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and got nowhere. tonight, shannon behnken takes her case to the secret service. good evening. i'm jennifer leigh. >> i'm keith cate. thank you very much for joining us tonight. 8 on your side is raising a stink tonight. the city of saint petersburg has not come clear about the dirty sewer water dumped into the bay. 8 on your shied is trying to figure out where the waste water is spilling into our waterways and when it will end. 8 on your side's jeff patterson joins us now live. right there along the waterfront. so what do we jeff? >> reporter: yeah, good evening keith. it is certainly a beautiful view here isn't it? despite two days of trying we don't know exactly where waste water is being dumped out here. or where it is going. it is an ugly problem. as waste water poured into the pipes from tropical storm hermine, it overwhelmed the season. millions of gallons of waste water was dumped into the bay.
izzy runs a boat and jet ski rental. >> when they call, we have to say it's contaminated. it puts our business away. >> reporter: we have been trying to find out for two days where the waste water is being dumped. >> jeff patterson with channel 8. >> reporter: we tried setting up an interview with the head of public works but he's a busy man. >> just trying to find the status of what the interview time might be so we can find out where the waste water is being discharged. >> repor kathlene peters on the issue. >> the bacteria levels are so high, we are closing beaches and we need to protect our citizens. >> reporter: peters wants to bring the pinellas county delegation together with local leaders to talk about waste water. >> this is stuff that should have been maintained a long time before this. >> reporter: but she also believes the city of saint petersburg has an obligation to let the public know what is going on. >> yes.
those citizens need to know just like i get on my paddle board and go out on the water. we need to know if it is safe or not. they don't necessarily test right there. >> reporter: state senator jack agrees with representative peters. they will have a meeting september 20 to try to pull local leaders to talk about this waste water dumping issue. >> so they will have a big meeting. what are they going to get out of the meeting? >> reporter: it is not just the city of saint petersburg, keith, dumping here. it is a number of municipalities in pinellas county. what they want to do is get a handle on perhaps how as an area they can work on this issue together. >> all right, jeff patterson, staying on top of it. live in saint petersburg. thank you. wells fargo customers have a lot of questions tonight in the wake of the bank's expensive scandal. thousands of employees were caught and fired for setting up fake accounts and credit cards. wells fargo paid a whopping
$185million fine. now, customers want to know what does it cost them in the end? josh benson joins us now from our tampa news center with more. >> reporter: according to the investigation, wells fargo was duping customers into paying millions in fees and services they never asked for. now, thousands of employees have been fired and customers are left wondering if they are victims. credit card accounts opened. late fees charged. customers never having a clue. just some of the findings in a ma wells fargo infuriating for customers like frank. >> i look at it, counting it. i had 15 accounts at once. it is very frustrating and i never opened them. >> reporter: wells fargo employees opened 1.5 million bank accounts and a half million credit cards never requested by customers. >> i would have these accounts and a $10 fee, a $15 fee. a $5 fee each month on each account. it adds up. >> reporter: a los angeles
money was moved between accounts without customers' knowledge. >> every consumer needs to trust their bank. and, no bank should take advantage of their customers. >> reporter: wells fargo ordered to pay 185 million grand larceny in fines. and this week saying the bank has fired employees over the past five years for their role in the scam. the bank says we regret and take responsibility for any instances where customers may have received a product that they did wells fargo ordered to pay customers back in full. >> the unauthorized opening of accounts in your name may be using fraudulent e-mail addresses or pins, is just shocking conduct. >> reporter: a case shaking trust in the world's largest bank. you may be wondering am i affected? we put a link to wells fargo's page addressing this issue on wfla.com.
complaints for them if they think they were victims. >> we have been reporting this story a couple of days now. employees were not just doing this on a whim. there was a reason. they had a motivation. >> reporter: they talked to former employees. they said they were pressured to sell these account add ons to customers to meet what they were saying were unattainable sales goals. >> josh benson, thank you josh. new tonight, two pasco county men face federal charges for burning a cross in the ya thomas sigler seen there in the mug shot from a previous arrest and william dennis were indicted today. now, this incident happened way back in 2012 so these charges have been a long time coming. the u.s. attorney says they repeatedly harassed this couple and set the cross on fire in front of their home. and, we have some new details tonight in a bradenton woman's attempted plot to kill her ex-husband.
