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Dennis Joyce - Assistant metro editor

Assistant metro editor

I am a newsman and communicator who pitches his tent at the crossroads of the community, the place you find the greatest number of ideas and the most fruitful debate. I’m a local news editor at the Tampa Bay Times, helping guide colleagues as they tell the stories of our community. It’s a role I’ve been blessed to play in half a dozen states, including two stints each in sunny Arizona and Florida. The approach I bring to the job is rooted in my family – including my wife Emilie and our two grown sons, one a world-traveling diplomat and the other a student in architecture. I’m a bicycle and transit commuter, so look for me on the bus and we’ll bat around a few ideas.

  1. Hillsborough County court clerk Pat Frank is taking steps to discourage people from visiting her offices as the coronavirus spreads, including postponing the due dates on fines and fees. [JONES, OCTAVIO   |  Times]
  2. The city of Tampa is providing up-to-date coronavirus information at a special website. [CHARLIE FRAGO  |  Times]
  3. Appointments will take a little longer at veterans health centers and clinics in the Bay Pines system to allow time for coronavirus screening. [Times (2014)]
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  5. Divers from the Florida Aquarium and local dive shops collected beads from the waters around Davis Islands during a post-Gasparilla cleanup Saturday. [Florida Aquarium]
  6. Dave Bautista, shown here at his South Tampa office, has been named grand marshal of the 2020 Gasparilla Parade of Pirates.
  7. Phillip Coward, 59, of Tampa, was convicted of two counts of sexual battery with a weapon in connection with an attack that occurred 30 years ago. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  8. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor has launched a campaign dubbed "Bead Free Bay" in an effort to keep beads out of Tampa Bay during the annual Gasparilla Parade of Pirates.
  9. Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia, who played 19 seasons before injuries ended his career this fall, greets children attending the Yankees holiday concert at the Straz Center in Tampa on Thursday. Sabathia was joined by his wife Amber, right. [New York Yankees]
  10. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. [Tampa Bay Times]
  11. A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter, similar to this aircraft flying over Tampa Bay, rescued a crew member from a Dutch fishing vessel Friday during a mission in the Bahamas. [LUIS, SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  12. David Straz, Tampa philanthropist and former mayoral candidate, had heart problems, a friend told a 911 operator Monday. Straz died during a fishing weekend in Homosassa. [TAILYR IRVINE  |  Times]
  13. Renee Elizabeth Williams, 55, was fatally shot about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of a Brandon apartment complex where she was working, Sheriff Chad Chronister said. [Hillsborough County School District]
  14. A semi-trailer truck carrying advertising materials collided with a truck parked along the shoulder Monday morning on Interstate 75 near the Big Bend Road exit in Gibsonton. [Florida Highway Patrol]
  15. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. [Tampa Bay Times]
  16. Romeo Wilfred Desrosiers, 69, of St. Petersburg, faces a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child younger than 12, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  17. A man broke out the window of an SUV by throwing nunchucks during a road rage incident at Linebaugh Avenue and Sheldon Road, deputies say. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  18. A semi-trailer truck carrying ad materials from a mailing company collided with a truck parked along the shoulder Monday morning on Interstate 75 near the Big Bend Road exit in Gibsonton. [Florida Highway Patrol]
  19. Pasco County Sheriff's deputies lead three teenagers from a Wesley Chapel Publix store after responding to reports that the boys had been showing off handguns there in a Snapchat video. [PASCO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE  |  Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
  20. Marileydi Gonzalez-Meza, 28, of Pinellas Park, was arrested Monday on charges of driving under the influence, driving while license suspended and driving in the wrong direction. [HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE  |  Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  21. James Cromwell Humphreys, 53, was arrested on four counts of sexual battery of a child under the age of 12, four counts of sexual battery and one count of fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, according to Pinellas Park police. [PINELLAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE  |  Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  22. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. [TMCCARTY  |  times staff]
  23. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. [TMCCARTY  |  times staff]
  24. Polk County sheriff's deputies survey the scene of a crash Saturday afternoon west of Frostproof that involved a group of motorcyclists. A Riverview man was killed in the collision. [POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE  |  Polk County Sheriff's Office]