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Marco Villarreal


Tampa, FL, United States

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Past articles by Marco:

Fallen St. Pete Marine returns home before funeral

A family is mourning the loss of their son after he died in the service of his country. As hard as it is to have to bury your own child, a Tampa Bay family is feeling the love and support from a grateful community. → Read More

Lab at Tampa General Hospital tracking spread of COVID-19 variants

A clinical and research lab inside Tampa General Hospital has been testing viruses found in patients and identifying which variant is showing up. → Read More

St. Pete police crackdown on dangerous roads in effort to save lives

St. Petersburg Police kicked off a campaign to save lives on some of the city’s most dangerous roads. The city is already reporting more people killed in traffic accidents compared to last year. → Read More

Winter Village opens in downtown Tampa

You can call the first night of Winter Village a success. 8 On Your Side saw so many smiles, and it’s not just the people who come out here that smile, but the local economy as well. → Read More

Swoop Airlines brings Canadians and business to Tampa Bay area economy

The first Swoop plane landed at St. Pete International Airport Friday, bringing Canadians to the Bay Area. → Read More

High-rise hotels in Siesta Key? Public can comment on proposals Wednesday

The public will get a chance to share their thoughts on the future of big hotels on Siesta Key. The proposed resolution is dividing people who live in the area and developers. → Read More

High-rise hotel proposal on Siesta Key passed

The public will get a chance to share their thoughts on the future of big hotels on Siesta Key. The proposed resolution is dividing people who live in the area and developers. → Read More

Why are some street lights in Tampa tinted purple? TECO explains

Walking down the street, you’ll notice there’s something off. One light looks normal, the other is purple or blue. → Read More

LIVE: Lakeland’s annual swan roundup gets underway at Lake Morton

It’s time for the annual swan round up in Lakeland. Lake Morton is home to dozens of swans, and like the rest of us, it’s time for our yearly health check up. → Read More

Tallest residential building on Florida’s Gulf Coast coming to St. Pete

The Residences at 400 Central will house over 300 condos with nine different floor plans. Some will be penthouses, others will be two-story condos. The building boasts views of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, depending on which side of the building one lives on. There will even be a pool, putting green, bocce court, outdoor kitchen, dog walking area. → Read More

Hillsborough schools to relax mask rules, hope to avoid penalty from state

Hillsborough County Schools decided to soften its mask rules for students. → Read More

Brian Laundrie update: Gabby Petito talks about fight with fiancé in newly-released body cam video from Utah

We're learning more information about the fight between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie in Utah. → Read More

LIVE Brian Laundrie search update: FBI agents enter Laundrie family’s North Port home

The FBI is now analyzing two new pieces of evidence as they search for Brian Laundrie, the person of interest in the death of his fiancée Gabby Petito. → Read More

Brian Laundrie search: 2 new pieces of evidence come to light

In the Gabby Petito case, the FBI is now analyzing two new pieces of evidence in its search for Brian Laundrie. → Read More

Brian Laundrie search continues Tuesday, Petito’s family to address media

As authorities scale back the search for Brian Laundrie, the two families involved in the case are addressing the media this week. → Read More

Facebook puts Instagram for kids on hold after pushback

Instagram is putting a hold on the development of Instagram kids, geared towards children under 13, so it can address concerns about access and content. → Read More

Search for Brian Laundrie to be ‘scaled back and targeted,’ police say

The FBI is now leading the search for Brian Laundrie, the missing fiancée of Gabby Petito. A reward for information leading to his whereabouts is up to $30,000. → Read More

Brian Laundrie manhunt: Search picks up at Carlton Reserve after FBI issues arrest warrant for Gabby Petito’s fiancé

An arrest warrant is issued for Brian Laundrie, the fiancé of Gabby Petito, but the warrant is not connected to what happened to Gabby, rather what happened after her death. → Read More

Police removed van linked to missing YouTuber from fiancé’s North Port home, neighbor says

The family of a missing North Port woman has appealed to the public for help in finding their daughter who went missing on a cross-country trip with her fiancé who returned home without her. → Read More

Hillsborough County deputies to ramp up enforcement in areas with most serious traffic crashes

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is ramping up efforts to make roadways safer in Tampa Bay. → Read More