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good thursday morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i'm gayle guyardo. in our top stories this morning, the search is on for an art thief. take a good look at this newly released surveillance video. police tell us this is the thief caught on camera carrying a box that contains the stolen chihuly sculpture. the art piece worth $25,000 is now back at the st. pete art gallery and the search is on to catch the person responsible. after a rough time at sea,
land today. jersey port. the ship was on the way to the bahamas via florida when it encountered a winter storm, powerful winds and tall waves tossed the vessel around for hours and sent furnishings flying. and some people onboard were even hurt. >> what a mess. the battle over a piece of property in tampa will be a heated topic at today's tampa city council meeting. city council members are expected to vote today on what to do with a piece of land near st. joseph's hospital. the hospital is proposing a parking lot. neighbors are against it. in a live report, why residentses claim this is a racial issue. all right, the time right now is 43:00 1 . let's turn things over to span -- 4:31. let's turn things over to leigh spann. it's the cold. >> it is. the good news is, it's also not as windy this morning. but for citrus and sumpter, you have a freeze warning until 9 :00. you could continue to drop.
that's the purple area for all of pasco and areas away if the coast and hillsborough, manatee and all of polk and highlands county. if you have frost on the wind shield, take a picture and send it to me. 30 in inverness now. 32 in zephyrhills. and polk county, just above freezing like at 34 in auburndale. and milder near the coast, bradenton, you're 47 but everybody is colder than yesterday. brooksville is 17 degrees colder. a marked difference. 14 degrees colder in brandon. but we will also warm up nicely, tall way to the 64 degrees. now that's below average but more comfortable in the sunshine. now in weather and traffic on the 8s at 4:38, i have an eight- day the temperature trend. and some of you may like the trend. >> especially towards valentine's day. >> exactly. right now, good news. traffic looks light out there. we're looking at a westbound i- 4, actually eastbound as well, either direction from they the known sacrifice sacrifice to mcintosh, looks good.
7 5 . out of pasco county, no delays there. and bruce b downs to tampa, roughly nine minutes on the drive time. and an accident on the shoulder now, selmon, pressway around bay to bay. and take a look at the damage that was left behind by the crash on 275. we're going show you video here. this is south at bearss avenue. wow. the driver tells us that he tried to avoid a deer, oh, my dear, and ended up slamming into a railing. he is okay. and we are told that traffic is not impacted. again, this is 275 around bearss. that's a look at weather and traffic. now back to gene and gayle. right now, two bay area students are in big trouble. both for having guns on school property. we're talking about two totally separate incidents. both on the same day. leaving parents wondering, what's going on. news channel 8's adrienne pedersen is live at brandon
and adrienne, as a mom, this is terrifying. >> reporter: good morning, gayle. it really has to be. and we're going to try to the talk to parents as they pull up here many a few hours. but in the meantime, the student here, 18 years old, i did check, he is accused of having a gun on a bus. well, he's going to go before a judge in a few hours. we talked to one of his neighbors who tells us, it's amazing nothing terrible happened. >> going to do something at school in rob a store or somebody? it's disturbing. >> reporter: disturbing to say the least. deputies tell us another student saw 18-year-old jamarcus sims had a gun on the bus. the student texted a relative who in turn called the sheriff's office. eventually, deputies got everybody off the bus and cuffed the teen. in a separate issue in tampa during a lockdown at plant high school, police found a student sitting in his car with guns
he is now charged with two counts of possession of a firearm on school property. for simms, the student here in brandon, he is set to face a judge at 8:30 or 9:00. we will be on top of the case and let you know what happens onair throughout the day as well as on our app. >> wow, this is incredible. but about the child that texted his family from the school bus, that was quick thinking. all right, thank you so much, adrienne. >> really was. results if an 8 on your side investigation. manatee county shut down a pet sitter after a dog was mauled to death in her car. code enforcement gave pam morgan a cease and desist order. she has until monday to shut down the pet sitting business. a six-pound yorkie right here was dropped off at the pet sitter and ended up being killed by a 90-pound dog. breaking overnight, the oregon stand-off going on for more than a month now could be over in just a few hours.
