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  1. Lit candle sparks fire that destroys Seffner homeRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jun 30 | St. Petersburg Times

    A 6,000-square-foot home in Seffner caught fire late Thursday night after a candle was accidentally knocked over in a bedroom, causing at least four people to be displaced, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. Around 10:40 p.m., fire crews received a call that a residential structure was on fire at 318 Cactus Rd. When they arrived, firefighters reported seeing large flames and heavy smoke coming from the roof of the house and assisted the homeowners who were fleeing.


  2. Rooms To Go facing lawsuit over bonded leather furniture qualityRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 6, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    Rooms To Go is the subject of two potential class action lawsuits, one of which is about allegedly defective bonded leather. Bonded leather is back in the courts.


  3. Armwood promotes football assistant Evan Davis to head coachRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 2, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    Davis, who played at Armwood from 1999-2003, returned 11 years ago as an assistant coach and has been the offensive coordinator for the past seven seasons. He figured he would be considered for the position, but never could have imagined doing this quickly.


  4. Guest column: Son faces down genetic disorder with strength, determinationRead the original story w/Photo

    May 18, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    Brain surgeries, pain, encephalitis, tumors and severe physical side effects all mark my son Steven's ongoing battle with a cancerous genetic disorder called Von Hippel Lindau syndrome, also known as VHL. Steven underwent brain surgery last May to remove a tumor caused by VHL.


  5. Korean War veteran dons cap and gown to get high school diploma after 64 yearsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 17, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    Even in his early years of schooling, the east Boston native was "mouthy" and would read ancient history books during lessons or joke with his pals. He could never answer questions about what he wanted to be when he grew up, so when he was 17 Sullivan quit high school at the end of his sophomore year to enlist in the Navy.


  6. Florida Supreme Court overturns death sentence for Hillsborough killer Khalid PashaRead the original story w/Photo

    May 11, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    The Florida Supreme Court overturned the death sentence Thursday of Khalid Pasha for the 2002 murders of his wife and her 20-year-old daughter in Hillsborough County. Pasha, 73, was convicted twice in separate trials for the killings of Robin Canady, 43, and her daughter, Reneesha Singleton.


  7. Deputies identify homeless man struck, killed by train SundayRead the original story w/Photo

    May 8, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    Jeremy Richard Lee Haag, 43, was killed Sunday when he was struck by a train while walking on the tracks near Highview Road in Seffner. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office] A homeless man who died Sunday after being struck by a passenger train has been identified, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.


  8. In his fight to stop sprawl, Hillsborough commissioner takes to the skyRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 24, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    E xcuse Stacy White for getting on his soapbox or sounding like a broken record or whatever disclaimer he offers before launching into yet another diatribe on his favorite punching bag: land use policies. During Hillsborough County Commission meetings, White's monologues against unchecked growth can elicit eye rolls, silence or, on good days, polite encouragement.


  9. Circle K brings a new fill-up option to Kingsway RoadRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 29, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    In a time when seemingly every convenient store from northern favorites WaWa and Speedway to southern stalwarts RaceTrac and Circle K are popping up at every local corner possible, it's hard to imagine how long it took one of them to find its newest location in the Brandon/Seffner area. Circle K opened last week in the southeast corner of Kingsway Plaza at Kingsway Road and Windhorst Road.


  10. Deputies ID homeowner as shooter in fatal Seffner encounterRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 24, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office on Friday released the name of a man who deputies say shot two other men at his home Wednesday night. Martin Alfred Johnson, 76, shot William Edgar McCallister and his brother David Jack McCallister while the men were gathered at Johnson's singlewide mobile home at 1005 Lianne Place, deputies said.


  11. Man shoots two in Seffner, one fatally, then calls 911, deputies sayRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 23, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    A man identified as the shooter called 911 to report the incident and remained on the scene until deputies arrived. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called about 10 p.m. to a home at 1005 Lianne Place in Seffner.


  12. Florida Supreme Court overturns Hillsborough man's death sentence in woman's 2007 stabbingRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 23, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the death sentence of a man who raped and fatally stabbed a Seffner mother of three in 2007. While the court upheld the murder conviction of Kenneth Ray Jackson, it ordered that he be resentenced because the jury was not unanimous in its recommendation that he receive the death penalty.


  13. Seffner woman faces child neglect charges after children found wanderingRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 16, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    April Janine Lopez, 34, of Seffner, was arrested Wednesday and faces charges of child neglect after deputies say they found her sleeping and impaired while her two children, both under five, were spotted roaming in public alone. [Hillsborough Cty Sheriff's Office] A Seffner woman faces felony child neglect charges after witnesses spotted her two children, both under 5, wandering alone without pants or underwear, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.


  14. What you don't know about Hillsborough's top educatorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 23, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    You know them if you go to or work at one of their schools, but you need to know a lot more about the 12 individuals who are up for Excellence in Education Awards this year in Hillsborough County. The Tampa Bay Times peeked inside their application packets and learned who takes calls at 5 a.m., who teaches hip-hop to bond with his students and who used to cry in the closet while she was learning how to be a teacher.


  15. Homeless Initiative brings focus to SeffnerRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 8, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    An atmosphere of gratitude overflowed outside the Bay Life Chapel campus grounds last week as individuals waited anxiously in line with their backpacks, belongings and bicycles to seek assistance in turning their lives around. Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office teamed with Tampa Police Department officers and nearly 100 volunteers for a HCSO Homeless Initiative outreach event on Jan. 31. Deputies shook hands and words of "thank you" filled the campus of the recipients at the event.


  16. Robber takes cash, cracklings and beer in Seffner BP holdupRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 2, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    A man who indicated he had a firearm made off with cash, pork cracklings chips and an eight-pack of Bud Light early Thursday in the robbery of a BP gas station at 10907 E Hwy 92. The robber approached the counter with the chips and beer, placing his right hand into his pocket, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. He told the clerk he would shoot if he did not get $40.


  17. Seffner man dies in crash on I-4 in Plant CityRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 26, 2017 | St. Petersburg Times

    A Seffner man was killed Wednesday night when he lost control of his pickup truck while passing another vehicle and crashing into a guardrail on Interstate 4 in Plant City. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 30-year-old Alberto Martinez was driving a 1994 Chevrolet S-10 westbound on I-4, west of Branch Forbes Road, around 8:30 p.m. when he attempted to pass a 2004 Suzuki on the outside paved shoulder.


  18. Help available for Hillsborough seniors during lonely holiday timesRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 21, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    Five years ago, police found Katherine Fontina lying on the floor of her apartment, afraid and in pain. She had been there three days.


  19. Suspects sought in string of Hillsborough arsonsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 6, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office and multiple local agencies are seeking the public's help in identifying those responsible for setting seven homes on fire in the past month. The first arson occurred Nov. 13 in a vacant home at 7903 Tidewater Trail in the Clair-Mel City area.


  20. Cookson Hills Toy Run perseveres after death of co-founder's 'soul mate'Read the original story w/Photo

    Nov 30, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    Out of the numerous charitable events he and his motorcycle buddies regularly take part in, Jose Ramos ranks the annual Cookson Hills Toy Run at the top of his list of favorites. In fact, Ramos, who serves as president of the Brandon chapter of the Latin American Motorcycle Club, describes it as the most meaningful and heartwarming affair his group has played a part in for the last eight or nine years.


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