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Landfill sinkhole raises water safety concerns

Landfill sinkhole raises water safety concerns

LITHIA, Florida -- Putting a garbage dump on this remote spot seemed like a perfectly good idea thirty years ago.

After all, the Southeast County landfill site in Lithia was specifically chosen because silt from old phosphate mining left the area with a four to eighteen foot layer of hard clay below it, a layer that would act as a natural barrier and liner between the trash and Florida's underground water table.

Photo Gallery: Aerial pictures of the landfill sinkhole

Flavors of Tampa Bay: Algusto Mexican Restaurant

Tampa, Florida - When you walk into Algusto's, the owner makes one thing very clear: this is true Mexican food, not Tex Mex.

Algusto, which means "to your taste" in Spanish, has been serving up authentic Mexican food for the past eight years. And it's clear that they are a big winner in the community, winning 32 awards for having the best Mexican food in the area.

Owner Alberto Morillo has created an inviting place to sit down and enjoy the true taste of Mexico.

Algusto Mexican Restaurant
912 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, Florida
Phone: 813-250-3500


Hetre are a few of their dishes:

Mole Enchiladas (2) $9.15
Shredded beef, cheese or chicken in corn
tortillas topped with Red or Green Mole
sauce and sour cream drizzled on top.

Brush fire near USF almost under control

Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Fire and Rescue says a brush fire near the University of South Florida is almost under control.

Officials say the fire is near 46th Street and Whiteway Drive, south of USF campus. 

No injuries have been reported, and several fire crews are on scene.  Firefighters say they were able to stop the fire from encroaching one at least one home.

Officials say there may be downed power lines causing outages in the immediate area.

10 News will have more information as it becomes available.

Hearing postponed for teacher accused of lewd molestation

Hearing postponed for teacher accused of lewd molestation

Tampa, FL - Tammy Clinton of Odessa, who was charged with two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation and two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct on Feb. 4 2010, appeared in Hillsborough County Court today for a deposition. She was originally booked at Orient Road Jail in West Tampa

Clinton, who will turn 40 years old this week, was a 6th grade teacher at Farnell Middle School when she allegedly asked a 14-year-old student to fondle her breasts and buttocks in January of 2010. In addition, on two other occasions, she attempted to entice the victim to meet her off of the school campus, which is located between East Lake and Westchase, for the purpose of committing specific sexual acts on the victim.

Farmers assess cold weather damage to crops

Farmers assess cold weather damage to crops

PLANT CITY, Florida (AP) -- Farmers around the state are still assessing how this week's cold weather affected crops, as forecasts call for rising temperatures for the next few days.

Tropical fish and strawberry farmers in central Florida reported some losses Wednesday, but the full extent of the cold damage won't be known for a few weeks. Citrus growers were more optimistic, saying that they avoided a citrus freeze, which requires a temperature of 28 degrees or lower for at least four hours.

Corn and bean growers in South Florida were less optimistic, with some farmers reporting losses.


Tampa Police make arrest in 2002 rape

Tampa Police make arrest in 2002 rape

Tampa, Florida - Tampa Police have made an arrest in a 2002 rape of a 17-year old girl.

 Investigators say in August of 2002, Quinton Russell, now 27-years-old,  grabbed a 17-year-old girl as she walked home from a friend's house on North Central Avenue.

They say Russell pulled the teen into some bushes and raped and robbed her.

Russell has an extensive criminal record in Hillsborough County, with at least 18 arrests.

Russell is in jail on unrelated robbery charges and detectives say his DNA profile matches the DNA from the 2002 attack.

SWFMD: Water restrictions on farmers during freezes

Brooksville, Florida - The Southwest Florida Water Management District Tuesday voted to impose harsher watering restrictions on farmers during freezes. The rules are designed to prevent sinkholes and dry wells in Dover and Plant City.

In January of 2010, for the first time in recorded history, temperatures in eastern Hillsborough County dropped below 34 degrees for 11 consecutive days.

See Also: Strawberries survive morning freeze

To prevent their crops from freezing, farmers pumped an estimated 900 million gallons of groundwater per day over their crops.  As a result, the aquifer level dropped 60 feet and caused more than 750 nearby homeowners' wells to temporarily dry up.

Also, about 140 sinkholes opened in nearby neighborhoods and on roads.