Catherine Hawley, FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Catherine Hawley

FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Baltimore, MD, United States

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TPD buys back firearms to help crack down on gun violence in Tampa

The Tampa Police Department is trading cash for guns in an effort to get unwanted weapons off the streets. → Read More

'I commend all of the officers... for their professionalism' Pasco swatting victim tells Twitch audience

Dozens of officers rushed to a home in Pasco County Monday morning. The sheriff’s office surrounded the property and ordered everyone out with their hands up. But it turns out the residents did nothing wrong. The family fell victim to a fake 911 call known as swatting. → Read More

Report: 500 crashes linked to self-driving cars, auto-assist vehicle technology

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released 10-months-worth of crash data involving vehicles using driver-assist technologies, as well as fully autonomous vehicles. It is the first time this information has been released, and there were nearly 500 wrecks reported. → Read More

Florida Panther spotted on security cameras roaming Polk County backyard

A backyard security camera in Polk County captured footage of a Florida panther walking through the neighborhood. → Read More

Meet the 92-year-old woman behind TPA's logo, color-coded zones

Millions of passengers travel through Tampa International Airport every year and folks are able to easily find their way around thanks to Jane Davis Doggett. → Read More

Florida bill requires high school students take financial literacy class

A bill is headed to the governor’s desk that would make a personal finance class mandatory to graduate high school. → Read More

St. Pete man honors beloved dog by creating free roadside pet food pantry

When Mark James lost his beloved dog, Hank, to cancer, he decided to honor him by giving back to pets in need. → Read More

Florida property owners facing homeowner insurance 'crisis,' lawmaker says

It is getting harder and more expensive for property owners to insure their homes here in Florida, especially if your house is over 20-years-old. One state lawmaker says if the issues in the industry are not fixed, we could see serious consequences.For years, Senator Jeff Brandes has been sounding the alarm about Florida’s turbulent property insurance market. He says we are in a crisis, and in a… → Read More

Reigning world champion high school robotics team ready to defend title

In a club about robotics, you might assume robots are the focus. → Read More

Children's Gasparilla Parade will go on, despite record pediatric COVID-19 infections

After taking a year off due to COVID-19, the pirate invasion is back, with the Children's Gasparilla Parade kicking off festivities this weekend. Organizers say they expect an even bigger crowd than year’s past, but the comeback falls in the middle of record case numbers, especially among children, due to the highly contagious omicron variant. → Read More

With COVID cases on the rise, medical experts offer tips as Americans put final touches on travel plans

It is estimated more than 109 million people will be traveling out of town for the holidays starting next week. → Read More

Census Bureau names Lake Wales Florida's population center

A city in Polk County has been named Florida's population center – the heart of the state – by the U.S. Census Bureau. The designation is the result of a geographic population calculation done by the agency every decade to summarize population shifts across the country. → Read More

Mockingbird faces new challengers as Florida state symbol

Florida has a range of state symbols, including the Florida panther, the manatee, the American alligator, and orange juice. But frustration over Florida's state bird is mounting as lawmakers propose ditching the mockingbird for something a little more representative of the Sunshine State's winged population. → Read More

Rate hike coming for TECO, FP&L utility customers

Customers of both TECO and Florida Power & Light will soon be paying more for electricity. → Read More

Federal government to ask for taxes on app transactions over $600

The IRS is cracking down on business owners who use apps like Venmo, Zelle and PayPal to conduct transactions, but do not pay taxes on the income. A new rule will allow the federal government to take a closer look at business transactions on these apps when they are more than $600. → Read More

More travelers purchasing insurance as industry bounces back to pre-pandemic levels

A growing number of people are turning to travel insurance to protect their trip investment and health while away. → Read More

Tampa duo pleads guilty to claiming $1M in unemployment benefits using stolen identities

Unemployment fraud has exploded during the pandemic, with some thieves pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars, including a duo from Tampa who pleaded guilty for using a stranger’s personal information to make fake unemployment claims in multiple states. → Read More

Law requiring panic alert systems in schools goes into effect this year

After 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, her mother championed a law requiring Alyssa's Alert panic button systems in all Florida schools. Starting this school year, they're required across all 67 districts. → Read More

USF needs unvaccinated participants for new study on COVID transmission

If you are not planning to get the COVID-19 vaccine, or just have not gotten around to it yet, researchers at USF Health can use your help. The university is taking part in a nationwide study evaluating infection and transmission of coronavirus in people ages 18 through 29. → Read More

Florida overdose deaths spike 37% during pandemic, CDC data shows

In Florida, preliminary data from the CDC shows the death toll was up about 37% from 2019. The alarming trend is being driven by an increase of the synthetic opioid fentanyl on the streets, and the coronavirus pandemic's impact on substance abuse and addiction. Not everyone received the support they needed. → Read More