Thursday, December 14, 2017


Leonora LaPeter Anton

Leonora LaPeter Anton

Leonora LaPeter Anton is a Tampa Bay Times reporter on the enterprise team. Her stories veer toward the unusual: a surrogate mother who can't get pregnant; a broke couple who rent rooms in their mansion; a boy who says his girlfriend raped him. She grew up in Connecticut and Greece and studied journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked for the Okeechobee News in Okeechobee, the Island Packet on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the Tallahassee Democrat in Tallahassee and the Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga. She joined the Times in 2000, the same year she won the American Society of News Editors award for deadline reporting. She lives in St. Petersburg with her husband and daughter.

Terry Power reads aloud from the final judgment of his divorce from Murielle Fournier after it arrived in the mail. His girlfriend,  Dee Dee Trott, reacts to Murielle being allowed to stay in the marital home. [Times (2013)]

Years later, pain, scars of ugly divorce battle linger

In 2013, the Tampa Bay Times wrote about Terry Power, a retirement plan consultant whose runaway divorce took five years, four judges, six lawyers and more than $400,000 to resolve.When the case was finally over, Power had declared bankruptcy,...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/11/17
Randy Lee Gozzard of St. Petersburg. Courtesy of Gozzard's family.

‘He was a dedicated and loving husband’: St. Petersburg man killed in Ohio hunting accident

Randy Lee Gozzard of St. Petersburg showed up for the opening day of deer hunting season in northeast Ohio on Nov. 27, as he did just about every year of his life. At about 2 p.m., his three friends heard several shots."They started yelling for...
Published: 12/02/17
Angelica Rosario of St. Petersburg has spent months looking for work and hoping for an opportunity. LENORA LAPETER ANTON  |   Times

Encounters: An application, an interview, fingers crossed

In the previous five months, she'd tried to find work as an administrative assistant, a receptionist, a fast-food cashier, a hostess, a telemarketer, a saleswoman. She'd applied for 74 jobs, gone on dozens of interviews. At least twice, she'd been...
Updated: 2 months ago
Doug Earle, the last board member of the Jamison building at Town Shores of Gulfport to stay behind during Hurricane Irma, took care of his neighbors through and after the storm. [Photo by Barbara Bohen]

After Irma, a man on a mission

At the Jamison building at Town Shores of Gulfport, Doug Earle rose from a 15-minute nap Tuesday and headed down to the first floor to check on an elderly neighbor. As the last board member to stay behind during Hurricane Irma, Earle felt a...
Updated: 3 months ago