Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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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.



Bennie Small, former president of the Hillsborough NAACP, contested the group's elections once before in 2017. [Times file (2016)]

Former president says Hillsborough NAACP chose leaders without notifying members

The former president of the NAACP’s Hillsborough County branch has filed a lawsuit against the civil rights group, which he claims violated the organizations own rules during this month’s elections.
Published: 11/13/18
Investigators for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office descended Monday night on the Lake Egypt Estates subdivision, where a woman was found dead in a home earlier in the day. [ANASTASIA DAWSON   |   Times]

Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies investigating woman's death in Lake Egypt Estates

Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene of a suspicious death at about 8p.m. Monday in the Lake Egypt Estates neighborhood near Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.
Published: 11/12/18
Updated: 11/13/18
Pedestrian killed in crash with wrong-way driver while loading bicycle onto PSTA bus

Pedestrian killed in crash with wrong-way driver while loading bicycle onto PSTA bus

Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was killed by an out-of-control vehicle while hitching a bicycle to the front of a county bus.
Published: 11/12/18
Ellie Ferzli points out something to her husband, George Ferzli, while they look through items recovered by detectives from multiple residential burglaries.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives held a news conference Friday hoping to reunite hundreds of jewelry pieces and other valuables with their owners. Detectives have linked Gilberto Vazquez with at least 30 residential burglaries netting an estimated $530,000 in stolen property over several years. Vazquez is in custody in Massachusetts awaiting extradition to Hillsborough County. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]

Florida burglary victims search for memories in loot recovered by detectives

TAMPA — Tita Rogers gasped and clinched her eyes shut when she walked into the conference room of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Carrollwood outpost on Friday. Her eyes began to well with tears — first from the alcoholic sting of...
Published: 11/09/18
Republican Ross Spano and Democrat Kristen Carlson are competing for Florida's 15th Congressional District.

U.S. House District 15 results: Ross Spano defeats Democratic challenger Kristen Carlson

Ross Spano heading to victory against Democratic challenger in congressional race
Published: 11/06/18
Republican incumbent Lawrence McClure faces a challenge from Democrat Phil Hornbeck in state House District 58.

Florida House District 58 results: Lawrence McClure nabs victory over Phil Hornback

The race to replace former Rep. Dan Raulerson in the District 58 seat began late last year, after the longtime Republican legislator resigned for health reasons.
Published: 11/06/18
Republican incumbent Lawrence McClure faces a challenge from Democrat Phil Hornbeck in state House District 58.

Lawrence McClure, Phil Hornback face off for Florida House District 58: What you need to know

WHO'S RUNNINGPhil Hornback, 53, the Democratic challenger, is a former middle school science teacher who owns a real estate business with his wife, Sara, in Ruskin. The Des Moines, Iowa native became a small...
Published: 11/05/18
Boy, 2, pronounced dead after he’s found floating in Odessa lake

Boy, 2, pronounced dead after he’s found floating in Odessa lake

ODESSA — The search for a missing 2-year-old boy ended in tragedy Sunday when his mother found him floating in a lake just steps away from the home of a family friend.Tristan Valenzuela was pronounced dead at 8:30 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s...
Published: 11/01/18
Updated: 11/02/18
A USF flag flies before a 2016 football game. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

After Pittsburgh, more USF students grow ‘confused and scared’

TAMPA — In the wake of the terror attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue, on Monday students from several organizations organizations and religious groups gathered at the University of South Florida's Hillel headquarters to hear from students,...
Published: 10/30/18
A vigil was held Monday night at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa to honor the 11 people killed in a hate-fueled terror attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue this past weekend. A candle was lit for each of the 11 victims killed in a mass shooting at the Tree Of Life synagogue. [BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times]

‘If they come for you ... they’re coming through me.’ Tampa Bay mourns for Pittsburgh

TAMPA — They came wearing business suits and little league baseball jerseys, dressed in hijabs, yarmulkes and Dunkin’ Donuts baseball caps.What mattered to the congregation of Rodeph Sholom, though, was that they were there — more than 700 came...
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