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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. In this Jun 19, 2009, photo, drivers and passengers wait for their turn to receive a citation for watching illegal drag racing on 4th Street North in St. Petersburg.
  2. Alligator trapper Phil Walters (standing) and a colleague remove an alligator from the Hillsborough River at Water Works Park in Tampa earlier this month.
  3. A crash in Tampa killed a 55-year-old driver on her birthday Wednesday night, according to the Tampa Police Department.
  4. The headquarters of Port Tampa Bay in Tampa's Channel District on Oct. 18, 2022.
  5. Deputies are seeking the driver of the circled silver SUV above, captured in surveillance footage.
  6. Members of the Clearwater Fire Department saved a woman from a sinking car in a pond Saturday morning in Largo.
  7. An updated spaghetti model showing the potential paths of Hurricane Nicole.
  8. A federal indictment alleges Matthew Meredith, 39, purchased this home at 5238 62nd Ave S for more than $2 million with money stolen from the IRS. If convicted, Meredith could face up to 75 years in prison.
  9. Dozens of antisemitic flyers were discovered on the front lawns of residences in St. Petersburg’s Central Oak Park neighborhood over the weekend, police say.
  10. North Nebraska Avenue is closed for a two-block stretch in Seminole Heights after a deadly crash involving a pedestrian and a bus, Tampa police said.
  11. Two dachshunds were shot during the armed robbery. The dog on the right died from its injuries.
  12. All northbound lanes of I-75 are closed after a fatal car crash Wednesday evening, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Northbound traffic is being diverted onto Gibsonton Drive.
  13. The skeletal remains were found outside a vacant house on the 200 block of W. Emily Street in the Tampa Heights neighborhood.
  14. Raymond Johnson, 27, was arrested Monday in connection with a fatal Clearwater shooting in May. He is charged with second-degree murder.
  15. One person was killed and another was sent to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries after a shooting at a Temple Terrace gas station, authorities say. Temple Terrace Police Department officers are looking for the shooter.
  16. Tampa police Chief Mary O'Connor speaks during a news conference Monday in Tampa. O’Connor announced that two men had been arrested in connection with a shooting that occurred outside LIT Cigar & Martini Lounge on Oct. 9, killing a 30-year-old man and sending four men and two women to nearby hospitals with gunshot injuries.
  17. Los oficiales del Departamento de Policía de Tampa encontraron a su madre y a uno de los cachorros corriendo en un concurrido vecindario de West Tampa. Después de llevarlos a la Sociedad Protectora de Animales, regresaron al área para investigar y encontraron seis cachorros más dentro de una maleta. Trajeron a los cachorros a la organización, donde se reunieron con su madre y su compañero de camada. [Sociedad Protectora de Animales de la Bahía de Tampa]
  18. Some of the six puppies Tampa Police Department officers found inside a suitcase look out from a crate at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Officers were investigating after finding a dog and one of her puppies running in a busy West Tampa neighborhood. The puppies were taken to the Humane Society, where they were reunited with their mother and another littermate.
  19. A vehicle fire blocked multiple lanes of traffic on the Howard Frankland Bridge Thursday afternoon. No one was injured, according to Sgt. Steve Gaskins, a spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol.
  20. Carson Senfield, a student at the University of Tampa, was fatally shot early in the morning of September 17 after police said he attempted to get into a car while the driver was in the front seat.
  21. "Swatting" involves the false report of an active shooter meant to elicit a large mobilization of first responders.
  22. Vivian Herrero, left, and Christopher Ferguson both face criminal charges for their actions at a Tarpon Springs pain clinic, law enforcement officials say.
  23. Zachary Carter, 30, turned himself into the Pasco County Detention Center on Thursday. He is facing a sexual battery charge.
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