Dan Sullivan, Times Staff Writer

Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan covers breaking news and general assignment stories for the Tampa Bay Times. His reporting often focuses on law enforcement and criminal justice issues. Since joining the Times in 2010, he has covered everything from fugitive monkeys and stolen swine to burning buildings and Florida's death row. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, he is a 2006 graduate of the University of Tampa, where he earned a degree in writing with a focus in journalism.

Phone: (813) 226-3386

Email: dsullivan@tampabay.com

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  1. Woman shoots 7-year-old grandson she mistook for an intruder

    Accidents

    TAMPA — Lying in bed early Tuesday morning, Linda Maddox heard a noise.

    She felt unsafe when her son, Reginald, would work nights, authorities said. So before she went to sleep, she propped a chair against the bedroom door and kept a gun at the ready.

    When she heard the chair scraping against the wood floor, authorities say, she thought it was an intruder.

    Maddox, 63, grabbed the .22-caliber pistol she kept near the bed. She pointed it toward the door and, in the darkness, fired a shot. The next thing she heard was the scream of her 7-year-old grandson....

  2. Star witness in McTear baby-killing trial arrested on battery charge

    Crime

    TAMPA — Jasmine Bedwell, the state's star witness in the high-profile murder trial of Richard McTear, was arrested Monday morning in Tampa on a domestic battery charge.

    Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies were called at 9 a.m. to Bedwell's home at 1413 E 139th Ave., an arrest report said. When they arrived, they found Bedwell, 23, arguing with Emanuel Murray Sr., her boyfriend, with whom she shares three children....

    Deputies say they saw Jasmine Bedwell, 23, slap her boyfriend Monday.
  3. Teen charged in random fatal shooting outside Hillsborough club

    Crime

    TAMPA — After the first deadly shooting, Greg Burgos asked authorities what he could do to make Club 301 a safer place. Their advice: employ more security officers and install security cameras. That was six years ago.

    Early Sunday, cameras were rolling and armed officers were on patrol when a second shooting happened. A club regular, Mirabel Sanchez-Garza, 49, of Plant City was left dead. Later that day, 18-year-old Dougie Glidden of Dover was arrested on a second-degree murder charge....

    Mirabel Sanchez-Garza of Plant City died at the scene.
  4. Granville Ritchie charged in murder of 9-year-old Felecia Williams

    Crime

    TEMPLE TERRACE

    A three-month investigation into the death of a 9-year-old Tampa girl culminated Friday with a murder charge against the man authorities had previously identified as the main suspect in her killing.

    Granville Ritchie faces first-degree murder, capital sexual battery and aggravated child abuse charges in the death of Felecia Williams, whose nude body was found May 17 in the waters north of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. The charges came after a meticulous Temple Terrace police investigation in collaboration with a dozen other law enforcement agencies, Chief Kenneth Albano said....

    Temple Terrace police Chief Kenneth Albano, right, stands next to the slain girl’s mother, Felecia Demerson, center, and Demerson’s daughter, Shakelia Givens, during the news conference Friday to announce the charges.
  5. Man killed in wrong-way crash on I-275 in Tampa (w/video)

    Accidents

    TAMPA — In the third wrong-way crash this year on the same stretch of Interstate 275, a man died early Friday when he drove against southbound traffic and ran head-on into an ambulance.

    The ambulance was not carrying any patients, although its two attendants were hospitalized with minor injuries, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

    The dead man was likely under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the patrol said — and, likewise, the two previous wrong-way drivers were also impaired....

    A man was killed early Friday morning when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 275 and crashed head-on with an ambulance near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Tampa. [Bay News 9]
  6. Hillsborough authorities seek serial bank robber

    Crime

    RIVERVIEW — Authorities were pursuing a serial bank robber who hit a Carrollwood bank Thursday morning, his third holdup in the last two weeks.

    Just after 9 a.m. ,the man walked into the Ameribank at 3702 W Bearss Ave. He approached a teller's counter and passed a note demanding cash, according to Hillsborough County deputies. He ran after receiving money.

    In Thursday's robbery, he appeared to be wearing the same white ball cap he wore during a robbery Aug. 4 at Synovus Bank at 4003 W Neptune St. in Tampa. He also wore the same long-sleeved burgundy shirt that he wore during a robbery Aug. 9 at Bank of America at 9810 S U.S. 301 in Riverview....

  7. Grandson of Tampa's prominent Poe family killed by car after Rays game

    Accidents

    Jay Wolf, a budding musician and a grandson of Tampa's prominent Poe family, was hit and killed by a car Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas, after attending the Tampa Bay Rays-Texas Rangers game.

