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Tony Marrero - Day Cops, Hillsborough Sheriff, Tampa Police Department Reporter

Day Cops, Hillsborough Sheriff, Tampa Police Department 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. Ralph Lewis Wald and wife Johnna Lynn Flores leave the Orient Road Jail on May 30, 2013, after Wald was acquitted in the fatal shooting of his wife's lover.
    An unidentified woman is found dead at their Brandon house. At the same time, the medical examiner confirms the wife has died.
  2. Frank Joseph Fischer, 35, was arrested early Monday after he plowed into the back of a motorcyclist on Interstate 75 in Gibsonton, then kept driving, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The motorcyclist, a 23-year-old Riverview man whose name was not immediately released, died at the scene. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
    Frank Joseph Fischer, 35, was charged with DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene after driving his pickup into the back of the motorcycle, troopers said.
  3. Temple Terrace police are looking for the driver of this green Kia Soul, seen at the Boardwalk at the Morris Bridge apartment complex around the time that two people were shot. Anyone with information was asked to call Temple Terrace police at (813) 989-7110.
    Two men are being sought for questioning in the death of Tyler Drejon Ford, 21, who was found Tuesday at the Boardwalk at Morris Bridge Apartments.
  4. James Hanson, Jr. sits in a wheelchair during his arraignment Tuesday in a Tampa courtroom. Charged in last month's Valrico bank robbery and subsequent carjacking murder of 68-year-old Mathew Korattiyil, Hanson is recovering from a jailhouse suicide attempt last month that left him hospitalized for three weeks.
    A three-week hospital stay has clearly taken its toll on James Hanson, Jr.
  5. James Hanson Jr., the suspect in last month's Valrico bank robbery and subsequent carjacking and murder of 68-year-old Mathew Korattiyil, is seen at a pre-trial detention hearing on Aug. 9. Hanson was transferred back to the Hillsborough County jail after a three-week stay in Tampa General Hospital, where he was treated for injuries from a suicide attempt. [ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times]
    James Hanson, Jr. was placed on life support at Tampa General Hospital after he tried to take his life last month.
  6. Amber Nicole Perera, 29, pleaded guilty Friday to charges that carry a maximum sentence of more than 91 years in connection with a fiery August 2017 crash that killed a family of three.
    Prosecutors say Amber Perera was intoxicated when she caused the chain-reaction crash. The victims were a Tampa couple and their daughter, 8.
  7. Derek Omasta, right, was fatally shot Saturday night during a dispute with a neighbor over parking, Clearwater police say. His wife Samantha, left, was there and says she still doesn't understand why the encounter escalated so quickly and took such a deadly turn.
    Derek Omasta, 31, was gunned down Saturday when an argument with a neighbor escalated, police say.
  8. Hiran Reis Vaz, 53, of Tampa was driving a white Saturn SUV when it plunged from the Howard Frankland Bridge on Wednesday morning after colliding with a pickup truck, authorities said.
    Hiran Reis Vaz was a father of three and native of Brazil who cleaned high-rise windows and liked to fish.
  9. James Hanson Jr., shown hear at a court appearance Aug. 9, missed a date in court this week because he is "medically unable" following a suicide attempt while he was in jail awaiting trial. Hanson was taken to Tampa General Hospital in critrical condition.
    James Hanson Jr. was supposed to be arraigned Thursday after being indicted in the carjacking and murder of 68-year-old Mathew Korattiyil.
  10. A 2006 Saturn SUV is retrieved from the waters below the Howard Frankland Bridge on Wednesday after a two-vehicle crash sent it over the bridge barrier. The search for the driver any other occupants resumed Thursday morning.
    An investigation into the two-vehicle crash could result in criminal charges for the other driver, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said.