RETAIL CORRIDOR: Livin’ Right Real Estate, Brandon Lewis State Farm


For Matt McGee, who grew up in Fort Walton Beach, owning Livin’ Right Real Estate is more than his way of making a living.

When he was able to relocate his business this past July, he saw so much opportunity to do more than real estate.

“It gives a better physical presence in the community and to do things outside of the office,” McGee said.

Part of that presence in the included the Livin’ Right Nights, facilitated by McGee and his staff. Partnering with the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club and a variety of local businesses, throughout the summer the Livin’ Right Nights featured evenings of stand-up paddle boarding, a little bit of sailing, and a chance to discover beyond Northwest Florida gulf beaches.

McGee said that when the cooler weather comes, he hopes to continue Livin’ Right Nights through possible neighborhood bike rides or other activities.

McGee and Livin’ Right Real Estate have been a part of the area for 10 years. The new location allows McGee and his staff to continue specializing in waterfront properties.

“We focus on Northwest Florida as a lifestyle on the water,” McGee said.

LOCATION: 141 Staff Drive N.E., in the heart of Fort Walton Beach

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays

TELEPHONE: 426-4136



After several years of working as an insurance adjuster and with claims, Brandon Lewis saw people at the worst times of their lives.

“Being an adjuster was a very gratifying job,” Lewis said, “helping someone after they lost everything.”

The perspective inspired Lewis to try to help people prepare for disasters.

In April, he opened Brandon Lewis Insurance as a State Farm an independent contractor agent.

“It’s all about properly protecting our customers,” he said.

His personal approach is to spend time with each client to review their coverage, but to also inform them of the investment and banking options also available through State Farm: options such as property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance, annuities, mutual funds and banking products.

He added that State Farm as a national company allows him to focus on customer service while also being a part of the community.

“I want to be part of my customers’ lives,” Lewis said. “I don’t want to be someone who just takes payments.”

LOCATION: 425 E. Hollywood Blvd., Suite A

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays

TELEPHONE: 586-7040

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5 Brandon Area Foreclosures Selling Now


BRANDON, FL — Are you trying to buy a new home, but don’t have a lot to spend? Why not look at foreclosures in the area? They could be just the thing!

Each week, we compile a list of five 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 — such as one with 3 beds and 2 baths for $99,900, and another with 3 beds and 2 baths for $189,700.

Looking for more pics and details? Just click on any address to learn more. Happy house hunting!

Price: $99,900
Size: 1,436 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $189,700
Size: 1,658 sq. ft, 3 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $192,400
Size: 1,885 sq. ft., 4 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $202,500
Size: 1,406 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $134,900
Size: 1,364 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 3 baths

Hungry for more options? Keep scrolling for more listings. Or check out our Brandon area real-estate section for a complete list of nearby foreclosures.

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Brandon: Check Out 5 Nearby Homes For Sale


BRANDON, FL — Looking for a new home, and want to get a better understanding of what’s available near you? Need some help finding the perfect place for you and your loved ones? Fear not! To keep you in the game, we’ve compiled an up-to-date batch of five new listings nearby.

Here’s a list of the five most recent homes to hit the housing market in the Brandon area — such as one with 3 beds and 1 bath for $169,900, and another with 4 beds and 4 baths for $489,000.

Want more information on one of the houses listed below? Just click on any address to learn more. Happy house hunting!

Price: $489,000
Size: 2,926 sq. ft., 4 beds, and 4 baths

Price: $349,000
Size: 3,254 sq. ft, 4 beds, and 3 baths

Price: $230,000
Size: 1,598 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $466,000
Size: 3,403 sq. ft., 5 beds, and 3 baths

Price: $169,900
Size: 900 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 1 bath

Your search doesn’t have to end here! Keep scrolling for more listings. And there are even more homes for you to check out in Patch’s real-estate section for the Brandon area.

