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

Twitter: @TimesDan

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  1. Man accused in three armed robberies at same Carrollwood bank

    Crime

    CARROLLWOOD — A man who robbed the same Carrollwood bank twice in as many months was arrested Thursday after he returned to the bank again, according to Hillsborough County deputies.

    Glenn Fox, 49, robbed the Bay Cities Bank, 14877 N Dale Mabry Highway, on April 15 and June 11, deputies said. In both robberies, he ran into the bank wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and a mask like the one used in the movie Scream. He then hopped a counter and threatened a teller with a small knife before fleeing with cash, deputies said....

  2. Tampa fugitive to be profiled on CNN's 'The Hunt with John Walsh'

    Crime

    TAMPA — Two years ago, Christopher Ponce got drunk and drove the wrong way on Interstate 275 in Tampa, authorities say, crashing head-on with a car and leaving a man dead. He was charged but before he could face trial, he skipped town.

    Sunday, Ponce's face will go before a nationwide audience as the case is profiled on The Hunt with John Walsh, a CNN series.

    Walsh, best known as the host of America's Most Wanted, hosts the documentary-style series, which examines unsolved crimes and fugitive cases. The show includes reenactments and interviews with investigators and the family members of victims....

  3. Tampa man suspected in multiple bank robberies arrested in Atlanta

    Crime

    TAMPA — A man whom authorities believe is responsible for at least nine bank robberies in the Tampa Bay and Sarasota areas, some while wearing elaborate disguises, was arrested Wednesday in Atlanta.

    A tip generated through Crime Stoppers led authorities to identify Matthew Donald Maxwell, 29, as the man who committed the string of heists, according to Hillsborough County sheriff's officials....

    Matthew D. Maxwell is suspected in at least nine bank robberies since November.
  4. Youth gymnastics coach accused of sex with 13-year-old in Hillsborough

    Crime

    BRANDON — A Lakeland youth gymnastics coach was accused Wednesday of molesting a 13-year-old girl in Hillsborough County.

    Justin Thomas Henry, 21, was charged with lewd and lascivious battery for two incidents in which he engaged in sexual activity with the girl, including one on Monday morning, according to an arrest affidavit.

    Sheriff's deputies arrested Henry at 3 a.m. Wednesday at a home in Brandon. The girl's mother checked on her daughter at 2 a.m. and found her bedroom door locked, the Sheriff's Office said. The mother found Henry hiding in the girl's closet, and the girl told her mother she and Henry had sex, authorities said....

  5. Videos indicate boy wandered into Tampa road, was fatally struck

    Crime

    TAMPA — Police now think the 4-year-old boy who was run over by a sport utility vehicle Sunday night wandered into the road before he was struck, based on new surveillance video they have obtained.

    Detectives were continuing Tuesday to try to figure out who was driving the Ford Expedition that killed Marterrance Albury on N Florida Avenue. It is possible that the driver was not aware that the boy had been hit, police said....

    Marterrance Albury [Family photo from Bay News 9]
  6. Four-year-old Tampa boy dies in busy roadway; police seeking SUV they say hit him (with video)

    Crime

    TAMPA — A 4-year-old boy died early Monday in what police initially described as an incident in which he either fell or was pushed from a moving SUV on a busy roadway.

    But police were questioning that narrative late Monday after reviewing surveillance video they have obtained. They are now saying it's possible he wandered into traffic and was the victim of a hit-and-run collision.

    Investigators don't know or aren't saying how Marterrance Albury ended up in the road, or whether they have ruled out the possibility that he indeed fell from inside the SUV that ultimately ran over his body with its back tire....

    Marterrance Albury, 4, was being watched by his brother Sunday when he disappeared.
  7. One dead, two wounded in separate Tampa shootings

    Crime

    TAMPA — A man died and two others were hospitalized early Monday after two separate shootings in Tampa.

    The first happened about 1:20 a.m., when two men were shot in the area of W Waters Avenue and N Edison Street, police said. An officer on patrol heard gunshots and arrived to find Antonio Davis, 31, wounded near 8402 N Edison St. A short time later, officers found Dexter Price, 31, lying wounded a few blocks away, near Waters and N Florida Avenue, police said....

  8. Investigation continues into two shootings in Tampa

    Crime

    TAMPA — Police continued Friday to investigate a pair of shootings that happened minutes apart Thursday night in the University Square area of Tampa.

