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Jimmy Geurts, Times Staff Writer

Jimmy Geurts

Jimmy Geurts works in the Tampa Bay Times' Tampa bureau and has reported on news, features and art and entertainment. He joined the Times in 2012 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in journalism. He has also written for Creative Loafing, the Tampa Tribune and the USF Oracle.

Phone: (813) 226-3402


Twitter: @JimmyGeurts

  1. Police: 11-year-old Town ’N Country boy killed in hit-and-run


    TAMPA — An 11-year-old Town 'N Country boy who had been missing with his bicycle was killed by a hit-and-run driver early Saturday, police said.

    Alexander H. Torres, who never returned home from Davis Elementary School on Friday, was fatally injured in a crash about 2:30 a.m. on the Hillsborough Avenue bridge over the Hillsborough River, police said. The bridge is just under 10 miles from the boy's school and home....

    Flowers and candles are left Saturday at the scene where Alexander H. Torres, 11, was killed in a fatal crash on a bridge crossing the Hillsborough River on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. Police say it was a hit-and-run. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  2. Review: Gang of Four's lineup evolves, but classic songs still kill at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg


    “Change is what we do,” Gang of Four sang on Why Theory?, and judging from their show Wednesday at State Theatre in St. Petersburg, those are words the band’s modern iteration has taken to heart.

    The group started with change, with their debut Entertainment! remaining one of the seminal documents of the burgeoning ‘70s English post-punk movement along with Wire’s Pink Flag and Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures. Then they continued to switch up sounds and members as they released records fitfully over five decades....

    Gang of Four performed at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on Oct. 28, 2015.
  3. Review: The Mountain Goats swerve through surprising, satisfying set at Tampa's Orpheum


    Those who went to the Mountain Goats' show Saturday night at the Orpheum in Tampa witnessed the close of another chapter in the group’s long and varied history.

    First coming to prominence with a string of lo-fi albums singer-songwriter John Darnielle recorded on a Panasonic boombox, the group grew to include bassist Peter Hughes and Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster on 2002’s Tallahassee. And Saturday’s show was the last date in a tour that saw the band fleshed out with a fuller sound than ever before....

    Blank Range opened for the Mountain Goats at the Orpheum in Tampa on Oct. 10, 2015.
  4. Gunshots in doctor's office lead to standoff with Tampa police

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — A 61-year-old woman engaged officers in an armed standoff after firing gunshots into the ceiling of a doctor's office, according to Tampa police.

    The incident ended peacefully around 1:18 p.m. Kathleen Martin was taken into custody and placed in an ambulance.

    The Seffner woman faces multiple charges, including aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident and fleeing and eluding, according to police spokesman Steve Hegarty. She was not booked into the county jail late Friday....

    Tampa Police surrounded a scene at Columbus and Armenia avenues where a standoff took place Friday. [Photo courtesy of Tampa Police]
  5. Review: Oddball Festival brings Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari and lots of riotous raunch to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre


    Even if the stormy weather of the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival's inaugural Tampa installment didn't return, its second stop Saturday was a reminder that lightning can strike twice.

    Last year’s lineup of Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Hannibal Buress, Marc Maron and more seemed like lightning in a bottle (to continue that metaphor) for Tampa Bay comedy fans — a who's who of comics who rarely visit here, all performing in one place. And an even larger crowd of about 14,000 came out to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre this year, with a returning Ansari and Amy Schumer headlining....

  6. Former USF football player Elkino Watson killed in Ybor City stabbing


    TAMPA — Former University of South Florida defensive lineman Elkino Watson was killed and another aspiring football player was injured during a stabbing early Sunday morning in Ybor City, police said.

    Watson, 23, and Desmond Horne, 22, were stabbed in a parking lot near the Orpheum nightclub at 1915 E 7th Ave. around 2:45 a.m. after a fight broke out at 19th Street and 7th Avenue, according to Tampa police....

    South Florida Bulls defensive lineman Elkino Watson when he played for USF in 2014. Watson was killed last night in a stabbing in Ybor City. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  7. Review: The Get Up Kids, Braid bring back '90s emo nostalgia at the Orpheum in Tampa


    These days, nostalgia has become a business, and if Monday's The Get Up Kids and Braid show at the Orpheum is any indication, business is booming.

    Last weekend, Atlanta hosted Wrecking Ball, a festival celebrating the 25th anniversary of the venue The Masquerade with acts like Descendents and Conor Oberst's punk band Desaparecidos. Numerous acts who played the festival also stopped through Tampa Bay, including The Appleseed Cast at Crowbar, and Pianos Become the Teeth and The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die at Epic Problem....

    The Weaks opened for the Get Up Kids and Braid at the Orpheum in Tampa on Aug. 10, 2015.
  8. Artists tattoo semicolons for Crisis Center of Tampa Bay



    When she turned 60 last year, Jill Armstrong teased her husband by saying she would get a tattoo. • One year later, she heard about Project Semicolon, where people were getting semicolon tattoos to symbolize suicide and mental health awareness. Having known a number of people who'd committed suicide, Armstrong said, the timing seemed serendipitous. • "I said to my husband, 'This is perfect. This is God telling us something.' "...