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Deaths in Central Florida: 2/24

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Weaver Endel Raulerson age 84, Montverde, passed away Feb. 22, 2019. Visitation 2-4 PM Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 & Funeral Service 3:00 PM Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 Becker Chapel, 806 W. Minneola Ave, Clermont. Burial Tuesday 1:00 PM Perry, FL. Cornerstone Hospice in lieu of flowers. BECKER FUNERAL HOME

John Clyde McLendon J C McLendon, age 68, of Howey In The Hills passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019. Steverson Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, Tavares 352-343-4444

William R. Kolz, Jr. William R. Kolz Jr., 80, of Mount Dora, more commonly known as Capt. Billy, had spent the majority of his life on the water piloting large private yachts. He was born in Buffalo, New York and starting at the young age of 13, he was put in charge of running a marina. When he was 22 he acquired his first official Captains License. After leaving to fulfill his military duty in the United States Coast Guard, he returned to yachting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. His attention to detail, spotless upkeep of vessels and well-mannered relationships with yacht owners had him in high demand as a Captain. Staying true to his adventurous spirit he obtained his fixed wing Pilots License, a real Estate License and a hot air balloon Pilots License. He took on the name Billy Balloons during his 17 year career as one of the world’s top hot air balloonists, even flying his balloon through Niagara Falls. After retiring from his adventurous life, he spent his remaining years on his beautiful 10 acre ranch in Mount Dora, Florida. Billy will always be remembered for his acts of kindness and sense of humor. Capt. Billy was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church of Mount Dora, he is survived by his son; Kyle J. Kolz of Winter Garden and his sister; Sharon Mahony of Buffalo, New York. Rest In Peace Capt. Billy. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 1:00 pm at St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church in Eustis. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital – or to the Cat Protection Society, 2700 Getford, Rd., Eustis, FL 32726 – 352-589-6228. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared on the tribute wall at Arrangements entrusted to Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors, Eustis, (352) 357-4193

Ernst Howard Young age 84, King’s Ridge & Crane’s View, Clermont, passed away February 18, 2019. Celebration of Life at 2:00 PM, Saturday, March 2, 2019 in the Becker Chapel. Complete obituary at Cornerstone Hospice in lieu of flowers requested. BECKER FUNERAL HOME 352-394-7121

Charles A. Smith Charles A. “Chuck” Smith passed away on Feb. 6, 2019. He is survived by his wife and 4 children. Services will be held on Friday, March 15 at 11:00 am at Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg. Interment to follow at Florida National Cemetery at 1:00 pm. Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg 352-787-4343


Ellen Ellaine Prescott Ellen E. Prescott Ellen E. Prescott passed away peacefully on December 19th in Mckinney, Texas. She was seventy years old and is survived by her husband of 51 years, John M. Prescott of Anna, Texas, her son, John S of Mckinney, Marc L of Amherst, NH, her daughter Yajaira of Port St Lucie, FL, a brother Gerry White of Oviedo, FL, and a brother, Lester of Solon, ME. She is predeceased by her sister, Cindy, a brother Daun, and her son, Robert A. Prescott. Ellen leaves ten grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Ellen was born in Brockton, MA and attended schools in East Bridgewater and Whitman, graduating from Whitman-Hansen H.S. In 1966. The couple moved to Orlando, FL in 2000 where Ellen became a well known chocolatier and owner of “Ellen’s Sweets” until 2017. Customers looked forward to her incredible creations for each particular holiday. A memorial service to celebrate Ellen’s amazing life will take place at Azalea Park United Methodist Church at 50 Willow Dr, Orlando on Saturday March 2nd from 3-6 pm. There will be a brief service followed by food and fellowship to recount stories and loving memories of Ellen’s life. All those who knew and loved Ellen are invited to attend.

