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good morning and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm candace mccowan in for gene ramirez this morning. our top story, the search is on for the gunman or gunmen who opened fire in a south tampa neighborhood. one person is dead. another is now in the hospital. neighbors at the south bay apartments on south lois avenue are now on edge. updates. right now, they have no suspect descriptions but this they tell us, the victims were inside the car when another vehicle pulled up and shots rang out. voters in four states
polls for presidential primaries and caucuses today. at the same time, the candidates are turning their focus to florida. today our republican senator marco rubio will attend a rally in sarasota. donald trump will be in jupiter. and democrat bernie sanders will rally supporters in miami. it's all ahead of our primary, a week from today. well an 8 on your side consumer alert. skimming devices with blue tooth technology found at a gas station in south sarasota. that means the crooks can access the credit card data remotely without touching the pump. they were found at the mobile station at the corner of cattlemen and fruitville roads and now investigators are warning drivers to check their credit card and bank statements. and leigh spann is here with a look at the weather. >> another in the long stream of beautiful days because we have the big area of high pressure. but around high pressure, you get clockwise winds so getting
atlantic but it's also warmer than yesterday. yeah, cool spot, brooksville, 49. but lakeland 55. sarasota is 58. and here's the perspective for you, lakeland, five degrees warmer than this time yesterday. tampa, nine degrees warmer. so you feel the difference. in fact, by the afternoon, well above the average of 75, hitting 80. so in weather and traffic on the 8s at 5:08, i will take you hour-by-hour and show you how fast it warms up through the day. and i know leslee is here to get you through the commute. and there are hot spots. >> yeah, overnight construction. now right at highway 60 and 275, this is what you're seeing. memorial highway ramp is blocked right now. and people are slowing down going hey, i want to turn there. not going to happen right now because of overnight construction. let's take a look as we zoom in. we've got another crash, folk, this one is causeway boulevard at 50th street. looks like injuries are involved. this is a hot spot. i see accidents here a lot. so use caution. and polk county, a fatal crash
is westbound on highway 60 at evergreen. meliek on the street, he has a live look for us. and they have the vehicle on the tow truck. two vehicles involved. both on tow trucks at this point. and you are looking at the westbound lanes there where those tow trucks are located. traffic is using the eastbound lanes to get by, they are alternating. and that's why the cones are in the middle of the roadway. that's a look at the weather and traffic. back to candace and gayle. >> thank you. police are investigating a deadly shooting in south tampa. it happened at the gardens at south bay apartments on south lois avenue. that's where news channel 8's lindsey mastis is live. lindsey, more than one person was shot. so how is that other victim? >> reporter: well, we're told that one man is in the hospital. he will survive. they are not releasing his name nor are they releasing the name of the man who died. they still need to notify his family.
two cars started shooting at each other. and now police are also telling me that both of those victims were in the same car when the shots rang out. and now i want you to take a look at this. you can see a man that's so upset, he tries to cross the police line. and police have to take him down to keep that from happening. dozens of people gathered and emotions ran so high. police are working to find out what led up to the incident and who is responsible for the shooting. and i have made multiple calls to the tampa police department. so far, they tell me there are no arrests but they do not believe it was random. they believe it started with an ongoing dispute. as soon as we get more information about who the victims are and who the police are looking for, we will let you know on-air and online. >> all right, lindsey, thank you very much. happening today, back to the witness stand for hulk website gawker. hogan is suing the site over
news channel 8's josh thomas is live from the pinellas courthouse. josh, hogan had a lot to say already. >> reporter: and he will have probably more to say today because it will be day two on the stand for hogan, the former prowrestler who will cross- examined by gawker's attorneys. it will happen in the courthouse behind me and it will all start in a few hours. of course, hogan is seek $100 million from the website gawker for putting that sex tape online, a tape that he claims has ruined his image. and now following opening statements in the civil trial, witness stand. he told the court he was best friends with the radio shock jock. he claims that the jock and his ex-wife talked to hogan about having sex and he approved but he says he had no idea he was being recorded on a security
