Wednesday, September 19, 2018


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.

Check for the latest breaking news and developments.

Police release name of man shot Tuesday at Tampa apartment complex

TAMPA — An 18-year-old man was critically injured Tuesday when he was shot at an apartment complex in northeast Tampa.Officers responded about 2:30 a.m. to a call about an unknown emergency at the Silver Oaks Apartments, 4200 Kenneth...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Chase Burgen, 17, is a former student of Mark Ackett, the Bloomingdale High School teacher arrested Tuesday after deputies said a student found two camera phones in the changing room adjacent to his classroom. Burgen, seen her at her parents' home in Valrico, changed in that room many times while taking Ackett's fashion design class and now wonders if she was recorded, too.  [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]

Former students wonder if trusted Bloomingdale High teacher made secret videos of them too

As she got undressed in a storage room at Bloomingdale High School one day last year, Emilee Runnels found herself looking for a hidden camera.The room beside teacher Mark Ackett’s classroom served as a changing area where his students tried on...
Published: 09/13/18
Updated: 09/14/18
A small memorial sits outside Eddie Quezada's home on East Liberty Street on Sept. 7 as an unidentified Tampa Police Department forensic technician carries evidence to his van. [CHRIS URSO/Times]

He fled Cuba, but the life he made in Tampa ended at the end of a machete blade

TAMPA — Eddie Quezada fled Cuba to the United States for a better life.Years later, Quezada told neighbors he made the journey as part of the Mariel boatlift, the mass emigration in 1980. He made a living as custodian, first in Texas and then...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/17/18
Bloomingdale High School teacher Mark Ackett, 49, was arrested on a charge of committing video voyeurism on school property as a school employee.  Deputies say he placed hidden camera phones in a changing area to record students undressing. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Bloomingdale High teacher hid cameras in girls’ changing room, deputies say

BRANDON — A teacher and girls track coach left Bloomingdale High School in handcuffs on Tuesday after deputies said he admitted to secretly recording students in his fashion design class as they undressed.Mark William Ackett, 49, of Plant City,...
Published: 09/12/18
Lenton Chambers, Jr., 35, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of first-degree murder, accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife, Evelyn Chambers, a 35-year-old mother of two. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Tampa man menaced his wife. Now he’s accused of killing her.

TAMPA — One April evening, Evelyn Chambers came home to discover her kids had let her estranged husband inside. Then at 3 a.m., deputies say, Lenton Chambers Jr. awoke his wife while armed with a handgun.Evelyn Chambers asked her husband if he...
Published: 09/12/18
Check for the latest breaking news and developments.

Slain mother of two was living in fear, records show

TAMPA — Deputies have identified a mother of two who was shot to death in her home Friday. She is a woman who recently sought protection in court from her estranged husband.Evelyn Chambers, 35, was found dead at her home on Sugarcreek Drive in...
Published: 09/10/18
Smoke wafts over a junk-strewn property on South 51st Street in Palm River Clair-Mel last week after the motor home Richard A. Scarborough was living in caught fire. Scarborough, 73, died of smoke inhalation, according to a Medical Examiner report. No foul play is suspected, but investigators said they were unable to determine the source and cause of the fire because of the condition of the property. [Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue]

Authorities release name of Tampa man who died in motor home fire

TAMPA — Authorities on Monday released the name of a man who died last week when a motor home and the trash and debris surrounding it caught fire in Palm River-Clair Mel.Officials say Richard A. Scarborough, 73, shouldn’t have been living there...
Published: 09/10/18
An unidentified Tampa Police Department forensic technician is seen outside the home of 74-year-old Eddie Quezada on East Liberty Street in Tampa on Friday. Sarah Kynay Martinez, 21, was arrested Thursday and charged with first degree murder, armed burglary and attempted robbery with a deadly weapon after she admitted to slashing Quezada to death with a machete. [CHRIS URSO/Times]

Tampa woman accused of slashing neighbor to death with machete

TAMPA — A neighbor worried about the 74-year-old man who lived alone in the house on Liberty Street. Eddie Quezada faithfully tended his garden but had ignored it for two days. Tampa police went to check on Quezada Sunday night and found him...
Published: 09/07/18
TeSean Blue was killed in north Tampa, where he had gone to play basketball. Police are investigating.

They came for a safer life in Tampa. Then he was gunned down in the street.

TAMPA — Tara Jones knew it was time to go.A single mother raising a teenage boy in Decatur, Ala., Jones was living in public housing in 2016 and worried it wasn’t the best place for her son, TeSean Blue."He was getting older, and I...
Published: 09/06/18
Updated: 09/07/18
One trailer was decimated by the fire, Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue said. [Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue]

Overnight fire kills one man in Tampa, injures woman

TAMPA — One person was killed and another injured Wednesday when a travel trailer caught fire in the Palm River-Clair Mel area, authorities said.The fire broke out about 3 a.m. at 1618 S 51st St., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s...
Published: 09/05/18