McKenna Oxenden, Night General Assignment Reporter

McKenna Oxenden

Night General Assignment Reporter

I’m a Maryland girl with a Midwest heart. Yes, I love beer, cheese and the Green Bay Packers. Proud 2018 graduate from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisc. where I studied journalism and digital media. It's where my curiosity intensified for story telling as I learned not only how to tell stories with words but also visually and with audio. Currently, I am the night breaking news and general assignment reporter intern. I'm also a producer and editor for our entertainment podcast, Life of the Party. I enjoy meeting new people and finding out what makes them tick. I want to hear your story and your concerns about the community. If I’m not in the newsroom, you can usually find me working toward my Olympic dreams by riding and competing my horse, Gossip Girl.

Two-year-old drowns in Brooksville

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The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Watch: Video shows Pinellas deputy striking inmate in wheelchair, Sheriff’s Office says

In a video released by authorities, sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Hull is seen striking Pinellas jail inmate Taylor Schuessler as Schuessler sat in a wheelchair, the Sheriff’s Office said. Hull was fired. [Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office]
The incident occurred Sept. 24 when Aaron Hull was counseling a group of inmates. One of them, Taylor Schuessler, started to act out, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Pinellas jail deputy fired for hitting inmate who uses wheelchair

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Aaron Hull, 46, was with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for almost 13 years. He was disciplined for a similar incident in 2015.

After 43 years, Seminole’s Allen Sports Center will close its doors

Don Bates, the owner of Allen Sports Center, inside the store he opened in Seminole in 1975. He is closing down the retail operation. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Don Bates opened Allen Sports Center in 1975 and built it into a pillar of youth sports. The retail side will close Feb. 9.

Man who ambushed Clearwater officers: ‘I’m ready to die, everybody’s going to die.’

In this image taken from video Clearwater Police officers are seen along with a suspect Wayne Falana Jr., 35, top left, in this Dec. 26, 2018 image. According to Clearwater Police Flana opened fire on Clearwater police officers as they were checking on a woman’s welfare, police said. Falana was killed, an officer was injured and police were still searchi ng for the woman. [Clearwater Police Department]
Wayne Falana Jr. assaulted his girlfriend, then opened fire on the officers who investigated, authorities said. He was shot 16 times in the ensuing gun battle.