Local Organization Feeds Those In Need For ThanksgivingMetropolitan Ministries says they are serving more meals to people than ever before.
Local Expert Gives COVID-19 Safety Tips For ThanksgivingDr. Thomas Unnasch, a public health professor at the University of South Florida, says “You really need to consider your own situation.”
Tampa International Airport Seeing Record TravelersTampa International Airport is seeing a record number of flyers compared to 2019 and 2020!
Local Family Being Fined For Having Christmas Lights Up EarlyThe Westchase Community Association states between November 7 and Thanksgiving Day, families are not allowed to have holiday decor on their homes.
Fort Myers Man Sentenced For Illegally Possessing A FirearmU.S. District Judge Thomas P. Barber has sentenced Richard James Bassett, Jr. (47, Fort Myers) to 18 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and for violating the conditions of supervised release from a prior federal drug conviction. Bassett had pleaded guilty on July 16, 2021.   
Florida Man Guilty Of Wire FraudStephen M. Alford, 62, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, pled guilty today to one count of wire fraud related to his attempt to illegally obtain $25 million, purportedly in exchange for securing a Presidential Pardon. The plea was announced by Jason R. Coody, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
Man Arrested After Fleeing From Deputies In A Stolen VehicleAt around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2021, PCSO deputies located a stolen vehicle at the Shell gas station (2225 Combee Road S) in unincorporated Lakeland. The vehicle was a silver 2009 Ford F150 reported stolen from Okeechobee County.
Six Arrested In Undercover Child Predator OperationAn undercover operation conducted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of six men for online solicitation of a minor. The investigation ran from November 18-20, 2021. Investigators targeted suspects who use the internet and social media to prey on adolescent children. 
Former Police Officer Sentenced For Attempting To Entice A Minor To Engage In Sexual ActivityU.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Andrew Christian Hammock (48, Boca Raton) to 18 years and 8 months in federal prison for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity and for attempting to produce visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Sarasota Man Arrested For Possession And Transmission Of Child Sexual Abuse MaterialMan Arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office for possession and transmission of child sexual abuse material.
Venice Man Arrested For Possession Of Child Sexual Abuse MaterialVenica man arrested Monday by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office for possession of child sexual abuse material. 
Colombian National Extradited To Face Drug Charges In The United StatesActing United States Attorney Karin Hoppmann announces the unsealing of a 2019 indictment charging Piero Antonio Lubo-Barros, a/k/a “Nostradamus,” (41, Colombia, South America) with conspiracy to distribute large amounts of cocaine knowing and intending it to be imported into the United States. If convicted on all counts, Piero Antonio Lubo-Barros faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. 
Florida Woman Guilty To Producing And Distributing Sexually Explicit Photos Of A ChildAshley Renea Hilligoss (37, Citrus Springs) has pleaded guilty to producing photos depicting a minor child being sexually abused. She faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a potential life term of supervised release. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Man Sentenced For Methamphetamine ChargeJason R. Coody, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida announced the sentencing of Roger Slaughter, 35, of Perry, Florida. Slaughter was sentenced to five years in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release.  Slaughter’s sentence was the result of a guilty plea to one count of possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of actual methamphetamine.
Counseling Center Owner And Provider Sentenced For Medicaid Fraud, Conspiracy, False Statements, And Identity TheftJason R. Coody, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida announced the sentencings of Stephanie Lynn Fleming, 43, and Helen Elizabeth Storey, 39, both of Waldorf, Maryland, and both formerly of Tallahassee, Florida. Fleming was sentenced to a total of three years and one day in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Storey was sentenced to a total of two years and one day in prison followed by three years of supervised release.