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Sheriff Identifies Man Found In Burned-Out House In Brandon

BRANDON, FL — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of a man discovered dead inside a Brandon home following a fire on Feb. 4.

According to the sheriff, John Brown, 58, was found dead inside a home at 4027 Forecast Drive in Brandon after firefighters extinguished a blaze that broke out at the home and moved to a neighboring home around 1:24 a.m. Feb. 4.

The sheriff’s office isn’t saying if Brown died as a result of the fire or from another cause. The sheriff’s office is also waiting for a final report on the cause of the blaze from the Hillsborough County fire marshal.

The a two-alarm fire erupted just before 1 a.m. in the Four Winds Estates, a neighborhood east of South Kings Avenue and south of Bloomingdale Avenue (see related story).

Both Brown’s home and the neighboring home being rented by Tommy Sims were destroyed.

Sims said he was awoken by the sound of crackling flames and rushed to his neighbor’s home to help. He said he tried to open the front door but was unable to get it open before the flames spread to his own home. He did, however, save his neighbor’s dog.

Image via Tommy Sims

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Hit-And-Run Driver Strikes Pedestrian In Seffner Twice

SEFFNER, FL — The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for the driver of a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck who fled the scene after hitting a pedestrian on State Road 575 in Seffner and then reversing and hitting the pedestrian again.

According to the FHP, the pedestrian was walking along SR 574 west of Laura Street on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7:20 p.m. The Dodge Ram was traveling south on Laura Street approaching SR 574 and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection.

The driver turned right and hit the pedestrian. Then the driver put the truck into reverse and hit the pedestrian a second time.

The pedestrian, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was taken to Tampa General Hospital in serious condition.

The pickup is a red 1990s model 1500 series with a large horizontal black pinstripe running down the sides. The truck has significant damage to the passenger and no tag light.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FHP by calling 813-558-1800.

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4 New Foreclosed Homes In The Brandon Area

BRANDON, FL — Do you feel like reasonably priced houses are pretty tough to find in your community? No harm in checking out the foreclosed properties on the market. You might just find a diamond in the rough!

Here are four new foreclosures on the market near you — many of them surprisingly affordable for their size and location.

Below, you’ll find an address, photo, price and size for each property on our list — including one with 2 beds and 1 bath for $98,000, and another with 3 beds and 2 baths for $225,000.

Like what you see? Just click on any address in the list to get more pics and details. Happy house hunting!

Price: $225,000
Size: 1,409 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $98,000
Size: 998 sq. ft, 2 beds, and 1 bath

Price: $176,100
Size: 1,379 sq. ft., 2 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $201,900
Size: 1,473 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 3 baths

That’s not all! Keep scrolling for more listings. And there are even more foreclosures for you to check out in the real-estate section for the Brandon area.

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Brandon, FL Real Estate: Foreclosures

Foreclosures listed for sale in and around Brandon could provide opportunities to move into a home you couldn’t afford otherwise. Foreclosures for sale are still being listed regularly all across Florida, including in Brandon.

So where can you find foreclosures in Brandon? Here’s a look at the most recent listings from our partners at realtor.com.

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Gladstone Commercial Corporation Announces $18.5 Million Office Acquisition in Orlando, FL

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gladstone Commercial Corporation (NASDAQ: GOOD) (“Gladstone Commercial”) announced today that it completed the acquisition of a 87,080 square foot, Class-A, three-story office building in the Orlando, FL suburb of Lake Mary for $18.5 million on December 27, 2018.

The property is 100% leased to CentralSquare Technologies (“CentralSquare”), through December 2029. CentralSquare is a newly formed company through the merger of Superion, TriTech, and the public sector and healthcare business of Aptean arranged by equity sponsors Bain Capital and Vista Equity Partners. The acquisition of the property is consistent with Gladstone Commercial’s growth strategy of acquiring high-quality assets in strong markets with credit-worthy tenants.

The property consists of a three-story, 87,080 square foot office building that serves as CentralSquare’s new headquarters.

“This is our second acquisition in the Orlando MSA, which continues our strategic expansion into both primary and strong secondary markets in the U.S.,” said Brandon Flickinger, Managing Director of Gladstone Commercial. “The long-term lease with CentralSquare will provide attractive stable returns to our investors over the long term given the attributes of the real estate and strong macroeconomic drivers of the Orlando economy.”