remain inside the wildlife refuge. >> they insist they'll soon surrender. lindsey mastis is now live from the tampa news center. lindsey, what's happen right now. >> reporter: right the fbi has the refuge surrounded and overnight, police arrested the father of the group's leader. and now according to protester, he just flew into oregon and he planned to head to the refuge overnight. this is still a tense situation. protesters yelled at officers to move their armored vehicles back. at one point, while talking with the negotiator by phone, they insisted the only way they would leave is either dead or without charges and now they admit, they'll surrender. and they claim they'll leave the weapons in the vehicles and then walk one by one to a police check point. they plan to do this while carrying an american flag. the group has been at the refuge since january 2nd, protesting federal land use policies. it's not clear when they'll surrender but it is supposed to
we're continuing to monitor the situation and as soon as they surrender, we're going to let you know on-air and on our wfla news app. >> thank you. we will check back with you. in your vote, the road to the white house leads through south carolina this morning. today democratic candidates senator bernie sanders and hillary rodham clinton will face off for the sixth time. tonight's democratic presidential debate comes just days after senator sanders' victory in the new hampshire primary. tonight's debate takes place at the university of milwaukee at 9:00. in the republican party, the race is over for two candidates. governor chris christie and carly fiorina are now out. after finishing in sixth place in new hampshire, governor christie told the staff that he would end his bid. and former ceo carly fiorina also called it quits through a post on her facebook page. the six remaining candidates are looking forward to south carolina. >> we feel great. we have a great teem there. this is a state that's strong
i have as good a record if not better than anyone else in the race. >> senator marco rubio finished in fifth place in new hampshire. this morning, his campaign manager says that set back could extend the republican nomination fight for at least another three months. the republican presidential primary in south carolina is february 20th. well candidates are also looking ahead to the primary right here in florida. and you will notice that as they visit the bay area for many events in the coming days, donald trump will be in tampa tomorrow for a rally at usf. and tampa bay for sanders will hold a two-day music festival to encourage voter registration this weekend in st. pete. and the senator will be in sarasota on february 27th. and hillary rodham clinton will make a campaign stop. that's happening monday. and now at 4:38, a check of weather and traffic on the 8s. >> as the candidates come in, we will feel nice and warm for them but it feels chilly for us. temperature wise this morn, in the 30s.
32 zephyrhills. auburndale, 34. watch this hour-by-hour forecast as we quickly climb up by noon. 64 at 3:00 p.m. yeah, that's below average but considering how chilly it's been recently, yesterday a high of 58. this will feel more comfortable in the sunshine. cooler in crystal river. 63 in sarasota. and check out the eight-day temperature trend out, we get to 70 tomorrow, upper 60s for saturday, 67 on sunday which is of course valentine's day, hearts in the eyes there. and look toward the end of the eight-day, we trend up a degree above average. checking on traffic on the 8s now. things are rolling along chilly this morning. >> they are chilly. ia tell if that was emoji man or emoji woman. >> i switched it. it was emoji man. >> they start looking alike. let's take a look at traffic.
bay, it was tying up the right lane but no delays. be aware here in the south tampa area. and let's take a live look at the howard franklin bridge. looks like our camera is dirty here. we have a good drive across it, only roughly six minutes to pass. and then 275 bush boulevard, wonderful drive, actually i-75 over at the northern apex connecting with 275 out of pasco down thety, looks good into downtown tampa. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> leslee, thanks. beatles music will now reach a new generation. >> really cool. and then a florida man homeless for almost 10 years is reuniting with his family. how social media helped make this dream moment come true. first -- >> reporter: neighbors are upset a local hospital wants to build a parking garage in their bark yard.
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wanted to turn it into a parking lot but the city has continually said no way. 8 on your side's ryan hughs is live there this morning. ryan, good morning to you. residents are ticked off this is still going on. what are they saying now? >> reporter: good morning, gene. big time. they believe the 700-parking space facility would make their property values go down and now they are speaking up. >> the last thing we want to do is look out the window and see a four-story parking garage there. >> reporter: neighbors put up signs to draw attention to the issue. they claim top brass at st. joseph's is anti-hispanic and feel the move would destroy their community. the hospital has sought to rezone the land for years and the vote has failed three times. but the tampa city council will vote again tonight at 6:00. the word is, a yes vote could
you can count on 8 on your side to have the result. a contentious issue here that will likely continue. >> thank you. well today in florida, it is the eighth annual muslim day. news channel 8's matt gull which a is in tallahassee with more on today's legislative session. matt -- >> reporter: the florida house is in session, looking to pass portions of their budget and tax package. a florida senate panel will consider legislation that looks to stop another rape kit backlog before it happens. and a bill that looks to cut down on public school testing throughout the state will be in an appropriations education subcommittee. and also in the capitol today, the eighth annual muslim day will be celebrated. reporting in tallahassee, i'm matt galka. >> matt, thank you. social media is helping a homeless man in miami reunit with his family after nearly 40 years. an incredible story. these are the details here. the 65-year-old lost his job 10 years ago.
