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well, good morning and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm candace mccowan in for gene this morning. our top story, a suspected armed carjacker is on the run. police believe he tacked a mother in her car at a 24-hour walgreens. in about two minute, we will hear if the victim about what she remembers from that night. ben carson won't be at tonight's debate, stopping short of saying he is out of the race. 9 it looks like his road to the white house is coming to an end.
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donald trump is the only candidate in this election. traveling to cuba is about to get easier hoar people here in tampa bay. american airways wants to fly out of cities like miami to havana. silver airways proposed service to havana from tampa and orlando. well, time now is 4:01. let's check in with -- meteorologist leigh spann. >> brooksville, you are at 46 degrees right now. polk county, mid-50s. 61 in bradenton and st. pete. but everybody is significantly cooler than yesterday, anywhere from about 5 to 16 degrees cooler than yesterday. and when you head to today to the opening day of the strawberry festival, josh turner at 7:30, again, just a little cool but a really fast
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69 degrees at 8:00. in weather and traffic on the 8s at 4:08, i have an hour-by- hour look at your thursday. and leslee is here with the morning commute. >> that's right. love me some josh turner. i saw him last time and wonderful music. let's take a look at traffic. we have a couple issues. overnight construction, that's the name of the game. and if you're traveling southbound on 275, the exit to 54th avenue is closed. 54th avenue south from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. so here's this situation. let's take a live look out there. flip over. you have to continue. what you want to remember is exit before you get to the 54th street south. and then go to u.s. 19 and then you can get to 54th. county. look at this, the kennedy exit is blocked. tough go to the next exit as well. this is off the howard franklin northbound on 275. that's a look at weather and traffic. now back to gayle.
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the search for an armed carjacker. it happened at the 24 hour walgreens in winter haven. this is surveillance video from the store. in the video, you can see a man walking back and forth. sandra hounder was in the car at the time and texting her son. she explains what happened next. -- >> i went to put my phone back into my purse to get out. and that's when my door was jacked open. it was pulled open. and he says, get out of the car. i couldn't believe it was happening. and he was waving the gun around. and he says, get out, now. >> highway patrol troopers spotted the car driving 1508 miles per hour near st. augustine. when they tried to stop it, the car crashed. they arrested 19-year-old john crist of st. augustine and a 16- year-old girl. investigators are now searching
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he is considered extremely dangerous. the erin andrews trial could be headed to the jury today but not without a bombshell revelation. one of the witnesses in the case is now accused of watching the naked video of her in public with friends. neal peskin admitted he watched the video with friends but claims he did not play it. a restaurant employee claimed that he tweeted that he was going to watch the video if it was going to cost him millions. andrews is suing marriott for millions for allowing the stalker to book a room next to her's. a case management hearing is scheduled. she is facing first degree murder charges. there's also an internal affairs investigation going on in this case. records reveal investigators knew about the disappearance for nearly a month and there
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8 on your side is following a frustrating situation for people already victims of identity theft. this is what they have to deal with now. long lines as they try to get things cleared up in tampa. 8 on your side's ryan hughs is following the story live from our tampa news center. ryan, some people are waiting hour, even days. >> reporter: candace, good morning. one woman was in line a couple days ago. the office closed so she had to return the next day. all these people have two things in common, stolen identities and now intense frustration. >> i had an identity theft in 2014, and i'm trying to get my income tax for this year and everything and i'm having trouble trying to get that. >> reporter: wow, what a pain. the long lines are filled with people whose identities are stole and the irs requires them to show up in person to iron out the details. this was the scene this week. and right now, there's no sign this will change before the end of tax season.
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on your side that says, we are aware of the lines at the tampa center and regret the inconvenience taxpayers are facing and are continuing to assess the situation but why the back-up, the irs can't point to a single cause. they are down 18,000 employees since 2010 so that could be one big reason. we will keep checking on this. >> ryan, thank you very much. developing this morning new hope in solving the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of malaysia airlines flight 370. an american tourist claims he found a piece of the missing plane watch washed ashore -- plane washed ashore. >> airplane debris that i found on february 27th. >> search command officials believe there's a high probability the debris could be
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flight 370 disappeared nearly aboard. new this morning, astronaut houston. his plane landed around 2:00 this morning and he was greeted friends. kelly's return comes nearly a year after living in space. scientists will watch and monitor kelly to determine how it affected his health. already, they know that he is 2 inches taller. they expect him to return back to his normal height after a short time back on earth. and this morning, a couple is keeping a closer eye on their swimming pool after they found a gator taking a dip. we can't get enough of the video. laura and her husband discovered the gator after seeing bubbles coming up from the bottom. they saw the 300-pound gator
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>> this is what i see on the news, not my backyard. that's no gator, that's a big gator. >> that will make you think twice before jumping in the pool. >> the couple called a trapper who came and hauled away the gator. they believe he came from a lake behind their house and busted through screened porch. this is one of those only in florida stories. we posted the video on our news channel 8 facebook page. >> it is getting warmer. got to take a dip. >> time to hang out in the pool. >> and it's also mating season so look at the love. it is what it is. 4:08. much cooler. we had a cold front come through yesterday. notice most of us start in the 40s and 50s. if you don't like it chilly, you don't have to wait long. already 63 at 10:00 a.m. 71 at noon. 75 at 3:00 p.m. 75 is about average for this time of the year. and we could see a few passing clouds but keeping the rain chance out of the forecast today.
