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good wednesday morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i'm gayle guyardo. allison huffman, the woman accused of hitting and killing a tow truck driver on the howard franklin bridge is still behind bars this morning. she has a $750,000 bond. this is not huffman's first arrest. 8 on your side dug up her record and found four past dui arrests. and police are looking for burglars caught on camera going through a home in tampa. take a look here. the homeowners were at work at the time.
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that came to them straight through their cellphones. the alarm system is disguised as a decoration on the table. you see threat. and investigators tracked -- see it there. and investigators tracked down one suspect and now they are looking for the other two. and a live look at tampa's skyline this morning. make sure you give yourself extra time for the commute. there is fog in the bay area which could mean a longer drive this morning. it was so soupy when i drove in but not for gene. >> exactly. this is extremely patchy. meaning places like downtown tampa and polk county, perfectly clear. you can see for miles. but go a few miles and you run into almost a wall of fog. that's what we're seeing between hillsborough and polk county, plant city, brandon. you can only see about a quarter mile in front of you. you can see several miles in winter haven and lakeland. and fog in pinellas county and up into pasco and hernando.
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around at least through sunrise. so this is 5:30 this morning. again, still patchy but more widespread and more coverage of the fog. and here it is at 8:00, we are just starting to break it up. and between 8:00 and 9:00, we will see blue skies and it will be a gorgeous day. and it's cooler this morning, lakeland, 54. and inverness, 43. and a gorgeous, comfortable 70 with low humidity this afternoon. and now in weather and traffic on the 8s, i have an eight-day the temperature trend, but leslee is going to help you around the fog. it's patchy. we still have some in plant city and polk county, but overall, a good drive. state road 52 at driver lane east of u.s. 41, involving a patrol car but it's not tying up lanes. and let's move to the south. quick reminder, a lot of construction right now on i-75
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university park and the new intersection is being create there had. and on university eastbound, we have some lanes blocked as well. you can get by but a lot of activity. should be wrapped up by 5:30, 6:00 a.m. that's weather and traffic on weather and traffic, back to gene and gayle. breaking news overnight. take a look at this university of football player just released from the pinellas county jail. he is facing serious charges. >> investigators insist that matt crowder admitted to eliciting sex from a child. lindsey mastis is following the story. >> reporter: gayle and gene, good morning. thankfully in this case, the victim isn't really a minor. according to the sheriff's office, the person he talked with was actually an under cover deputy posing as a 14- year-old girl. but the timing couldn't be worse for the university. it's facing a lawsuit alleging more troubling behavior by male
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he bonded out of jail just a few hours ago. the sheriff's office claims he planned to meet a 14-year-old got arrested. the kid once known as a college athlete and scholar now crime. and the university of tennessee other reason. it is facing a lawsuit file by a group of women. they claim the school mishandled reports of assaults by student athletes dating all the way back to 1995. and they named alumni peyton manning as part of one of the incidents in the suit. and now crowder's story is the top clicked on wfla.com right now and the top one on our mobile app. and we are working to figure out what his connection to this area is. he was here for the outback bowl at the beginning of the year. we will let you know what happens next. >> yeah, it is disappointing.
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and in more breaking news this morning, a shooting investigation. this in manatee county. this is happening right now at 114 59th avenue east. you can see investigators there searching for clues. it looks like they may be carrying evidence in the bags. all of this happening outside of a duplex where one person was shot. and now detectives are looking for a shooter in this case. stay tuned to news channel 8 for updates throughout the morning. and to the stay on top of these and other breaking news stories anywhere, any time at the palm of your hand, download our news channel app to your smart phone. it's free. this morning, a quarterback is out on bond. he turned himself in after the sheriff's office issued a warrant for his arrest. the 29-year-old is accused of punching a man in the face at his home back in december. he played for the bulls from 2005 to 2009.
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more about the driver doing doughnuts in the middle of a busy intersection in pinellas park. charges may now be forth coming. police say three people were in the car at the time the video was shot, you see it spinning all over the road there. all three people in the car were juveniles. and now the driver may be charged with reckless driving. and right now, the search continues for this man try desperately to break into an antique store in deerfield beach. he first tries with a rock, fails. tries with another object. decides to karate kick the door. he was able to get away with an unknown amount of items. investigators hope the surveillance video leads them to the thief. battling the dangerous zika virus and it could cost us about $500,000. today hillsborough county commissioners will decide whether to spend the money to get a handle on the problem. news channel 8's adrienne pedersen is live at the hillsborough county commission this morning.
