Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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TyLisa C. Johnson

TyLisa C. Johnson

TyLisa C. Johnson is a breaking news reporter covering cops, courts and crime in Pasco County for the Tampa Bay Times. Before joining the times in November, TyLisa worked with The Dallas Morning News. She has also worked with The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, ProPublica, Tallahassee Democrat and The News Journal. In April, she graduated from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. She grew up in northern Delaware.



MICHELE MILLER |  TIMES
The sign on the door brings some foot traffic into Natural Health Clinic MD in New Port Richey for Dr Tanmany Patel, (left ) and his wife and office manager, Sonal Patel (right). Dr. Patel, a board certified internist, has dedicated his practice to guiding patients who have a qualifying condition through the medical marijuana process, from getting them on the state's medical marijuana use registry, to finding the proper dose and strain.

A budding business: Pasco doctors devote practices to medical marijuana

NEW PORT RICHEY It was a typical ribbon-cutting ceremony for members of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce gathered at Natural Clinic MD to welcome Dr. Tanmay Patel."We’ll help you spread the word about the good work you are doing," said...
Updated: 5 months ago
TYLISA C. JOHNSON |  TIMES 
Kristina Risola, director of operations at Florida Medical Cannabis Clinic, sees both sides of the medical cannabis coin, as both a patient and medical professional. Here, Risola displays her cannabis medication, including a pen that vaporizes the medication.

Pasco residents find relief in medical marijuana

For many, medical marijuana is still a taboo topic.Physicians and patients who spoke with the Tampa Bay Times brought up the stigma surrounding the drug and the people who use it, rooted in longtime notions about marijuana. In 2016,...
Updated: 5 months ago
TYLISA C. JOHNSON |  TIMES 
Kristina Risola, director of operations at Florida Medical Cannabis Clinic, sees both sides of the medical cannabis coin, as both a patient and medical professional. Here, Risola displays her cannabis medication, including a pen that vaporizes the medication.

Answers to 12 questions you may have about using medical marijuana in Florida

Medical marijuana became broadly legal in Florida nearly 15 months ago, after an overwhelming number of Floridians, about 71 percent, approved a constitutional amendment that expanded the list of qualified medical conditions. Medical marijuana is...
Updated: 5 months ago
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Tampa man dies, three others seriously injured after crash on U.S. 41

SPRING HILL — One man was killed and three others were seriously injured early Thursday when a driver crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into another vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place after midnight on...
Updated: 5 months ago
Ridgewood High School teacher Sean Gallegos, 43, faces two counts of sexual battery involving custodial authority, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]

Deputies: Ridgewood High teacher sexually battered 16-year-old

A 43-year-old Ridgewood High School teacher faces allegations that he sexually battered a 16-year-old student, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Sean Gallegos, 43, faces two counts of sexual battery involving custodial authority,...
Updated: 5 months ago
A 20-year-old motorist was headed the wrong way on U.S. 19 when he crashed head-on into another car, troopers said. [Florida Highway Patrol]

FHP: Wrong-way driver causes head-on crash on U.S. 19

HOLIDAY — The Florida Highway Patrol arrested a 20-year-old man on charges that he drove the wrong way on U.S. 19 and crashed head-on into another vehicle early Wednesday morning.Rashad Xavier Wesley, of New Port Richey, faces charges of...
Updated: 5 months ago
Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco at a news conference March 16.  TYLISA JOHNSON   |  Times

For some Pasco residents, recent Sheriff’s Office changes aren’t enough

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco recently appointed a constitutional law advisor, saying he wanted to ensure good officer conduct and provide a new channel for citizen complaints.Two local human rights organizations, however,...
Updated: 5 months ago
ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times

Pasco deputies a hit on ‘LivePD’ television show

TRINITY — On any given night, the A&E television show Live PD showcases law enforcement officers from a handful of cities across the country. It gives viewers an unfiltered police ride-along from the safety of their own couches and a peek...
Updated: 5 months ago
An investigation continues after a video surfaced on Tuesday that shows a Sunlake High School school resource officer wrestling a female student to the ground while taking her into custody, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. [Twitter]

Sheriff: Sunlake SRO who took down student 'did what he had to do'

UPDATE: The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has decided that Cpl. Richard Stackon
Updated: 5 months ago
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has cleared Cpl.  Richard Stackon after a video showed the school resource officer forcefully taking down a student at Sunlake High School on Tuesday. [Twitter]

Pasco corporal who took down student on video now cleared (w/video)

LAND O’LAKES — Kayla Peña filled up her water bottle then returned to her lunch table at Sunlake High School when she heard a commotion in the cafeteria on Tuesday afternoon.A female student was riled up, walking back and forth, Peña said,...
Updated: 5 months ago