Thursday, March 22, 2018


Anastasia Dawson, Times staff writer

Anastasia Dawson, Times staff writer

Anastasia Dawson joined the Times in 2016 after three years covering education for the Tampa Tribune. A Tampa Bay native, she grew up in Dover and graduated from the University of South Florida.

Ronnie Oneal, 29, appears in court Tuesday to face charges in a fatal attack at his Riverview home. Oneal was ordered held without bail. [PAUL GUZZO   |   Times]

Riverview man accused in fatal attacks ordered held without bail

TAMPA — It’s been nearly two days since Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the remains of a young girl found brutally murdered in a Riverview home.Deputies have yet to release her name, though they believe they know it.She...
Published: 03/20/18
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy Amy E. Dawson, 29, was arrested Wednesday and charged with domestic battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Hillsborough deputy charged with attacking, threatening to shoot wife

TAMPA — A Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy accused of choking, beating and holding a service weapon to her wife’s head was arrested early Wednesday on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Amy E. Dawson, 29, was...
Published: 03/07/18
William Wade poses for a portrait in December 2015 at The Juilliard School in New York City, where he worked as a piano accompanist and guest faculty member. Wade, 54, continued to compose, perform and provide vocal coaching to students in both Tampa and New York City until he died of cancer on Feb. 26.  [EVE EDELHEIT   I   Times]

Epilogue: William Wade, scorned as FSU princess, helped others rise through music

TAMPA — No matter where he went, no matter what he did, a spotlight always seemed to follow William Gerald Wade.At 6-foot-5, the musician was destined to draw attention by stature alone. But friends say Wade never shrank from an opportunity to...
Published: 03/06/18
Updated: 03/10/18
Justin Rohena, 18, was arrested on a charge of disrupting a school campus or function and resisting an officer with violence, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Hillsborough Sheriff: Student, 18, arrested after cafeteria brawl

GIBSONTON — A lunchroom brawl at East Bay High School on Wednesday ended with the arrest of an 18-year-old student, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Justin Rohena faces felony charges of disrupting a school campus or...
Updated one month ago
Omar Raul Lopez Figueroa, 25, was arrested on charges of second-degree arson and arson of an occupied dwelling or structure by Tampa police. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Tampa police: Man set home on fire with people inside

TAMPA — A 35-year-old man is accused of setting fire to his neighbor’s home on Tuesday while people were still inside, according to Tampa police.Omar Raul Lopez Figueroa, 35, was arrested that day on felony charges of arson and arson of an...
Updated one month ago
A Hillsborough County judge ruled Wednesday that Devon Arthurs, 18, will be held in Florida State Hospital for treatment until he is declared mentally competent to stand trial. Arthurs admitted to killing two of his roomates in their Tampa Palms condominium because they were neo-Nazis. [Tampa Police Department]

Tampa Palms man charged in neo-Nazi double murder to stay in state mental hospital for treatment until competent to stand trial

TAMPA — The former neo-Nazi who told police he killed two of his roommates because they mocked his conversion to Islam will be sent to a state-funded mental facility until his doctors declare he is mentally competent to stand trial. Devon...
Updated one month ago
An Indian couple trying to buy this house at 632 Luzon Ave. on Davis Islands in Tampa pulled out of the sale after a hostile encounter with a neighbor that has now led to a federal criminal charge and a plea agreement. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |   Times]

Tampa man pleads guilty to threatening Muslim couple

TAMPA — A Tampa man pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal civil rights charges, admitting he threatened to burn down a neighboring home on Luzon Avenue in Davis Islands when he learned it would soon be sold to a Muslim family. David H. Howard, 59,...
Updated one month ago
Attorney Natalie Khawam, president of Tampa's  Whistleblower Law Firm. She was recently reprimanded by the Florida Supreme Court for charging a client excessive fees. [Times 2015]

Florida Supreme Court reprimands Tampa lawyer Natalie K. Khawam

TAMPA — The Florida Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded Tampa lawyer Natalie K. Khawam, the sister of Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite who helped expose the 2012 sex scandal that led to the resignation of former CIA Director David Petraeus.
Updated one month ago
David Paul Lynch, of Venice, Fla., was sentenced to 330 years in prison for regularly traveling to the Philippines to have sex with children and for producing, possessing and distributing child pornography. [Pinellas County Jail]

Tampa judge sentences man to 330 years after repeat trips to the Philippines to have sex with children and make child porn

TAMPA — A Venice man convicted of producing child pornography and regularly traveling to the Philippines to have sex with children was sentenced Friday to spend 330 years in federal prison. In October, a federal jury found David Paul Lynch, 56,...
Updated one month ago
Girl Scouts go canoeing on Crescent Lake at Camp Scoutcrest during summer camp 2015. The camp sold in January to Thompson Lykes Rankin Jr., and his wife, Courtney Rowan Rankin. [Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.]

Girl Scouts camp sold to member of Tampa’s Lykes family

ODESSA — The 63-year-old lakeside summer camp had no air conditioning or electricity. Cabin floors were often covered in grime, and cobwebs clung to the windows.But under new ownership, the 18.6 acres of Florida woods known as Camp Scoutcrest...
Updated one month ago