    Deidre Zinn of Riverview creates a semicolon on Mecca Davis’ neck at Sunday’s benefit for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.
  9. Tampa police investigating man's death at Temple Crest Park


    TAMPA — Police were investigating the death of a man found Sunday morning at Temple Crest Park across the Hillsborough River from Rogers Park Golf Course.

    They identified him Sunday evening as Tyrone Sean Davis, 46, with a last known address of 29331 Levy Loop in the Pasco County city of San Antonio.

    Officers responded to the park at 8116 N 37th St. around 7 a.m. and found the victim, who had suffered upper-body trauma, authorities said....

    Tampa police investigate the neighborhood where a man was found dead with upper body trauma on Sunday. The victim was identified as Tyrone Sean Davis, 46.
  10. Two die in murder-suicide at Tampa hotel, police say


    TAMPA — Two people were found dead late Saturday at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island hotel in what Tampa police said was a murder-suicide.

    According to authorities, Jay Gordon Stevens, 32, of Bradenton shot and killed Lindsey Marie Price, 23, also of Bradenton, before shooting himself. Saturday was Price's birthday.

    Tampa police found them after responding around 11:45 p.m. to a call of possible gunshots at a room in the hotel at 725 S Harbour Island Blvd., authorities said....

    Tampa police’s homicide unit is investigating the deaths of a Bradenton man and woman at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island hotel. Police said the man shot the woman and then himself.
  11. Vacant historic Palmetto Beach cigar factory a 'total loss' after fire


    TAMPA — Fire tore through a vacant former cigar factory in Palmetto Beach early Sunday, rendering it a "total loss," according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

    Firefighters arrived at the former V. Guerrieri Cigar Co. factory at 201 N 26th St. about 12:30 a.m. and battled the blaze for nearly two hours before bringing it under control about 2:10 a.m., authorities said. The fire heavily damaged the first, second and third floors, causing a four-sided collapse of the walls and roof, according to Fire Rescue....

    Firefighters fought the blaze at the four-story former cigar factory in Tampa for more than two hours early Sunday.
  12. In Hillsborough County, renewed debate over giant Confederate flag


    TAMPA — Seven years after it was first raised, the Confederate battle flag still dominates the highway skyline, an enormous streak of red towering over the palms along Interstate 75.

    As hundreds of protesters in South Carolina call to remove the Confederate flag flown at the state's Capitol after nine black church members were slain last week in what authorities are calling a hate crime, local leaders are reflecting on one of Florida's own monuments to Dixie....

    An honor guard fires a volley as re-enactors lift a giant Confederate battle flag during the dedication of Confederate Memorial Park at 10418 U.S. 92 in Tampa in April 2009. 
  13. Fans gather to send off Lightning players to Chicago

    Human Interest

    The grass lots outside Tampa International Jet Center were packed with cars sporting blue-and-white stickers, license plates and flags Sunday afternoon as hopeful Tampa Bay Lightning fans came to cheer on the team to victory.

    Crowd members waved "Go Bolts" signs and took photos of the players as they arrived for a 2 p.m. flight to Chicago, where they play the Blackhawks in Game 6 today. Tampa Bay has to win the game to force a seventh game and a chance at the Stanley Cup, following a 2-1 loss Saturday night....

    Lightning fans hold signs of support, and a big cutout of coach Jon Cooper, as the team departs for Chicago on Sunday from the Tampa International Jet Center.
  14. Documentary 'The Wrecking Crew' digs into music history at St. Petersburg screening


    Denny Tedesco decided to make a movie about studio musicians who played on some of the most iconic songs of the '60s and '70s, and it took him nearly two decades to see it released.

    He started filming The Wrecking Crew in 1996 when his father, Tommy, a guitarist in a group of widely used L.A. session musicians known by the same name, was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

    "I wanted to always tell this story about him and his friends the Wrecking Crew," he said in a phone interview. "My biggest fear was if I don't do it, it's going to be the biggest regret of my life if I didn't take advantage and tell this story."...

    Director Denny Tedesco with his father, guitarist Tommy, in The Wrecking Crew.
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  15. Author, actor from cult hit 'The Room' coming to Tampa Bay


    In order to find success in the film industry, Greg Sestero had to start from the bottom — in terms of movie quality, at least.

    The aspiring actor met Tommy Wiseau in Los Angeles during the '90s and agreed to play Mark in his directing-writing-acting vehicle The Room. When the movie was finally released in 2003 to nonexistent critical and financial success, it seemed like it would be just another poorly made, immediately forgotten independent feature....

    Author and actor Greg Sestero will be at Inkwood Books in Tampa for a book talk and signing. The next day he will attend a screening of The Room in Palm Harbor.