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"Attractive convict" sues over use of mug shot

Tampa, Florida -- Nearly a year after 10 News met the face of the infamous and widely-known "hot mug shot" meme, it's been reported that she is now suing a website who played a part in her publicity.

In April of 2013, 10 News sat down with Meagan Simmons, then 27, as she explained the story behind her mug shot, and how she felt years later when it went viral. 

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Student honored for helping others

Gibsonton, Florida -- A Bay area student was honored today for helping to save the life of someone involved in an automobile crash.

East Bay High School junior Alec Leslie received the ROTC Medal for Heroism during a special ceremony. The J-ROTC cadet placed himself in danger last October while assisting Brian McNutt on I-75 near Big Bend Road.

Cadet Leslie even kept in contact with the accident victim during his recovery.

High school student arrested for making false bomb threat

Tampa, Florida -- A student was arrested Tuesday for making a false bomb threat at Plant High School.

Police say on March 3, a student wrote in pencil on the bathroom wall that they were going to blow up the school and made similar threats on Twitter.

Then on March 4, the school announced a Crime Stoppers reward up to $500 on the P.A. system for information on who wrote the threat. A student called in a tip that led detectives to the 18-year-old female student.

Deputies shoot, kill man wielding butcher knife

Brandon, Florida -- Sheriff David Gee says a man burned his clothes, stabbed a cat, and charged with a butcher knife, forcing deputies to shoot him.

Three deputies shot and killed Lew G. Tyree II at around 5:45 Tuesday morning after the bizarre and scary encounter in the Bloomingdale area.

Neighbors in the Bloomingdale Villas neighborhood off Bloomingdale Avenue tell 10 News the 41-year-old man may have had mental health issues.

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Epicurean Hotel receives AAA Four-Diamond Award

Tampa, Florida -- The newly-opened Epicurean Hotel, located in Tampa's Hyde Park neighborhood, has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Rating.

Burglary suspects flee into Brandon Mall Dillard's

Brandon, FL -- The Dillard's department store in Brandon was evacuated Monday afternoon after officials say three burglary suspects tried to hide inside the store.

Authorities say the suspects were wanted for a burglary in Manatee County.

While being chased Monday afternoon, the suspects drove off the I-75 exit ramp at State Road 60 and ran into the nearby Dillard's.

Eyewitnesses tell 10 News as many as 50 deputies and troopers responded and surrounded the store.

Winter storm delays flights in and out of TIA

Tampa, FL -- Passengers at Tampa International Airport have been playing the waiting game: if they win, they get to fly home. If they lose, they get re-routed somewhere else and then play the game all over again.

"We have been stuck out here for two days," said an elderly couple trying to get home after their Carnival Cruise last week.  "We live in Dayton, Ohio and there is nothing coming in or out of there, I guess because of the storm. So they said today we might be able to get to Columbus and then drive the hour to our home."