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Hillsborough judge pleads guilty to DUI

Clearwater, Florida -- Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge Tracy Sheehan appeared briefly in Pinellas County Court Friday morning to plead guilty in her DUI case. 

In early July, the 53-year-old was arrested for drunk driving after a night out in Ybor City. She was sentenced to a year of probation.

Man steals donation box from 2 Tampa McDonald's

Tampa, Florida -- Police are searching for the man who has stolen Ronald McDonald donation boxes from at least two Tampa restaurants this month. 

The first incident happened at the McDonald's on North Armenia Avenue on August 8. Detectives say the man used a tool to remove the entire donation box around 4:52 a.m. and drove off in an older model dark Honda Accord with a sunroof and chrome trim around the door and windows.

Pasco man arrested for impersonating an officer

Wesley Chapel, Florida -- A security company employee, accused of impersonating an officer and trying to pull a car over, was arrested shortly after the incident late Thursday night.

The three victims told Pasco Sheriff's deputies they were driving in the area of Wild Taro Way and Curley Road when a black Crown Victoria got behind them, activated its front facing white strobe lights and spot light, and pulled them over.

CVS theft leads to Motel 6 meth lab bust

Brandon, Florida -- Deputies investigating a theft at a Brandon CVS Pharmacy Tuesday morning led them to the discovery of a meth lab in the suspects' motel room.

Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies say on July 30 around 7 a.m., Jaime Gay and Colleen Cooke stole just over $75 worth of merchandise and then handed the items over to Nicole McCall who went back into the store to try to return them for cash.

The manager refused and all three left the store in a Maroon 1996 Ford Explorer. Deputies tracked down the SUV and pulled it over.

UPDATE: Suspect captured in USF Tampa carjacking

Tampa, Florida -- Authorities say they've captured the man who carjacked a female staff member at USF Tampa campus Monday morning.

USF Police say the incident happened around 9:20 a.m. in Parking Lot 33 in the Health Services area of the Tampa campus.

The victim told police a white male -- wearing a white hoodie, possibly with brown hair and described as "dirty" looking -- displayed a small black handgun and ordered the them out of their car.

VIDEO: Women involved in vehicle burglaries sought

Valrico, Florida -- Hillsborough Sheriff's detectives are investigating a series of vehicle burglaries that occurred overnight on July 28 within the Somerset Subdivision in Valrico.

Six vehicle burglaries were reported to the sheriff's office and, in each of the burglaries, detectives say it appears that the owners left the vehicles unlocked.

The two women entered the vehicles between 4:45 and 5 a.m. and stole personal items, such as Ipods, GPS, cosmetic bag, money, notebook and tools.

Cops: 2 men rob 2 gas stations in one night

Valrico, Florida -- Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating two armed robberies that occurred during the early morning hours on July 22.

Deputies say around 12:07 a.m., two men entered the Circle K store in the 800 block of Lumsden Road E. in Valrico and confronted the clerk demanding cash and lottery tickets. 

The clerk complied and the men fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, lottery tickets and a donation jar from the counter.