Kavitha Surana - Breaking News Reporter — Courts

Breaking News Reporter — Courts

I cover everything that happens after dark in the Tampa Bay area — and then some. I love being a reporter because it means my job is to ask questions and to talk to people from all walks of life. I’m always working to uncover the stories behind the “story” and hold powerful institutions to account. When I’m not out reporting in the community, you can usually find me digging into public records or scouring the internet for sources. My past reporting has taken me to some far-flung places, from Italy and Germany to Rwanda and the U.S.-Mexico border. Now my energy is focused on getting to know the hidden pockets of Tampa Bay. If you’d like to teach me something about this area — maybe show me a day in your life or tell me about something that’s not right in your community — drop me a line at You can also reach me securely on Signal at 646-463-1817. También puedes contactarte conmigo en español.

  1. Graham Ivan Clark, 17, of Tampa, was the "mastermind" of a July 15 Twitter hack scheme, prosecutors say. Now, records show he is part of the investigation into a fatal home invasion in January at an apartment in the Citrus Park area. At left is a message sent when Apple's Twitter account was hacked. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office | Twitter]
  2. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]
  3. A Tampa police officer held his pistol on Joneshia Wilkerson and a passenger for more than four minutes June 18, 2020 while waiting for backup. [Tampa Police Department]
  4. Christopher Michael Zdrodowski, 42, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail just before 3 a.m. Sunday on a manslaughter charge. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  5. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri helped create a new method of investigating use of force incidents by law enforcement officers in the county. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  6. Renee Dermott, a teacher at Seven Springs Middle School in Pasco County, recently tested positive for COVID-19. She has received an outpouring of support from her community including donations to an online fundraiser for her family. [Courtesy of Nicole Dermott]
  7. Spencer, a chocolate Boykin spaniel that fell off a boat in Tampa Bay on the night of July 18, 2020. [Joaquin Diaz]
  8. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]
  9. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]
  10. A single-family, wood-frame house at 11515 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Seffner went up in flames on Sunday morning. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue is investigating the cause. [Hillsborough County Fire Rescue]
  11. The Robinson sisters Jerai, 16, left and Janasia, 14, pose for a photograph Friday in Largo. The sisters and two friends Vanna Allen, 16, and Sharyah Felton, 16, were arrested Tuesday by Pinellas sheriff's deputies while walking home from a condo pool. The Sheriff's Office said the girls ignored a deputy's commands to stop walking away, then physically resisted attempts to detain them. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  12. A Tampa police officer held his pistol on a motorist and her passenger for more than four minutes on June 18 while waiting for backup. He pulled them over to investigate a report of a stolen vehicle, but the driver recorded her own video that soon went viral. [Tampa Police Department]
  13. St. Petersburg police Chief Anthony Holloway, left, wears a mask as he speaks with protestors outside City Hall on June 6. The department said 15 officers and a civilian employee recently tested positive for COVID-19. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  14. Jason Stuart Flores, far right, a St. Petersburg activist, faces charges including criminal mischief in connection with a confrontation Saturday during a protest near Hyde Park Village. Flores is shown here during a June 13 Black Lives Matter demonstration in Tampa. [Courtesy of Alicia Norris]
  15. Masks are now part of the uniform for employees at businesses such as Brandon Crossroad Bowl. As coronavirus cases rise, Hillsborough County imposed a mask requirement under many circumstances for anyone venturing out in public. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  16. Protesters at the Orient Road Jail to demand the release of a man taken into custody after a car drove through their march. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  17. Bon Secours Maria Manor nursing home in St. Petersburg, where COVID-19 has quickly spread through the memory care unit. [DIEZ, CHERIE  |  St. Petersburg Times]
  18. Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan, shown in this 2019 file photo, said officers feel worn down by weeks of protests and media scrutiny.
  19. Protestors lie on the ground Sunday evening on Beach Drive in St. Petersburg. [HELEN FREUND  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  20. A Tampa police officer held his pistol on a motorist and her passenger for more than four minutes Thursday while waiting for backup. He pulled them over on suspicion of car theft but both were later released. [Tampa Police Department]
  21. Jordan Belliveau,a  2-year-old Largo boy who police say died in 2018 after his mother inflicted head trauma in 2018. Child welfare investigators missed several warning signs before his death, according to a state report. [Courtesy Rep. Chris Latvala]
  22. Quinton Desamours recently quit his job at Publix in Fort Myers, FL, after they told him he could not wear a mask that had "BLM" for Black Lives Matter written on it. [(AP Photo/Andrea Melendez/The News-Press/USA Today Florida Network)]
  23. Bon Secours Maria Manor nursing home at 10300 Fourth St. N in St. Petersburg. [DIEZ, CHERIE  |  St. Petersburg Times]