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Anastasia Dawson - Hillsborough Commission and General Assignment Reporter

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.

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  2. Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller
  3. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister supports decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.
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  5. Incoming Hillsborough School Superintendent Addison Davis (center), School Board Chair Melissa Snively (right) and the other board members pose as Davis signs his contract with the district on Tuesday night. The board unanimously approved the contract beforehand.
  6. Daniel Lee Martin performs during a 1999 benefit concert at Coachman Park in Clearwater. Martin was found dead Friday at his New Port Richey home.
  7. Hillsborough County Commission chair Les Miller.
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  9. William Domingo Luciano, 67, was arrested on Feb. 7, after detectives said they discovered more than 100 images of child pornography inside his home, located at 15702 Charr Island Street in Ruskin, records show.
  10. William Bishop (second from left) appears in this photo with sons Jefferson (left), Alexander, and his ex-wife, Sharon. Bishop, 59, a prominent developer of several Hillsborough County neighborhoods, died in April in North Carolina. The murder case against Alexander Bishop was dropped this week. [Facebook]
  11. Hillsborough County commissioners voted Wednesday to launch the county's own sterile needle and syringe exchange program, becoming one of the first in Florida to take advantage of the state Legislature's 2019 decision to reverse a ban on the programs.
  12. A minivan drove through the back wall of a Bealls at the Gateway Market Center shopping plaza in St. Petersburg on Saturday afternoon. The driver was killed.
  13. Crystle Galloway, 30, died at Tampa General Hospital in July.
  14. Hillsborough County Tax Collector Doug Belden (left) and Public Defender for the 13th Judicial Circuit Julianne Holt received the Tampa Tiger Bay Club's fourth annual Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday.
  15. Police are seen near the location where a dog was shot by police after attacking a police horse along the Gasparilla parade route Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 in Tampa. (Courtesy of Laura Josephson)
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  17. This poster was seen January 21 inside a Brandon pet shop owned by All About Puppies, one of two pet retail businesses in Hillsborough County that were granted an exception from county laws prohibiting commercial pet stores from selling animals that came from breeders.
  18. Ed Turanchik is a lawyer and former Hillsborough County commissioner. [Times (2016)]
  19. Vice President Mike Pence points to supporters before speaking during a campaign rally at the Huntington Center, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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  21. George Gage, 70, is a retired financial trust officer. Tampa police said he was walking on the Bayshore Boulevard sidewalk when he was fatally struck Thursday by an impaired driver speeding in a pickup truck. A memorial was set up along the sidewalk on Friday.
  22. County commissioners agreed Wednesday to pursue a local ordinance establishing a needle exchange program in Hillsborough County.
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  24. The Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., moved to a smaller venue on the property in 2017 after a brief closure due to the museum's financial distress.