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Toys for Tots faces toy shortage, how you can help

Toys for Tots faces toy shortage, how you can help

Tampa, Florida -- Toys for Tots needs your help to make the holidays special for local children.

Toys for Tots in Hillsborough County is asking residents to help deal with a toy shortage. The Marines were at their Tampa warehouse Tuesday night sorting through donations.

Right now, they need toys for girls ages 3-5, boys ages 9-12 and infants 0-2. Without donations, the group's organizers estimate 4,000 kids will go without gifts this Christmas.

You can drop off toys at the warehouse located at 5121 W. Gandy Boulevard in Tampa or send a check instead.

To make a donation, click here.

Pasco woman accused of schools threat indicted

Pasco woman accused of schools threat indicted

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a New Port Richey woman accused of making an e-mail threat that caused one of the state's largest school districts to be on lockdown for hours.

Ellisa Martinez was charged Tuesday with interstate transmission containing a threat to injure another person.

Authorities said the 48-year-old sent conservative talk show host Joyce Kaufman e-mails last month warning "something big" was going to happen in Broward County, possibly at a school. The writer expressed plans to "teach all the government hacks working there what the 2nd amendment is all about."

A judge ruled the former adult education teacher was a flight risk and denied bail.

Her attorney said Martinez was in a car accident in the late 1990s that left her with a traumatic brain injury.


J. Joseph Salon Owner Roy Naccour Nominated For Award

J. Joseph Salon Owner Roy Naccour Nominated For Award

Land O' Lakes, FL - Congratulations are rolling in to Roy Naccour, owner of J. Joseph Salon in Land O’ Lakes.  He is a finalist in the Business Buddies’ Best Small Business of the Year category.  The awards will be handed out Thursday night.

Naccour, who has styled the hair of stars including Kathy Sledge from the Grammy-award winning group Sister Sledge and Mary Murphy, a judge on the hit show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” was named an Up and Comer by Tampa Bay Business Magazine just a few weeks ago. 

Workers dig and pave through bone-chilling night

Workers dig and pave through bone-chilling night

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Out on the roads Monday morning, you'll find some people who would rather not be there: construction workers. They're doing their jobs, despite the cold.

Remember the good ol' warm days? They seemed like only yesterday. That's because they were yesterday.

The low temperature Sunday was a warm-ish 51 degrees. Monday morning, temperatures slipped down to around 40, and wind chill took another several degrees off of that.

Out in the cold, folks were hard at work.

On many busy roads, construction crews don't want to interrupt the morning commute, so they do much of their digging and paving in the dark.

We found crews in action in St. Petersburg and in Wesley Chapel. Wesley Chapel is seeing a major road overhaul with several roads being widened.

Workers faced that kind of windy cold that boots and hats can't seem to stop. So what do they do to beat the brrrrr?