Monday, November 19, 2018


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.

Check for the latest breaking news and developments.

Hawaii woman, 33, falls off motorcycle, is struck and killed on I-4

PLANT CITY — A 33-year-old Hawaii woman riding on a motorcycle along Interstate 4 fell off and was fatally injured when a car struck her as she lay in the roadway, the Florida Highway Patrol said.The incident occurred just before...
Updated: 1 hour ago
This image was posted over the Fourth of July holiday this year on Katarina Moller’s Facebook page. The 24-year-old jet dragster driver was killed Thursday night in a crash at Sebring International Raceway. [Twitter]

Dragster driver Katarina Moller, 24, killed in crash at Sebring raceway

24-year-old driver Katarina Moller of Sarasota died Thursday night. She was a popular racer at local short tracks and a jet dragster driver for Larsen Motorsports, according to track officials.
Published: 11/16/18
A Tampa police officer checks for speeders at Bougainvillea Avenue and North 117th Street on Friday morning. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

Tampa police check for speeders day after driver plowed into a school bus stop

TAMPA — Officers were checking the speed of drivers on Friday morning along E Bougainvillea Avenue, the day after police said a car plowed into five children and two adults waiting at a school bus stop.All seven survived the Thursday incident,...
Updated one month ago
People gather to watch a ceremonial lighting of the scoreboard at the Hillsborough County Tournament Sportsplex near Brandon on Thursday. The Sportsplex includes 15 full-size, multipurpose fields for football, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, field hockey and cricket. [BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times]

Hillsborough shows off $17 million ‘sportsplex,’ with 15 fields for championship play

TAMPA — Work is still under way, but Hillsborough officials took a moment Thursday to show off progress on their new $17 million sports complex — a state of the art collection of 15 athletic fields designed to attract national tournaments.The...
Updated one month ago
The bus ride is free on Election Day if you show a voter card. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

Ride the bus to the polls for free on Election Day in Hillsborough

TAMPA — If you’re waiting until Election Day to cast your ballot, you’ll have a free ride to the polls courtesy of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority.Show a valid...
Updated one month ago
Ryan McGuinnes, 35, buys 10,000 lottery tickets for his lottery club at Ybor Metro Market on Tuesday. [TAILYR IRVINE  | Times]

$22,000 worth of hope as 90 friends pool money for Mega Millions tickets

TAMPA — Ryan McGuinness is pooling money from nearly 90 friends to boost their chances of winning Tuesday night’s record $1.6 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing. His afternoon buy of 11,000 $2 tickets at the Metro Market in Ybor City was...
Updated one month ago
Parishioners at Christ the King on S Dale Mabry Hwy received a letter this weekend from Bishop Gregory Parkes about allegations that a priest abused a child there more than 35 years ago. [JAMES BORCHUK   |   Times]

In letter to Christ the King church, Bishop Parkes outlines actions taken over abuse allegation

TAMPA — The Diocese of St. Petersburg knew nothing about allegations that a priest sexually abused a child at Christ the King Catholic Church at any time during the three years the priest was assigned there, Bishop Gregory Parkes told parishioners at...
Updated one month ago
Michael Williams, of Lacoochee, has been arrested and charged with simple battery/assualt after a road rage incident off of U.S. 301.

Homicide victim found lying off Dale Mabry/ Busch is 34-year-old man, deputies say

TAMPA — A homicide victim found lying alongside Dale Mabry Highway and Busch Boulevard on Friday afternoon has been identified as Michael Andrew Montalbano, 34, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.Investigators said only that...
Updated one month ago
Michael Williams, of Lacoochee, has been arrested and charged with simple battery/assualt after a road rage incident off of U.S. 301.

CrossFit worker, 16, stabbed during robbery attempt outside Tarpon Springs gym

TARPON SPRINGS — A Spring Hill teen has been arrested in the stabbing of another teen during a robbery attempt outside a gym where the victim worked.Dedson Hallon Suas, 17, faces a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and...
Updated one month ago
Efrain Nunez-Alcantar, 43, of Frostproof, faces 13 charges in connection with a five-mile string of hit-and-run collisions along Interstate 275 approaching downtown St. Petersburg. [Polk County Sheriff's Office]

Drunk driver hits 11 vehicles on I-275, including state trooper's car. No one hurt

ST. PETERSBURG — A drunk driver collided with 11 vehicles along a five-mile stretch of Interstate 275 before he was arrested as he was stopped in traffic after exiting into downtown, the Florida Highway Patrol said.No one one was injured...
Updated one month ago