Local Puppies Making Their Debut At The Puppy Bowl XVIII

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)– Three local puppies will make their national television debut next month when they take the field for Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XVIII. Rescue dogs Maisie, Billie and Jenna are with local animal rescue group Compassion Kind of St. Petersburg. Billie will star in the starting lineup. Masie will … Read more

Mulberry Man Fatally Shot On Sunday Evening

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)– Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting Sunday evening, January 16, where they found a man who was shot and killed in his backyard. The suspect involved in the shooting turned the gun on himself a short time later, causing a critical injury. READ … Read more

98 Children Drowned In 2021, Local Swim Instructors Encourage Swim Lessons For Babies

BRADENTON, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, a record number of children drowned last year in Florida, with many experts saying its because children had more access to pools during the pandemic. State officials say 98 children drowned in 2021, and a swim instructor at Swim … Read more

Sarasota Man Arrested In Connection To Fatal Shooting At Ackerman Park

SARASOTA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)–The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 20-year-old Sarasota man in connection with the fatal shooting at Ackerman Park. Deputies responded just before 11:00 p.m. on December 29 to reports of gunshots at Ackerman Park located at 400 Apex Road in Sarasota. According to witnesses, a large group of 40 … Read more

Brothers Arrested And Facing Charges For Shooting Into Vehicle

Jason and Jeremy Versakos SARASOTA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)– Sarasota Brothers have been arrested and are facing charges after a victim reported having his car shot by pellet guns. Jason Versakos, 39, and Jeremy Versakos, 39, both from Sarasota have been arrested. READ MORE: Sarasota Man Arrested In Connection To Fatal Shooting At Ackerman … Read more

Princess Cruise Lines Guilty Of Second Revocation Of Probation

MIAMI, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)— Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. (Princess) has pleaded guilty to a second violation of probation imposed as a result of its 2017 criminal conviction for environmental crimes because it failed to establish and maintain an independent internal investigative office. Under the terms of a plea agreement, Princess was ordered to … Read more

Plane Crashes In Winter Haven

(Photo by Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe via Getty Images) POLK COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)–At approximately 2:30 pm on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, a 2-seater Seaplane (1946 Yellow Piper J3C-65 SN: 16133, N88509) was attempting to land on Lake Smart. Shortly after the pontoons landed on the lake, one of the wings … Read more

Detectives Search For Vehicle Involved In Fatal Hit-And-Run

Red and blue Lights of police car in night time, crime scene. Night patrolling the city. Abstract blurry image. Credit: iStock Photo HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)–The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Dover. On Friday, January 14, 2022, just after 8:00 a.m., a … Read more

Bradenton Man Guilty Of Manufacturing Counterfeit Currency

(Shutterstock) TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)– Anthony Wayne Smith (58, Bradenton) has pleaded guilty to manufacturing counterfeit currency. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 6, 2022. According to the plea agreement, Smith manufactured U.S. Federal Reserve notes at his home in Bradenton. … Read more

City Of Tampa Awarded Almost $2 Million For Its Affordable Housing Programs

File photo of the city of Tampa at night. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)– The City of Tampa has been awarded nearly $2 million to put toward one of its affordable housing programs. On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it … Read more