An atrophied hand offers beauty, inspiration

Finding and creating beauty in spite of life’s obstacles is something Shyama Rangwala knows all too well. She is a professional painter and art instructor with five studios ranging from Land O’ Lakes, Tampa and Brandon. Her birth name is Monali; however, under her adopted artistic name, “Shyama,” she is renowned for her featured work in more than 25 exhibitions in both her native India, … [Read more...]

Agreement reached on forensic research campus

Pasco County commissioners approved a three-way agreement that sets up the framework for ownership and operation of a forensic research and training facility on county land next to the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center. One feature of the facility is a body farm to aid in criminal investigations, body identification and research into body decomposition. Florida F.I.R.S.T. (Forensic … [Read more...]

Have a holly, jolly — safe season

The holidays are meant to be a time of good cheer, but with all of the hustle and bustle, there’s also more opportunity for accidents and crime, too. Here are some pointers from various local agencies and national websites, intended to help you have a safe and happy season. Here are some holiday safety tips from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office: Be Safe While Shopping Lock … [Read more...]

Learning how to police the ‘teenage brain’

When it comes to de-escalating aggressive behavior — different methods are needed for juveniles than the ones that work on adults, said Jeff Golden, who teaches criminal justice classes at Saint Leo University. Golden and other experts in law enforcement and criminal justice will be sharing their knowledge in a Summer Institute Course on juvenile aggression at Saint Leo University, May 5 … [Read more...]

Future is here: Body cameras coming to Pasco

Many law enforcement agencies around the country continue to debate whether they should have patrol officers wear body cameras — but the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office isn’t waiting any longer. More than 400 deputies and investigators will be equipped with body cameras in February, a movie Sheriff Chris Nocco said would make neighborhoods safer for deputies and the people who live in … [Read more...]

Police body cameras coming to Pasco County

While many law enforcement agencies around the country continue to debate whether they should have patrol officers wear body cameras or not, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office isn't waiting any longer. More than 400 deputies and investigators will be equipped with body cameras beginning in February, a move Sheriff Chris Nocco says will make neighborhoods safer for deputies, and the people … [Read more...]

Steinbrenner/Gaither game gets lesson in texting, driving

It's a rare time to have football and Halloween on the same night, but AAA is going to make the best of it by sharing a true fright: texting and driving. AAA and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will attend Friday's football game between Steinbrenner and Gaither high schools, where they hope to talk about the dangers teens face when they get behind the wheel. Of course, that becomes … [Read more...]