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Child makes Father's Day plea for father jailed in Honduras


A local family is going to miss a father and brother this Father's Day because he is in a Honduran jail due to a dispute over weapons his marine salvage crew took into the country.

"It's a lot because he won't be here for Father's Day this year and we were hoping he would be," said Amy Ivey, the sister of Steve Matanich.

"Dad I love you ..." His son Dillian says he made a card with a hand-drawn picture of a house for Steve on Father's Day.

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Largo Veteran fighting another battle


St. Petersburg, FL -- The state filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs last week, partly on behalf of a Largo man who has been struggling with Bay Pines VA Medical Center.

Dale and Debbie Dickerson have been married for 30 years.

Dale -- legally named Roland -- is a retired Veteran and healthy looking on the outside but he has been facing an uphill battle when it comes to his health.

"I'll never be the same,"said Dale.

Public input set to get new Pier plan right


St. Petersburg, Florida -- A whole new way to plan the St. Pete Pier is kicking off today.

Surveys and meetings are finally being set up by a panel that's getting input from the public on what features and amenities are wanted in the new pier.

A lack of public input is the area that's caused so much concern in the pier process before.

Just like the pyramid of the existing pier, this group is turning the planning for the new pier upside down.

FWC wrangles wayward manatee from bayou


St. Petersburg, Florida -- Wildlife officials removed a manatee that found its way into a St. Petersburg bayou.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission set up nets to help wrangle the sea cow. The small pond, just northeast of Clam Bayou, is out of the manatee's habitat, but the animal is uninjured.

The quick-moving manatee seemed to test the team, who were outsmarted a few times throughout the morning.

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Man dies after jumping in water after dog


Tarpon Springs, Florida -- FWC officials say a Largo man died after he reportedly jumped off his 27-foot boat Tuesday afternoon north of Three Rooker Island to save his dog which fell, or jumped, overboard.

FWC officials say after an extensive search Isam Rizkallah's body was found floating in the water. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Coast Guard officials say watchstanders were notified by a good Samaritan who reported seeing the man jump into the water and not resurface.

Residents prepare for Pinellas beach nourishment project


Treasure Island, Florida -- Dozens of people packed Treasure Island City Hall on Tuesday night to hear details on a planned beach nourishment project that will officially begin in July.

Audit flags Pinellas County VA center for review


ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) - The C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center is one of eight facilities in the region requiring further review as the result of a nationwide audit of Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.