Sunday, November 18, 2018


Bre Bradham, Times Staff Writer

Bre Bradham is a 2018 summer intern for the Tampa Bay Times.

Israel Barnes, right, alleges in a lawsuit that Arnold Levine, left, intentionally bumped him with Levine's vehicle. The two are linked by divorce proceedings. Attorney Levine represents Barnes' ex-wife.

Client’s ex-husband says Tampa divorce lawyer Arnold Levine hit him with car

Longtime Tampa divorce lawyer Arnold Levine is known for street fighting in court. But a client’s ex-husband alleges in a lawsuit that Levine took their case to the real street, bumping the man with the back of a car.Israel Barnes, the...
Updated: 3 months ago
Supporters of Bernie Sanders and Andrew Gillum gather outside before Friday's rally for the Tallahassee mayor. [Twitter]

Bernie Sanders draws a crowd for Andrew Gillum in Tampa

Lou Murray did not drive from Sarasota to Tampa's Andrew Gillum-Bernie Sanders rally to talk about Donald Trump.Like many Democratic voters at the Friday rally at the Armature Works event space, Murray opposes the president. But when...
Updated: 3 months ago
The Chamberlain High band prepares for its season opener Friday, which will include a performance with the band from rival Sickles High. The directors of the two bands are married. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

Sickles football takes on Chamberlain, but bands will make beautiful music together

TAMPA — Keith Griffis leaned out of the band director’s tower and spoke over the loudspeakers, mimicking the voice of a game announcer."We invite our friends from Chamberlain High School to join — ""Boooo!" came the resounding response...
Updated: 3 months ago
Stonebrier is a gated community in Lutz of about 500 homes that has pool rules regarding unsupervised teens and children.

Bondi’s office joins mom in fight against kid ‘restrictive’ swimming pool rules

LUTZ — The feud started three years ago at a neighborhood pool in a community north of Tampa. Children wanted to swim but were denied access.Minors had to be supervised, they were told. But this summer, the office of Attorney General Pam...
Updated: 3 months ago
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Owner of exotic car dealership arrested for bounced checks

The owner of a Tarpon Springs car dealership was arrested Friday afternoon as police investigate five cases of bounced checks from the business totaling more than $185,000.Wassim Rouh Nasr, 50, was arrested at Exotic Motorcars Dealership on...
Updated: 3 months ago
Richard Dyer worked nearly 40 years at Plant High School before retiring in 2009. He coached basketball and taught science but may be best rememebred for his acts of kindness. [Courtesy of Rick Ferlita]

Richard Dyer, career teacher at Plant High, remembered as big man with big heart

TAMPA — His heart was bigger than his head, according to a friend, and that’s saying a lot considering Richard Dyer stood 6-foot-3 and was an NBA draft pick in 1966.At first, you might not know that kindness defined the straight-laced Plant...
Updated: 3 months ago
Orientation for freshmen and new students originally was scheduled for Tuesday in the gymnasium at the South Tampa school. But Plant High administrators had to scramble to find another location when the gym's air conditioning quit working on a day the temperature topped 90 degrees. [Times files]

As school year opens, Plant High suffers double whammy — an AC failure and mold

TAMPA — Hundreds of families crowded into the pews of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church night to prepare — not for their spiritual journey but for the start of the new school year at the public H.B. Plant High School across the street.Orientation...
Updated: 3 months ago
People who witnessed a fatal boat crash off Davis Islands jumped in to help before first responders reached the scene. The driver hit a piling and was killed. A passenger was rescued from underwater and was undergoing treatment at nearby Tampa General Hospital. 
[PAUL GUZZO   |   Times]

Survivor of fatal Davis Islands boat crash caught in propeller after jumping overboard

TAMPA — Jay Young took off his shoes and swam out from Davis Islands on Sunday afternoon to help a woman stuck on a small boat as it circled out of control.
Updated: 3 months ago
Alex Hull, 31, faces charges related to inappropriate relationships with two students at Benito Middle School. [Hillsborough County School District]

Benito Middle School teacher arrested for sexual battery against two students

PLANT CITY—Tampa police arrested a Benito Middle School teacher Monday, accusing him of sexual battery against two students.
Updated: 3 months ago
A pink cross along with other stuffed animals and flowers can be seen at the memorial site of four-year-old Je'Hyra Daniels near the Hillsborough River off West Columbus Drive in Tampa on Friday, August 3, 2018. Thursday evening, Tampa police responded to calls where four-year-old Daniels had been thrown into the river by her mother Shakayla Denson, who is now in custody and being charged with first-degree murder. [BRONTE WITTPENN | Times]

Toys, stuffed animals mark location near river where little girl died

All things were quiet Friday morning.Gone were the signs of the previous day’s tragedy: No police cars, no helicopters, no bright yellow crime scene tape.In their place was a growing pile of plush toys, flowers and crosses that climbed...
Updated: 4 months ago