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March 2, 2015 - 8:15pm

Investigation

District III is currently working a Homicide at the Hope Food Mart located at 4002 22nd Street North.

Subsequent to an argument, firearms were introduced and one subject suffered fatal gunshot wounds. Homicide Detectives are on scene conducting their investigation. At this time no suspect is outstanding and there is no continuing threat to the community. Lieutenant Stout will be on the south / west corner of 22nd St and MLK to conduct interviews at 8:15 pm.

March 2, 2015 - 8:15pm

Shooting at Hope Food Mart

District III is currently working a Homicide at the Hope Food Mart located at
4002 22nd Street North.

Subsequent to an argument, firearms were introduced and one subject suffered fatal gunshot wounds. Homicide Detectives
are on scene conducting their investigation. At this time there is no continuing threat to the community. 

 

 

February 26, 2015 - 3:45pm

Tampa Police Investigating Armed Robbery at Grocery Store

Video of the suspect committing the crime is available on YouTube

 

DATE/TIME:            February 25, 2015 at 4:49 p.m.                      

LOCATION:             El Faro Supermarket, 7214 North Rome Avenue, Tampa

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:           W/M, early 30's, 5'09" 170-185, light complexion and muscular build. Last seen wearing: black pants, gray shirt with "Captain Morgan" on front, black shoes and a white or beige Gilligan style hat with a small design on the front. The suspect was armed with a gun and was seen riding a green mountain bike with white forks (possibly female bike).               

DETAILS: 

Tampa Police detectives are searching for an armed suspect who robbed the El Faro Supermarket on February 25th.  The suspect parked his green mountain bike in front of the store and walked inside carrying a book bag.  At approximately 4:49 p.m., he approached the clerk at the front counter.  The suspect pulled out a gun from his waistband and demanded money from the register.  The clerk complied with the suspect’s request. The suspect filled his book bag with cash and fled the scene southbound on his bicycle.

Investigators are actively working to identify the suspect who was caught on the store’s surveillance system.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the armed suspect in this case. Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, 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
TPD PIO

February 25, 2015 - 5:45pm

All Traffic Lanes on 20th Street Closing Between 7th and 8th Avenues

TAMPA, FL (February 25, 2015) – All traffic lanes on 20th Street between 7th and 8th avenues are closing while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main leak. Barricades are present to assist with traffic. Please use alternate routes when traveling in the area.
 
Pipeline repairs are expected to be completed by 5 p.m., Thursday, February 26. Roadway restoration is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, weather conditions permitting.

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

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February 25, 2015 - 2:30pm

Tampa Police Investigating 13 Robberies of Food Delivery Drivers

Watch the full news conference on our YouTube channel

The suspects mainly targeted pizza delivery drivers over the last four month.  Two of the victims worked for Asian restaurants.  Detectives do not believe all the robberies are related.  It appears multiple suspects are using the same modus operandi to rob delivery drivers in several different areas of the city. 

Based on preliminary information from the victims, the suspects are mainly black males who vary in age, height and overall description.  The majority of the robberies took place in problematic areas throughout the city.

Crime prevention teams in each of the police departments three districts are visiting with restaurant owners to make them aware of this new crime trend.  During the visits, the crime prevention liaisons will provide restaurant managers with important safety tips along with a checklist of suspicious signs to look out for when taking delivery orders.   

The department hopes that this outreach will help prevent future robberies and keep delivery drivers safe, while detectives continue their investigative work to track down the suspects.

Janelle McGregor
TPD PIO

February 25, 2015 - 1:00pm

Southbound Traffic on 34th Street is Closed Between 5th and 7th Avenues

TAMPA, FL (February 25, 2015) – Southbound lanes on 34th Street are closed between 5th and 7th avenues while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main leak. Barricades are present to assist with traffic. Please use alternate routes when traveling in the area.

 Pipeline repairs are expected to be completed by 5 p.m. tonight. Roadway restoration is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Monday, March 2, weather conditions permitting.

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

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February 24, 2015 - 11:30am

Tampa to Create Quiet Zone through Downtown - FDOT awards Tampa grant to establish quiet zone

The Florida Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Tampa $1.35 million from the Quiet Zone Grant program to allow for the creation of a “quiet zone” throughout downtown Tampa, along CSX tracks.  In total, the anticipated cost for creating the “quiet zone” through downtown is $2.7 million. 

"The train horns are a nuisance. As our urban core continues to densify, the horns are bouncing off the buildings throughout downtown, bothering residents and impacting our economic opportunity," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.  "Downtown residents and businesses can coexist with the trains, and a quiet zone allows us to strike that balance.”

In order to silence the train horn, the City of Tampa plans to upgrade nine public highway-rail crossings through downtown Tampa from North Jefferson Street to Doyle Carlton Drive.  These upgrades will include additional gating, street medians, and signage in order to meet the quiet zone requirements established by the Federal Railroad Administration.

To view the grant application and award, please visit tampagov.net/PAO and look in the folder marked “Quiet Zone”.

To learn more about the Train Horn Rule as well as Train Quiet Zones, please visit the Federal Railroad Administration's website

February 23, 2015 - 2:45pm

TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY: Lane closures on Cleveland Street between Brorein Street bridge and Willow Ave.

TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY
Issued by:  City of Tampa – Department of Contract Administration

Lane closures on Cleveland Street between Brorein Street Bridge and Willow Ave.

Start:  Monday, February 23 at 7 p.m.

End: Wednesday, March 18 at 6 a.m.

Tampa, Fla. (February 23, 2015) – As part of the citywide roadway improvements project, the City of Tampa will mill and repave Cleveland Street from Brorein Street Bridge to Willow Avenue.  Nightly lane closures on Cleveland Street from Brorein Street Bridge to Willow Avenue will occur between 7p.m. and 6 a.m. beginning Monday, February 23, 2015 and ending on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.  Exceptions will be made on nights with large downtown events, such as concerts and Lightning games.

The City of Tampa recommends that motorists use alternate routes during construction to avoid any potential traffic congestion.  Access to businesses and residents will be maintained via local streets.

For additional information, contact:  David Vaughn at (813) 274-8568 or David.Vaughn@tampagov.net.  

February 23, 2015 - 8:45am

Tampa Police Chief Testifies before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

The discussion will be available live on C-SPAN 3 

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor will share her progressive views on modern day policing with President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing during a public hearing on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 10:40 a.m.  The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) invited Chief Castor to testify at the sixth public listening session on the topic of Officer Safety and Wellness. 

Chief Castor’s oral testimony will include best practices used by the Tampa Police Department to strengthen community relationships with the diverse population it serves, while working to keep the public safe.  She will also provide the task force with recommendations for ensuring law enforcement agencies across the nation are providing cutting-edge training and resources to keep their officers safe and mentally-fit for duty. 

Read Chief Castor’s full testimony that she will present to the task force.

The eleven-member task force was established by executive order on December 18, 2014, following the police shooting involving Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  Its goal is to identify best practices and make recommendations to President Obama on how policing procedures can promote effective crime reduction, while building public trust and strong relationships between local law enforcement and the community members.

 Janelle McGregor
TPD PIO

February 20, 2015 - 9:45am

CTTV's ""Ybor Flavors" Helps La Segunda Celebrate 100 Years of Baking Excellence

This month on Ybor Flavors, host Veronica Swiatek takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the La Segunda Central Bakery.  La Segunda is turning 100 this year and they prove that the simple, handcrafted, traditional way is usually best when it comes to making bread.

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