James Laird Snyder James “Jim” Laird Snyder Jr., 69, of Orlando, Florida passed away on February 20, 2019. He was born on May 17, 1949 to James and Mary Snyder in Queens, New York.He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary Snyder.Jim is survived by his sons Scott and Dereck Snyder; his beloved grandchildren, Maddie, Cloe, Svend, Nova, and Lorelei; his sister, Jane (Alan) Hopf; his brother, Joseph (Jeanne) Zahn; his sister, Jean Snyder; and several nieces and nephews. Jim loved to fish, camp, and work on cars. He is a retired police officer from Lancaster City Police Department, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Jim was a helicopter mechanic in the Army Reserves. He was also a licensed real estate agent, and a field property manager for Absolute Realty Group. A memorial service will take place on March 9, 2019 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals, and Receptions – East Orlando Chapel.

Gary Robert Edwards Gary Robert Edwards, born and raised in Orlando, FL, passed away on February 20, 2019. Gary was born on March 8, 1947. A visitation will be held on Wednesday the 27th from 2-3pm, with a service at 3pm, and burial to follow; all at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Gotha, FL. Woodlawn Funeral Home 407-293-1361

Edna Carraway Luongo Edna C. Luongo went peacefully at the age of 94, to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 18 2019. She was cared for by Hospice in her room at Savannah Court, surrounded by her loved ones and also by her caregivers who loved her. Anyone who knew Edna was aware of her great faith. She loved her Heavenly Father, her family and her friends. She grew up in North Carolina on a farm and later moved to Greensboro. She married Mike Luongo during the World War II years. They were married for 60 years, prior to his death in 2008. They raised their family of four children in College Park, MD. While in MD, her family attended Berwyn Presbyterian Church. After retirement in 1980, they moved to Orlando, FL to be close to their grandchildren. They became members of Calvary Assembly of God where Edna served as a greeter, prayer chapel minister, and counselor. They both worked in the homeless ministry and joined Gospel choir, ministering in nursing homes, and were members of Sonlighters. Their elder years were spent as members of New Vision Community Church in Apopka Fl.She is survived by her four children, Craig (Mickey) Luongo Winter Park FL, Donna (Lynn) Elkins of Mount Dora FL, Debbie Luongo of Jacksonville FL and Joe Luongo. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.The family will receive friends on Friday, March 1 from 6 – 8 PM at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Apopka. Funeral Service will be 11 AM Saturday, March 2 at the funeral home with interment at Highland Memory Gardens, Apopka, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to Samaritan’s purse, the organization of Franklin Graham and the service of Operation Christmas Child, one of Edna’s favorite ministries. Arrangements entrusted to Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Apopka

Arthur E. Salmon Arthur Edward Salmon, PhD, 80, passed away on December 3, 2018 in Daytona Beach. Born in Kansas City, MO to Royal Salmon and Virginia Goodale, Dr. Salmon is survived by his domestic partner of 23 years Vada Jackson, ex-wife and friend Judith Salmon, daughter Norah Dixon, daughter-in-law Nicola Dixon, granddaughter Juliet Dixon and brother Bruce Salmon. Dr. Salmon was a tenured professor of English Literature at Seminole State College where he taught for 24 years. He obtained his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and wrote two books: Poets of the Apocalypse and Alex Comfort. As a young man, he studied theology and served in the United States Air Force. Known for promoting critical thinking, Dr. Salmon created the Movable Feast in Orlando in the mid-1990s and was a member of Mensa. He was a feminist, supporter of LGBT civil rights, strongly believed in freedom of speech and was a member of the American Humanist Association. Dr. Salmon loved being near the ocean, playing his grand piano and adored his family, including his two cats. For information regarding his memorial service write to: His family welcomes donations made in his memory to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation.

Berenice Albertha Yarian age 98, passed away peacefully on February 1st. She was born in Goltry, Oklahoma, on December 30, 1920, to Charles and Gladys Hopkins. Berenice was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon L. Yarian. She is survived by her four children: Janice Preston, Patricia Biron, Eldon, Jr. (Skip), and Susan Yarian, and by her grandchildren: Julia Biron, Francesca Buzzi, and Zoe Buzzi. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, March 10, at 1pm, at Noah’s Event Center in Lake Mary, Florida. Please contact Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home in Altamonte Springs, Florida, for details.

