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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. 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.
  2. Satellite image of Hurricane Ian shared by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Twitter on Wednesday.
  3. This graphic shows when forecasters expect tropical storm force winds to arrive in the Tampa Bay area from Hurricane Ian.
  4. 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.
  5. Tampa police are investigating a fatal crash involving a vehicle and a bicyclist, the department reported Saturday morning.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Systems being watched by the National Hurricane Center on Saturday evening.
  9. Derick P. Bowden, 24, is wanted on charges of first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  10. Forecasters are monitoring Hurricane Earl, Hurricane Danielle and two other disturbances that have the potential for development.
  11. 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.
  12. Commuters should try to avoid northbound Interstate 75 this morning at Fletcher Avenue, as a crash is blocking several lanes.
  13. The body of Heather Elizabeth Olmstead was found after a fire was extinguished on Thursday.
  14. Forecasters say this system has a 30 percent chanced of strengthening into a tropical depression by this weekend.
  15. One person has been seriously injured after a train hit a vehicle in Pasco County on Wednesday.
  16. The view off the Gandy Bridge on a June day in 2021. A man was arrested early Sunday after he was caught racing over the bridge at 132 mph, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.
  17. The teenager, who has been identified as Trill Tewan Wright, was shot in the Childs Park neighborhood.
  18. Leonard Manuel Lopez De La Torre, 51, fue arrestado el lunes por un cargo de agresión. La policía dice que agarró el pecho de una mujer durante un masaje.
  19. Leonard Manuel Lopez De La Torre, 51, was arrested on Monday on a battery charge. Police say he grabbed a woman's breast during a massage.
  20. Timothy Longworth, 42, of Tampa, was arrested late Monday on a charge of armed robbery.
  21. Forecasters are watching this tropical wave over the Atlantic, but said on Tuesday morning that its chances of strengthening are low.
  22. Tampa police are conducting a traffic fatality investigation at Hillsborough and Armenia avenues this morning and are asking motorists to avoid the area.
  23. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies said this man robbed a Carrollwood area bank, then rode off on this motorized mini-bike.
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