Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Dennis Joyce, Assistant metro editor

Dennis Joyce, Assistant metro editor

Dennis Joyce is assistant metro editor in Tampa with the Tampa Bay Times. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he has worked as a newsroom and editorial page editor with newspapers in five states.

A work crew prepares to hoist an 1,800-pound sculpture of Native American Princess Ulele from the north end of the Tampa Riverwalk before dawn Tuesday. [BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times]

Bronze bust of Princess Ulele hauled away before dawn from Tampa Riverwalk

TAMPA — With only a moving crew as witnesses, an 1,800 pound bronze bust of Native American Princess Ulele was hoisted up and hauled away before dawn Tuesday under orders from the city of Tampa.The sculpture
Updated: 12 hours ago
Firefighters responded to a fire in Land O'Lakes on Saturday morning and found Brandy Currigan, 40, outside. She was arrested on a charge of arson. [Pasco County Fire Rescue]

Woman separating from husband faces arson charge for setting fire to house, Pasco deputies say

LAND O’LAKES — A woman who is separating from her husband painted graffiti throughout their house Saturday morning then set fire to it in three places, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.Brandy Currigan, 40, had been moving items out of the...
Updated one month ago
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Rabies alert issued for Tampa neighborhood after cat attacks three people

TAMPA — A rabies alert has been issued and three people are receiving treatment because of an unprovoked attack Tuesday by a rabid cat near Sligh and Manhattan Avenues in Tampa.The Florida Department of Health issued the 60-day alert Saturday...
Updated one month ago
Ricky Raley prepares to take off Saturday morning from the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital for the last stretch of his 1,500-mile handbike journey from New York. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times]

Paralyzed veteran finishes fund-raising wheelchair ride from New York to Pinellas Park

TAMPA — A paralyzed veteran has finished a two-week, $1,500 fund-raising ride that started in New York, setting out from Tampa at 9 a.m. today in his hand-crank cycle and reaching the finish line in Pinellas Park just before 1 p,m,Ricky Raley...
Updated one month ago
Proceeds from a proposed sales tax hike would be divided among Hillsborough County and its three cities, for use on road and mass transit projects. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times (2017)]

Tampa chambers, downtown partnership back transportation sales tax initiative

TAMPA – The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Downtown Partnership said in news releases Thursday that they support the proposed countywide sales tax hike for transportation...
Updated one month ago
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Woman dead after boyfriend shoots her once, returns and shoots again, deputies say

LARGO — A man faces a charge of murder after firing a shot at his girlfriend as she visited a travel trailer in Largo, fleeing the scene, then returning to the trailer and shooting her again a number of times, deputies said.Nathaniel J. Yates,...
Updated one month ago
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Levy County man, 53, killed trying to pass truck north of Inverness

INVERNESS — A 53-year-old Levy County man died when he collided with a Mack truck while trying to pass it north of Inverness, the Florida Highway Patrol said.Claude Pepper Blount Jr. was headed south on U.S. 41 near Overdrive Circle about 1:50...
Updated one month ago
Seline San Felice hid under a desk and texted her parents after a lone gunman opened fire at the newspaper where works in Annapolis, Md. San Felice is a 2016 University of Tampa journalism graduate. [Linked-In]

University of Tampa grad who survived Annapolis shootings was thinking of Pulse massacre

A survivor of the newsroom shootings in Annapolis, Md., who provided an early description of the ordeal in a CNN interview Thursday night is a 2016 University of Tampa journalism graduate who worked as an intern with the Tampa...
Updated: 3 months ago
Jaime Castellano, 27, faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident  with serious injuries and driving with a suspended license in connection with a collisionWednesday with a bicyclist in Riverview. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Witness follows hit-run driver who struck bicyclist, deputies say; arrest made

RIVERVIEW — Deputies found a motorist accused of striking a bicyclist and driving away thanks to a witness who followed the fleeing driver Wednesday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Jaime Castellano, 27, faces...
Updated: 3 months ago
Tampa police are making more stops on Bayshore Boulevard in the week since a mother and daughter were struck by a car and killed while walking across the street.  [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

Tampa police making more stops in week since mother, daughter died in Bayshore crash

TAMPA — A week after a mother and daughter visiting from Ohio were killed while walking across Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa police were still out enforcing new lower speed limits along the scenic commuter route.The city of Tampa moved up plans to...
Updated: 4 months ago