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BREAKING: TPD fires homicide detective Eric Houston after a criminal federal investigation.

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Slideshow: Latest from Hillsborough County
  • Detectives are looking for the owner of this gold class ring from 1948, which they said was recovered from a Hillsborough County pawn shop in January.
  • According to authorities, a search for the suspect early Thursday led to a car chase and crash near Midway Road and Charlie Taylor Road in northeast Plant City. The suspect was caught near the Polk-Hillsborough county line. (Photos: Jason Lanning, staff)
  • Officials said a logging truck was hit by a train Wednesday morning at Moriczville Road and Paul Buchman Highway in Plant City. (Photo: Hillsborough County Fire Rescue)
  • The University of South Florida has been named one of the top green schools in the United States by Princeton Review.
  • Berries are fermenting in huge vats in the Keel & Curley Winery, soon to become Blueberry Wine. In addition to wine, patrons can enjoy beer, picking fresh blueberries and dozens of vendors with various blueberry-inspired dishes. (Photo: Bobby Collins, staff)
  • Actor Shahid Kapoor signed autographs for fans at Tampa International Airport after arriving in town for the International Indian Film Academy awards.
  • In an attempt to protect students near a busy stretch of Hillsborough Ave that has had deadly pedestrian accidents, a shuttle service debuted Monday.
  • Col. Parker Schenecker talked about the importance of supporting high school students during the Calyx Schenecker Art Infinitum. The competition is named for Schenecker's daughter, who was killed in 2011.
  • A couple and their four children escaped a fire at this home on E 25th Avenue in East Tampa, but the home was destroyed and two dogs perished. (Photo: Jason Lanning, staff)
  • Firefighters said the home was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. The home was completely destroyed. (Photo: Jason Lanning, staff)
  • Officials say the Florida panther kitten that was abandoned by his mother in January is now doing very well at Lowry Park Zoo.
  • Stella the Patagonian sea lion, seen during a moment of repose in her holding tank. Stella is one of several sea lions making a splash at Lowry Park Zoo until May 31.
  • Joy, a 1-year-old black Labrador mix, was seriously injured and covered in gasoline when she was brought to the Veterinary Center at Fishhawk.
  • Cyclists race in the streets of Tampa as part of the Gasparilla Criterium and Cycling Festival as strong storms make their way east from the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Amy Mariani, staff)
  • Much of the Bay area, including Tampa, saw rain ahead of a strong line of storms that brought gusty winds and hail to Citrus County. (Photo: Amy Mariani, staff)
  • While Deputy Christina Ammon held the bull's head up, another deputy stood guard with a rifle to watch for gators.
  • Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn gave his third annual 'State of the City' address in the historic Armature Works Building in Tampa Heights on Tuesday morning.
  • Trader Joe's opened its store in the 3808 W. Swann Avenue in Tampa today. Local law enforcement was on hand to help with the crowds and traffic. (Photo: Trevor Pettiford, staff)
  • Firefighters responded to a duplex fire early Friday in Tampa and, according to authorities, the duplex is across the street from the home where a man was shot to death early Thursday. (Photo: Jeff Joiner, staff)
  • Tampa police officers investigate a crash Monday morning on Hillsborough Avenue in which a car struck two Middleton High School students.
  • A tree fell on some power lines in the 2400 block of East Curtis in Tampa. Crews from Tampa Fire Rescue and TECO responded to the scene. (Photo: Tampa Fire Rescue)
  • The Hillsborough River between the Cass Street and Kennedy Boulevard bridges in downtown Tampa was died a bright Kelly green Saturday morning for Mayor Bob Buckhorn's River O'Green Festival.
  • Selecia Watson read bible passages in court and later, while speaking to reporters, said she still believes her son is innocent - at least in the officers' deaths.
  • A fiery crash caused a bottleneck on I-4 Thursday evening when one car crashed into the rear end of a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of the highway. (Photo: Tampa Fire Rescue)
  • Car maker Mazda visited Middleton Magnet Wednesday bringing along its 'Racing Accelerates Creative Education' program. (Photo: Michael Brantley, Staff)
  • MacDill AFB officials say a jet flown by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration pilot was struck by a sheepshead during takeoff in September.(Photo: MacDill AFB)
  • A hazardous materials team was among the emergency crews called to the University of South Florida's Tampa campus early Wednesday. (Photo: Jason Lanning, staff)
  • A hazardous materials team was among the emergency crews called to the University of South Florida's Tampa campus early Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Tampa Fire Rescue)
  • A long way down: Bay News 9’s Virginia Johnson climbed about 70 feet up the Schooner Lynx rigging to stand on the crosstrees on the mast. First Mate Sam Imes snapped a quick picture before they headed down to the deck.
  • Investigators remained at the scene of the shooting for several hours Tuesday.
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