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Kavitha Surana - Breaking News Reporter — Courts

Breaking News Reporter — Courts

I cover everything that happens after dark in the Tampa Bay area — and then some. I love being a reporter because it means my job is to ask questions and to talk to people from all walks of life. I’m always working to uncover the stories behind the “story” and hold powerful institutions to account. When I’m not out reporting in the community, you can usually find me digging into public records or scouring the internet for sources. My past reporting has taken me to some far-flung places, from Italy and Germany to Rwanda and the U.S.-Mexico border. Now my energy is focused on getting to know the hidden pockets of Tampa Bay. If you’d like to teach me something about this area — maybe show me a day in your life or tell me about something that’s not right in your community — drop me a line at ksurana@tampabay.com. También puedes contactarte conmigo en español.

  1. Black Lives Matter Pasco activist Christina Boneta poses for a portrait with her megaphone in Hudson. Boneta has been fined a total of $2,573 in noise ordinance violations by New Port Richey police officers. The Tampa Bay Times found that officers have issued fines to protesters worth thousands.
  2. Shantay Belcher, 33, was arrested on charges of child neglect in the death of a 7-year-old boy on Nov. 15, 2020. Detectives say she left the boy in a cold-water bath overnight.
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  5. In this Oct. 28, 2020 photo, poll worker Alice Machinist, of Newton, Mass., right, wears a mask and shield out of concern for the coronavirus while assisting a voter, left, with a ballot during early in-person general election voting at the Newton Free Library, in Newton, Mass.
  6. Florida House District 38 Republican candidate Randy Maggard won re-election Tuesday. [Maggard campaign]
  7. State Rep. Ben Diamond won re-election Tuesday to Florida House District 68.
  8. State Rep. Ardian Zika of Florida House District 37 won re-election Tuesday.
  9. Motorists wait in line in parking lot 2 at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Monday, June 29, 2020 for a  coronavirus test. Rapid testing, where results are delivered within 15 minutes, are now available at this testing site.
  10. El alguacil de Pinellas Bob Gualtieri, izq, es el titular republicano que se postula para reelección en 2020. Su oponente demócrata es Eliseo Santana, der.
  11. Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, left, is the Republican incumbent running for re-election in 2020. His Democratic opponent is Eliseo Santana, right.
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  13. Anthony Lietz, 37, walks to his apartment at Glen's Eureka, 199 Grand Blvd, on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, where he said he has lived for the past six years with his girlfriend, Rachel Delk, 39, in Tarpon Springs. The couple say they are at risk of being kicked out in the wake of planned renovations to the property.
  14. A police car in the aftermath of hitting a pickup truck at the intersection of Court Street and Missouri Ave in Clearwater on Saturday.
  15. St. Petersburg police to identify and question three men after Saturday's encounter between the St. Pete Peace Protester movement and counter-demonstrators. One man is accused of pulling a gun on protesters, and police say two others brandished what they believe to be knives. This is a photo of the man seen pointing a gun at protesters during a Facebook Live broadcast.
  16. A man appears to aim a handgun at protesters during a confrontation in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday night.
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  19. A U.S. Coast Guard crew rescues seven people from Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon.
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  21. SPCA Tampa Bay is helping relocate dozens of cats and dogs from the Florida Panhandle who were displaced by Hurricane Sally.
  22. Tampa Fire Rescue extinguished a boat fire near the Davis Island boat ramp on Sept. 14, 2020.
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