Anastasia Dawson - Breaking News Reporter — Hillsborough

Breaking News Reporter — Hillsborough

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. Valentina "Val" Tomashosky, 17, was scheduled to graduate in a few weeks from Central High School in Brooksville. She died Sunday after stepping on a live power line.
  2. An unidentified patron walks from Rum Runners at the Key West Center Sunday in Palm Harbor. Strong winds ripped a portion of the roof off and downed power lines in the area Sunday.
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  4. Tyler Rorah, 18, of Brooksville, receives a Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine shot from LPN Sonia Woods, right, while receiving his CDC (issued) Covid 10 Vaccination Card during his vaccination appointment on Monday, April 5, 2021, at Saint Leo University, which is serving as the host for the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution for East Pasco County.

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  5. Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses the situation at Piney Point at a press conference in Manatee County on Sunday.
  6. Aerial view overlooking the site of the Piney Point wastewater release on Sunday, April 4, 2021 in Palmetto.
  7. Parishioners gathered for First Unity Spiritual’s sunrise Easter service along the St. Petersburg waterfront, listen to a spiritual message as the sun rises, Sunday, April 4, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  8. Physician Partners of America's Tampa headquarters at 550 N. Reo St. in the Westshore area.
  9. Jordon Coury, 24, gets medical attention in the back of the ambulance after he was struck in the back of the head with a rubber bullet as protesters and police clashed at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
  10. The winning ticket for the $235.4 million Powerball jackpot was sold Saturday at the Publix supermarket at Nebraska and Florida avenues in Lutz.
  11. Joe Haskins set aside more room for bikes than people in his bustling shop at Florida Avenue and Columbus Boulevard. Haskins died Saturday.
  12. Hundreds of people too young to meet the state's criteria wait in line outside Keeney Chapel United Methodist Church on Sunday in hopes of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
  13. Uniformed pallbearers carry away the casket of Master Patrol Officer Jesse Madsen following his funeral Tuesday at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz. Madsen, who served in the Marines and Army Reserves, was to be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
  14. The American flag is draped over the casket as it is carried out towards the end of the funeral services for Master Patrol Officer Jesse Madsen at Idlewild Baptist Church, Lutz.
  15. Officer Jesse Madsen, right, and a partner work patrol along Nebraska Avenue in Tampa. Fellow officers said Wednesday they knew that Madsen, killed in a wrong-way crash, always had their back.
  16. Wrong-way signs at interchanges along Interstate 275 in Tampa are among the simplest tools used by the state Department of Transportation to keep motorists in the right travel lanes.
  17. A photo taken by investigators shows the damage to a car hit from behind by a speeding motorcycle early Sunday on Interstate 275 in Ruskin.
  18. Lesa Andrade, 61, of New Tampa, was arrested Feb. 25 in a federal murder-for-hire case. She was being held in the Pinellas County Jail, awaiting a hearing Wednesday in Kentucky federal court.
  19. This photo shows Paul Allard Hodgkins, 38, holding a Trump flag and wearing a Trump t-shirt as he stands in the Senate chamber during the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, according to a federal complaint. Hodgkins has been arrested and charged in connection to the riots. Records show he lives in Tampa.
  20. Graydon Young, 54, of Englewood, pictured here in a Pinellas County booking photo taken after his arrest on Feb. 15, is charged in connection to the U.S. Capitol riots on Jan. 6, records show.
  21. Ray Hetterich of St. Petersburg surveys the damage to his Florida room from a tornado that spun up his street near the Intracoastal Waterway early Sunday. Hetterich had been nodding off in the room when a tornado warning sounded on his cell phone.
  22. Yuri Andrade of Boca Raton is brought down by Hillsborough sheriff's Deputy Clinton Stearns near the end of Super Bowl 55 at Raymond James stadium. Stearns is convinced he kept his opponent out of the end zone.
  23. Club Prana in Ybor City, which boasted a 5 Story Super Party, was among venues receiving a number of citations during Super Bowl week for violating ordinances aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus.