Saturday, December 16, 2017

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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.



A driver from ALC Transportation, a company hired by Hillsborough Schools to transport students with special needs, picks up 5-year-old deaf student Owen Storey in an unmarked minivan Tuesday morning. This school year ALC drivers replaced the school bus that transported Storey from Riverview to Doby Elementary School in Apollo Beach. [ANASTASIA DAWSON | Times staff]

‘It’s like an insane nightmare’: Parents question private company hired to drive special needs kids to school

RIVERVIEW — As a foster parent with two sons of her own, Kayla Storey has learned all the tricks to get her kids out of bed and off to school every morning. But this year, Storey says she’s the one waking up every school day with a knot in...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17
A driver from ALC Transportation, a company hired by Hillsborough Schools to transport students with special needs, picks up 5-year-old deaf student Owen Storey in an unmarked minivan Tuesday morning. This school year ALC drivers replaced the school bus that transported Storey from Riverview to Doby Elementary School in Apollo Beach. [ANASTASIA DAWSON | Times staff]

‘It’s like an insane nightmare’: Parents question private company hired to drive special needs kids to school

RIVERVIEW — As a foster parent with two sons of her own, Kayla Storey is skilled at calming first-day-of-school jitters. But this school year, Storey says she’s the one waking up every weekday with a knot in her stomach.It’s been there ever...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/11/17
Rosita Donaldson, the mother of the man facing murder charges in the Seminole Heights deaths, Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, speaks to reporters at the office of Tampa attorney Ralph Fernandez on Friday. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times]

Parents of Seminole Heights murder suspect struggle to understand why

TAMPA — The people who knew him best have struggled to understand how police could accuse Howell "Trai" Donaldson III of striking down four strangers with gunfire, terrorizing Seminole Heights for 51 days.His parents said they also have no...
Published: 12/01/17
Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24, in white, is led by law enforcement personnel into the Orient Road Jail Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 in Tampa. Donaldson will face four counts of first-degree murder, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan announced at a news conference at police headquarters. CHRIS URSO  |  Times

Friend says suspect in Seminole Heights killings was happy and affable days before first murder

TAMPA— About a week before police say he killed a stranger for no reason, Howell "Trai" Donaldson III spotted a childhood friend in the cafeteria of his office building. Donaldson called out his name then ran up to chat with Jacob Peters for...
Published: 12/01/17
Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24, faces four counts of first-degree murder in the Seminole Heights slayings after his arrest on Nov. 28, 2017. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Friends stunned by arrest of suspected serial killer in Seminole Heights

TAMPA — The person in handcuffs on the news seemed unrecognizable to many of Howell Emanuel Donaldson III’s closest friends.He wore a white jumpsuit and was surrounded by stout police officers who looked relieved after catching the man...
Updated one month ago
Misty Keller speaks to the media after teachers gathered at a protest outside of Westchase Elementary in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. The protest was part of a teacher work slowdown called for in Hillsborough this week, as salary negotiations continue.

Teachers at Westchase Elementary, across Hillsborough County, head into day two of salary contract protest

TAMPA — Students weren’t the only ones dawdling Tuesday morning outside Westchase Elementary School, idling away the minutes before the tardy bell would ring in another day of classes.The 30 or so Westchase teachers seen drinking coffee and...
Updated one month ago
A broken water pipe created a car-sized hole at the intersection of Natures Way Boulevard and Elm Grove Lane in Valrico's Bloomingdale neighborhood on Thanksgiving day. [ Alexander Dawson, special to the Times]

Car-sized hole from broken water pipe closes road in Valrico

VALRICO — A large hole that opened in Valrico’s Bloomingdale neighborhood on Thanksgiving Day was caused by a broken water pipe, not a sinkhole, county officials said. The hole swallowed a Mini Cooper-sized chunk of Natures Way Boulevard, at...
Updated one month ago
Richmond McDonald, 40, and his wife, Shauna Boselli, engaged in sex with a 7-year-old girl through encounters arranged by the girl's own father. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Tampa husband gets life, wife 40 years for sexual assault on 7-year-old

TAMPA — The mother of a 7-year-old girl stood weeping in a federal courtroom, demanding lifelong prison sentences for the Tampa couple who sexually assaulted her daughter while the girl’s own father took videos and pictures. "I don’t want my...
Updated one month ago
Adam Matos, right, awaits sentencing after being found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder last week. Matos killed his ex-girlfriend, her parents and her new boyfriend in August 2014. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]

Life in prison, not death, for Adam Matos, Pasco jury decides

NEW PORT RICHEY — The 12 men and women on Adam Matos’ jury were chosen from a pool of nearly 300 people in part for their responses to a single question: Could you condemn a stranger to death for a crime?On Tuesday, the panel said "no" four...
Updated one month ago
Convicted murderer Adam Matos arrives at the first day of his sentencing hearing on Monday at the West Pasco Judicial Center in New Port Richey. On Thursday, a jury convicted him of four counts of first-degree murder.  [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]

‘I tried,’ mother of killer Adam Matos says at sentencing

NEW PORT RICHEY — His family described him as a loving, kindhearted father. His neighbors regarded him as quiet and respectful. His friends recalled him as "happy-go-lucky," a "laid-back, fun guy."
Updated one month ago