Friday, November 24, 2017
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Top 5 at noon: Police say shooting death of Tampa man is likely fourth in Seminole Heights killings; principal at Coleman Middle School, wife arrested on child abuse charge; and more

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POLICE SAY SHOOTING DEATH OF TAMPA MAN IS LIKELY FOURTH IN SEMINOLE HEIGHTS KILLINGS

A 60-year-old man was shot and killed before dawn this morning in Seminole Heights, the fourth victim in a series of killings in the neighborhood that started last month, Tampa police said. The victim was identified as Ronald Felton, 60, of Tampa, an unemployed construction worker who volunteered several times a week at a food bank near the shooting scene. Police Chief Brian Dugan said police received reports of shots fired at 4:51 a.m. near Nebraska Avenue and E McBerry Street. Investigators believe the shooting is connected to the three previous slayings in Southeast Seminole Heights.

PRINCIPAL AT COLEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL, WIFE ARRESTED ON CHILD ABUSE CHARGE

The principal at Coleman Middle School in Tampa and his wife, a teacher at Plant High School, have been arrested on a charge of child abuse. Michael Lynn Hoskinson, 53, was arrested about 9 p.m. Monday at his home in the 3200 block of W Wallcraft Ave, according to jail records. Kimberly Hoskinson, 49, was arrested about 4 p.m. Monday at the Tampa Police Department. The booking record indicates the arrests involve domestic violence.

HILLSBOROUGH TEACHERS PLAN SCHOOL BOARD PROTEST TODAY

Today is the last time the Hillsborough County School Board will gather before the Thanksgiving break, but the usual pre-holiday vibe may be muted in a district that has fallen on anxious times. Hundreds of teachers are expected to show up in protest over an ongoing pay dispute. Members of the teachers union voted last week to "work the contract" the week after Thanksgiving, meaning they will not perform tasks such as grading papers that they often complete on their own time. The meeting also follows demonstrations last week by hundreds of Hillsborough high school students who said they stood in solidarity with the teachers.

TRUMP JR.’S WIKILEAKS EXCHANGE ADDS INTRIGUE TO RUSSIA PROBE

President Donald Trump’s oldest son released a series of private Twitter exchanges between himself and WikiLeaks during and after the 2016 election, including pleas from the website to publicize its leaks. Donald Trump Jr.’s release of the messages on Twitter came hours after The Atlantic first reported them Monday. In the exchanges — some of them around the time that the website was releasing the stolen emails from Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman — WikiLeaks praises his father’s positive comments about WikiLeaks and asks Trump Jr. to release his father’s tax returns to the site. The revelations are sure to increase calls in Congress to have Trump Jr. testify publicly as part of several committee probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election. And they add a new element to the investigations that have been probing for months whether Trump’s campaign colluded in any way with the Russian government.

NATION’S FIRST CRYSTAL LAGOON TO OPEN IN SPRING 2018 IN WESLEY CHAPEL

Spring break could mean a new state-of-the-art water amenity for swimmers, paddle boarders and sunbathers in central Pasco County. The nation’s first Crystal Lagoon is scheduled to open in early spring 2018 in the Epperson Ranch development in Wesley Chapel, Metro Development announced this morning. The revelation came as Metro officials began filling the 7.5-acre man-made lagoon with the first of 15 million gallons of water that will be contained in the pool measuring more than six football fields long and four-fifths of a mile around.

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Published: 11/23/17
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Published: 11/23/17

Update: Mother, toddler hit by car in critical condition at TGH

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