Kavitha Surana, Night General Assignment Reporter

Kavitha Surana

Night General Assignment Reporter

I cover everything that happens after dark in the Tampa Bay area — and then some. I love being a reporter because it means my job is to ask questions and to talk to people from all walks of life. I’m always working to uncover the stories behind the “story” and hold powerful institutions to account. When I’m not out reporting in the community, you can usually find me digging into public records or scouring the internet for sources. My past reporting has taken me to some far-flung places, from Italy and Germany to Rwanda and the U.S.-Mexico border. Now my energy is focused on getting to know the hidden pockets of Tampa Bay. If you’d like to teach me something about this area — maybe show me a day in your life or tell me about something that’s not right in your community — drop me a line at ksurana@tampabay.com. You can also reach me securely on Signal at 646-463-1817. También puedes contactarte conmigo en español.

Police: Man shot outside St. Petersburg convenience store

Darrell Simmons Jr. was taken to the hospital and is now in critical but stable condition.

Fired Indian Rocks Beach employee struck colleagues, wanted to ram truck into City Hall, deputies say

Errol Sylvester Gray, 52, was arrested on four counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle and single counts of aggravated battery, resisting an officer without violence and misdemeanor battery. He assaulted two Indian Rocks Beach city employees and tried to run over four more after learning he would be fired, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. [PCSO]
“Indian Rocks Beach has never experienced anything like this before,” the mayor said. A fire employee attacked two colleagues, then aimed a city truck at a group outside, according to...

Hillsborough sheriff’s sergeant faces charge of boating under the influence

Hillsborough sheriff's Sgt. Ryan Harvester was arrested Saturday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission while operating his personal vessel in Crystal River. [Citrus County Sheriff's Office]
The incident took place this past weekend in Crystal River. The sergeant was placed on administrative leave.

Hulk Hogan’s son. A tragic crash. Murder-for-hire. The latest on Tampa Bay’s strangest saga.

In the late 2000s the Graziano family endured several tragedies when their lives intertwined with the family of wrestling celebrity Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea, who were Tampa Bay’s biggest reality TV stars at the time. Clockwise from top left: The wrestler’s son, Nick Bollea crashed while speeding through downtown Clearwater in 2007, leaving Iraq war veteran and Marine John Graziano (top right, with mother Debra Graziano) with catastrophic injuries. Then in 2009, father Edward Graziano (bottom right) was arrested for hiring a fixer to arrange the death of his wife (it was actually an undercover deputy.) Hogan (bottom left) settled a lawsuit with the Graziano family, which received $1.5 million after legal fees to care for John Graziano, was left in a minimally conscious state and requires a lifetime of care. [Times files]
The murder-for-hire plot was just one chapter from the Graziano family’s brush with fame and tragedy in the late 2000s. Their lives became intertwined with the family of wrestling celebrity Terry “Hulk Hogan,” Bollea at a time when he and his family starred in their own reality TV show.
A phone call lands Edward Graziano back in jail.

Raw sewage discharged from manhole on Eden Isle in St. Petersburg

Partially treated sewage contamination prompted warning signs at St. Petersburg’s North Short Park in September 2016. On Monday, state environmental officials reported a raw sewage leak not far away in the 1200 Block of Eden Isle Blvd. NE. [Times (2016)]
The city has been under a consent order with the state since 2017 to clean up the city’s sewage mess.