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Caroline Petrow-Cohen - Breaking News Reporter

Breaking News Reporter

I’m covering breaking news this summer for the Tampa Bay Times. I’m from Maplewood, New Jersey and have spent the past four years in Durham, North Carolina, at Duke University. I got hooked on journalism after taking my first reporting class as a freshman and discovering the excitement and gratification of the work. I’ll graduate from Duke this winter as an English major and Environmental Science minor. Outside of classes and writing, I spend my time traveling wherever I can, skateboarding and snowboarding and trying new restaurants. I’ve previously interned at The Charlotte Observer and the Los Angeles Times.

  1. The Rev. Carl Joseph Melchior, Jr. died on Thursday of cardiac arrest after boarding a flight in Philadelphia.
  2. From left, St. Petersburg police Chief Tony Holloway, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Clearwater police Chief Dan Slaughter answer questions at Tiger Bay meeting in 2019. All three law enforcement leaders say a recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Miranda warnings will have no effect on their agencies.
  3. Crews are battling a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex in Tampa’s Bayshore district Tuesday afternoon, according to Tampa Fire Rescue. South Carolina Avenue currently is closed, the agency said in a tweet. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
  4. Cameron Taylor, 21, left, faces charges of aggravated child abuse and child neglect in connection to injuries his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter sustained, while the girl's mother, 21-year-old Cheyenne Gray, right, faces child neglect charges, according to the Clearwater Police Department.
  5. Christopher Ferguson, the former director of a pain management clinic in Tarpon Springs, was arrested Monday for the second time in connection to an ongoing investigation in which he is accused of coercing patients into performing sexual acts in order to get their prescription medication, according to police.
  6. The Tampa Police Department has confirmed that Tampa Bay residents discovered antisemitic flyers left outside their homes over the last two weekends.
  7. Th heat index is expected to reach dangerous levels in the Tampa Bay area on Thursday and will remain high over the weekend. The risk of heat illness is heightened for people who work or play sports outside.
  8. A man was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday after he hacked into thousands of private iCloud accounts, stole people’s nude images and videos and shared them with other people.
  9. The clouds and the water glow orange as they reflect the setting sun at North Shore park in St. Petersburg in this 2020 photo. A gigantic dust cloud from the Sahara Desert has reached Tampa Bay, resulting in higher temperatures, lower rain chances and more brilliant sunsets.
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