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money. at least that is what she claimed. a man suspected a scam and knew he better call behnken. good evening, i'm keith cate. >> i'm jennifer leigh. thank you for joining us tonight. we begin with breaking news. firefighters are battling a two alarm fire in hillsborough county. this is video from less than an hour ago. you see the smoke billowing there. the scene is near berry and benjamin roads. there are chemicals and possibly animals inside. lego hd paul lamison who is live over the scene. paul, that's the latest there? >> >> reporter: good afternoon. the fire is down a little bit. it is a very active scene. this is the renew it supply company. they do pet supplies. flea supplies so firefighters are concerned about the chemicals inside and some animals inside. it is still hard to get in.
to look inside the building. they still have not gone into most of it. the fire is down considerably. let me show you, you can see what the heat from the fire did. it almost collapsed this part of the roof. and, the other problem is traffic. the smoke was heavy. this is the veteran's expressway. they have lanes of traffic closed and i will zoom in down here and as you go down toward tampa international airport, the traffic is bumper to bumper and very slow going. so in this area traffic will be a problem because of the fire. >> paul lamison, thank you very much. someone shot and killed a store clerk in lake wales seconds after he closed for the night and that gunman is still on the loose at this hour. melissa marino joins us live at the quality plus gas station and the public really need to be on high alert. >> reporter: that's right. just terrifying. they ambushed him right over
now, the search is on for these suspects. this is video of mohammed alum's last moments. he is walking to his car to go home. but two people waiting in the dark have a different plan. they point a gun in his face and make him take off his pants. then ... >> i heard a couple of shots. >> reporter: they took his life. >> you don't have to kill somebody to rob them. >> reporter: friend james frazier is devastated. >> i care because he i have a family. >> reporter: now a man hunt for these dangerous criminals. >> it is alarming. >> reporter: after pulling the trigger, you can see they run off with the victim's pants. >> the fact they are willing to take somebody's life over something as simple as a pair of pants and what he has. >> reporter: investigators scoured every inch of the qp gas station where it happened. they took molds of the footprints where the suspects ran. >> we have two shifts of officer out.
right now working the street talking to informants. interviewing residents. they are looking for everyday. >> reporter: desperately searching for anything. >> the biggest fear right now is not getting these guys soon enough. >> they shoot him in cold blood like that? i hope they find the people. >> reporter: just heartbreaking. these flowers, a woman, a regular customer dropped them off. she said she had to do something. he was such a nice guy, she had to award for information leading to an arrest. >> reporter: absolutely. a $3,000 reward is being offered. anyone with information is asked to call crime stoppers. they are also looking for the pants the suspects made off with or anything that may have been in them. keys, cell phone, wallet. any information that may lead them to the suspects. >> melissa marino live in polk county, thank you. a mother and her two
five people killed in a fiery crash. one girl is fighting for her life. they were hit head on at mlk in tampa. eyewitnesses claim street racing is to blame though troopers say there is nothing to prove that. relatives of the family killed are heartbroken. >> i don't wish this upon anybody at all. i mean, he is in pieces. you know? so it hu there's families out there who have suffered so much pain. and i can only imagine how it feels to lose, you know, 90% of your family. >> troopers tell us the driver who caused this crash also died along with his passenger. investigators confirmed the driver was speeding but again, no evidence shows he was racing. well, here's a twist, with only 12 days to go before election day, a democrat is
donald trump. newschannel8's political reporter candace mccowan joins us now. we know senator marco rubio has been trying to keep arms length from donald trump for a while. and you have congressman patrick murphy is forced to defend himself. >> absolutely. i asked congressman murphy about this very thing right here in our studio last week. he said there is no connection between his family's business and donald trump. all it takes is a little looking and you will see trump and murphy's family business do have ties. >> it is marco ru it is an absolute lie. we have never done business with donald trump. >> reporter: there is no confusing his answer even when asked a second time. >> let's clear this up. was there not some dealings between him and your father on a real estate deal? >> no. absolutely not. we have never had a contract with donald trump. >> reporter: his father tom owns coastal construction. the congressman once worked there, but now owns millions in company stock. check out coastal construction's website and you
and, there is this picture of murphy's father and trump shoveling dirt at a ground breaking together. murphy's campaign e-mailing me thursday saying donald trump showed up for a photo open abdomen collected a check to have his name written on the side of a building saying coastal construction has never worked for donald trump. murphy has gone full throttle on marco rubio who announced donald trump's comments about women. but rubio coue the republican nominee. >> marco rubio is just trying to distract and confuse the voters because he is so concerned with his own choice for president. >> reporter: voters will now have to decide who has the closer ties to donald trump and if it matters. and, if this is a distraction or a lie. >> it is an absolute lie. we have never done business with donald trump. >> you know, and this race is very contentious. there are polls out there many have taken in the past few
points ahead of murphy. >> they have had a couple of debates and there is no love lost between the candidates. it's a tough race there. >> reporter: right to the finish. >> candace mccowan, thank you. now, to the campaign trail in the presidential race. first lady michelle obama campaigned with hillary clinton in north carolina. clinton talked about her plans to combat bullying. on the gop side, trump is making three stops in ohio. most polls show trump ahead in the buckeye state. and speaking of polls, experts scratching their heads. many polls show widespread differences with just days until the election. mark meridith has been digging into the data and he joins us live from our dc bureau. the million dollar question is which number should we believe? >> reporter: jen, i wish i could give you that answer because we are seeing so many polls coming out every single day. and as you were talking about, they are sending different messages. so, you do have to break it down a little bit.
