Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Josh Fiallo, Times staff writer

Josh Fiallo joined the Times as a web reporter in the summer of 2018. Before writing news, he covered high school football for the Times in 2017, where he simultaneously served as the sports editor of the University of South Florida's student newspaper. He currently lives in Zephyrhills, where he was born and raised, and attends USF.

Robert Schneider, 59, was arrested in Broward County on Friday not far from where authorities said they found the Winnebago he is accused of buying on June 26 from the Lazy Days RV store in Seffner with a worthless check of $246,445. [Broward County Sheriff's Office]

Stolen Winnebago bought for $246,445 worthless check is found

It has been found.The 2014 Winnebago that deputies say Robert Schneider bought on June 26 from the Lazy Days RV store in Seffner with a worthless check of $246,445 has been found, 2½-months later.The Hillsborough County...
Published: 09/17/18
Screenshot of live footage displaying a crash involving a patrol car and a van on the Sunshine Skyway bridge on Monday. [Florida 511]

Crash involving patrol vehicle, car fire cause backup on Sunshine Skyway

A crash involving a patrol car and a vehicle fire caused traffic to move slowly across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge early Monday morning.According to the Florida Highway Patrol’s live traffic map, the crash involving a patrol car was blocking the...
Published: 09/17/18
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Student, 8, hospitalized after school bus crashes into overturned semi-trailer

PLANT CITY — An 8-year-old boy was hospitalized Friday morning after a school bus he was riding was involved in a crash with a semi-trailer on State Road 60, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The bus was carrying only the one student, who...
Published: 09/14/18
Robert Schneider, 59, is wanted for allegedly stealing a Winnebago that was worth $246,000, according to deputies. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Deputies: Man wrote worthless check at Lazy Days RV, drove away in $246,445 Winnebago

Hillsborough County deputies are searching for a South Florida man who is accused of walking into the Lazy Days RV store in Seffner, writing a worthless check for $246,445, then driving away in his newly purchased 2014 Winnebago motor...
Published: 09/14/18
 The University of Florida is giving away four free tickets to its football game Saturday to evacuees of Hurricane Florence.

Florida offers free football tickets to Hurricane Florence evacuees

Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday morning, bringing life-threatening storm surge and winds up to 90...
Published: 09/14/18
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Slain mother of two was living in fear, records show

TAMPA — Deputies have identified a mother of two who was shot to death in her home Friday. She is a woman who recently sought protection in court from her estranged husband.Evelyn Chambers, 35, was found dead at her home on Sugarcreek Drive in...
Published: 09/10/18
Students from Hillsborough High School take a welcome tour near Century Tower on the campus of the University of Florida, which on Monday was ranked the eighth-best public university in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report. Florida tied in the rankings with Georgia Tech. [Times (2015)]

New rankings: University of Florida is nation’s eighth-best public university, USF jumps 10 places

Only seven public universities in America are better than the University of Florida when it comes to delivering a public education, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report
Published: 09/10/18
Some USF students aren't crazy about the colors of the university's new academic logo and have even taken to proposing their own. In a Facebook post, student Nicolas Remy offered this version. The reaction among his peers? Favorable.  [Facebook]

Student reaction to new USF logo: What’s up with the colors?

TAMPA — Wearing green and gold from head to toe, USF President Judy Genshaft unveiled the university’s newest academic logo during her annual fall address Wednesday.The design: A lime green bull on a darker green background, along with a lime...
Published: 09/08/18
Updated: 09/09/18
From Bandits to Seminoles, Burt Reynolds left a rich Tampa sports legacy

From Bandits to Seminoles, Burt Reynolds left a rich Tampa sports legacy

Although Burt Reynolds is sure to be remembered on a national scale as one of acting’s leading men in the 1970s, longtime residents will surely remember him for his ties to sports — both in Tampa and across the state.Reynolds, who died Thursday...
Published: 09/07/18
One trailer was decimated by the fire, Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue said. [Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue]

Overnight fire kills one man in Tampa, injures woman

TAMPA — One person was killed and another injured Wednesday when a travel trailer caught fire in the Palm River-Clair Mel area, authorities said.The fire broke out about 3 a.m. at 1618 S 51st St., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s...
Published: 09/05/18