Jamal Thalji, Night Editor

Jamal Thalji

Night Editor

I was raised on Florida’s Best Newspaper and dreamed of writing for it. I got my shot while at the University of South Florida, covering high school football and the weekend crime beat. I went on to cover the police, courts, business and sports beats. Now I’m an Assistant Metro Editor. I’m all about breaking news and deadline writing. Before I ended up behind an editor’s desk, I covered executions, hurricanes, wildfires, space shuttle launches and lots of football games. I have the honor of filing the last byline in the 113-year history of the St. Petersburg Times on Dec. 31, 2011, minutes before it became the Tampa Bay Times. Comic books get me through the pain of football season. Recently, I decided Superman > Batman.

The underwater Circle of Heroes memorial off the Pinellas coast takes shape

A statue is lowered into the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, July 18, 2019. The first 12 statues, forming the nationÕs first underwater dive memorial honoring veterans, were lowered into place Thursday. Photo courtesy of Preston Rudie
The dedication ceremony is Aug. 5.

Deputies: St. Petersburg man, 33, sexually assaulted 9-year-old

Don Lamont Thompson, 33, faces charges of sexual battery on a child under the age of 12 and prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscenity, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. [PCSO]
A relative came forward and reported the allegations. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest the next day.

Moped driver killed in crash on W Waters Avenue late Wednesday, deputies say

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The crash with a flatbed truck took place just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The truck driver stayed at the scene.

Tampa man who was shot was targeted, police say

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The man was shot Tuesday afternoon and was taken to a hospital. Police have revealed little about the crime.

Third suspect sought in drug deal-turned-robbery-turned murder, say Largo police

Largo police have arrested two suspects in a fatal shooting and are searching for a third. Gavin Griffin, 18 (left), was arrested along with a 17-year-old juvenile whose name was not released by police. The third suspect was identified as 20-year-old Ryan Elliott (right). He also goes by “Hundo Rich” and is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Largo police at (727) 587-6730. [Largo Police Department]and a 17-year-old juvenile whose name was not released by police. Griffin was arrested Tuesday but police did not say when the juvenile was arrested.
Two suspects, ages 20 and 17, have already been arrested in a fatal shooting this past weekend. The third suspect is considered armed and dangerous.