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Patty Ryan, Times Staff Writer

Patty Ryan, a Florida native, grew up in Pinellas Park. For more than three decades, she has lived in Tampa, where she's a reporter for the Times. She joined the staff as an editor in 2001, after 22 years at the Tampa Tribune.

Her work has been honored by the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors and the Florida Society of News Editors.

She graduated from the University of South Florida.

Phone: (813) 226-3382

Email: pryan@tampabay.com

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  1. Wife of Pinellas Park pill mill doctor gets four years in prison

    Criminal

    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....

    Kim Xuan Feldman leaves the Sam M. Gibbons Federal Courthouse in Tampa on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.
  2. Pinellas Park pill mill doctor, 76, sentenced to 25 years in federal prison

    Criminal

    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....

    Edward Neil Feldman, 76, was convicted in February of pre?scribing pain medications to addicts at his Pinellas Park clinic.
  3. Man accused of buying $102,024 Cadillac Escalade using stolen identity

    News

    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....

    Terrell Tramone Brown
  4. Top finance man at Hillsborough program for disabled admits to diverting funds, misleading government in federal plea agreement

    Criminal

    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....

  5. Man who threatened Pinellas County mosques after Paris attacks gets a year in prison

    Criminal

    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....

    Martin Alan Schnitzler of Seminole threatened to kill Muslims after the Paris attacks in November.
  6. Tampa Tribune alumni recall the good times

    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....

    The Tampa Tribune's TV guide is printed on March 4.  (JASON BEHNKEN / Tampa Tribune)
  7. History notes the scrap, heart and camaraderie of the Tampa Tribune

    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....

    A 1921 photo from the Burgert Brothers collection shows a Tampa Tribune delivery truck loaded with a 9-ton Sunday edition, in front of the Tribune building at 500 Tampa St.
  8. Lawsuit centers on 18-minute talk between Rose Radiology owner and lawyer Barry Cohen

    Civil

    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."...

  9. Judge dismisses lawsuit against Pinellas sheriff in 5-year-old girl's death

    Civil

    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....

  10. Tampa-based pet flight charity now focus of criminal investigation, state says

    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."...

    A December post on Twitter by Albert Lonzo Adams III directs donors to soaringpaws.com.
  11. Soaring Paws pet rescue pilot insulted Canadians, critics say

    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: ...

    Christine McKnight of Ottawa received this Facebook message last week after helping her mother, Nancy McKnight, post an open letter to Albert Adams on his Soaring Paws page. His claim of an airplane purchase isn't mentioned at all on his charity's Facebook page.

credit: Photo courtesy of Christine McKnight
  12. Coveted airplane in Tampa pet charity's GoFundMe campaign wasn't even for sale

    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....

    Albert Adams told followers Feb. 29 that Soaring Paws is $30,000 short in a campaign to buy a $130,000 airplane.
  13. GoFundMe suspends Tampa pet charity's campaign to buy airplane

    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."...

    State law enforcement is investigating Albert Lonzo Adams III and his Soaring Paws animal rescue charity.
  14. State ratchets up probe of Tampa's Soaring Paws charity, says pilot not cooperating

    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."...

    Pilot Albert Lonzo Adams III and his Soaring Paws animal rescue charity is now being investigated by law enforcement, a spokesman for Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Thursday.
  15. Pasco cross-burner gets 37 months in prison, was already headed there

    Criminal

    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. ...

    Pascual C. Pietri, 54, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for burning a cross in a neighbor’s yard, and to 51 months for robbing a bank. [Pinellas County Jail photo]