Friday, September 21, 2018


Josh Solomon, Times staff writer

Josh Solomon, Times staff writer

Josh Solomon covers the police and court beats in Pasco and Hernando counties for the Tampa Bay Times. Before joining the Times in 2014, Josh graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He grew up in northern New Jersey.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis speaks with reporters outside of Franklin Middle Magnet School in Tampa on Sept. 18. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

The Daystarter: Dee-Santis or Deh-Santis?; how Tampa General preserves the heartbeats of children who had died; and MegaCon has landed.

h Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Did you know that Tampa had a record high of 95 degrees...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Algernod Washington aka the rapper Plies was arrested Wednesday at Tampa International Airport after police said the Transportation Security Administration found a gun in the 42-year-old Wesley Chapel resident's carry-on bag. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Busted, baby: Rapper Plies arrested at Tampa International Airport

TAMPA — The rapper Plies, aka Algernod Lanier Washington, was arrested at Tampa International Airport on Wednesday after authorities say a gun was found in his carry-on bag.The 42-year-old Wesley Chapel resident faces a charge of carrying a...
Published: 09/19/18
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell delivers against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. [Associated Press]

The Daystarter: Another problem for Jameis Winston; selling Hillsborough’s proposed school tax; milestone win for Blake Snell

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• It’ll be a sunny morning but the clouds will gather by...
Published: 09/19/18
Pasco-Hernando State College president emeritus Robert Judson, who spent a decade leading the institution and was the first black community college president in Florida, died Monday. He was 77. [PHSC]

Pasco-Hernando State College leader Robert Judson dies at age 77

Robert Judson, who spent a decade as a community college president, died Monday afternoon. He was 77.In 1994 Judson took the helm at Pasco-Hernando State College, then called Pasco-Hernando Community College. He became the college’s second...
Published: 09/17/18
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St. Petersburg police: man fatally shot in empty lot

ST. PETERSBURG — A man was fatally shot while he was in an empty lot Monday night near the Enoch D. Davis recreation center, police said.The man, whose name was not made public, was pronounced dead at a hospital.Detectives said he was in...
Published: 09/17/18
John Jonchuck, now 28, faces a charge of first-degree murder. Authorities say he dropped his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge, killing her in 2015. A judge on Monday delayed the long-awaited murder trial. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]

Murder trial delayed once again for John Jonchuck, father accused of throwing 5-year-old daughter off bridge

CLEARWATER — A late fight over a crucial witness forced a judge Monday to once again delay the murder trial of John Jonchuck — accused of throwing his daughter off a bridge in 2015 — just one week before jury selection was set to begin.The...
Published: 09/17/18
In this 2016 photo, actor Burt Reynolds appears at the world premiere of

The Daystarter: Why did the system return Jordan Belliveau to his mother; RIP Burt Reynolds, legendary Florida Man; can the Rays possibly make the postseason?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Copy and paste: It’ll be hot and wet once again,...
Published: 09/07/18
Marine Mammal Biologist Gina Lonati (left) moves two deceased manatees at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Marine Mammal Pathology Lab in St. Petersburg. Biologists conducted necropsies on the animals which were found dead during the Labor Day weekend along Florida's southwest coast. Tissue from the deceased manatees will be tested to see if Red Tide was the cause of death. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

The Daystarter: Documents show Jordan Belliveau’s short, troubled history; how dead manatees can save live ones; what’s in Andrew Gillum’s receipts?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Rinse and repeat: It’ll be another hot and wet day,...
Published: 09/06/18
Jordan Belliveau. Jordan Belliveau, the 2-year-old toddler who went missing for more than two days, was found dead late Tuesday. His 21-year-old mother, Charisse Stinson, now faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of her child. Photo Courtesy the Warren Family

Jordan Belliveau’s troubled history began at 3 months old, ended in death at age 2

Three months into Jordan Belliveau’s short life, his father was shot twice outside their house.After six months, he moved in with foster parents. Just before his first birthday, he was hit in the face during a fight between his parents...
Published: 09/06/18
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public help to identify a man accused of targeting homeless people in the University of South Florida area. He was described as a black man, ages 35 to 40, standing about 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-4, weighing about 225 to 250 pounds. He was described as muscular and clean cut with large calves and a bumpy scar under his eye. The Sheriff's Office released this composite sketch. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Hillsborough deputies search for man ‘targeting’ the homeless

TAMPA — Deputies need the public’s help to identify a muscular man accused of "targeting" homeless people in the University of South Florida area.The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office did not describe how this subject was targeting the...
Published: 09/05/18
Updated: 09/06/18