Ryan French

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TAMPA – No injuries were reported after a small boat fire at the Courtney Campbell Causeway boat ramp.

It happened Friday afternoon around 4:30. Tampa Fire Rescue says two people were aboard when the fire started and both were able to escape.

Tampa Police and Fire, Clearwater Fire, and Florida Fish & Wildlife responded.

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TAMPA – A wrong-way driver was stopped by police in Tampa early Thursday morning.

Around 1:30, Hillsborough County deputies received a call about a wrong-way driver on the Veteran’s Expressway near Waters Avenue.

Deputies spotted the vehicle going southbound in the northbound lanes and attempted to get the driver’s attention by using their emergency equipment.

The vehicle was reportedly driving slow and made a brief stop and continued traveling the wrong direction in the rain.

Tampa Police were able to intercept the vehicle in the northbound lanes of Memorial Highway just south of the Courtney Campbell Causeway exit.

The driver was placed into custody. No official information has been released but the driver was suspected of intoxication. FHP will be handling the case.

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TAMPA – A motorcyclist was killed Monday morning in Tampa.

Police say a single motorcyclist lost control on the Courtney Campbell Causeway at Rocky Point Boulevard around 1am. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

As of this writing Tampa Police have not released any additional information.

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PALM HARBOR – A man is in custody after a long manhunt in Pinellas County on Sunday.

Pinellas deputies attempted to make contact with 38-year-old Michael Lease near East Lake Road and Tarpon Lake Boulevard around 3:30pm. Lease, a suspect in a homicide case, fled from deputies and a foot pursuit ensued.

Deputies quickly established a perimeter in the neighborhood and summoned assistance from additional units. Units from the aviation, canine, marine, and SWAT sections were utilized in the search for Lease.

Lease was apprehended by a canine unit behind a home Mainsail Drive just before 10pm. He was transported to the Sheriff’s Administration Building and evaluated by paramedics.

Deputies say Lease is wanted in connection with the death of 23-year-old Dwight Tisdale. Tisdale was found with stab wounds Friday on Market Place Drive. Witnesses say they saw both men arguing inside a vehicle just before the stabbing occurred.

Media attempting the enter the area were Lease was captured were denied access. However, other citizens were permitted to film the scene as this cell phone video shows.

ST. PETERSBURG – A crash involving a tanker truck caused a large explosion and at two injuries Tuesday morning.

A tanker and a utility truck collided at the intersection of Gandy Boulevard and 4th Street around 12:30am. The tanker was carrying 10,000 gallons of fuel at the time of the crash and ignited. Adam Wilson shot below video of the blaze from a nearby apartment complex.

Multiple units from all over Pinellas County responded to contain the fire. Aircraft fire trucks from nearby St. Petetersburg-Clearwater International Airport also assisted. The leaking fuel caused the fire to spread 200 to 300 yards down the street.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Lt. Steven Lawrence said the tanker driver suffered second and third degree burns over 60 percent of his body. He was flown to Tampa General Hospital’s burn unit. Hr has not been identified.

The driver of the utility truck was identified as Jerry Freeman. He was transported to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg with some fractures and lacerations. St. Petersburg Police are investigating the crash and have not released the cause.

Drivers should expect closures in the area for the remainder of Tuesday while crews clean up and make any necessary repairs to the roadway.

This video was shot on a direct assignment for a local affiliate and is not available for licensing.

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