an undercover deputy to kill her ex-husband david. she was willing to flee the country so his death could be carried out while she was wrong. she told investigators she did it to get custody of her children. a judge set her bond at $100,000. if she makes bail, she will give up her passport and wear an ankle monitor. reaction tonight to north korea's claim it performed a successful nuclear test. president barack obama says the u.s. does not and never will leaders of south korea and japan agree a new approach is needed to respond to the new level of threat. americans are marking 15 years since the terror attacks on september 11. members of congress gathered on the capitol steps to observe the somber occasion. a moment of silence was held in honor of the fallen. the actual anniversary is on sunday, but today, is the federal patriot's day holiday. today, the house voted to
arabia. president obama promises to veto the bill. the obama administration warns if u.s. citizens can sue saudi arabia, a foreign country could turn around and sue the u.s. hillary clinton held a bipartisan meeting in new york today. this time on national security including a discussion about how to fight terrorism. clinton also reacted to north korea's nuclear test saying it imposes a direct threat the to the united states. she also made a visit to ground but did not speak there. donald trump was in washington speaking to christian voters. he spoke at the values voter summit today. trump promised to cherish, protect, and defend christian values and promised to reveal the law that prevents religious institutions from endorsing political candidates. a new case of zika in the bay area tonight. this new case cropped up today in hillsborough county. it is travel related meaning it
mosquitoes. there were 11 other new travel related cases in the state. that brings the total to 616 travel related cases of zika in florida. and 56 nontravel related cases. one of those locally transmitted cases is in pinellas county. and out of all the cases, 84 involved pregnant women. planes flew over miami beach this morning on a mosquito spring run. this is the first spring of the controversial pesticide naled. many are concerned effects on health and on the environment. scammed out of her life savings. despite her pleas, the bank would not help. >> so, she called behnken. ahead, the next agency that 8 on your side's shannon behnken is tapping to take action. >> also ahead tonight, public pulling a popular dessert off the shelves. we will show you what you need to check for in your kitchen. >> it's the weekend. we'll have the football forecast here coming up and look at the tropics shortly. your full weekend forecast is
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is causing the bans of galaxy note 7 phones on airplanes. there were exploding batteries while charging because of the lithium batteries. steve jerve predicted the return of humidity and my friend. it is back. >> slapped you in the face when you came out the door? >> this morning i was like, oh, i'm going to be fine. >> we will get over this one right? >> >> we have a graphic you will be very happy about here shortly. let's take a look outside now. you can see at veteran's ford. 90-degree. they didn't have the truck up today keith. not showing up in the black platinum. northeast winds at 9 miles an hour. you can see a few clouds. very few showers. they have been racing along, kind of isolated. here, 91 degrees. we have an east wind at 2 miles an hour. what a gorgeous view that is. not many folks out playing at the moment. course looks good.
no rainfall there at the moment. other spots around the region, connorton, land o' lakes, beautiful. 91 degrees. temperatures are warm and we are not cooling off. saturday, 92 degrees. 91 degrees on sunday. so a nice looking weekend. and, keep in mind, it is still summertime so this is a summer weekend. 30% rain chance, pretty close to average, we will probably see a few more showers than we have seen this week. after last week, the tropical storm, the hurricane, it is nice to get a bit of a break here. we are get 90 degrees. the average high since early june. that is is a very long time to have an average high of 90 degrees but tomorrow, the average high is now 89 degrees. we are headed down. 89 is much better jen. you will find that refreshing. by january, though, the average high is 70 degrees so we know how quickly things fall as we head into fall, november, december. 85 in clearwater beach.
dominated. taken away the west coast sea breeze. it has not been happening much this week. temps in the 90s . high pressure continues. easterly flow overall. a few popup showers. more moisture in the atmosphere from top to bottom, so with the heating of the day, we are generating a few showers moveing from east to west, but you have to look close to see them. football games look pretty decent here for the evening hours but you can't rule out the possibility of seeing a shower. in the tropics, this area has popped last 24 hours. about a 40% chance of development further to the south. fortunately, most of the computer models want to take it to the west. we will show you that. next five days, a 10% chance of development for this. and the next five days. 80% chance. right now, computer models generally want to move these in a northwesterly fashion so we have to watch eventually the movement of those tropical systems. for that one, i mentioned 90 to our south, most models want to track this to the west. and that is good news. we like that. friday night blitz, a lot of
school football. 86 degrees. maybe a few storms, a few isolated showers. don't think they will last too long if you do get one. any rain ending at halftime. nsf playing niu. hit and miss storms possible. a few scattered showers, 83 degrees. a slight rain chance tomorrow, but not that great. gators and kentucky, 91 degrees in game time. a great warm florida day for us. and of course, we have miami in south florida. maybe a thunderstorm. charleston, southern is playing in tallahassee against fsu. 90 degrees for that game at 12:30, some news on charleston southern, i will be here in the sports segment. and ucf plays michigan and ann arbor, central florida folks headed up to play michigan. florida a&m, playing coastal
and of course, the bucs headed up to georgia to play inside of the georgia dome. they are building that brand new stadium. a scattered shower. as you can see on the forecast model. the next couple of days, our rain chance is 92 degrees. 30% chance with a high of 92. 91 degrees on sunday, so the weekend is looking good. very much like a summertime. so going with that summertime attitude, you will be just fine. rain chances a little higher for wednesday. most of the afternoon, evening activity next week. if you have when you need help, she's on your side. better call behnken. >> a bradenton home buyer did everything right but lost her life savings in an elaborate real estate scam. no one stepped up to help so she called behnken. shannon behnken joins me now. >> reporter: i'm not satisfied with the lame answers we are getting from the lenders and
involved in this. so today, i thought the secret service should know about this. while i was there, i discovered one of our largest banks had the chance to stop this and they just didn't. >> i'm in disbelief no one will take responsibility for this. >> reporter: cheryl johnson is finally in her new home but she is out $51,000. >> it is so frustrating. everywhere i speak to get a resolution to this issue, i hit another break wall. >> reporter: a scammer hacked realtor elizabeth newguard and intercepted the wire transfer instructions. directing her down payment to the scammer's bank account. newguard isn't stepping up to refund the money, and neither is bank of america, though bank management had plenty of time to step in. even law enforcement didn't seem excited to help. so i went to the top for answers. the u.s. secret service. >> it's like hunting you know.
