Saturday, March 24, 2018


Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan covers Hillsborough County courts for the Tampa Bay Times. Since joining the Times in 2010, he has written about unsolved crimes, the opioid epidemic, gun control, and Florida's death row, among other topics. In 2014, he was a Livingston Award finalist for a story that examined a legal loophole that allows Florida to hold mentally challenged criminal defendants without trial. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, he is a 2006 graduate of the University of Tampa, where he earned a degree in writing.

Tampa Police officer Richard Lehr was shot and wounded while serving a warrant at Hubert Avenue Villa Apartments, police said. [SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times]

Police: Tampa officer shot, wounded while serving arrest warrant

TAMPA — Two Tampa police officers went early Monday to arrest a man on a warrant that accused him of illegally owning guns and threatening his family.They didn’t know that Walter Richard Jeziorski III had in his home an assault rifle, a pistol...
Published: 03/19/18
Hours after reporting his wife's death, Harold Allen spoke with detectives and detailed her worsening health in the last weeks of her life. Karen Allen, 74, weighed 68 pounds and was severely dehydrated and malnourished when deputies found her on Jan. 6, 2017. Harold Allen, 76, faces a charge of aggravated manslaughter in her death. This is a screen capture of video from the interview. [Hillsborough State Attorney's Office]

After wife died at 68 pounds, now-charged husband told detectives, ‘I should’ve got some help, I guess’ /VIDEO

TAMPA — Past midnight, a few hours after he reported his wife’s death, Harold Allen sat in an interrogation room wearing shorts, flip-flops and a faded white T-shirt. Gray hair peeked out of a dark ball cap."I should have made her get her butt...
Published: 03/16/18
Updated: 03/17/18
A ship passes underneath the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]

Company that designed the failed FIU bridge also designed Skyway, part of Selmon

TAMPA — The company that designed the pedestrian bridge that collapsed Thursday at Florida International University near Miami also created Tampa Bay’s iconic Sunshine Skyway Bridge and the elevated express lanes of the Lee Roy Selmon...
Published: 03/15/18
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One killed, two others wounded in shootings at Plant City office

A man was killed and two others wounded in a series of shootings that took place Monday inside a Plant City business, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Richard Paul Bliss, 49, shot and wounded two men in an office at Bliss...
Published: 03/12/18
Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren at a January news conference. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Hillsborough’s top prosecutor wants you to join community council

TAMPA — Andrew Warren wants to know what you think about the criminal justice system.Hillsborough County’s top state prosecutor announced Friday that his office is creating a "community council" to seek feedback and engage in "candid...
Published: 03/09/18
Chenae Lyndeal Baker, a 33-year-old home health nurse, was arrested Monday on charges that she stole more than $15,000 from an elderly quadriplegic woman. She also worked as an economic self sufficiency specialist for the Department of Children and Families. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Home nursing assistant accused of stealing $15,000 from quadriplegic patient

TAMPA — A 33-year-old home health care worker who was supposed to be caring for an elderly quadriplegic woman instead used her position to steal more than $15,000 from her patient, according to Tampa police.Chenae Lyndeal Baker, who also worked...
Published: 03/09/18
Kyle Moran, 40, sought a new sentence in the murder of a 73-year-old Tampa man. Moran was 16 when he fired the fatal shot as he and two teenage friends robbed the victim in his home. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Life sentence reduced to 25 years for juvenile triggerman in 1994 Tampa murder

TAMPA — Kyle Moran never had a chance, his attorneys argued. Poverty and abuse marked his childhood, steering his life toward the day he shot an elderly Tampa man between the eyes, killing him. Then 16, Moran was condemned to life in prison.On...
Updated one month ago
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions enters a news conference Wednesday, February 7, 2018, in Tampa. Sessions spoke about the efforts to combat drug trafficking and end the opioid crisis. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

In Tampa visit, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recommends aspirin over opioids for pain relief

TAMPA — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has drawn jeers for suggesting that people in pain should consider over-the-counter Bufferin instead of opioids. On Wednesday, Sessions was in Tampa, touting the Trump administration’s efforts to...
Updated one month ago
Devon Arthurs, 18, of Tampa faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed kidnapping. [Tampa Police Department]

Defendant in neo-Nazi murders found incompetent, state wants second opinion

TAMPA — A former neo-Nazi and self-professed Muslim accused of shooting to death two of his roommates is not mentally competent to stand trial, a doctor has found.But prosecutors want a second opinion before a judge decides what to do with...
Updated: 2 months ago
A screenshot from a Tampa police video interrogation shows Devon Arthurs talking with Detective Kenneth Nightlinger. Arthurs, 18, is accused of murdering his two roommates, Jeremy Himmelman, 22, and Andrew Oneschuk, 18. Police said Arthurs claimed he killed the pair because they had disrespected his conversion to Islam. Arthurs' attorneys have raised the possibility that he might be mentally ill. A court hearing is scheduled Thursday to take up the matter of his competency to stand trial. Last month, a judge ordered a psychological exam.

Suspect in neo-Nazi murders tells of anger problem, says ‘I might be kind of sick’ (w/video)

TAMPA — Before lawyers first suggested that Devon Arthurs might be mentally ill, the 18-year-old double-murder suspect was questioning his own sanity.Seated in an interrogation room hours after he was arrested in the deaths of his two...
Updated: 2 months ago