>> it was so surreal that i was there and he was handing me a condom. one thing led to another. and i let my guard down. >> reporter: now a part of gawker's arguments is that they had a right to publish the tape because hogan is a well-known public figure. of course, again, hogan will be taking the stand later on this morning and will be cross- examined by gawker's attorneys. the trial will resume at 9:00 this morning and is expected to last at least three weeks. of course, you can count on news channel 8 to have the latest developments on this ongoing trial. >> yeah, with hulk hogan being from pinellas county, people around the world have their eye on tampa bay. thanks, josh. well it's being called a stern warning for the hotel industry. a nashville jury awarding erin andrews with a $55 million settlement in the lawsuit against her stalker and the owners of a hotel. >> was the defendant michael
question number two, did the defendant windsor capitol incorporated to be at fault? answer, yes. >> the jury decided that andrews' stalker michael barrett is at 51% at fault for the nude video he took through a peephole and posting those images online. the hotel owners and the hotel mcment company were found 49% at fault. legal analysts believe this say message to hotels to change procedures. well we continue our coverage now. how is the family doing today? >> reporter: er the family is doing really -- the family is doing really well. we are hearing from erin andrews herself on twitter. she says, i would like to thank the nashville court, the court personally and the jury for their service. she says, the support i received from the people of nashville has been overwhelming. and she thanks her family. and speaking of her family and all the people who stood by her, we are hearing this
andrews who is our lead investigative reporter. he says, on behalf of my family and myself, thank you to the people of nashville for looking out and standing up for my little girl. and another thing candace, as you go through, you can see it, the hashtags are too inappropriate to show on the morning show, but people are trolling thinking that the reward was way, way too large. but brian write, twitter lawyers think the erin andrews jury verdict is excessive? most real lawyers have no real opinion because they were not in the courtroom. so there's a tremendous amount of support from people. a lot of people talking about hotel security. so that's something to think about for all of us. >> absolutely. the time right now is 5:08. i'm going to turn things over to leigh spann now for a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. >> it's a very comfortable morning. clear skies at this moment so when the sun does come up just before 7:00, the temperatures
59 at 8:00 to 63 at 9:00 and 68 at 10:00. midday, 75. and an afternoon high of 80. and that's above average but the evening should be pleasant. we're going to stay in the 80s all week. and we're going to stay dry, mostly sunny through friday. and next rain chance doesn't come until the weekend. and the average is 75. we are at 80 today and 82 tomorrow. and even 83 on thursday. check hyperemesis gravidarum in now on traffic on the 8s. i know we have a few things. >> yeah, we do. and overnight construction popping up on 275 right around memorial highway. let's take a look at what's going on right now. you can see the color changes here. that's when i showed you a little while ago where it was starting to get busy. and they had the actual exit to memorial highway blocked. let's take a live look at what's going on right now. and you can see they have moved around the camera. but we have a little bit of activity but you can now access the ramp. that's good. and let's move over now and take a look at this new crash here. relatively new, causeway
injuries involved but not seeing significant delays. and we have a big issue is in the lake wales area, polk county, a fatal accident. and this is westbound on highway 60 right at evergreen. right here. let's go to meliek on the street. and he has a live look and you can see that traffic is still sharing lanes. so the westbound lane, the truck coming towards us, he or she is going westbound. even though that's the eastbound lanes. so they are alternating. and it's because all of the blocked. and you can see one remaining police car there's another one. it looks like the tow truck has come and gone. that's good news. they have cleared up a little bit but still cleaning up the scene. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to candace and gayle. hurricane hunter planes. >> the bay area airport hoping to land the deal with noaa to keep the planes close. the sky. the bizarre scene that played
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8 on your side found out some important sculptures are being kept in storage right now. they are busts of unidentified bodies found in the area and there's a push to get them into the public eye but that could be a long process. news channel 8's lindsey mastis shows us what's holding things up. >> reporter: these sculptures could help solve nine cases. >> for one case, you could have a million people see it but if it's not the one right person, the sister or the daughter, it's not going to make a difference. >> reporter: they stood on display at usf for about a month after artists created facial reconstructions from remains found throughout tampa bay but now poster boards are stacked up and the sculptures are under lock and key in the state attorney's office. is it a disappoint to you that these aren't on display? >> they need to be. and what we need is public awareness. it could help catch a killer. >> reporter: where should they be?
