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. Nathaniel Allen Klippel, 20, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon with bail set at $150,000.
  2. Angela Martin testified in Hector Acevedo's sentencing hearing Wednesday while holding a high school graduation photo of her daughter, Shyeanne Lewis and Lewis' dog Precious. Acevedo was sentenced to life for stabbing Lewis to death in April 2017 death.
  3. Gov. Ron DeSantis, appearing in March at Palm Harbor University High School, told reporters in attendance that contact tracing doesn't work.
  4. There's trouble at the Lonesome G. Ranch in southeast Hillsborough County, where owners Debbie and Anthony Gill say three new neighbors have been trespassing and hunting on their property.
  5. Sgt. Gary Gobernik, 53, with Hillsborough County Public Schools, died from the coronavirus Tuesday. He worked as a school resource officer at Bryan Elementary School in Plant City.
  6. Rafat Saeed, 36, was fatally shot May 20 outside of the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay mosque, 7326 E Sligh Ave. in Tampa.
  7. Meghan Aguerreberry, widow of Pedro Aguerreberry, reacts while listening to statements from the Morse family during a placement hearing for Mikese Morse, who is accused of running down Aguerreberry and his sons, Lucas and Bennett, while they were riding bikes on their way to get ice cream in 2018. Aguerreberry died and the boys were injured, Monday, August 30, 2021 in Tampa.
  8. Ehab Ghoneim, 51, of Pinellas Park, has been arrested after police say he engaged in sex acts with children he met while volunteering as a youth director at a mosque in the Tampa Bay area.
  9. The Lithia Hydrogen Sulfide Removal Facility in east Hillsborough County is part of Tampa Bay Water's regional water system. Water managers are changing the way they treat water because of a shortage of liquid oxygen, now in high demand by hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.
  10. Public safety personnel in Tampa Bay, including police officers in Clearwater, come in close contact with the public on a day-to-day basis. Those agencies who could provide an estimate say the rates of COVID-19 vaccination among their employees are lower than in the local population as a whole.
  11. Kenneth Brabham has been arrested after witnesses reported seeing a man chasing a woman as she ran across Gandy Boulevard early Wednesday morning, screaming that the man was trying to sexually batter her, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
  12. Mike Deeson, at work in his St. Petersburg home studio, said the Jewish affairs talk show he co-hosted has more listeners as a podcast than it did before it was canceled by WMNF-FM.
  13. An honor guard carries the ashes of retired Hillsborough County Sheriff Cal Henderson while escorting his family from a celebration of life ceremony Wednesday at The Regent in Riverview. Henderson died at 77.
  14. Hernando County deputies responded to a shooting Monday morning at the BioSpine Institute, 7101 Mariner Boulevard in Brooksville.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Rob Lorei was fired by WMNF three months ago, and Thursday, the station sent an explanation to its subscribers.
  19. A numbered cone marks where investigators found a gun used in a fatal shooting in Hillsborough County during November 2020.
  20. 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.
  21. John Pack, 52, fishes from the Dunedin Causeway following Tropical Storm Elsa Wednesday.
  22. 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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