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Tony Marrero - Hillsborough Law Enforcement Reporter

Hillsborough Law Enforcement Reporter

A Baltimore native, I've lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1998 and have been a reporter here for nearly that long. I joined the Times in 2009 and have covered beats ranging from from education to criminal courts. I now cover breaking news and general assignment stories in the Tampa bureau, which means I never know exactly what will come my way on any given day. I like that variety and enjoy digging to tell readers more about the big stories of the day.

  1. A Cessna sits where it came to rest at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport after crashing into a fence near the corner of Ulmerton Road and Stoneybrook Drive on Monday. The plane's brakes failed upon landing, an airport spokesperson said. The pilot, who was flying alone, was not injured.
  2. Tampa assistant police Chief Ruben “Butch” Delgado speaks at a news conference at the department's downtown headquarters on Feb. 8 after Mayor Jane Castor announced that she had selected Mary O’Connor as her pick for the new police chief. Delgado was serving as interim chief at the time and was one of three finalists. The department confirmed Friday that he is retiring to take a job in the private sector. His last day is July 1.
  3. Tampa police Chief Mary O'Connor holds a copy of "Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement" by Kevin M. Gilmartin while speaking at a news conference Friday. O'Connor called the news conference to highlight progress made during her first 100 days on the job and said she bought 1,400 copies of Gilmartin's book to distribute to department personnel as part of an effort to bolster officer wellness. O'Connor also announced a tweak to the department's pursuit policy.
  4. Firefighters battle a fire that broke out at a home on the 9900 block of Joe Ebert Road on Thursday night. A 10-year-old boy was pulled from the house and hospitalized, authorities said.
  5. The bodies of three people were discovered at a Riverview home Wednesday morning in what is believed to be a double murder-suicide, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
  6. An image from a Tampa Police Department video posted to Facebook shows the aftermath of a police pursuit on March 12 that ended with a stolen Nissan pickup crashing into a Honda Civic, killing 44-year-old Maria Del Carmen Torres. Tampa police Chief Mary O'Connor said the pursuit appeared to be in line with the department's policy because the truck was suspected of being used in at least one auto burglary.
  7. Crysi Marie Coleman, de 18 años, recibió un disparo mortal el 29 de agosto de 2021 por Yanmarkoz Jiménez, de 16 años, según la policía de Tampa. Jiménez dijo que estaba agitando una pistola Glock que pensó que estaba descargada y sin querer le disparó a Coleman. Jiménez está siendo procesado como adulto por cargos de homicidio involuntario y manipulación de pruebas después de que admitió haber llevado a Coleman al hospital, dejarla y luego esconder el arma, dijeron las autoridades.
  8. Crysi Marie Coleman, 18, pictured here in a family photo, was fatally shot on Aug. 29 by 16-year-old Yanmarkoz Jimenez while they were hanging out at the Tampa home of a friend. Jimenez told investigators he was waving a Glock handgun that he thought was unloaded when he unintentionally pulled the trigger, hitting Coleman. Now 17, Jimenez pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter and evidence tampering as part of a deal with prosecutors and a judge sentenced him to five years in state prison.
  9. Michael Jones, 31, was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of DUI manslaughter and DUI with serious injury, the Florida Highway Patrol says.
  10. The Tampa Police Department's downtown headquarters is pictured in March. One Tampa police officer resigned and another officer was suspended in connection to an internal investigation that found they violated department policies by taking a woman to the ground and arresting her last summer, records show.
  11. A mangled Pinch A Penny pickup truck sits at the scene of a crash on Bayshore Boulevard on Jan. 9, 2020 that killed retired Tampa finance executive George Gage. The pickup jumped the curb and struck Gage as he walked along the sidewalk. A Hillsborough jury this week found that the Tampa franchisee who employed the driver was negligent.
  12. Police say Bradley McTaggart, inset, was driving this 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck on James Redman Parkway in Plant City in December 2017 when he suffered an alcohol withdrawal seizure, veered into oncoming traffic and struck another car head-on. A passenger in that car was killed. Prosecutors later charged McTaggart with vehicular homicide, alleging the Seffner mechanic knew or should have known he would have a seizure if he drove that day but got behind the wheel anyway. McTaggart, 41, was sentenced on April 12 to 10 years in prison as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.
  13. A 26-year-old Pinellas Park man was killed Sunday when he and his motorcycle fell from an Interstate 275 entrance ramp in St. Petersburg, troopers said.
  14. Crews work near the intersection of West Gandy Boulevard and Himes Avenue after a water main break there on Thursday prompted officials to close portions of those two busy South Tampa streets. The closures are expected to extend through Monday, city officials said.
  15. Photos of shooting victims Corlenzo Williams, 24, and Vernon Williams, 60, are displayed at a news conference at the St. Petersburg Police Department on Wednesday. Both men were shot while walking on St. Petersburg streets a few days apart, police said. A person of interest in the case was taken into custody in Hillsborough County on Wednesday evening on charges unrelated to the shooting, police said.
  16. Authorities closed a portion of State Road 54 near Ronnoch Boulevard on Thursday morning after a fatal wrong-way crash.
  17. Tampa police Chief Mary O’Connor stands outside the Tampa City Council chambers on March 31. "I would describe the first five weeks, six weeks, as tumultuous, but it also drove me more than ever to prove to the community that I was the right choice for the job," O'Connor said in a recent wide-ranging interview with the Tampa Bay Times.
  18. Esta foto muestra el Ford Mustang 2020 de Daniel Lawrence Hernandez después de que estuvo involucrado en un accidente en la autopista N Dale Mabry el 20 de agosto que mató a Krista Richter, de Lutz, de 65 años. Hernández, un oficial de detención de la Oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Hillsborough fuera de servicio en ese momento, fue arrestado el lunes y acusado de homicidio vehicular y conducción imprudente en relación con el accidente, según muestran los registros. [Cortesía de Ralph Fisher]
  19. This photo shows Daniel Lawrence Hernandez's 2020 Ford Mustang after it was involved in a crash on N Dale Mabry Highway on Aug. 20 that killed 65-year-old Krista Richter of Lutz. Hernandez, an off-duty Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detention deputy at the time, was arrested Monday and charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving in connection to the crash, records show.
  20. A view of the site where the body of welder Mitchel Klock was recovered on Dec. 22. Klock, 23, was killed when the stairwell of the parking garage in Clearwater he was working in collapsed. No major criminal charges are expected as a result of the collapse, Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bruce Bartlett said Monday.
  21. A Tampa police officer talks with a motorist during a traffic stop in 2017 in Tampa's SoHo area. Police Chief Mary O'Connor has committed to working with an outside expert to collect, analyze and make public data on all the department's traffic stops to ensure officers are not racially profiling motorists.
  22. A Tampa police officer speaks to a driver pulled over for speeding along Bayshore Boulevard in 2018. Hillsborough officials are working on a plan to reduce the number of drivers who are arrested in the county for some criminal driving offenses such as driving without a valid license or insurance.
  23. Neil Harrison Gallagher, 26, is pictured in a booking photo taken at the Hillsborough County jail on Monday after he was sentenced as part of a plea agreement to 20 months in state prison for the fatal shooting of his roommate, Eric P. Hansen.
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