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goffing and thank you for joining us >> reporter: police need your help after a share on social media. a car enters traffic making cars slam on the brakes. after doing donuts, they speed away. pinellas police say they are seeing more young people
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this and posting them to social media. kendall jenner got into hot water using this herself driving recklessly. it's no surprise to instructors who struggle to get kids to put down the phone even in driver training. parents should install apps like eyes up, mama bear and others to block incoming texts and calls and social media access on the road. plus they offer other critical information. >> what kind of content they might be posting any time, even while driving, while not driving. >> this is weeks after a crash in philadelphia killed three girls. >> one of her friends told me she was snapchatting throughout the fight. >> reporter: it reported their speed at 73 miles an hour. >> the fact that that part of the app is on there seems irresponsible at some point. >> reporter: now driving
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talk with their kids and limit app usage. >> better to be a good rent and take away that availability. >> reporter: because this could save their lives. police are still looking for the driver in that video and call them with information if you have it. and there is a warning on the app saying before you drive, never snap and drive. instructors say it's better for parents to limit that app usage. a polk county woman who streamed her night of drunk driving live on periscope won't spend any time in prison, making a deal with prosecutors tonight and pleading no contest to dui. she'll have to perform 150 hours of community service, work for the sheriff's office for ten days and serve a year probation.
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and alcohol treatment program, banned from visiting any bars and will have her license suspended for six months. a search is underway for the woman seen in this monitor, highway patrol troopers saying she ran down and killed a tow truck driver on the howard frankland bridge this morning and kept going. >> reporter: search efforts have been going on for about 16 hours after happening here on the howard frankland bridge behind me. troopers are now looking for allison hoffman, who they say drove off after hitting that tow truck driver who stopped to help two people stranded on the side of the road. video we shot, you can see pictures taken by the florida highway patrol of her car that was left damaged at the crown plaza hotel on west shore.
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no one has seen her since. we checked and learned she has a long criminal history, mostly behind the wheel, including three duis in hillsborough county alone, and a careless driving charge in charlotte county. we are told the tow truck driver, known as roger perez, was a husband and father. his wife and child are still in venezuela. now there are many questions as to how she was able to drive after so many duis. >> why are we allowing this to happen? why are we so lenient? why is this incredible human being dead? >> reporter: many questions left to answer still for perez's family, too upset to speak on camera today. hoffman's family told us to leave when we stopped by their house.
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where she may be, call police. >> this is just the latest in a trend across florida, new numbers tonight showing hit-and- runs in florida went up in 2015. officers investigated more than 92,000 hit-and-run crashes in 2015, more than 7500 more than 2014. those crashes killed 186 people last year, equal to one person dying in a crash every other day. a tampa woman went out of her way to drive the wrong direction on i-4. officers tell us alexandra luckem went the wrong way on the i-4 ramp and even pulled up to the wrong way sign then drove around it. fortunately no one was injured. good evening, everybody.
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we have warmed up above normal. even a few showers continue to pop up as we get the moisture rich southerly winds. that will change overnight. there is just a small chance by definition of severe weather, but the storm prediction center brings that to about 2% chance of a tornado and 5% chance of gusty winds. regardless, i believe we'll see in the overnight some very heavy rains rolling in. we'll have a closer look at that and the morning commute as well coming up in a few minutes. manatee county deputies identified a suspected murderer and they want your help to get him off the streets. investigators are searching for amad dunbar in connection with two murders. a second man has been charged as well.