Bob Cutlip, President of Gladstone Commercial, agreed. “This transaction is an excellent acquisition in a strong growth market. The long-term lease increases the weighted average lease term of our portfolio, which minimizes near-term re-leasing costs and ensures the stability of our portfolio cash flow.”

About Gladstone Commercial (NASDAQ: GOOD)

Gladstone Commercial is a real estate investment trust focused on acquiring, owning and operating net leased industrial and office properties across the United States. As of September 30, 2018, its real estate portfolio consisted of 99 properties located in 24 states, totaling approximately 11.6 million square feet. For additional information please visit www.gladstonecommercial.com

For Broker Submittals:

Midwest/Northeast:Southeast:Matt TuckerBrandon FlickingerSenior Managing DirectorManaging Director(703) 287-5830(703) 287-5819Matt.Tucker@gladstonecompanies.comBrandon.Flickinger@gladstonecompanies.comSouth/Southwest:Buzz Cooper Senior Managing Director(703) 287-5815Buzz.Cooper@gladstonecompanies.com

Investor or Media Inquiries:

Bob CutlipPresident – Gladstone Commercial Corporation(703) 287-5878Bob.Cutlip@gladstonecompanies.com

All statements contained in this press release, other than historical facts, may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates" and variations of these words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Readers should not rely upon forward-looking statements because the matters they describe are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s business, financial condition, liquidity, results of operations, funds from operations or prospects to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such statements. Such risks and uncertainties are disclosed under the caption "Risk Factors" of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, as filed with the SEC on February 14, 2018 and certain other filings we make with the SEC. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For Investor Relations inquiries related to any of the monthly dividend paying Gladstone funds, please visit www.gladstone.com.

SOURCE: Gladstone Commercial Corporation

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Troubled Sears offering to sell Gulf Coast stores

COURTESY PHOTO — Sears Holdings is offering to sell or auction eight Sears or Kmart stores along the Gulf Coast. The Westfield Citrus Park store, shown, will close as part of the chain's downsizing.

In the wake of its October bankruptcy filing and in a bid to avoid liquidation, Sears Holdings Corp. is planning to sell or auction eight of the few remaining Sears and Kmart stores along the Gulf Coast.

The troubled retailer says in documents filed in New York in conjunction with its bankruptcy case that it’s offering to sell Sears stores in the Brandon Town Center; in Fort Myers; Coral Gables; the Westshore Plaza in Tampa; and the Port Charlotte Town Center, in Charlotte County.

A trio of Kmart stores, in St. Petersburg; Bradenton and Ellenton also will be either sold or auctioned.

The company has set a date of Dec. 28 for all “definitive” bids to be submitted. An auction is slated to be held on Jan. 14. Sears Holdings has retained commercial real estate brokerage firm JLL to sort through bids and evaluate their feasibility, and consult on all owned or leased properties.

Sears has closed hundreds of stores nationwide since 2016, including its offerings in the Sarasota Square Mall in Sarasota; University Square in Tampa; and the Countryside Mall, in Clearwater. The company has also shuttered stores in Naples and Lakeland.

Its DeSoto Square Mall store, in Bradenton, is scheduled to be closed at the end of this year, one of 142 stores Sears Holdings announced would not remain open in 2019.

In September, Sears also tapped commercial real estate brokerage Avison Young to sell Sears stores in Tampa’s Westfield Citrus Park, along with units in Port Richey and Daytona.

The brokerage also is marketing for sale a 1.94 million-square-foot distribution center in Ocala Sears owns that is billed as the Sunshine State’s largest building.

Sears Holdings has secured a $350 million line of credit to keep the stores being sold now open through year end, the filing notes.

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Gladstone Commercial Corporation Announces $18.5 Million Office Acquisition in Orlando, FL

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gladstone Commercial Corporation (NASDAQ: GOOD) (“Gladstone Commercial”) announced today that it completed the acquisition of a 87,080 square foot, Class-A, three-story office building in the Orlando, FL suburb of Lake Mary for $18.5 million on December 27, 2018.

