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.

Soaring Paws founder pleads guilty to state charges, gets 10 years probation

Soaring Paws founder Albert Lonzo Adams III is fingerprinted after being sentenced to 10 years probation and fined $18,000 in Hillsborough Circuit Court on Wednesday.  Adams pleaded guilty to five of seven felony counts after an investigation into his air pet transport charity showed that he misused donations and fraudulently solicited them. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
TAMPA In late 2015, a Tampa-based pilot solicited $2,200 to airlift two dogs he said were beaten with a baseball bat for toppling a Christmas tree. Albert Lonzo Adams III woke up to $5,000..

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

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)]
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...

Facebook political argument ends with Tampa man shot in buttocks

Brian Sebring, pictured here, is accused of shooting Alex Stephens after a political disagreement on Facebook. [Tampa Police Department]
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...

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

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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..