Jamal Thalji - Assistant Metro Editor

Assistant Metro Editor

I was raised on Florida’s Best Newspaper and dreamed of writing for it. I got my shot while at the University of South Florida, covering high school football and the weekend crime beat. I went on to cover the police, courts, business and sports beats. Now I’m an Assistant Metro Editor. I’m all about breaking news and deadline writing. Before I ended up behind an editor’s desk, I covered executions, hurricanes, wildfires, space shuttle launches and lots of football games. I have the honor of filing the last byline in the 113-year history of the St. Petersburg Times on Dec. 31, 2011, minutes before it became the Tampa Bay Times. Comic books get me through the pain of football season. Recently, I decided Superman > Batman.

  1. Officers arrived and helped treat the wounded man. Then he was rushed to a hospital.
  2. Helen Mention, 50, of Tampa, faces charges of DUI manslaughter, aggravated manslaughter of a child, careless driving and violating Florida’s child restraint law, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
    The 50-year-old was driving with the baby in her lap when she crashed into a guard rail, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  3. Victoria Jackson, 24, faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of her 10-month-old son, according to Clearwater police. This photo was taken after a 2017 arrest in Pinellas County.
    The child died in May. The Clearwater Police Department said the mother has now confessed to killing her son.
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    The eighth grader told another student he would “shoot up” the school. But St. Petersburg police did not say if the boy had access to firearms.
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    The police officer is credited with saving a man from a house fire, according to Pinellas Park police.
  6. Southbound Howard Frankland Bridge traffic was backing up into Tampa because of a multi-vehicle crash on the bridge blocking the lanes entering St. Petersburg, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. This view is from a Florida Department of Transportation.
    Just one lane into St. Petersburg is open, according to news reports. Drivers should find another way into Pinellas County.
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    The gun was in the backpack of a student at Hudson Elementary School. No one was injured and everyone did their job, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
  8. Dr. Harvey Partridge and his wife Pat were killed when their plane crashed on approach to Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Harvey Partridge founded St. Petersburg's Partridge Animal Hospital in 1978. This photo was posted in 2017 to the hospital's Facebook page.
    Harvey and Pat Partridge’s plane disappeared from the airport radar. The wreckage was found the next day.
  9. A semi-trailer truck fell onto an SUV on Interstate 4 on Friday night after a reported tornado touched down and crossed the highway near Lakeland. No one was injured.
    A tornado caused damage and power loss but no injuries in Pinellas County. In Polk County, I-4 drivers were fortunate no one was injured when another tornado crosses the interstate.
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    The 63-year-old crossing guard was hospitalized, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.