Saturday, March 17, 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.

Xiaofu Feng, 44, faces three attempted second-degree murder charges.

Butcher knives, a kitchen staff, an argument — what could go wrong?

TAMPA — That knife attack Monday in the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant arose from a dispute over a missing cell phone, officials said Tuesday.Suspect Xiaofu Feng, 44, and chef Qing Zheng, 55, were both working in the kitchen of Peking Chinese...
Published: 03/13/18
Keith Howard, 27, who has autism, went missing from the Robles Park area about 1 p.m. Friday. He was last seen wearing an orange shirt, green pajama bottoms with joker faces on them and a black Batman hat. [Tampa Police Department]

Autistic man in Batman hat goes missing in Tampa

TAMPA — A man in green pajama bottoms and a Batman hat is missing. Tampa police are asking for the public’s help in finding Keith Howard, 27, who has autism.He went missing from the Robles Park area about 1 p.m. Friday. He was last seen...
Updated one month ago
Anthony Phillips Jr., 38, at left, and his son Anthony Phillips III, 18, at right, are accused of armed carjackings in Tampa and St. Petersburg. The Tampa men face at least 25 years in prison, up to a maximum of life, if convicted of all federal charges. The father, with 22 prior felony convictions, faces more time if convicted of being a felon with a gun. [Pinellas County Jail]

Felon, young son charged in carjackings, including one outside Pinellas pediatrics clinic

TAMPA — Some people mend their ways as fatherhood arrives.But Anthony Phillips Jr., now 38, was just getting started back in 1999, when Anthony Phillips III, now 18, was born. Since then, records show, the elder Phillips has been convicted of...
Updated one month ago
Shawn H. Robinson, president of Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City campus, was stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper and charged with DUI on Feb. 16, 2018. [HCSO]

HCC Ybor City president charged with DUI

TAMPA — The president of Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor City campus was charged early Friday with driving under the influence after a trooper reported him negotiating Interstate 4 without headlights.Shawn H. Robinson, 48, had blood...
Updated one month ago
An Indian couple trying to buy this house at 632 Luzon Ave. on Davis Islands in Tampa pulled out of the sale after a hostile encounter with neighbors that has now led to a federal criminal charge. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |   Times]

Man who soured Davis Islands home sale with racial slurs charged with federal crime

TAMPA — It was an eruption of ugliness that shocked the affluent community of Davis Islands.In late 2016, as a family of Indian descent viewed a $658,000 home they were about to buy, a neighbor accosted them, threatening to break windows and to...
Updated one month ago
Ryan Fluke is accused of aiming a laser pointer at a helicopter that was assisting Pasco County deputies on Dec. 5, 2017, temporarily blinding the pilot. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]

Federal charge filed against man accused of aiming laser at Pasco sheriff’s helicopter

TAMPA — Federal authorities have opened a criminal case against a Pasco County man accused of shining a laser in December at sheriff’s pilots who responded by landing their helicopter and making an arrest. Ryan Fluke, 27, of Port Richey,...
Updated: 2 months ago
Brice Russell and his three siblings were left in the care of Jack Junior Montgomery while their mother worked.
 Montgomery was arrested Sunday and charged with killing the 7-year-old boy. [Facebook]

Motel housekeeper: Boy told investigator they were hit daily

TAMPA — Housekeeper Ariel Taylor stood outside a Seffner motel and listened Saturday as deputies interviewed three siblings of a boy found dead.A sister, the youngest, talked about baby dolls. A brother cried. Taylor wrapped a blanket around...
Updated: 2 months ago
Brice Russell and his three siblings were left in the care of Jack Junior Montgomery while their mother worked.
 Montgomery was arrested Sunday and charged with killing the 7-year-old boy. [Facebook]

After boy’s fatal beating, Hillsborough deputy looked in, thought he was asleep

TAMPA — A deputy investigating a child abuse tip early Saturday looked through the doorway of a quiet Seffner motel room to see a bed full of children who appeared to be asleep.Their mother’s boyfriend, Jack Junior Montgomery, gave...
Updated: 2 months ago
In a lawsuit, Shell Point Marina owner Jason Barth says Soaring Paws operator Albert Lonzo Adams III used an American Express account to pay more than $2,000 in gas and boat storage charges in 2016, but then wrongly disputed the transactions months later. One letter to the judge claimed that Adams couldn't come to court because he was undergoing stem cell therapy for brain cancer in Central America. Another said he was deployed overseas. Adams, 47, also faces felony charges over charity fundraising tactics.  [Courtesy of Shell Point Marina]

Excuses fly as Ruskin marina seeks payment from operator of dog-transport charity

TAMPA — A Ruskin marina owner wanted Albert Lonzo Adams III to pay up on a debt. That led to a lawsuit in Hillsborough County Court this year against the founder of the Soaring Paws dog transport charity.But nothing has been easy for plaintiff...
Updated: 3 months ago
A December 2105 post on Twitter by Albert Lonzo Adams III directs donors to Adams now faces seven felony charges in connection with his Tampa animal rescue charity and turned himself in at the Hillsborough County Jail on Thursday. [Facebook]

State: Soaring Paws rescue pilot lied to donors, misused funds

TAMPA — For years, animal rescue pilot Albert Lonzo Adams III solicited contributions to his Tampa charity Soaring Paws, enlisting the public to help him fly abandoned dogs to new homes all over the southeastern United States. He even asked for help...
Updated: 3 months ago