Amy Gehrt - Editor, Breaking News

Editor, Breaking News

I’m a second-generation journalist. I fell in love with the written word as a young child, and I knew early on that I wanted to follow in my mom’s footsteps and help readers stay informed about their communities. I landed my first paying journalism job as a college freshman working for my school newspaper, The Vidette. Born and raised in Illinois, I worked there until 2015. But after driving home during yet another blizzard, I decided to say goodbye to cold, snowy winters. A few weeks later I drove across the country to my new job in the Sunshine State. I spent several years as the web editor at The Ledger in Lakeland, and I survived and covered Irma, my first major hurricane. I’m excited to be part of the Times’ breaking news team, and I thank you for trusting us to give you the latest news and the information you need to keep your family safe. When I’m not working I can be found rooting on my beloved Chicago Cubs, reading, swimming, watching the wildlife in my yard or obsessing over my plants. My golden retriever, Santo, is never far from my side.

  1. The projected track for Hurricane Ian is seen, as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.
  2. The 11 p.m. Monday update from the National Hurricane Center for Hurricane Ian tracks it as hitting Florida's Gulf Coast just north of Tampa Bay.
  3. Victor Morla Casado, 33, of Tampa, was arrested in connection to a fatal shooting in Tampa late Tuesday night, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Friday. He is facing charges of first-degree murder, armed false imprisonment and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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  5. This wanted poster from the FBI shows  Jerold Dunning. The St. Petersburg man was supposed to stand trial on June 19, 1999, on a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior upon a child, but he didn’t show up in court. According to previous Tampa Bay Times reporting, neighbors said they saw him pack up a box truck the night of June 18 and drive away from his home.
  6. Jason Troche, a 34-year-old music teacher, was arrested Thursday and faces multiple charges of sexual battery after Hillsborough deputies said he had sexual contact with a 15-year-old guitar student.
  7. A Circle K gas station is seen Thursday in Palm Harbor. The convenience store and gas station chain will offer a discount of up to 40 cents per gallon between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time Thursday.
  8. This undated photo provided by the Tampa Police Department shows a 3-year-old male cat named Axel. Police arrested a Pasco deputy Wednesday after they say he abused Axel, who belonged to his girlfriend, and the cat died from his injuries.
  9. The body of a 32-year-old man was found lying along the shoulder of Interstate 4 on Friday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  10. Terin Smith, 28, faces a charge of first-degree murder while engaged in aggravated child abuse in connection to the death of a 1-year-old in Tampa on Aug. 1, the Tampa Police Department says.
  11. La Patrulla de Caminos de Florida dice que ldetuvieron este Dodge Durango 2004 después de que giró hacia el norte en 50th Street en Tampa. La conductora obedeció las órdenes de salir de la camioneta, momento en el que las autoridades dicen que una mujer en el asiento trasero se subió al asiento del conductor y “chocó intencionalmente con una patrulla desocupada de FHP en un intento fallido de huir”.
  12. The Florida Highway Patrol says troopers pulled over this 2004 Dodge Durango after it turned north on 50th Street in Tampa. The female driver obeyed commands to get out of the SUV, at which time officials say a female in the backseat climbed into the driver’s seat and “intentionally collided with an unoccupied FHP patrol car in a failed attempt to flee."
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  14. Willie Frank Hunter, 43, is being sought in connection to a slaying in Tampa early Sunday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
  15. A male bicyclist was killed in a hit-and-run crash in the 3200 block of Sydney Dover Road in Dover on Saturday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
  16. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who robbed a Truist bank located at 11015 Causeway Blvd. in Brandon Monday afternoon. Deputies released images of the man, described as wearing a dark-colored shirt, white or light-colored shorts, white shoes, a red, white and blue Columbia hat and gold-rimmed aviator sunglasses.
  17. Arnold Perry, 63, was driving a 2005 Honda Pilot on Rowlett Park Drive, just north of Sligh Avenue, when he struck an 18-year-old woman late Thursday night and left the scene, according to the Tampa Police Department.
  18. A 55-year-old St. Petersburg man is dead after a chain reaction crash in Pinellas County that sent two other drivers to area hospitals Tuesday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  19. A 24-year-old Ruskin man is dead after the FedEx delivery van he was driving collided with a semitractor-trailer in Hillsborough County on State Road 674 Monday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  20. Darian Lamont Daniels, 47, of Tampa, has been arrested in connection to a killing in Tampa's Centennial Park, according to police.
  21. Christina Calello, de 36 años, de Safety Harbor, y Geoffrey Springer, de 39, de Largo, fueron arrestados y enfrentan cargos por delitos graves después de que los agentes de Pinellas dijeran que tuvieron actividad sexual con su perro. [Fotos proporcionadas / Oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Pinellas]
  22. Punky’s Bar and Grill in St. Petersburg closed its doors for good Wednesday, the LGBTQ-owned business announced on social media. The bar and restaurant, located at 3063 Central Ave N in the Grand Central District, opened in December 2015 and quickly became a popular destination in the neighborhood.
  23. Christina Calello, 36, of Safety Harbor, and Geoffrey Springer, 39, of Largo, have been arrested and face felony charges after Pinellas deputies say they engaged in sexual activity with their dog.

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