Leonora LaPeter Anton - Former Times Reporter

Former Times Reporter

  1. Blood and Truth: The Podcast is back with a new episode.
  2. English teacher Philip Belcastro has fun with students by wearing different outfits during class at St. Petersburg High School.
  3. A man was shot and killed in a Wesley Chapel parking lot on Friday night, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reported.
  4. Inmate William Thomas "Tommy" Zeigler, on Florida's death row in Union Correctional Institution, hopes that DNA testing of evidence in his case will set him free.
  5. Pat Myers, seen here in August 2022, pauses at the gravesite where his sister and her family are buried, at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia. The Walker family was murdered on December 19, 1959, and Myers has long hoped for closure as the murder remains one of the oldest unsolved cases in the state.
  6. Inmate William Thomas "Tommy" Zeigler has maintained his innocence and sought DNA testing to prove it for decades. In this image, he sat on Florida's Death Row in Union Correctional Institution in Raiford on June 21, 2018.
  7. Inmate William Thomas "Tommy" Zeigler was convicted of the murders of his wife, in-laws and another man in his furniture store on Christmas Eve in 1975 in Winter Garden. Now he hopes DNA testing will reveal his innocence.
  8. Inmate William Thomas "Tommy" Zeigler, photographed on Florida's Death Row in Union Correctional Institution, Raiford, Fla. on June 21, 2018. Zeigler was convicted of the murders of his wife, in-laws and another man in his furniture store on Christmas Eve in 1975 in Winter Garden, Fla.
  9. The Shell Factory and Nature Park damaged sign pictured on Sept. 30, 2022, in North Fort Myers. Hurricane Ian cost the complex thousands in damages by knocking out power, damaging the roof, carpet, nature park, and ruining restaurant and animal food.
  10. Traffic is seen stopped along the northbound lanes of I-75 near Sumter Boulevard Friday. Flooding has shutdown both the north and south lanes until Saturday afternoon.
  11. From left to right: Chris Iovanna, 31, Justin Short, 35, and Nick Patel, 38, work to place shutters on their restaurant, the Soda Fountain of Venice, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Venice, Fla. Venice residents are preparing for the impacts of Hurricane Ian.
  12. Carrie Norris poses for a picture with her 11-year-old Shih-Tzu, Berand, in front of her Wimauma home. Moving to the suburbs came with tradeoffs.
  13. Annie Shockley, who is also known as Annie Robertson, is facing child neglect charges.
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  15. One Friday last July, siblings Bianca Torres, 11, and Sebastian Torres, 9, balance on a tree swing outside their Pembroke Pines home. Their mother watches, knowing how aware they are that finances are tight. Since their father stopped paying child support, she can’t afford to fix the hole in her roof and has pulled the plug on the children’s extracurriculars.
  16. Tommy Zeigler in 2019 on Florida's Death Row at Union Correctional Institution. Zeigler was convicted in the Christmas Eve 1975 killing of his wife, in-laws and another man at his family’s furniture store in Winter Garden, just outside Orlando. Zeigler was shot in the stomach that night and has maintained that he was the victim of a robbery. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  17. Melody Engle brings up the amberjack she shot in the Gulf of Mexico. Engle started spearfishing about five years ago and is captain of the women's USA spearfishing team that will compete in Italy next month.
  18. Tommy Zeigler photographed on Florida's death row in 2018.
  19. Henry Sireci in an early mugshot.
  20. Tommy Zeigler has been on death row since 1976.
  21. Joseph Bethune, 62 of St. Petersburg raises his fist while observing the newly installed marker at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street and Second Ave South on Tuesday morning. 

On Nov. 12, 1914, John Evans a black laborer from Dunnellon was condemned by a secret council of 15 of St. Petersburg’s most influential citizens. He was then turned over to a mob of 1500 white residents and murdered. The location is where a mob hung and shot Evans, then sold postcards of the gruesome murder. 

The mission of the Pinellas Remembers Community Remembrance Project Coalition(CRPC) is to bear witness to the legacy of racial terror, epitomized by lynchings in America.
  22. Gwendolyn Reese, 71, president of the African American Heritage Association and a lifelong resident of St. Petersburg, poses near the intersection where, on Nov. 12, 1914, the public lynching of John Evans occurred. On Feb. 23, 2021, a memorial will be placed near the site.
  23. An outbreak. Evacuations. Forty families shattered.