Florida Man Known As “The Monkey Whisperer” Pleads Guilty To Trafficking Protected PrimatesUnited States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Jimmy Wayne Hammonds, also known as “the Monkey Whisperer” (57, Parrish), today pleaded guilty to having violated the Endangered Species Act and Lacy Act in connection with a conspiracy to sell a protected primate to a celebrity client in California. Hammonds faces a maximum penalty of eight years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Tampa Woman Guilty Of Conspiracy To Distribute CocaineA federal jury has found Nicole Diaz (35, Tampa) guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. She faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 2022.
GTE Financial Gives 13 Families Their Dream Holiday Wish Lists for 8th Consecutive YearThis holiday season, and for the eighth consecutive year in a row, GTE has made it a priority, through their Make Hope Real initiative, to support member families who have found themselves in a tough financial situation during the holidays.
Bradenton Man Sentenced For ArsonU.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced Robert Timon Lovett (50, Bradenton) to five years in federal prison for arson. 
Tampa Man Guilty Of Money LaunderingSebastian Visicaro (62, Trinity) today pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Meals On Wheels For Kids' Holidays On Wheels Needs VolunteersHolidays On Wheels will deliver a full holiday meal and gifts to 3,000 homebound and transportation-disadvantaged families with children living in Tampa Bay on December 13. TBNEH will utilize over 400 volunteers to deliver to households that are homebound and do not have access to a reliable vehicle to get to other Metropolitan Ministries holiday meal distribution sites.
Joe And Son's Olive Oils Celebrate 10 Years In South TampaOn Monday, December 6th from 5 PM to 6 PM ET, Joe and Son’s Olive Oils is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a specialty food store in South Tampa! The celebration will include the unveiling of a new mural of Giuseppe (Joe) and Maria Favata, a ribbon-cutting event with the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce at 5:30 PM ET, and a donation of 10 percent of all sales to Feeding Tampa Bay. The public is invited to join in “olive” the festivities at the flagship location at 3204 West Bay to Bay Boulevard.
Suspect Arrested In The Shooting Of A 13-Year-Old BoyThe Tampa Police Department are arrestng and charging the suspect after shooting and killing a 13-year-old boy. 
Medical Biller Guilty Of Healthcare FraudJoshua Maywalt (40, Tampa) has pleaded guilty to four counts of healthcare fraud, four counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of filing a false federal income tax return, and two counts of failing to file federal income tax returns.
Florida Sports Betting And Seminole Tribe DealSports gambling in Florida has come to a standstill just three weeks after a federal judge ruled that the originally formed compact that was forged between the state and the Seminole Tribe was in fact illegal. This comes after those in Florida were certain that now the issue of iGaming was resolved and that it would not be approved, online sports betting could finally come to the state. However, it seems now lawmen in the state studying the deal in detail have discovered holes in the legality of the deal.
The City Of Tampa Appoints New Manager Of Housing And Community DevelopmentThe City of Tampa has appointed Kayon Henderson as Manager of Housing and Community Development.