well recently an organization that records and shares stories of homeless people searching for loved ones up loaded a video on youtube and facebook. nearly a thousand views and 18 likes later, maybe more likes than that, he found his family. and now he is forever grateful. >> they're a god-send. they are. they are my hero now. they are my hero. they're my people now. my saints. >> he plans to meet up with his family this weekend. the organization that helped him is called miracle message. it was started back in 2014. congresswoman kathy caster is leading the delegation to havana this week. 8 on your side is the only television station covering this trip from cuba. the congresswoman will meet with port officials about business opportunities and
are changing the lives of cubans. >> it's very important for us to understand whether or not the restoration of diplomatic ties between cuba and the united states are working for every day cubans. >> she is also interested in meeting with small businesses and to see how changes between our two countries are impacting them. today, our jeff paterson will be traveling to cuba. you can watch his reports beginning tonight at 11:00 right here on news channel 8. this is neat, netflix is bringing the beatles to homes across the world with an bugs." get the kids into the music now. the series will feature five bug-like characters going on ventures to songs by the beatles. the music will be performed by artists from today. a new study could make you
for hours at a time. researchers believe being one, a couch potato, could shrink your brain. mine is tiny right now. >> you got shrink teenage going on? >> hey now! >> of the brain! >> woo. experts found low scores on a treadmill fitness test were linked with smaller brain volume 20 years later. in 20 year, i'll have shrink teenage, gayle. a smaller brain size could be connected to a higher risk of dementia and aller's disease. very serious stuff. but if you're watching us this the morning, we're going to give you so much information that your brain is going to grow. don't not watch us in the morning. freeze warning for citrus, hernando and sumpter. frost advisories for areas away from the immediate coastline, hillsborough, all of polk and pasco county and then places away from the coast in sarasota and manatee. you might see some frost. it's certainly going to be colder. the thing is, it's not going to
so maybe more comfortable as the day progresses. 41 degrees at 8:00 a.m. and notice we warm up quickly. 56 at noon. 64 degrees at 3:00 p.m. that's below average but on the pleasant side compared to the windy 58 we had yesterday. 32 in inverness. we are under a freeze warning. polk county, mid-30s at this point. so not right at freezing but just above it. so pretty cold. and even 39 in sarasota. as the day goes on, it's the coldest morning of this cold snap. sunny, low to mid-60s today. high heads east so we see this warming trend. not quite as cold tomorrow morning. and then we hit 70 tomorrow afternoon. 68 saturday. and valentine's day is 67. leslee, how about traffic on the 8s? we have an accident in pinellas county. it's a hit-and-run. but heads up, clearwater largo road at wyatt street, a collision in the clearwater area. just be aware of that. looks like it might not be taking up lanes so that's good news.
and we have a good drive on highway 60 across the courtney campbell causeway. in fact, from clearwater to tampa, just a seven-minute commute. overall, a good drive. travel times. off the howard franklin bridge into downtown, four minutes. and bearss avenue to i-4, just a 10 minute commute. and let's look at the skyway bridge. thank goodness it's not crazy and windy like the last couple days. only about a 10 minute commute between each of the toll plazas. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. and now back to gene and gayle. >> all right. , leslee, thank you. almost everyone listens to music but did you know the way you listen the to music can tell a lot about your love life. >> yes, this is interesting. up next, the reason listening to music outloud can be good for couples.
listening to music with your sweetheart may improve your sex life. but the way you listen to music matters. couples who listen to music outloud together had twice as much sex. and as a family translated into an increase in time children and parents spend with each other. we have dance party fridays at our house. really, it's fun. you should be there. i don't know what happens after the dance party. >> the idea for the study came
listening to music by themselves with their headphones on. >> you know, i think it depends on the song. the whole -- let's get it on >> that's not the family one though. >> no. giving police a pat on the back doesn't sound like a typical 10-year-old boy's birthday wish but this boy's wish is different. >> he is waking up fulfilled after police officers from around the nation gatherer toed to celebrate with him. he believes police are bullied sometimes. that's not nice. and he knows what that feels like so he started cookies for a cause. he is raising money for the police force and now he can call himself a hero too. >> and i will faithfully uphold the responsibilities of an honorary police officer -- >> looking good in the hat. get this, jeremy raised $10,000 selling cookies and now he is giving it all back to the same police organization dedicated to helping children. everyone was so supportive and
celebration was donated, including the venue, the food, all of it. how great is that? >> that's fantastic. weather and traffic on the 8s is three minutes away. plus, handling packages with care. that's what many people expect when mail gets delivered from companies like ups. in the next half hour, one delivery caught on camera that would make any customer cringe. it's 4:55. you're watching news channel 8 today. now at havertys furniture, it's our annual presidents day sale. which means it's the perfect time to create the perfect home. now through february 15th, everything in our store is on sale. plus, we're offering thirty-six month, come in today for our best prices of the year. can be perfect. even when life isn't. sfx: knocking. we're early! the presidents day sale. from classic to contemporary,
weather and traffic on the 8s. it's cold now. freeze warnings, frost advisories, but hey, as we head through the day, it's going to be a pretty quick warm-up, making it to 64. that's going to feel nice in the sunshine and we won't be quite as cold tonight with low into the 40s. i will tell you when we get near 70 degrees coming up. leslee, how about traffic on the 8s? well, road repair still