Driver dead upon losing control and hitting a tree in Bloomingdale

Driver dead upon losing control and hitting a tree

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA– According to the Hillsborough County sheriff’s office, an investigation of a fatal car crash is being conducted.

According to the officer’s deputies responded to a call and arrived at the intersection of Nature’s way Boulevard and Golf meadow Boulevard. The occurrence had involved a car overturning and hitting a bicyclist.

Apparently, the driver of the 2018 Silver Kia Stringer had lost control of his car before hitting a tree and a bicyclist. While the driver of the car was pronounced dead immediately, the bicyclist was transferred to Tampa General Hospital due to critical condition.

Sheriff Chad Chronister said, “Our traffic homicide department is processing the scene and waiting for toxicology results that would reveal whether alcohol was a factor in the crash. At this point, we know the vehicle was driving over the speed limit. This is a tragic example of the importance of obeying traffic laws and making safety the top priority. Tonight one was is dead and another fighting for their life due to reckless driving.”

Any information relating to the ongoing investigations is requested to be provided at HSCO- 813-247-8200.

All South bound lanes of I-75 blocked near Big bend road due to hit and run crash

hit and run crash

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA- According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, a hit and run crash reported on Sunday. The crash has created traffic and a blockage between Sun city center and Riverview where the traffic shutdown was reported.

Currently, there are no vehicles in the South Bound lanes near Big bend road as the Police are taking measures to divert all vehicles to US-41 and US-301.

With fewer details pertaining to the case being revealed, The Florida Highway Patrol suspects the crash may have involved a possible fatality.

Stay tuned on OrlandoSolution for more.

25 year old charged with manslaughter in North Tampa shooting


TAMPA, FLORIDA- Juan Antonio Colon Lugo of 25 faces charges against manslaughter, according to reports. The shooting took place in North Tampa late Wednesday.

According to news, the officers received a call to the crime scene in 900 block of E Annie Street where gunshots were heard around 11.15 p.m. According to Tampa Police, upon reaching the scene, the officers found a dead man in his 20s. Suspect in the shooting being detained, the detectives next worked it out to draw a conclusion.

According to an arrest report and records from the county jail, Juan Antonio Colon Logo was charged with manslaughter and was arrested on early Thursday.

The arrest report further said that the responding officers found a victim lying with a gunshot wound in the road at 912 E Annie Street.

The victim’s identity being unreleased, the Department stated that names of victims will not be disclosed going forward due to interpretation of Marsy’s Law, an approved amendment meant to protect crime victims and their families. However, this amendment will deprive the public of information.

Reportedly, Lugo was booked into Hillsborough County jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. According to his records, he started a home address in the 10100 block of N Lantana Avenue in Tampa.

110 deaths and 15019 new Coronavirus cases reported in Florida

110 deaths and 15019 new Coronavirus cases reported in Florida 1

FLORIDA- According to state records, Florida adds 15019 new cases amidst the 110 deaths on Saturday, exceeding 1.7 million infected cases since the pandemic started last March.

A 6.6 percent of daily positivity rate was highlighted by The Florida Department of Health which also processed around 222,800 tests Friday.

Vaccinations: According to reports, a total of 1,651,366 people have been vaccinated in Florida with 32,024 just on Friday. So far, the number of people vaccinated in Hillsborough County, 74,859; in Pinellas, 74,847; in Pasco, 28,975; in Manatee 26,396; in Polk, 32986; in Hernando, 13938; and in citrus, 13,490.

Hospitalizations: 6,168 patients are being treated in Florida for COVID-19 and according to the Agency for Health care Association, 1,252 are reported just from the Tampa Bay region.

The Department of Health reported 276 new admissions inclusive of 73 admissions locally.

A statewide availability of 22 percent of hospital beds and 18 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were reported while 21 percent of hospital beds and 19 percent of adult ICU bed units were reported to be open in Tampa Bay.

According to John Hopkin news, a positivity rate of 10 percent in Florida was reported in Saturday.

As the World Health Organization states, at least a 5 percent of positivity rate or less should be maintained for a minimum of two weeks before considering reopening of the state. A lesser positivity rate indicates that testing is widespread enough to capture mild, asymptomatic, and negative cases.

Currently, Seventeen states, Guam and the District of Columbia have been able to maintain a positivity rate below 5 percent.

54-year-old Florida deputy was murdered “a day before retirement” in Tampa

54-year-old Florida deputy was murdered "a day

TAMPA, FLORIDA: According to the recently released reports, a 54-year-old Hillsborough County deputy, who was one shift away from retiring, was intentionally hit and killed on Monday evening.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said 54-year-old Corporal Brian LaVigne had spent three decades at the department.

