Melanie Michael, WFLA NEWS

Melanie Michael


Gainesville, FL, United States

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Past articles by Melanie:

Bay Area grandmother still missing after 5 years

Citrus County grandmother Carol McHugh vanished without a trace five years ago today in June 2017. → Read More

Parkland survivor says Texas shooting gave him flashbacks

Heartache swept the nation Tuesday when Americans first learned multiple children were killed in Texas, gunned down in their own classrooms. → Read More

‘It was awesome’: Honor Flight veterans return home from first trip in 3 years

Families, friends and veterans welcomed home the first Honor Flight of West Central Florida since 2018. → Read More

8 On Your Side ensures victory for veterans during Honor Flight trips

Tampa Bay Area veterans taking Honor Flight trips to our nation’s capitol will once again receive first-class treatment when they arrive. → Read More

Catalytic converter thefts cost New Port Richey special needs adults

Catalytic converters are not cheap, and they’re not easy to access either since they’re located underneath the bus between the muffler and the engine. → Read More

Florida lawmaker to ban transgender drugs, surgery for minors

Fine said he will introduce the bill in the next legislative session, which is scheduled to start in March 2023. A special session for redistricting is scheduled later this month for April 19-22. → Read More

Publix to end free prescription program this summer

The company announced in a statement to WFLA that it will no longer offer its free prescription program. → Read More

Buccaneers new season ticket buyers to sign up for 2 years

Under a new team policy, the Buccaneers are requiring new season-ticket buyers to sign up for the next two seasons. → Read More

Indian Rocks Beach parking garage discussion leads to war of words

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – A big debate is brewing in Indian Rocks Beach, and it got heated in a hurry. A city council meeting Tuesday night was standing room only. The mayor of Indian Rocks Beach stopped the meeting multiple times, asking the citizens in the crowd to respect one another. “Hey! Hey, […] → Read More

How you can help Tampa Bay area organizations support Ukrainians

Ariana and her sister Natalia two were overwhelmed with emotion as they shared a message for Russian President Vladimir Putin. → Read More

$100 bet over Tampa Bay Lightning game pays off big for charity

A Twitter bet turned into big money for a good cause. Former Tampa Bay Lightning player Ryan Callahan never expected nearly $20,000 to be raised overnight for his foundation Helping Children with Cancer. → Read More

Alleged hit-and-run Pinellas Park driver turns himself in following deadly October crash

Pinellas Park police said they identified 30-year-old Eric Lavghun Dennis as the hit-and-run suspect from Oct. 14, 2021. → Read More

Why you should you get travel insurance for your holiday trip

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Lori Judd knows a lot about planning vacations. She’s been planning successful trips and getaways for nearly three decades. The longtime, licensed agent with Prestige Travel Vacations says now, more than ever, people should purchase travel insurance when planning a vacation. She says in today’s travel world too many things can […] → Read More

Brian Laundrie’s inner circle could hold key to discovering his whereabouts, former FBI agent says

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — In the weeklong search for Brian Laundrie, the trail remained cold and silent. There was no sign of him, no breaks in the high-profile case. At day’s end, it was another frustrating conclusion. Brian was nowhere to be found. The fiancé of Gabby Petito remains missing, mysteriously vanishing after their cross-country trip, […] → Read More

‘Don’t open the door’: Florida family catches men on camera posing as Duke Energy crew

“Good thing my wife didn't open the door, who knows what would have happened,” homeowner Steve Smith said. → Read More

Florida funeral director buries 2 friends, says no funerals available for weeks due to COVID

Wayne Bright sees COVID-19 in a way most people never will. He says he has 11 funerals scheduled in the next three days. → Read More

Earache could be new primary COVID-19 symptom, according to doctors

This symptom, according to experts, is now being reported more and more by those who end up testing positive. It begs the question, are symptoms changing as the virus changes? → Read More

Clearwater home catches fire after getting hit by lightning for the fourth time

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) — A Clearwater home caught fire Tuesday night after the homeowners said it was struck by lightning for the fourth time. The fire is said to have started at the attic before spreading to the back of the house. The neighborhood saw nonstop lightning all Tuesday night, something they’ve gotten used to […] → Read More

‘It was a blur; he flew by:’ Witnesses say pool guy plowed into home, nearly killing elderly couple inside

REDINGTON BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) — A man crashed his car into a home on Bath Club Drive Tuesday afternoon, with witnesses saying he nearly killed the occupants inside. The elderly couple living inside the home was watching television in the next room when a pool maintenance man, according to witnesses, plowed into the home. “He […] → Read More

‘Triple threat’: Red tide, COVID-19, bronchitis outbreak hit Tampa Bay in first-of-its-kind scenario, doctors say

For the first time in its history, Tampa Bay is experiencing a unique and unprecedented combination of respiratory illnesses, and people are getting sick across all counties. → Read More