    Wolf, 24, was the grandson of former Tampa City Council member and Hillsborough County Commissioner Haven Poe and her husband, retired businessman Charles Poe. The Poes both died earlier this year at age 82 and 85 respectively, along with Charles Poe's brother, former Tampa Mayor William F. Poe Sr., 82....

    Jay Wolf, 24,  a graduate from Plant High in 2009, is the fourth member of the family to die recently.
  8. Police say man charged with murder hit 1-year-old with belt

    Crime

    TAMPA — A few minutes after 8 on Saturday night, Tiffany Williams was clocking out of work when she got the call.

    "Something's wrong with the baby," said her boyfriend, Austin Hamilton. "He's not breathing."

    She thought he was joking. Then dread overcame her. She told him to call 911 and bolted from her job at Phantom Fireworks on Nebraska Avenue. She raced down the block to the Motel 6, room 164....

    Sincere Williams, 1, died Saturday after being hit with a belt and dropped on his head, police said.
  9. Tampa Baptist church cancels gay man's funeral

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Julion Evans' family was gathered beside his casket when they got the call. His memorial service, scheduled to take place the next day at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, was not going to happen.

    The reason, they say: Evans was gay.

    Pastor T.W. Jenkins, who heads the Tampa church, canceled the Aug. 2 service after several members complained, according to Evans' partner, Kendall Capers. They had seen his obituary in newspapers, which listed Capers as his husband....

    Kendall Capers, right, was the partner of Julion Evans, whose memorial service had a sudden change of venue.
  10. Plant City carjacking leads to chase, crash in Polk County

    Crime

    PLANT CITY — An early Friday carjacking at a Plant City gas station led to a chase that ended with a crash in Polk County, according to Hillsborough County deputies.

    Two men were arrested after the crash. They were identified as Khalil Holt, 19, and Raheim Johnson, 20, both of Lakeland.

    It began about 4:45 a.m. when the two men approached a man and woman who were buying gas at a Shell station at State Road 60 and James L. Redman Parkway. Deputies identified the victims as Dakota McCormick, 19, and Shannon Griffin, 18, both of Dover....

  11. Hillsborough jail deputy quits after road rage arrest

    Crime

    TAMPA — A Hillsborough County detention deputy accused of pointing a gun at a man during a roadside dispute resigned Wednesday night before he could be fired, sheriff's officials said.

    Reginald Migues, who worked the Hillsborough County Jail for 11 years, had been on unpaid administrative leave since Tuesday following his arrest on a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm.

    That morning, Migues, 54, was off-duty and driving with his wife near Williams Road and U.S. 92 in Seffner when another car approached from behind, according to sheriff's officials. The driver of the other car, Arthur Langley, 41, tried to pass Migues a few times, deputies said....

  12. Hillsborough deputy charged in road rage expected to leave Sheriff's Office

    Crime

    TAMPA — A detention deputy accused of pointing a gun at a man in what authorities described as a road rage incident was expected to officially leave the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office within a few days, officials said Wednesday.

    An administrative termination process was under way Wednesday morning for Deputy Reginald J. Migues, sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said. Separation of employment paperwork was awaiting final approval at the end of the day Wednesday, he said....

    Reginald Migues was released from jail after posting $2,000 bail.
  13. Driver in fatal December crash in Tampa charged with DUI manslaughter

    Crime

    TAMPA — A man who was behind the wheel of a car during a December crash that left his passenger dead was charged Monday with DUI manslaughter.

    In the early morning of Dec. 23, Chad Arthur Prilliman was heading north in a 2013 Kia on the Interstate 4 exit ramp to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Tampa. Prilliman rolled through a red traffic light at the end of the ramp, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. As the car entered the westbound side of MLK Boulevard, it crossed into the path of a 2006 Nissan sport utility vehicle....

  14. Former NFL player Donald Reche Caldwell arrested for third time this year

    Crime

    TAMPA — Former professional football player Donald Reche Caldwell was arrested Sunday on charges of marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license, records show — his third arrest in less than a year.

    Tampa police stopped Caldwell, who was driving a Jeep Wrangler, about 6 p.m. after he ran a stop sign at Cypress Street and N Fremont Avenue, according to an arrest report. Officers checked his license and found it had been suspended due to Caldwell's failure to pay a traffic ticket, the report stated....

    Jefferson High grad Donald Reche Caldwell played for three teams in the NFL.
  15. Man accused in three armed robberies at same Carrollwood bank

    Crime

    Glenn Fox

    Glenn Fox, 49...