TAMPA — Two images of 66-year-old Kim Feldman emerged at her sentencing Tuesday in federal court.
One woman was an 89-pound native of Vietnam who, despite a college degree, was brought up to submit to her husband.
The other was a savvy pill mill manager who laundered money, not just clothes, and got her hands dirty in a business that on Monday landed the former Dr. Edward Feldman, 76, a 25-year prison sentence....
TAMPA — As a doctor, Edward Neil Feldman was supposed to relieve pain. Instead, he invited mourning. He was supposed to save lives, but a jury blamed him for three patient deaths.
The last life ruined was his own.
A federal judge Monday sentenced the 76-year-old man to 25 years in prison for heeding the call of greed by indiscriminately prescribing pain medications to addicts at his Pinellas Park clinic....
TAMPA — Some people steal cars. Some steal identities.
Terrell Tramone Brown, 48, did both, using a Texas stranger's good credit and Social Security number last August to buy an SUV from Dimmitt Cadillac in Clearwater, authorities charge.
It was an Escalade valued at $102,024.
The man pictured on the fake driver's license used in the deal was Brown, according to a Secret Service account, but the birth date and other details on the car loan application pertained to victim Craig Woodward....
Top finance man at Hillsborough program for disabled admits to diverting funds, misleading government in federal plea agreement05/18/16Criminal
TAMPA — The former chief financial officer of a program for disabled people admits in a court paper that he and others diverted $617,435 in Social Security payments, raiding client personal accounts for a decade to cover operating expenses.
Frank Pannullo, 69, is the third employee of the now-defunct Hillsborough Association for Retarded Citizens to enter into a federal plea agreement....
TAMPA — Hours after the Paris attacks in November, Martin Alan Schnitzler of Seminole called two Pinellas County mosques, threatening to shoot and firebomb anyone on sight, whether age 2 or 100.
What sort of man might do such a thing?
One with a college degree in English literature. One with a $22-an-hour job, who comes from a law enforcement family. And one who struggles with mental illness....
05/06/16 Human Interest
I never planned to stay at the Tampa Tribune, but I did so for 22 years before joining its rival in 2001.
In those years, I lost a father, mother, grandparents, an uncle and two dogs, yet always felt surrounded by people who cared about me.
My first editor schooled me in both description and billiards. Another crossed Tampa Bay in 1983 to show up uninvited at my father's funeral. When I bought a house in 1996, co-workers moved me in. That time, a boss cut the grass....
05/03/16 Human Interest
TAMPA — The history of the Tampa Tribune is a book 479 pages long.
But it was also a coffee mug perched high on a newsroom shelf in honor of an editor who died. It was a threadbare 100-year anniversary T-shirt. It was a college student red-faced that a publisher knew her name.
"Hey — how you?" Red Pittman would shout out in a Southern drawl, always dashing off....
TAMPA — Rose Radiology Centers alleges in a civil suit that lawyer Barry Cohen breached attorney-client privilege and helped hatch a new whistle-blower case against the health care company three years ago when it was already facing an existing one.
Cohen disputes all of it.
In a statement Monday, he called owner Manuel Rose's March 28 lawsuit in Hillsborough County Circuit Court "distorted, corrupt and unfounded."...
TAMPA — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri filed by the family of a 5-year-old girl who died eight days after she was placed in emergency shelter care.
Elizabeth Holder never received a state-required health screening, records show, and her tonsillitis went undetected.
A medical examiner attributed her Jan. 19, 2013, death to a heart problem exacerbated by the tonsillitis, while a second pathologist instead pointed to a swollen throat and lack of oxygen....
04/23/16 Human Interest
TAMPA — The rescue pilot behind the Soaring Paws charity went on Facebook to reassure donors last month after a state agent knocked on his door with a subpoena demanding records.
"It's simply a questionnaire," Albert Lonzo Adams III wrote.
The subpoena sought animal flight logs, payroll ledgers and two years of detailed financial reports. It asked for names and contacts for board members and backers, including an alleged benefactor Adams calls the "Amazon Rescue Foundation."...
04/04/16 Human Interest
TAMPA — Animal rescue pilot Albert Lonzo Adams III already had the state demanding financial records. Former allies had banded against him, and GoFundMe had suspended his collection drive for an airplane.
Just when things couldn't seem to get worse for his Soaring Paws charity, it happened: ...
03/28/16 Human Interest
TAMPA — Tail number N32381 belongs to a blue-and-white, fixed-wing Piper Cherokee 6.
Albert Adams has kept its picture on the Internet since Sept. 30 as he has sought donations of $130,000 to buy a plane for his pet rescue charity, Soaring Paws.
"This is going to be the plane that represents all of you," he said in a Facebook post Nov. 15 above a picture of the aircraft.
Most surprised by that plan? Owner John Fritz of Connecticut, who bought the Cherokee on Oct. 6 and said it isn't for sale....
03/25/16 Human Interest
TAMPA — The crowd-funding website GoFundMe said Friday that it had suspended a drive by animal rescue group Soaring Paws to pay for an airplane amid questions about its finances and fund-raising.
"The campaign in question is under review by our team," said Kelsea Little, media director for GoFundMe. "The campaign is suspended while we are reviewing it. We were alerted to this by the GoFundMe community."...
03/24/16 Human Interest
TAMPA — Florida's inquiry into the finances of animal rescue pilot Albert Lonzo Adams III and his Soaring Paws charity is no longer a mere regulatory matter.
The case is now in the hands of law enforcement, a spokesman for Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Thursday.
"We have not heard back from Soaring Paws and have received no information or response — or any semblance of cooperation," press secretary Aaron Keller said. "Because of that we have referred this case to our law enforcement investigators."...
TAMPA — Pascual C. Pietri of Port Richey was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison Wednesday for conspiring to erect and set ablaze a cross in front of the residence of an African-American neighbor.
But in a separate proceeding Tuesday, he was sentenced to 51 months in prison for robbing a bank, and the two sentences will be served concurrently.
The cross-burning happened on Halloween night in 2012. Pietri, 54, and other Seward Drive residents were at a party when talk turned to an interracial couple on the block. A plea agreement describes racial slurs and a hatched plan to burn a cross. ...