Matt Cohen - Breaking news reporter

Breaking news reporter

I'm a Washington D.C. native and Indiana University alum who packed his candy-striped pants to move back down to the Gulf. As a former Tampa Bay Times intern, I enjoyed reporting in this vast and vibrant community — and certainly the hours spent relaxing on the beach. Or if I'm not writing, you'll find me watching baseball or trying a new restaurant. I love telling stories, and sharing the voices of those here in Tampa Bay. So send me your stories, I'm always listening. (I also love to cook but am not good at it, so recipes are always appreciated, too — especially if they have Old Bay).

  1. Check for the latest breaking news and updates.
  2. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister speaks to reporters during a security briefing at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office last month in Tampa. The sheriff's office was one of several local agencies to send help to southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian.
  3. Duke Energy trucks are staged the parking lot at Tropicana Field in preparation for Hurricane Ian on Wednesday in St. Petersburg.
  4. Residents get their first look at devastation caused by Hurricane Ian on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Bonita Beach.
  5. Video from the Lee County Sheriff shows a destroyed road in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
  6. Waves crash along the Ballast Point Pier ahead of Hurricane Ian, Wednesday in Tampa. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Ian's most damaging winds have begun hitting Florida's southwest coast as the storm made landfall.
  7. Hurricane Ian threatens to bring dangerous winds and storm surge to the Tampa Bay area, which was placed under a hurricane watch on Monday morning.
  8. This graphic from the National Hurricane Center shows Tropical Depression Nine's location and forecast cone as of 8 p.m. Friday. The forecast shows the storm could approach Florida as a major hurricane next week.
  9. 5th grade teacher Tyler Faulkner was arrested by New Port Richey police Thursday after he was accused of abusing a student. He was placed on paid administrative leave by Pasco County Schools.
  10. Deanna and Andrew Joseph Jr. react after a jury awarded them $15 million in damages in the federal wrongful death lawsuit against Hillsborough County sheriff’s officials in the death of their son, Andrew Joseph III, Thursday in Tampa.
  11. Forecasters were watching three tropical disturbances and two named storms Wednesday. One of the disturbances, shown in red, has a 90% chance of further development over the next five days and could make its way into the Gulf of Mexico next week.
  12. Tropical Storm Gaston formed Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is the second active named storm in the Atlantic right now.
  13. This graphic from the National Hurricane Center shows Tropical Storm Fiona's location and forecast cone as of 8 p.m. Friday.
  14. Elvis Becukic, 22, was arrested after officers said they caught him racing another driver on the Clearwater Memorial Causeway. The officer said Becukic was observed driving “at least 100 miles per hour,” but according to his arrest report, Becukic told them he had been going 120 mph.
  15. Brian Streeter, at left, and Jay Saxe, were arrested this week as part of a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office sex sting operation, deputies said Friday. Each is accused of arranging to meet and pay for sex with someone he believed was a 14-year-old girl. Streeter, who worked for the Pinellas Park Fire Department, was fired after his arrest, officials say. Saxe owns a Kona Ice truck in Lakeland, deputies say.
  16. Tropical storm conditions from Tropical Storm Fiona are expected to hit the Leeward Islands on Friday evening, the National Hurricane Center said. Forecasters also are now watching a new tropical wave with a low chance of development in the next five days.
  17. A tropical depression formed in the Atlantic on Wednesday morning. Forecasters said late Wednesday afternoon that Tropical Depression Seven could develop into a tropical storm as soon as Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
  18. James John Melis, 52,  has been indicted on charges related to tuition money stolen from a private school in Tampa where he worked and a separate mortgage origination fraud scheme, federal authorities said Tuesday. He used the $1.1 million he stole to pay for vacations, jewelry and luxury items, officials said.
  19. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials work on May 31 near the site where the body of Sean McGuinness was found in Taylor Lake in Largo.
  20. Eduard Mariano Gallart Fortunato, 18, of Tampa, left, and Anthony Pasquale Cuffaro, 19, of Lutz were arrested early Sunday morning after racing at speeds up to 128 mph on the Gandy Bridge, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  21. The National Hurricane Center is watching Hurricane Earl and one other system in the Atlantic Friday evening.
  22. Jessica Ceron, 36, and Dexter Evans, 38, were arrested Wednesday and face child neglect charges after their two children were exposed to fentanyl, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.
  23. Federal investigators say this photo shows Jonathan Daniel Pollock, 23, of Lakeland standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The FBI on Friday announced that the reward leading to Pollock's arrest has been doubled, to $30,000.

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