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Matt Cohen - Breaking News Reporter

Breaking News Reporter

I'm a Washington D.C. native who became a Hoosier at Indiana University, where I'll be a senior in the fall. I'm covering breaking news in Tampa after having previously interned at The Oregonian. You can probably find me writing and drinking a cold brew in a coffee shop or watching a Washington Nationals game. I love telling stories and (I think) I'm ready for the Florida summer heat.

  1. Anna Elise Potter has been arrested after she helped a group steal 88 cellphones — worth at least $70,000 —  from a St. Petersburg AT&T store in May, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.
  2. James Evans, 35, was arrested Tuesday and faces charges including impersonating a public officer, sexual battery on a victim over 18, grand theft third degree, kidnapping and two counts of false imprisonment.
  3. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said 22 weapons and numerous narcotics were seized by deputies who executed a search warrant at 17190 Jennifer Lane in Brooksville.
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  5. Stephen Patterson is facing charges of leaving the scene of a crash with death and driving while license canceled, suspended or revoked.
  6. Jordan Patrick Leahy, shown in this 2019 jail booking photo from a previous arrest, is facing criminal charges after a road rage incident in which he used a Nazi salute, racial slurs and threatened a mass shooting, Pinellas deputies say.
  7. Among the most popular animal attractions in Tampa are the African penguins at the Florida Aquarium, left, and the stingrays at ZooTampa. The institutions are still investigating mass deaths of the animals in recent weeks.
  8. David Gregory Bell, 37, has been arrested on a charge of leaving a fatal accident.
  9. A car rests in a pond just off Brandon Boulevard after a crash Sunday. The man driving the car suffered serious injuries.
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  11. Rajaheshwar Parsanlal of Tampa was arrested Sunday after shooting at Tampa Police Department officers, police said.
  12. Joana Peca, 27, was found dead from gunshot wounds near Woodlawn Memorial Gardens cemetery. St. Petersburg Police Department officers are still investigating suspects.
  13. Girls Inc. of Pinellas is one of 78 organizations within the Girls Inc. group awarded a $10 million award for their work.
  14. Hernando County Sheriff's deputies are looking for George Max Badillo, who is to testify in a homicide trial.
  15. Two people are dead and others are injured, including children, after a crash in St. Petersburg, according to police.
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  18. Because of absences from a COVID-19 resurgence, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue is calling in firefighters who don't usually work at fire stations in order to fill its shifts.
  19. The damage after an SUV and a sedan crashed Friday morning on McMullen Booth Road in Palm Harbor.
  20. The National Weather Service office for Tampa Bay shows high temperatures today, as well as chances for rain this afternoon and this evening.
  21. Vincent Donnell Evans Jr., 24, was arrested this week on charges of first degree murder in the June shooting of 41-year-old Benjamin Goff at the Landmark Motel.
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  23. Teens started slowly then warmed up to an energetic bucket-drumming session, a way to get them working together during a week-long LGBTQ+ camp at Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg.