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Anastasia Dawson - Breaking News Reporter — Hillsborough

Breaking News Reporter — Hillsborough

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. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks Monday during a Super Bowl 55 news conference at the Tampa Convention Center, also attended by mayors and officials from across the region.
  2. Belinda Hood, 67, of Dunedin, was arrested Friday on charges of DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash involving death.
  3. An Allegiant plane comes in for a landing at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.
  4. The folding of the flag is part of the memorial service Tuesday at Idelwild Baptist Church for slain Cpl. Brian LaVigne.
  5. Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies arrange a portrait of their colleague, Cpl. Brian LaVigne, among flower arrangements, for a part of the service which will be held outside the church later on in the morning. Cpl. LaVigne was killed by a fleeing suspect while on duty, a day before his retirement after a 30-year career, at Idlewild Baptist Church Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 in Lutz.
  6. Johnny Johnson talks about the slaying of his son Jayquon Johnson as his wife holds a cardboard cutout of their son.
  7. Neither the pilot nor a passenger were hurt during an emergency landing Sunday morning near the Bilmar resort on Treasure Island.
  8. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Brian LaVigne was killed by a fleeing suspect Monday evening after a 30-year career that was supposed to end in retirement a day later, Sheriff Chad Chronister said.
  9. Cpl. Brian LaVigne, third from left, received a Community Service Award in May 2019 from the Alafia River Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. LaVigne was killed Tuesday night when a driver deliberately slammed into his patrol car, investigators said. With LaVigne in the photo is his daughter Deputy Caitlin LaVigne and DAR members Melody Powers, left, and Roberta Jordan, right.
  10. Carol Motel at 1308 US .HWY 41, Ruskin is now owned by Catholic Charities and is being renovated.
  11. Places of worship and song gave way temporarily to coronavirus vaccination stations Sunday at St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa.
  12. Florida added more than 12,000 coronavirus cases Sunday
  13. Partidarios de Trump intentan atravesar una barrera policial, el miércoles 6 de enero de 2021 en el Capitolio de Washington.. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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  15. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is one of two being have administered to residents in Tampa Bay.
  16. Florida Department of Health medical workers prepare to give seniors a COVID-19 vaccination in the parking lot of the Gulf View Square Mall in New Port Richey. The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County is held their first drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Gulf View Square Mall in New Port Richey.
  17. Tim Kubal, 39, from Tampa, a blood doctor with AdventHealth, receives the COVID-19 vaccine from Tina Scarborough, a RN with AdventHealth, at the AdventHealth Tampa distribution tent, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Tampa.
  18. Crown Automotive chief executive Dwayne Hawkins, pictured here in August 2019, started out in the tire business and got hooked by cars after making his first sale. He died Christmas Eve at 85.
  19. An 8-month-old boy drowned at this Plant City mobile home while his mother was sleeping, sheriff's detectives said.
  20. Jasina Campbell, 12, was killed May 17 in a crash on the Alafia River. A Riverview man faces criminal charges in the death..
  21. A fire broke out Saturday at the Tuscano at Suncoast apartments in Odessa, causing major damage to an apartment on the second floor and one on the third.
  22. Sunday's seven-day forecast for Tampa Bay from Spectrum's Klystron 9 radar.