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Jack Evans - Breaking News Reporter — Pinellas Sheriff, St. Petersburg Police, Clearwater Police

Breaking News Reporter — Pinellas Sheriff, St. Petersburg Police, Clearwater Police

Nothing excites me more than finding and telling a compelling, human story that illustrates a complicated issue. If you've got tips or story ideas, I want to hear them. I grew up in Tennessee, went to college at Indiana University and started at the Times shortly after graduating in spring 2018, and I love Florida and its idiosyncrasies (except the 90-degree October days). When I'm not at work, I write songs and spend too much time on Twitter. Let's talk about books and what new (or old) music you're listening to.

  1. A 2019 photo of Hassan Shibly, a Tampa civil rights lawyer who for a decade led the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He has been accused of abuse and harassment by several women, an NPR investigation found. He has denied the allegations.
  2. Pinellas detectives said they traced 30 fatal overdoses over the course of two months to three homes in Lealman.
  3. Andy Dominguez-Hernandez, 38, faces a charge of second-degree murder, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
  4. Bryan Bingham, shown with Sheriff Bob Gualtieri at a 2015 news conference, went home with a cache of Sheriff's Office ammunition, investigators said.
  5. A file photo shows the entrance to the Pinellas County Jail complex in Clearwater, where inmates began receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday.
  6. Falkenburg Road jail inmate Matthew Clay, 40, receives the COVID-19 vaccine from an unidentified health care worker in this screengrab from a video released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, the first day the agency started vaccinating inmates at its two jail facilities.
  7. Tyron Jackasal, 20, faces a charge of second-degree murder in the death of K’Mia Simmons, according to St. Petersburg police.
  8. A former Sunstar Paramedics ambulance driver faces a DUI charge after being pulled over early Tuesday morning, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He resigned from his job Wednesday.
  9. An early Monday morning fire in Zephyrhills left one person dead, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue.
  10. Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association president Jonathan Vazquez talks at a Gov. Ron DeSantis press conference in St. Petersburg in September 2020. On March 26, Vazquez published a column in the Orlando Sentinel that proposed without evidence that anti-racism protests around Florida were "coordinated by well-organized donors with deep pockets." One expert said Vazquez's writing advances a widely debunked conspiracy theory.
  11. Linda Simmons, center, the mother of K’Mia Simmons, is consoled by family members during a news conference Thursday at St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters. The family asked anyone with information about the slaying of the 21-year-old mother of two to come forward. From left is Shacoia Pompey, K’Mia’s cousin, Rebecca Rue, K’Mia’s aunt, Linda Simmons, and Denise Johnson-Jones, the grandmother of one of K’Mia’s children.
  12. K'Mia Simmons was a passenger riding in a dark Volvo with a man and her two young children when she was shot and killed as someone fired shots at them from another car on 22nd St at 18th Ave. S in St, Petersburg. The children were not injured.
  13. One man is dead after a Tuesday afternoon shooting near Gibbs High School, police said.
  14. Capitol Police patrol a visitor's entrance before the March 2 opening day joint session of the Florida Legislature at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Legislators are considering a bill that supporters say would fix the Baker Act mental health law by making it more powerful, but critics fear it will be used on even more vulnerable people.
  15. A pedestrian was killed and a driver injured after a collision Monday afternoon on Fourth Street North, police said.
  16. A 17-year-old is charged with attempted murder after one of what Clearwater police believe to be a string of connected shootings.
  17. Recently retired Tarpon Springs police chief Robert Kochen, 54 poses for a photograph near the Spring Bayou.
  18. Derriontae Ward, 19, faces a charge of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder among other charges, according to Clearwater police.
  19. Tarpon Springs Police Chief Robert Kochen.
  20. Attorney Fred G. Minnis Sr., seen in this 1976 photo, was the first Black lawyer to establish a full-time practice in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County. The county's law library will now be named in his honor.
  21. Clearwater police said a shooter, who has not been found, fired more than a dozen shots Monday night into a car carrying four people on a U.S. 19 access road just north of Drew Street. The shooting killed 18-year-old Ivon Cobbs and injured three others.
  22. Arthur Green Jr., left, shown with wife Lena Young. He suffered a diabetic seizure while in the custody of Tampa police officers and died in July 2014. His family says officers restrained the 63-year-old man in a way that restricted his breathing and failed to use CPR to revive him, but their federal lawsuit was thwarted by the doctrine of qualified immunity, which shields government employees from civil liability when they’re accused of violating someone’s rights.
  23. William Green, 32, faces a murder charge and two counts of aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm after his 5-year-old daughter died from injuries police said Green inflicted.