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> a giant sinkhole at a mosaic plant in polk county appears to be growing. 8 on your side is investigating what state and local leaders knew about the crater and what it did to warn nearby residents. excitement is building for a high-speed ferry that links the cities of tampa and st. pete. what we are learning today about this pilot program and when we can all start using it. plus, danger at a bay area school. f0 students are making a treacherous walk without sidewalks. 8 on your side looks at the nger and the plans to keep students safe. good morning and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. thank you for waking up with us
for the day. >> not too bad. last full day of summer and. right now, it's warm but it's dry. notice the showers off of pinellas and pasco counties at this moment. not making their way closerrer to the coast. and i want to show you through the atmosphere though. the red color is nice, dry air. and blue and green, that's a the humid air. but what's been happening in the last few hour, the red color is starting to spread south. and this is upper-level dry air. and what that will do the for us, but it will keep our rain chances slightly lower which is why it's just 10% this morning. and during the afternoon, only a 30% chance. still hot and humid today with a high of 90. coming up in weather and traffic on the 8s, i am tracking the tropics, two systems i'm watching for you. and leslee has her eye on the roads. we have a good drive here. it is just very, very nice out there. seeing more vehicles out on the roadway but it's still very light. here's 275 at fowler.
in down the town. and traveling along channelside in front of the amalie arena, you will see construction. left lane taken away between florida down to jefferson. that's phase one of a big project, revitalization going on there. and construction at florida avenue through the spring of 2018 between washington and kennedy. we've got one lane taken away. it does run one way here. and through downtown tampa. let's take a live look, i-4 in polk coun around kathleen road. and no delays in lakeland. that's a look at weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. > an 8 on your side investigation this morning. this massive sinkhole in polk county appears to be getting bigger and take a look. this is what eagle 8 hd found just yesterday. look at the differences. the walls cracking and separating. >> yeah, if you compare the two, look at the video on the right specifically, that was taken just six days ago.
insists that the sinkhole is not showing signs of growth. news channel 8's ryan hughes is now live from polk county. residents are furious with the company and government officials quite frankly. >> reporter: gene and gayle, good morning to you. and there's a big reason why, when the massive hole opened up here in polk county in late august, we're told that mosaic told county, state and federal agencies but failed to tell anyone who lives around here. listen. what it's already done to me and my neighbors out here. >> reporter: company officials apologized to residents recently explaining they should have let every one of them know about the potential problems and dangers with the sinkhole but they didn't. they only discussed it among each other. the secret got out last week when 8 on your side confirmed 215 million-gallons of radioactive water used to produce fertilizer escaped into
opened up and possibly contaminating the drinking water. since then, the drinking water has been tested. in the next half hour, we tried to get answers from the florida department of environmental protection and we confronted the deputy director in tallahassee. hear and see what happened when that went on in the next half hour. >> and we are on the ground. and as you saw through eagle 8 hd, we are flyin in the size of the hole in just a matter of days. thank you, ryan. happening today, the idea for a high-speed ferry between tampa and st. pete is beginning to take shape. major developments regarding the service will be released by project officials. news channel 8's mary mcguire is now live near the tampa convention center where the ferry would launch from. and mary, do we have an idea on the exact details that will be released later today? >> reporter: well, gene, we are expecting to learn more specifics about this project, including exactly what this vessel will look like, how many people it can hold and also the
it will travel between downtown tampa and st. pete. this was all approved back in august by city leaders in tampa and st. petersburg. the ferry would drop the people off near the water front near the tampa convention center and then would travel between that point and the park in st. pete. slashing lots of time off of commutes, especially during rush hour. >> we go back and forth between it but i'm retired and we have to beat the traffic all the time. >> rte the ferry are tentatively priced around 5 to $10 per trip. and again, the big announcement will take place at 10:00 a.m. in downtown tampa. and if all goes according to plan, the ferry could take off as soon as november, gene. and i know that we all know how aggravating it can be to sit in rush hour traffic so this could be a big help for commuters and al for people that just want to be out there and enjoy the water. we're told the trip would take about 45 minutes but a prettier
>> something to look at. thank you, mary. > st. petersburg's mayor and the head of public works faced tough questions about the release of sewer water into tampa bay. the department of environmental protection revealed more than 248 million-gallons of waste water were released into the bay from pinellas county. this is despite a consultant's report warning the city to shut down a water treatment plant to help avoid the problem. >> what's critical here is when the decision was made to close the plant and the plant was actually closed, who knew about this report? because this report came out before that date. >> the plant was closed? >> right. >> that was the mayor and the mayor claims he was never shown the report. he's calling for a legal investigation to find out more. and angry parents taking action. these parents want a sidewalk
one parent tells us, students on the way to and from school have no choice but to walk or bike on the edge of haynes bay shore road. it's about a mile long. county officials explain they're studying the possibilities now. >> we have to put in ramps, we have to take a look at connecting. and we have to look at pedestrian safety. and the drainage has to be permitted. we have to do calculations. we have to make sure that the drainage works. >> we're told sidewalk shore road will begin next summer. a pasco county man is accused of hitting a 79-year- old school volunteer with his car on purpose. deputies tell us this guy lawrence franklin refused to go in the correct drop-off lane at the school. franklin reportedly took his foot off the brake, allowing the car to roll into a volunteer trying to direct traffic there.
