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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. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates.
    John Clark used a shotgun to kill his mother and another man. Then he returned to the crime scene with a shotgun, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
  2. Former Tarpon Springs police Officer Steven Bergren, seen in this 2012 picture with his K-9 partner Dobies Jr. Bergren resigned before he could be fired by the Tarpon Springs Police Department for threatening a mass shooting. Bergren said he was joking.
    The detective said he was joking. The Tarpon Springs Police Department said it would have fired him had he not resigned.
  3. Former nursing assistant Falo Kane, 32, of Clearwater, faces seven counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person. Clearwater police are now looking for more potential victims at other health care facilities.
    Falo Kane is accused of assaulting six patients at four facilities since 2016. Clearwater detectives want to know if there are other victims.
  4. Falo Kane, 32, of Clearwater, now faces four counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person and a violation of probation charge, according to police.
    Falo Kane now faces a total of seven counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person.
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    The 15-year-old student was arrested Monday after shouting the threat out loud, according to St. Petersburg police.
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    The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said it is obtaining a search warrant to start looking for evidence inside the house.
  7. Kevin Skaggs, 36, faces charges of extortion and driving with a suspended license, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says it caught the 36-year-old man with her dog. Now he faces a charge of extortion.
  8. St. Petersburg police Sgt. Lesandro Santiago was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence on Dec. 22. He resolved the criminal case and was demoted to officer by the department. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
    He pleaded no contest to the charge in court. Now the police department has demoted him to officer.
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    The 35-year-old inmate died by suicide, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
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    The pedestrian dodged one vehicle, police said, then stepped into the path of another.