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breaking overnight, the man accused of killing a hillsborough high senior in a hit-and-run crash is out of jail. he is charged the 17-year-old as she left her after-school job. the emotional vigil to remember a life cut short is just ahead. and deputies say he kidnapped a 4-year-old polk county girl and drove her across the southeastern united states. today we will hear what the accused abductor has to say for himself. the war of words intensifies this morning. how donald trump is lashing out at hillary rodham clinton and
room language. good morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. thank you for joining us on this the friday morning. leigh spann is off but we have ed bloodsworth in the house. >> yeah, good morning, guys. the inland locations, you may see a few light drops. we have a few light showers from the east coast throughout the night. just a few drops on otherwise, the temperatures in the 70s. 75 in tampa. 68 in zephyrhills. and getting to 87 for today. and your mornings are likely to stay mild as well. we're talking about lows in the 70s. so above average temperatures as we head into the weekend, leslee lacey. >> 70s, how exciting. seemed like yesterday when it was scorching. >> yeah. well, traffic, we are heading off to a sad today.
and westbound i-4 connecting to southbound 275 is blocked. and so what happens is you're taken northbound on 275. we've got our photographer eric live on the scene. and what you are looking at right now is westbound i-4. as he zooms in, it's completely blocked. you cannot transfer to southbound 275. everyone is diverted northbound on 275. you got to go up to rt turned around. so add an extra 10 minutes on your commute. if you're leaving the house soon. we will keep you updated on this. this accident happened about an hour ago so it's going to be closed for a while. back to gene and gayle. >> all right, leslee lacey, thank you. and we are following breaking news. the man accused of hitting a 17- year-old girl on hillsborough avenue and leaving her to die posted bond overnight. investigators believe he was
struck and killed the hillsborough senior. she was on her way home from an after-school job. you can see the impact left on the hood of the car. it was a tip from the insurance agent that helped troopers arrest the driver. her family is devastated, as you can imagine. they gathered along hillsborough a two-day last night to remember -- hillsborough avenue last night to remember the teen. her mom and brother broke down in tears. they say news of little consolation. >> i'm happy that, you know, that they got him. but still not going to bring my sister back. she's not coming back. >> grief counselors were at hillsborough high school to help students. in your vote, it's a fight for womens' votes as donald trump responds to allegations that he made unwanted sexual
>> this as first lady michelle obama criticizes trump saying enough is enough. >> our meredyth censullo is in the news center. the first lady generally avoids direct attacks on candidates. it was different this time around. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. lady i did says she can't ignore comments made by donald trump more than 10 years ago. on the campaign trail for hillary rodham clinton in new hampshire, the first lady slammed trump's comments as and she told the crowd electing trump sends the message the to our children that everything they're seeing and hearing is okay. >> we're telling our sons that it's okay to humiliate women. we're telling our daughters that this is how they deserve to be treated. we're telling all our kids that bigotry and bullying are perfectly acceptable in the leader of their country. is that what we want for our children? >> reporter: on the campaign
defiant. -- remains defiant. he is responding with denial, the threat of legal action and attacks on the opposition. >> these vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false. >> reporter: the most recent poll of florida voters has clinton leading trump by points. that poll was released thursday by florida atlantic university. gayle-- >> all right, thank you so much, meredyth censullo. well, the fight for florida voters is bringing the vice presidential candidates to our state. republican governor mike pence will campaign in pensacola and miami today. tim kaine will attend an event in palm beach county tomorrow. and happening today, the man accused of kidnapping a 4- year-old polk county girl and driving her all over the
west wild hogs was transported back to florida after he and little becky lewis were found in memphis earlier this week. ryan hughes is live from the polk county sheriff's office. ryan, good morning. we are hoping to hear something from hogs in court because so far, he hasn't said anything. >> reporter: gene, good morning to you as well. yesterday, he was pressed by reporters about what happened but he did not say a word. >> why would you kidnap a 4-year- old girl? >> do you have anything to say to family? >> do you want to apologize to the family? >> reporter: that was our reporter trying to get answers from hogs but no avail. polk county sheriff judd tells us that he kidnapped becky lewis saturday morning and drove north on interstate 75. they were spotted in georgia and tennessee. a nurse at a memphis hospital noticed hogs and the girl after
cellphone and that nurse called 911. hogs was arrested and the girl was returned to her anxious parents safe and sound. right now, hogs faces kidnapping and auto theft charges. and we're told more charges could be tacked on when he goes before a judge here in polk county around 1:00 this afternoon. gene, back to you. >> we will be watching. thank you. a plant city man is headed to court this morning for this deadly crash. robert talent is accused of crashing a pickup truck into a home on orange valley drive in smashed up truck. the crash killed a 76-year-old janice folds. she is the wife of retired pastor reverend wyatt folds. she was in the front bedroom when the truck came plowing through. >> they were starting their normal morning routine and he was preparing to go to a bible study. his wife walked in to the guest bedroom.
