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5:30 on this wednesday morning. good morning. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i'm gayle guyardo. in our top stories this morning, allison huffman, the
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killing a tow truck driver on the fork bridge is still behind bars this morning. -- on the howard franklin bridge is still behind bars this morning. 8 on your side dug up her records and found four past dui arrests. and police are looking for burglars caught on camera going through a tampa home. the homeowners were at work at the time. and they were alerted by video on their cellphone. that's the video you're looking at right now. the alarm system is right here disguised as a decoration on a table. that's a surveillance video. investigators tracked down one suspect. and now they're looking for two others. and a live look at tampa's skyline. as you heard, head out the door and give yourself extra time. it looks beautiful in downtown tampa but that's not the case for commuters across the bay area. there is fog in some areas which could mean a longer drive time this morning. i was talking to gene earlier, i had a soupy ride in. you had nothing. >> yeah, coming from st. pete, nothing.
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>> see how clear it is in downtown tampa? well, you don't have to go far. just outside of the 275 area, headed up to plant city, brandon, near zero visibility. meaning the fog is so thick, you can barely see in front of your car. and same thing east into lakeland. but go to winter haven and you can see six miles in front of you. like in clearwater, it's thick. and what i expect to happen is for the fog to stick around for another hour, this is 6:30. mostly with the fog. same thing into 7:30, still foggy. and by 8:30, the fog is going away and by 9:30, beautiful skies. down to 41 in inverness. 51 in sarasota. sunny, low humidity and 70. in weather and traffic on the 8s, i will have the eight-day temperature trend to see how
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i-75 very foggy out of pasco county and elsewhere. here's a look around fowler avenue. just use caution passing through. downtown tampa looks good. and 275 near fowler, it looks better. and let's switch over now to i- 4. ignore the low pressure. that has 20 do with the camera. this -- has to do with the camera. this is around i-4 at mango road, so in and out of the plant city area. back to gene and gayle. >> all right. take a look at this guy. he is a university of tennessee football player and he was just released from a pinellas county jail and he is facing serious charges. >> yeah, investigators insist mac crowder admitted to -- insisted mack crowder admitted to eliciting sex from a minor. lindsey mastis is following this live.
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>> reporter: in this case, the victim isn't really a minor. according to the pinellas county sheriff's offs, the person -- office's office, the person mack crowder was an undercover deputy posing as a 14-year-old. but the timing couldn't be worse for the university. they are facing a lawsuit alleging more troubling behavior by male athlete. this is a big knock on his reputation this morning. the student once known as a college athlete and scholar now suspected of a disgusting crime. and the university of tennessee is in hot water for a whole other reason. it's facing a lawsuit filed by a group of women. they claim the school mishandle reports of sexual assaults by student athletes dating back to 1995. and they named bronco's quarterback and tennessee alumni peyton manning as part of one incident in the suit.
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clicked on our website and news app right now. we are working out to figure this area. we will continue to follow this happens next. gayle -- >> a lot of people are watching this one. thanks, lindsey. and in other breaking news this wednesday morning, a shooting investigation happening right now in manatee county. you can see the hole on the truck. that is a bullet hole on the back of the pickup truck. there you go, you can see it there. and a live picture here from the scene at 114 59th avenue east where one person was shot outside a duplex and investigators are now looking for a shooter. as you can see, this happened early this morning. neighbors waking up to the investigation. some of them out there now trying to figure out what's going on in the neighborhood. and we are trying to figure out the same thing. we are making some phone calls and we will bring you the latest.
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downloading our news channel 8 app where you can get breaking news alerts. this morning the former usf quarterback is out on bond. this is getting a lot of clicks this morning. he turned himself in after the hillsborough sheriff's office issued a warrant for his arrest. he is accused of punching a man in his face at his home back in december. he played for the bulls from 2005 to 2009. this morning we know more about the driver doing doughnuts. police tell us that three people were inside the car spinning around in the middle of the road. all three people are juveniles and the driver may be charged with reckless driving. the search continues for this man you see here trying desperately to break into an antique store in deerfield beach. he tries to break the door with the rock first. fails. tries another object.
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finally he was able to get away with unknown amount of items. and investigators hope this surveillance video leads them to the thief. battling the change dangerous zika virus and it could cost us about $500,000. hillsborough county commissioners will decide whether to spend that money to get a handle on the problem. news channel 8s adrienne pedersen is live this morning. adrienne, what exactly would the money be used for? >> reporter: good morning, gayle. i'm looking through the paper work for you this morning and it looks like we're talking mosquito surveillance as well as more spraying in the area. that's what the county commissioners will be talking about this morning around 11:15. and now i just checked the latest numbers for and you the state wide tote system now at 21 case -- total is now at 21 cases. three of the cases are here in the bay area. and governor rick scott even declared a health emergency.
