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Anastasia Dawson - Breaking News Reporter

Breaking News Reporter

I’m an east Hillsborough County native whose ancestors were among the first settlers in the community of Dover. My parents built their home on an old family orange grove, sandwiched between my grandparents’ home (where my mother grew up) and a 100-year-old house built by my great, great grandparents. Still, I couldn’t resist my big city dreams, so after earning my journalism degree from the University of South Florida I moved to bustling Riverview. A two-week internship at the Tampa Tribune turned into three years of covering education in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. In 2016 I joined the Times as a general assignment reporter in Tampa, which often means running into family, friends and former classmates while out gathering the news. A majority of those stories involve our local criminal justice system.

  1. Randy Petersilge, 55, fue sentenciado finalmente a cadena perpetua sin derecho a fianza. L asentencia se efectuó el 17 de noviembre. Un jurado lo encontró culpable de asesinar a golpes con un bate a Simon Clarke, el 28 de noviembre de  2001.
  2. Visitors walk by the Sanding Ovations “Once Upon a Time,” sand sculpture exhibit on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in Treasure Island.
  3. Randy Petersilge, 55, was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole on Thursday after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder for beating Simon Clarke to death on Nov. 28, 2001.
  4. Gary Jean Schryver, 61, was fatally shot on Saturday by a Hernando County Sheriff's Office deputy who was sent to arrest him on felony charges of grand theft and trafficking in stolen property.
  5. James John Hall, 34, was arrested Nov. 2 and faces federal charges of making an unlawful firearm, possession of an unregistered firearm and illegal distribution of explosive materials.
  6. St. Petersburg police spent much of Tuesday handing out these flyers of wanted fugitive Benjamin "Bambi" Williams. His case will be featured on the TV show "In Pursuit with John Walsh" on Wednesday at 9 p.m.
  7. Xavier Vanellison, 27, was arrested on Thursday, Nov. 3. He faces one count of human trafficking, one count of unlawful sex acts with a minor, one count of child abuse, one count of possession of cocaine, 10 counts of promoting the sexual performance of a child and 11 counts of possession of child pornography.
  8. PJ, a female Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, swims inside the Ruth and J.O. Stone Dolphin Complex at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in July 2020. PJ was the oldest bottlenose dolphin at the aquarium when she died Sunday at the approximate age of 51.
  9. Jatony Tykeese Torres, 21, was arrested early Sunday and has been accused of shooting a man in the upper body during a fight in Ybor City. The victim later died. Torres was booked into Orient Road Jail on felony charges of first-degree murder.
  10. Michael Keetley has been jailed for nearly 12 years on two first-degree murder charges and four counts of attempted murder. In a bond hearing on Thursday, Judge Christopher Sabella denied his attorney's request to lower the sum to a "more reasonable amount."
  11. David Lee Gainer Jr., de 51 años, se declaró culpable de robar más de $104,000 de la ahora desaparecida Cámara de Comercio de Central Pasco durante los años en que se desempeñó como presidente y tesorero del grupo. Su sentencia del 13 de octubre fue cancelada y reprogramada para el 3 de febrero.
  12. David Lee Gainer Jr., 51, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $104,000 from the now-defunct Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce during the years he acted as the group's president and treasurer.
  13. Flooding from the Peace River washes out the road along County Road 661 outside of Arcadia, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arcadia.
  14. Flooding from the Peace River washes out the road along NW Brownville Street in Brownville, outside of Arcadia, Friday.
  15. Julie Walton hugs her granddaughter, Nyah VanHoose, in front of the house where they rode out Hurricane Ian, Thursday in Bonita Springs.
  16. A stretch of roadway in Matlacha leading out to Pine Island is seen Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 in Matlacha. Storm surge from Hurricane Ian was washed away the roadway.
  17. El personal del comando de Bomberos del Condado de Pasco trabajó el martes 27 de septiembre en el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia para prepararse para el huracán Ian.
  18. Pasco County Fire Rescue command staff work in the county's Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday to prepare for Hurricane Ian. County officials speaking at a midday news conference Tuesday made another plea to those living in evacuation zones A, B and C to heed the warnings to relocate.
  19. Deputies investigate reports of shots fired at a Chuck E. Cheese on Saturday in Brandon.
  20. James Hanson Jr. told Circuit Judge Samantha Ward that he'd changed his mind about going to trial and wanted to plead guilty and accept a mandatory life sentence for the 2019 attempted robbery of a Valrico bank and subsequent carjacking and murder of 68-year-old Mathew Korattiyil.
  21. James Hanson Jr., 41, attends his jury selection hearing before 13th Circuit Court Judge Samantha Ward on Tuesday at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa. The Valrico man faces seven charges, including felony counts of carjacking, kidnapping, armed robbery and first-degree murder, after investigators say Hanson confessed to robbing a CenterState Bank in Valrico with an airsoft-style BB gun in August 2019, then carjacked 68-year-old Mathew Korattiyil and strangled him to death, using both his belt and his bare hands.
  22. In this Aug. 09, 2019, photo, James Hanson Jr., accused of a Valrico bank robbery and subsequent carjacking and murder, is seen at a pretrial detention hearing at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa.
  23. Veronica Danko's Independent Bar in St. Petersburg will have its last call on Oct. 2. The bar boasts a selection of constantly rotating local, national and international drafts on tap, a limited number of curated craft bottles, a unique wine selection and a few specialty beverages.
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