Tony Marrero, Day Cops, Hillsborough Sheriff, Tampa Police Department Reporter

Tony Marrero

Day Cops, Hillsborough Sheriff, Tampa Police Department Reporter

A Baltimore native, I've lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1998 and have been a reporter here for nearly that long. I joined the Times in 2009 and have covered beats ranging from from education to criminal courts. I now cover breaking news and general assignment stories in the Tampa bureau, which means I never know exactly what will come my way on any given day. I like that variety and enjoy digging to tell readers more about the big stories of the day.

Passenger killed when SUV crashes into tree in Plant City, deputies say

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The driver of the 2006 Saturn was heading south on Wiggins Road when the crash happened shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday.

Pro-Trump tweet on Tampa Police Department account a 'mistake' by employee, spokesman says

This tweet by President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager appeared on the Tampa Police Department’s official Twitter account on Wednesday. A department employee inadvertently liked and retweeted the tweet, spokesman Steve Hegarty said. [Twitter]
A tweet from President Trump’s campaign manager got a “like" and retweet from the official @TampaPD account. The employee thought it was a personal account.

Topher Morrison, who championed pedestrians in run for mayor, gets pepper-sprayed by driver

He could use his mouth if not his eyes after he was pepper-sprayed by a driver so Topher Morrison took to Facebook live in a plea for civility. [Facebook]
With sore eyes shut, the downtown resident took to Facebook Live to plead for people to ‘take it down a notch’ in the competition for space on the streets

Teen charged in fatal shooting of 14-year-old girl in Brandon will be prosecuted as an adult

Dereck Polanco Rivera, 16, is charged with second degree murder in the June 17 death of 14-year-old Dinorah Rodriguez. The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office has decided to prosecute Rivera as an adult, the office confirmed Wednesday. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Dereck Polanco Rivera is charged with second degree murder in the death of Dinorah Rodriguez, who was shot in Brandon on June 17 while riding in a car with three other people.

Once reluctant, Hillsborough sheriff now moving forward on body cameras for deputies

A body camera rides on the shoulder of a Tampa police officer. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has requested bid proposals from vendors to provide cameras for 1,200 deputies. [Times (2018)]
The office is seeking proposals from vendors to outfit 1,200 deputies with the cameras. The move is an about face for Sheriff Chad Chronister, who has opposed the cameras.