Anastasia Dawson, Hillsborough Commission and General Assignment Reporter

Anastasia Dawson

Hillsborough Commission and General Assignment Reporter

I’m an east Hillsborough County native whose ancestors were among the first settlers in the community of Dover. My parents built their home on an old family orange grove, sandwiched between my grandparents’ home (where my mother grew up) and a 100-year-old house built by my great, great grandparents. Still, I couldn’t resist my big city dreams, so after earning my journalism degree from the University of South Florida I moved to bustling Riverview. A two-week internship at the Tampa Tribune turned into three years of covering education in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. In 2016 I joined the Times as a general assignment reporter in Tampa, which often means running into family, friends and former classmates while out gathering the news. A majority of those stories involve our local criminal justice system.

Hillsborough commission hoping to keep abandoned Rays stadium plans in play

The more than decade-long stadium drama that surrounds the Tampa Bay Rays will enter a new phase today when Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg unveils the design of the ballpark the team wants built in Ybor City. Estimates for a new ballpark have ranged from $600 million to upward of $800 million. Local leaders have said that paying for that by raising sales or property taxes is not an option.
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A motion to officially disband the working group that began courting the team in 2008 went down at Wednesdays meeting.

Critics cry foul as Hillsborough's shrinking Civil Service Board seeks to expand its mission

Kevin Beckner, executive director of the Hillsborough County Civil Service Board, is seeking to expand the agency’s mission. [Times files (2013)]
The agency's plan was scheduled for a commission vote Wednesday, but it was postponed after all five of the county’s elected constitutional officers and other officials raised concerns.

Listen to her 911 call from a submerged car in Tampa with mud, water 'getting up to my neck'

Amanda Nicole Antonio, 20, found herself trapped in a sinking car that lost control, rolled off Interstate 4 and ended up upside down in cold water. She called 911 and helped guide deputies to her location. Now the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has released the audio of her 20-minute ordeal, which was capture while she called 911.
Deputies said 20-year-old Amanda Antonio's quick thinking on the phone with a 911 operator helped rescuers locate her flooded vehicle before it was too late.

Deputies search for 'armed and dangerous' man linked to Tampa murder

James Ervin Brown is being sought on an arrest warrant for first-degree murder. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200. He is considered armed and dangerous, so anyone who sees him is advised to call 911 immediately. [HCSO]
Joseph Ervin Brown, 26, is wanted on charges of first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Hillsborough fire lieutenant faces third domestic violence arrest

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Lt. Daniel Reed, 38, was arrested on felony charges of domestic battery, deputies said. Reed has been previously arrested on similar domestic violence charges in 2012 and 2014, records show. This photo is from 2014. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]
Lt. Daniel Reed, 38, was arrested on similar charges in 2012 and 2014, according to the Sheriff’s Office.