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  • Suspect named in Tiffany Sessions 1989 cold case

    Suspect named in Tiffany Sessions 1989 cold case

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 6:18 PM EST2014-02-05 23:18:54 GMT
    A website dedicated to the missing persons case of Tiffany Sessions, 20, who vanished in 1989 in Gainesville, Florida is reporting that investigators have named a suspect in connection with the suspected abduction and murder of Sessions.
    A website dedicated to the missing persons case of Tiffany Sessions, 20, who vanished in 1989 in Gainesville, Florida is reporting that investigators have named a suspect in connection with the suspected abduction and murder of Sessions.
According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, over 300 children are missing in the State of Florida; dozens missing from within Tampa Bay alone.

The NCMEC says approximately 800,000 children are reported missing each year; that’s around 2,000 each day. Of that number, around 25 percent are abducted by family members and an estimated 115 children were victims of kidnapping from a suspect unknown to them.  NCMEC says the recovery rate for missing children has grown from 62 percent in 1990 to 97 percent today, much thanks to the creation of the AMBER Alert program created in 1996.

One of the most notable missing cases from Florida, Tiffany Sessions, has a possible break Wednesday. Developments were made in the case after investigators named a potential suspect: Paul Rowles, a convicted murderer who was paroled from prison in 1985 and lived in Pinellas County before moving to Gainesville in 1988, according to the TiffanySessions.com. Sessions, a University of Florida student, was 20-year old when she vanished during a walk home in Gainesville in 1989. Read more on the developments here and stay with WFLA for the latest on this story.

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  • Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

    Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:41:35 GMT

    In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.

    In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.


  • Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

    Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:02:51 GMT
    The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
    The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
  • Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

    Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:52:20 GMT
    Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
    Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
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  • Arson suspected in fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay

    Arson suspected in fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay

    Saturday, April 19 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:29:01 GMT
    Crews from Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the scene at approximately 3:30 a.m.Crews from Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the scene at approximately 3:30 a.m.
    Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office are collecting evidence in an early morning fire that claimed the lives of three cats at the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay’s facility on North Gilchrist Ave. in Tampa.The incident occurred just before 5 a.m.
    Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office are collecting evidence in an early morning fire that claimed the lives of three cats at the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay’s facility on North Gilchrist Ave. in Tampa.The incident occurred just before 5 a.m.
  • 13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

    13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

    Saturday, April 19 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:12:13 GMT
    Rescuers were digging through piles of snow and ice Saturday for four Sherpa guides buried on Mount Everest when an avalanche swept down the slopes and killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on...
    Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the...
  • Bradenton Police arrest three teens in early morning home invasion

    Bradenton Police arrest three teens in early morning home invasion

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:28 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:28:10 GMT
    Officers with the Bradenton Police Department arrested three suspects; a fourth is on the loose. Officers with the Bradenton Police Department arrested three suspects; a fourth is on the loose.
    Three suspects were arrested early Saturday morning following a home invasion in Bradenton.An unidentified fourth perpetrator managed to escape and is being sought by law enforcement officers. The incident occurred just after 3:30 a.m. in the 400 block of 22nd Ave. West.
    Three suspects were arrested early Saturday morning following a home invasion in Bradenton.An unidentified fourth perpetrator managed to escape and is being sought by law enforcement officers. The incident occurred just after 3:30 a.m. in the 400 block of 22nd Ave. West.
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