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Dan Sullivan - Courts reporter

Courts reporter

I got into this business because I like telling stories. The best stories, I think, are ones that touch on themes of justice and injustice, compassion and forgiveness, choices and consequences. You can find a lot of that in the local court and criminal justice system, which I write about for the Times. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, went to high school in Massachusetts, and came to Florida for college. I graduated from the University of Tampa in 2006. My wife, Meg, is a teacher. Outside work, I enjoy long walks, road trips, and reading public records. I’m a nerd.

  1. Sam M. Gibbons federal courthouse in downtown Tampa. [Times photo]
    Federal prosecutors accused Roberta Guedes of aggravated identity theft and mail fraud related to the establishment of what they say were two bogus law firms. Guedes agreed to plead guilty last month.
  2. Ikechuwku “Ike” Amadi, 38, is a dual Canadian and Nigerian citizen. He worked with a Nigeria-based criminal organization known as the Black Axe Group.
    FBI agents here linked a series of complicated financial scams to an organized crime ring that started as a fraternal organization.
  3. Helen Mention, 50, of Tampa was arrested Monday and charged with DUI manslaughter and aggravated manslaughter of a child.
    Helen Mention, 50, faces charges of DUI manslaughter and aggravated manslaughter of a child in the Oct. 25 collision.
  4. Kyle Ritsema is a former assistant principal for the Pasco County school district who admitted sexually abusing an underage boy and possessing pornographic images of hundreds of others.
    Kyle Ritsema was working at Cypress Creek Middle-High School in Wesley Chapel when he was linked to a child pornography investigation.
  5. Timothy CathCart, 33, admitted that he smuggled fentanyl into the Pasco County jail after a January arrest. Three inmates later overdosed on the drugs, authorities said. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
    Timothy CathCart admitted in federal court that he smuggled fentanyl into the Land O’ Lakes jail after an arrest. Then several inmates overdosed.
  6. David Welch leads class earlier this year at the Everglades Correctional Institution as part of the Corrections Transition Program. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
    David Welch was the subject of a Tampa Bay Times story in June. He has spent 27 years in prison for killing his father, a crime lawyers said was the result of childhood abuse. On Wednesday, Welch...
  7. Titan Goodson faces a charge of manslaughter in the 2017 heroin overdose death of Katie Golden, a 17-year-old senior at Plant High School.
    Prosecutors accused Titan Goodson of providing the drugs that led to 17-year-old Katie Golden’s death in 2017. His defense says there’s no proof.
  8. Andrew Noll, 28, is accused of sexual battery. A woman told police he held her against her will at the Tampa home where he lives. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
    Andrew Noll was shot in 2014 at the home of his ex-lover. In the latest case, a woman said he invited her to his home and assaulted her.
  9. The Florida Supreme Court suspended Tampa attorney Jose Toledo from practicing law after the Florida Bar said he appeared to have abandoned his law practice amid numerous client complaints.
    The suspension of José Angel Toledo late Wednesday follows complaints from his clients. His whereabouts remain unclear.
  10. A federal judge gas stayed the Nov. 7 execution of death row inmate James Dailey, 73, for the 1985 murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio. Left: Dailey at his 1987 trial, where he was convicted and sentenced to death. Middle: Dailey in 1993, when he was again sentenced to die. Right: The most current photo of Dailey on Florida's Death Row.
    Dailey was set to be put to death Nov. 7. A judge ordered his execution to be postponed to give his attorneys time to present their claims. But the state can appeal.