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Chris Tisch - Senior Digital Editor, Audience and Engagement

Senior Digital Editor, Audience and Engagement

I'm the senior digital editor for audience and engagement at the Times. I've lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1995 after growing up in a remote town of 2,500 in northern Wisconsin. After a childhood filled with things like ice fishing, Green Bay Packers worship and saying funny words like 'bubbler' and 'you betcha,' I studied journalism at Northwestern University before landing a job covering the cops beat at the Bradenton Herald. I came to the Times five years later and have been in the thick of a number of big stories, including covering Florida's death penalty, riding out and reporting on Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, helping with the Terri Schiavo story and co-authoring a project about the mounting number of fatal prescription drug overdoses in Florida.

  1. FedEx packages,  shown left, were filled with $81,000 from people out of state who Hillsborough deputies say were scammed by Dontavius Oakley, 35, who is charged with fraud.
  2. Shirley Elizabeth Rayner, 52, of Tarpon Springs, is facing a charge of elderly exploitation. Deputies say she forged or altered checks belonging to a 97-year-old woman she was hired to help.
  3. Jonathan W. Connors, 32, told a deputy he was “high as f---” after he was pulled over in North Redington Beach, arrest reports state. He faces multiple charges, including his fourth DUI.
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  5. Booking photo of Gerardo Javier Garcia, 27, who is facing charges of child neglect, fleeing police and driving without a license.
  6. Robert Nathaniel Bacon, 54, left, was arrested on a felony charge of operating a drug house in addition to a charge of methamphetamine possession.
Martin Skelly, 41, was arrested on multiple drug charges, including possessing and selling methamphetamine and heroin with 1,000 feet of a school.
  7. Two people were killed in a small plane crash in Bartow late Thursday morning, according to Polk County Fire Rescue.
  8. Toronto Blue Jays' Reese McGuire, shown in a 2019 game, has been accused by law enforcement of exposure of sexual organs in Pinellas County. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
  9. One of two dolphins found dead in Florida recently of gunshot or stab wounds.
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  13. Regginald Jackson, 30, was arrested on a sexual battery charge Monday after Hillsborough deputies say a nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital saw him sexually abusing a 75-year-old patient.
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  15. Matthew Thomas Noll, 29, is facing charges of child neglect, drunken driving, fleeing police and refusing to submit to alcohol testing.
  16. An Amber Alert has been issued for Madeline Mejia, 3, who was abducted in Apopka by a man in a black, two-door sedan with Texas plates and lightly tinted windows.
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  18. Photos from Bay News 9 of storm damage in central Pinellas County caused by strong storms that moved through late Thursday night.
  19. Willard Harlow Moore, 45, faces charges of impersonating a police officer, driving under the influence and refusing to submit for testing in connection with an incident in the Venetian Isles area of St. Pete Monday night.
  20. A Dade City man was killed in this crash Monday afternoon that involved four vehicles, including a jackknifed tractor trailer.
  21. A semi pulling a trailer full of molten sulfur overturned on State Road 60 in Hillsborough County Tuesday morning.
  22. Police say Christopher Louis Lea, 34, was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Avalanche with an Arkansas plate when he drove into the front of the Synovus bank, 333 3rd Ave. N., in St. Petersburg early Sunday morning.
  23. Jack Estes Debrabander, 20, was arrested on two misdemeanor charges of simple battery after St. Petersburg police said he peed off a balcony at 260 First nightclub, hitting two women on a bench below.
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