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Tuesday, September 12th, 2017


Hillsborough Deputies Investigate Double Homicide

Hillsborough Sheriff Car | Public Safety | Law Enforcement

Their bodies were found at a gas station, Hillsborough deputies said.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Deputies are investigating a double homicide that was discovered this morning (Sept. 12) at a local gas station.

The men were identified as Dremaine Vashaun Johnson, 24, of Tampa, and James J. Nicholas, 23, also of Tampa.

Their bodies were found early this morning near the gas pumps at the Chevron stateion, 7710 Madison Ave., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. No other information was immediately available.

The investigation is continuing.



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Dremaine Vashaun Johnson

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James J Nicholas

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Men Use Stolen Truck to Crash into Tampa Store

Crime | Hillsborough Sheriff | Teresa's Food Store

Hillsborough sheriff’s deputies are searching for the men who stolen numerous items after the crash.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Four men used a stolen truck to crash into a store so they could steal items, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

The incident happened about 10:39 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 10) at Teresa’s Food Mart, 11723 N 15 St. Deputies said a four-door white Ford F150 was backed into the front of the store. Four men got out of the truck, entered the store and stole numerous items.

The vehicle sustained significant rear end damage. A truck matching the suspects’ vehicle had been stolen earlier on Sunday.

Anyone with any information reference these suspects is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of these suspects and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at or send a mobile tip using the department’s P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

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Hurricane Recovery: Clearwater

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Lifeguards began patrolling Clearwater Beach again at 9:30 a.m.

CLEARWATER – Here are updates from the city of Clearwater as officials work to clean up after Hurricane Irma:

*City offices and facilities are open today (Sept. 12). The Long Center is the only recreation center opened to the public today.

* Clearwater Police would like to remind motorists of traffic laws when it comes to traffic lights not functioning. If you approach an intersection and the traffic signal is not working, treat
that as a four-way stop. When approaching flashing “yellow” lights, reduce speed and proceed with caution.

* Clearwater Beach lifeguards began patrolling the beach again beginning at 9:30 a.m.

* Pier 60 remains closed because of some minor damage.

* Clearwater Fire has provided some tips to prevent a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning when using a generator:

^Never run a generator in an enclosed space or indoors
^Don’t run a portable generator in the rain
^Before refueling, turn off a gasoline-powered generator and let it cool
^Stock up on extra gasoline and store it properly
^Avoid electrical hazards. If you must use an extension cord, it should be a heavy-duty one for outdoor use
^Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include a flushed face, difficulty breathing, a rapid pulse and even headaches. If you experience these symptoms seek fresh air immediately and call 9-1-1.

* Those who are normally scheduled for Monday’s trash and recycling pick up will have their trash and recycling picked up today. Those scheduled for a Tuesday pick up should plan to have their trash and recycling out for pick up on Wednesday (Sept. 13). Thursday and Friday pick-up services will be on their regular schedule.

* City officials are asking people to please not put debris into the roadways. Residents should stack the debris along the curb, away from storm sewers and solid waste will pick it up as soon as they are able.

*For trees down in city right of ways, citizens should call (727) 562-4800 or email

*Water Services

The water is safe to drink. Clearwater is using 100 percent Pinellas County water. The city’s water plants are down.
Clearwater reclaimed water is not on. The city is restoring the system, and will let residents know when the system is up and running.
Residents should minimize any water usage that goes into the drain or toilet. This will help minimize stress on the sewer system.
A lot of the city’s lift stations are down because of the Duke Energy power outages. If you notice a lift station that is not functioning problem, please call the 24-hour dispatch at (727) 462-6633.
Minimize your use of water. You can use it, but try to keep it to a minimum.
Please do not flush personal wipes or other hygiene products down the toilet.

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Port Richey Man Dies in Single-Car Crash

Police | Law Enforcement | Public Safety

His car left the road and traveled through two yards before hitting a tree.

