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. 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, 4, of Tampa was killed Sunday night when he was run over by a Ford Expedition.
  2. 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.
  3. 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....

  4. 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....

  5. 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....

  6. 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.
  7. 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....

    Alma Santos makes cigars Wednesday at the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. in Ybor City, where 130 workers make about 12 million cigars a year by hand.
  8. 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....

  9. 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....

  10. 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....

    A credit card knife fits in a wallet just as a credit card would, hence the name.
  11. 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....

  12. Defense seeks new terrorism trial for Sami Osmakac

    Courts

    TAMPA — An attorney for Sami Osmakac, the man convicted last month on terrorism-related charges, says his client deserves a new trial.

    Citing what he said were numerous errors made in the trial of the Pinellas Park man accused of wanting to launch attacks on Hillsborough County targets in 2012, defense attorney George Tragos filed a motion Tuesday asking a federal court to re-try the case....

    Osmakac was convicted on June 10 of plotting terror attacks.
  13. Youth care worker accused of sex acts with teen at Tampa facility

    Crime

    TAMPA — A youth care worker assigned to a Florida Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Tampa is being investigated after allegations that she exchanged sexual favors with a teenage boy there.

    The worker, Viviana Hernandez-Trejo, was employed by G4S Security, a private company that manages the moderate-risk Riverside Academy, where the boy is a resident.

    A search warrant affidavit, filed Friday in Hillsborough Circuit Court, details the investigation into assertions that Hernandez-Trejo, 34, engaged in sex acts with the boy. ...

  14. Detectives want to interview teen who left with sex offender

    Crime

    TAMPA — Two Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives left Friday for Louisiana to try to interview Ashley Lyon, the Valrico teenager who remains hospitalized there in the wake of her weeklong disappearance with a sex offender.

    And local authorities are adding a criminal charge against the man accused of trying to kill her.

    Steven P. Myers, 41, of near Plant City, now faces a charge of using an electronic device to seduce or solicit a minor for sex. That is in addition to local charges of interference with child custody and unlawful sexual activity with a minor, and a Louisiana charge of attempted murder, all related to Ashley's disappearance....

    Ashley Lyon, 16, went missing June 11 and was found June 19 in Louisiana with eight stab wounds.
  15. Scott touts accomplishments on behalf of children during Tampa visit

    Elections

    TAMPA — With about 50 kids standing behind him, Gov. Rick Scott stood Friday before a cottage on the grounds of Hope Children's Home and talked about how much he loves children.

    The governor's visit to the home for abused and neglected children in Tampa was part of a series of campaign stops dubbed the "Caring for Florida Families Tour."

    Scott touted his accomplishments on behalf of the state's children, noting the adoption of more than 10,000 children into permanent homes in the past three years, legislation that allows children to stay in the foster system until they're 21, and the hiring of more than 200 additional child protection investigators in the Department of Children and Families....

    Gov. Rick Scott brought the “Caring for Florida Families 
Tour” to Tampa on Friday.