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feet on a dry dock below at the port of tampa. a helicopter flew him to the hospital and he is expected to survive. a bay area man accused of luring teen girls to run away from home and then having sex with them has been arrested again for a much more serious crime. 21-year-old jesse laramie jr. is accused of raping a 15-year- old girl and strangling her. we told you act him earlier this month, accused of a similar crime. he has a pending case involving a third teen. a shocking arrest tonight, orlando police telling us andrew fogson sexually assaulted a woman. the victim says she passed out and woke up with him on top of her and she ran from the room to get help. temple terrace police are
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responsible after a parks and rec employee found a chevy trailblazer floating near the river hills boat dock this morning. it was taken overnight from a home in plant city. if you know anything, call temple terrace police. a big change is happening now for the thousands of people who use public transportation in pinellas county. after years of debate, williams park is no longer the central hub for buses. the county thinks it will make it easier to get around but not all riders are convinced. >> reporter: the system used to have all the buses going around williams park. now they stop in several locations around the downtown area to pick up passengers. many riders say a lot of problems in the parks are just following them to the new location. jeanie relies on the transit
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work, school, and appointments. like a lot of riders, she's frustrated the county changed the busing system this week, making it more challenging for her to find a route she needs. >> now i have to take three buses instead of one. >> reporter: the county says residents have complained about the williams park hub for years, with long lines of buses blocking traffic. they are hoping this is a temporary pickup and everyone will adjust to and enjoy the new system. >> now the buses are traveling on all the streets around the city, making it a true grid system. >> reporter: but some say the new bus stops are seeing the same problems williams park has had. >> indications of beer cans, trash just laying on the ground everywhere. >> reporter: but the transition away from the park has been a smooth one so far and tweaks can still be made to best serve
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>> this will give us a new set of data to make this more efficient than it is now. >> reporter: and police can now keep better watch on the park to keep troublemakers out. new system maps are available and volunteers will be out here distributing them through wednesday. you can pick up those dates at the transit office here in the park. turning to democracy 2016, we are a month away from the florida presidential primary. tomorrow is your last day to register or change your party affiliation to vote in the primary. florida is a closed primary state so only voters registered can vote for that party's candidates in the primary.
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and a pinellas county dealing with microreceivecephaly 40 years now. clouds have rolled into the area and there are showers on the radar. we are tracking severe weather. how it could impact the morning
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tonight the zika virus is growing in florida, health leaders confirming a new casings, making that 21 cases in florida. and brazil's president says his country will have success fighting the mosquitoes that carry the virus. it is mostly harmless for adults but linked to serious birth defects and fueling the growing concern about the virus. one family's son has been dealing with microcephaly for
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how they overcame what doctors called a death sentence. >> i love you. i love you. >> reporter: when you are born, you can't choose your parents. >> he said, your son's not going to live more than two weeks. >> reporter: 40 years later, it's clear this is the best choice for their son anthony. >> he goes, you know, i'm sorry but you should probably put your son in an institution. he can't see, can't talk, can't walk. i said, are you crazy? that's my son, i'm taking him home. >> reporter: with that devotion he thrived. >> my philosophy has always been one day at a time. >> reporter: the couple from maryland with two other children stroll anthony on the beach. he goes everywhere with them. born with microcephaly, his head is small and brain underdeveloped.
