Anastasia Dawson - Breaking Reporter

Breaking Reporter

I’m an east Hillsborough County native whose ancestors were among the first settlers in the community of Dover. My parents built their home on an old family orange grove, sandwiched between my grandparents’ home (where my mother grew up) and a 100-year-old house built by my great, great grandparents. Still, I couldn’t resist my big city dreams, so after earning my journalism degree from the University of South Florida I moved to bustling Riverview. A two-week internship at the Tampa Tribune turned into three years of covering education in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. In 2016 I joined the Times as a general assignment reporter in Tampa, which often means running into family, friends and former classmates while out gathering the news. A majority of those stories involve our local criminal justice system.

  1. Hernando County deputies responded to a shooting Monday morning at the BioSpine Institute, 7101 Mariner Boulevard in Brooksville.
  2. The children are helping hold the family together, relatives say, after the slaying of Alisha Windfield, back right, shown here during a family outing with them and husband Ryan Capel, back left.
  3. Ronnie Oneal III reacts to Daisatta Barron's remarks during the sentencing for the murder of her sister and niece at George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa on Friday.
  4. At his sentencing hearing Friday, Ronnie Oneal III listens to testimony from Daisatta Barron, the sister of his girlfriend Kenyatta Barron. Oneal murdered Kenyatta Barron and the daughter they had together.
  5. Rob Lorei was fired by WMNF three months ago, and Thursday, the station sent an explanation to its subscribers.
  6. A numbered cone marks where investigators found a gun used in a fatal shooting in Hillsborough County during November 2020.
  7. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper travels U.S. 19 in Largo. A special speeding enforcement effort is underway this week across the Southeast as people get back on the road for post-pandemic lockdown trips.
  8. John Pack, 52, fishes from the Dunedin Causeway following Tropical Storm Elsa Wednesday.
  9. The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch for Tampa Bay and much of Florida's Gulf Coast on Sunday afternoon.
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  11. Tropical Storm Elsa formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday morning, the earliest 5th named store on record, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.
  12. Dead fish float in the water among the mangroves at Ballast Point Park. State environmental investigators are testing whether Red Tide is to blame.
  13. Two potential tropical systems are brewing in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center.
  14. Tropical Storm Danny is expected to make landfall in South Carolina on Monday, June 28.
  15. Lewis Matthews, 43, of Tampa, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday, June 28, after being found guilty of four separate felonies for sexually battering and molesting his girlfriend’s 10-year-old daughter.
  16. Florida's crime numbers track with observations among criminal justice experts about the impact of the pandemic on local communities.
  17. Rapheal Tyree Thomas, 22, of Tampa is taken into custody after a mass shooting in Sumter County left a Tampa woman dead and 10 people injured.
  18. Janosh Purackal, 37, of Gibsonton, and his son Daniel Purackal, 3, drowned Friday off the beach at the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve.
  19. Pile drivers sink concrete and steel pillars into solid limestone to form the substructure of the Howard Frankland Bridge expansion. Each pillar has sensors to ensure they're firmly in place.
  20. Photo of missing swimmer Kristoff Murray, courtesy his family. Murray went into the water off Apollo Beach when he saw a man and child struggling.
  21. Kristoff Murray went into the water off Apollo Beach when he saw a man and child struggling.
  22. Orbo Bailey, 54, was arrested Monday in connection to a man's death earlier this year during a robbery in Westchase.
  23. A nearly seven-hour standoff with Hillsborough County Sheriff deputies ended Monday when deputies saw smoke coming from the condo. They found two men dead inside.