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the to be in the there to present some more information in terms of what exactly the county. we will pass that information along to you and let you know what it really means for your family. gayle -- >> yeah, the state of florida really needs to get a handle on this because we are a destination state. area. all right. 5:38. siesta key and sand key, always getting high marks. >> exactly. and this morning it may be foggy but boy it's going to be a destination this afternoon. so the fog burns off between and will 9:00 this morning -- between 8:00 and 9:00 this morning. watch the hour-by-hour forecast after that. that's nice. cool this morning. we warm up to 26 degrees at 11:00. -- up to 62 degrees at 11:00. 70 at 3:00 p.m., still low humidity and bright blue skies. and 61 at 7:00 p.m.
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i'm excited about this weekend. the gasparilla distance classic, a lot of races. on saturday, the 15k and 5k step off. 55 degrees when the 15k starts just before 7:00 a.m. not done yet. the half marathon and 8k on sunday. again, mild at 56 and quick warm-up to 65 degrees by the time the 8k runners going. and look at this, traffic and weather on the 2s thumbs up from emoji man and chilly by the end of the eight-day forecast. it's patchy. and then the it's there and then it's gone and then comes back. it's all over. just want to use caution and be aware of it. use the low beams in the fog. lest take a look at sarasota here. overnight construction was going to clear up, it's now cleared from the roadway and traffic is at good speeds on 75 and university. there's ongoing construction
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just keep that in mind. and let's look at the fog, i-4 right around mango road. very thick in this particular area. and then 75 at fowler avenue, hasn't eased up at all. and i found out about an accident on 53rd and that is over in manatee county. more on that coming up in the next report. and now back to gene and gayle. >> okay. thank you. the pope will meet with immigrants at the u.s./mexico later today. his other plans. plus, the baby monitor about. one mom shares how this monitor saved her baby's life. and the winners of a $1.5 billion florida powerball jackpot are expected to come forward later today but some expire.
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happening today, a huge revolution. in a few -- revelation. in a few hour, the florida winners of the record-breaking $1.5 billion jackpot is set to claim their prize. the ticket was bought at a public store in melbourne beach. the other two were sold in tennessee and california. it took the florida winners 37 dice come forward. believe it or not, some tickets are never claimed and that means winners quickly become losers. 8 on your side's ryan hughs is live where a winning ticket was
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>> reporter: it was never claimed. six months after a winning $50 million powerball ticket was bought her, it simply expired. i found it's a sad reality that's happened over and over again here in florida. when someone hit the $50 million powerball jackpot at this hillsborough county store in 2013, there was instant jubilation. >> it was nice to have it here in the store. >> reporter: but the cheer turned into sheer disappointment when nobody claimed the ticket and it expired six months later. >> it's like a waste of luck actually. >> reporter: a lot of luck has been wasted over the past decade and a half. 8 on your side checked lottery statistics and learned nearly a dozen powerball and florida jackpots have expired since 2000. more than $200 million in all gone. >> usually the people that purchase the tickets keep up with them and know whether there's a winner or not after
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but some drop the ball and forget or lose a ticket. and the florida lottery even tries to help if the winning 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 that. >> reporter: unclaimed jackpots disappear 180 days after a drawing. 80% of expired jackpots are put into state education funds and the rest is used to develop future games. the mere thought of winning $50 million then losing it all has regs hoping it never happens to them. >> the them. >> if it was me, i would be crying. >> reporter: and of course the workers here are eagerly awaiting today's press conference, gene. and it should be a far cry from
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>> yeah, makes you wonder, what happened to the ticket? it's probably stuck under a car or tree. okay. >> sad. >> well, we are planning to cover the big reveal of the powerball winner live on news channel 8 this afternoon. turn to news channel 8 starting at 2:30. >> i would be crying like that guy said. and also happening today, pope francis will travel to mexico just across the river from el paso, texas. he will track the path of migrants and try to figure out how he can help them. and he will attend a prayer service and meet with migrant workers. one couple here in the bay area is taking do it yourself projects a step further. they founded a company named hacker boxes. they use small electronics and computer gadgets to inspire teens to be computer programmers or you might call them hackers. and that's something that
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>> put me in a good place to look at what's going on in the electrical engineering world and this is accessible and this is a great thing to learn because it will lead to this and this and this. >> in a few week, they already have customers in 10 different countries. each box sells for $44 that includes shipping. and most of us want to live long and healthy lives but it's not easy. one top the neurologist suggest ises it doesn't have to be hard. his method, video games. he believes video game prescriptions are the future of youthful brains. they'll have more on the secrets to a longer and healthier life. i know a lot of teens overdosing on that depression right now. >> i feel like all four of my daughters will be old lady,