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>> reporter: good morning, gayle. well, i am looking through the paper work for you this morning and looks like we're talking about mosquito surveillance as well as spraying and that's what the commissioners will be talking about around 11:15. the latest numbers in the state wide total is 21 cases of the zika virus. three of those are in the bay area. governor rick scott declared a health emergency related to the mosquito-borne illness linked to birth defects. back to the meeting today, we are expecting to get an update from a doctor, possibly some new numbers. as soon as we get that information we will let you know what it means for and you your family. gayle -- >> yeah, this is a big destination area. we don't want to scare folks away. thanks. while democrats and republicans battle over who should appoint the next supreme court justice, a special tribute to the late justice antonin scalia. this is a court tradition
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black wool is draped over the late justice's courtroom chair and the door leading into the courtroom. justice antonin scalia sat to the right of chief jus it is roberts. he died saturday at age 79. all of the gop presidential candidates are gearing up for various south carolina town hall discussions. our sister station msnbc will host back to back prime time specials with donald trump and ohio governor john kasich today. trump's town hall will air at 8:00 p.m. and governor kasich will air right before that at 7:00 p.m. and don't miss the one on one conversation with former florida governor jeb bush. hear about his plan for a come back in south carolina. that's coming up in the "today" show that starts at 7:00 a.m. right after news channel 8 today. it's 4:38 on this wednesday morning. some of us are dealing with fog this morning. >> it's very patchy.
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leave your house and almost run into a wall of fog. just be aware of that this morning. i don't think the fog is going to last much after 8:00, 9:00. and boy are we in for a treat again today. was it yesterday afternoon? it was great. 56 at noon. 70, light breeze, low humidity around 3:00 p.m. and the even, you will need a light jacket, 61 at 7:00 p.m. and you know i am excited about this weekend, the gasparilla distance classic on saturday. hitting the roads with a 15k and the 5k early, not too cool, 55 degrees but feeling nice for the start at 65 degrees. a whole weekend of running, a half-marathon and 8k on sunday. same thing, 56 degrees when the half-marathon kicks off at 7:00. and a warm up for the 8k. two thumbs up from emoji man. and we see toward the end of the eight-day, a chill in the air.
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some fog but not too bad. how is your time coming? shaving it off. >> pretty good. >> looking for a new record from leigh spann this weekend. >> right now, traffic looks good. it's not perfect. we have some overnight construction here on 75 around university parkway. and if you pass through the area, going to see activity as well as eastbound underneath the interstate. and no delays because traffic is light. and state road 52 at driver lane, we have a little bit of a slow down here with a patrol car. and that is just east of u.s. 41. and let's look at some of the fog, 275 at bearss avenue, pretty thick right here. and also i-75 is a little bit heavy as well. and we have overnight construction here, 275 southbound around 38th avenue south. that's a look at weather and traffic. and now back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. the pope will meet with immigrants at the u.s./mexico border today. his other plans during his trip
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plus the baby monitor every new mom should hear about. one mom shares how it saved her baby's life. and the winners of a florida powerball jackpot is expected to come forward today but some tickets are never claimed and expire.
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happening today, a huge revelation in a few hours. the florida winnerses of the record-breaking $1.5 billion powerball jackpot, they are set to claim their huge prize in tallahassee. they won a third of the prize. now the ticket was bought at a publix store in melbourne beach. there were a total of three winning tickets. the other two were sold in tennessee and california. it took the florida winners 37 days to come forward. but believe it or not, some tickets are never claimed. that means winners quickly become losers. 8 on your side's ryan hughs is
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winning ticket was bought back in 20136789 what happened to the ticket and. >> reporter: gene, it was never claimed. sadly. so six months after somebody came here to carrollwood market and bought a $50 million power winning tick it, it expired. i found this say sad reality that happens over and over again here in florida. when someone hit the $50 million powerball jackpot at this hillsborough county convenience store in 2013, it was instant jubilation. >> it was nice. >> reporter: but the cheer turned into disappointment when nobody claimed the tick it and it expired six months later. >> it's like a waste of luck. >> reporter: a lot of luck has been wasted over the past decade. 8 on your side checked statistics and learned nearly a dozen jackpots have expired since 2000.
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>> usually the people that purchase the tickets keep up with them and know whether there's a winner or not. >> reporter: usually. but some drop the ball and forget or lose the ticket. the florida lottery even tries to help a winner if the ticket is in rough shape. >> we have one of the best forensic laboratories in the country. and we can go through whatever evidence they have of a ticket and if it's presentable, i mean, if they can prove that it's a ticket, we will do. >> reporter: unclaimed jackpots disappear 180 days after a drawing. 80% of jackpots are put into education fund thes and the rest is used for future games. back here, the mere thought of winning $50 million then losing it all has regs hoping it never happens to them. >> if it was me, i would cry. i would be crying. >> reporter: a lot of people would agree with that sentiment.
