Sunday, November 18, 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.

Check for the latest breaking news and developments.

Plant City police: Fleeing driver kills man as he walks to work

The driver is in custody, but the fugitive who sparked Friday’s deadly incident is still being sought.
Published: 11/16/18
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the person they say intentionally set a fire at a house in Clair-Mel City on Nov. 15, 2018, in which three people were found dead. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]

Firefighters discover three murder victims in burning Tampa house

Deputies are looking for a man caught on surveillance video carrying gas can outside the house. The bodies were found Thursday by firefighters.
Published: 11/16/18
Eight people were injured Thursday evening in a serious traffic crash in west Pasco County, Fire Rescue officials said. No character style: Three of those injured are listed as trauma alert patients, one a pediatric patient who will be airlifted to a nearby hospital. [Pasco County Fire Rescue | Corey Dierdorff]

Two SUVs collide in Pasco intersection, injuring eight people

They were all riding in the vehicles that crashed at State Road 52 and Hays Road.
Published: 11/15/18
Updated: 11/16/18
Republican incumbent Dana Young and Democratic challenger Janet Cruz are seeking election in state Senate District 18.

Janet Cruz-Dana Young race heads to manual recount in Hillsborough

The results from the machine recount won't be used because officials don't know why 846 votes aren't being counted, so it will stick with the original, unofficial results. The machine recount also wouldn't have changed the outcome of any race. Next stop:...
Published: 11/15/18
Check for the latest breaking news and developments.

Death investigation underway in Palm River-Clair Mel

The crime scene is near S 16th Avenue and Margaret Street. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has released few details.
Published: 11/15/18
Jason Osborne, 40, a science teacher at Ferrell Girls Preparatory Academy in Tampa, was arrested Wednesday after deputies said he engaged in a romantic relationship with a 14-year-old student. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]

All-girls school teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with 14-year-old

Science teacher Jason Osborne is accused of engaging in an inaproproiate relationship with a 14-year-old student at Ferrell Girls Preparatory Academy in Tampa.
Published: 11/14/18

One arrested after Tampa shooting leads to pursuit, crash

Another is on the run after Tampa police said a shooting led to a high-speed pursuit which led to a crash.
Published: 11/14/18
Stay with for updates.

Deputies identify woman found dead in Egypt Lake home

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Micheline G. Messersmith was the victim of a homicide reported Monday in Tampa's Lake Egypt Estates neighborhood.
Published: 11/14/18
Bennie Small, former president of the Hillsborough NAACP, contested the group's elections once before in 2017. [Times file (2016)]

Former president says Hillsborough NAACP chose leaders without notifying members

The former president of the NAACP’s Hillsborough County branch has filed a lawsuit against the civil rights group, which he claims violated the organizations own rules during this month’s elections.
Published: 11/13/18
Investigators for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office descended Monday night on the Lake Egypt Estates subdivision, where a woman was found dead in a home earlier in the day. [ANASTASIA DAWSON   |   Times]

Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies investigating woman's death in Lake Egypt Estates

Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene of a suspicious death at about 8p.m. Monday in the Lake Egypt Estates neighborhood near Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.
Published: 11/12/18
Updated: 11/13/18