Saturday, June 23, 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.

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...
Published: 06/08/18
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 one month 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 one month 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: 2 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: 2 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: 2 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: 2 months ago
Ronnie Oneal III, 29, appears in court March 20 to face charges in a fatal attack at his Riverview home. Oneal was ordered held without bail. [PAUL GUZZO   |   Times]

Boy who survived Riverview killings still in ICU, record describes injuries

TAMPA — Two weeks after he survived a monstrous attack that killed his mother and sister, an 8-year-old Riverview boy is still in serious condition at a Tampa General Hospital intensive care unit, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Updated: 3 months ago
Justin Bowen, 18, of Hendersonville, Tenn., is accused of the sexual battery of a 5-year-old Hillsborough County girl while on a visit with family to Florida. [Hillsborough County Jail photo]

Man visiting from Tennessee charged with sexual battery of Tampa Bay 5-year-old

TAMPA — The 5-year-old Hillsborough County girl was alone for just 10 to 15 minutes with the young man who was visiting her family in mid-February. Her parents had gone outside to get the mail and speak with neighbors, the Sheriff’s Office reported...
Updated: 3 months ago
FBI says he robbed the Hard Rock, without a little help from his friends

FBI says he robbed the Hard Rock, without a little help from his friends

TAMPA — The poker room gunman got what he demanded that February day at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino."I don’t want to cause a scene. I want hundreds," he said, before the cashier turned over $20,000. Yet his fortune fell apart like a...
Updated: 3 months ago