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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. Tampa restaurateur Richard Gonzmart posted this Facebook photo of the aftermath of Thursday's deadly Bayshore Boulevard crash. The driver of the pickup, who was later arrested, can be seen on the right, lying on the sidewalk after being thrown from the truck, Gonzmart wrote.
    The Tampa restaurateur watched the deadly crash take place. He wrote a detailed account about it on Facebook.
  2. Gregory Olson, 68, of Clearwater, was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving bodily injuring, driving with a suspended license and failure to obey a traffic control device after hitting a school crossing guard and driving off, according to Clearwater police.
    After striking the crossing guard, police said the man tried to escape in his Honda Accord. But other drivers blocked him in.
  3. About 4,000 or so Duke Energy customers in Pinellas County lost power on Tuesday night. It was the second major power outage of the day.
    About 35,000 customers lost power earlier Tuesday. That night, nearly 5,000 also found themselves without electricity.
  4. Sir Richard Evans, 22, faces a charge of manslaughter, according to St. Petersburg police.
    An 18-year-old was shot on Nov. 25 and died days later, according to St. Petersburg police.
  5. The victim in Friday's shooting at a Tampa police officer's home has been identified as 15-year-old Bradley Hulett of Lithia. Hulett is pictured here on the Facebook page of Operation Lotus, a Hillsborough County non-profit that supports families coping with tragedy and is raising money for Hulett's family.
    Bradley Hulett, 15, was described as sweet, intelligent and charismatic.
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    “With guns you always want to assume they’re loaded,” said a Hillsborough sheriff’s captain.
  7. Traffic backing up on southbound Interstate 275 on the Howard Frankland Bridge Thursday evening after the Florida Highway Patrol said a fatal crash took place hours earlier.
    The collision of two pickups left traffic snarled for hours.
  8. Andre Clemens, 24, was arrested on two counts of attempted murder, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Tampa police.
    Andre Clemens faces two counts of attempted murder. Tampa police have said little about the shooting near E Fowler Avenue.
  9. Largo police are looking for a man accused of sexually battering and robbing a woman inside a massage business on E Bay Drive on Dec. 8.
    The incident took place on Sunday and police are searching for a suspect.
  10. The wounded man had been involved in past arguments with Benjamin Franklin Sims Jr., police said. But on Friday it led to gunfire.