Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Patty Ryan

Patty Ryan, a Florida native, grew up in Pinellas Park. For more than three decades, she has lived in Tampa, where she's a reporter for the Times. She joined the staff as an editor in 2001, after 22 years at the Tampa Tribune. Her work has been honored by the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors and the Florida Society of News Editors. She graduated from the University of South Florida.

John Andrew Welden, the man accused of giving a former romantic partner a drug to cause a miscarriage, is escorted from the U.S. District Courthouse in Tampa after being sentenced to 13 years and eight months in prison on Jan. 27, 2014. [Times (2014)]

Ex-cellmate in abortion pill case tried to help victim in her quest for damages

TAMPA — Carl Morgan ran afoul of a probation officer in 2014 and landed in a Louisiana federal prison, where he met a man from Florida.The two shared a cell and conversations. About six months later, Morgan left to go to a halfway house and...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Brian Sebring, pictured here, is accused of shooting Alex Stephens after a political disagreement on Facebook. [Tampa Police Department]

Facebook political argument ends with Tampa man shot in buttocks

TAMPA — Two men disagreed about politics on Facebook. When things got heated, one showed up with a Glock and an AR-15 and shot the other in the thigh and buttocks, police said.Call it extreme unfriending.It happened Monday night...
Updated one month ago
Fund for New Tampa crash family hits $50K in 24 hours, friends share memories of slain man

Fund for New Tampa crash family hits $50K in 24 hours, friends share memories of slain man

Not long after a driver mowed down a New Tampa father and injured his two sons Sunday, those who knew the family, and even some who did not, set out to comfort a grieving widow.It happened on the crowd-funding website GoFundMe, where the entry,...
Updated: 3 months ago
Hillsborough County Sheriff bailiff's lead Howell Donaldson III, the accused Seminole Heights killer, into a Tampa courtroom. Donaldson's lawyers told judge Mark Wolfe they want a psychologist, who examined the defendant, to testify about Donaldson's competency to stand trial. A hearing was set for June 29. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times]

First murder, then porn, reports allege of Seminole Heights killings suspect

Howell Donaldson III killed people and then soon after visited an adult-themed website, according to newly released investigative reports in the trial of the man accused of four Seminole Heights murders.Data from his cellphone showed a...
Updated: 3 months ago
Pepin Academies executive director Craig Butz, center, died Sep. 23 driving a personal watercraft in Clearwater Harbor. It collided with a motor boat driven by Tom Carey, right. Tom Pepin, left, owned the personal watercraft, an 11-foot Sea-Doo. [Times]

Accusations fly in wake of boat crash that killed Pepin Academies director

TAMPA — Anti-DUI lawyer Tom Carey and beer distributor Tom Pepin are pointing fingers at each other in two federal court cases over an alcohol-related boat crash last year that killed a Tampa educator and seriously injured his daughter.Craig...
Updated: 3 months ago
A 22-year-old FedEx driver died Tuesday when a tire blew out on his freight truck on Interstate 4 east of Tampa, sending it into a collision path with a Chevrolet Volt. [Florida Highway Patrol]

FedEx driver, 22, dies in crash on Interstate 4

TAMPA — A 22-year-old FedEx driver died on Interstate 4 Tuesday when a tire blew out on his freight truck, which veered into the path of a Chevrolet Volt, state troopers said. Two teen girls in the Volt survived the 10:21 a.m. crash. A photo...
Updated: 4 months ago
The Florida Highway Patrol says this is the truck that struck and killed 13-year-old Jesus Navarro in a hit-and-run crash Sunday morning on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Dover. Troopers received a tip that the truck was at a home on Old Dixie Highway in Auburndale and the owner surrendered it on Tuesday. Troopers were still investigating. [Florida Highway Patrol]

FHP seizes truck with possible link to hit-run death of 13-year-old

DOVER — The Florida Highway Patrol has confiscated a Ford F-250 pickup truck believed to have struck a 13-year-old Dover boy, killing him, as he walked on the shoulder of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard early Sunday. The vehicle’s owner told...
Updated: 4 months ago
Margarita photographed at Urbana in Washington, DC. (DEB LINDSEY   | The Washington Post).

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo? In Hillsborough, 27 cops will be watching

TAMPA — If your Cinco De Mayo is spelled Cinco De-UI, expect law enforcement to take notice this weekend.The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office on Friday disclosed plans for a DUI "enforcement saturation" effort Saturday night and early...
Updated: 5 months ago
Jess Paez, pictured clean shaven in 2018 and bearded in 2017, had been charged with roadside solicitation in those years and also in 2014. Tampa police are now looking for the driver of a vehicle that struck him late Sunday or early Saturday before leaving the scene. He was found on a Willow Avenue entrance ramp to the Selmon Expressway on Sunday morning. [Tampa Police Department]

Did you see who hit panhandler near Selmon and drove away?

TAMPA — A man with a history of arrests for roadside soliciting has been found dead at the side of a road. Jess Paez, 51, was identified by Tampa police Monday as the victim of an apparent hit-and-run crash over the weekend. His body was found...
Updated: 5 months ago
A December 2015 post on Twitter said Chevy would match donations to Soaring Paws. When asked for proof of Chevy's interest, Adams wrote this to a state investigator:

‘I handled all of it,’ Soaring Paws pilot said of bank records in charity probe

TAMPA — The investigators showed up Dec. 5. They had questions for pilot Albert Lonzo Adams III but weren’t scheduled to ask them because his attorney didn’t approve an interview. Instead, they were to question his wife as part of a state inquiry into...
Updated: 5 months ago