TAMPA — Authorities have identified a set of human bones that was found scattered in the woods Dec. 22 near Sligh Avenue and Rowlett Park Drive.
A DNA test last month confirmed the bones were those of 54-year-old Stephen Craig Snipes, according to a report from the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner. Snipes, who lived in an assisted living facility on Nebraska Avenue, had been missing for several months....
TAMPA — A woman who pleaded guilty last year to her role in a Tampa-based credit card fraud ring was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison....
VALRICO — The boyfriend of a Brandon mother of three was accused Wednesday of killing her by bashing her over the head with a concrete block.
Michael Jason Fields, 32, faces a second-degree murder charge and is being held in jail without bail.
Christina Mahzamani, also 32, was reported missing Monday night after her children phoned a relative and said their mother had left them home alone the previous evening at 1608 Loriana St. in Brandon and not returned....
TAMPA — A man who was arrested last month after police said he tried to flee from a traffic crash was arrested again early Tuesday after a driver involved in the crash died.
Delvin Darrell Williams, 33, faces charges of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a crash with death and aggravated fleeing to elude. The charges stem from the death of 30-year-old Antonio Edward Lang, who had been injured in a Feb. 20 crash near the intersection of Chelsea and 40th streets in Tampa....
03/10/14 Public Safety
TAMPA — A review of surveillance video from a Walmart store where a Tampa family purchased beef later found to be tainted with LSD revealed no evidence of suspicious activity before the purchase, a company spokeswoman said Monday.
Management at the Walmart store at 1501 N Dale Mabry Highway worked with police following the incident last week that sickened four people, including two children, to try to pinpoint signs that the store's meat products had been disturbed....
TAMPA — More than three years after Robert Niedbalec was hurled from his bicycle by two cars going more than 90 mph on Fletcher Avenue, one of the people responsible for his death sat before a judge Friday and wept into shackled hands.
Lenoy Rivera asked Circuit Judge Emmett Lamar Battles to go easy on him. He spoke of the guilt he has felt since the day Niedbalec died. His family members talked about what a good kid he was, how his role in the 52-year-old's death threw him into depression, how he spoke to portraits of the man he killed, begging him for forgiveness. ...
TAMPA — A DNA match from blood helped police make an arrest in connection with the Feb. 23 death of a man who was attacked and stabbed inside his Tampa home.
Qushawn Williams, 21, was arrested Thursday on a second-degree murder charge stemming from the killing of 51-year-old Juan Ordonez.
Ordonez, whom neighbors knew as "Papi," was killed early Feb. 23 in his home at 1317 W Arch St. in the West Riverfront area of Tampa. ...
03/04/14 Public Safety
BRANDON — Deputies shot and killed a man who went on a violent rampage, stabbing a cat and breaking a window early Tuesday in a Brandon apartment complex, Hillsborough County sheriff's officials said.
Lew G. Tyree II, 41, was shot at least three times after deputies tried to talk him into dropping a knife, authorities said. He later died at Brandon Regional Hospital.
Neighbors in the apartment complex began calling 911 about 5:30 a.m. to report Tyree carrying a large butcher knife and threatening people with a 20-pound barbell, said Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee. At one point, someone in an apartment near 3117 Bloomingdale Villas Court reported that Tyree was trying to break a front window....
BRANDON — A chase that began in Manatee County ended inside the Westfield Brandon shopping mall Monday after three burglary suspects headed north to Hillsborough County, authorities said.
The pursuit began about noon, when Manatee sheriff's deputies got a call about a burglary in progress in Palmetto. A deputy arrived to find at least two people leaving a house. When the deputy tried to talk to them, they fled in a 2014 Hyundai that had been stolen in Hillsborough County, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said....
PLANT CITY — An argument that began with a bra and panties escalated almost to murder Sunday when a woman stabbed her ex-boyfriend, according to Hillsborough County deputies.
Christina Rene Folsom, 19, was jailed on a charge of attempted third-degree murder after she used a kitchen knife to stab her ex-boyfriend, Dustin Griffin, 26, in his back, an arrest report stated.
The two had dated until recently, when Folsom discovered that Griffin was cheating on her with his ex-wife, officials said....
BRANDON — Ricky Polk was driving through Brandon to his job at a chemical plant early Friday morning when he saw two women on the side of the road, jumping up and down and crying.
Then he felt his car hit something and saw a figure in the rear-view mirror.
"And I said to myself, 'That felt like a body,' " Polk said.
Polk got out of his car and tried to wave the drivers on E Bloomingdale Avenue away from the man. Another driver ran over him before stopping as well. Two more drivers hit the victim, but kept going....
02/27/14 Public Safety
SEFFNER — Janell Wicker stood at her bedroom closet clutching a bundle of laundry and eyeing the dog, Baby Girl, who beckoned to her from the bed. She set the clothes down and cuddled the shepherd-Labrador mix. She told herself she could fold the clothes tomorrow.
Then the floor collapsed.
A noise like a truck slamming into the house jolted her upright. She heard screams. She saw the hardwood splitting and the closet falling into a dark, churning hole....
Motorcyclist remains in critical condition
A motorcyclist who was rescued by a group of bystanders after becoming wedged beneath a car remained hospitalized Tuesday in critical condition.
Matthew William Watson, 25, was riding a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle north on Dale Mabry Highway about 10 a.m. Monday when it collided with the back of a 2009 Mazda south of Hamilton Avenue, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The Mazda driver, Jashwanti Patel, 72, of Tampa had stopped to let traffic pass when the cycle slammed into his car, officials said. Watson ended up wedged under the Mazda, troopers said. A group of people who saw the crash ran over and pulled Watson out. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa....
ST. PETERSBURG — A man died Monday morning after jumping off the center span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, according to Hillsborough County sheriff's officials.
Craig Crider, 47, of St. Petersburg, drove his car to the top of the bridge about 8:55 a.m. and parked, authorities. He then got out, walked to the rail and jumped over.
Emergency crews searched the waters below the bridge and found Crider's body, officials said. Hillsborough sheriff's deputies were investigating the death as a suicide....
TAMPA — In a span of less than 24 hours, two men were attacked and killed inside their homes in unrelated incidents, leaving Tampa police and Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives looking for two killers.
The first attack happened sometime early Sunday when Juan Ordonez, whom neighbors knew as "Papi," was killed in his home at 1317 W Arch St. in the West Riverfront area of Tampa....