Chris Tisch - Senior News Editor, Breaking News and Criminal Justice

Senior News Editor, Breaking News and Criminal Justice

I'm the editor of the Times' breaking news and criminal justice team, a group of about a dozen editors and reporters who bring you the Tampa Bay area's most urgent stories. I've lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1995 after growing up in a remote town of 2,500 in northern Wisconsin. After a childhood filled with things like ice fishing, Green Bay Packers worship and saying funny words like "bubbler" and "you betcha," I studied journalism at Northwestern University before landing a job covering the cops beat at the Bradenton Herald. I came to the Times five years later and have been in the thick of a number of big stories, including covering Florida's death penalty, riding out and reporting on Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, helping with the Terri Schiavo story and co-authoring a project about the mounting number of fatal prescription drug overdoses in Florida.

  1. City police are on the scene of a shooting that occurred Friday evening in the 2900 block of 15th Avenue S.
  2. Deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office’s Marine Unit and good Samaritan boaters all chipped in to rescue 11 people who went into the water after a boat capsized on Sunday.
  3. Police are on the scene of a crash in downtown Wednesday that involves a trolley.
  4. A planned visit to the southwest Caribbean on Wednesday by the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter Aircraft was canceled after a blob of rough weather showed fewer signs of potentially strengthening.
  5. Hurricane forecasters are watching a patch of rough weather in the southwest Caribbean that could strengthen into a tropical depression later this week.
  6. A motorcyclist was killed in a crash at a Dunedin intersection Wednesday evening, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reported.
  7. A pedestrian was hit and killed Sunday evening after she was struck by one of two vehicles that had just been involved in a car crash, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
  8. What was once Hurricane Agatha is expected to re-charge over the Gulf of Mexico and move toward Florida.
  9. Two teens from Wesley Chapel were killed late Monday after the sport utility vehicle they were in crashed into a retention pond and sank, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
  10. A photo of items, including badges, radios and guns, that Hillsborough deputies say they seized from a man who was impersonating a law enforcement officer after a road rage incident Thursday.
  11. Sophie Delott, 17, was killed by an impaired driver while riding her bike over the Indian Rocks Beach Causeway Bridget in 2019. A 'DUI wolf pack' operation this weekend in Pinellas County is dedicated in her memory.
  12. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a shooting that killed a man Thursday night.
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  14. Three people were shot, one fatally, in the Dade City area Wednesday afternoon, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reported.
  15. Authorities issued a Missing Child Alert for a 12-year-old St. Petersburg boy, Jevontae Williams, on Wednesday afternoon.
  16. Alexander Leszczynski of North Redington Beach is facing charges of wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.
  17. Christopher Edwin Day, 52, flew to Vietnam and sexually abused children he had met on the internet.
  18. Six people in a sport-utility vehicle -- five of them children -- were seriously or critically injured in a crash on Interstate 75 in Pasco County early Monday.
  19. Neighbors living around the 20000 block of Still Wind Drive have been evacuated as a precaution, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says.
  20. Terrell Lewis is facing three counts of murder. A Florida Amber Alert had been issued for him and a missing boy on Friday.
  21. An Amber alert was issued in Florida on Friday afternoon.
  22. Thomas Lair, 62, of Valrico, is accused of abusing nine children over the course of nearly five decades, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.
  23. Christopher L. Thompson, 44, of Palmetto, is facing multiple child sex abuse charges.

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