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the fact that it's going to be a gorgeous day, mid-70s, low humidity, sunshine. next cold front comes through about 24 hours from now with only a 20% rain chance leading to a great weekend. here's a look at the next couple days. 75 today. and mid- to upper 70s into next week. and we will check on traffic on the 8s. things are rolling but you got to keep rolling on 275 off the howard franklin bridge. that's because the kennedy exit is blocked. two overnight construction. one in hillsborough and one in pinellas. here you can see where it is blocked. it should wrap up in about an hour to an hour and a half. let's go ahead and take a look at pinellas county. traveling southbound on 275 and you want to exit at 54th avenue south, not going to happen until about two hours from now. what you want to do is take 22nd avenue south as your
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here it is on the map, at the southern end. but don't miss it because you could wind up eventually on the skyway bridge. so make sure you exit at 22nd avenue south. and make your way to u.s. 19 and pick up 54th. now back to candace and gayle. >> thank you. it was like a scene out of an action movie, think secret agent. >> yeah, just ahead, 10 teens put their heads together. but find out why they're not as clever as they thought. but first -- >> reporter: i'm lindsey mastis. i am live behind the scenes at the strawberry festival and take a look at this. this is a brand new food item. we're going to show you what it
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we're back. it's 4:13. happening today, i know a lot of us have been looking forward to this all year long, the strawberry festival gets underway today: >> yep, for the next 10 days, nearly half a million people will visit plant city and taste some delicious strawberry- themed food. news channel 8's lindsey mastis is there early early to show us what is in store this year. and i hear you might cook something up for us this. >> reporter: yeah, luckily the cooking has already been done
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right about the food. just looking around, there is so much to eat here. and how can you resist? but one of my favorite things is to try new foods. and there's a brand new item. frank, what are these? >> these are strawberry fritter, invented by the lion's club of plant city. >> reporter: amazing. and you guys have been at the fair for a longtime. how long? >> correct. we have been here since 1930. >> reporter: 1930, that's a longtime to be here. so nice to come up with something new. >> yes, we're very excited about the fritters. wanted to put something together that everybody was able to associate with the strawberry festival and they are made with fresh strawberries every day. >> reporter: they smell delicious. and tell me about the proceeds. 100% of the profits go where? >> 100% of the profits go back to the public. this year's our big fund raiser is for the will peters
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and we are trying to cover their patios so the children can get into the backyard and out of the classroom. >> reporter: incredible. how much money do you expect to raise? >> we are looking to raise $100,000 this year. >> reporter: that's incredible. and i think i want to try one. can i grab one? >> absolutely. >> reporter: amazing. and grab one too, i don't like eat ago loan. oh, my god, these are good. i shouldn't have done this before i had to keep talking. they are incredible. i'm going to eat yours for you, with you. >> no, it's not okay. >> reporter: you can get more information on wfla.com. >> you need to bring some back home, lindsey. we will check in with you later. all right, we have clear surveillance video to show through morning of a gun store robbery out of houston and the rook -- show you this morning of a gun store robbery out of houston. the truck breaks off the doors. wow, all 10 run inside taking
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they can get their hands on. they left the scene and exchanged vehicles about a block away. the teen dubbed dr. love is back in jail. remember we told you about the south florida teenager accused of pretending to be a doctor? well, now he is facing five more fraud charges. he was arrested in west palm beach. investigators report the 18- year-old used a patient's bank information to pay almost $35,000 towards his auto loan and credit card debt. he was on house call when -- on a house call when he is accused of stealing the information. today judges will hear the nfl's appeal on the deflategate case. the nfl claims the new england patriot's quarterback tampered with footballs in the 2014 afc championship game.
