Aaron Mesmer, FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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Recent articles by Aaron:

Flight delays, cancellations could be a taste of what's to come this summer

After more than 3,200 flights were canceled over the weekend, leaving thousands of travelers stranded, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the federal government could potentially impose fines on airlines that fall short of consumer protection standards. → Read More

Hillsborough emergency officials urge residents to prepare for Hurricane Season

Hillsborough County emergency managers urged the public to start preparing for hurricane season Wednesday, which is less than two weeks away. Officials said evacuation zones are expected to change in the coming days or weeks and the most important thing residents can do is regularly check the county's website for an updated map. → Read More

Hillsborough County deputy nearly hit by driver who violated state's 'Move-Over Law'

Video recorded by Deputy Charles Williams' body camera shows him walking back to his patrol vehicle after finishing a traffic stop on Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz earlier this month. As he got to the vehicle, a white Mercedes can be seen coming within a few inches of Deputy Williams, then clipping the front of his car. → Read More

Deputies searching for attempted sexual assault suspect who used stun gun on victim

Hillsborough County deputies are searching for a man who used a stun gun on a woman returning home after a trip to the grocery store and tried to rape her. → Read More

Hillsborough Public Schools reaches 'tentative' agreement on teacher contracts

Tensions ran high Monday between Hillsborough County teachers and the school district as the two sides sat down to tried to hammer out a new contract. Late Monday evening, the county announced it had reached a tentative agreement, but teachers were already planning ways to take a stand in case talks fell through. → Read More

Tampa police: Two deadly shootings appear to be related

There was a deadly shooting at Silver Oaks Apartments in June of 2021. Two months later, 4-year-old Suni Bell was shot in killed while riding in a car nearby. Now, residents are again on edge after a pair of fatal shootings that police believe are connected. → Read More

Family, Citrus High community struggles with sudden loss of standout student-athlete

Hours before his death, 16-year-old Antonio Hick drove his new car to school for the first time. The car has now become a small memorial, covered with flowers. The football team's helmets also have a tribute, an angel with the number 56, which Antonio wore on his jersey. → Read More

How Brian Laundrie's behavior could provide clues about his disappearance

It's the question on everyone's mind: is Brian Laundrie alive or dead? It's impossible to know right now but a renowned psychiatrist believes there are some clues in Laundrie's behavior that may get us closer to the answer. → Read More

Tampa pediatric nurse, mother of 3, dies from COVID-19

Nikki Bass' life revolved around children; her three girls -- Ally, Sierra and Hannah – and the children she treated at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. She wasn't vaccinated and contracted COVID-19 as pediatric cases surged in her hospital. Now, at 38, she's gone and her family is left to pick up the pieces. → Read More

‘He’s a miracle’: Pregnant woman grateful baby is healthy after being admitted to ICU for COVID-19

The CDC released new guidance for pregnant women this week, urging them to get vaccinated for COVID-19. → Read More

Hillsborough County Schools superintendent signals no changes in school mask policy

The debate over masks in schools heated up at the Hillsborough County School Board meeting Tuesday, as COVID-19 surges across the country, but Superintendent Addison Davis indicated, due to the governor's threat, he does not plan to change the current plan to make masks optional during the upcoming school year. → Read More

'I truly believe God placed me here': Teens save man, dogs after car crashes into Lutz pond

When Mike Poole crashed his car into a Lutz pond Wednesday, two teenage good Samaritans jumped in and pulled him and his dogs to safety. → Read More

Tampa bars penalized for violating COVID-19 safety measures; more hearings to come

Tangra nightclub and Ybor Cigars Plus will both have to shut down for three days next week following what code enforcement officers said were repeated violations, including unmasked patrons crowded inside the establishments. → Read More

For second day, chaos and confusion at Tampa COVID-19 vaccine site

A state Health Department spokesperson says the vaccination card given to seniors at their first appointment includes a reminder to come back for a second dose on a certain date -- yesterday or today. But they didn't tell people they needed to go online and book a specific time, too. → Read More

Is your NFL gear real? Officials warn of fake merchandise as Super Bowl draws near

Local and federal authorities warned football fans Wednesday to look out for counterfeit NFL merchandise. → Read More

Doctors: Ending the pandemic requires masks, social distancing and a vaccine

The masks, the social distancing, the daily drumbeat of new infections; could this all be over by the end of April? One of the University of South Florida’s leading experts on the virus says it could, but it all depends on how everyone handles the next four months. → Read More

Expert: Bay Area should 'crush' COVID-19 by April, thanks to vaccine and safety measures

A USF epidemiologist and leading infectious disease expert told Hillsborough County Commissioners Wednesday that, with the arrival of a vaccine, the community could be clear of COVID-19 in April. → Read More

'Items unrelated to drug investigation' found at home of convicted serial killer in Hernando County

An investigation into a possible meth lab in Hernando County brings back nervous feelings for longtime residents of Roundup Lane. → Read More

Job cuts coming to Hillsborough public schools, superintendent says

While it has not been announced publicly which of the 250 Hillsborough County public schools are about to see the impacts of job cuts, the district's superintendent announced late Wednesday that some temporary teachers will lose their jobs, with some permanent teachers getting reassigned. → Read More

Is Tom Brady on verge on buying $7.5 million Clearwater mansion?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Tom Brady might be on the move, according to a TMZ report released Thursday. → Read More