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July 3, 2015 - 3:00am

Vehicle crash into water, driver uninjured

At 12:14 am, a male driver of a 2007 , Honda was approaching a curve at San Rafael/S. Clark, when he failed to negotiate a curve. At this point he went through a retention fence and landed in the middle of the retention pond. He was alone and exited his car. Tampa Police Divers responded and secured the vehicle. The driver had no injuries. A DUI investigation is currently underway to determine if the driver was impaired. No other information at this time.

July 2, 2015 - 9:15pm

Missing person returned home

Katie Golden has returned home.

July 1, 2015 - 10:45pm

Firework Injury

An adult subject was shooting off mortar type fireworks at 312 E. Ohio Av. The mortar tube blew up while he was holding it causing serious injuries to both of his hands.

July 1, 2015 - 5:00am

Missing Person

Cordell Lloyd Francis a nineteen year old black male with diminished capacity left his residence in the 700 block of Floribraska Avenue East at approximately 12:40 this morning. Cordelll was last seen wearing a black long sleeved t-shirt with red writing on the front, a white under shirt, a pair of red and black shorts, prescription eye glasses and no shoes. Cordell's family recently moved to the area and he is unfamiliar with these surroundings.
Approximately 40 police officers from Tampa Police Department as well as Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department using K-9's, helicopters and all other available resources have been searching for Cordell since he was reported missing. A silver alert is being issued at this time.
Please contact the Tampa Police Department immediately if you know the whereabouts of Cordell.

June 30, 2015 - 1:30pm

Boat Docks, Kayak Launch Open at Water Works Park

Three new boat slips along with a kayak/paddle board launch have opened at Water Works Park in historic Tampa Heights just in time for the Independence Day holiday this weekend.

“The new boat slips at Water Works park have been a long time coming, and I know those slips will be packed this weekend with kayakers, paddle boarders, and boaters enjoying the holiday. We want to continue to encourage activity along the Hillsborough River, and to do that we have to build the infrastructure that allows for that,” said Bob Buckhorn. “Tampa is continuing to enhance our waterfront amenities, like Water Works Park, and as we do that, we need to continue to provide those opportunities to interact with the water.”

The new dock slips and kayak launch are part of the City of Tampa’s effort to provide water and recreational opportunities along the Tampa Riverwalk. Currently, the City of Tampa also operates several boat slips along the Tampa Riverwalk at the Tampa Bay History Center, Cotanchobee Park, Tampa Convention Center, and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The cost for the new slips was included in the original construction budget for the park.

The City of Tampa is already looking at expanding the number of boat slips available at Water Works Park and intends to expand the number of slips to eight, pending the approval of the Army Corps of Engineers.

June 30, 2015 - 1:15pm

Temporary Lane Reduction on West Kennedy Boulevard between Hesperides Street and Lauber Way

TAMPA, FL (June 30, 2015) The outside eastbound lane on West Kennedy Boulevard is closed between Hesperides Street and Lauber Way while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main break. All other lanes remain open to traffic. Barricades and signs are located in the area to assist with traffic flow. Please use caution when traveling in the area. 

The repairs and road restoration are expected to be completed today, June 30, by 5 p.m., weather conditions permitting. 

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


June 30, 2015 - 10:30am

City of Tampa Launches Online Performance Metrics - City services delivery data available for Tampa citizens to view

In an effort to provide greater transparency in government, Mayor Bob Buckhorn committed to provide metrics on delivery of city services and to be accountable to citizens based on that performance data. That data is now available online for citizens to review at the performance measurements dashboard at

“To govern most efficiently, it’s critical that we have the information and the data to facilitate our decisions. We need to know when the city is performing at its best, and hold ourselves accountable when it’s not,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Now, the public will have access to much of the same data that drive day to day decisions at City Hall.”

 The performance measurement data provides service delivery and quality of life measurements. It effectively serves as a report card on the delivery city services. Data on permitting, public safety response, as well as infrastructure maintenance are included in the new metrics.

 Performance measurement in the public sector is an ongoing, systematic approach to improving results through evidence-based decision making and continuous organizational learning.

Since being elected in spring 2011, Mayor Buckhorn has made an effort to make local government more accessible to citizens. In January 2014, the City of Tampa launched its first, free mobile application for Android and iOS based smart phones and tablets (iPhones, iPads, etc.). Under his leadership, the city has also revamped its website and increased communication with citizens over social media. 

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

June 30, 2015 - 4:00am

Commercial Robbery

The Tampa Police Department is working a Commercial Armed Robbery of the Mobil Gas Station located at 10002 North Florida Avenue. This robbery occurred at 1:00 am on June 30, 2015 when a single subject entered the business wearing a mask to conceal his identity and implied he was armed while demanding money from the clerk. The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown direction or manner of travel. At this time no video of the robbery is available.

June 29, 2015 - 2:00pm

Suspects Arrested After Restaurant Robbery

WHEN: 6/28/15, 11 p.m.

WHERE: 5910 North Florida Avenue, Tampa (Fodder & Shine Restaurant)

SUSPECT 1: Devin Smith, 7/1/1987
CHARGES: Armed Robbery, Fleeing to Elude, Driving with a Suspended License

SUSPECT 2: Alexander Jackson, 8/4/1991, 3701 Darwin Avenue North, Tampa
CHARGES: Armed Robbery, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm

SUSPECT 3: Darrel Poole, 12/9/1988, 1256 113th Avenue, Tampa
CHARGES: Armed Robbery, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm

DETAILS: The suspects entered the rear door of the Fodder & Shine restaurant and robbed the employees at gunpoint. One suspect forced an employee to open the safe and remove cash while the other suspects robbed the employees. They took off in a Mitsubishi Lancer. Extra officers were in the area due to a recent robbery pattern and pursued the vehicle. Officers stopped the vehicle and the suspects fled on foot in different directions. Air Service was above on patrol and directed the officers to the suspects. After a foot pursuit, all three suspects were caught. A stolen handgun and the stolen property were found in the vehicle. They are suspects in last week’s robbery of The Independent Bar and Restaurant as well as several additional robberies. The investigation continues.

June 27, 2015 - 7:45am

Tampa Gun Buyback Program Aimed at Lowering Violent Crime

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida providing beverages for buyback participants


DATE:             Saturday, June 27, 2015

LOCATION:  River Tower Park, 401 East Bird Street, Tampa 

TIME:            8 a.m – 4 p.m. Anonymous, No Questions Asked Buyback Takes Place

                      9 a.m.  Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Chief Eric Ward will join officers at the buy-back site.

During the event, citizens within Hillsborough County can anonymously turn in shotguns, assault rifles and handguns for $50 cash at River Tower Park.  The guns must be functional.  Pellet guns, starter pistols, flare guns, BB guns and antiques will not be eligible for the cash exchange.

The buyback program was made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation.  The professional hockey team contributed $50,000 to help police keep guns out of the wrong hands.  Coca-Cola Beverages Florida is also showing its support of the Tampa Department’s efforts to combat crime.  The beverage company is providing refreshing beverages for the daylong event. 

Police officers will be stationed at the site to safely take possession of the firearms from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mobile teams will be available during that time to pickup guns from citizens who cannot transport them to the buyback location.  Those citizens can call the police department at 813-231-6130 to schedule a pickup.

Citizens who bring guns to the buyback are reminded to store the unloaded firearm(s) in a plastic bag and place it in the trunk of their car.  They should also follow these firearm safety tips:


  • Treat every firearm as is it were loaded
  • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
  • Never handle a gun you are not familiar with
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger unless you intend to fire the weapon



Janelle McGregor