Emma Uber - Breaking News Reporter

Breaking News Reporter

As part of the Times’ breaking news team, I strive to bring the Tampa Bay community the news they need to feel informed, aware and equipped to navigate urgent situations — whether that entails crime, hurricanes or anything in between. I study journalism, international studies and Spanish at Indiana University, where I will be a senior in the fall. At IU, I devote most of my time to the Indiana Daily Student newspaper and the Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism. Curious by nature and ceaselessly in pursuit of a good story, I fell in love with journalism because it gives me the opportunity to become a mini-expert on a different topic with each story, connect with people with diverse perspectives and ask questions. When I’m not writing, my main passions include reading, going on absurdly long walks while listening to podcasts, dissecting Taylor Swift lyrics and spending time with my three younger sisters. Feel free to send any story ideas my way (or recommendations for the best local ice cream shops)!

  1. With the help of volunteers, children spend time with puppies as part of their therapy while attending Blue Butterfly camp, a summer program for kids grieving the loss of a loved one, on Aug. 3 in Palmetto.
  2. This image provided by the Florida Department of Corrections shows James Phillip Barnes, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday.
  3. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brendan Fitzgerald, 52, was arrested on an obstruction charge following an argument over two handicapped-accessible parking spots at a private condo complex in Bradenton Beach, police say.
  4. Terry Mansfield was arrested Friday on a child sexual battery charge.
  5. Jennifer Odom is pictured in a family photo. Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis announced Thursday that a grand jury has indicted Jeffrey Norman Crum, 61, on kidnapping, rape and murder charges in Jennifer's death, which has haunted the Tampa Bay region since she was found dead in an orange grove in 1993.
  6. Scott Grebler, one of the founding members of 13 Ugly Men, is shown in this undated photo. Grebler's ex-wife, Caroll Delo, bought him an experience with Air Combat USA for his birthday about 15 years ago.
  7. People comfort Peggy Burge, the mother of Aaron Golden, who was killed along with two other people in the area of 47 Street and 18 Avenue South in St. Pete in 1998. This photo was taken the day after the killings.
  8. A man was hit and killed while standing in the road throwing an unidentified liquid at passing cars on the Veterans Expressway in Tampa on Monday night, according to a Tampa Police Department news release.
  9. There are several ways Tampa Bay residents can get help paying their electric bills. Pictured are Tampa Electric Co. linemen in 2018.
  10. Tampa Police Capt. Travis Maus, left, State Attorney Susan Lopez and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Col. Robert Ura answer questions from the media about  fentanyl-related cases and issues during a news conference at the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office on Tuesday.
  11. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Col. Robert Ura talks about fraudsters stealing identities in order to commit property fraud at a news conference Monday. Ura described the arrest of a man who forged the signatures of dead notaries and witnesses in order to steal homes in Brandon and West Palm Beach.
  12. Donald Santini weeps moments before he is denied bond by Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Catherine Catlin during a court hearing Thursday in Tampa. Santini is accused of strangling Cynthia Wood in 1984 and leaving her body in a Riverview drainage ditch. He was on the run for nearly 40 years before he was arrested in San Diego on June 7.
  13. Tampa police say a man is facing a homicide charge after hitting another man with a Jeep.
  14. Pool cleaner Karl Polek runs away after homeowner Bradley Hocevar fired an AR-15 at him through a glass door of his Dunedin home on June 15. Polek sustained minor injuries from shrapnel, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.
  15. Parade participants oppose Gov. Ron DeSantis with their signs during the St. Pete Pride Parade along Bayshore Drive on Saturday, June 24, 2023, in St. Petersburg.
  16. Carissa and Nicholas Alexander are both charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child.
  17. Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw listens as Hillsborough County State Attorney Suzy Lopez talks about recent episodes of youth gun violence.
  18. A federal jury convicted Dr. Qing McGaha, 57, of charges related to illegally distributing drugs, money laundering and tax fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice announced  Tuesday. McGaha, of Tampa, owned and operated a Hillsborough County pain management clinic called MD Care Clinic.
  19. Barbra Baldwin at the Pinellas High School reunion at Clearwater Intermediate, soon to be Pinellas High Innovation, on Saturday in Clearwater. Baldwin attended Pinellas High School until it was closed in 1968, when the students were integrated with white schools in the area. She graduated in the first integrated class at Seminole High School in 1973.
  20. A sea turtle nest is marked off with caution tape along the beach in 2019. On June 5, a man was found crawling across a turtle nest on Indian Rocks Beach.
  21. A man barricaded himself inside this Wells Fargo bank in St. Petersburg for about an hour on Friday afternoon before he was taken into custody, police said.
  22. The Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa seen on Wednesday. Five dogs were killed in an RV fire just outside the fairgrounds Tuesday.
  23. The canal where Jason Kramer found a man hiding under a dock near Kramer’s home on Venetian Isles on Sunday.