Paul Guzzo, General Assignment/Vintage Tampa Bay Reporter

Paul Guzzo

General Assignment/Vintage Tampa Bay Reporter

I am a general assignment reporter with specific and varying niches – the local film industry, U.S.-Cuba relations, Tampa history, professional wrestling and the odd and unique people who make up this area. I have been a journalist in Tampa since 1999. In my younger years, I was also an independent filmmaker best known for an award-winning documentary on Charlie Wall, Tampa’s first crime lord. At home, I am married to a woman who is way out of my league and a father of four kids who have diverse career goals – engineer, veterinarian, ballerina, and a “fighting ninja.” As opposed to a pacifist ninja.

How do you digitally scan a world map from Columbusí time? Very carefully.

At the Tampa Bay History Center, Thomas English of Creekside Digital uses high definition photography to digitally scan one of the first maps of Tampa, from 1853. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times] OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times  |  Tampa Bay Times
A map from 1493 will join thousands of others accessible online through work now underway at the Tampa Bay History Center.

Before Tampa Bay Screams, Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman talks ‘hopeless’ Hollywood and horror

Troma Entertainment founder Lloyd Kaufman and his iconic superhero character the Toxic Avenger. [Troma Entertainment]
“This is a horrible industry and the people who control it are pigs,” said the ‘Toxic Avenger’ creator.

Both were pregnant jail inmates. Both pulled off adoption scams, say Pinellas deputies.

Two pregnant who agreed to give up their babies for adoption while in the Pinellas County jail are both accused of defrauding the adopting couples, according to deputies. Left: Ceara Stowe, 26, of Pinellas Park, faces two felony counts of adoption deception because she gave birth to twins. Right: Angelica Lopez, 30, of Largo, faces a single count in her case. [Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office]
The two women were incarcerated at the same time. Both pledged to give up their babies for adoption at the same time. Both misled the adopting couples, according to the Pinellas County...

As ghost stories spread, plans take shape for relocating nearly 100 Robles Park tenants

Tenant representative Reva Iman said people living at Robles Park Village are eager to move out no matter what the reason. Relocation may come sooner rather than later as archaeologists scan the property to see whether bodies were left behind in the long-forgotten Zion Cemetery. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
Part of the public housing project sits atop the long-forgotten Zion Cemetery. Finding one body would trigger the move.

Valrico carjacking suspect in critical condition after suicide attempt in jail

James Hanson Jr., the suspect in Tuesday’s Valrico bank robbery and subsequent carjacking and murder, is seen at a pre-trial detention hearing on Friday, Aug. 09, 2019 at the Hillsborough County courthouse in Tampa.  [ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times]
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office say James Hanson, Jr. confessed to robbing a Valrico bank and strangling a 68-year-old man. Hanson has been in the county jail since that Aug. 6 day.