Charles Leonard Bowen Charles Leonard Bowen (Butch) age 76, passed away Friday, February 1, 2019. Butch was born August 6, 1942 in Orlando, FL to John Matthew Bowen and Thelma Jane Bowen. Butch was a fifth generation Floridian descendant of early pioneers William Bryant Osteen (Second Seminole Indian War) and William Jackson Osteen (Watson’s Calvary Company, Munnerlynn’s Florida Battalion). Butch graduated from Boone High School with the class of 1960 and attended Orlando Junior College. Butch joined the Marines and proudly served his country. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Marines, September 21, 1968, Butch worked in the Sheet Metal trade, Local Union 177. He worked on large projects here in Orlando and Tennessee which became his second home. After retiring Butch joined Munnerlynn’s Cattle Guard Battalion Camp 2120 Sons of Confederate Veterans, Christmas, FL. He was a member of the Fort Christmas Historical Society. Butch was a student of history and he shared his knowledge with others. Butch is survived by his brother John Michael (Lynne) extended family and many dear friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Chapel at Fort Christmas Cemetery, 23643 Christmas Cemetery Road, Christmas, FL. The service will be March 2, 2019 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fort Christmas Historical Society, PO Box 1016, Christmas, FL 32709. Join family and friends for refreshments at Pine Grove Baptist Church, 766 Christmas School Rd., Christmas FL 32709 immediately following Celebration.

Bruce Eugene Walton, MD Bruce Eugene Walton, MD (88) passed away on February 12, 2019 in Orlando.He is preceded in death by his infant son Andrew, his parents Loyd and Grace Walton, and his sister Shirley Fogliano.Bruce is survived by Nancy, his wife of thirty six years. Children Pamela(Greg)Feldman, Diana Dunn-Roberts, Anne(John)Alerding, PhD, Margaret(Nick)Macdonald, PhD, LCDR Robert Bruce(Claire)Walton, MD, Bret Traywick, and Kimberly(Richard)Rodgers.He is also survived by ten grandchildren.A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM at St. Luke’s UMC on Apopka Vineland Rd.,Orlando. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to Shepherd’s Hope, 4851 S. Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, Fl 32819.

Kristine Diane Aly Passed away on February 18, 2019. A memorial service will be held on March 23, 2019 from 1-5pm at Centerpointe Community Church. To share condolence messages, please visit: Newcomer Funeral Home 407-277-4227

Donald L. Westwood Passed away on February 16, 2019. A memorial service will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3496 on March 2, 2019 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the FOE #3496 to be distributed to their major charities. Newcomer Funeral Home 407-277-4227


Judy Wilsey Seay Judy Wilsey Seay, age 72, of Oviedo, FL, passed away Monday, February 18, 2019. Judy was born April 3, 1946, in Kingston, Pennsylvania to her loving parents Walter Burton Wilsey and Anna Louise Wegman. She grew up in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania graduating from Tunkhannock High School Class of 1964, where she was a Majorette. She enjoyed league bowling, particularly with her father. In 1968 Judy and her future husband met and enjoyed a rapid romance, marrying within six months, starting a family and had a wonderful journey of fifty and a half years. The family relocated to Perry, FL in 1980 making it their home for twenty-eight years. A devout Catholic, she volunteered for the Immaculate Conception Church of Perry for over twenty-five years. The draw of grandchildren brought Judy and her husband to Oviedo in 2008. There was no greater love than that she had for her grandchildren. Over the years she developed her passions for flowers, birds, butterflies, deer, and all wildlife. She was an avid participant on Facebook and developed a love for Hatchlings. Judy went through many medical trials and tribulations, but always kept a smile, an infectious laugh and a hearty sense of humor. She was very much a fighter all the way to the end of her journey. Judy was predeceased by her parents and half brother Mark “Butch” Hornung. Judy is survived by her brother Alan “Skip” Wilsey (Sheila) of Falls PA; her husband Frank M. Seay of Oviedo; daughter Meredith Pergola (Mark) and her children Lindsey, Lauren, and Morgan of Winter Springs, FL; daughter Rebeca Villar (Albert Gallof) and her children Courtney and Brandon Villar of Windermere, FL. A Gathering of family and friends will be held Monday, February 25, 2019 from 6-8 PM at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Oviedo Chapel. A Funeral Service will be held 10 AM Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the funeral home with a Committal Service to follow at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Winter Park. Reception to follow at the home of Mark and Meredith Pergola. Arrangements entrusted to Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Oviedo Chapel, 501 E. Mitchell Hammock Rd. Oviedo, Florida 32765 407-366-8999. Please view and sign the guestbook at

