Dan Sullivan, Tampa Courts and Federal Courts Reporter

Dan Sullivan

Tampa Courts and Federal Courts Reporter

I got into this business because I like telling stories. The best stories, I think, are ones that touch on themes of justice and injustice, compassion and forgiveness, choices and consequences. You can find a lot of that in the local court and criminal justice system, which I write about for the Times. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, went to high school in Massachusetts, and came to Florida for college. I graduated from the University of Tampa in 2006. My wife, Meg, is a teacher. Outside work, I enjoy long walks, road trips, and reading public records. I’m a nerd.

State officials tell Temple Terrace mayor Mel Jurado to stop calling herself a 'psychologist'

The Florida Department of Health told Temple Terrace Mayor Mel Jurado to stop referring to herself as a psychologist and ordered her to pay an $814 fine after an investigation found that she is not a licensed health professional.   {TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
The Department of Health gave Mel Jurado a cease and desist letter Nov. 26 after an investigation found she is not a licensed psychologist.

Judge says Hillsborough double-murder to be focus of one trial

Nicole Nachtman, 24, the former Florida State University student accused of killing her mother and stepfather at their Carrollwood home, sits in a courtroom during a pre-trial hearing last week. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
A judge on Tuesday reversed an earlier decision to make the deaths of Nicole Nachtman's mother and stepfather the focus of separate trials.

Man accused in wife's death dies in Hillsborough car crash

Harold Earl Allen, 76, died Thursday in an east Hillsborough car crash. He had been facing a manslaughter charge in the death of his wife. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Harold Earl Allen, 76, was charged in 2017 with aggravated manslaughter. Prosecutors said his wife died as a result of 'progressive neglect.'

Food, money collected across Tampa Bay to help airport, Coast Guard workers survive shutdown

Tampa International Airport is organizaing a food drive to help some of the 700 federal workers there during the government shutdown. [CHRIS URSO   |   Staff]
About 700 federal employees work at the airport in Tampa. Airport officials say so far the government shutdown has not affected travel operations.

Judge allows 'battered child' evidence in one half of Tampa double-murder case

Nicole Nachtman, 24, the former FSU student accused of killing her mother and stepfather, writes on a piece of paper during a hearing to address the pretrial motions of her case on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at the Hillsborough County Courthouse Annex in Tampa.
The decision came a day after an expert testified about abuse Nicole Nachtman suffered at the hands of her mother.