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Charges are upgraded to attempted murder against the man who ran over a motorcyclist and his passenger with his car during a road rage incident in Lutz. 31 year old Robert Vance had only been charged with aggravated battery. Vance remains in jail. The two motorcyclists are recovering.

Three arrests after police bust up a meth lab at a Mentone Drive house in St. Petersburg. Police say chemicals from the lab could have exploded, leveling the house and other homes around it.

The search is on for whoever held up the PDQ restaurant on South Dale Mabry highway in Tampa overnight. The robber pulled a gun on the clerk at the drive through window. No one was hurt.

The man accused of murdering a St. Augustine priest is recovering after trying to hang himself in the Georgia jail where he’s being held. 28 year old Steven Murray was apparently upset that the jail doesn’t allow smoking. Murray allegedly killed Father Rene Robert, whose body was found in Burke County Georgia.

Sunset Music Festival organizers are defending themselves after the Raymond James Stadium event last weekend turned deadly. Despite organizers’ claims that safety is their first priority, two concert-goers died and 57 others were hospitalized for drug overdoses. No word yet how the two died.

Emergency officials are urging you to be prepared as the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season gets underway today. That means having supplies and a plan. Florida hasn’t been hit by a hurricane since 2005. But forecasters predict 10 to 16 named storms this year, with four to eight becoming hurricanes.

Fertilizers with phosphorous and nitrogen are banned today through September 30th in Sarasota, Pinellas, and Manatee counties, plus the city of Tampa. The aim is to keep fertilizer from running off into area waterways during the rainy season. Nitrogen and phosphorous cause all kinds of environmental problems. Fines for violating the ban run up to 10 thousand dollars.

Predictions that this could be a record year for shark attacks in Florida have Volusia County getting ready. Officials are testing drones that would be able to look down and alert lifeguards about sharks in shallow waters along the coast. Drones and their cameras could also spot swimmers in distress.