Jeff Zito

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A scandal that has rocked the Bay area is coming to a close as Mayor Jane Castor request Tampa Police Chief resign amidst scandal!

A video went viral last week showing, now former, Tampa Police Chief Mary O’ Connor being stopped by Pinellas County Deputy during a traffic stop. During the stop she attempted to flash her badge in an attempt to get out of the ticket. The Body cam footage was released, and it took the internet by storm. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, who is up for re-election has since then requested her resignation. In Mayor Castor’s statement she stated this was not the conduct of the Tampa Police Department who holds high standards for ethical and professional behavior. Mayor Castor also mentions this hurts her especially as being the one to give O’Connor a second chance.

O’Connor was pulled over for driving a Golf Cart on a Public Road without a license plate. Footage (see below) showed the whole stop in which O’Connor flashed her badge saying, “I’m the police chief in Tampa, I’m hoping you’ll just let us go tonight.” She then handed over her business card and told the Deputy if there was anything he needed to just call her. O’Connor did apologize where she said:

“In hindsight, I realize how my handling of this matter could be viewed as inappropriate, but that was certainly not my intent, I knew my conversation was on video, and my motive was not to put the deputy in an uncomfortable position. I have personally called the Pinellas County Sheriff offering to pay for any potential citation.”

[Source Tampa Bay Times]

10 Spots in Tampa Area With Gas Under $3 a Gallon

Gas prices dropped another few cents this week. The state average is at $3.35 but there are many places in Hillsborough County and Pinellas County where you can fill up for under $3 a gallon, according to Gas Buddy. Many like Sam’s Club and Costco require a paid membership, but there are a handful that do not.

  • Costco in Clearwater

    The Costco on Gulf to Bay Boulevard has the lowest prices in the area with gas at $2.74 a gallon.

  • Costco in Tampa

    Another one that requires a paid membership, but if you are a member this Cotsco on West Linebaugh is at $2.81/gallon.

  • Lutz Petroleum

    Gas Buddy says you can fill up at this station on US41 for $2.84/gallon.

  • Costco in Brandon

    This location on Causeway Blvd has gas for $2.89/gallon.

  • Murphy USA in Plant City

    Good excuse to go get one of those strawberry shakes.  This spot on Redman Parkway has gas for $2.93/gallon.

  • Citgo in Plant City

    If the line is long at Murphy, head to 5117 US-92… same price.

  • Costco in Wesley Chapel

    $2.93/gallon as of yesterday.

  • Circle K in Plant City

    Plant City seems to be the place to go for good prices… $2.93 at the Circle K on Park Round.  $2.95 at the one on East Sparkman.

  • Sam's Club in Lakeland

    Just barely under that $3 mark, this location on US98 has gas for $2.98/gallon as of this morning.