Monday, June 18, 2018


Zachary T. Sampson, Times staff writer

Zachary T. Sampson, Times staff writer

Zack covers crime and breaking news in the St. Petersburg office. He joined the Times in September 2014 and previously worked for the Boston Globe and the New Bedford Standard-Times in Massachusetts. He was raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Northeastern University, where he studied journalism and sociology.

Three escape house fire in Holiday

HOLIDAY — Three people — one adult and two children — escaped a house fire in the 4100 block of Oakfield Avenue on Saturday afternoon, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue.Crews responded to the scene about 4:25 p.m. Firefighters knocked down...
Published: 06/09/18
David Haney, 49, is accused of stealing a Pasco deputy's gun. [Photo courtesy Pasco County Sheriff's Office]

Pasco man accused of stealing gun from deputy who left it in Burger King bathroom

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco sheriff’s deputies on Saturday arrested a homeless man who they say stole one of the agency’s guns after a detective left it in the bathroom of a Burger King.Deputies said the .40-caliber gun belonged to a plainclothes...
Published: 06/09/18

Deputies: Man, 47, killed by falling tree branch in Zephyrhills

ZEPHYRHILLS — A 47-year-old man died Saturday when a tree branch fell on him, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.The man died in a yard off Berry Road where deputies say he was working with another person to trim a tree about 8:30...
Published: 06/09/18
[National Hurricane Center]

Meet your unwelcome Memorial Day guest: Subtropical Storm Alberto

It has a name.Subtropical Storm Alberto is crawling into the Gulf of Mexico, an unwelcome guest arriving a week before the official start of hurricane season.The system, which became the first named storm of the year Friday, could bring...
Updated one month ago
Berkeley Preparatory School students with Sue Thompson's fourth-grade-class enter the Science Center at CareerSource Pinellas' Tyrone center, 7701 22nd Ave N, in St. Petersburg in January during a STEM-focused field trip. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times)

CareerSource Pinellas bought a science center. Now the bill is coming due.

In 2014, Tampa Bay jobs chief Edward Peachey sought to save the failing Science Center of Pinellas County.He asked a small panel of CareerSource Pinellas board members to let him acquire the educational center for $100.The Science...
Updated one month ago
The CareerSource Tampa Bay office on Eisenhower Boulevard in Tampa. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)

Payroll records show $3.1 million in bonuses, incentives at CareerSource centers

Two Tampa Bay jobs centers have paid $3.1 million in incentives and bonuses in recent years to employees who helped them record more hirings than any workforce board in Florida.The payout total for CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa...
Updated one month ago
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), of Sweden, celebrates his goal with Nikita Kucherov (86), Steven Stamkos (91), Ondrej Palat (18), and Dan Girardi (5) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) VZN209

The Daystarter: Lightning stays alive in big way; taste-testing new McDonald’s burgers; reviewing Justin Timberlake’s visual spectacle; it’s graduation season

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• More tropical moisture is coming in from the south.
Updated one month ago
CareerSource Tampa Bay workers mill around an office in December. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]

CareerSource tech grant was supposed to help people in seven counties. Has it?

When CareerSource Tampa Bay won a $3.8 million federal grant in 2016, it pledged to train people in seven counties for jobs in technology and healthcare.But records from the agency show the training has helped people primarily in just two of...
Updated one month ago
Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman, the vice chair at CareerSource Tampa Bay, wants the agency split from CareerSource Pinellas. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

Partner jobs centers in Tampa Bay planning a breakup

TAMPA –– Leaders at a Hillsborough County employment center voted unanimously on Thursday to cut ties with its Pinellas sister agency after working under one leader for eight years to help people find jobs.For weeks, board members of...
Updated: 2 months ago
Charles Harris is board counsel for CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSource Pinellas. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times

Local CareerSource attorney questions whether Pinellas commissioners can remove directors

CLEARWATER –– The lawyer for Tampa Bay’s two main jobs centers is questioning the authority of county commissioners to remove the board members who oversee the agencies.Charles Harris, the attorney for CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource...
Updated: 2 months ago