Chris Tisch, Times Staff Writer

Chris Tisch

Chris Tisch was born and raised in Oconto Falls, Wis., a town of about 2,500 people just north of Green Bay. Chris has lived in Seattle, Chicago, Cincinnati and St. Petersburg. His hobbies include music, movies, travel and reading. He also is an urban farmer and has a large garden, a pot-bellied pig, chickens, rabbits, two cats and a dog. He has been a journalist in Florida since 1995. He spent five years at the Bradenton Herald before coming to the Times in 2000, where he covered police news, legal affairs and the death penalty. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Phone: (727) 892-2359


Twitter: @ChrisTisch1

  1. Pinellas rapper Dangeruss, inspiration for 'Spring Breakers,' arrested


    A local rapper who inspired James Franco's performance in the Pinellas County-based movie Spring Breakers was arrested on drug charges Friday, Pinellas Park police reported.

    Russell Allen Curry, 27, was arrested on charges of marijuana sale and possession. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on Friday evening in lieu of $20,150 bail.

    Pinellas Park police said they received information in September that several people were dealing drugs "with a great deal of frequency" at Lauren Manor Apartments, 7450 35th Street N. Police began an investigation that led to Curry's arrest Friday....

    James Franco’s character in the film Spring Breakers is based largely on Curry, above.
  2. Three St. Petersburg officers suspended, one resigns after pursuit complaint

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Three police officers have been suspended and a fourth has resigned after an internal affairs investigation into a complaint of an unauthorized police pursuit in the city's southern neighborhoods.

    The investigation did not conclude that the officers violated the department's pursuit policy, but did find that officers broke other rules, including making "inappropriate and unprofessional comments over the radio."...

  3. Boat fire threatens sponge docks in Tarpon Springs



    The Anclote River turned into a lake of fire late Tuesday night after a stubborn blaze aboard a shrimp boat spread into the fuel-covered water, dashed about 50 yards to the other shore and ignited a dock.

    Crews that had been battling the boat fire summoned dozens of other engines from across the region to help ensure that other boats and structures on the Sponge Docks didn't catch fire....

    The fire started aboard the Skye Marie sometime after 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and burned for several hours.
  4. Money-saving tips that you should avoid

    Human Interest

    A guy I know once tried to cut his hair at home to save the $15 he paid each month at Fantastic Sams. He bought an electric razor at Walgreens for, oh, like $9.

    He stripped to his unmentionables, got into the bathtub and asked his then-girlfriend to run this state-of-the-art piece of machinery over his head.

    The first clue that this wasn't going to go well should have been that the razor didn't really sound like a razor so much as an old man gargling....

  5. Some highlights from a year of our Here's the Deal feature


    One year ago, we decided to begin using the front page of the Monday metro section to bring you ideas on how to save money in a tough economy. Our Here's the Deal feature has been popular with readers. Our staff writers have provided a load of ideas for saving on groceries, cars, electric bills, cable TV, dental care — you name it. Here's a look back at some of our favorites over the past year. You can read the full reports — and even more money-saving tips — at

  6. Here's the deal: Little steps to help you save big money


    today we're not going to suggest investing thousands in the latest energy-efficient appliances to save a few bucks on your electric bill. • We're not going to advise you to switch your car to canola oil, give over your yard to subsistence farming or your life to extreme couponing. • Today's money-saving tips are fast and simple. But depending on how you're spending, you could save big. • We are not saying it will be easy. You might feel a bit deprived of cherished luxuries. • But you might also feel pretty good when all the bills are paid at the end of the month — and there's even a little left over. • So, let's get started....

  7. Researcher defines four categories of sneezers

    Human Interest

    You know that guy, the one two cubicles over who blows papers off his desk when he sneezes, then lets out a WHEW!!!! and looks around to make sure everyone heard him.

    Then there's the woman down the hall who practically retreats under her desk to uncork a couple of baby mouse sneezes — achew, achew — then apologizes if anyone noticed.

    Allergy season is upon us, and we're about to hear a lot more sneezing around the home and office. ...

  8. Dive in and declutter

    Human Interest

    Ever watch the show Hoarders and see a bit of yourself?

