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Tony Marrero - Hillsborough Law Enforcement Reporter

Hillsborough Law Enforcement Reporter

A Baltimore native, I've lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1998 and have been a reporter here for nearly that long. I joined the Times in 2009 and have covered beats ranging from from education to criminal courts. I now cover breaking news and general assignment stories in the Tampa bureau, which means I never know exactly what will come my way on any given day. I like that variety and enjoy digging to tell readers more about the big stories of the day.

  1. Francisco Galvan faces a third-degree murder charge after he and two people he drove to a planned marijuana deal at the Park at Valenza Apartments in Temple Terrace on Jan. 7 were shot, one of them fatally, records show.
  2. Vakarvery Scott is pictured on athletics website of Trinity International University, where he played football in 2019 after graduating from Hillsborough High School. Scott, 20, was arrested last month on charges of second degree murder and aggravated assault in the Dec. 1 shooting of Savannah Mathis and her sister in West Tampa.
  3. Francisco Cabrera, 27, pictured in a Hillsborough County booking photo from September, was shot by law enforcement and arrested on Wednesday after shooting at officers during a pursuit from Plant City to Lakeland, authorities said.
  4. Tamika Lorde, 30, was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend Trent Diggs in her Thonotosassa apartment last month, Hillsborough authorities say. A grand jury has indicted Diggs on multiple charges, including first-degree murder.
  5. A man walks by a memorial for Asucena "Susie" Gomez-Hernandez along North 15th Street in Tampa in 2020. The 14-year-old Tampa girl was killed in a hit-and-run crash in January of that year. The driver, Nakeeba Ryan, recently signed a plea agreement that will have her serve 60 days in the county jail. Hillsborough County made safety improvements to that portion of 15th Street after the crash and more improvements are planned for this year, officials said.
  6. “He was a guardian at heart,” said John-Michael Elms, who knew Christopher Former for nearly a decade.
  7. Officers responding to a shooting call at Tampa's Takomah Trail Park on Tuesday found a man with gunshot wounds, police said. He died at the scene.
  8. An 18-year-old man was found fatally shot Tuesday in Tampa's Grant Park neighborhood, police said.
  9. Ruben "Butch" Delgado, Tampa's interim police chief, at podium, will host the first in a series of community forums on gun violence Tuesday.
  10. Before crews could enter a Clearwater parking garage this week a structural engineer had to check for safety after a stairwell collapsed. The body of a construction was recovered Wednesday morning.
  11. Clearwater police Chief Dan Slaughter, left, talks with other officials on Wednesday in front of the parking garage where a worker was killed two days earlier when a stairwell partially collapsed. At a news conference, Slaughter identified the worker as 23-year-old Mitchel Klock, owner of M Klock Welding Services.
  12. Bullet holes show where Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies opened fire on a pickup truck in Riverview last December, killing 27-year-old Dylan Ray Scott. Deputies said Scott appeared to be reaching for a gun. The Sheriff’s Office said it has been reporting use-of-force incidents like these but the FBI says it's not.
  13. A structural joint on the westbound shoulder of the Park Boulevard Bridge in Pinellas County is one of four on the bridge that have been painted bright orange to make them more visible to cyclists. The move comes after friends of cyclist Sherry Nowotarski blamed one of the joints for the cyclist's fatal crash in October.
  14. Tuesday morning's shooting happened at a home on Longcrest Drive in Riverview. An 88-year-old man was killed after he charged at a Hillsborough deputy, who was not injured in the incident.
  15. Adam Hasebroock, of Tampa, seen here in 2018 after winning first overall in the TRI Pasco triathlon, was killed Nov. 4 when he was struck by a car while riding his bike on Lizards Tail Road in New Tampa. Police arrested the driver, Dr. Philip Henkin, on a charge of vehicular homicide.
  16. SPPD Officer Cody Csendom, 26, was arrested on a DUI charge early Monday after striking several utility poles in his personal truck, deputies said.
  17. The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for the driver of a Mercury Grand Marquis who fled the scene after striking and killing a 56-year-old man as he worked on a disabled vehicle on U.S. 92 in Dover on Monday.
  18. A Florida appeals court has dismissed a class action petition filed by the ACLU of Florida on behalf of 11 people being held in the Manatee County jail and the  Sarasota County jail, seen above in a Google image from 2019. The civil rights group says the petitioners are being held on unaffordable bail amounts in violation of their constitutional right to due process.
  19. The ACLU of Florida on Monday filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of Florida and sheriffs in Manatee and Sarasota counties on behalf of people being held in county jails in lieu of bail amounts they can't afford. That's a violation of their due process rights, the lawsuit says.
  20. Daniel L. Hernandez's 2020 Ford Mustang is seen after a collision Aug. 20 on North Dale Mabry Highway. Hernandez, an off-duty detention deputy for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, crashed into a car carrying Peter and Krista Richter as the couple was crossing Dale Mabry. Krista Richter died nine days later.
  21. Sherry Nowotarski, shown here at Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor last year, was riding her bike across the Park Boulevard Bridge in Pinellas County last month when she fell and landed in the right lane. She was struck and killed by a passing car.
  22. Then-Tampa police Captain Ruben "Butch" Delgado, center, and then-police Chief Jane Castor, right, attend an event at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg in 2014. Delgado is now serving as interim police chief and is a presumed internal candidate as Castor, now Tampa's mayor, searches for someone to fill the post left vacant by Brian Dugan, who retired last month. Also pictured is then Major Mike Baumaister, who is no longer with the department.
  23. Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri briefs the media last week after a St. Petersburg police officer shot 17-year-old Christopher Deon Tonsel. Gualtieri said it happened after Officer Leighton Williams saw a gun in Tonsel's waistband and ordered him to drop it, but Tonsel instead pulled out the gun and pointed it at Williams.