: $3,639. 

April 13, 2015 - 10:00am

City of Tampa Holds Community Meetings to Shape Plan for West Tampa Community Redevelopment Area

The City of Tampa is beginning the process to create a new Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) in West Tampa, and will hold two community meetings. Input and feedback gathered at the meetings will to shape and determine the redevelopment plan for the area.

“The City is ready to invest significantly into the West Tampa community, remaking parks and public spaces. By creating a CRA, we can make sure that the new tax revenue generated by our investments and those of the private sector continue to pay off for the neighborhood,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “The community has been involved in the planning process throughout, and we need them to continue to be so that the redevelopment plan is the community’s plan.”

The community meetings will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 and Thursday, April 30, 2015, and attendees will be able to provide input on activities to improve West Tampa, encourage redevelopment, and identify community concerns.  Both meetings will be at 6:00 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, located at 2200 N. Oregon Ave.  These meetings are free and open to the public.

Input and feedback gathered at these meetings, along with data and recommendations from plans developed over past years, will be used to create the West Tampa Community Redevelopment Plan.  Tampa City Council would then consider a “Finding of Necessity” to create the CRA,  and if approved, will adopt an ordinance officially establishing the West Tampa CRA and a special trust fund to improve the area.  The process will occur over the next two months and is expected to be completed by late June 2015.

The boundary of the proposed West Tampa CRA is the Hillsborough River on the east; Armenia Avenue on the west; and Columbus Drive on the north. The southern boundary is being determined and will either run along Cypress/Cass Streets or further south to Kennedy Blvd.  

West Tampa joins the other existing Community Redevelopment Areas in Tampa:  Central Park Village, Channel District, Downtown, Drew Park, East Tampa, Tampa Heights Riverfront, and Ybor City.  Each of the CRAs use a portion of property taxes collected within the areas to finance improvements outlined in their respective Community Redevelopment Plans.

April 12, 2015 - 4:00am

Attempted Robbery

<p>Tampa Police are working an attempted robbery at 4115 Scenic Lakeshore Ct in Park Terrace Apts. The victims (male and female)were sitting in their vehicle in the parking lot. They were approached by two B/Ms in their 20's, wearing hoodies drawn closed to cover their faces. The suspects demanded money and personal property. The male victim, in the driver seat, tried to drive away as at least one of the suspects shot at him. Several bullet casings were found. One bullet struck a building. The driver was unable to negotiate a turn and struck one of the apartment buildings. The suspects fled the area, last seen on foot. There were no reported injuries and the investigation is still on-going.&nbsp;</p>

April 10, 2015 - 2:00pm

April is Water Conservation month

TAMPA, FL (April 10, 2015) –  Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the Tampa City Council, together with cities and counties throughout Florida, recognize April as Water Conservation Month and call upon each citizen and business to help protect our precious water resources by practicing water saving measures throughout the year. In April, Florida's temperatures and irrigation demands climb as the summer rainy season draws near. Learn to conserve with these timely water-saving tips:

 1. Renew your landscape mulch: mulch helps maintain soil moisture, slows evaporation and reduces the water needs of plants.

 2. Irrigate thoughtfully: take time to get each irrigation zone in tip-top shape, and consider whether your mature landscape plants require routine irrigation. Make certain you have a functional rain sensor connected to your automatic irrigation system.

 3. Use a hose timer: these simple devices connect to your spigot to help eliminate those "uh-oh" moments when you realize you forgot to turn off the garden hose that you set to water the back yard.

 4. Have a leak-free home: monitor your utility bill for increased water use you cannot account for. Put a dye tablet in your toilet tank to see if the flapper is leaking.

 5. Save Water Save Cash: visit to compare your monthly water use to other Tampa water customers in your billing category and get customized tips for water efficiency.

 City of Tampa utility customers can request free water saving devices online at Call (813) 274-8121, option 5 to speak with an Efficiency and Conservation staff member.

April 9, 2015 - 10:15am

Police Investigating Traffic Fatality

DATE/TIME: 4/8/2014 at 8:55 p.m.

LOCATION: East Hillsborough Avenue and North 42nd Street

DECEASED: Tamica Solomon, DOB: 12/25/1981, B/F

At approximately 8:55 p.m., the victim and another individual were both attempting to walk across Hillsborough Avenue from the south curb to the north curb near the intersection of 42nd St. The victim was struck by a vehicle traveling in the outside westbound lane of Hillsborough Av. The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene and is fully cooperating with the police investigation. The victim died at the scene and the second subject was not injured. Foul play is not suspected at this time. The victim was not crossing within a designated pedestrian crossing.

The investigation is still ongoing, however at this point, the incident appears to be a tragic accident and detectives do not expect to file any charges against the driver in this case.

April 7, 2015 - 12:00pm

Detectives Searching for Armed Robbery Suspects

Video available at
This is video of a suspect using one of the victim’s credit cards at the Citgo Gas Station at 4511 East Hillsborough Avenue.

Detectives are searching for suspects involved in three similar robberies. The robberies occurred within the past week and the suspect descriptions are similar.

ROBBERY 1: 3/31/2015, 2:40 a.m., 205 North Armenia Avenue, Tampa
While leaving the Kennedy as it closed, the two victims were robbed at gunpoint. The victim’s credit card was used at the Citgo gas station at 4511 East Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa.

ROBBERY 2: 4/3/2015, 1:24 a.m., 502 South Fremont Avenue, Tampa
The two victims were robbed at gunpoint.

ROBBERY 3: 4/7/2015, 1:28 a.m., Howard Avenue and North A. Street, Tampa
The victim was leaving the Kennedy and the suspects robbed him at gunpoint. One suspect hit the victim in the back of the head.