Chris Hegarty, FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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Past articles by Chris:

Motorcyclist shot while riding down street in Tampa

A police spokesman said investigators do not believe the shooting was random, and witnesses are cooperating with detectives. → Read More

Newer, better I-275 set for Saturday morning

The narrow, asphalt roller coaster ride otherwise known as Interstate 275 in Tampa is getting some big changes overnight. Saturday morning, the road will look and feel completely different. → Read More

Special oxygen masks save family's cats

Smoke and flames filled a Manatee county duplex Thursday afternoon. Their most prized possessions -- two cats and a litter of kittens -- also escaped thanks to the quick action of firefighters. → Read More

Police: prison inmate orchestrated murder from behind bars

Allen Usher, 82, was shot and killed during a robbery at the Southgate Mobile Home Park on U.S. 19 in January. Police arrested four men, and now they say the half-sister of one of those men planned... → Read More

Banks spend billions to fend off 'non-stop' cyberhacking attempts

Banks say they are the target of relentless hack attacks – a continuing assault that is reminiscent of the Old West. → Read More

Fatal crash blocks I-275 lanes in St. Petersburg

All southbound lanes are blocked near 62nd Avenue North. → Read More

Photos: Victorian Christmas wonderland at Plant museum

If all the hustle and bustle of last-minute Christmas shopping has you stressed, here's one place where you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere of Christmas past. → Read More

Court rejects Gov. Scott appeal on welfare drug tests

A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration to reinstate a law that would require welfare benefits applicants to submit to mandatory drug testing. → Read More

Gov. Scott delays debate due to Crist's fan, moderator says

The Florida gubernatorial debate got off to a bizarre start when the live broadcast began with neither candidate onstage, and an announcement the neither would be participating -- apparently all because of a small fan at Charlie Crist's feet.<br/> → Read More

Judd, Morgan clash over access to medical marijuana in FOX 13 debate

Patients' access and trust in doctors versus flawed legislation and fraud -- those were the main concerns that emerged as attorney John Morgan and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd debated the issue Monday night on FOX 13. <b>INSIDE: </b>Link to watch the entire debate on our YouTube channel.<br/> → Read More

Police: thieves tricked their way into resident's home

<p>Investigators say a woman carrying a child knocked on the man’s door, and appeared to be frightened. They say when he opened the door, two men pushed their way in, slammed him to the floor and starting ransacking his house.</p><br/> → Read More

The ducking, dodging Florida governor

This week, Governor Scott has been mocked and ridiculed by the national media for dodging simple questions -- but the governor has been ducking important questions for years.<br/> → Read More

First Chikungunya cases acquired in the U.S. reported in Florida

Health officials say the first Chikungunya case acquired in the United States has been reported in Florida, but did not say where. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the case was reported Thursday in Florida in a man who had not recently traveled outside the United States. → Read More

St. Petersburg company wants to customize your deliveries

Same-day delivery sounds convenient, but a company in Pinellas County wants to take it even further than that. Jagged Peak is working on the framework to allow consumers to schedule their deliveries, right down to the specific time of day.<br/> → Read More

Tampa teen, beaten and jailed in Israel, returns home

A 15-year-old teenager from Tampa who garnered international attention after his beating by Israeli police officers was caught on video returned to Tampa Wednesday night. Family and friends of Tariq Khdeir cheered and hugged the teen as he made his way through a crowd of media just after getting off the plane. → Read More

Davin Joseph looks back, stands behind former coach Greg Schiano

After eight seasons, former first round pick Davin Joseph is getting ready to head north to play with the St. Louis Rams. He leaves with many insights on what went wrong for the team last season, and says it was not all former coach Greg Schiano's fault.<br/> → Read More

Missing teen may be with sex offender, authorities say

The sheriff's office says Ashley Lyon left her home in Valrico around 4 p.m. Wednesday and hasn’t been seen since. Detectives say she may be with 41-year-old Steven Patrick Myers, a registered sexual offender who lives on Dormandy Road in Plant City.<br/><br/> → Read More

St. Pete mayor signs marriage equality pledge

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is joining more than 400 mayors from nearly 40 states and Washington D.C. who have signed the "Freedom to Marry" pledge.<br/> → Read More

No place does storms clouds rolling in like Florida

You know it's summer in Florida when one part of the sky is clear and sunny, and another part is filled with heavy, dark blue-gray clouds. Thanks to our viewers who sent in several photos capturing the contrast -- we've featured some of them in the photo gallery above. → Read More

Hero dog bitten by rattlesnake

It was nothing that Candy Sappington ever expected to happen, and something that sends a chill up her spine whenever she thinks about it. Sappington was walking down the front steps of her house in Lake Wales earlier this week, when her normally calm dog Maisy lunged past her and was bitten by a six-foot diamond back rattle snake. Sappington is convinced Maisy pushed her out of the way to protect… → Read More