TOWN 'N COUNTRY — Sheriff's officials have released surveillance images of a man they think might have information about the November shooting of a security guard at a Town 'N Country apartment complex.
Detectives do not think the unidentified man was involved in the Nov. 24 shooting at Royal Oaks Apartments, which left 50-year-old Ammar Al Nueimy hospitalized, according to Hillsborough sheriff's deputies. But they think the man might know something about what happened....
TAMPA — A man who went on a rampage of assaults in early September, touching off a massive daylong manhunt, had heavy amounts of illegal "bath salts" in his body when he was shot to death by police.
An autopsy and toxicology report released Friday by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office shows that Charlie "Chris" Bates had heavy concentrations of methylone in his system when he died....
Valessa Robinson, who was a 15-year-old when she helped murder her own mother, was released from state prison early Friday.
Department of Corrections officials confirmed that Robinson was let out of Homestead Correctional Institution shortly after midnight, having reached the end of her third-degree murder sentence for the 1998 death of Vicki Robinson, a Tampa Realtor.
Robinson was killed in her Carrollwood home. At the time, she was struggling to get control of her daughter, who was acting out and dating Adam Davis, a 19-year-old with a criminal past....
12/04/13 Local Government
TAMPA — The legion of public officials, both current and retired, gathered under a bright sun Wednesday morning in Ybor City, sweating in dark suits and white, neatly pressed sheriff's uniforms.
They were there to honor one of their own, a man they said left a mark on the county he served as a sheriff and the state he helped lead as a legislator. Amid the fanfare, Malcolm Beard watched humbly as a curtain rose atop the main entrance to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office operations center, revealing his name newly adorning the building....
Man, 20, is killed in drive-by shooting
A man was shot to death early Tuesday while standing in the driveway of a home, according to Tampa police.
Stephon Reyshad Roundtree, 20, was standing in front of 3628 E Mohawk Ave. in East Tampa just after midnight when someone in a passing car fired a gun at him, police said. He died in the driveway.
Homicide detectives were investigating. No arrests have been announced and the motive for the shooting was not immediately known....
TAMPA — An imitation smartphone that plays music loud enough to cause hearing loss. A toddler's play mat laced with antimony. A plastic action figure so small it could lodge in a child's throat.
Those are a few of the children's toys showcased Tuesday at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital as examples of the many "dangerous" and "toxic" items that are still widely available for purchase. The gathering, organized by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and Florida Public Interest Research Group, highlighted the dangers of such seemingly harmless toys and served as a call for greater regulations to prevent them from entering the marketplace....
11/26/13 Public Safety
TAMPA — What a family feared might be a sinkhole under their home turned out to be a shoddy tile job, according to code enforcement officials.
Residents of the single-story home at 2103 W Sligh Ave. evacuated about 7:30 p.m. Monday and phoned authorities when they noticed the living room floor buckling, officials said.
The house was blocked off with yellow tape and a sign declaring it unfit for habitation was placed on the front window....
TOWN 'N COUNTRY — Outside an apartment where two children watched a Christmas movie with their mother Sunday night, a security officer approached two men in the darkness.
Ammar Al Nueimy spotted the men standing between buildings about 10 p.m. near 7307 Casitas Court at Royal Oaks Apartments. He told them they were trespassing and would have to leave.
One of the men pulled a gun and put two bullets into Al Nueimy, according to Hillsborough County sheriff's officials, leaving the security officer, 50, bleeding in the parking lot....
BRANDON — One man stood in the driveway, a gun in his hand. Another lay on the concrete, shuddering as the bullets plunged into him. This is what Elizabeth Baxley saw as she stepped out of her front door Thursday morning.
Baxley, 48, was one of few witnesses to the shooting at 612 E Morgan St., which sent two men to the hospital, put five schools on lockdown as a manhunt ensued and ended with three men in custody....
TAMPA — Deputies have arrested a man wanted since last month for leaving his 4-year-old nephew alone with a gun before the boy shot his aunt in the back, authorities said.
Randall Simmons, 22, was picked up Wednesday outside the Florida Department of Corrections Probation Office at 12421 N Florida Ave., where detectives with a Hillsborough sheriff's intelligence team tracked him, authorities said. Simmons had gone to the office with his sister and waited in the car while she went inside to meet with her probation officer, authorities said....
Time's running out on winning $16M ticket
A $16 million dollar Powerball lottery ticket that was purchased at a Carrollwood convenience store six months ago is set to expire tonight. The person who bought the winning ticket has yet to come forward, according to lottery officials.
The unclaimed jackpot, the largest since 2003, has focused a barrage of attention on Carrollwood Market, the modest convenience store at 4550 W Village Drive, where the winning ticket was purchased....
TAMPA — A 17-year-old who was charged as an adult last month in a burglary case has become the first person in Hillsborough County charged under a new law designed to combat tax fraud.
When detectives arrested Christian Russell on burglary and grand theft charges Oct. 3, they obtained a search warrant for his cell phone. On that phone, they found a picture of a sheet of paper on which someone had written the bank-routing and account numbers for five different people, according to detectives....
VALRICO — A man faces a sexual battery charge after a yearlong investigation determined he had sexual contact with a young girl who spent the night in his Valrico home, according to Hillsborough sheriff's deputies.
David Chris Ianuzi, 51, was arrested on a warrant early Monday morning at his new home at 4852 Pond Ridge Drive in Riverview, authorities said.
In September 2012, Ianuzi was living in Valrico, according to an arrest report. In the early morning of Sept. 28, a young girl was spending the night with a friend who also lived in the home when Ianuzi walked in their bedroom about 3 a.m., according to investigators....
11/15/13 Human Interest
The five children — three girls and two boys — sat at a long table below the judge's bench, each clutching a large stuffed bear. They rested at Sarah Davis' side, the girls in red and black dresses, the boys wearing vests and ties, as a beaming Judge Elizabeth Rice asked all the required questions.
"Do you believe these children are suitable for adoption?"
"Yes," Davis answered....
TAMPA — A man broke into a Tampa day care center Tuesday, making off with a grand total of $30 and a laptop computer.
Police released surveillance video Thursday, showing the man rummaging through the business, hoping the public can help identify him.
The man shattered a window just after 9 p.m. Tuesday on the east side of the Achievement Center for Early Learning at 4601 Busch Blvd., police said. He crawled inside the building and walked to an office where he sorted through desk drawers....