is ahead. however, by how much of a margin? well, that depends on who you ask. i want to start by looking at an la times tracking poll. this is a poll that is done a little bit more frequently than some of the other polls you would see. and you can see there that it is a dead even split. this is among 3200 likely voters when asked, they are right now split, a tie between hillary clinton and donald trump. but, on this same day we see that poll come out, we are seeing another one. this one from abc washington post. also a tracking poll. but you can see there, right now, we have clinton ahead by seven. and this was with 1100 likely voters. so, what is interesting is when you look at the margin of error, it could swing things in either direction. clinton would still win, but it would be a much closer race. so, what we are looking at here among these polls really is telling. but we also have to make the point that this is just what
both the democratic and republican party, jen, they are spending millions of dollars to try to get this poll information first and to get it right. jen? >> wow, well, okay, let's look past the polls for a moment. what can either campaign do to really hammer home their message in the next couple of days or is there anything? an attack or an ad that will make a big difference? >> reporter: we are seeing the ad wars heat up. donaldru and network news coverage. we are seeing more of his ads hit the airways in the last couple of days. clinton has been trying to paint the message of what she can bring to the table following president obama's presidency. she was on the campaign today with the first lady. the president will be out there on her behalf tomorrow. for donald trump, it will be interesting to see if he changes the message. he was on the stump today. didn't seem to have any sign of that.
thank you so much. and as we get closer to election day, you will want to keep an eye on our 2016 election guide. you will find all the early voting locations and when the polls are open. you can find to wfla.com, click on the news tab and then hit politics. 12 days. it will be over soon. >> if we can make. >> we are right there with you folks. then we will start the next campaign. they campaign all the time now. well, but demanded money. >> coming up, when a man got suspicious of an online relationship, he knew he better call behnken. what role a porn star is playing in this drama. >> temperatures very consistent the past couple of days reaching the low 80s and falling into the upper 70s into the evening and our rain chances remain low. we have the weekend forecast
>> keeping a watch on this breaking news for you. firefighters battling a warehouse fire in hillsborough county. you are looking live at eagle 8 hd. a lot less smoke than earlier. white smoke now, but it is still causing a just pitch black smoke shutting down the road. we understand there are chemicals, possibly animals in the building. we will bring you the latest updates as we get them. now, max defender 8. the world's most powerful radar and your storm team 8 forecast with chief meteorologist steve jerve. >> had a rainy day in south florida. but not here. fairly quiet day as i
drenching across the southern portion of the state. the temperatures continue to feel pretty mild because we are seeing the easterly flow hoping to add a bit more humidity into that atmosphere. here is a look at the hyundai of new port richey. 82 degrees the temperature with the north wind at 5 miles an hour. a lot of high clouds streaming across the area today. freedom plaza, 80 degrees now, with a north wind at 5 miles an hour. more substantial looking clouds. but as you just saw in the radar, there is not too much happening in the moment. here at nissan of gorgeous saint pete beach. 84 degrees. same kind of looking sky with the high and bid level clouds. 86 degrees saturday. 86 sunday. you get the theme here. we are in a weather pattern that will likely hold. the same weather conditions will carry on. robert in the park, took this yesterday. but similar skies today all the
77 degrees at 9:00 p.m. comfortable. maybe a few clouds left around, a mild morning at 7:00 a.m. 86 degrees, mild because temperatures are above normal. we do feel a bit more moisture in the atmosphere. that is how we define mild. 82 degrees current temperature, river view. clearwater beach. lutz, 81. sun city center, 80. wimauma, 81. you can see frostproof, 81. 82 venice, sarasota winds continue consistently out of the east and this forecast, it is amazing to watch how little things have changed. high pressure to the north of us. gradient is a little stronger meaning stronger winds across the southern part of the state. that combined with a surface trough is leading to wetter conditions across the southern portion of the state. but wind gusts over 23 miles an hour around the winterhaven area. some of this upper level moisture streaming south to north. the hurricane center mentioned an area in the gulf of honduras
they have it at 0%. look at the rain here. the keys especially. the surface trough, key largo all the way across sections of southwest florida. very consistent rain today. we just pretty much have clouds locally. rap model shows the clouds will be to the south. but it is still kind of in the sky here as we go through the the late evening hour. we will see quite a few clouds. rain chance is less than 10%. not impossible, but not that likely. cold front to the north. that is not moving through. feature and will stay that way. as a result, our eight day forecast will stay that way too. 85 degrees. 84, all the way through halloween. seasonally, our temperatures are dropping off. we will stay pretty warm through this period. if you've been cheated, when you need help, she's on your side. better call behnken. >> your brain knows something isn't right. but your heart really wants to
sophisticated that a growing number of americaning are falling for it and losing big time money. a clearwater man got caught up in a romance scam. that is when he knew he better call behnken. shannon behnken joins me now. sometimes they call it cat fishing. >> reporter: they do. every time this man was convinced this was a scam, he was pulled right back into this web of deceit. he called me to get to the bottom of what is real. >> right here. >> reporter: innocently. a young woman from chicago reached out to don whitehead on an internet chat site. >> she said that she went over there to ghana with a group of women. and, their primary job was midwife helpers. >> reporter: the woman, marilyn ahani, sent these pictures. then phone calls. >> after about the third or fourth phone call, she said something about ...
