Dennis Joyce, Assistant Metro Editor

Dennis Joyce

Assistant Metro Editor

I am a newsman and communicator who pitches his tent at the crossroads of the community, the place you find the greatest number of ideas and the most fruitful debate. I’m a local news editor at the Tampa Bay Times, helping guide colleagues as they tell the stories of our community. It’s a role I’ve been blessed to play in half a dozen states, including two stints each in sunny Arizona and Florida. The approach I bring to the job is rooted in my family – including my wife Emilie and our two grown sons, one a world-traveling diplomat and the other a student in architecture. I’m a bicycle and transit commuter, so look for me on the bus and we’ll bat around a few ideas.

Troopers search for pickup truck driver who hit a pedestrian — twice

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The Florida Highway Patrol said the pedestrian survived. Now troopers are looking for whoever was driving the red 1990s-era Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck.

Dover bicyclist killed on S.R. 60 when he pulls from median into truck’s path, troopers say

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Lucas remained in the median but Renshaw continued crossing and was struck by an eastbound 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Diana Rosales-Garcia, 23, of Plant City, the Highway Patrol said.

Woman, 78, dies after being pinned between moving car, structure

Charlotte Lois Zides was getting into the driver’s seat of a 1992 Pontiac Firebird when it started moving, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Watch: Video shows moment when car plowed into Spring Hill Beef O’Brady’s

Car plows into restaurant
A video clip from inside shows two people dining at a Beef O’Brady’s in Spring Hill when a fast-moving car plows through a front window and hurls them aside.
Credit: Florida Highway Patrol
The video from inside shows two people eating at a window table as the dark 2007 Saturn sedan crashes into them. Troopers still are working to determine how the driver lost control Tuesday.

Smuggled drugs blamed for five overdoses, one fatal, at Pasco jail

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco, seen here addressing the media during an April news conference, said Friday that federal authorities are investigating a rash of drug overdoses at the county jail in Land O’ Lakes. [Times files]
Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said jail deputies used Narcan to treat the overdoses, but the opioid antidote couldn’t save the latest victim.