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me back then, i may have contracted a virus within the first three months of pregnancy. >> reporter: now the spread of the zika virus is conjuring interest as cases pop up around the world. >> never heard of it before, until now. and it's the same type of thing. >> reporter: they want other parents to know they are not alone. there is life even with microcephaly. >> as long as he's healthy, that's what we want. >> reporter: carson chambers, abc action news. >> to keep track of the latest cdc recommendations and microcephaly, go to abcactionnews.com. learning more tonight act the diamond diva seen there, a female jewel thief who stole millions from five states including florida. there are new reports that she trained for months for all the
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helped her practice and told her what to take from the store. they even taught her how to use one of the brothers is known to the fbi and he was wanted for two violent bank robberies. looking ahead here, we'll have to deal with some rain and florida pattern. >> it will be great. tomorrow morning, we're tracking thunderstorms, a lot of folks waking up tonight about 2:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m. hearing thunder and lightning, even gusty winds or maybe some severe weather. we have some showers down from rivergate, the radar showing rain across the southern counties. and over the last half hour or so, they are pushing into eastern manatee and hillsborough county. so this is not the main line. the line that we're tracking is right there. you can see the tornado watch
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i seriously doubt we'll have to deal with a watch of any sort. i think that will what happen as this line comes through overnight, it will start to weaken. there's still enough energy for the possibility of some gusty winds or even a brief tornado. there's a tornado warning in effect right now for sections of alabama. this main energy won't be an issue for us at all, just a very slight chance of a quick little tornado offshore, maybe moving on shore. i think the chances are probably less than 5%. temperatures are warm, humidities are high, and there's energy out there. then you get a little twisting in the atmosphere as the winds go up, then you're talking about the possibility of gusty winds, maybe a bit of rotation and pretty decent rain. but we'll time this out nicely because most of this is going on while you're sleeping. outside of maybe waking up for
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outside, i think it will be nice. today we hit 74, which is above normal. that's a change as of late and everyone with the cloud cover we warmed into the 70s. we'll stay in the 70s because this cold front is not nearly as cold for us as what's going on up north. the moisture is obviously returning quickly and as this front comes through, it will push that out of the way into tomorrow afternoon. this evening as we said, there are a few showers across the interior counties, most of them not an issue, certainly nothing severe, no thunder or lightning. by the time we hit midnight or 1:00 a.m., all of a sudden the northern counties will start seeing the rain. about 3:00 a.m., i think it's going to be pulling into the metro area, pinellas, hillsborough and polk county. you don't see the widespread weather but there could be gusty winds, especially closer
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move on shore. by 6:00, 7:00, they are pretty much out of here. by the afternoon, we're beautiful, mostly sunny, then the rest of the week looks picture perfect with temperatures above normal and afternoon highs in the low to mid-70s. overall rainfall won't be all that heavy because it's not going to rain that long. these will come in quickly, exit just as quickly and that means while you may see heavy downpours for a half hour, 45 minutes, that's about it. seven-day forecast, it's very nice. as we said, that rain chance tomorrow morning, probably 60%, will be before sunrise. wednesday, thursday and more importantly into the weekend, highs in the low to mid-70s with morning lows in the 50s with sunny skies on through the early part of next week. one major distraction
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lightning captain steven stamkos will be with the team for least the rest of this season. he won't be traded before the deadline, the 29th of this month. and the gm said it was the team's hope to reach an agreement with steven at some point. right now they are certainly betting on that. 27 games remaining in the season, the entire organization, steven included, wants to focus on making the playoffs. smart call. and from here on out the negotiations will be made private. bottom line, they want the bolts to focus on the game, start playing hockey, and make the playoffs. >> you know, i think we just
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least good enough to push this game to overtime but it wasn't. >> i don't want to sound like a whiner but i can't let this go. they got the shaft last night from the replay official in toronto, and it cost the lightning at least one point in the standings. this call coming up here shouldn't have counted. i would like to know specifically where in this video evidence did he not go into a backside kicking motion when he slowed down. that is not a redirect. that is plain as day here on the tape. but because it was not done with the inside kicking motion, i guess the toronto replay guy reversed the call. i don't see it. i don't know if you do, but it cost the bolts a shot in overtime. and you can see what three losses in four games does to
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looking in, which could happen tonight if the penguins win. the usf women are back up to 19th on this week's ap basketball poll. this week louisville tonight, memphis on sunday.
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breaking news tonight. the travel chaos at this hour. a deadly mix of snow, ice and rain. more than 2,000 accidents. major travel delays. and at least six tornadoes reported, as this major system moves through, winter alerts from georgia, all the way up to maine. trump's tirade, taking aim late today at jeb bush and his brother, the former president, who was out on the trail for the first time. >> the world trade center came down during your brother's reign. >> and what donald trump is now threatening to do. and epic battle under way over the supreme court. the death of justice antonin scalia, and now, the fight over his successor.

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