The property is 100% leased to CentralSquare Technologies (“CentralSquare”), through December 2029. CentralSquare is a newly formed company through the merger of Superion, TriTech, and the public sector and healthcare business of Aptean arranged by equity sponsors Bain Capital and Vista Equity Partners. The acquisition of the property is consistent with Gladstone Commercial’s growth strategy of acquiring high-quality assets in strong markets with credit-worthy tenants.

The property consists of a three-story, 87,080 square foot office building that serves as CentralSquare’s new headquarters.

“This is our second acquisition in the Orlando MSA, which continues our strategic expansion into both primary and strong secondary markets in the U.S.,” said Brandon Flickinger, Managing Director of Gladstone Commercial. “The long-term lease with CentralSquare will provide attractive stable returns to our investors over the long term given the attributes of the real estate and strong macroeconomic drivers of the Orlando economy.”

Bob Cutlip, President of Gladstone Commercial, agreed. “This transaction is an excellent acquisition in a strong growth market. The long-term lease increases the weighted average lease term of our portfolio, which minimizes near-term re-leasing costs and ensures the stability of our portfolio cash flow.”

About Gladstone Commercial (NASDAQ: GOOD)

Gladstone Commercial is a real estate investment trust focused on acquiring, owning and operating net leased industrial and office properties across the United States. As of September 30, 2018, its real estate portfolio consisted of 99 properties located in 24 states, totaling approximately 11.6 million square feet. For additional information please visit www.gladstonecommercial.com

For Broker Submittals:

Midwest/Northeast:Southeast:Matt TuckerBrandon FlickingerSenior Managing DirectorManaging Director(703) 287-5830(703) 287-5819Matt.Tucker@gladstonecompanies.comBrandon.Flickinger@gladstonecompanies.comSouth/Southwest:Buzz Cooper Senior Managing Director(703) 287-5815Buzz.Cooper@gladstonecompanies.com

Investor or Media Inquiries:

Bob CutlipPresident – Gladstone Commercial Corporation(703) 287-5878Bob.Cutlip@gladstonecompanies.com

All statements contained in this press release, other than historical facts, may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates" and variations of these words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Readers should not rely upon forward-looking statements because the matters they describe are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s business, financial condition, liquidity, results of operations, funds from operations or prospects to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such statements. Such risks and uncertainties are disclosed under the caption "Risk Factors" of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, as filed with the SEC on February 14, 2018 and certain other filings we make with the SEC. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For Investor Relations inquiries related to any of the monthly dividend paying Gladstone funds, please visit www.gladstone.com.

SOURCE: Gladstone Commercial Corporation

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WATCH: Mets’ Brandon Nimmo says why he doesn’t fear trade rumors

At the beginning of the offseason, Mets OF Brandon Nimmo saw his name swirling around MLB trade rumors, but he wasn’t worried one bit.

This isn’t the first time it’s happening.

Calling into "Mets Hot Stove," Nimmo divulged on the first time he remembers his name being out there, and how that moment shaped his mindset about the rumors.

"It seems like since I’ve been in the big leagues that I’ve been on the cusp of being traded," he told SNYs Gary Apple. "I remember back in 2016 it was like a done deal that I was being traded for Jay Bruce. And then stretch came around and it was like ‘Oh, I guess I’m heading out for stretch.’ It didn’t end up going through about 10 minutes to the deadline.

"So seems like ever since that point, my name has always been out there, which is great. The way I like to look at it is it’s a great thing that people want you and you’re name’s out there. But I’m still a New York Met and so that means the Mets like me even better and that’s a really great thing too. So you just try and take care of the work you put in and preparation that you have."

This offseason, Nimmo’s name was featured primarily in the potential trade for Marlins C J.T. Realmuto, but the Mets leaned away from dealing Nimmo, Michael Conforto, or Amed Rosario, which shows how much Mets new GM Brodie Van Wagenen values his young talent.

Unless something crazy happens, it looks like Van Wagenen is happy with Nimmo being an everyday outfielder, and rightfully so as his production would warrant that responsibility. Nimmo posted a .263/.404/.483 line with a career-high 17 homers and 47 RBI over 140 games last season — his first full season in the big leagues.

