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Tampa, FL, United States

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Past articles by Mark:

Hillsborough foster kids no longer living in cars

Foster children in Hillsborough County no longer live a gas station parking lot like they did when 8 On Your Side started investigating in January—but they still sleep in offices → Read More

Notorious Tampa Bay killer dies in prison

The man convicted in one of Tampa Bay’s most notorious murder cases has died in prison. → Read More

Palm Harbor water bill stuns homeowners

Palm Harbor homeowners Gordon and Sue Wysocki are frugal with their home water use—about two or three thousand gallons a month. So imagine their shock when a bill arrived for 91,000 gallons of water use over a two month period. “The bill is ten times what it should have been,” Gordon Wysocki said. → Read More

St. Pete lawyer sues Kids Wish Network for alleged fraud

The Pasco County-based charity Kids Wish Network, once named by several media organizations as the "worst charity in America," is now facing a lawsuit alleging fraud. → Read More

Winter Garden Massage Envy target of lawsuit alleging sexual assault by massage therapist

Massage Envy is the target of yet another lawsuit involving allegations of sexual assault by a massage therapist. → Read More

World cruise for cancer research about to begin in St.Pete

Sometime in Mid-December Sailor’s Wharf owner Jopie Helsen, his girlfriend Heidi Trilsch and as many as six other crew members will set sail from St. Petersburg in a 57 foot ocean going yacht named Sky bound for a round the world cruise to benefit cancer research through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. → Read More

Pasco ousts PACE home lender over disclosure

The Pasco County Commission on Tuesday canceled a contract with the Florida PACE Funding Agency after a dispute over consumer disclosures. → Read More

Customers complain Pasco pool company is underwater

Pasco County customers of Real Rock Pools who’ve waited up to half a year for completion of their backyard pool projects are wondering if or when that will ever happen. → Read More

Look up! Tampa crosswalks become dangerous with distracted pedestrians

“Being on your phone is regular thing in public we don't really socialize anymore." → Read More

Distracted walkers may be leading cause of pedestrian injuries

The next time you’re walking across a busy street in Tampa look around and see how many pedestrians are fixated on their cell phones instead of traffic. → Read More

Pinellas charter school racketeer gets 20 years in prison

Marcus May, who arguably deserves the title  ‘Godfather’ of Florida charter school fraud is heading to prison after stealing millions from taxpayers and forcing the closure of Windsor Prep and other charter schools in Pinellas, Tampa and four other public school districts from Miami to Pensacola. → Read More

Hillsborough foster kids still sleeping in offices

One year after an anonymous tipster first told 8 On Your Side that foster kids were sleeping in cars in a gas station parking lot, some of then are still sleeping in foster care offices in Hillsborough County. → Read More

Tree that landed on New Tampa house sparks dispute

Hillsborough tree trimmer in dispute with homeowner over tree that fell on house. → Read More

Hospitals hotbeds of criminal behavior across Tampa Bay area

Hospitals are supposed to be sanctuaries for the sick, but all too often they are also hotbeds of criminal behavior across Tampa Bay. Records show police respond to calls at area hospitals as often as seven times a day. → Read More

Pasco Tax Collector imposter sending bogus political robo-texts in state Senate race

There’s a political imposter posing as Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano, stirring up voters with fake candidate endorsements. “I was shocked to hear this,” Fasano tells 8 On Your Side. → Read More

Dad served kids alcohol, held them captive at daughter's Sweet 16, sheriff says

An alcohol-fueled sweet 16 party in Clearwater turns terribly sour early Sunday when the adult host landed in jail for false imprisonment, contributing to the delinquency of minors and resisting arrest. → Read More

Pinellas Sweet 16 party turns sour with dad accused holding kids captive

An alcohol-fueled sweet 16 party in Clearwater turns terribly sour early Sunday when the adult host landed in jail for false imprisonment, contributing to the delinquency of minors and resisting arrest. → Read More

Sidewalk vigilante can't solve safety problem in Hillsborough neighborhood

Citizens take action to protect pedestrians in danger due to shoddy sidewalks in Hillsborough County. → Read More

Controversial 'stand your ground' lawyer resigns

"Stand Your Ground" defendant Michael Drejka is down to two lawyers defending him for gunning down Markeis McGlockton in a Clearwater convenience store parking lot back in July. → Read More

Ignored sidewalk complaint may cost Hillsborough taxpayers a bundle

A senior citizen who tripped and fell on a defective sidewalk nearly two years ago tells 8 On Your Side she is still waiting for Hillsborough County to acknowledge her broken wrist—much less pick up the cost of her mammoth medical bills. → Read More