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Banner plane makes emergency landing in Pinellas


Pinellas County, Florida -- An advertising banner plane crashed in the water near Albert Whitted Airport on Sunday afternoon.

According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, the 1951 Cessna L19 "Bird Dog," which is owned by Advertising Air Force, ditched in the waters of Tampa Bay about 300-400 yards southeast of the Coast Guard base at Bayboro Harbor.

The pilot, 36-year-old Robert Gilchrist, managed to escape from the cockpit and sat on top of the plane until a rescue team arrived to pick him up. He was not injured.

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St. Pete teen's plea to be adopted still unanswered


ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) - Six months after a Florida teen asked a church full of strangers to help him find a real home, he still has not been adopted.

Davion Navar Henry Only's plea featured in news outlets around the world. About 10,000 people around the globe called to ask about helping or adopting him.

A plane that crashed in Clearwater was involved in a 'nosedive' accident back in 2007.


Tampa, Florida -- A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report shows the same plane that crashed on McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater on Saturday was involved in a "nosedive accident" back in 2007.

Meet star of Dolphin Tale at Clearwater Aquarium


Clearwater, Florida -- Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Hazel in Dolphin Tale and the upcoming Dolphin Tale 2, will be at Clearwater Marine Aquarium or its sister location, Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure, Thursday, March 27th through Saturday, March 29th for personal appearances to discuss Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2.

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Some believe senate bill will help Pinellas public transit


St. Petersburg, Florida – Voters will decide on a sales tax increase in November that will support Pinellas County Transit Authority.

The one cent increase is part of a project called "Greenlight Pinellas," which seeks to use the money to build light rail from Clearwater to St. Petersburg and purchase new buses for the county.

Currently, PSTA is supported by a property tax, but that would be swapped out of the sales tax increase is approved.

Pedestrian in St. Pete hit and run identified, new info on car

St. Petersburg, Florida -- St. Petersburg Police are looking for a car that hit and killed a pedestrian early Sunday morning.

Police say a little after 3 a.m., a man -- identified Wednesday as 24-year-old Michael Sproul -- was hit by a car described by witnesses as a newer model, black Chevrolet Impala near the north crosswalk at the intersection of 5th Avenue South and 4th Street.

Police say it appears the car tried to stop, but hit Sproul, sending him onto the hood and into the windshield before being projected onto the pavement. The vehicle then left the scene. 

Pinellas County sees drop in crime despite budget cuts

Pinellas County, Florida -- Numbers released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Wednesday show crime last year saw a 5.8% decrease in the most serious crimes and a 5% drop in the overall crime rate.

This marks the fifth consecutive year with a decrease in the most serious crimes for the area, with an overall five-year decrease of 23.8%.

PCSO investigated 17 homicides in 2012, which was one of highest number of homicides in recent years and in 2013 that number dropped to 6, which is one of the lowest in recent years accounting for the 64% reduction.