PASCO COUNTY – A Port Richey man died Sunday (Sept. 10) in a single-car crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Mart Louis Daniels, 69, died at the scene.

The crash happened about 10:20 p.m. at 7201 Johnson Road, west of Rampart Lane. Troopers said Mr. Daniels, who was driving a 2013 Hyundai Veloster, was headed west on Johnson Road when, for unknown reason, the car left the road.

The Hyundai traveled onto the north shoulder of the road, and continued into the back yard of a residence to the west of 7201 Johnson Road. It collided with a chain link fence and continued into the front yard of 7201 Johnson Road and came to a rest by colliding with a tree.

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St. Pete Police Accuse Man of Stealing from Evacuated Home

David Christopher Love | St Petersburg Police | Arrests

A neighbor called officers.

ST. PETERSBURG – A Clearwater man has been accused of breaking into an evacuated home, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.

David Christopher Love, 21, was charged with one count each of burglary to an occupied dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also had a warrant out for violation of probation for a previous, unrelated charge of burglary.

Police said a vigilant neighbor called to report a suspicious man at a neighboring home on 15th Street North at about 12:40 p.m. Monday (Sept. 11). The caller told police his neighbors had boarded up the home and evacuated because of Hurricane Irma.

Officers said they caught Love at the scene with stolen property. He broke in through back door, but was unable to get into the main home.

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St. Pete Police Warn of Driving Dangers after Irma

Traffic Signals | Driving | Traffic

The St. Petersburg Police Department has called in 200 traffic control officers to help while signals are out.

ST. PETERSBURG – Power outages to traffic signals have created dangerous road conditions as more residents return to the city and their homes, St. Petersburg police said.

The city had dozens of traffic signals out of service along all of the major north-south roadways as of late Monday (Sept. 11). The St. Petersburg Police Department says there’s no indication when power will be restored to the lights.

Because of the high number of Police Officers required to man the numerous intersections, the St. Petersburg Police Department will resume 12 hour emergency shifts. The St. Petersburg Emergency Operations Center has asked for 200 traffic control officers to help direct traffic in the intersections.

Police recommend that drivers:

*treat flashing traffic signals as 4-way stop signs
*proceed slowly through intersections
*heed the instructions of officers directing traffic

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Tampa Man, Using Chainsaw, Dies in Accident

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He was cutting branches in a tree at a neighboring home.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A man died Monday (Sept. 11) when a chainsaw he was using kicked up and cut him, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

Wilfredo Hernandez, 55, of Tampa, died at the scene.

Paramedics were called to Town N Country Boulvard about 5:41 p.m. because of an accidental injury. Mr. Hernandez, who lived nearby, was using a chainsaw in a tree, dropping branches he was cutting. Deputies said a branch became entangled with the chainsaw, which kicked up and cut Mr. Hernandez in his carotid artery.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue used a harness to lower him from the tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Hurricane Recovery Information: Pinellas County

Hurricane Irma | Weather | Tropical Storm

Pinellas County’s Citizen Information Center closed Monday at 10 p.m. and will resume operation from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. today.

PINELLAS COUNTY – Emergency management officials and partners are well into the response and recovery phase following Hurricane Irma and first responders, including Pinellas County staff and other partners continue working to restore services throughout the community.

Public works crews completed initial road clearing and will begin a second phase over the next several days to remove storm debris from rights of way. All county-maintained bridges have been inspected and are open.

The Pinellas County Utilities potable water system is safe and there is no need to boil water.

Duke Energy is working with the county to restore power on a priority basis to sewer pump stations. As this work continues, residents are reminded to limit water usage by remembering the following steps:

*Do not pour water down the drain.
*Avoid doing loads of laundry or running the dishwasher
*Limit flushing toilets when possible.

Additionally as traffic signals continue experiencing outages, drivers are reminded to treat intersections with non-working lights as a four-way stop.

