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Tony Marrero - Day Cops, Hillsborough Sheriff, Tampa Police Department Reporter

Day Cops, Hillsborough Sheriff, Tampa Police Department 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. Cirila Díaz sostiene fotos de su esposo Agustín Pardo. Pardo recibió un disparo mortal en Plant City el 14 de enero mientras conducía por Colson Road, no lejos de su casa. Su familia describió al trabajador agrícola retirado como cuidadoso y trabajador.
  2. Cirila Diaz holds photos of her husband Agustin Pardo on Feb. 6. Pardo was fatally shot in Plant City on Jan. 14 while driving on Colson Road, not far from his home. His family described the retired farmworker as caring and hard-working.
  3. Ana Hernandez-Diaz, holding the microphone, speaks during a news conference Thursday in Tampa. Hernandez-Diaz's daughter, Asucena "Susie" Gomez- Hernandez, was taken off life support on Feb. 6, about a week after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Tampa. Also pictured are Susie's aunt, Lucia Hernandez-Diaz, left, and Susie's two sisters, Erika and Griselda.
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  5. Christopher Livernois, a 36-year-old property control specialist at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, was arrested Monday after he admitted to breaking into a the Brandon home of a woman he knows to steal prescription medication, deputies said.
  6. These surveillance images show Nakeeba Ryan show Nakeeba Ryan's SUV on the night she struck a 14-year-old girl on 15th Street in Tampa, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The girl, identified in an arrest report as Asucena Gomez Hernandez, died on Feb. 4 and Ryan now faces an upgraded charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving death.
  7. Friends and family of Bradley Hulett, 15 gathered for a vigil at Park Square Plaza in Lithia on Dec. 16, three days after he was fatally shot at the home of a Tampa police officer. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on Thursday presented the results of its investigation to the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office, which will now decide if anyone will be criminally charged.
  8. Tampa police investigate at the scene of an officer-involved shooting on East Cluster Avenue in November. Police Chief Brian Dugan says he has no choice but to withhold the names of officers who become crime victims in the line of duty unless they waive their rights under state constitutional amendment known as Marsy's Law. In this shooting that resulted in the death of a man who police say pointed a gun at officers, the two officers involved gave Dugan permission to release their names.
  9. William "Billy" Holzapfel, right, attended Gasparilla during a visit to Tampa last month with friends Byron Downen, left, and Sean Hallin, center. On his way to catch a flight home to Illinois early the next day, Holzapfel was killed in a wrong way crash near Tampa International Airport.
  10. Troy Massey, 47, gives undercover sheriff's detectives a remodeling estimate in this screen capture from a video shot by a hidden camera. Massey was one of 118 unlicensed contractors arrested in sting that started in March and ended in December, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
  11. A TECO streetcar and charter bus collided Monday on South Franklin Street and Channelside Drive in front of the Tampa Convention Center.
  12. Nakeeba Ryan, 24, was arrested Friday morning and charged with leaving in the scene of a crash involving injury. Deputies say she struck a teenage girl with her SUV on 15th Street in Tampa Thursday evening and didn't stop to help or report the crash.
  13. Brad Hulett holds a basketball signed by teammates and friends of his son while describing the recent shooting death of 15-year-old Bradley Hulett in Fishhawk Ranch December 13, 2019.  Photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 in Lithia, FL.
  14. Authorities say these six suspects are responsible for at least two dozen home burglaries in unincorporated Hillsborough and Pasco counties and the city of Tampa. Top row, from left: Arleys Bonet Mustelier; Alain Rodriguez Roig and Ernesto Hinojosa. Bottom row, from left: Yarisley Cuervo Reyes; Yuniel Hinojosa-Gallardo and Yasmani Hernandez Rodriguez.
  15. Lesly Mendoza, de 5 años, está desaparecida y en peligro basados en acusaciones de abuso. Foto: Oficina del alguacil del Condado de Hillsborough
  16. Alexander Bradford Jacobson, of Land O Lakes, smelled like marijuana and had a blood alcohol level just over the legal limit when he caused a wrong-way crash near the Tampa International Airport on Sunday, records show.
  17. Hillsborough deputies say Lesly Mendoza, 5, is missing and endangered because of allegations of abuse.
  18. The northbound lanes of I-275 were closed for more than four hours early Tuesday morning as troopers investigated a deadly crash.
  19. Former Hillsborough sheriff's Corporal Demetrius Dixon, inset, filed a lawsuit against the Sheriff's Office on Jan. 7 claiming he was the target of discrimination because of his attention deficit disorder.
  20. Jaime Javier Amoguea Fonseca, 32, of Tampa was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse after he pressed a lit cigar against the bare back of a boy during a Santería ceremony in a Tampa home early Sunday, police said. Amoguea Fonseca told police the burn was an accident that happened while he was possessed by spirits, an arrest report says.
  21. Jefferey Darnell Thomas, 27, seen here in a previous booking photo, went on a shooting rampage in Plant City on Tuesday, firing a handgun at multiple cars and hitting a motorist, who later died, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Thomas was then shot by a Plant City police officer and taken to a local hospital. He faces multiple charges including first degree murder, deputies said.
  22. Pinellas County deputies and other law enforcement agencies investigate the scene of an ATM explosion at a BB&T bank branch in Oldsmar on Nov. 4. Investigators belief the case is connected to two ATM explosions in Hillsborough County.
  23. La red de prevención del suicidio prevista para el Skyway se extenderá aproximadamente una milla y media a ambos lados del puente. [Cortesía del Departamento de Transporte de Florida]
  24. This rendering from the Florida Department of Transportation shows the eight foot tall steel netting that will be added to the Sunshine Skyway later this year to deter suicidal people from jumping from the iconic span.