>> reporter: her story? she went to west africa for work, and got trapped. then, she cried and wanted cash to help her get home. and oh, she claimed to fall in love with don. >> i said, well you know what? if that is what this is about, then we need to close this up now. you know? >> so at first, you thought it was a scam and you tried to shut it down. >> right. >> reporter: don grew to believe. over fount doubts sending marilyn more than three grand. >> in your heart of hearts do you think you are getting scammed? >> no. >> well ... um ... shall we call here? see if she is really stuck over there? we want to help her. >> please enter the number of who you wish to call. >> hey, hi marilyn. i'm here with shannon behnken
chicago? right. >> sorry to hear that you are stuck in ghana. >> yeah. >> what happened? >> yeah, i have been here for a while. >> reporter: this went on and on. calls shut off until don sent more money. >> listen to me, whatever i'm doing with don, it's real. okay? r and i know i'm going to prove it to him. >> reporter: in between calls i broke the news. the woman in the pictures is really aria giovanni. >> you see the title here? pornographic actress? >> reporter: here she is on the cover of hustler magazine. i found dating profiles all over the internet. vivian, beatrice. sheila. >> i imagine like all the other little scams, people are making
stuff. >> reporter: don saw the life. then marilyn upped her game with a video chat. yep, this caught us off guard too. but, it is fake. an old aria video. notice, there's no sound. so finally convinced don? this youtube video of the real aria. >> i was like all gigglely. >> unbelievable. wow. i fell for this hook line and sinker. >> reporter: i how much money it would take to get her out of ghana and she asked me for $1,800. so, jen, i guess i better get that newschannel8 credit card out. >> i wouldn't spend any more money on whoever this is. i know these photos helped you to unravel this case for this gentleman so he would know this is a fake. >> reporter: don said it was this photo that convinced him she was real because he asked
and she did that, but i found the exact same photo on the internet with ice cream. >> so, it has just been photo shopped? >> reporter: yes, very good job, but photoshopped. >> what a scam. thank you very much shannon. if you have a problem that needs solving, you see all kinds here. better call behnken, the number is 1-855-behnken. we'll be right back. amendment 1 protects consumers from scams, promotes safe solar, and is endorsed by florida's firefighters. because amendment 1 stops their subsidies. amendment 1 ensures that if you don't choose solar, you don't have to pay for those who do. amendment 1 blocks special subsidies for special interests. it's solar done right.
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>> apple is delaying the roll out of their air pod headphones. they say it's not ready and they need more time. apple also says they will launch a new mac book pro for the first time in four years. as part of the cost cutting measures, twitter is cutting off the vine video app. the app will be discontinued. users will still be able to access and download their vines and the website will stay online. the vine was created in 2013 as of course, it has sort of been replaced by pariscope. >> things change. we have to move onto the next thing. >> just like we move onto 5:30. >> there you go. a standout football player and this is a serious story we have, killed after crashing into a house. we have to look back on the look that maxwell holloway left
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i know he'll always stand with you. i'm charlie crist and i approve this message. >> right now, on newschannel8 at 5:30. >> a devastating house fire claims the lives of two people in sarasota. new details on what could have caused the flames to spread so quickly. go a sarasota home engulfed in flames within minutes killing two people inside and injuring another. 24 hours later the cleanup continues but the questions still remain in this case. we are also learning the victims were trapped inside their home as it burned around them. newschannel8's john rogers joins us now live, so john, could the clutter inside of that home have played a role? >> reporter: it certainly could have. if you look at the ruins behind me, you can see it strewn on