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draft beer at mcdonald's? don't get too excited. it's in south korea. >> the restaurant will open in a city near the capitol of seoul. it comes as fewer young people go to mcmcdonald's. all right, the time right now is coming up on 5:40. what do you think about beer in mcmcdonald's? >> not so much at this point. those should be separate things. you can see the foggy conditions in manatee county. it's beautiful but maybe dangerous. let me show you where the fog is because it's really not everywhere. you have some areas like st. pete and downtown tampa, perfectly clear. and then other places, look at this, brandon, lakeland, zero visibility. meaning you can barely see in front of your car. and then winter haven and sarasota and you can see several miles in front of you. as you drive around, going to encounter this patchy fog. and you may leave an area
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area where it's difficult to see. be aware of it. the fog will lift between and will 9:00. a little cool at 54. and beautiful at noon, 65 degrees. and 70 with low humidity. and splendid afternoon. 53 in bartow. we are at 44 in brooksville. 53 in sarasota. and my weather watcher big monkey in crystal beach says 52 degrees. this is cooler than yesterday. 24-hour temperature change shows anywhere from 5 to 15 degrees cooler right now. that's one of the reasons why the fog has develop thed. and notice this is 9:25, already clear at this point and a gorgeous day. highs near 70. cool tomorrow morning and see the high pressure? that's going to hang tough and keep us sunny and nice. slow warming trend into the weekend. how about traffic on the 8s? well, you hit it on the head with talking about the patchy fog. some places it's good. some places it's not. some places it's cleared up. a look now at the camera system here throughout the bay area.
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thick fog in the area. and this is i-4 by i-75, folks. close to the brandon area. very thick fog there too. and now over in polk county, the interstate looks good. but on the surface roads, seeing low visibility on the camera. and earlier construction cleared from the roadway in sarasota. great drive in and out of sarasota and into manatee county. 75 looks good but an accident in bradenton, 53rd avenue east right at 56th court. and it is off to the shoulder. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. now back to gayle. >> thank you so much, leslee. well a mother is reaching out to parents too to create awareness about a baby monitoring device that might have saved her son's life. andrew was born with underdeveloping lungs. keeping him in the nicu.
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come home, mom ordered a device to monitor his vitals. it ended up saving his life. >> i heard like this, almost like a really loud alarm go off. i flipped on the light and picked him up and he has like chunks of formula in his nose. >> mom was able to clear his airway just in time. thankfully the device alerted her. she believes it will save lives. >> wow. what a great use of technology. >> and to start sharing the word. that's incredibly helpful to know about the device. >> could be life-saving. there's a new top dog this morning. the winner of the annual westminster kennel dog show. first, if diamonds are a girl's best friend, what you
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is it's one of the world's largest. we will explain. r i don't know what i'm doing. i can't find anything p just when i think it's just not going to work. p this woman that works there comes over and asks can i help you?
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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 little thing. simple thing but it made me smile made me happy made my day share your story. r
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stop what you're doing and get airlock load of this -- get
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it's an impressive 40.2-carats. it's the 27th biggest ever discovered. it's been categorized as a rare diamond making it virtually flawless. the diamond company did not indicate its value but the chairman noted that diamonds weighing less than this one are valued at $20 million. >> wow. there's a new best in show win they are morning. c -- winner this morning. he took the top dog at the 140th annual westminster kennel club dog show. he competed against more than 3,000 dogs. they all came together in hopes of winning the title but cj stole everyone's heart. he is only the third of his breed to win. >> the stride. >> congratulations. weather and traffic on the
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i am watching some patchy
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other places, clear like in tampa but east hillsborough and polk county, very thick. good news, once the fog burns off around 9:00 a.m., sunny and pleasant with a high of 70. all right, a great drive the on i-4 outside of the foggy conditions. it looks like from the paul buchman highway into downtown tampa, roughly 22 minutes but
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good morning and thank you for watching news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. breaking news this wednesday morning. fresh off his last season, a college football player now facing multiple charges. all of this went down in pinellas county. university of tennessee offensive lineman mack crowder is accused of using a computer to solicit, entice or lure a child. and this morning he bonded out of jail at around 1:40. crowder started as center for


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