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Two Grand Theft suspects still at large after Valrico robbery

Two Grand Theft suspects still at large after Valrico robbery

Valrico, Florida - The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has issued an alert for two suspects accused of Grand Theft in Valrico.

On October 15 2010 at 1:51 a.m., the two suspects walked into the Wal-Mart located at 1208 Brandon Blvd in Valrico and stole over $1,200.00 in cash from multiple unoccupied cash registers.

Suspect #1 is a black male with a beard and long braided black hair who is between the ages of 18-25 years old, 6' - 6'2" in height, of thin build, and was last seen in a brown hooded sweatshirt and tan pants.

Suspect #2 is a white male with short dark hair and light complexion who is between the ages of 18-25 years old, 5'8" - 5'10" in height, of thin build, and was last seen wearing a blue buttoned shirt with unknown name tag and tan pants.

Both subjects exited the store and fled in a silver four door vehicle, possibly a Lexus with chrome rims. 

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After backbreaking freeze, fish farmers try new ideas to survive cold

After backbreaking freeze, fish farmers try new ideas to survive cold

Plant City, Florida -- From where Ron Connor stands, five million dead fish would be good news.

Last winter's backbreaking freeze killed at least eight million of the tropical fish Connor raises on his farm in Plant City. He says the lost crop cost him $2 to $3 million.

So he's determined to try out new methods of protecting his precious piscine product during what's shaping up to be two back-to-back weeks of cold weather blasts.

January's crushing 11-day run of below-freezing temperatures killed 96 percent of the fish growing in Connor's 250 swimming pool-sized outdoor ponds and an enclosed building with 400 bathtub-sized vats.

Trial begins for accused killer in 2008 Plant City shoot-out

Trial begins for accused killer in 2008 Plant City shoot-out

Tampa, FL - The all out man hunt on December 5th, 2008 started with a shooting the day before in the backyard of a Plant City home.

Vidal Quejada testified that he was in the backyard where Francisco Rangel shot and killed Michael Longoria.

"Last thing I saw of Michael Longoria, he was clutching his chest and reaching out," said Quejada as tears welled up in his eyes. 

Quejada says he became Rangel's next target.

"Something hit me hard and then I see Mr. Rangel holding his hand out with the gun like this," testified Quejada, gesturing how Rangel was pointing his gun at Longoria on the ground.

During opening statements, Rangel's attorney says his actions were in self-defense.  "The only ill will you will hear in this trial is with Micheal Longoria and Vidal Quejada.  They were both armed and Rangel did everything to protect himself," said lawyer Dana Herce-Fulgueira.

Cold weather brings some chilling memories to Hillsborough homeowners

Plant City, Florida - Jim Harlow still has some cracks on his house that remind him of last January. That's when houses on Creek Way Court began creaking in a bad way.

The sinkholes in the neighborhood caused one house to be condemned and they damaged several others, including Harlow's. The expanding edges of the sinkholes kept homeowners on edge.

"Every other minute we were out here seeing what was going on in the neighborhood," recalls Harlow.

Last January, Farmers pumped billions of gallons of water on their fields trying to save their crops during 11 straight days of freezing temperatures.  Many blame the pumping for the 140 sinkholes that opened up in neighborhoods and on roads.

So with water once again being sprayed, homeowner concerns are pumped up too.

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Shoeboxes for Seniors spreading holiday cheer

Shoeboxes for Seniors spreading holiday cheer

Riverview, FL - Riverview eatery Joia Fabulous Pizza and Martini Bar is opening its doors to holiday spirit this week.The Shoeboxes for Seniors charity will be setting up a collection event for the community, inviting citizens to fill shoe boxes with gifts for local seniors who aren't readily mobile.

Anyone interested in assembling a gift should wrap the top and bottom of an empty shoe box separately, then fill it with new, unopened gifts. Suggestions include socks, slippers, books, magazines, toiletry items, stationary, stamps, and calendars. A note for each box designating it as a gift for a male or female recipient will be helpful for sorting. Finish off the gift box with a rubber band, not tape, and it will be ready for delivery.

Does race play into how permits are issued? E-mail raises questions

Does race play into how permits are issued? E-mail raises questions

Tampa, Florida -- More questions are being raised tonight about how permits are issued for events at Channelside and whether race places into the equation.

The manager of the Channelside Cinema, Matt Pezzullo, says every time he runs a hip hop event after the movies, he gets the third degree from the Fire Marshal's Office. Pezzullo says that doesn't happen with events with predominately white crowds.

Two weeks ago, Tampa Fire Captain Bill Wade says it would be impossible for the Fire Marshal Office to racially profile an event, because it only asks how many people will be there, not what kind of an event it will be. However, Pezzullo showed us an e-mail following our first story saying, "The events on the 17th and 25th are what kind of events?"

The e-mail is signed by Tampa Fire Marshal Russell C. Spicola.

Eastern Hillsborough Co. homeowners warned of freezing wells

Eastern Hillsborough Co. homeowners warned of freezing wells

Hillsborough County, FL - According to the National Weather Service, parts of the Tampa Bay area may see freezing temperatures during Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

This has prompted the Southwest Florida Water Management District to advise residents who live near Plant City and Dover who have well pumps without automatic cutoff switches to turn off the pumps each night.

During a freeze or near-freezing temperatures, water is pumped to protect crops and fish farms, causing aquifer levels to temporarily drop. Once aquifer levels fall below a well's pump level, the pump can burn out if it is not shut off manually or automatically by a low-pressure shut-off device. An electrical switch located on or near the well can turn off most pumps.