Lawmakers Consider Ways To Protect Floridians From Vaccine MandatesFlorida lawmakers will consider multiple proposals during a weeklong session. A major topic of discussion: blocking federal COVID-19 mandates in the state. This would include President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for larger businesses.
Annual Ybor City Tree Lighting Ceremony Happening November 17The Ybor Chamber of Commerce is excited to start the season of celebration with the 11th Annual Ybor City Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from 6 to 8pm at Centro Ybor on 1600 E. 7th Avenue.
International Money Launderer And Cocaine Trafficker Is SentencedU.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew has sentenced Diego Fernando Cardona Lozano (46, Cali, Colombia), also known as “El Doctor” and “Pomada,” to 17 years and 6 months in federal prison for conspiring to import cocaine into the United States and conspiring to commit international money laundering. The court also ordered Cardona Lozano to forfeit approximately $1.4 million, which are traceable to proceeds of the offense. 
Winter the Dolphin Dies In Caregivers Arms At Clearwater AquariumOfficials say she died at about 8 p.m. after several animal care experts from across the country tried to treat a gastrointestinal abnormality.
Hillsborough County Honors Veterans At Veterans Memorial ParkOver 200 flags are standing at Veterans Memorial Park, each representing someone who has served our country.
City Of Tampa Planning To Improve Transit OptionsCity leaders say the trolley and buses that comes through Downtown Tampa could be upgraded, with more ride options, faster transportation and more connections.
Governor DeSantis Promises To Fight Federal Vaccine Mandates“No firefighter, no nurse, nobody should be losing their jobs because of these jabs," said Governor DeSantis.
Venice Man Pleads Guilty For Making Threatening Calls To Members Of CongressA federal jury has found Frank Anthony Pezzuto (73, Venice) guilty of transmitting in interstate commerce three separate threatening communications to injure certain members of Congress. Pezzuto faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.  
Two Sentenced For Health Care FraudU.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington has sentenced Michael Nolan (48, Tampa) and Richard Epstein (29, Aurora, CO) for their roles in a conspiracy to defraud federal health benefit programs, Medicare and the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (“CHAMPVA”). 
Federal Court Orders Tampa Pharmacy To Close In Case Alleging Unlawful Opioid DistributionA federal court in Florida ordered a Tampa-area pharmacy shut down and prohibited two of its employees from ever owning, managing or operating any business where controlled substances are dispensed.
American Airlines Cancellations Impact Tampa International Airport FlightsTwo women say their American Airlines flight to Jacksonville was cancelled on Friday and they ended up missing their niece’s wedding.
WATCH: Ghosts of Ybor City | 5 Part SeriesTune in at 10pm each night Halloween week as reporter Andrea Alvarez brings you interviews revealing the Ghosts of Ybor City.
Florida Man Sentenced For Theft Of Government FundsU.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced Daniel Brooke (49, Winter Haven) to six months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for theft of government funds.
Father And Son Convicted Of Scheme To Transport Minor Child Between Croatia And Florida For Sexual ActivityA federal jury has found Jordan Jysae Pulido (27, Trinity) guilty of enticement and coercion of minor, traveling out of the country to engage in illicit sexual conduct, and transporting a minor into the United States to engage in sexual activity. The jury also found Pulido and his father, Roberto Santana Jimenez (62, Trinity), guilty of conspiracy to transport a minor into the country to engage in sexual activity.
Florida Man Sentenced For Distribution Of DrugsU.S. District Judge Thomas P. Barber has sentenced Ahmad Rashad Weston, a/k/a “Blood,” (42, St. Petersburg) to 17 years and 6 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute 100 grams or more of a drug mixture containing heroin and fentanyl, as well as 500 grams or more of cocaine.