At 25 years old, Nimmo is also under team control for another four seasons, making him a valuable asset for the Mets for years to come.

(John Bazemore)

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TRAFFIC INBOX: Unusually Congested Road in Hillsborough County

In Hillsborough County, making the drive east or west across Brandon and Bloomingdale can be tough.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — As our communities grow, so do our traffic headaches.

This week’s Inbox looks at Brandon Boulevard, Lumsden Road, Bloomingdale Avenue County officials know it’s a troubled area; Group is studying solutions

In Hillsborough County, making the drive east or west across Brandon and Bloomingdale can be tough.

There are three main roadways: Brandon Boulevard, Lumsden Road and Bloomingdale Avenue.

All three are packed during the morning and afternoon commutes.

Spectrum Bay News 9 viewer Mary Ann Pidick is a Bloomingdale Avenue driver and says the intersection at Kings Avenue can be unbearable.

"Traffic turning east onto Bloomingdale from southbound Kings Avenue routinely blocks the intersection so that no one in the other travel lanes can move," Pidick said.

It’s frustrating for everyone.

According to Chuck Henson’s conversations with the county, officials know it’s a troubled area.

Groups like Plan Hillsborough are studying the road way, looking at ideas like reversible lanes as a way to move traffic better.

But for now, from the county’s perspective, there is nothing in the works.

"There are no operational improvements currently planned for the intersection of Bloomingdale and South Kings Avenue," said Chris Wilkerson, Hillsborough County senior media relations strategist. "Hearing that the intersection is unusually congested, we are sending an engineering team to investigate the traffic signal and ensure it is operating correctly."

A Brandon corridor study is nearly complete. Plan Hillsborough has removed the reversible lanes option and is now focusing on intersection improvements similar to what we are seeing as part of the Complete Streets Program, which would be intersection design and engineering based.

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News of Record for Friday, Dec. 14

SUITS: County of Volusia v. Robert Sanchez, other; Family Realty Properties LLC v. Charmaine D Koldon, real property; US Bank National Association v. Annie F. Johnson, real property; Nancy H. Johnstone v. Frank H. Norman, real property; Bank of New York Mellon v. Henry Brandon Gurney IV, real property; ABLDVC LLC v. Tarpon IV LLC, real property; Larkspur West Volusia Retail LLC v. Karalous LLC, in excess of $15,000; Laura E. Roth v. James H. Hanna, real property; Lillian Perez Borrero v. Alicia Cotto, auto negligence; James Gregory Ashworth v. Caleb Christian Coker, auto negligence; Clayton Benio v. Sheriff of Volusia County, other; Sieg Inc v. Marc Suckell, in excess of $15,000; Discover Bank v. Carol L. Hornikel, in excess of $15,000; Integon Preferred Insurance Co. v. Patrick Coogan, in excess of $15,000; Deborah Shaw v. Brillance Living Corp., discrimination, employment or other; Glenn Roland Roberts v. Jill Audrey Bates, auto negligence; Sonia Nieves v. Brenda Ramos, auto negligence; Timothy Vallance v. Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Co., auto negligence; Housing Authority of the City of Daytona v. Richard L. Boston, real property; Bank of America NA v. Donald B. Coffin, real property; Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC v. Richard Montero, real property; Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Carl Clark, real property; J&M Restoration Services Inc v. FedNat Insurance Co., insurance claim; Wells Fargo Bank NA v. Nathan D. Curry, real property; Schindler Elevator Corp v. Daytona Beach Ocean Towers Inc, in excess of $15,000; Collis Roofing Inc v. Security First Insurance Co., insurance claim; Corey Hucka v. Benjamin Batdorff, auto negligence; Water Restoration LLC v. Melinda Hamlin, in excess of $15,000; Jose Pesante v. Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty, insurance claim; Fernando Perez v. Security First Insurance Co., insurance claim; JPMC Specialty Mortgage LLC v. Saundra L. Paddock, real property; Flagstar Bank FSB v. Jennifer Marie Juarie, real property; Finance of America Reverse LLC v. Marilyn J. Wilson, real property; Joanne Oliver v. Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Co., auto negligence; Town Park Homeowners Association Inc v. City of Port Orange, other; John R. Brooks v. Bill Dodge, in excess of $15,000; Juliana Scully v. Security First Insurance Co., insurance claim; M&I General Contracting LLC v. FedNat Insurance Co., insurance claim; Raymond C. Sallee v. Angela M. McKinney, auto negligence; Citizens Bank NA v. Maegan R. Rohrbach, real property; Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. v. Kathleen Carpenella, real property; US Bank Trust NA v. Green Emerald Homes LLC, real property.

