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. Photos from Bay News 9 of storm damage in central Pinellas County caused by strong storms that moved through late Thursday night.
  2. Ronald Dickens, 42, of Nashville, faces a homicide charge out of Tennessee in the death of his wife, Shawnton Clay. The 30-year-old woman was found dead in their home this past weekend, Nashville police said. He was captured in St. Petersburg.
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  5. Pasco County's Fivay High School has added new security measures to keep the peace on campus.
  6. Jesse Michael Chester, 40, was arrested on 20 counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of video voyeurism, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Sir Richard Evans, 22, faces a charge of manslaughter, according to St. Petersburg police.
  11. 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.
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  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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  17. St. Petersburg police are looking for the driver of a white sedan who struck a bicyclist as he was crossing the Pinellas Trail at 49th Street S on Nov. 1. The bicyclist survived.
  18. Jeremy Guerrero, 31, was arrested on charges of DUI manslaughter and driving with a license suspended or revoked involving death, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. He's accused of being impaired by methamphetamines when troopers said he caused a crash on Interstate 75 that killed a woman early Friday.
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  20. 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.
  21. 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.
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