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Good Samaritan rescues family in Ruskin


Ruskin, Florida -- A good Samaritan made a daring rescue in Ruskin.

It happened last week when a family of four took their boat out into the bay. That boat ended up capsizing, and they were forced to cling to a channel marker for 14 hours.

Thankfully, Sam Closkey was headed out fishing with his friends when he saw the family and jumped into action.

Boaters are urged to have an electronic locating device on board. It provides GPS satellite of your location.

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Miles for Moffitt raises more than $550,000


Tampa, Florida -- The 9th annual Miles for Moffitt, a walk and run for cancer research shattered, several records this year.

The national cancer research group based in Tampa raised more than $550,000. Their goal was $500,000. Last year, they raised $337,792.

The event had 7,500 participants in its 8K, 5K, 1-mile, wheel chair race, and children's race. Last year, it had 3,229 participants. This year, it also had 357 teams, compared to 227 teams last year.

Schenecker trial enters 5th day


Tampa, FL -- A psychologist says Julie Schenecker thought she was saving her kids when she killed them.

The 53-year-old New Tampa mother is accused of killing her 16-year-old daughter Calyx and 13-year-old son Beau in January of 2011.

Psychologist Eldra Solomon says Schenecker was, in fact, insane when she shot the children and in the week leading up to the murders. Solomon says Julie Schenecker was sexually molested as a child, and started to exhibit characteristics that she was bipolar and depressed decades ago.

Avila mansion fire set intentionally, 4 dead


Tampa, Florida -- Four bodies have been found inside the large, million-dollar Tampa home that went up in flames Wednesday morning.

During a 5:30 p.m. press conference Wednesday, Col. Donna Lusczynski of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said it took firefighters several hours to extinguish the fire as hot spots continued to pop up and the blaze kept restarting. Investigators were able to finally gain access to the inside of the mansion around 3 p.m.

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Fatal fire kills four: neighbors say it was a family


Tampa, Florida -- A community is mourning the loss of four people after a fatal fire in an affluent neighborhood in Tampa.

Nigerian organizing rally in Tampa Bay area


Tampa, Florida – While the search continues an estimated 250 school girls who were kidnapped in Nigeria, a Tampa resident is hoping to bring attention to it in the Bay area.

"I'm very worried. My mother is there and my siblings are there," said Oalwale Ajayi.

The USF Electrical Engineering student is in the process of organizing a rally in Tampa Bay to urge the United States to help search for the girls, who were taken by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

No charges for teacher who hit students walking to school


Plant City, Florida -- Police say a teacher driving an SUV hit two sisters Friday morning -- a kindergartner and a 3rd grader.

School officials say the girls were supposed to be at their usual bus stop at the corner of Davis and Baker, but the accident happened a half mile away in a slightly different direction. The school is very close to the bus stop and the girls were walking to it. School officials say the driver of the SUV is a teacher, from the same school as the victims.