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Past articles by Jamel:

Police: Bradenton grandmother purposely gave boy drugs to overdose, faces murder charge

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Bradenton officers found 30-year-old Joel Parks dead at the Carlton Arms Apartments around noon Sunday. His sister discovered his body. The grandson lived here with his grandmother, 87-year-old Lillian Parks, on the weekend, and in a group home during the week, because he could not care for himself. Cops believe […] → Read More

Accused child killer’s mom expected to testify in murder trial

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Testimony resumes Monday morning in the murder trial for the man accused of killing a 9-year-old girl. Granville Ritchie is facing the death penalty if convicted. Ritchie’s mother is still expected to take the stand sometime during the trial. On Friday, jurors heard from the Medical Examiner, a plant expert and […] → Read More

Decorated St. Pete police officer faces child pornography charges

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A decorated St. Pete police officer is facing child pornography charges. Officer Matthew Enhoffer, ‘Medal of Valor’ winner, was arrested Thursday. Enhoffer went before a federal judge yesterday. The judge said Enhoffer is not allowed to use the internet or a smartphone. He also has to wear an ankle monitor. […] → Read More

Former school guardian arrested for pawning service gun, other equipment

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A former School Guardian is under fire for pawning gear issued to him by the sheriff’s office. According to deputies, 37-year-old Erick Russell pawned his gun, magazines and a safety vest. Detectives arrested Russell after it was discovered he pawned his issued firearm and equipment multiple times between July 2 […] → Read More

Woman’s body found in same Brandon home where man was killed in 2013

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The search for clues in the death of a woman found inside a Brandon home. Investigators are trying to figure out what happened. This is not the first time something violent has happened at the same home. Around 10 a.m. Monday morning, the Hillsborough County Sheriffs office responded to a 911 […] → Read More

WATCH LIVE: Opening statements begin in trial of man accused of murdering 9-year-old

CAN’T SEE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE? CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Opening statements start Friday morning in the murder trial for Granville Ritchie. For days, prosecutors and defense attorneys questioned potential jurors. It took four days to seat a jury. There are twelve jurors and three alternates. Ritchie is on trial for […] → Read More

Final shark dragging suspect may accept plea deal

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – One of the men accused of dragging a shark behind a boat in the gulf is expected in court Thursday. A plea deal could be on the table for Robert Benac. If no deal is reached, Benac is scheduled to go on trial next week. Infamous shark dragging video quickly went […] → Read More

Tampa leaders reveal initiative to help first responders on World Suicide Prevention Day

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – In observance of World Suicide Prevention Day, several Bay area leaders will reveal a new initiative Tuesday to help curb suicides among first responders in the Tampa Bay area. The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire […] → Read More

Orlando International Airport to reopen at noon

ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) – After ceasing commercial operations early Tuesday, Orlando International Airport will be back open for business Wednesday at noon. Airport officials said noon was determined to be the earliest time Orlando International Airport could reasonably resume normal operations. Air carriers will begin phasing of flight operations beginning later this afternoon. The airport […] → Read More

Bahamas fisherman lost everything in hurricane, including his wife

(CNN) – A Hurricane Dorian survivor is giving a dramatic account of what happened after the storm trapped him inside of his home. Howard Armstrong says his wife drowned right in front of his eyes after the water gushed in, and that it was sheer luck that he stayed alive. “It came over the roof, […] → Read More

Pasco neighborhood worried about depressions as Dorian inches closer to Florida

HUDSON, Fla. (WFLA) – Homeowners in a Pasco County community are on edge if Hurricane Dorian brings heavy downpours to their neighborhood. Three dozen depressions could expand further with more rain. Holes opened up two weeks ago around and near a retention pond in Lakeside Woodlands. County crews closed a portion of Willow Brook Court, […] → Read More

Convicted murderer John Jonchuck back in court as attorneys motion for new trial

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – John Jonchuck, the man convicted of murdering his daughter, Phoebe Jonchuck, will be back in a Pinellas County courtroom Tuesday morning. His attorneys want a new trial. Jonchuck was sentenced to life in prison four months ago. His attorneys claim Jonchuck was treated unfairly during his original murder trial. Monday’s […] → Read More

Jury could deliberate Friday in deadly parking lot shooting trial

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A jury could deliberate Friday in the manslaughter trial for Michael Drejka. The prosecution rested it’s case on Thursday. The defense is expected to call several witnesses on Friday, including their own expert on use of force and a psychologists. Yesterday, a forensic specialist was the first witness to testify. […] → Read More

WATCH LIVE: Opening statements underway in Clearwater parking spot shooting death trial

Opening statements begin Wednesday in the Michael Drejka manslaughter case. → Read More

Trial date set for accused Seminole Heights serial killer

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A 2020 trial date has been set for accused Seminole Heights serial killer Howell Donaldson. Donaldson appeared before a Hillsborough County judge Tuesday morning for a disposition hearing. He is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Benjamin Mitchell, Monica Hoffa, Anthony Naiboa and Ronald […] → Read More

Smash and grab thieves steal 27 guns from Clearwater gun shop

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Authorities in Pinellas county need the public’s assistance in identifying several thieves that broke into a gun shop, last Tuesday in Clearwater. The smash and grab happened just before 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. Investigators said a dark-colored Toyota Camry and a Black 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck drove into the […] → Read More

North Port school bus stop moved after parents complain about sex offender

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – District officials are changing the location of a bus stop in North Port, after parents complained it was in front of a home where a sex offender resides. Effective Monday, the new bus stop will be located at the intersection of South Salford Blvd. and Barbary Lane when school starts. […] → Read More

Suspect in deadly carjacking due in court on murder, kidnapping charges

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A suspected carjacker is expected in court Wednesday morning. James Hanson Jr. was booked late Tuesday evening on six felony charges. Pre-Meditated First Degree Murder, Carjacking, Grand Theft Motor Vehicle, Kidnapping, Resisting an Officer with Violence, and Robbery. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office shared new video of Hanson Jr. being booked […] → Read More

Crews battle fire at Trout Creek Park in Thonotosassa

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – One person was treated for minor injuries after a fire at Trout Creek Park in Thonotosassa early Tuesday morning, according to the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. Officials said the fire broke out at a two-story structure in the 12000 block of Morris Bridge Road. Close to a dozen crews arrived around […] → Read More

Anti-gay St. Pete council candidate addresses criminal past, stands by beliefs against homosexuality

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – The controversial candidate running for St. Pete city council, is responding to his recent remarks he’s made about the LGBTQ community and his past that has come to light. Chico Cromartie said he’s here to serve all, whether you agree with him or not on his views about homosexuality. “It’s […] → Read More