McKenna Oxenden, Night General Assignment Reporter

McKenna Oxenden

Night General Assignment Reporter

I’m a Maryland girl with a Midwest heart. Yes, I love beer, cheese and the Green Bay Packers. Proud 2018 graduate from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisc. where I studied journalism and digital media. It's where my curiosity intensified for story telling as I learned not only how to tell stories with words but also visually and with audio. Currently, I am the night breaking news and general assignment reporter intern. I'm also a producer and editor for our entertainment podcast, Life of the Party. I enjoy meeting new people and finding out what makes them tick. I want to hear your story and your concerns about the community. If I’m not in the newsroom, you can usually find me working toward my Olympic dreams by riding and competing my horse, Gossip Girl.

Driver rescued after SUV left dangling off New Port Richey bridge

Pasco Fire Rescue responded to a call at 5:20 p.m. in New Port Richey for an SUV that had rolled at least once onto a bridge’s guardrail by Seven Springs Boulevard and Riverbank Drive. One person was trapped inside and after being extracted by Fire Rescue, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. [Pasco Fire Rescue]
The Chevy Suburban SUV overturned and was left hanging over an overpass, suspended nine feet in the air, according to Pasco Fire Rescue.

Pinellas Park SWAT officers who killed man in standoff cleared, report says

Pinellas Park SWAT officers at the April 10 scene where a husband who shot his wife was then fatally shot by officers after a long standoff. The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office has found that the actions of the two officers who killed the husband were justified. The wife later died of her injuries. [ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times]
A husband fatally shot his wife on April 10. Hours later, two Pinellas Park officers killed the husband. Prosecutors say their actions were justified.

St. Petersburg’s 40th Avenue Bridge set to reopen Friday morning

The bridge on 40th Avenue N leading to Shore Acres in St. Petersburg on April 8 is slated to reopen much sooner than initially planned. Originally scheduled to be closed until May 22, the bridge will reopen Friday at 7:30 a.m. This is due to coordinated efforts from the City’s Engineering and Capital Improvements Department, the Stormwater, Traffic and Pavement Operations Department, the engineer and the contractor and materials being delivered earlier than expected, according to the city. [Times (2018)]
The bridge was scheduled to be closed for six weeks. Instead, it was only closed for 10 days.

Pinellas Park woman, 42, dies days after husband targeted her

Members of the Pinellas Park police SWAT team at the scene where a husband barricaded himself in his home on April 10 after repeatedly shooting his wife at her workplace. He was later killed by police gunfire, and she was pronounced dead six days later on Tuesday, police said. [ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times]
Anna May Wittman was repeatedly shot by husband David Eugene Wittman outside her workplace April 10. He died hours later that day in a confrontation with a SWAT team.

Epilogue: Don Spicer, St. Pete mayor who crossed the political aisle, dies at 91

Don Spicer, who served as mayor of St. Petersburg from 1969-71, died Jan. 29, 2019 at the age of 91. Spicer was a Barry Goldwater Republican who allied himself with Democrats to advocate for unions, racial equality and other progressive causes. [Courtesy of Ann Spicer O’Day]
Don Spicer served the Sunshine City from 1969 to 1971. He died in January but his family will remember him at a service this summer.