Sunday, September 23, 2018

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Chris Tisch, Times Audience Editor

Chris Tisch, Times Audience Editor

Chris Tisch was born and raised in Oconto Falls, Wis., a town of about 2,500 people just north of Green Bay. Chris has lived in Seattle, Chicago, Cincinnati and St. Petersburg. His hobbies include music, movies, travel and reading. He has been a journalist in Florida since 1995. He spent five years at the Bradenton Herald before coming to the Times in 2000, where he covered police news, legal affairs and the death penalty. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.



Taco Bell is America's favorite Mexican restaurant, according to a recent survey. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz).

America’s favorite Mexican restaurant is apparently Taco Bell

And America’s favorite Mexican restaurant is ....Taco Bell?Sure, it sounds like a headline from The Onion, but a new survey from the ...
Published: 09/11/18
Seth Coffey was arrested on a DUI charge, then sang Journey's Don't Stop Believin' on the way to jail. Photo courtesy Indian River County Jail.

Florida man sings ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ in cop car while on journey to jail

A Florida man belted out one of Journey’s greatest hits while being taken to jail on a drunken driving charge recently.Seth Coffey, 25, was arrested Sept. 2 on a DUI charge after he pulled his pickup in front of a deputy’s car on U.S. 1 in...
Published: 09/11/18
Cybil Ballard Green, 43, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for dealing drugs at a Steak 'n Shake.

Florida woman gets 17 years in prison for selling drugs at Steak ‘n Shake

A woman who sold drugs at a Steak ‘n Shake in St. Lucie County has been sentenced to 17 years in prison, according to a report at
Updated one month ago
A Hernando County Sheriff's deputy plunged his cruiser into a canal while swerving to avoid a deer in the road early Monday morning.

Hernando deputy plunges cruiser into a canal while avoiding a deer in the road

A Hernando sheriff’s deputy’s cruiser plunged into a canal early Monday morning after he swerved to avoid a deer that was in the road.Deputy David Merced was not injured in the crash, but did need to be helped from the cruiser by emergency...
Updated: 2 months ago
Mehedeun Hasan, 22, of Lakeland, faces a charge of second-degree murder after he was seen on surveillance video shooting a man accused of stealing beer from his convenience store. [Polk County Sheriff's Office]

The man shot by a Lakeland store clerk after stealing $36 worth of beer has died

A man who was shot by a convenience store clerk as he stole $36 in beer has died, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports. Rennie Defoe, Jr. died at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center on Saturday afternoon. The clerk who shot him,...
Updated: 2 months ago
John Tomlin, left, and Anthony James Nykorchuk were arrested within about 20 minutes of each other Tuesday in connection with separate instances of disturbing the peace at places where children were present -- Tomlin outside a candy store and Nykorchuk at a pool near a kid's birthday party.

Pinellas deputies: Drunk men disturb peace at candy store, kid’s birthday party on same night

Within about 20 minutes and only 15 miles apart this week, Pinellas deputies responded to complaints of drunk men disturbing the peace outside a candy store and near a children’s birthday party.The incidents occurred Tuesday evening.In...
Updated: 2 months ago
A stripper at a Pinellas County gentleman's club was arrested Saturday after deputies said she stole $1,300 from a patron's wallet while she gave him a private dance. Lidia Leon-Batueca Maria, 26, was arrested on a charge of grand theft and booked into the Pinellas County Jail.

Stripper at Pinellas club charged with stealing $1,300 from man’s wallet during private dance

A stripper at a Pinellas County gentleman’s club was arrested Saturday after deputies said she stole $1,300 from a patron’s wallet while she gave him a private dance.Lidia Leon-Batueca Maria, 26, was arrested on a charge of grand theft and...
Updated: 2 months ago
Police have arrested a Clearwater man on a charge that he used a forklift to pin his girlfriend against a bus. Colin Lee Showard, 67, was charged with aggravated battery.

Clearwater man charged with using a forklift to pin his girlfriend against a bus

CLEARWATER — A 67-year-old man is accused of using a forklift to pin his girlfriend against a bus, according to Clearwater police.Colin Lee Showard, faces a charge of aggravated battery in connection with the Sunday night incident which took...
Updated: 2 months ago
This is the booking mug shot of Jeffrey Desimone, charged with sexual misconduct based on accusations he had sex with a probationer he was overseeing while he worked as a probation officer for the Florida Department of Corrections.

Corrections officer in Pinellas accused of having sex with a woman on probation

A probation officer with the Florida Department of Corrections who was working out of Tarpon Springs has been arrested on a charge that he had a sexual relationship with a woman whose probation he was overseeing.
Updated: 2 months ago
File photo of police lights. Credit: Tampa Tribune.

St. Petersburg man killed after his vehicle crashes into trees off Interstate 275

A 69-year-old St. Petersburg man was killed Friday afternoon when he lost control of a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 275 and hit several trees, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.The crash occurred at 3:39 p.m. south of the 22nd Avenue S...
Updated: 2 months ago