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Tampa teens receive national recognition for local service

Tampa teens receive national recognition for local service

Tampa, FL -- Recognized for their strong commitment to community service, Tampa residents:

  • Jennifer West, recent graduate of Hillsborough High School
  • Betsey Giammattei, rising senior at C. Leon King High School
  • Regan Knotts, recent graduate of Plant City High School
  • Jonathan Freeman, recent graduate of Hillsborough High School
  • Abbey Ewbank, recent graduate of Joe E. Newsome High School
are among 230 high school students nationwide selected for Bank of America’s Student Leaders Program.

New Tampa mom accused of killing teens in court

New Tampa mom accused of killing teens in court

New Tampa, Florida - The Tampa Palms mother who investigators say admitted to shooting and killing her children back in January because they were "being mouthy" was in court Friday afternoon.

Robert Fraser is 50-year-old Julie Schenecker's public defender. He has petitioned the court to keep certain statements Schenecker made to police between the attorneys. He's also wants to do the same for photo's of the victims, 13-year-old Beau and 16-year-old Calyx, as well as photos from the crime scene.

Fraser says failing to block those items would destroy any chance his client has of receiving a fair trial since the media could make those items public.

Two men arrested in botched burglary

Two men arrested in botched burglary

Lakeland, FL -- Two Plant City men were arrested in Lakeland in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 8 after their burglary spree was interrupted by an EMS truck.

Cory Garrett, 18, and John Pearce, 22, were seen by a Lakeland police officer in the 3000 block of Cleveland Heights Blvd. at approximately 2 a.m. pulling a lawn mower north on the road.

According to police, as the men were hiding the lawn mower in a dark area of a yard at the 700 block of Sagamore Street, they heard sirens from an oncoming EMS truck responding to a medical call across the street.

As the sirens got louder, the two men fled, possibly because they thought the sirens were from police. They got to their car and left the area.

Learn to be a leader

Learn to be a leader

Plant City -- The Chamber is accepting applications for the Leadership Plant City Class of 2011-2012, which will begin with orientation September 16.

Leadership Plant City is a tuition-based series of tours and interactive presentations which concentrate on various stages of leadership development and community awareness.

The course ends with graduation in May 2012.

For an applications and more information contact the Chamber at 813-754-3707.

Police search for missing Tampa man

Police search for missing Tampa man

Tampa, FL -- The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating a missing adult case involving 23-year-oldCharles Bergfield. 

Bergfield's parents reported him missing on July 7 at approximately 5:35 p.m.  He was last seen at 8 a.m. on July 7 when he left the residence on his yellow mountain bike heading to an appointment. 

He never showed up for his appointment and did not return home. 

According to his parents with whom he lives, they discovered that he did not take his wallet, cell phone or glasses with him when he left the house.

Tampa men plead guilty to Charley's Steak House robbery

Tampa men plead guilty to Charley's Steak House robbery

Tampa, FL -- On Thursday, July 7, 21-year-old Kyle Anthony Larson and 27-year-old Osvaldo Martinez, both from Tampa, pleaded guilty to the October 18, 2011, armed robbery of Charley's Steakhouse in Tampa, according to United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill.

Larson and Martinez each face a maximum penalty of twenty years in federal prison on two counts and a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years on the third count, up to life imprisonment.

According to the plea agreement, on October 18, 2010, the armed robbery occurred at Charley's Steak House, located at 4444 West Cypress Street in Tampa, after it had closed for the evening.

Tampa man arrested for DUI-related death of 5-year-old girl

Tampa man arrested for DUI-related death of 5-year-old girl

Tampa, FL -- On Friday night, July 1, 52-year-old Rolando Rojas, of 1220 East Crenshaw Street in Tampa, was involved in a serious traffic crash at the intersection of US Hwy 301 and Bloomingdale Avenue that sent several people to area hospitals.  

According to the FHP, during the initial portion of the investigation it was determined that Rojas had been driving under the influence and was placed under arrest at Tampa General Hospital.

He was being guarded there while he received medical care for injuries he sustained in the crash.   

Following his release from TGH, Rojas was taken to the Hillsborough County/Orient Road Jail where additional charges were filed against him following the death of 5-year-old victim, Lilly Mills, of Brandon, on Saturday, July 2.