Mary Anne Manzer Mary Anne Manzer, 74, passed away on Feb. 19 in Altamonte Springs after a long battle with lung cancer. Mary was born to Gail E Smith and Alice C (Bauman) Smith Pearson on May 20, 1944 in Plymouth, Indiana. The central Florida area has been her home since 1959. Mary is predeceased by her mother and father. Her surviving siblings are James Lee (Dianne) Smith of Plymouth, IN. and Steve (Debby) Smith of Lampasses, TX. Mary is survived by two daughters, Kathy A (Terry) Sillitoe, Karen S (Angel) Sandoval, three sons, Daniel D Rapp and twins Titan A (Heather) Manzer, Toby A Manzer. She has 3 granddaughters, Nickole DeWitt, Keila Sandoval, Hannah Manzer and 2 grandsons, Jonah Sandoval and Tristan Manzer. Mary also has 2 great-grandchildren, Thomas Tyler DeWitt and Stephen Michael DeWitt along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Diana Lynn Lobley Diana, 58, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019 in Longwood, FL. She was born August 14, 1960. A memorial service will be held at 12 pm on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 with a reception to follow from 1-2 pm. For more information, please visit Newcomer Funeral Home (407) 260-5400

James Edward Chenet James E. Chenet, 58 of Altamonte Springs, FL passed away Thursday, February 21, 2019. Mr. Chenet was born February 3, 1961 in Miami, FL. Please refer to for further details. DeGusipe Funeral Home 407-695-CARE (2273)

Catherine F. “Kitty” Ballance Catherine F. Ballance, age 87, of Winter Park, FL, passed away on February 20, 2019. Born in Glen Cove, NY on July 23, 1931. She moved to Florida in 1965 from Port Washington, NY. Mrs. Ballance was a retired Administrative Assistant. She was Roman Catholic and a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Winter Park, FL. She belonged to the Woman’s Club of Winter Park, Winter Park Coterie and the Irish American Cultural Society of Central FL. She is preceded in death by her husband, William K. Ballance, her parents Jeremiah and Catherine Foley, and brother, William Foley. She is survived by daughter, Maureen Bowman (Tom) of Fern Park, FL, sons, Michael Sammis and Patrick Sammis of Winter Park, FL, and brother, Jay Foley (Agnes) of Bay Shore, NY. She was “Nana” to granddaughters, Stephine Sammis, Victoria Hill (Tyler), Siobhan Bowman, Keeley Bowman and Kendall Sammis, and great-grandchildren, Tayden, Haylee and Hunter.Gathering will be held Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 3-5 PM at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home Goldenrod. Funeral Mass will be held Monday, February 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Winter Park, FL.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to St. Peter and Paul Religious Educational Program.

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Brandon, FL Real Estate: Newly Listed Homes for Sale

The houses for sale in and around Brandon are just a small portion of more than 4 million homes sold in Florida. and across the United States every year. We’re not just talking listed homes for sale, either. We’re talking about homes for sale — that sell.

Looking for a home to buy? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Brandon listed by our partners at

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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 (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 (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

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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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