is clear, families need to be able to lay their loved ones to rest. well even though the remains were recovered in tampa bay, some of the victims could be from out of state. we have a map and this story on wfla.com that shows exactly where each body was found and you can take a look at the sculptures. you can share the story on facebook and you might even help solve a case. competition is getting tough in the search for a new hanger for noaa's hurricane hunter planes. right now, they are based at macdill air force base but must move by next year. noaa is planning a second visit to assess facilities. many in the industry believe lakeland is perfect because it has an 8500-foot runway, plenty of hanger space and less air traffic. st. pete clearwater airport is also in the running. the tennis star's future in tennis is in jeopardy. she admitted to failing a drug
now she faces a ban that could keep her from playing in the summer olympics. the seventh ranked player in the world admits to taking it for the past 10 years. it was just banned in january. she admits to receiving a list of banned substances and email but she claims she didn't look at it. this morning, we are getting a look at scary video of a garbage truck crashing off an interstate ramp and falling 100 feet. the florida highway patrol just released the video from the crash last month in miami. this view shows the driver and what happens inside the truck guardrail and falls. take a look at this. this is another view of the out of the windshield. you can see the ground come into view, first it's blurry but there it is. when the truck hits the ground, it lands right-side up. the driver was thrown from the recovering this morning.
figure out what caused the crash. well this morning, dramatic video of a small plane falling from the sky. take a look at the surveillance video in long island. they captured the plane hitting the ground and bouncing a bit. and then you see a red and white parachute attached to the plane. a father and daughter were inside at the time. and scratches. the pilot told investigators that the engine died but the ntsb is now investigating. in fresno, california, police are looking for two robbers who took off with an atm machine from a mini mart store. the chains broke so the men drove through the door. once inside, you can see the thieves wrestle with the cash machine before taking off. well this morning a pennsylvania woman is making a plea to whoever stole her purse from a church. >> yeah, she doesn't even care about the money but she wants
>> part of my husband's ashes which i can't replace that. so those two things because they're basically irreplaceable. >> you heard he mention two things. beside her husband's ashes, teresa bradly explains her late mother's rosery beads were also inside the purse. she was vol unking at the church when the purse disappeared. since the theft, some papers and prayer cards from the purse turned up on a nearby street. sounds like somebody was rummaging through that. happening today, sky watchers in hawaii and alaska are gearing up for this year's scientists will study the eclipse to learn more about the next one in 2017 which will be visible right here in the u.s. a total eclipse happens when the moon passes directly between the sun and earth.
now is 5:18. you have have an eclipse of the heart when you hear the forecast. >> yeah, this eclipse this year which we won't see, but we are seeing a lot of chatter about the one next august. not a couple months from now, august 2017. but yeah, i mean, absolutely gorgeous day today. only a few clouds blocking the sun. no moon getting in the way. 599 degrees at 8:00 a.m. 75 at noon. 80 at 3:00 p.m. that's above average but very comfortable. just a little cool this morning. 49 in brooksville and zephyrhills. bartow, you're 58. 59 in bradenton. and 61 in clearwater. and i checked in with big monkey in crystal beach who says it's around 59 degrees. light southeast breeze. between now and about 7:00 a.m., temperatures settle in to mid-50s in polk county and close to 60 near the coast. after that, we warm up in the upper 60s by 9:00 a.m. by the lunch break, a few
hottest part of the day around 3:00 p.m., low 80s across the region. including 82 in plant city where the strawberry festival is going on. and warm up tomorrow to 82. 38 thursday. and 82 on friday. leslee, how about traffic on the 8s? well, we're rolling right along here. i have an update in polk county. we have been following the breaking traffic where we have a fatal accident in the lake wales area that's tying up the westbound lanes here at highway 60 and evergreen. let's go to meliek on the street. last check, we saw some tow trucks onscene and you can see the police vehicle is leaving the scene and it appears that all of the lanes have been reopened. this is good news if you're traveling on hay 60. all of the westbound closed off here. we still see some activity in the median. some cones still on the roadway. but lanes have been reopened here at evergreen from that earlier fatal crash. that's good news to bring you. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s.
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good morning and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm candace mccowan in for gene ramirez. >> and i'm gayle guyardo. our stop stories this morning, tensions run high as tampa police investigate a deadly shooting in south tampa. two people were shot at an apartment complex on south lois avenue. one of the victims is dead. the other one is recovering in the hospital at this hour. and new this morning we have learned both victims were inside a car when they were shot. hulk hogan is expected back on the stand today in the civil trial between him and the