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. Caretaker Jonah Delgado, 19, was arrested Wednesday on charges of battery and abuse of an elderly or disabled adult. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
  2. David Vasquez Malave, 23, was arrested Tuesday in the death of a 2-year-old boy. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  3. Today's state report was the third-highest death toll seen in a single day since Florida’s coronavirus outbreak began March 1 and the fourth to surpass 200 since the pandemic began. [Times]
  4. Shalanda Levy speaks to a patient Saturday at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing operation at the Mahaffey Theater parking garage in downtown St. Petersburg. [IVY CEBALLO  |  Times]
  5. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office brought in an armored SWAT vehicle as the agency tried to disperse a crowd that gathered at University Mall on May 31. Tampa's first Black Lives Matter protests escalated into violence that day. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  6. City of Hialeah employees load up food for motorists who lined up hours early Wednesday during a drive-thru food distribution [DAVID SANTIAGO  |  AP]
  7. The National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. Sunday advisory forecasting the path of Isaias. It was off the coast of Fort Pierce headed north-northwest at 8 mph. [National Hurricane Center]
  8. Tampa Bay Rays fans Mark Berry and Diana DeVercelly kiss with their masks on during opening day Friday at Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill in St. Petersburg. No fans are allowed at Tropicana Field but the two have cardboard cutouts of themselves in the stands. [IVY CEBALLO  |  Times]
  9. Along Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, messages are everywhere about the need to wear a mask indoors and outdoors. People found not wearing a mask there are subject to a civil fine of $50. [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
  10. Christopher Michael Zdrodowski, 42, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail just before 3 a.m. Sunday, July 26, on a manslaughter charge. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  11. Three local men were shot to death in the Polk County town of Frostproof and three other locals are accused in their slayings. “For something like this to happen here, I’m not going to lie to you," said a friend of the victims. "It made everyone start to question everything." [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  12. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd on Wednesday announced the arrest of three suspects in the shooting deaths of three friends near Frostproof on Friday night. [Polk County Sheriff's Office]
  13. Teachers and supporters demonstrate Tuesday for a delay in the start of school at the Pinellas County School District headquarters in Largo. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  14. The need for social distancing is part of the message at city of Tampa functions, including an economic development event in June.

The 5 mural project  named Art on the Block mural day, was sponsored by Mayor Jane Castor, the city of Tampa, and several neighborhood organizations with a theme of unity and inclusion. Local artists were tapped to create the work. The project to beautify several intersections was developed to create unity in the wake of nationwide demonstrations against police brutality, Saturday, June 4, 2020 in Tampa. [CHIP WEINER  |  Times]
  15. Julio Alfonso Vega, 54, was an inmate at the Pinellas County Jail when a medical event sent him to the hospital on Tuesday. He died Saturday. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  16. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]
  17. Don Germiase, left and Josiah Smith right, pass gallons of milk to load into a trunk during drive-through food pantry operation at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa on Friday, July 10, 2020.  [IVY CEBALLO  |  Times]
  18. Visitors to the new 26 acre St. Petersburg Pier District are reminded to stay 6 feet apart, Monday, July 6. 2020 because of the coronavirus.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  19. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. [Tampa Bay Times]
  20. Carsyn Davis, 17, at right on this GoFundMe page set up for her and her family, was treated at three hospitals before she died of respiratory disease. []
  21. Javonnie Jackson, 9, watches fireworks explode over Nathan Benderson Park on Friday, July 3 in Sarasota. Jackson spent the evening with grandmother Zoraida Rullan, 69, whom he hadn’t seen since February. [JONAH HINEBAUGH  |  Times]
  22. Cars line up June 26 for drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Community Health Centers of Pinellas at Johnnie Ruth Clarke, 22nd Street South. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  23. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]