Thursday, November 15, 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.

Treasure Island resident Scott Plantz sits among thousands of files from a medical malpractice lawsuit that sit in his garage on Aug. 25, 2017.  (Times file, 2017)

Doctor facing malpractice suit wins key appellate court ruling

Appeals court upholds ruling that expert witness doctor was not qualified to render opinion.
Updated: 10 hours ago
Members of All for Transportation celebrate at their downtown Tampa office on Tuesday as election results show voters approved the sales tax hike to pay for tranportation improvements. [Courtesy of All for Transportation]

Can Hillsborough’s transit success translate to Pinellas?

Hillsborough County voters have done what was once unthinkable in the Tampa Bay area: voted to raise their taxes to pay for transportation improvements.In 2010, Hillsborough voters rejected a similar referendum. Pinellas voters did the same in...
Published: 11/10/18
Ernest Williams, 61, faces one count each of sexual battery, attempted sexual battery and lewd and lascivious conduct and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. [PCSO]

Pinellas bus driver, 61, accused of sexually abusing teen

A 61-year-old Pinellas County school bus driver was arrested Friday after deputies said he sexually battered a teenager starting when she was 13.Ernest Williams, of St. Petersburg, who drives a bus for the Pinellas County School District, first...
Published: 11/09/18
A rally was held Thursday in St. Petersburg's South Straub Park in favor of protecting special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. [JOSH SOLOMON  |  Times]

Tampa Bay rallies held to protect Robert Mueller’s Russia probe

Several hundred people gathered in South Straub Park to protest the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which could lead to limiting the special counsel's investigation.
Published: 11/08/18

Pinellas Park officers sent to Panhandle after hurricane under investigation

PINELLAS PARK — Several police officers who were deployed to the Florida Panhandle to help after Hurricane Michael are now under investigation for their conduct there, according to the Pinellas Park Police Department.The complaint of "potential...
Published: 11/05/18
Victoria Royal, 23, was arrested Wednesday at a political rally at USF after, police say, she ran through the crowd topless. [Octavio Jones  |  Times]

Police: Woman runs topless through Bernie Sanders rally at USF

TAMPA — A 23-year-old woman was arrested after she ran topless through the crowd at a Wednesday afternoon Democratic political rally led by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to University of South Florida police.About...
Published: 11/01/18
Seven-day forecast on Wednesday, Oct. 31 2018 for the Tampa Bay area.

Forecast: Weather across Tampa Bay is going to be a real treat

As trick-or-treating gets underway, evening temperatures will cool slightly to the upper 70s or low 80s. Pleasant, maybe, unless one has chosen a full-body gorilla costume.
Published: 10/31/18
Seven-day forecast on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 for the Tampa Bay area.

Forecast: A pleasant Halloween foreshadows a cool weekend in Tampa Bay

Tuesday will see temperatures in the mid 80s with partly cloudy skies. Rain chances are to increase over the next few days before a cold front pushes toward Tampa Bay.
Updated one month ago
Pasco County officials have released details and a dramatic video of a fiery crash on Oct. 13, 2018, that killed a man suspected of kidnapping his longtime girlfriend. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]

A high-speed chase. A deadly crash. Did Pasco deputies get the right info?

Two days after a suspect died while leading deputies on a high-speed pursuit, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco stood in front of reporters and praised the "heroism" of his deputies for trying to save a kidnapped woman trapped inside the fleeing...
Updated one month ago
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The Daystarter: A fiery Gillum-debate; Tampa man fatally struck Hurricane Michael linemen, deputies say; time to review the Bucs' game film

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today. 
Updated one month ago