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Augustus Gilchrist back with the USF Bulls

Augustus Gilchrist back with the USF Bulls

Tampa, FL-- University of South Florida junior forward Augustus Gilchrist has been allowed to return to the men's basketball team, Head Coach Stan Heath announced Friday.

"Augustus will practice today, but will not play against James Madison on Saturday," said Heath in a statement released by the university.  "He has learned a valuable life lesson and I expect him to focus on teamwork and winning at USF."

"I'm excited to practice today and compete for USF. I let some personal issues get the best of me. I apologize to our team and to our fans," said Gilchrist, also in a statement, who will be available to play against Cleveland State on Dec. 22 in Ohio.

The native of Clinton, Md., has played in nine games this season, putting together 10.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per outing. In 52 total games over three seasons with the Bulls, Gilchrist has averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Seniors in Service salutes volunteers

Seniors in Service salutes volunteers

New Tampa, FL - The Seniors in Service organization held its annual recognition luncheon at The Embassy Suites Hotel USF today. The gathering celebrated participants in a variety of the organization's programs, including Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, Volunteer Caregiver, Bill Payer and Spic & Span for Seniors initiatives.

The non-profit group, which is headquartered in Hillsborough county, sponsors a variety of services throughout the community. The mission, according to their official website, is to "recruit, train and place volunteers to help children succeed and elders remain independent."

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.

Girl, 8, tells of her father's death in her own words

Girl, 8, tells of her father's death in her own words

Tampa, FL - The Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office released on Monday a handful of discs full of discovery in the case.

For the first time, we're seeing and hearing the scene of the crime just minutes after it happened on September 26, 2010 at Twin Lakes community in Valrico.

The state released the video interview with detectives of the 8-year-old daughter of the victim, David James.

In her own words, the day after the shooting, Danielle James said, "A kid asked if he could skateboard on the other half of the court because we weren't using that side.  Then a man came out and told the kid that there was no skateboarding on the court. Then my dad wanted to know where the sign was that said no skateboarding but my dad didn't know he had the gun so my dad came towards him.  It is kind of hard to explain the next part."

Brothers plunge into freezing water to save stranger's life

Brothers plunge into freezing water to save stranger's life

NEW TAMPA, Florida -- A New Tampa man is grateful to be alive after his car plunged into a cold pond on Sunday afternoon.

Had it not been for the selfless and swift actions of some good Samaritans, 74-year-old Shriram Kodali's story was just seconds away from having a tragic ending.

Photo Gallery: New Tampa lake rescue pictures

Anthony Swedberg, 18, and his older brother Andrew, 27, put their own lives at risk on Sunday, determined to save Kodali.

"He wasn't gonna die that day," said Anthony.

When the Swedbergs got to the entrance of their sister's New Tampa community, there was a car in the middle of a pond, and about a dozen people standing around looking at it.

Fallen Tampa officers to be honored at Rose Parade

Fallen Tampa officers to be honored at Rose Parade

Tampa, Florida -- Two Tampa police officers who were gunned down in the line of duty will be honored at the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day.

Floral portraits of Officers Jeffrey Kocab and Dave Curtis will be part of a float from the group Donate Life, which encourages people to become organ, eye and tissue donors.

On Tuesday, the wives of Officers Kocab and Curtis, along with Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, will put the final decorations on the portraits before sending them off to Pasadena, California.

The Tournament of Roses parade will be held on New Years Day, 2011.

Officers Curt and Kocab were killed June 29, 2010 during a routine traffic stop.  Together, they approached a vehicle on the passenger side.  The next communication came from a citizen calling 911 reporting two officers shot.

After a four-day manhunt, Dontae Morris surrendered.  He has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Missing Valrico girl found

Missing Valrico girl found

Update: Valrico, Florida - Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies tell us Anita Mira has been located. Her body was discovered by detectives Sunday afternoon in a wooded area near her home. Preliminary indications are that she died from an apparent suicide.

 

12-11-10:

Valrico, Florida - On December 4, Anita Mira walked away from her residence located at 1501 Crest Court in Valrico. She had a dispute with her parents and her parents took away her cell phone and the use of a vehicle.

Mira has left home in the past, but has always returned home after 1-2 days.

Anita Mira is 5'2", 120 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone who may have seen, or knows the whereabouts of, Anita Mira is asked to contact HCSO at 813-247-8200 or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS