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Caitlin Johnston

Caitlin Johnston

Caitlin Johnston covers transportation, breaking news and features in Hillsborough County. She is a graduate of Indiana University, with her master's from the University of Maryland. She's always looking for story ideas.



Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority planning aide Monica Gonzalez explains the new bus routes to Jerome Valmond, 48, of Wimauma, last October. He said his route was cut. ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times

New bus routes, times to start on Sunday in Hillsborough

TAMPA — More than a dozen bus routes in Hillsborough County will have new times, paths and stops starting Sunday.The changes come almost four months after the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority rolled out an entirely new bus network,...
Published: 02/19/18
Prosecutors drop drug case against ConnectWise co-founder David Bellini

Prosecutors drop drug case against ConnectWise co-founder David Bellini

TAMPA — ConnectWise co-founder David Bellini won’t be prosecuted on a drug trafficking charge filed by Tampa police this week, the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office announced Thursday. The county’s top prosecutor instead applauded police for...
Published: 02/15/18
Former firefighter Tanja Vidovic won a discrimination lawsuit against the City of Tampa in December. Then a federal judge on Wednesday also ruled that the city should reinstate her to Tampa Fire Rescue. Mayor Bob Buckhorn said the city will appeal the jury's verdict. [GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES   |   Times]

Federal judge orders Tampa to give fired firefighter her job back

TAMPA — Former firefighter Tanja Vidovic should be reinstated to Tampa Fire Rescue, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Wednesday, nearly two years after she filed a federal lawsuit against the city and was fired the next day.She won her...
Published: 02/14/18
Former firefighter Tanja Vidovic, who recently won a discrimination lawsuit against the City of Tampa, speaks Tuesday about the harassment she endured at 
Tampa Fire Rescue during a forum on sexual harassment hosted by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry Campus. Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Wednesday the city will appeal the jury's verdict. [GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES   |   Times]

Buckhorn: Tampa will appeal $245,000 verdict in firefighter discrimination case

TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Wednesday morning that the city will appeal a $245,000 jury verdict in the high-profile discrimination case brought by former firefighter Tanya Vidovic.Buckhorn said he would not discuss ongoing litigation, but...
Published: 02/14/18
David Bellini, cofounder of tech company ConnectWise, was charged Sunday with trafficking in illegal drugs. Bellini, 56, had 24.1 grams of heroin and the opioid pain medication fentanyl when he was arrested at his downtown Tampa home about 8 a.m., according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's record. He was released Monday afternoon on his own recognizance. [Photo courtesy of DKR Communications]

ConnectWise cofounder David Bellini found with heroin, fentanyl, Tampa police say

Editor’s note: As of Feb. 15, 2018, David Bellini no longer faces a drug charge. The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute. For details, see our
Published: 02/13/18
Updated: 02/15/18
Tanja Vidovic listens to another speaker Tuesday after talking about the harassment she endured at Tampa Fire Rescue during a Sexual Harassment Prevention Training and Forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry Campus.   [GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES   |   Times

Rep. Castor, ex-Tampa firefighter speak at anti-harassment forum

TAMPA — Tanja Vidovic, the female firefighter who recently won a high-profile discrimination case against the city of Tampa, joined with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and others Tuesday to call for a better process for reporting sexual harassment and...
Published: 02/13/18
This Valentine's Day, Border Patrol agents are cracking down on flower smugglers. (Inara Prusakova/Dreamstime/TNS)

The Daystarter: Frank White’s $1.5 million campaign gift from wife; what to know about ex-Tampa firefighter’s trial; thinking about cooking for Valentine’s Day; Lightning meets match in Maple Leafs

 
Published: 02/13/18
Former Tampa firefighter Tanja Vidovic steps out of the federal courthouse in Tampa during the trial of her sexual discrimination case against the city of Tampa last year. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON   |   Times]

Five things to know about alleged discrimination at Tampa Fire Rescue

TAMPA — Tanja Vidovic, the former firefighter who won a lawsuit against the City of Tampa for discrimination and retaliation, will make her first public appearance Tuesday at a forum on sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Published: 02/13/18
A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus travels along a temporary dedicated bus lane created by traffic cones in Everett, Mass. [Photo courtesy of Institute for Transportation & Development Policy]

Engineers push back against criticism of bus rapid transit plan

ST. PETERSBURG — Proponents of a bus rapid transit system that would connect St. Petersburg, Tampa and Wesley Chapel pushed back Friday against recent criticism of the proposed plan.The lead engineer told a group of regional leaders that they...
Published: 02/12/18
Former Tampa firefighter Tanja Vidovic steps out of the federal courthouse in Tampa during the trial of her sexual discrimination case against the city of Tampa last year. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON   |   Times]

Tampa’s losses mounting after losing firefighter sex discrimination trial

TAMPA — Ex-firefighter Tanja Vidovic won a $245,000 judgment against the city in December after jurors decided Tampa Fire Rescue discriminated against her because she was pregnant and fired her in retaliation for complaining about it.
Published: 02/12/18