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Jack Evans - Breaking News and Pasco County Crime/Courts Reporter

Breaking News and Pasco County Crime/Courts Reporter

I cover crime, court cases and law enforcement in Pasco County, as well as breaking news across the Tampa Bay area. 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. Sydney Holton, left, and her friend Jordan Lewis yell for beads along the Gasparilla parade route on Saturday.
    A week and a half after the boulevard’s latest high-profile traffic death, pedestrians got the whole road to themselves.
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    Eleven birds were seized from the property, all with injuries and other signs of fighting.
  3. Ralph Wald and his wife, Johnna Flores, leave the Orient Road Jail on May 30, 2013, after Wald was acquitted in the fatal shooting of her lover.
    Ralph Wald shot and killed his wife’s lover in their home in 2013, but a jury found him not guilty. Now he’s charged with manslaughter in the September death of a woman in his home.
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    Crash took place just before 1 a.m., troopers said. Deceased hasn’t yet been identified.
  5. Two babirusa pigs are shown at Lowry Park Zoo in this photo from 1995. A Tampa Bay couple is accused of distributing remnants from exotic animal species, including a babirusa skill.
    Novita Indah and Larry Malugin sold more than 3,000 items made from the animals over a period of more than five years, federal officials said.
  6. Cocoa Police Department video shows A.J. Plonsky being taken to a mental health facility under the Florida Baker Act on his first day of middle school, August 10, 2018.
    Never intended to be used on children, the 1970s law in increasingly applied in schools.
  7. Left: Beverly Bobrick, shown in an undated photo, was killed in 2005. (Photo courtesy of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church) Middle: Det. Lisa Schoneman, pictured during a 2011 press conference, lead the Bobrick investigation from the beginning. She retired in 2014. (Times 2011) Right: Brian Stoll committed a series of burglaries near Bobrick's home around the time of her death. In late 2019, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office announced he'd been arrested in Bobrick's murder. (Pasco County Sheriff's Office)
    Of all the homicide investigations Lisa Schoneman ran from the beginning, the killing of 79-year-old Beverly Bobrick was her last unsolved one.
  8. The driver of a Ford F-150 was killed Wednesday after the truck crashed into the back of a Hernando County school bus near Weeki Wachee, troopers said. Six children were treated for minor injuries.
    The crash happened Wednesday morning near U.S. 19 and Bourassa Boulevard. Deputies said the victim, a Crystal River man, died at the scene, while seven students were taken to hospitals with minor...
  9. This image from a Cocoa Police Department video shows 12-year-old A.J. Plonsky being taken from school to a mental health facility under Florida's Baker Act in 2018. Children are typically handcuffed and placed in police cars when they are committed. New legislation proposes a number of changes, including a requirement that law enforcement officers use "the least restrictive mode of restraint” possible when transporting students under the Baker Act.
    Lawmakers Jennifer Webb and Gayle Harrell craft legislation addressing many of the flaws uncovered in a Times investigation.
  10. Benjamin Douglas Ehas, 31, of Tampa, faces charges of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide after Tampa police said he struck and killed a man on Bayshore Boulevard's scenic sidewalk on Thursday.
    The driver of a Pinch A Penny truck faces charges of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in Thursday’s deadly crash. Residents renewed calls to make Bayshore safer.