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FPL scam pops up in Bay area


Sarasota, Florida -- A scam preying on your money appears to be making its way to the Tampa Bay area. The caller claims to be with Florida Power & Light and threatens to turn off your power if you don't pay up.

As a small business owner, Eco Hair Design owner Candy Roberts knows every penny counts. So when the phone rang Friday afternoon the caller made Roberts suspicious.

"Why $299?" Roberts remembers asking the man on the other line.

Pilot killed at Tampa airport was a mechanic


Tampa, Florida -- We are learning more about the pilot who was killed in a crash at a local airport Sunday afternoon.

54-year-old Ki Martin died Sunday after the plane he was piloting crashed on the runway at the Tampa Executive Airport.

"As we rolled by we realized there was a serious accident," says Paul Gallizzi, a pilot of 50 years.

He says when the plane he was flying landed, they noticed something wasn't right on the runway next to them.

Selmon Expressway hours for July 4th Holiday


Tampa, Florida -- The Reversible Express Lanes (REL) on the Selmon Expressway will open in the eastbound direction (toward Brandon) at its normal time of 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 3 and will remain in the eastbound direction until 6 a.m., Monday, July 7.

Motorists are advised that the hours of operation on the Reversible Express Lanes are subject to change without notice for construction/maintenance work.

Penguin, crane chicks arrive at Lowry Park Zoo


Tampa, Florida -- Spring has been a busy time for the aviary at Lowry Park Zoo with several new birds, including a penguin chick and a demoiselle crane.

Pilot killed in crash at Tampa Executive Airport


Tampa, Florida -- The pilot that died in today's airplane crash at Tampa Executive Airport has been identified as 54-year-old Ki L. Martin, from Wimauma, Florida.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives are currently on the scene conducting a death investigation involving the crash of a small single engine plane at Tampa Executive Airport located at 6530 Tampa Executive Road in Tampa.

The following details of what happened is preliminary in nature and is subject to change as the investigation continues.

Another prayer vigil held for 'Doomsday Prepper'


Valrico, Florida -- The daughters of Martin Winters, the so-called "Doomsday Prepper," held another candlelight vigil for their father, who remains locked up after fleeing agents trying to serve him with a search warrant.

The FBI said it was tipped off that Winters had as many as 50 high powered rifles and several explosives buried around his home near the corner of Williams Boulevard and Pine Street. But after several hours of searching, agents apparently found far less than what they were led to believe.

Summer means overcrowding at Hillsborough kill shelter County


Tampa, Florida - Dogs on death row in Hillsborough County and a group of volunteers trying to save them; volunteers at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource center Saturday said Summer, which started today, is the busy time of year.

Hundreds of dogs are at risk of being killed if nobody takes them home. The shelter is overpacked and volunteers say they need your help. This weekend, they're offering special adoption discounts.