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Anastasia Dawson - Hillsborough Commission and General Assignment Reporter

Hillsborough Commission and General Assignment 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. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates.
    The fire destroyed one business and damaged others inside a strip mall at the corner of 49th Street South and 1st Avenue South
  2. Chief Veterinarian Mallory Offner examines a female rescue puppy at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center in Tampa.
    With 250 of the pooches ready for adoption, each potential puppy parent has a 1-in-4 shot at getting picked in today’s drawing.
  3. Hillsborough Community College solicited "non-binding letters of interest or intent” last month from developers interested in purchasing the Dr. Gwendolyn W. Stephenson District Administration Center on Davis Islands.
    Developers have eyed the 3.7 acre waterfront parcel for years, but recent interest has prompted the college’s trustees to finally start the conversation.
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    Pasco firefighters said the blaze broke out at a home in the 3000 block of Thistledown Lane.
  5. Four, six-week old puppies rescued from inadequate breeding conditions, wait to be checked by veterinary staff at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. Over 300 small-breed dogs were rescued from a breeder on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.
    To qualify for a Hillsborough County lottery, apply in person Sunday and pass a background check.
  6. Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman was behind the push for a ban on teenage vaping. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
    The change makes it illegal to sell products to under-age customers and bans minors from possessing vaping paraphernalia.
  7. April Griffin
    The former Hillsborough County School Board member will compete against longtime agency employee Nancy Millan for the Constitutional office. The deadline for qualifying is June 12, 2020.
  8. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates.
    The four adults and three children were boating in choppy waters near Egmont Key when the vessel began to take on water.
  9. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates.
    The first happened at about 4:30 p.m. in North Ybor and left one man wounded. At 5 p.m., a man was fatally shot in Sulphur Springs.
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    Stephone Johnson, 27, faces as misdemeanor domestic battery charge.