an air conditioning scare prompted evacuation preparations at a hospital. luckily the ac came back on so no patients had to be moved. an explosion caused by a chilled water pump failure knocked out ac for about two hours last night. there are no reports of injuries. it's 5:38 on this wednesday morning and another muggy morning. >> it is. the last full day of summer. and it will feel every bit of summer as you're out and about throughout the day. now keeping the forecast at about 78 degrees at 7:00 a.m. just a fast warm-up to 83 at 10:00. by 1:00 p.m., it's 87. and the high temperature should happen around 4:00 p.m. and 90 degrees. and what about the rain chances? that yellow shaded area basically along the coast, west of 75, you really only have a 20% rain chance between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. that's the lowest rain chance. and then from tampa, i-75 from wesley chapel down through bradenton and through polk
30% chance. tropical depression karl as of 5:00 this morning, downgraded but should recurve back out into the atlantic. no issue for the u.s. coast. and same thing for lisa. lisa is a tropical storm but should dissipate completely in the central atlantic. and we will check on traffic on the 8s as more people get their wednesday started. yeah, it's been nice. we've had an extra light traffic situation every morning since the beginning of the week. i will keep my fingers crossed. lakeland ar between each entrance of the polk parkways. and no delays through polk county. wesley chapel in and out on 75 looks very good. and here's a look at 275 at fowler avenue into downtown, light. and i-4 at kathleen road, polk county looks great. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. > the popular candy skittles finds itself in the middle of the presidential campaign.
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those are sacrifices? overnight protesters clash with police in charlotte, nort carolina. >> hundreds fill the streets in a stand-off with police in riot gear. this follows a deadly officer involved shooting. meredyth censullo is monitoring the developments and joys us now live. >> reporter: yeah, more than a dozen police officers and protesters have been hurt after a night of rioting. protesters set fires, destroyed a police cruiser and even shut
police cruiser was destroyed. officer responded with tear gas. it all happened just hours after police shot and killed a man tuesday afternoon. officers said they were serving a warrant on someone else when keith scott got out of a car with a gun and came towards them. >> they're in the apartment complex parking lot and this subject gets out with a weapon. they engage him. and lethal threat and fired his weapon because of that. reporter: keith scott's family members say he was not armed but police claimed a gun was found. both scott and the officer who shot and killed him are african- american. in tulsa, oklahoma, new details in the death of terrance crutcher an unarmed black man shot and killed after refusing to put his hands up. we are hearing from an officer now.
recognition expert and thought he was under the influence of a narcotic like pcp. she also thought he was reaching towards his vehicle for a gun. toxicology tests are not finished. and this morning, the "today" show will have an interview with the sister of terrance, krutcher, the man killed in tulsa. >> we will tune in to the that. thank you. developing this morning, federal officials are charging ahmad khan rahami with using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing public places. he is the main suspect believed to be behind the weekend bombings in new jersey and new york. federal prosecutors say he bought bomb-making materials online and had a journal that said in part, the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets.
found nothing tying him to terrorism. in your vote, democratic presidential candidate hillary rodham clinton is headed to florida today. she will campaign in orlando where she is expected to lay out her blueprint for our economy. her visit comes after a fresh attack from republican donald trump. at a rally in north carolina, trump tried to paint clinton as the ultimate insider. >> she represents the donor, the politicians, the big banks, the multi-national getting rich off of a very rigged system. >> meanwhile, you may have seen this on social media, donald trump's son, donald, jr. still under fire this morning days after his tweet about skittles. the tweet you see here posed the question, if i had a bowl of skittles and i told you just three would kill you, would you take a handle? that's our syrian problem. the parent company of skittles responded, skittles are candy,
across america, many say never hit back but one teacher could not resist. this is the shocking video. a 16-year-old philadelphia high school student violently fighting with his english teacher. the teach even puts the student in a head lock. eyewitnesses report the fight stemmed in an argument in the classroom. >> wild video. well, got quite the shock when a huge tire came crashing through the window. you can see the window busted thereupon. and the tire looks like maybe it was just there, dumped in the living room floor. the rear tire flew off a passing farm truck. and now the home needs repairs but luckily no one was hurt in the home. a surprise visitor caught on camera. love this. this happened at an anchorage, alaska hotel. you see the black bear. he walks himself right up
unexpected guest sent hotel staff running. including, if you look closely, the reception staff. yeah, he wasn't able to check in. the curious bear was tranquilized and that put an toned his urban adventure. >> the double sized bed. >> yeah, didn't pack luggage. >> maybe he wasn't planning on staying long. for one pennsylvania bride, it was love at first sight. >> and we're not talking about the groom but adorable puppies.h before the bride's big day, it was fate. she decided to forget the bouquets and take them instead with these puppies. the dogs are up for adoption. >> good. >> she's big into that. >> i was concerned that the groom was going to call it quits. maybe get cold feet. >> i'm not sharing the bed with all the dogs. >> yeah, that's a whole lot of baggage. cute but too many.