    Yeah, me too. I let stuff accumulate. I struggle to throw things out.

    It hasn't become as severe as, say, fossilized cats under couch cushions or soiled newspaper stacks on the bed. But I recently realized I needed to declutter before it got to that point. ...

  9. Review: Michael Capuzzo's 'Murder Room' belongs on the same shelf as David Simon's 'Homicide'


    Seventeen years ago, David Simon, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, spent a year shadowing a homicide squad to write Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. • The book became a crime classic, was the basis for a critically acclaimed NBC series and launched a new career for Simon (HBO's The Wire, The Corner, Treme). Homicide was street-level and gritty in a time when a homicide detective could count on one hand how many of his cases were solved in the crime lab. Cases then were solved on the streets and in the interrogation room. • Solving crimes has changed significantly since that year in Baltimore, as forensic science and psychological profiling emerged and the search for killers became much more brainy. • What Homicide was to that era, The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo is to modern murder solving. It's an exhilarating read with complex characters, devastating cases and breathtaking breaks and turns. Don't be surprised if it also becomes the basis of a TV show or film....

  10. With GOP convention coming, a look at Tampa Bay's other slices of fame through the years

    Human Interest

    A little more than two years from now, the national spotlight will focus on Tampa Bay like it rarely has before. About 15,000 journalists will arrive as the Republican National Convention comes to Tampa. The convention will dominate the daily news cycle. The nightly speeches — including the acceptance speech from the party's presidential nominee — will be carried on national television. In 2008, about 40 million people a night watched the three-day GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn. This got us thinking: What other events have put Tampa Bay in the national spotlight in the last several years? So, here's a sampling of some of the more high-profile events that have temporarily swung the nation's attention to the Tampa Bay area over the last 10 years:...

  11. Vietnam veteran's search for peace began with angst over image

    Human Interest

    Chuck de Vlaming lost 18 friends in the war but never cried.

    That was how you survived the skies above Vietnam. You shut everything out. Stress. Pain. Guilt. Pilots who lost control got shot down.

    It was a difficult philosophy to apply to life after the war. Three failed marriages and arm's-length friendships attest to de Vlaming's emotional absence. Even those who got close described him as aloof, cold even. ...

  12. Al Capone and his Tampa Bay area connections

    Human Interest

    Chicago crime boss Al Capone had many connections — some rumored, some confirmed — to the Tampa Bay area.

    He owned property in St. Petersburg and is reported to have built a house for his mother here in 1925 while he was wanted for murder in Chicago.

    The 2,350-square-foot, 10-room home in Shore Acres — which has a fireplace decorated with fish, supposedly to signify the mob term "sleeps with the fishes" — was sold in 1931, the same year Capone was sentenced to prison. ...

  13. Budget cuts mean more days off in Public Defender's Office


    Pinellas-Pasco Public Defender Bob Dillinger says state budget cuts have gotten so bad that he will begin closing his office on some days.

    In an e-mail to employees Thursday, Dillinger said he can no longer absorb required budget cuts to his staff. Earlier this year Dillinger had to cut 19 positions from a staff of 210. Additional cuts would have forced him to let go of another 12 employees....

  14. Cab drivers are more fearful after three driver murders


    Taxi driver slayings in '08

    There have been three murders of taxi drivers in Pinellas County this year. All remain unsolved. Anyone with information about them can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477. Callers can remain anonymous and can be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

    May 2

    Blue Star cab driver Cyril Obinka, 43, was found shot to death in his cab in the 5400 block of 26th Street S....

    United Cab driver Charlie Springer says he uses his gut feeling to help him decide who to pick up.
  15. Internet trail trips up fugitive


    LARGO — Five years ago, a Pinellas judge gave Emmanuel Ganpot three weeks to get his affairs in order before she sentenced him to prison on drug-trafficking charges.

    Then Ganpot vanished.

    This summer, Ganpot, 35, finally was caught in London and has been shipped back to Pinellas County to face his charges.

    His capture was engineered by a relentless prosecutor who took advantage of Ganpot's own hubris and a few Internet tricks to catch him. ...

    A pseudonym couldn’t hide Emmanuel Ganpot on MySpace.