behind her. >> the sheriff tells us that talent failed a field sobriety test. he is facing dui manslaughter charges and due in court this afternoon. a polk county family is struggling with the loss of their little boy. the 5-year-old was riding his bike with his 8-year-old sister when had he was hit and killed. this happened in lakeland. investigators believe austin crawford rode into the path of a truck. neighbors are struggling to understand. >> my little grandson said, he's five years old. >> little boy that you see all the time, that's happy and something like that happen, it's horrific. >> well, investigators tell us the driver who hit and kimed little austin -- hit and killed little austin is cooperating. the driver is not expected to face charges. let's get a check on the weather. ed, how is it going? >> not too bad many thorning. we-- too bad this morning. we have a few light showers.
second. but i want to take you through the day hour by hour. we will keep it slim this morning. and for everyone, only a 10% chance of seeing a shower this afternoon. with a high of 87. in clearwater, 78. waking up to 71 in venice. and the winds are light but they are coming out of the east, northeast. the flow continues. we've been in that for the last couple days. and our scattered cloudiness and a few hit or miss showers for today. so have the umbrella just in case to get caught under one of the showers. rain chances getting better for the weekend, but overall, low around 10 to 20%. so they shouldn't affect the roads too much in terms of rain this morning but it's already a busy start. >> it is.
the camera. this is the junction, westbound i-4. connecting to southbound 275. not going to happen right now. that ramp is going to be closed for a couple hours. motorcycle accident, unfortunately a fatal crash in the heart of the junction in down the town tampa. so traveling westbound i-4 which these vehicles are doing, you can't access southbound 275. you actually have to continue to northbound 275. and that will get you turned around at martin luther king and then you make your way back. and let's take a look at the live son talking about. eric, our photographer out there. again, this is westbound i-4 to the left. you can't transition to southbound 275. so the vehicles on the right are being detoured north. you have to turn around at martin luther king the it's going to the take time off of your commute this morning. no congestion yet though. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you, leslee lacey.
uncovering new information. the public transportation commission is in the middle of the battle to keep uber and lyft off the road. but news channel 8 has uncovered emails that reveal a close relationship between the ptc and the businesses that they're supposed to regulate. emails to ptc director include talking points about how to the argue against ride services. he claims the emails don't determine his recommendations. well the tampa bay lightning start the season with a win, beating the detroit red wings at amalie arena last night. the game started slow though with the red wings taking an early lead but the lightning powered through. in the 3rd period, steven stamkos passed to score the go ahead power play goal giving the lightning the lead.
stories down an elevator shaft. >> how investigators believe the tragic accident happened. and the deaths of two deer at a hillsborough county facilitity for students to learn about florida's wildlife. why investigators don't think the deaths are an accident. you're watching news channel 8 today. it only takes a second for an everyday item to become dangerous.
two deer the at an educational center for hillsborough students are found dead. and wildlife investigators want to know who killed them. buckky and row -- bucky and rosey were found dead a little more than a week ago. officials are appalled. >> yo a senseless act. >> yeah, i've been with the agency 39 years. >> authorities tell us they were in a secure pen and were used to being approached by people. across america, the man accused of driving the wrong way on a vermont interstate killing five teens will be arraigned today. he is charged with second degree murder. police claim he drove the wrong
with teens. this happened just outside burlington. he is accused of stealing a police cruiser after the deadly crash and driving that the wrong way again, slamming into at least seven other vehicles. parents in ohio are on edge this morning after a drive-by shooting outside of a school. a 12 and 15-year-old were shot as school let out for the day. they are listed in stable condition. investigators are now searching for the shooter. parents are well, an elevator tragedy in new york. a 6-week-old baby in a stroller fell down an elevator shaft. she died when she and her mother fell eight stories on to the top of an elevator car. it happened as they waited for the elevator on the 23rd floor. when the doors opened, the mom stepped forward but the car was not there. investigators claim crews were repairing the elevator but did not post any signs.
are bracing for more flooding brought on by hurricane matthew. the tar river is expected to crest today. already thousands of homes are under water. the storm is blamed for 22 deaths in north carolina and north carolina's governor fears more could die as the flooding continues. talk about a giant gator, this could be the biggest ever captured in the state of texas. would you look at this guys, trying to put up a fight there. crews pulled the reptile out of a it measures 13 feet, 8-inch, and weighs more than 900 pounds. i guess it's true, everything is really big in texas. crews removed the alligator after complaints that it was getting aggressive with people. it will now live at an alligator theme park. we will keep you posted. >> what is up with the shirt around his eyes? >> i don't know, they didn't want him to see where he was going. >> poor alligator. the anti-shopping on thanksgiving day movement continues to grow.
