Laura Morel

Laura Morel was a Tampa Bay Times reporter covering law enforcement and courts in Pinellas County.

  1. Nicholas Lindsey was 16 when he killed a police officer in 2011. He was hoping for a reduced sentence after state law was changed in response to a Supreme Court decision.
  2. LAURA MOREL | TIMES Three people, including a law enforcement officer, are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital after a car crash this afternoon at Missouri Avenue and Drew Street, authorities said. The collision occurred shortly after 4 p.m., said police spokesman Rob Shaw. The injured individuals, whose names have not been released, were transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg and St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa Shaw said. The Clearwater police officer's black, unmarked Dodge Charger was badly damaged when it collided with the other car, a Honda. Police said the injured officer radioed for help after the impact. It remains unclear what caused the accident. Authorities are investigating.
  3. Aug. 14, 2013• Archive
    A man could get a life sentence after stabbing his former girlfriend 32 times.
  4. Sheriff's officials say an argument in the couple's mobile home led to the fatal shooting.
  5. May 23, 2013• Archive
    Two Seffner homes near the site where a man died are being torn down.
  6. Authorities say a man bought a fillet knife to stab a bartender.
  7. James Klingbeil, 50, was at the Red Lion Pub at 1407 Gulf Blvd. about 11 p.m. when he began to argue with a bartender who refused to sell him alcohol because he was already intoxicated, deputies said.
  8. Apr. 19, 2013• Archive
    Could a Texas-type explosion happen in Tampa Bay? Officials say it's unlikely.
  9. Though a big ammonia player, Central Florida seems to have less risk.