>> reporter: special agent billy joel powers know this e- mail scam well. he explains the crooks hack into e-mails and look for the perfect target. >> is that what makes home buyers good victims for these guys? they are not used to it and they are wiring a lot of money. >> well, they are not used to the process, you know. it is not, you think about how many times you have wired money. it is probably not that many times. >> reporter: since 2013, th and $1.3 billion up for grabs. when the fraud is found, there is limited time to stop the wire. and in cheryl's case, she cried in the lobby but says the manager at bank of america refused to freeze the crook's account. powers tells me that could have been done with one phone call to his agency. >> well, you call your bank, and, then, also, call law enforcement. >> reporter: tracking down these sophisticated crooks is tough.
>> are you guys willing to track these guys down? >> yeah, absolutely. >> reporter: this keeps getting back to bank of america. cheryl begged management there for help and they did nothing. and now, we know for sure, this could have been stopped. this crook could have been stopped if they had just called the economic crimes investigators like they are trained to do. >> well, i heard you ask him, are you willing to go after these guys or this guy. are they willing to get involved now? >> reporter: this is exactly the kind of case th considering it. the fbi is already investigating and they could work together on it. but in the meantime, cheryl, she is looking for a really good attorney to take on bank of america. >> wow. $51,000 gone. if you have a problem that needs solving call behnken. the number is 1-855-behnken. it is friday, you know that. and it is time for football. we are just hours away from the friday night blitz. coming up next, we have a live preview of our game of the week.
wharton. our own paul ryan is joining us live at tampa bay tech. >> reporter: they are spray painting the numbers on the field now as we speak. a couple of volunteer kidsment you have the whole field set up. this is shaping up to be a great one. not a conference game yet. but still one of those classic rivalries and a lot of that has to do with what happened last year when these two teams met. tampa bay tech blew a lead and lost 16-14. but, you know, a lot of coaches would generally say snap and clear. get that out of your opportunity to avenge that loss. and hope to do so tonight. >> i remember us going into the game maybe a little too confidence. not being able to recapture our lead. it was really a learning experience for us as a team. >> reporter: but the titans
daquan green is now chomping at the bit to avenge last year's loss. >> this rivalry says all my brothers went there, they want me to be with them. this year, it will be more to it than touchdowns. try to run up the score. 50 plus points. no score for them. [ laughter ] they just are not going to score. >> reporter: green will play a major factor tonight. that's for sure. but i talked to head coach jason robert and he said this is going to be won or lost in the trenches. we will have to tech can come back and avenge their fight to wharton tonight on the blitz. >> looking forward to the highlights. paul ryan live at tampa bay tech. >> and join dan lucas, paul ryan, and anthony allred, tonight for the friday night blitz. a breakdown of tonight's big plays starts at 11:15 so we will see you then. >> it will be a good night. a lot of highlights. friday is always fun. josh benson is here with a look at what is coming up at 5:30. >> reporter: coming up, homeless dogs from out of state are crowding into the tampa bay humane society. how the strain on the system is
>> right now on newschannel8 at 8:00 at 5:30. >> hillsborough county is handing over 100 grand to the humane society to strays. but just where are those strays coming from? tonight, 8 on your side investigates. good evening, i'm jennifer leigh. >> i'm josh benson. thanks for being with us tonight. now, an 8 on your side investigation. shelter-skelter. >> thousands of animals shipped into tampa bay. the humane society contends it is saving thousands of animals bringing them to tampa bay and