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Home sellers get creative with skyrocketing flood insurance

Hudson, Florida -- Lawmakers are digging in their heels in the fight to delay or stop massive flood insurance rate hikes. On Tuesday, Congressman Gus Bilirakis led the Tampa Bay area delegation in sending a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner urging him to bring legislation to the floor that provides immediate relief to homeowners.

In the letter Congressman Bilirakis writes:

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Judge: No bond for Reeves in theater shooting

Pasco County, Florida (WTSP/USA TODAY) -- No bond. That's the ruling from Judge Pat Siracusa at the bond hearing for Curtis Reeves, the retired Tampa Police captain who fatally shot a theatergoer in a confrontation over texting.

On Friday, the judge heard arguments from both sides to determine if Reeves should receive bond. 

Deputies bust couple in massive mail theft

PASCO COUNTY -- More than 900 people in four counties have fallen victim to mail theft. Pasco County Sheriff's deputies confiscated more than 3,000 pieces of mail, stolen they say, by 30-year-old Brian Chipman.

STORY: Massive mail theft affects hundreds

"They were stealing people's mail and either taking people's checks or they were using the information for other purposes," said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco.

Pasco County gets a new K-9 deputy

Pasco County, Florida -- There's a new deputy in Pasco today.

One of the four-legged variety

Tom Dobies donated a check for $7,300 to the Pasco Sheriff's office to buy a new dog named Oscar.

The one year old German Shepard is named after Dobies new wife's father. Dobies, who owns several funeral homes in the area, has paid for several other specially trained dogs for several agencies..

Oscar weighs 87 pounds and is the 8th K-9 to serve in the Pasco County Sheriff's office. 

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Deputies: Pasco man stole 3,000 pieces of mail

Pasco County, Florida -- One man's mail theft has affected nearly 1,000 Pasco County residents. 

Deputies arrested 30-year-old Brian Chipman Tuesday for allegedly digging through multiple mailboxes and stealing everything inside. The Pasco Sheriff's Office has gone through the stolen mail and are now realizing the full scope of the theft. 

Fugitive found, arrested after he and family fled state

Katy, Texas-- Officials have located and arrested the Pasco County fugitive who went missing, along with his wife and two children, out of New Port Richey last month. 

Garrett Bruce, his wife Jennifer and their sons, Brett and Dillon, went missing after reportedly ending all contact with close friends and family between the 10th and 12th of January. 

Part of westbound Bearss Avenue is closed

Tampa, Florida -- Both westbound lanes on Bearss Avenue between 22nd and 19th streets are temporarily closed while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main.  

Barricades and signs are located in the area to assist with traffic flow and detours and drivers should seek alternate routes during this period. 

Repairs and restoration are expected to be completed by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 7.