MARRIAGES: Tyyawn D. Robinson and Eleanor Talatu Gbokamuno Jediel, DeLand; Thiago E. Falcao and Danielle A. Epling, Holly Hill; Kyndall B. Koenke and Brian F. Roberts Jr., Daytona Beach; Dimitri A. Wilks, Oviedo, and Johnna N. McCarthy, Daytona Beach; Lesley R. Goins and Cassie T. Scheller Freeman, DeLand; Ana M. Diaz Caban and Samuel de Jesus Burgos, Deltona; David R. Bachelor and April D. Morris, DeLand; Mary A. Sparaccio and Adam H. Dovi, Port Orange; Evadene I. Jackson and Matthew M. Brabham Jr., Edgewater; Latricia L. Harris and Stephen A. Scicere, Daytona Beach; Shaun P. Borey and Dominic J. Bertolino, Deltona; James C. Giles Jr. and Sheryl C. Ashe, Pierson; Jessica K. Hamilton and Thomas J. Fry, Port Orange; Jack P. Cannon, Ormond Beach, and Susan A. O’Rourke, Waterbury Center, Vermont; Joel V. Bressett and Katrina M. Adkins, Edgewater; Thomas J. Jackson and Shannon L. Hardwick, Port Orange; Paul F. Arellano and Yesenia N. Proano, Orange City.

MARRIAGE DISSOLUTIONS STARTED: Darlene v. Israel Gonzalez Jr,; Kemesha v. Lemuel Williams; Patrina v. James Nunnally; Wendy v. Kevin Pearson; Lajos v. Isabelle Nagy; Judith v. Craig Myers; Dakota K. v. Chase M. Ward; Patrica A. v. Carl T. Lupica III; Craig v. Nesetta Spencer; Tamara A. v. Gregory S. Kaiser; Debra L. v. Richard E. Howell Jr.

MARRIAGE DISSOLUTIONS GRANTED: Adrian and Kelly F. Nasufi ; Kaitlyn M. Christiansen and Christian R. Cirotti; Sean Dolich and Danielle Dragone; Joseph A. and Priscilla Campbell; Frederick O. and Tracey Johnson; Jamie H. and Robert W. Jarrard; Amanda B. and Michael Niesen; Kenneth J. Falco Jr and Genesis M. Evans; James M. and Julianne F. Leblanc; Iris M. Santoni Tirado and Richard C Jamie; Randy F. and Maria A. Crocker; Jean M. Califar and Stephen M. Therre; Greg and Mizell Mais; Darrell J. and Erica L. Graham; Elizabeth Pulido and Hugo H. Pulida Garcia; Robert V. and Julie A. Hennessy; Jessica Cruz and Josue Ramos; Julia Booth and David Bassett; Neysa and Christine Gregory; George M. and Rebecca G. Barnes.

BIRTHS:

HAMILTON/HALL: Krista Hamilton and Justin Hall, New Smyrna Beach, are the parents of a daughter weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces, born at 10 p.m., on Dec. 12, 2018, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Daytona Beach.

HERBERT: Adrian and Chelsea Herbert, Bunnell, are the parents of a daughter weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces, born on Dec. 10, 2018, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Daytona Beach.

PHILLIPS/GOODWIN: Brittany Phillips and Chris Goodwin, Palm Coast, are the parents of a son weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, born at 11:29 a.m., on Dec. 12, 2018, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Daytona Beach.

PRAKOPOVA/RECHITS: Volha Prakopova and Sergei Rechits, Daytona Beach, are the parents of a son weighing 9 pounds, born at 6:41 a.m., on Dec. 12, 2018, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Daytona Beach.

SELLERS: Kyle and Santana Sellers, South Daytona, are the parents of a son weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces, born at 8:59 p.m., on Dec. 11, 2018, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Daytona Beach.

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