weather for us. >> yeah. so cute. and i'm sure those dog have been adopted. i have seen the picture all over social media. a couple showers off the pinellas coastline at this point. but unlike yesterday, they're just drifting to the south. yesterday they were pushing right on to shore. i don't expect to see as much rain this morn ago long the coast. i mean, yeah, there's a slim chance. most of you will be sunny and around 79 degrees at 8:00 a.m. and the first few showers begin to develop 86degrees. and 30% rain chance this afternoon. with a high of 90. and 30% rain chance is less than yesterday. it's 77 in plant city. 74 in brooksville. my weather watcher rich in oldsmar says it's 74 at hiss house. and through the day, notice the showers offshore, and maybe sneaking onshore around 8:30 or so. by lunchtime, a couple showers begin to form. a little better rain chance for those spotty storms into polk county and highlands county in the afternoon and evening. a 30% chance today.
and friday. leslee, how about traffic on the 8s? well the sun coast parkway, in pasco county, traffic flowing at good speeds. also on the sun coast parkway. and when you switch to the veterans expressway, head into hillsborough county, still continues to be a very, very good drive. and all right, a look out in new port richey, u.s. 19 looks good. and new port richey, state road 54, look at this, just 19 to the sun coast parkway. 12 minute commute there. and starting to get busier but a good iv the reason it's yellow, you have red lights. and still holding on to a wonderful drive in the lakeland area. this is i-4 right in the heart of lakeland around kathleen road. polk county is up to speed. that's weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. when you dial 911, time is of the essence. >> port, yeah, and it helps to have a veteran dispatcher on the other line. right? well, even the most seasoned 911 operator would have been caught off guard by what
>> where did this happen? >> between elferton. >> between where? muddiford. >> where? >> the accent gives it away. >> what? where? >> the deal, a woman again called the massachusetts police department. and she was trying to report a suspected hit-and-run but you heard the dispatcher, he has no clue. he doesn't know where she is calling from. >> so you have called the police department. >> yes. >> in massachusetts. >> massachusetts? >> yes, massachusetts. >> sorry, there's no way you can help me is there? >> where exactly are you calling from? >> england. >> yeah, you got to love that british humor.
f0 i love when she asks him. how did this happen? all right, the caller used a program similar to siri that gave her the number in massachusetts instead of england where she lives. so siri does not know everything. >> if she called the south, you're not around from these parts, are you? >> if they called me, i wouldn't even be able to understand them. >> i love that charming accent. > florida attorney general pam bondi is playing defense this morning. >> she is accused of taking a bribe from donald trump. and in the next half hour, what she has to say in her defense. and he takes a knee during the national anthem and now one football player claims what is happening to him now is proof that he is making a point. first, weather and traffic
it's time for weather and traffic on the 8s. it's still dark as we look over the river in downtown tampa. a pretty morning, just on the humid side. 79degrees at tampa international airport. dew point of 75. mid-70-degree dew points. that's steamy. i checked in with wendy in brooksville. she says it's 47 degrees. and while it wi humid throughout the day with a high of 90, not as many storms. only a 30% chance due to drier air in the upper levels of the atmosphere. >> that was a beautiful picture there of downtown tampa. and tampa, your drive downtown looks good. we do have construction on channelside and florida avenue a side from that, a good drive. the howard frankland bridge, only six minutes to cross it. traffic has been light this morning. okay, having a lucky day. maybe because it's my birthday. i don't know. look at this.
a 95-year-old man found murdered in his bay area home. who investigators want to question about this violent death. > tensions running high in charlotte, north carolina. angry protesters confront police in riot gear. still ahead, the deadly police confrontation that prompted the de and would you take your morning commute with a computer? self-driving taxis are on the street right now in one united states city. could the bay area be the next stop? good wednesday morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i'm gayle guyardo. let's get you out the door. how is it looking, leigh? >> so far, so good. in fact, today i am tracking a couple showers offshore but