Records show a man crashed a vehicle into LaVigne’s driver’s side. Chronister said, “On top of investigating what exactly occurred with the crash investigation, we have to deal with the funeral and planning the proper funeral after his corporal was murdered, intentionally killed by Travis Garrett — one shift away from retirement.”

As per the reports, a man was throwing furniture and clothes out of the window and front door of his apartment at the Paddock Club Apartments in Brandon.

“The resident is now naked and throwing cookies at neighbors outside his apartment. Deputies arrived on scene and make contact,” Chronister said.

28-year-old Travis Garrett attacked a deputy. The records show deputies used a taser on him. However, it was not effective.

Deputies made a pursuit after Garrett left the area in his car. As per the crash reports, Garrett was speeding and he intentionally rammed into LaVigne’s driver’s side.

“Mr. Garrett intentionally switches two lanes and goes into the turn lane to strike Cpl. LaVigne’s vehicle,” Chronister said.

“The deputies can’t get to him to perform life-saving measures. He’s unconscious. They’re doing everything they can from breaking windows and trying to crawl in through the back window, but the corporal was trapped,” Chronister added.

LaVigne was rushed to Tampa General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, he was later pronounced dead.

“This corporal was murdered, intentionally killed by Travis Garrett. Cpl. LaVigne was a great family man, someone who served this community… mentoring the young troops. He had a passion for service,” Chronister said.

LaVigne is survived by his wife and two children, one of whom is also a deputy at the sheriff’s office. “You could only imagine the pain they’re going through being only one shift away from retirement,” Chronister said.


2 men found dead on Sunday in Tampa

2 men found dead on Sunday in Tampa

TAMPA, FLORIDA: The Tampa police said two separate homicides happened on Sunday.

According to the reports, the first homicide took place around 11 a.m. at the 3000 block of N. Morgan Street. Police responded to the scene and found a man dead. The victim, a Black male in his 30s, had suffered trauma to his upper body.

The second homicide happened at around 4:30 p.m. in the area of North Grady Avenue and West Osbourne Avenue.

The victim was found dead at the scene. Officials said the victim was a Hispanic male in his mid-50s.

As per the police, the second victim had also suffered trauma to his upper body. The identity of the victims has not been released.

The homicide is under investigation.

Anyone who has information about the incident is urged to Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-8477.


25-year-old U.S. Army veteran, father of 4, killed in a crash a week before Christmas in Sarasota

killed in a crash a week before Christmas in Sarasota

SARASOTA, FLORIDA: As per the reports, a U.S. Army veteran was killed in a deadly motorcycle crash a week before Christmas.

Karlos Mettellus, 25, was a father of a baby girl and three little boys ages 3, 5, and 7.

Records show the crash happened at the intersection of Boyette Road and Christina Drive near Riverview High School.

Brittane Mettelus shared the memories with her late husband. “He’s my best friend and now he’s gone, I don’t know what to do without him,” Brittane Mettelus said. “It’s so hard when they’re crying, asking for their dad, where he’s at if he’s coming home. It’s heartbreaking.”

“When I first met him, I did not like him at all,” she said. “He was just some skinny kid who was bothering me but then we got together in high school and we’ve been together ever since. He was so happy to have a daughter finally after so many boys. He had his little girl and she just became a daddy’s girl. When he’d walk in, she’d go straight to him. She’d forget all about mom.”

She was heartbroken while sharing all those beautiful memories. “He would show me pictures of Germany and everything and I’d be like that’s so cool, I wish I was there, or when he was in Kuwait he’d be in this little hut with just sand everywhere,” she said.

“He was on his way home and just never made it home,” Mettelus said, in the evening on Dec 17, Karlos had just left a motorcycle shop. “(The mechanic) said the bike was perfectly fine,” she said.

She said the children were preparing to open their gifts on Friday morning. “Cause I don’t want this time to be about sadness for them,” she said. “I want them to be happy that it’s Christmas, that their dad loved them so much, that he would go out, spoil them. They loved to be spoiled by him. He loved spoiling his kids.”


2 shot to death at an apartment in Tampa

2 shot to death at an apartment in Tampa

TAMPA, FLORIDA: According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, two people were shot to death on Wednesday at an apartment complex in Valrico.

Records show the shooting happened at the Valrico Station Apartments, the 200 block of Switchback Loop.

As per Sheriff Chad Chronister, this shooting is not a random incident. Sheriff Chad Chronister said, “We do not believe this was a random act and there is no indication of risk to public safety”. “However, we are in the midst of the holiday season and now families are left grieving a sudden and painful loss. This violence has a profound impact on so many lives and in order to ensure justice is served, those who know who did it, or have any details about the incident, must speak up.” Sheriff added.

Police are questioning possible witnesses. They are investigating at the scene. No information regarding suspects has been released.

Anyone who has information about the shooting is urged to contact detectives at (813) 247-8200.