Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Paul Guzzo, Times staff writer

Paul Guzzo, Times staff writer

Paul Guzzo primarily covers Cuban policy, Cuban culture in the Tampa Bay area and local history for the Tampa Bay Times. A native of Trenton, N.J., he's been a journalist in this area since 1999, writing for La Gaceta Newspaper and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times. Along with his brother Pete Guzzo, Paul is an award-winning independent filmmaker best known locally for his documentary on gangster Charlie Wall. At home, he is an overwhelmed father of four and husband to a wife who is way out of his league.

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
Armando Preciado, 19, is creating a giant marionette a workable puppet from a old mannequin to operate on a bicycle like a high rider that will sway 6-feet from ground surface inside of Michael Parker's art studio. Preciado is an Hillsborough Community College student.   Parker next wants to teach kids who cannot afford to buy bikes and how to make their own in Ruskin on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

Ruskin artist to help poor kids build bikes reflecting their personalities

RUSKIN — Art meets transportation for a good cause in an after-school program where two dozen kids will create bicycles guaranteed to turn heads.
Published: 12/12/17

Santa with muscles: Christmas stories with a wrestling twist

TAMPA — The Christmas season is upon us and throughout the world children are lining up for their turn to sit on the lap of Santa Claus to tell ol’ Kris Kringle what they want to find under the tree.But parents beware. If hidden behind that...
Published: 12/05/17
ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times
Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco shakes hands with Nicolas Victorin, the 32-year-old mayor of the Haitian town of Pignon, as Pastors Aaron Burke and Doug Ley of Radiant Church look on in the offices of DeBartolo Development on Tuesday, May 31, 2017. Victorin ran for office when he was 29, campaigning on a history of social work and community projects. One of the youngest pastors in Haiti, Victorin runs a town of 42,000 people with a budget of $5,000 per month.

HCC grad turned Haitian mayor discusses what Trump policy means for his village

Nicolas Victorin has accomplished a lot for his Haitian village of Pignon since he was elected mayor nearly two years ago, thanks in part to connections made while living in Tampa from 2006 to 2010.Through funding from Tampa’s Debartolo...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/10/17
FILE --In this Aug. 26, 1994 file photo, Cuban refugees float in heavy seas 60 miles south of Key West, Fla. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File) ORG XMIT: AX702

With end of dry foot policy, Cuban refugees coming to Florida dwindles

The elimination of a program that automatically granted refugee status to anyone from Cuban who could make it to U.S. soil has drastically reduced the number of people arriving here from the island nation.In the final three months before the...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/07/17
While Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Police Chief Brian Dugan announced Nov. 28 that police had caught the man they believe responsible for the four slayings in Seminole Heights, the woman at the left, identified by police as Derlyn Roberts, was interpreting in sign language that was largely indecipherable.. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]

Sign language interpreter at Seminole Heights news conference delivered confusion, not clarity

TAMPA — Most who tuned in to the Tampa Police Department’s Nov. 28 news conference broadcast live on television and social media immediately learned of the arrest of a suspect in the killing of four in Seminole Heights.
Published: 12/03/17
Updated: 12/05/17
In late-1911 and early-1912, Robert Anderson killed as many as 10 Tampa residents.
[Credit: Angela Alderman]

Eerily similar Tampa serial killer cases a century apart

TAMPA — It is a horrific case of local deja vu.Twice, a man in his early 20s has stalked the streets of Tampa under cloak of darkness, used a gun to snatch the lives of random victims, was identified in Ybor City under odd circumstances and...
Published: 11/30/17
Updated: 12/02/17
Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24, faces four counts of first-degree murder in the Seminole Heights slayings after his arrest on Nov. 28, 2017. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Friends stunned by arrest of suspected serial killer in Seminole Heights

TAMPA — The person in handcuffs on the news seemed unrecognizable to many of Howell Emanuel Donaldson III’s closest friends.He wore a white jumpsuit and was surrounded by stout police officers who looked relieved after catching the man...
Published: 11/29/17
Updated: 11/30/17
Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24, in white, is led by law enforcement personnel into the Orient Road Jail early Wednesday. Donaldson will face four counts of first-degree murder, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan announced at a news conference at police headquarters. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times

Childhood friend of Seminole Heights killings suspect saw a change in attitude

TAMPA — When he heard the news that his longtime friend Howell Emanuel Donaldson III — or "Trai" as he knew him — was arrested in connection with the killing of four people in Seminole Heights, Ryan Keyworth couldn’t stop thinking about two...
Published: 11/29/17
Inside the first commercial flight on Southwest Airlines in five decades from Tampa International Airport to Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 12, 2016. PAUL GUZZO | Times

Can Tampa’s Cuban-American population sustain its Havana flights?

The U.S. government’s warning that it isn’t safe to visit Cuba has not stopped people from flying there out of Tampa International Airport. But now experts are wondering whether new, stricter regulations on Americans traveling to Cuba will...
Published: 11/27/17
Updated: 12/05/17
Stacey Ward and her 16-year-old daughter Caylee Ward are inventorying their collection of Golden Books at their home in Seminole so they can offer them for sale as part of their feldgling antique business. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

In Seminole, collection of Little Golden Books binds three generations of women

SEMINOLE — Once upon a time, Marcia Sewall and her daughter, Stacey Ward, dreamed of starting an antique business together.They spent a few years travelling the East Coast, stockpiling inventory — silver sets and door stops, armoires and...
Published: 11/27/17
Updated: 12/03/17