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.

Mother of three who drowned at Glazer JCC was staying at nearby mental health center

Tiffany Marie Jones, 33, was a mother of three young sons who was determined to overcome mental health and drug abuse issues, her husband Chris Jones said. At some point after leaving a Tampa mental health treatment center last weekend, she scaled two fences at the Brian Glazer JCC and drowned in one of the complex’s pools. [Courtesy of Chris Jones]
Tiffany Marie Jones sought treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues so she could be there for her young sons, but she left the treatment center for reasons that are still unclear.

She said her Uber tried to kidnap her. It was a mix-up, Tampa police say. It still went viral.
The Facebook user claimed she was picked up by an Uber driver who tried to kidnap her. After the post went viral, Tampa police investigated and said it was just a misunderstanding.

Teen slain at Tampa party was an FAU student on a ‘positive direction’ in life, family says

Takiya Fullwood, an 18-year-old East Bay High School graduate who was attending Florida Atlantic University, was shot at a party on North 15th Street in Tampa early Sunday, her family said. Police are still investigating. [Courtesy of Angelique Fullwood]
Takiya Fullwood, 18, graduated from East Bay High in Gibsonton. Her family is pleading with anyone who has information about her shooting death to contact Tampa police.

Two women found dead in ‘suspicious’ Largo fire identified

Largo fire and police investigators work at the scene of a fatal house fire on Feb. 8 at the Avalon RV Resort.  According the police, two women were found dead inside the residence. Investigators say the fire is suspicious but have not released more details. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
The bodies of Diane Marie Morrocco and Carol Ann Benton were found after firefighters extinguished the Feb. 8 blaze at the Avalon RV Resort, police said.

Tampa man critically injured 16-day-old newborn who woke him up, deputies say

Aaron James Bordelon, 29, of Tampa was arrested Monday on charges of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect, according to deputies. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]
Aaron James Bordelon, 29, applied makeup to cover bruises before the baby was taken to a hospital, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.