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. St. Petersburg motorcyclist , Stephen Mathowsky, 49, died Tuesday from injuries he suffered in a March 12 crash at the intersection of Central Avenue and 20th Street, the St. Petersburg Police Department said Wednesday.
  2. A gunshot was fired into the front door of Tampa’s Mons Venus strip club early Sunday morning after security guards encountered a man who was wielding a gun and wearing a “red and black devil mask” as he tried to get inside, police said.
  3. Brad Thorne, 33, was arrested Thursday and faces a manslaughter charge in connection to the death of his 9-year-old son, according to court records.
  4. A person driving a bus hit a pedestrian Friday evening near the University of South Florida campus.
  5. Bicyclist Mindy Miran Yi, 36, was hit from behind by a person driving an unknown vehicle Thursday night, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. She died Friday.
  6. A 55-year-old Palm Harbor man on a bicycle was killed when he was hit by a 41-year-old Palm Harbor man driving an SUV on Alt. US 19 in Palm Harbor on Thursday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  7. A New Port Richey man was convicted in federal court of charges related to the distribution of fentanyl that led to the overdose death of a man. He was sentenced to life on Tuesday.
  8. Thomas Sapp of Tampa faces charges of first-degree, premeditated murder, sexual battery causing serious injury and child neglect related to the death of Mekiyana Williams, whose body was found in a Hillsborough apartment Tuesday with an infant, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The baby was unharmed.
  9. Brian Horne, the vice president of sales and marketing with 3 Daughter Brewing, talks about his colleague and friend, Ty Weaver, at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg on Friday. Weaver, the head brewer at 3 Daughters, was killed in a crash on the Sunshine Skyway bridge Thursday, the brewery's owner told the Times.
  10. This provided file photo shows Ty Weaver, head brewer at 3 Daughters Brewing. Mike Harting, the owner of 3 Daughters Brewing, confirmed to the Times that Weaver was the motorcyclist killed on the Sunshine Skyway bridge Thursday morning.
  11. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating a dead body found in a Hillsborough County apartment.
  12. Personal injury lawyer Christopher Michael Reynolds was arrested Monday, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced at a news conference. He faces multiple grand theft charges after authorities say he stole settlement money from at least 16 clients.
  13. James Brucia, 64, was booked into Pasco County Jail and is facing two fraud charges. His bail is set at $100,000, according to jail records.
  14. Hernando County deputies are searching for this missing 2-year-old boy.
  15. Eric Nelson Brown, 55, was booked into Pasco County Jail on Monday. He is facing a charge of murder and being held without bail, according to jail records.
  16. A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while crossing Seminole Boulevard in Largo, then was hit by a second vehicle, according to police. The man died from his injuries. Authorities say the driver of the second vehicle did not stop, and the Largo Police Department is seeking information about that person.
  17. Actress Irene Cara poses during an interview in Los Angeles, on July 2,1990. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
  18. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Richard Martin as the newest judge on the Hillsborough County Court, filling the vacancy created when former judge Susan Lopez was appointed as Hillsborough County's top prosecutor.
  19. Billy Bennett Adams III, left, sits beside Assistant Public Defender Donna Perry during his murder trial on Jan. 24 in Tampa.
  20. Yoandy Mora-Perez, 38, was arrested Saturday and faces charges including felony murder in connection to a Pasco County shootout in which a man was killed and a Florida Highway Patrol trooper was injured, according to authorities.
  21. Clarissa Cubby, 53, was booked into Pinellas County Jail on Thursday. She is facing a charge of second-degree murder in connection to a fatal stabbing in Tampa's Robles Park neighborhood.
  22. County Commissioner Rene Flowers speaks during a Black History Matters press conference on the steps of City Hall, Wednesday in St. Petersburg.
  23. Mike Kinnard, of Palm Harbor, deploys a pair of rigs while pursuing his quarry — blacktip sharks and spotted sea bass — off the shallows of the Dunedin Causeway on Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023, where a dense fog advisory remained in place through 10 a.m., blanketing Pinellas, Polk, and portions of Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Manatee counties as a ridge of high pressure continues to dominate weather conditions over Florida, keeping multiple upper-level disturbances from sliding into the area through most of the week, according to the National Weather Service in Ruskin.