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. Plant City teen charged with DUI manslaughter in February crash

    Crime

    PLANT CITY — A Plant City teenager who was behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle that collided with a car in February, killing the driver, has been charged with DUI manslaughter.

    Jennifer Carvajal, 17, was booked into jail Thursday on the manslaughter charge and a count of driving without a valid license resulting in death — both felonies — and held without bail.

    The 4-foot-11, 110-pound high school student was driving north in a Lincoln Navigator at 6:30 a.m. Feb. 5 on Alexander Street, according to Plant City police. Keith Davis, 52, was coming off the eastbound exit ramp from Interstate 4 in a four-door Toyota....

    Jennifer Carvajal, 17, was charged with DUI manslaughter and driving without a valid license.
  2. Detectives arrest man wanted in 2007 murder of Wharton High student

    Crime

    TAMPA — A man who has been on the run since the 2007 shooting death of a 17-year-old Wharton High School student was jailed late Wednesday in Hillsborough County after being extradited from New York.

    Rick Elise Joseph, 28, has been wanted on a second-degree murder charge for seven years. A Hillsborough County sheriff's fugitive cold case squad traced him to New York City, where he was arrested in April, officials said. On Wednesday, he was extradited to Florida....

    Rick Joseph is charged in Marcus Johnson’s death in 2007.
  3. Tarpon Springs man shot dead outside downtown Tampa nightclub

    Crime

    TAMPA — A Tarpon Springs man was shot to death early Thursday morning after he got into an argument inside a downtown Tampa nightclub, police said.

    Terence W. Wilson, 23, left Club Underground at 802 E Whiting St. about 2 a.m. and walked to his car in a lot at 901 E Whiting St., police said. When he got to his vehicle, someone walked up and shot him. Witnesses flagged down a police officer....

    Police investigate a fatal shooting after 2 a.m. Thursday at N Whiting and Jefferson streets in downtown Tampa, near Club Underground. [Bay News 9]
  4. Town 'N Country woman who shot grandson is unlikely to face charges

    Accidents

    TAMPA — Linda Maddox, the 63-year-old woman who mistook her young grandson for an intruder and shot him early Tuesday, probably will not face charges, according to Hillsborough County sheriff's officials.

    Tyler Maddox, 7, was sleeping in his grandmother's room, next to his twin brother, Tyrique, when he got out of bed about 1 a.m. Tuesday and tried to move a chair that his grandmother had propped against the door for security. Hearing the chair scraping against the wood floor, Linda Maddox assumed that a burglar was trying to break into her Town 'N Country house. She grabbed her .22-caliber pistol from next to the bed and fired into the dark, authorities said....

    Linda Maddox, center, mistook her grandson Tyler, left, for an intruder and shot him early Tuesday. At right is Tyler’s twin, Tyrique.
  5. Antistalking request preceded shooting at $1M Davis Islands home

    Crime

    TAMPA — A woman shot a man inside her million-dollar Davis Islands home Tuesday, a little over a week after seeking an antistalking order against him.

    A judge denied Mishay Simpson's Aug. 12 request for protection against Andrew Tyler Noll. Their interaction turned violent late Tuesday when Noll showed up at Simpson's home, Tampa police said.

    Gunfire at 420 Riviera Drive prompted a pair of emergency calls just before midnight from the home where Simpson lives with her husband. ...

    Two 911 calls came late Tuesday from 420 Riviera Drive in Tampa, where police say Mishay Simpson shot Andrew Tyler Noll. His wound was not life-threatening.
  6. 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....

    Tyler Maddox
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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]
  11. 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....

  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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....