Friday, September 21, 2018


Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan covers Hillsborough County courts for the Tampa Bay Times. Since joining the Times in 2010, he has written about unsolved crimes, the opioid epidemic, gun control, and Florida's death row, among other topics. In 2014, he was a Livingston Award finalist for a story that examined a legal loophole that allows Florida to hold mentally challenged criminal defendants without trial. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, he is a 2006 graduate of the University of Tampa, where he earned a degree in writing.

James Frederick Beaver is accused of multiple counts of sexual battery on a mentally disabled man and possession of methamphetamine. [Tampa Police Department]

Tampa jury takes 30 minutes to find former teacher guilty of sexual battery on disabled man

TAMPA — It took a jury just a half-hour Thursday to find a former Hillsborough County special-needs teacher guilty of multiple counts of sexual battery against a mentally disabled man.James Frederick Beaver Jr., 54, who once taught disabled...
Published: 09/20/18
James Frederick Beaver Jr. is accused of sexual battery on a mentally disabled man.

Mentally disabled man testifies of sexual assault while at trial for former Tampa teacher

TAMPA — For much of his life, the 24-year-old man has attended special education classes. He can’t read, writes only his name and needs supervision to cook or clean. With the mental capacity of a first-grader, he trusts everyone he meets.On...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/18/18
Mikese Morse attends a pretrial detention hearing in July in Hillsborough Circuit Court. He is accused of Intentionally swerving off the road June 24 and killing a father riding bikes with his two young sons on New Tampa Boulevard. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]

Defendant in New Tampa bike death to get second mental exam as parents decry lack of treatment

TAMPA — The parents of Mikese Morse thought Thursday might be the day he would finally be afforded treatment in a psychiatric hospital. A doctor had already deemed Morse unfit to stand trial on charges he ran down and killed a New Tampa father...
Published: 09/13/18
Mikese Morse attends a pretrial detention hearing in June in Hillsborough Circuit Court. He is accused of Intentionally swerving off the road June 24 and killing a father riding bikes with his two young sons on New Tampa Boulevard. During the hearing, Morse said he no longer wanted a public defender to represent him and instead would like private attorney James Smith to take up his case. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]

Doctor deems mentally ill man unfit for trial in death of New Tampa father, defendant’s mother says

TAMPA — A doctor has determined that the man accused of running down and killing a New Tampa father is unfit to stand trial, according to the defendant’s mother.A psychiatrist completed an examination this week of Mikese Morse and declared that...
Published: 09/12/18
DAN SULLIVAN   |   Times 
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor speaks Monday at Robinson High School with student organizers of \u201CBands and Ballots.\u201D

Congresswoman Castor aims to amplify student voices ahead of Tampa gun violence prevention event

TAMPA — U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor says she doesn’t believe gun control should be a partisan issue. And she’s looking to young people as the ones to find common ground.On Monday, Castor appeared at Robinson High School with student organizers of...
Published: 09/10/18
Colby Isaac Hilleary, 24, must serve  five years of probation.

Man gets probation for in-flight disruption that forced Tampa emergency landing

TAMPA — The plane was rising high above Ft. Lauderdale on its way to Dallas when Colby Isaac Hilleary began to panic. He left his seat, complained to a flight attendant that the plane was heading the wrong way, and knocked on the cockpit...
Published: 09/10/18
Anthony Hamlin, a Tampa police officer, was arrested early Monday.

Tampa police officer arrested at Seminole Hard Rock on disorderly conduct charge

TAMPA — A Tampa police officer was arrested Monday morning at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.Anthony Hamlin, 24, was arrested about 6:24 a.m. after he "became disruptive in the casino" by...
Published: 09/10/18
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William F. Jung was first nominated by Barack Obama in 2016, and re-nominated by Donald Trump in 2017. The U.S. Senate confirmed him on Thursday.

U.S. Senate confirms lawyer Bill Jung as Tampa’s next federal judge

TAMPA — The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed longtime attorney William F. Jung as the Tampa area’s next federal judge.A former federal prosecutor, Jung is a partner at the firm of Jung & Sisco, where his specialties include civil, commercial...
Published: 09/07/18
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Hillsborough deputies investigate after woman reported shot in Tampa home

TAMPA — Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a mother of two who was found shot Friday inside a home in the Orient Park area of Tampa.The home where the shooting happened is in the 3600 block of Sugarcreek...
Published: 09/07/18
George Zachary Chronister listens to testimony during his stand your ground hearing. Chronister, the son of Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, pleaded no contest Tuesday to slashing and stabbing a man after a 2017 brawl outside a New Tampa restaurant. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Son of Sheriff Chronister changes plea to ‘no contest’ in stabbing case

TAMPA — George Zachary Chronister entered a no contest plea Tuesday morning to an aggravated battery charge, weeks after a judge denied his stand-your-ground self-defense claim in a 2017 stabbing.Chronister, 25, is the son of Hillsborough...
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