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This slide from an internal Hillsborough County's Sheriff's Office report shows the parking lot on Sun City Boulevard where a planned undercover drug buy turned into a robbery and erupted into a shootout between detectives and two suspects. The red rectangle near the Wendy's drive-through window shows where the shootout happened. The Sheriff's Office has amended its policy to try to prevent shootouts in busy public places.Photo from Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Undercover drug buy leads to 58 shots and changes in Hillsborough Sheriff's policies (w/video)

RUSKIN — It was supposed to be a quick undercover cocaine buy in a Wendy's parking lot. Make the transaction, let the seller walk and arrest him later. Then, with the cock of a gun, everything changed. "Just give me the . . . cash," 19-year-old Efren Esparza-Lopez told an undercover Hillsborough Sheriff's Office de …


Putnam campaigning in Destin the other day as part of his 22-city bus tour

Shakeup on Adam Putnam campaign

In a sign of unsteadiness for what  had  looked like a strong-out-of-the-gate Adam Putnam campaign, the Republican frontrunner suddenly fired his campaign manager and political director. Hard-charging Campaign manager Kristin Davis and political director Jared Small were two of the three outsiders to join Putnam's senior political team, along with former National Republican Senatorial Committee Executive Director Ward Baker, who remains with the campaign,...


Kriseman to open campaign office

Mayor Rick Kriseman will open his campaign office Friday with Congresman Charlie Crist in attendance....


Eckerd College

Eckerd grad presses for answers after closure of Program for Experienced Learners

ST. PETERSBURG — It’s not unusual for colleges to end programs or discontinue majors that suffer from low enrollment....