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Jamal Thalji - Night Editor

Night 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. Dontavius Williams, 20, faces a charge of first-degree murder, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
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  3. Laramie VanTreeck, 30, faces a charge of DUI manslaughter, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
  4. Ronale Divad Johnson, 45, faces one count of sexual battery and three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
  5. Ryan Allen, 32, faces a charge of DUI manslaughter, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  6. Aerial view overlooking the site of the Piney Point wastewater release on Sunday, April 4, 2021 in Palmetto.
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  8. Bianca Marchand faces charges of second-degree murder and carrying a concealed firearm, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
  9. The Florida Highway Patrol released dashboard-camera images of a vehicle that troopers believe ran over a 54-year-old man on March 25 as he lay on Sun City Center Boulevard near Balm Wimauma Road. The man died of his injuries.
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  14. Members of KnowBe4's human resources department meet in a conference room in March 2019 in its Clearwater headquarters. Now valued at $1 billion, KnowBe4 has filed for an initial public offering and wants to raise up to $100 million.
  15. Screenshots from a TikTok video that show an 18-year-old handcuffed Pasco County man who authorities say escaped from the back of a police SUV and ran from officers on Clearwater Beach on Wednesday evening.
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  21. Ledsuy Sanchez Sanchez, 20, faces charges of second-degree murder, attempted murder with a firearm and two counts of tampering with physical evidence, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
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  23. Jesse Carlisle, 38, left, and Brenna Powers, 36, right, face first-degree murder charges for selling the fentanyl used in a fatal overdose, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.