Monday, September 24, 2018

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Josh Solomon, Times staff writer

Josh Solomon, Times staff writer

Josh Solomon covers the police and court beats in Pasco and Hernando counties for the Tampa Bay Times. Before joining the Times in 2014, Josh graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He grew up in northern New Jersey.



John Jonchuck appears on a video monitor before a judge on Jan. 8, 2015, hours after authorities said he threw his 5-year-old daughter Phoebe off a bridge and to her death. His trial on a charge of first-degree murder has faced numerous delays. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]

John Jonchuck set for spring 2019 trial in death of daughter Phoebe

CLEARWATER — The day John Jonchuck was supposed to go on trial in the murder of his 5-year-old daughter, attorneys met instead to discuss a new trial date.The trial was delayed after Jonchuck’s attorneys raised concerns about one of the...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Steve and Marlene Aisenberg, left, walk hand-in-hand as they prepare to enter Federal Court to appear before a grand jury accompanied by their attorney Barry Cohen in 1998.   Charges were dropped against the couple and Cohen won them $3 million from the state in legal fees.     [Times file photo]

Legendary Tampa criminal defense attorney Barry Cohen dies at 79

TAMPA — The accused and the wronged beat a path to Barry Cohen’s door.
Published: 09/22/18
Dana Byrd was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, grand theft auto. This mugshot is from a 2013 arrest. [Pinellas County Sheriff\u2019s Office]

FHP: He stopped to help — then another driver killed him and stole his car

ST. PETERSBURG — An act of kindness ended tragically when the body of a missing motorist was found Friday more than 15 hours after he pulled over on the side of Interstate 275 to assist another driver.Dhimitri Andoni, 22, of Clearwater was...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/22/18
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Fatal Friday night crash closes lanes on Ulmerton Road

ST. PETERSBURG — A fatal traffic crash occurred at about 7:15 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Ulmerton Road and Carillon Parkway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash closed all westbound lanes of Ulmerton Road.No...
Published: 09/21/18
John Jonchuck appears on a video monitor before a judge on Jan. 8, 2015, hours after authorities said he threw his 5-year-old daughter Phoebe off a bridge and to her death. His trial on a charge of first-degree murder has faced numerous delays. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]

John Jonchuck will go to trial soon, but first lawyers will fight over an expert witness

The judge rested her chin in her palm. The prosecutor marched in circles, then threw up his hands and rubbed them across his head.Plans were crumbling before them.The defense team stood in a huddle, whispering frantically. They had just...
Published: 09/21/18
Nurse manager Amy Hunt holds the special stethoscope that allows nurses at Tampa General Hospital to record a heartbeat while they listen to it during a routine exam. The instrument was purchased with funding from Hard Rock, which operates a hotel and casino in Tampa and has donated $20,000 to the hospital's Beats of Love program. Nurses use the stethoscope on critical patients to create audio keepsakes for families. [BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times]

The Daystarter: Preserving the heartbeats of children who have died; staggering blow to Rays’ playoff hopes; MegaCon has landed

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today. 
Published: 09/21/18
Algernod Washington aka the rapper Plies was arrested Wednesday at Tampa International Airport after police said the Transportation Security Administration found a gun in the 42-year-old Wesley Chapel resident's carry-on bag. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Busted, baby: Rapper Plies arrested at Tampa International Airport

TAMPA — The rapper Plies, aka Algernod Lanier Washington, was arrested at Tampa International Airport on Wednesday after authorities say a gun was found in his carry-on bag.The 42-year-old Wesley Chapel resident faces a charge of carrying a...
Published: 09/19/18
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell delivers against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. [Associated Press]

The Daystarter: Another problem for Jameis Winston; selling Hillsborough’s proposed school tax; milestone win for Blake Snell

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• It’ll be a sunny morning but the clouds will gather by...
Published: 09/19/18
Pasco-Hernando State College president emeritus Robert Judson, who spent a decade leading the institution and was the first black community college president in Florida, died Monday. He was 77. [PHSC]

Pasco-Hernando State College leader Robert Judson dies at age 77

Robert Judson, who spent a decade as a community college president, died Monday afternoon. He was 77.In 1994 Judson took the helm at Pasco-Hernando State College, then called Pasco-Hernando Community College. He became the college’s second...
Published: 09/17/18
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St. Petersburg police: man fatally shot in empty lot

ST. PETERSBURG — A man was fatally shot while he was in an empty lot Monday night near the Enoch D. Davis recreation center, police said.The man, whose name was not made public, was pronounced dead at a hospital.Detectives said he was in...
Published: 09/17/18