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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. A dive team has been searching a Polk County lake since Saturday after a boy, 9, fell off a pontoon boat and was struck by a propeller.
  2. A 67-year-old man who was hit by an SUV last week on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg has died, St. Petersburg police reported on Monday.
  3. Law enforcement closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 4 in Hillsborough County for several hours Sunday after a man suspected of arson led Polk deputies on a pursuit that ended with the suspect being shot.
  4. El gobernador Ron DeSantis declaró el lunes estado de emergencia en 34 condados de Florida, incluidos Hillsborough y Pasco, ya que la tormenta subtropical Nicole amenazaba con traer mal tiempo al estado. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
  5. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday declared a state of emergency in 34 Florida counties, including Hillsborough and Pasco, as Subtropical Storm Nicole threatened to bring rough weather to the state.
  6. The final month of this year’s hurricane season is off to a busy start as forecasters were watching two tropical storms on Tuesday.
  7. Tropical Storm Lisa is expected to strengthen into a hurricane this week as it moves toward Central America.
  8. A man walking on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard on Sunday night was struck and killed by a car whose driver left the scene, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
  9. Forecasters say a disturbance in the eastern Caribbean could form into a tropical depression by early next week.
  10. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a person was killed by gunfire Friday.
  11. Hillsborough Fire Rescue responded to a large fire at a fish farm in Plant City on Tuesday morning.
  12. Tropical Depression 12 formed in the Atlantic on Tuesday but is expected to be short-lived. Another system is expected to slip into the Caribbean Sea later this week and may strengthen into a depression as well.
  13. Aerial view of people that stopped along Bayshore Blvd. to see the effects of Hurricane Ian which produced a reverse storm surge, pulling water out of Hillsborough Bay on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 in Tampa.
  14. Satellite image of Hurricane Ian shared by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Twitter on Wednesday.
  15. This graphic shows when forecasters expect tropical storm force winds to arrive in the Tampa Bay area from Hurricane Ian.
  16. Some Tampa Bay area governments are opening sandbag locations as Tropical Storm Ian sets its sights on the Gulf of Mexico and a potential landfall in Florida. The sandbags in this photo were made available for Tropical Storm Elsa last year.
  17. Tampa police are investigating a fatal crash involving a vehicle and a bicyclist, the department reported Saturday morning.
  18. The Tampa Bay area on Saturday remained in the potential path of Tropical Storm Ian, which powered up into a named storm late Friday night and was expected to strengthen into a major hurricane by the middle of the week.
  19. A tropical depression formed in the Atlantic on Wednesday morning. Forecasters said late Wednesday afternoon that Tropical Depression Seven could develop into a tropical storm as soon as Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
  20. Systems being watched by the National Hurricane Center on Saturday evening.
  21. Derick P. Bowden, 24, is wanted on charges of first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  22. Forecasters are monitoring Hurricane Earl, Hurricane Danielle and two other disturbances that have the potential for development.
  23. A tractor trailer driver was killed Tuesday morning after he hit a truck that was disabled on an exit ramp from Interstate 4 in Plant City, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
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