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awaiting the press conference scheduled for 2:30 this afternoon, gene, i imagine the outcome will be different than what happened here back in 2013. >> oh, boy. you know, i'm just hoping that the people that win these jackpots and never claim them just don't know that they won. could you imagine knowing and having lost the ticket, terrible. thank you. we will be watching and listening to that press conference later. we are planning to cover the big reveal of the winner live on news channel 8 this afternoon. you can watch it right here live starting at 2:30. and happening today, pope francis will visit in mexico. that's just across the river from el paso, texas. during the visit, the pope will track the path of migrants and try to figure out how he can help him. and he will attend a prayer service at a bridge over the rio grand. one couple here in the bay area is taking do it yourself
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they founded a company named hacker boxes. it's a business that uses small electronics and computer gadgets to inspire teens to be computer programmers. yeah, to be hackers. and now something that according to the funders could benefit us. >> put you in a good place to look at what's going on in the electrical engineering world and say, this is accessible and it's a great thing to learn because it will lead to this and this and this. >> in just a few week, they have customers in 10 different countries. each box costs $44 including shipping. let's get a check on the weather. >> that's really cool. all right, this morning we have patchy fog. you go from tampa where it's clear, east into eastern hillsborough county, can barely see in front of you. even farther east in polk county, now you have zero visibility at this point. so be very careful as you drive
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is going to change. back into pinellas county, more thick fog but not so bad in the southern portion of the county. by 8:00, the fog givens to lift, 54 degrees. just a beautiful lunchtime for you, 65 degrees, low humidity and 70 degrees at 3:00 p.m. and now it's cooler this morning. that's one reason why the fog is able to develop, 52 in bartow 44 in brooksville. significantly cooler than this time yesterday. lakeland, seven degrees cooler. degrees cooler. gorgeous day. 70 degrees, a little cool tomorrow in the 40s. and the big area of high pressure keeps us quiet and beautiful into the weekend. leslee, how about traffic on the 8s? out there. and we have a little bit of overnight construction to be on the lookout for. this is a quick look, southbound 275 near 38th avenue
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and let's head to the foggy areas, 275 at bearss. as well as i-75 right around the same area. and let's talk about 75, brooksville to brandon, fast commute and foggy through the area, southern pasco county, and looking at the cameras and right into hillsborough county. so use caution there. when i come back, i will take a look at fog on i-4 . now back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. well, a mother is reaching out to parents to create awareness about a baby monitoring device that might have saved her little son's life. andrew was born with under developing lungs. when it was time to come home, mom didn't want to be too safe so she ordered a device to monitor his vitals. and it ended up saving his life. >> i heard like this, almost like a really loud, like alarm go off. and i flipped on the life and
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of formula in his nose. >> oh, no. >> well, mom was able to clear andrew's airway just in time. thankfully it alerted her that he stopped breathing completely. while it's not yet fda approved, she believes it will save lives. >> wow. >> lucky to have that. >> absolutely. there is a new top dog this morning. the winner of the annual westminster dog kennal club dog show. >> i love those guys. first, if diamonds are a girl's best friend, what would you call this rock? how large is one of the world's largest diamonds? we will explain after the break.
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look at the this girl's best friend. you want to get a load of this rock? it's huge. an impressive 404.2-carat diamond. it's almost 3 inches long and is the 27th biggest ever discovered. it's a rare diamond making it virtually flawless. the diamond company did not indicate its value but diamonds weighing less than this one are valued at $20 million. >> man. well there's a new best in show win they are morning. talking about cj, the german short haired pointer.
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westminster kennel dog show. he competed against more than 3,000 dogs. he stole everyone's hearts out there. nice looking dog. he is just three years old and he is only the third of his breed to win. so he's, you know, setting some standards there for the breed. very nice. well hard to ignore here but a lot of people are talking about this fluffy this morning. he doesn't the even know he is in the spotlight, right? he spent the entire walk trying to snag treats from his owner's pocket. the announcers and audience all erupted into laughter and broke out in applause. i think he takes the mr. congeniality award here. flying to cuba is closer to becoming a reality. in the next half hour, news channel 8's jeff patterson explains how hiss or the meetings this week in havana could impact us. and the apple refusal, the
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to go against a judge's decision to unlock a phone linked to the san bernardino
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we are tracking thick fog in spots this morning like eastern hillsborough, portions of polk county but that will burn off at 9:00 and a beautiful 70 today. leslee -- >> i love 70 degrees. i love good traffic too. and fortunately, it's good here in sarasota but not perfect. we do have a couple lanes taken away both directions around university on i-75 and eastbound on university underneath the interstate. should wrap up by 6:00 a.m. you can get by. p this woman that works there comes over and asks can i help you? and he was so happy, to do it amazing right? r i never would have expected would have thought that anyone would find that do that. make that go out of their way for me. right then, right there i couldn't believe it he was so helpful i know it's such a small thing
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simple thing but it made me smile made me happy made my day share your story. r publix. where shopping is a pleasure. good morning and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. we start with breaking news on

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