Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Carl Lisciandrello, Times staff writer

As the Digital News Editor, I am an early riser who fills you in on what's been happening while most of you were sleeping, and passionate about bringing you stories that will both inform and entertain you. I’m here to help you start your day off right. Have a tip? Let me know. I graduated from the University of Florida and joined the Tampa Bay Times in May 2016 after working for nearly 30 years at the Tampa Tribune and, before that, the Clearwater Sun, so Tampa Bay is in my blood. If you run into me, I’ll likely be near a beach, at church, anywhere near downtown Safety Harbor, or enjoying a cigar with my buddies.

Leonardo Ramos, 62, manager at Kohr Family Frozen Custard on Madeira Beach, was arrested on Nov. 19, 2018, after Pinellas County deputies say he inappropriately touched four female employees, ages 14, 15 and 17. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]

Johns Pass custard shop manager accused of lewd contact with teen employees

The 62-year-old manager of a custard shop on Johns Pass was arrested Monday after Pinellas County deputies say he inappropriately touched four teenage employees ages 14, 15 and 17.
Published: 11/20/18
Laura Avila went to Mexico for a nose job that was a third of the price as one in the United States. Now she is in a coma and may never wake up. Photo from Facebook.

Woman who underwent botched nose job in hospice care; fate 'is in the hands of God'

The woman who went into a coma last month after undergoing a nose job in Mexico is now in hospice care, and her fate "is in the hands of God."
Published: 11/19/18
Updated: 11/20/18
Three people were injured in a rollover crash in the southbound lanes of U.S. 19 between Sunset Point Road and Enterprise Road on Nov. 19, 2018. [Clearwater Fire and Rescue]

Three injured in rollover crash on SB U.S. 19 in Clearwater

Three people were injured Monday afternoon in a single-car rollover crash that backed up southbound lanes on U.S. 19 in Clearwater.
Published: 11/19/18
The 7-day forecast for Tampa Bay on Nov. 19, 2018. [National Weather Service]

Forecast: A pleasant Thanksgiving week in store for Tampa Bay

Expect cloudy skies giving way to sunshine later in the day, with highs approaching 80 with a slight chance of a stray shower and increased humidity, according to the National Weather Service.
Published: 11/19/18
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News at noon: Rick Scott to recuse himself from certifying results; sizing up Blake Snell's Cy Young chances; and more

Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on
Published: 11/14/18
The first live-action Pokémon movie is here and it’s not what you expected. [Photo from video]

POKEMON Detective Pikachu: the live-action Pokémon movie the world didn’t know it wanted

The trailer shocked many, prompting some to question whether it was joke. It is, in fact, quite real and a major push for the franchise.
Published: 11/13/18
A Levy County man faces a charge of DUI in a head-on wrong-way crash on 
 the Suncoast Parkway in Citrus County on Nov. 11, 2018. [Florida Highway Patrol]

Wrong-way DUI crash on Suncoast Boulevard seriously injures Citrus County man

A Levy County man faces a charge of DUI after he drove his RV the wrong way on the Suncoast Parkway in Citrus County and crashed head-on into a pickup truck early Sunday morning.
Published: 11/12/18
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News at noon: The latest on the Florida recounts; how to get your Hamilton tickets; and more

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Published: 11/09/18
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Bicyclist critically injured in crash involving motorcycle near Seminole

A bicyclist was critically injured Wednesday night after being struck by a speeding motorcyclist near Seminole.
Published: 11/08/18
State Rep. Kathleen Peters, who is running for the Pinellas County Commission District 6 seat, and supporters wave signs along the Park Boulevard corridor between Seminole Blvd and 66th Street on November 6, 2018. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT, Times]

Live coverage: Florida election voter guide and reaction across Tampa Bay

After weeks of early voting, Floridians are heading to the polls today to cast their ballots in races for governor, Senate, various amendments and local races. Stay with for complete coverage.
Published: 11/06/18