    About 9:19 p.m. Thursday, a man armed with a handgun walked into the Best for Less restaurant at 11618 N 22nd St. and shot Noel Barnes, 53, according to Tampa police. The unidentified man then snatched a gold neck chain from Lenox Goulbourne, 56, before fleeing....

  9. Tampa police, community leaders attend conference on bias

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — The top brass of the Tampa Police Department met Thursday to try to answer one question: How can officers do their jobs without being influenced by personal bias?

    Lorie Fridell, a University of South Florida criminology professor and a nationally recognized expert on police bias, conducted the daylong conference. Representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP and others also attended to learn about the issue and mull over solutions....

  10. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera tours Tampa cigar factory

    Blog

    Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera stepped through brick-lined corridors and listened over the whir and rumble of motors and churning metal as Eric Newman gave him a crash course in Ybor City history.

    He heard how the cigar industry made Tampa what it is, how Ybor City once boasted more than 150 cigar factories, and how only Newman’s business, the J.C. Newman Cigar Co., was still operating today....

    Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera chats with cigar worker Aleida Sanchez. Behind him are Bobby (center) and Eric Newman (right). Lopez-Cantera toured the J.C. Newman Cigar Company in Ybor City on Wednesday morning. He spoke with workers about what the state is doing to address the issue of pending FDA regulations that the factory says are too onerous.
  11. Lieutenant governor listens to Ybor cigarmakers' pleas, gets in complaints of his own

    Gubernatorial

    TAMPA — Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera stepped through brick-lined corridors and listened over the whir and rumble of motors and churning metal as Eric Newman gave him a crash course in Ybor City history.

    He heard how the cigar industry made Tampa what it is, how Ybor City once boasted more than 150 cigar factories, and how only Newman's business, the J.C. Newman Cigar Co., was still operating....

    Bobby Newman, left, explains cigarmaking to Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera as Eric Newman looks on. The Newmans’ grandfather started the business in 1895. “This is the heart and soul of Tampa,” Eric Newman said. “Without cigars, we’d be just like any other city.”
  12. Man riding stolen motorcycle dies in Plant City crash

    Accidents

    PLANT CITY — A man riding a stolen motorcycle died Tuesday night when he crashed head-on with a car in Plant City.

    Tommy Jerkins, 50, of Plant City was headed north on Coronet Road about 7:39 p.m. on a 2000 Suzuki motorcycle reported stolen from the Dover area in February, according to Hillsborough sheriff's deputies.

    At the same time, Jessica Alexander, 32, of Lakeland was driving south on the same road in a 2006 Saturn Ion, deputies said. At the intersection of Cason Road, she stopped and began to turn left....

  13. Rick Scott touts crime reduction in Tampa campaign stop

    Elections

    TAMPA — Standing before a glass display case of handcuffs, gun holsters and utility knives, Gov. Rick Scott vowed Monday to show no mercy toward criminals in Florida.

    Scott was talking crime before a subdued crowd inside Patrick's Uniforms, an Adamo Drive business specializing in law enforcement uniforms and accessories. At the campaign stop, he touted the state's 43-year low in the overall crime rate....

  14. TSA officials warn of credit card knives at airports

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — They are thin enough to fit inside your wallet. They are sharp enough to slice through cardboard — or to draw blood. And they are apparently popular enough that they're popping up at airports nationwide.

    Behold the credit card knife, a cutting instrument of growing popularity and the latest cause for concern among transportation security screeners.

    These lightweight, slim, plastic gadgets are made to look and be carried like your typical credit card, but with a pointed, sheer metal edge smoothly concealed within....

    Some types of credit card knives have a blade that pulls out.
  15. Police find marijuana after man shot at Tampa home

    Crime

    TAMPA — A man remained hospitalized Wednesday as police continued to investigate who shot him Tuesday night at his Tampa home.

    A caller to 911 reported the shooting about 8:15 p.m. at the home at 2015 E Eskimo Ave., near Busch Boulevard and 22nd Street, police said. When officers arrived, they found Benjamin Lee Rainey, 32, suffering a gunshot wound, police said.

    Rainey was airlifted to a hospital, where he remained Wednesday, police said. His wound was not believed to be life threatening, police said....