Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Anastasia Dawson, Times staff writer

Anastasia Dawson, Times staff writer

Anastasia Dawson joined the Times in 2016 after three years covering education for the Tampa Tribune. A Tampa Bay native, she grew up in Dover and graduated from the University of South Florida.

Two men were arrested by Tampa police this weekend in two different crime sprees: Rodrick Clark, 45 (left), faces two counts of robbery of less than $300, robbery by sudden snatching and petty theft, according to jail records. Anthony Fee, 40 (right), was arrested on three counts of robbery of less than $300, one count of cocaine possession and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Tampa police make two arrests in two different crime sprees

TAMPA— Two men accused of pulling off two different crime sprees were arrested by Tampa Police this weekend.One man was captured after a 14-hour frenzy of robberies at drive-thru restaurants across east Tampa, police said. The second man was...
Published: 09/17/18
Tampa police arrested Bobby Lee Story, 52, on Saturday after responding to a complaint about a man sleeping inside an abandoned home on N 22nd Street. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Squatter accused in Tampa stabbing is also a suspect in slaying of Orlando woman

TAMPA— A homeless man arrested Friday after police received a complaint he was sleeping in an abandoned home has now been identified as a suspect in the unsolved murder of an Orlando grandmother. Bobby Lee Story, 52, took off running when Tampa...
Published: 09/17/18
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I-275 reopened after closure of northbound lanes in Tampa

TAMPA— All northbound lanes of Interstate 275 have been reopened after a crash involving multiple vehicles temporarily stopped traffic, Tampa police said. The crash did not result in any major injuries, a spokeswoman said. All northbound lanes...
Published: 09/17/18
McKinsie A. Lyons, 39, was arrested Kentucky on two counts of first-degree murder and charges of murder of an unborn child, burglary of a dwelling with assault or battery and illegal possession a firearm as a felon in connection with slayings that took place in Ruskin in January. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Kentucky police arrest Ruskin man wanted for Hillsborough murders

TAMPA— The nine-month search for a wanted man accused of killing a Ruskin couple and their unborn child ended with his arrest Wednesday in rural Kentucky.Kentucky State Police arrested McKinsie Alexander Lyons, 39, without incident at a gas...
Published: 09/13/18
Bloomingdale High School teacher Mark Ackett, 49, was arrested on a charge of committing video voyeurism on school property as a school employee.  Deputies say he placed hidden camera phones in a changing area to record students undressing. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Bloomingdale High teacher hid cameras in girls’ changing room, deputies say

BRANDON — A teacher and girls track coach left Bloomingdale High School in handcuffs on Tuesday after deputies said he admitted to secretly recording students in his fashion design class as they undressed.Mark William Ackett, 49, of Plant City,...
Published: 09/12/18
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for Freddie Lopez Jr., 31, on charges he kidnapped his ex-girlfriend from a Wimauma convenience store Tuesday morning. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Deputies searching for Ruskin man wanted in attempted kidnapping of ex-girlfriend

WIMAUMA — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man they say attempted to kidnap his ex-girlfriend from a Wimauma convenience store Tuesday morning.Freddie Lopez Jr., 31, is wanted on charges of kidnapping, grand theft of a...
Published: 09/11/18
USF president Judy Genshaft reveals USF's new academic logo during the annual fall address at the Marshall Student Center on Wednesday.

USF unveils a new logo, with its signature bull front and center

TAMPA — After 18 years as president of the University of South Florida, Judy Genshaft has perfected her role as a walking billboard for the school. She’s become known throughout the state for her green-and-gold dress suits, glittering lapel pins,...
Published: 09/05/18
Updated: 09/06/18
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Tampa police suspect homicide in death of man found in University Area home

TAMPA— Tampa Police announced Tuesday that the death of a man found dead in his University Area home on Sunday will be investigated as a homicide. It’s the third homicide investigation launched within city limits since the start of the Labor...
Published: 09/04/18
Yellow air-conditioning ducts can be seen connected to windows at Plant High School in south Tampa on Aug. 20. The school installed the ducts when the gym's air conditioning quit working, making the temperature rise to 90 degrees. [BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times]

Records reveal extent of Hillsborough schools’ cool air crisis

TAMPA — The first request to fix a malfunctioning air conditioner at a Hillsborough County school came at 6:20 a.m. on the first day of classes. Benito Elementary reported on Aug. 10 that the AC units in some classrooms wouldn’t turn on at...
Updated one month ago
Ari Jarosz, 26, left, consoles Kathleen Whiting at a candlelight vigil Aug. 20 in Tampa\u2019s Ballast Point Park held for her daughter, Brittany Collett, top. Collett was beaten to death while visiting Detroit. \uFEFF

‘I hate that I couldn’t save her," mother says of slain daughter, as ex-Plant High player awaits trial

TAMPAKathleen Whiting trudged through Ballast Point Park in the driving rain, clutching a black garbage bag to her chest. The few items inside, the jacket, hairbrush and purple towel, once belonged to her daughter, Brittany Marie Collett.
Updated one month ago