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Mary Claire Molloy - Breaking News Reporter

Breaking News Reporter

I’m a rising senior at Indiana University Bloomington covering breaking news in the Tampa Bay area. My work has been published in The Washington Post, USA TODAY and The Indianapolis Star. I’ve written about the debate surrounding critical race theory in a small Midwestern town, exposed a sorority’s secret hazing ritual, covered the FedEx mass shooting in my home city of Indianapolis and published nearly 50 obituaries about the lives of child gun violence victims. I have an appetite for news and chocolate chip cookies. Send tips and recipes accordingly.

  1. Donyelle Johnson, Retha Hiers and Margaret Dash, pictured from left to right, all vanished from the Tampa Bay area after trying to end affairs with the same man. Their families have lived without answers for decades.
  2. Las algas flotan sobre el río Hillsborough cerca de la cuadra 1400 de Alicia Ave. el miércoles, 10 de agosto de 2022, en Tampa.
  3. A health alert has been issued for Hillsborough River (north of Morris Bridge Rd., west of I-75) because of the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins.
  4. Matthew Terry's booking photo after he was arrested in the murder of Hillsborough teacher Kay Baker. The state will seek the death penalty against him.
  5. An FBI agent is seen near the entrance to the Uhuru House Friday in St. Petersburg.
  6. Sewer pipes are seen coming out of the ground along 53rd Avenue North just east of Duhme Road on Friday in unincorporated Pinellas County. A sewer main burst, spilling about 300,000 gallons of sewage onto the ground and to nearby homes.
  7. An unidentified member of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's Rescue Team holds a distressed dolphin calf that got caught in the remains of a crab trap near Pier 60 in Clearwater on Wednesday. The calf was taken to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation.
  8. Corey Anderson posted online images of himself along with items that appeared to be weapons, and suggested he was headed for a school.
  9. Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to multiple charges in connection with a ransomware attack.
  10. Dana Hiers, 54, of Largo, back, holds her cellphone while Pinellas County deputies and forensics dig through an empty lot on June 29 in Largo. Hiers mother, Retha Hiers, disappeared in 1982, and officials searched the site for possible evidence in the case. They said Thursday they didn't find anything.
  11. Robbert Hubbard, 43, points a BB gun at Pinellas deputies before they fatally shoot him on June 30.
  12. Kay Elizabeth Baker, 43, was an elementary school math teacher. A neighbor found her dead in his yard with multiple stab wounds on May 28. Her boyfriend, Matthew Terry, has been charged with first-degree murder.
  13. Foto familiar. Thomas Kenning, de 38 años, con su esposa Jasmine y su hija Rory.
  14. Thomas Kenning, 38, shown here with his wife, Jasmine, and daughter, Rory, drowned in Lake Michigan on Monday.
  15. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice said Friday that it has closed the Charles Britt Academy, pictured here in a Google image from May, after two employees at the state-owned residential treatment center for boys were arrested on child abuse charges.
  16. Police are on the scene of a crash in downtown Wednesday that involves a trolley.
  17. Delray Beach Police are searching for “Jack Ass” star Bam Margera, shown in this 2013 photo, after he escaped from a Florida drug rehabilitation center Monday, a department spokesperson confirmed.
  18. The fountain in Safety Harbor was vandalized in April.
  19. Laura McElroy is the former spokesperson for the Tampa Police Department and a crisis communications consultant.
  20. Thomas Henderson, 27, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder.
  21. A fire broke out Tuesday in a residential building at the Regency Oaks retirement community in Clearwater, shown here in a Google Maps image. No injuries were reported but about 40 apartments were damaged and more than two dozen people were relocated to hotels, officials said.
  22. Tat’yana Mekeva Gaston, 23, was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree murder.
  23. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has extended the county jail's lockdown because of an ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
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