Saturday, November 18, 2017


Tony Marrero

Tony Marrero

Tony Marrero covers breaking news and general assignment stories in Hillsborough County. A Baltimore native, he joined the Times in 2009.

Roy Halladay posted this tweet on Oct. 13 after purchasing the ICON A5 he was flying at the time of his death. [From Twitter]

Training in sport plane comes under scrutiny following death of pitcher Halladay

TAMPA — Spirits were soaring last year when an airplane manufacturer named ICON opened its new flight center at Peter O. Knight Airport. At a grand opening on a clear November day, guests gawked at the company’s new A5 airplane and company...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17
Hundreds of students at Hillsborough high schools walk out to protest teacher wage freezes

Hundreds of students at Hillsborough high schools walk out to protest teacher wage freezes

TAMPA — A protest over teacher pay that began with some 15 students early this week mushroomed into much larger movement Wednesday as hundreds of Hillsborough County high school students from eight campuses briefly walked out of their...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17
Brian Dugan said he was surprised when Mayor Bob Buckhorn offered him the job of Tampa police chief. A national search to find applicants for the position was underway but has been called off. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

Mayor Buckhorn names Brian Dugan as Tampa’s new chief of police

TAMPA — Calling it a "battlefield promotion," Mayor Bob Buckhorn on Tuesday took the "interim" from Police Chief Brian Dugan’s title.Buckhorn called the 50-year-old department veteran and asked him a simple question."I said, ‘Are you...
Published: 11/07/17
About 15 Strawberry Crest High School students walked out of first period on Tuesday and gathered at the school's entrance to protest the Hillsborough School District's decision to deny teachers a scheduled pay raise.
 [TONY MARRERO/Times staff]

Strawberry Crest High students walk out of class to show support for teacher pay raises

DOVER — They came from advanced placement history and physics, math and English, chemistry and culinary arts. Facing certain punishment, about 15 students at Strawberry Crest High School walked out of first period classes on Tuesday to protest...
Published: 11/07/17
The memorial for fallen troopers at the Florida Highway Patrol's Troop C headquarters in Tampa was recently restored. The most recent name. No. 46, was engraved in June. Master Sgt. William Trampas Bishop was struck by a car while investigating a crash in Alachua County. [Florida Highway Patrol]

Restoration project gives new luster to Florida Highway Patrol memorial in Tampa

TAMPA — It was a call that Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins didn’t want to have to make.For months, Gaskins had overseen the restoration of a monument to fallen Patrol members that stands outside the Troop C headquarters on North...
Published: 11/07/17
Veronica Yvonne Johnson, 32, of Tampa was arrested Sunday and charged with kidnapping. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Pair arrested after kidnapping homeless woman and demanding ransom from family, deputies say

TAMPA — A Tampa woman and a Brandon man were arrested Sunday after they kidnapped a homeless woman and demanded $1,500 from her family, authorities said.Veronica Yvonne Johnson, 32, and Shaun Lamont Forbes, 35, took 45-year-old Tammy Adams from...
Published: 11/06/17
Dabbs Postma, 44, of Tampa was arrested Friday after he admitted to producing child pornography and sexually assaulting a child. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Tampa man charged with producing, sending child pornography through Facebook

TAMPA — A tip from Facebook led to the arrest of a Tampa man accused of recording himself having sex with a young girl and using the social media site to send pornographic photos and videos, authorities said.Dabbs Postma, 44, was arrested...
Published: 11/03/17
Caroline Lawson, a 29-year-old English teacher at Earl J. Lennard High School in Ruskin, was arrested Friday and charged with having sex with one of her students, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
[Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Lennard High English teacher had sex with student, 17, deputies say

TAMPA — A Hillsborough County teacher resigned Friday after she was arrested and charged with having sex with one of her students.Caroline Lawson, a 29-year-old English teacher at Earl J. Lennard High School in Ruskin, had consensual sex with...
Published: 11/03/17
Save Southern Heritage Florida, a group that fought to prevent the county from moving this Confederate monument from outside the historic County Courthouse in downtown Tampa, has dropped a defamation lawsuit against local activists. [JAMES BORCHUCK/Times files]

Southern heritage group drops defamation lawsuit against Hillsborough County activists

TAMPA — A Southern heritage group that fought the removal of a local Confederate monument has dropped its defamation lawsuit against local activists who called the organization a white supremacy group.Attorneys for Save Southern Heritage Inc.
Published: 11/03/17
Interim Police Chief Brian Dugan poses on Halloween in Southeast Seminole Heights with Debra Taylor, 48, and her granddaughter Davia Irvin, 3. Three recent shooting deaths in the neighborhood have drawn international news coverage and thrust Dugan, a 27-year-old veteran of the department, into the spotlight. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

Brian Dugan vies for Tampa police chief post while trying to solve Seminole Heights killings

TAMPA — Brian Dugan never expected to be here, mingling with Spiderman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
Updated one month ago