Sunday, August 19, 2018

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Jamal Thalji

Jamal Thalji

Jamal Thalji has spent two decades covering crime, business, courts and sports for the Tampa Bay Times. Now he's an assistant metro editor. He was raised in the Tampa Bay area, attended Osceola High School and is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa. He worked for the Times while he was in college and interned at the Des Moines Register. He returned to Florida to work for the Times in its Citrus and Pasco County bureaus. After five years covering criminal and civil court in Pasco County for the Times, in 2008 he became metro police reporter for the city of St. Petersburg. In June 2012 he joined the Times business staff and covered Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay, the tourism industry and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's $1 billion plan to redevelop downtown Tampa. Along the way Thalji has also covered NASA, the NFL, the NBA, college football, hurricanes, forest fires, space shuttle launches, criminal trials and lots of high school football. In June 2015, he became an assistant metro editor in the Tampa newsroom. Did you know: He filed the last byline in the history of the St. Petersburg Times, which changed its name to the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 1, 2012.



Thousands came out to greet President John F. Kennedy's motorcade as he drove around Tampa during his Nov. 18, 1963 visit. The president would be assassinated in Dallas four days later. [Times files]

Five memorable presidential visits to Tampa Bay, from JFK to Reagan

President Donald Trump brings his roadshow to Tampa today. But he's just one in a long line of Commanders-in-Chief who made memorable visits to the Tampa Bay region. Here are five to remember:1. JFK VISITS TAMPA: Nov. 18,...
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Longtime NBC News anchor Lester Holt will receive the 2018 Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.

Poynter Institute’s Bowtie Ball will honor ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Lester Holt

ST. PETERSBURG — Longtime NBC News anchor Lester Holt will receive the 2018 Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism this fall.The 59-year-old Holt will be honored at the Poynter Institute’s annual Bowtie Ball on Dec. 8. The Poynter...
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Quinton Cheatham, 26, was arrested on a charge of attempted murder, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. [PCSO]

Deputies: Bystander escapes harm when man fires gunshots

ST. PETERSBURG — A 26-year-old man was arrested Thursday hours after, deputies said he fired gunshots at a bystander during the Fourth of July.Quinton Cheatham faces a charge of attempted murder.The incident took place at about 2:16 p.m.
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Inmate found dead in cell at Pinellas County jail

LARGO — A 49-year-old former law enforcement officer accused of sexually battering a 10-year-old girl was found dead in his jail cell on Thursday morning, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.Christopher Wayne Stufft died by...
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Victor Martin Valenty, a 28-year-old cheerleading coach at the Storm All Stars in Brandon, faces charges for engaging in

Deputies: Cheerleading coach sent explicit images to 16-year-old

A 28-year-old cheerleading coach faces charges for engaging in "inappropriate behavior" with a 16-year-old girl, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Victor Martin Valenty faces 10 counts of traveling to meet a minor,...
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Rep. Jake Raburn, R-Lithia. [AP]

Hillsborough Rep. Jake Raburn won’t seek re-election in House District 57

LITHIA — State Rep. Jake Raburn hasn't had a challenger since the Republican first won the District 57 seat in 2012.Now he has an opponent: Valrico's Debbie Katt is a software development engineer and political newcomer...
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St. Petersburg police: Woman, 52, wounded in domestic shooting

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating a shooting that took place Tuesday evening at a home at 920 20th St. S.The shooting victim was identified as Philandria Nero, 52. She was shot and injured at her home, then taken to Bayfront Health St.
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Pasco deputies: No kidnapping took place in New Port Richey

NEW PORT RICHEY — No kidnapping took place on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies were investigating an "unconfirmed" report that a young girl had been kidnapped near Humboldt Avenue and Glenburn Court at...
Updated: 2 months ago

Driver, 78, cited for driving her SUV into Pinellas deputy’s SUV

LARGO — A 78-year-old woman drove her Buick sport-utility vehicle into the side of a sheriff’s SUV on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
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Last year two masked motorcycle gang members (background) were accused of taking part in the Dec. 21, 2017 execution of Paul Anderson, 44 (left), president of the Cross Bayou chapter of the Outlaws. Three members of the 69ers Motorcycle Club gang were charged with murder (from left to right): Christopher Cosimano, Michael Mencher and Albert Guilto. Those three were indicted on federal charges that include racketeering, drug trafficking, firearms violations, conspiracy and murder, according to the U.S. Attorney's  Office in Tampa. Two other alleged 69ers members were also named in the indictment (last two on the right): Erick Robinson and Cody Wesling. They are all being held in local jails. [Pasco County Sheriff/s Office / Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Five members of 69ers motorcycle gang indicted on federal charges

Last year three members of the 69ers Motorcycle Club gang were implicated in the execution of a rival gang leader in the middle of rush hour traffic in Pasco County.Now those three and two other 69ers members have been indicted on federal...
Updated: 3 months ago