Two public shelters remain open, displaced residents can take refuge at Ross Norton Recreation Center,  1426 S MLK. Jr Ave., Clearwater,  or John Sexton Elementary School, 1997 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

Two shelters also remain open for residents with special needs, they are located at John Hopkins Middle School, 701 16th St. S, St. Petersburg, and Oak Grove Middle School, 1370 S Belcher Road, Clearwater.

Pinellas County government offices and parks will remain closed today (Sept. 12) because of Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. The St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport will return to its normal operations today. Call your airline for specific flight updates. The Solid Waste facility will resume normal business hours at 6 a.m. today.

County parks, preserves and Heritage Village will reopen Saturday (Sept. 16).

The county’s Citizen Information Center closed at 10 p.m. Monday (Sept. 11) and will resume operation from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. today. Residents can call that line with questions at (727) 464-4333.

All Pinellas County residents are urged to get updates on Irma recovery efforts by checking local media outlets and the county website,, and county social media accounts; search hashtag #PinellasIrma.

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Hurricane Recovery Information from Largo

Largo | Largo City Hall | City Hall

The Largo commission will meet today (Sept. 12) as scheduled, but in a different location. The Largo City Hall will reopen Wednesday (Sept. 13) but the city’s emergency operations center remains open to help reisdents. Normal city activity will not return until power is restored.

LARGO – This city’s emergency operations center remained fully activated and was coordinating post-storm recovery efforts early this morning (Sept. 12).

City officials also provided storm updates and other information residents might find helpful.

Storm Updates as of 12 a.m.:

70 percent Pinellas County is without power
Check power status on
Normal city activity will not return until power is restored
Minimize flushing toilets or water down the drain to prevent sewer backup and overflows
Pinellas County Sheriff is now allowing re-entry into the county
Largo Citizen Information Center will reopen today from 8 a.m. until 5p.m.
Largo businesses that can assist in meeting the needs of the community post storm should call (727)588-1603 or email

Largo City Facility Closures and Schedule Changes:

City Commission work session scheduled for 4 p.m. today will be moved to the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, and will focus on the city’s effort in regards to Hurricane Irma
Local business partners including: WaWa, Starbucks, Amish Country Store, Walmart and others will be recognized at the work session
City Hall will remain closed until 8 a.m. Wednesday (Sep 13)
City facilities including the Largo Public Library and Recreation facilities will remained closed until Wednesday

Solid Waste Collection Changes

Solid waste collection staff has been diverted for debris removal and storm recovery. The following changes are in effect:
Residential garbage collection will resume Thursday (Sept. 14) for regular Thursday and Friday routes
Recycling collection will resume Thursday for regular Thursday and Friday routes
Commercial collection will resume today
Bulk collection will resume Thursday for regular Thursday and Friday routes

Repairs and Permitting

City staff can not enter private property to assist with tree removal
Businesses in Largo that sustained damage may report it to the Largo Business & Industry Assessment team at (727) 588-1603 starting today
Largo’s Building Division is prepared to issue repair permits in the field when possible
In affected areas, tree removal and residential fence repair permits will be waived
Commercial fence repair may need a permit and will be determined case by case
Commercial and residential “total” fence replacement will require a permit

Safety Notice

Treat intersections with inoperable traffic lights as a four-way stop
Refrain from moving residents with special needs back into their homes until their homes are deemed safe
Place debris in separate piles within 10 feet of the curb
Notify friends and family that you are safe via text or social media
Be on the look out for downed power lines and debris
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters
Be aware flood waters may be electrically charged
Photograph and document all damage to your property in order to help in filing an insurance claim
Prevent further damage to your property. For example, place a tarp on damaged roofs. Insurance may not cover additional damage occurring after the storm
Download the FEMA App at

Stay Connected

Largo Citizen Information Center can be reached by calling (727) 587-6789
Pinellas County Citizen Information Center can be reached by calling (727) 464-4333
Hashtag #PinellasIrma has been assigned for any social media updates

As always, residents should stay tuned for weather updates through weather alert radios and local media outlets. The city of Largo will be posting city specific information and updates on and social media when available.

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