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brady could be suspend again. the verdict could take months to announce. people are keeping an eye on a volcano. people who live nearby are on stand-by, they might have to leave fast. would you pay your boss to get more vacation days? according to a new study, about half of workers would pay their company for extra days off. they would shell out $123 per day. look now for those planning to take a spring vacation. booking now might be the best time. nearly two-thirds of people will take a vacation. experts say travelers plan to book their tickets 30 to 38 days before trips which is right about now. and in fact, you can find discounts up to 29% on hotels and airfare. >> because gas is so inexpensive right now, a lot of
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closer to home this year. instead of spending money on airfare, they want to spend an extra hour or two in the car. >> you can use that extra money you save to spend more on activities during the trip or save the cash for the next vacation. speaking of gas, 8 on your side has an alert for you this morning. you might be in a hurry to fill up this morning after a jump in gas prices. they are up five cents overnight in the bay area. let's be honest though, they're still pretty cheap. right now the average gallon cost $1.80. we put together a list of the top 10 lowest places to fill up. you can find it on wfla.com and on our facebook page. it's 4:18 on this thursday morning. and boy, we've been in a beautiful streak of weather. >> and it's continuing into the weekend. although you might notice, hey, i need a light jacket this morning. it's cooler than it was yesterday morning. 56 degrees around 8:00 a.m. and then warms up quickly. 71 just by the time you take your lunch break.
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and look at this, it's 46 in inverness and brooksville, so yeah, i would need a light jacket for that. 52 in lakeland. 57 in sebring. 61 in st. petersburg. i checked in with my weather watcher bob in venice, cooler than yesterday too at 5 9 degrees. that's because of a cold front to the south. but this is actually average for early madge. through the day today, -- early for march. through the day today, low humidity. look at tomorrow, between now and 10:00 tomorrow, slight rain chance, about 20%. and that's going to lead to a clearing, gorgeous weekend. i mean, you can't buy better weather. mid-70s and low humidity. how about traffic on the 8s? well, traffic is looking good for the most part. good drives on the bay area -- on the bay area interstates. southern pinellas county, this is 18th avenue south right at 22nd avenue south. possible injuries involved in that crash.
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this is at 54th avenue south off-ramp. it is blocked due to overnight construction. won't wrap up until about an hour and a half from now. so exit at 22nd avenue south, make your way to 19 and then pick up 54th and get back on your way. here's hillsborough county at the kennedy exit. seeing a slow down as people go, hey, wait, i want to exit, i can't. this is off the howard franklin bridge. that's not going to be wrap up until about an hour from now as well. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to candace and gayle. >> thank you. a new part of the world trade center is finally open. >> the transportation hub designed to honor the victims killed in the september 11th terrorist attacks. and you can connect with me with story ideas. contact me with on my facebook page. if you missed the video of the gator in the lakeland pool, no
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it took a decade to finish and cost $4 billion to build. >> in two day, part of the facility will open. the transportation hub and shopping center was designed to honor those killed in the september 11th attacks. it will house 75,000 square feet of food and retail. the project manager claims it's like nothing else.
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all the different subway lines in lower manhattan, the ferry central station. reviews. sport authority is filing for bankruptcy and is set to close 140 stores nationwide. a dozen of the stores are in the bay area, at least two of them will close. nationwide, stores will start shutting doors in the next three months. well disney is debuting a new nighttime show at animal kingdom next month. it's called rivers of light and it will look like this. it will depict an ancient lantern festival guided by story tellers. i features water screen, light projections and more. it debuts on april 22nd. weather and traffic on the 8s is three minutes away. >> plus, an armed and dangerous carjacker is on the run. just ahead, the video of the crook you should see before you
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sending the kids to the bus stop the, there might be a slight chill in the air, 40s and 50s. but we warm up to 75 and emoji man says, can we just keep it this way? look how content he is. this is about average. i'm expecting 75 this afternoon. and that is the average for early madge. leslee, how about traffic on the 8s? >> well, with traffic, he would have one eyebrow raised. this is 275 at the 54th
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it is blocked due to overnight construction. what you're seeing at 38th avenue south, that's the camera. and they have it zoomed in to 54th. again, it is blocked. take 22nd avenue south over to u.s. 19. and then pick up 54.
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and then. the search is on for a teenager suspected in an armed carjacking in winter haven. police tell us that he is extremely dangerous. take a look at this surveillance video. it shows a woman pulling into the parking lot of a walgreens. we will explain what else we know about the suspect in two minutes. long lines and hours of frustration, that is what dozens of victims of identity theft are experiencing outside the irs office in tampa.

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