McKenna Oxenden - Former Times Staffer

Former Times Staffer

  1. Pasco Fire Rescue responded to a call at 5:20 p.m. in New Port Richey for an SUV that had rolled at least once onto a bridge’s guardrail by Seven Springs Boulevard and Riverbank Drive. One person was trapped inside and after being extracted by Fire Rescue, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. [Pasco Fire Rescue]
  2. Pinellas Park SWAT officers at the April 10 scene where a husband who shot his wife was then fatally shot by officers after a long standoff. The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office has found that the actions of the two officers who killed the husband were justified. The wife later died of her injuries. [ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times]
  3. The bridge on 40th Avenue N leading to Shore Acres in St. Petersburg on April 8 is slated to reopen much sooner than initially planned. Originally scheduled to be closed until May 22, the bridge will reopen Friday at 7:30 a.m. This is due to coordinated efforts from the City’s Engineering and Capital Improvements Department, the Stormwater, Traffic and Pavement Operations Department, the engineer and the contractor and materials being delivered earlier than expected, according to the city. [Times (2018)]
  4. Members of the Pinellas Park police SWAT team at the scene where a husband barricaded himself in his home on April 10 after repeatedly shooting his wife at her workplace. He was later killed by police gunfire, and she was pronounced dead six days later on Tuesday, police said. [ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times]
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  7. Don Spicer, who served as mayor of St. Petersburg from 1969-71, died Jan. 29, 2019 at the age of 91. Spicer was a Barry Goldwater Republican who allied himself with Democrats to advocate for unions, racial equality and other progressive causes. [Courtesy of Ann Spicer O’Day]
  8. Zachery Baker, 31, an inmate in a Michigan prison, has long been a suspect in the 2014 murders of two Pasco County women. Now a grand jury has indicted him in that case, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, and he will be extradicted back to Florida to stand trial. [Michigan Department of Corrections]
  9. SWAT members at the scene where a suspect fled after a shooting at a medical building in Pinellas Park on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. The suspect shot his wife, who worked in the medical building, then fled the scene to a neighborhood behind the building. SWAT is searching for the suspect. [ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times]
  10. A Robinson R44 helicopter made an emergency landing Thursday on S 50th Street just north of Palm River Road in Tampa. It crashed into a power pole, causing one of its rotor blades to break off and fly into a nearby vehicle, killing the passenger. The pilot survived. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  11. New murder charges have been filed against one of the men arrested in connection with the Nov. 15 discovery of three bodies in a burning home in the Palm River-Clair Mel. Xavier Pierre Whitehead, left, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder with a firearm and one count of robbery with a firearm. He still faces a charge of armed burglary of a dwelling from his Dec. 1 arrest. He is the second man to face murder charges in this case. Last month, Ricky Wilkerson Jr., right, was arrested on three counts of first-degree murder, armed burglary of a dwelling and robbery with a firearm. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]
  12. William John Shutt, 31, faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and residential burglary. He is accused of shooting at a car during a March 27 road rage incident in the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood, killing one man and wounding another, according to St. Petersburg police. [Pinellas County Sheriff?s Office / BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times]
  13. Friends, family, and parents of 15-year-old Josiah Pinner (left) gather at the site in Tampa where he was struck and killed by an undercover Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office vehicle on Jan. 11. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  14. A Southwest flight bound for Los Angeles had to turn back to Tampa International Airport on Thursday evening and make an emergency landing. The Boeing 737-700 landed safely at 7:54 p.m. Airport spokeswoman Emily Nipps said the plane was experiencing a mechanical problem with its front landing gear. It flew for an hour and 46 minutes in circles over the Gulf of Mexico before landing. []
  15. St. Petersburg police released this composite sketch, left, of the gunman wanted in Wednesday's fatal shooting in the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood. This man was seen driving a blue 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe, right, that police believe fired on a black BMW that then crashed. One man was killed and another critically injured in the shooting. A $3,000 reward is being offered for information in this case. Anyone who wishes to be eligible for the award and remain anonymous should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477, send a tip online using or the P3 Tips mobile application. They can also call police at (727) 893-7780 or text SPPD plus the tip to TIP411. [St. Petersburg Police Department]
  16. La policía de San Petersburgo está buscando un Hyundai Santa Fe azul 2012 (arriba) que podría estar involucrado en un incidente con un BMW negro (abajo) que dejó a un hombre muerto y otro en estado crítico el miércoles en el vecindario histórico Old Northeast. Cualquier persona con información sobre el Hyundai, su conductor o el incidente debe llamar a la policía al (727) 893-7780 o enviar un mensaje de texto al SPPD más la pista a TIP411. [St. Departamento de Policía de San Petersburgo / BOYZELL HOSEY | Times]
  17. St. Petersburg police are searching for a blue 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe (top) that may be involved in a shooting incident with a black BMW (bottom) that left one man dead and another in critical condition on Wednesday in the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood. Anyone with information about the Hyundai, its driver or the incident is asked to call police at (727) 893-7780 or text SPPD plus the tip to TIP411. [St. Petersburg Police Department / BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times]
  18. The Jasmine Terrace apartments on Skipper Road was the scene of a domestic violence incident that led to a teen's shooting by a deputy, the Sheriff's Office said. [TONY MARRERO l Times]
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  20. WFLA Channel 8 morning news anchor Marco Villarreal was arrested Sunday March 24, 2019 by Tampa Police at his home. The 37-year-old was charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant female and is being held on a $7,500 bond at the Hillsborough County Jail, records show. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  21. El presentador de noticias de la mañana del Canal 8 de WFLA, Marco Villareal, fue arrestado el domingo 24 de marzo de 2019 por la policía de Tampa en su casa. Según muestran los registros, la mujer de 37 años fue acusada de agresión con agravantes en una mujer embarazada y se encuentra con una fianza de $7,500 en la cárcel del condado de Hillsborough. [Oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Hillsborough]
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