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Anastasia Dawson - Breaking News Reporter

Breaking News 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. Jan. 12• CENTRO
    Niños de tan solo 6 meses reciben lecciones de natación durante una sesión en enero de 2019 en Seal Swim School en Lutz. Los niños ahogados aumentaron un 38 por ciento en 2021 en el área de la Bahía de Tampa, un 42 por ciento en todo el estado, según cifras estatales.
  2. Children as young as 6 months get swim lessons during a session in January 2019 at Seal Swim School in Lutz. Child drownings increased 38 percent in 2021 across the Tampa Bay area, 42 percent statewide, according to state figures.
  3. Diver Alexander Makris, 16, emerges from Spring Bayou with the wooden cross during the 116th annual Epiphany celebration Thursday in Tarpon Springs.
  4. Alexander Makris, 16 of New Port Richey, comes up with the white cross Thursday during the annual cross dive in Spring Bayou, part of the Tarpon Springs Epiphany celebration.
  5. Lonnie Wilson, 48, was found dead Dec. 4 off Sand Key Park in the Gulf of Mexico. He was thrown overboard the day before during an argument on a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway, Clearwater police said.
  6. The Cambridge Christian Lancers run to the field in September 2019 to face the Admiral Farragut Blue Jackets at Skyway Park in Tampa.
  7. Doctors are treating "Spice" victims with Vitamin K to prevent bleeding after a poisoned batch of the drugs made its way around Hillsborough County.
  8. Synthetic cannabinoids like these are blamed in a recent wave of injuries and deaths in Hillsborough County.
  9. Daniel Lighty threatens to shoot a Brandon carwash employee during a Facebook Live video he recorded. Soon after, Lighty fired about 15 times at three Hillsborough sheriff's deputies, the Sheriff's Office said.
  10. A patrol car camera recorded a state trooper handcuffing Wykeria Stevenson, 26, after a chase ended on the Howard Frankland Bridge.
  11. A table has been turned into a memorial for 21-year-old Savannah Mathis at BJs Alabama BBQ on South Dale Mabry Highway, owned and operated by her family. Mathis was shot to death and her sister injured while they were driving the night of Dec. 1 in West Tampa.
  12. “She was just living for the moment with this very free, light-hearted spirit. She never seemed stressed out. She never worried about her future,” said Lucas Wehle, a mentor to Jenny DeLeon in her younger years.
  13. Cieha Taylor disappeared from Plant City on Feb. 6, 2020. Her car was found, still running, near railroad tracks. Nov. 16 was her 30th birthday.
  14. James Carlton Hillburn, 27, of Riverview, was shot in the face and grazed by bullets on both legs when he tried to escape from Polk County deputies by driving at them, the sheriff said.
  15. A resolution was announced Tuesday at a news conference in the shooting of death of Lithia teen Bradley Hulett. From left are his parents, Bradley Hulett and Meagan Hulett, and their attorney Anthony Rickman.
  16. Miguel Felix Hernandez, 45, was arrested in Columbia County on Friday after Florida Highway Patrol troopers spotted him running along the shoulder of Interstate 10. Hernandez is wanted on a Miami-Dade warrant for first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder.
  17. Pinellas County Animal Services staff found hundreds of animals in squalid conditions when they visited a Largo warehouse owned by Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary founder Ralph Heath Jr.
  18. Nathaniel Allen Klippel, 20, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon with bail set at $150,000.
  19. 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.
  20. Gov. Ron DeSantis, appearing in March at Palm Harbor University High School, told reporters in attendance that contact tracing doesn't work.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Rafat Saeed, 36, was fatally shot May 20 outside of the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay mosque, 7326 E Sligh Ave. in Tampa.