office depot will keep its doors closed. last year, the company offered thanksgiving day sales. and office depot explains you can get still good holiday deals online. more than two dozen retailors claim they'll be closed on thanksgiving day. a lot of people pushing against that. >> office depot, i was going black friday there. >> what do you buy? >> staples. >> paper clip, woo. >> yeah, thumb tacks and whatnot. >> because they're so ex from last christmas. don't want to think about that yet. make sure you grab the umbrellas this morning, especially in polk county. we've had a couple spotty showers slide in from the east coast. we have one south and east near auburndale. it's very, very light stuff this morning. and the rain chances are going to stay slim for us today. 72 now in fish hawk. and 68 in inverness.
climbing above average again. we will get to 87 degrees. the rain chance only around 10%. as this easterly flow sticks around, and dragging in moisture off the atlantic. but with drier air aloft, again, these will be quick moving showers. and they won't have much energy to them and they'll quickly slide in and then rain themselves out. the best chances are the inland locations. that will continue into the upcoming weekend as well. rain chance up to 20% for saturday and sunday. and back down to 10%, highs in another check of traffic this morning. and let's check in with leslee lacey. well, the big problem remains in the junction of downtown tampa. here in the distance, the ramp from westbound i-4 that connects to southbound 275. you're not seeing traffic move beyond it. and that is because you cannot connect to southbound 275 from westbound i-4. you're taken off of the roadway. and you have to go north on 275. let's go to eric, our photographer live on the scene. this is a fatal accident
ramp that's completely blocked thereupon in the distance as he zooms in, you can see the the police vehicles and emergency vehicles. but to the right, traffic is diverted off. so you are taken westbound on i- 4 and diverted up to northbound 275. once you get to martin luther king, then you can turn around and come back down to the junction. we are starting to see a delay as the cars sort of bunch up. and now this ramp is going to be closed for a couple hours. i will in leave the house 10 minutes early at this point, maybe even 15. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> okay, good advice. thank you, leslee lacey. an american folk singer honored for his lyrics. and the cool new features you can expect in some of the 2017 vehicles hitting the road. some hope to make life easier.
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i'm charlie crist and i approve this message. because i'll put the people first. always have, and always will. well, there's more to new cars than that new car smell and the shiny paint job. the 2017 models are showing off some pretty neat features. many alert you when the vehicle is drifting out of the lane and automatically adjusts cruise control speed based on distance between vehicles. and another feature becoming more and more common. it's called gesture control. it allows you to open the hatch or sliding door by waving your
from school or whatever. and talking about the little ones, you know, they can make a mess in the car. >> yes. >> check this out. it has a built-in vacuum. where does the junk go? that's a chore for the kids, to empty out. >> it's a chore for the parent, we all know it. but i want one of those. >> the kids will want to play with that. the newly renovated richard nixon presidential library and museum $15million was spent on undating the anaheim, california museum which now includes interactive displays and selfie stops. that's right. there's a serious side to the changes. officials hope new exhibits will help tell a more complete story of the 37th president's life after the watergate scandal that ended his presidency. people are still talking about the latest winner of the nobel prize.
and on this friday morning, headed to the bus stop with the kids, scattered clouds and maybe a stray shower and a quick shower will be possible as we go into the afternoon at 8 7 degrees. the best chance of rain will be in the inland locations. lower chances back towards the west coast. another check of traffic with leslee lacey. continuing into downtown, tampa, traffic is busier westbound i-4 approaching the
is blocked. you can't transfer to 275 southbound. what happens, we have a fatal motorcycle accident. you are taken up north on 275 at martin luther king, you can turn around and reenter southbound. elise: we couldn't believe it. that poor girl was raped by two football players and their friends. we were sure they would go to jail. so, when i heard state attorney mark ober decided to go easy on them, i was scared -- scared for my daughter. said losing a baseball scholarship was punishment enough. if mark ober can't protect our families,
deputies say he was driving drunk when he plowed into a polk county home, killed a much loved grandmother right in front of her husband. up next, the suspect headed to court to legoland ready to open its doors after a bomb threat shut down the park. coming up, what we are learning about the incident and what he go land is doing for the people forced to leave on thursday. plus, fighting human trafficking. can a new law save vulnerable teens from being exploited and forced into a life on the streets? good morning, welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> i'm gene ramirez. thank you for joining us on this friday morning.