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. A 77-year-old Ellenton man is dead after a two-vehicle crash in Hillsborough County on Friday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  2. Ryan Mullen, a 47-year-old Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office detention deputy, has been arrested after authorities say he grabbed a female by her hair and hit her in the head and face numerous times during an argument June 14 in Largo.
  3. One person has been airlifted to a trauma center after getting trapped under a pallet of commercial glass Thursday, according to East Lake Fire Rescue.
  4. Part of Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa is closed after the driver of a vehicle hit a woman on a scooter Tuesday, according to police. The crash happened at the intersection where Swann and Magnolia avenues meet Bayshore Boulevard.
  5. Six people were injured when a truck hit Building Blocks at Clearwater, a private day care, on Monday, according to Ayman Saed, the owner of the day care.
  6. A motorcyclist died after a crash involving an SUV on Ulmerton Road in Largo on Monday afternoon, according to police.
  7. One person was shot to death after what started as a verbal disagreement between two family members in Riverview Thursday afternoon, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
  8. A 57-year-old Wimauma man is dead after a crash on U.S. 301 in Hillsborough County Monday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  9. This Jan. 14, 2022, photo provided by the Tarpon Springs Police Department shows Robert Fiscus. The body of the 27-year-old man, who was reported missing Monday, was found in Salt Lake in Tarpon Springs on Tuesday afternoon, police said.
  10. A man who was punched by another driver during a road-rage incident on McKinley Drive has died, according to the Tampa Police Department.
  11. Theresa Tooni, a 54-year-old woman who was booked Friday into the Pinellas County Jail, seen here, died at an area hospital Monday, according to the Sheriff's Office.
  12. Thomas Tayshaun Henderson Jr., 27, was arrested in Hillsborough County on Sunday. He faces a second-degree murder charge in connection to the death of a man whose body was found at the Buckeye Mobile Home Park in Largo on Friday.
  13. The bodies of three people were discovered at a Riverview home Wednesday morning in what is believed to be a double murder-suicide, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
  14. Jeffrey Tillman was arrested by St. Petersburg police on a charge of first-degree murder on Tuesday night.
  15. Officers had been called to the apartment for a welfare check.
  16. Joshua Roelofs, 33, of Mulberry, is facing felony charges in connection to a crash that killed two on the Courtney Campbell Causeway last month, according to the Tampa Police Department.
  17. The entrance to the Pinellas County Jail complex in Clearwater is seen. Inmate Waymon Skinner, 40, was was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on April 28. He was taken to the hospital for medical reasons Sunday and was admitted, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He was pronounced dead around 8:44 a.m. Tuesday.
  18. A Pinellas County Sheriff vehicle is pictured on top of the towel where a deputy ran over a 23-year-old beachgoer Wednesday afternoon.
  19. A 30-year-old Plant City man is dead after he was ejected during a crash on State Road 60 in Hillsborough County on Monday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  20. A pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle in Citrus Park early Monday morning, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
  21. Taymel Jerome Jackson was located by a U.S. Marshals Service task force Monday and is facing charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy and tampering with evidence in the death of Christopher Watson, who was shot to death at the 22nd Street Park in Tampa on Nov. 1, 2021, according to the Tampa Police Department.
  22. Christopher Augusto Laracuente Cotto, 32, of Tampa, was arrested Thursday after he sent explicit material to a teen after speaking to her when she called a Crisis Center hotline, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
  23. This still image from a Tampa Police Department video posted to Facebook shows the aftermath of a March 12 police chase that ended in Plant City when authorities say a Nissan Frontier rear-ended another vehicle, killing a 44-year-old woman. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Friday it had identified the driver as 15-year-old Calvin Sanford.

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