Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

School districts across Florida are scrambling to meet a deadline to install security officers in every single public school.

Flickr Creative Commons

A Tampa area firefighter is recovering from serious injuries after falling out of a fire truck on the way to a call.

Google Maps

  A manhunt was underway in Thonotosassa after a sheriff's deputy was shot in the thigh early Thursday while responding to a 911 call about shots being fired in the neighborhood.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Col. Donna Lusczynski told local television stations that shots were fired in the direction of three arriving deputies around 12:30 a.m.

Deputy Scott Ranney was hit in the left thigh and was taken to Tampa General Hospital. He was released about 7 a.m. and will recover at home, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Panel Questions DCF on Slain Girl's Death

Feb 18, 2015

  A Florida House panel Tuesday heard details of a report on the death of 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck, whose father is accused of dropping her off a bridge into Tampa Bay.

The report found, in part, that abuse hotline counselors at the Department of Children and Families had ignored two calls in the last week of the girl's life. It also found that the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, which conducted a child protective investigation of the family in 2013, did not refer either Phoebe or her father, John Jonchuck, for services.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

A popular baseball coach who suffered a stroke while driving and swerved off the road into a guardrail needed an ambulance. But sheriff's deputies didn't recognize the slurred speech and inability to move as a stroke, and hauled the driver to jail. 


There, the Tampa Bay Times reports, he lay on the floor untreated for 36 hours -- a fatal delay.

The family of a 65-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter after authorities say the woman’s body was found covered in infected bedsores that left her ribs exposed, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says Mary Winston, a former nurse, had rheumatoid arthritis that was so severe she couldn’t move.

A Tampa woman tried to kill herself and her 12-year-old daughter by setting fire to her car in their garage after being beaten by her ex-husband, the Tampa Tribune reports. Neighbors rescued them.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says the mother and daughter described the episode as a suicide pact. Both were sent to hospitals for psychiatric examination.