Amy Gehrt - Breaking Night Editor

Breaking Night Editor

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 62-year-old man from Wesley Chapel was killed and a 58-year-old woman from Wesley Chapel suffered serious injuries after a four-vehicle crash on U.S. 301 in Hillsborough County on Friday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  2. A 46-year-old excavator driver is hospitalized in critical condition after a Ford F350 truck carrying several pieces of wood crashed on the  Pinellas Bayway in St. Petersburg Thursday, and the flying wood struck the man as he worked near the crash scene, according to police.
  3. Elijah Iziah Dera’us McCray, 20, is suspected in two random shootings, one fatal, in the Seminole area.
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  5. Rhine Anthony Dunbar faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of a man who was shot in the chest at a boarding house located in the 9400 block of North 46th Street around 4:17 a.m. Saturday, the Tampa Police Department said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.
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  7. Jaime Scott, 26, of Tampa, has been arrested in connection to a fatal shooting in Ybor City on Feb. 6, according to the Tampa Police Department. It was one of two shootings in Ybor City as thousands gathered to celebrate Super Bowl weekend.
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  9. A 16-year-old has been arrested after he told police he was playing with a gun he thought was unloaded and accidentally shot his friend’s girlfriend, according to the Tampa Police Department.
  10. A 3-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 in Pasco County sent three people to the hospital Thursday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
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  13. DeAnna Marie Stinson, a 50-year-old accountant from Tampa, has been arrested after authorities say she tried to arrange a hit on the spouse of her former lover on the dark web, according to federal authorities.
  14. Stacie Montenegro, 16, and her 1-month-old baby, Aurora, were last seen in the Williams Park area of St. Petersburg on Sept. 4, the Police Department said in a Facebook post Thursday. They are asking for help locating the young mother and her daughter.
  15. One person is dead after a crash on Veterans Expressway in Hillsborough County Friday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. A pickup truck hit a semitrailer, sending both into a concrete barrier located at the start of a metal guardrail. Both vehicles caught fire, troopers said.
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  17. Tampa police Officer Matthew S. Coleman, 37, has died following complications from the coronavirus, according to the Tampa Police Department.
  18. Rodney Lee Sales, of St. Petersburg, has been arrested on a first-degree murder charge in connection to the homicide of Dravode McDade in Pinellas Park, according to police.
  19. A 28-year-old man from Riverview is dead and another man was seriously injured after motorcycles collided in Tarpon Springs late Wednesday night, according to the Tarpon Springs Police Department.
  20. Tropical Storm Mindy is nearing landfall in the Florida Panhandle.
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  22. Comic and podcaster Joe Rogan in a scene from his Netflix special "Joe Rogan: Triggered." Rogan announced in an Instagram post Wednesday that he has COVID-19. He said he wasn't feeling well when he returned home from the road Saturday night. The following morning he tested positive for the coronavirus, the comedian says. Rogan performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Friday night.