Sunday, November 18, 2018


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.

An escort of sanitation trucks leads funeral services for Benjamin Shirley through the intersection of 54th Avenue S and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street on  Friday. Shirley worked for the city of St. Petersburg sanitation department for 48 years, including as its director.

Family and city mourn loss of Ben Shirley, 48-year St. Petersburg employee

St. Petersburg Sanitation Director Ben Shirley died last week at age 68, ending his nearly half-century employment with the city. He left behind two grieving families.
Published: 11/16/18
Paper bags would be in the same category as plastic bags under a proposal St. Petersburg is considering. [Times files]

Paper or plastic? Either will cost you under St. Petersburg proposal

In addition to new regulations on straws and Styrofoam, the city is looking at implementing a fee for all single-use bags
Published: 11/16/18
Treasure Island resident Scott Plantz sits among thousands of files from a medical malpractice lawsuit that sit in his garage on Aug. 25, 2017.  (Times file, 2017)

Doctor facing malpractice suit wins key appellate court ruling

Appeals court upholds ruling that expert witness doctor was not qualified to render opinion.
Published: 11/14/18
Members of All for Transportation celebrate at their downtown Tampa office on Tuesday as election results show voters approved the sales tax hike to pay for tranportation improvements. [Courtesy of All for Transportation]

Can Hillsborough’s transit success translate to Pinellas?

Hillsborough County voters have done what was once unthinkable in the Tampa Bay area: voted to raise their taxes to pay for transportation improvements.In 2010, Hillsborough voters rejected a similar referendum. Pinellas voters did the same in...
Published: 11/10/18
Ernest Williams, 61, faces one count each of sexual battery, attempted sexual battery and lewd and lascivious conduct and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. [PCSO]

Pinellas bus driver, 61, accused of sexually abusing teen

A 61-year-old Pinellas County school bus driver was arrested Friday after deputies said he sexually battered a teenager starting when she was 13.Ernest Williams, of St. Petersburg, who drives a bus for the Pinellas County School District, first...
Published: 11/09/18
A rally was held Thursday in St. Petersburg's South Straub Park in favor of protecting special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. [JOSH SOLOMON  |  Times]

Tampa Bay rallies held to protect Robert Mueller’s Russia probe

Several hundred people gathered in South Straub Park to protest the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which could lead to limiting the special counsel's investigation.
Published: 11/08/18

Pinellas Park officers sent to Panhandle after hurricane under investigation

PINELLAS PARK — Several police officers who were deployed to the Florida Panhandle to help after Hurricane Michael are now under investigation for their conduct there, according to the Pinellas Park Police Department.The complaint of "potential...
Published: 11/05/18
Victoria Royal, 23, was arrested Wednesday at a political rally at USF after, police say, she ran through the crowd topless. [Octavio Jones  |  Times]

Police: Woman runs topless through Bernie Sanders rally at USF

TAMPA — A 23-year-old woman was arrested after she ran topless through the crowd at a Wednesday afternoon Democratic political rally led by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to University of South Florida police.About...
Updated one month ago
Seven-day forecast on Wednesday, Oct. 31 2018 for the Tampa Bay area.

Forecast: Weather across Tampa Bay is going to be a real treat

As trick-or-treating gets underway, evening temperatures will cool slightly to the upper 70s or low 80s. Pleasant, maybe, unless one has chosen a full-body gorilla costume.
Updated one month ago
Seven-day forecast on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 for the Tampa Bay area.

Forecast: A pleasant Halloween foreshadows a cool weekend in Tampa Bay

Tuesday will see temperatures in the mid 80s with partly cloudy skies. Rain chances are to increase over the next few days before a cold front pushes toward Tampa Bay.
Updated one month ago