Monday, November 19, 2018

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Tony Marrero

Tony Marrero

Tony Marrero covers breaking news and general assignment stories in Hillsborough County. A Baltimore native, he joined the Times in 2009.



The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the person they say intentionally set a fire at a house in Clair-Mel City on Nov. 15, 2018, in which three people were found dead. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]

Firefighters discover three murder victims in burning Tampa house

Deputies are looking for a man caught on surveillance video carrying gas can outside the house. The bodies were found Thursday by firefighters.
Published: 11/16/18
Reginald Mosley, 31, was arrested Wednesday after leading Tampa police on a brief car chase that ended in a crash, Tampa police said. [Tampa Police Department]

Police release name of man accused of leading officers on car chase that ended in crash

Reginald Mosley, 31, is charged with fleeing from police and attempted carjacking, among other crimes. A passenger in the car he was driving is still at large.
Published: 11/15/18
A wrong-way driver slammed into her on the Howard Frankland Bridge. She's alive and grateful.

A wrong-way driver slammed into her on the Howard Frankland Bridge. She's alive and grateful.

Andrea Rusch, a 24-year-old bartender at Ferg's Sports Bar and Grill in St. Petersburg, has undergone three surgeries but is expected to be discharged from St. Joseph's Hospital this week.
Published: 11/13/18
Updated: 11/14/18
The family of Christobal Lopez, the man fatally shot last month by now-former Lakeland City Commissioner Michael Dunn, released this undated photo Tuesday along with a statement saying they want to see justice done. [Photo courtesy Lopez family via Morgan and Morgan]

'We just keep asking why,' says family of man shot dead by Lakeland store owner

Christobal Lopez's family describe him as a peaceful man and criticize a judge's decision to let his killer, now-former Lakeland City Commissioner Michael Dunn, go on an out-of-state vacation.
Published: 11/13/18
Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister, far right, joined other Florida sheriffs in Pinellas County earlier this year to announce a new protocol with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement giving sheriffs legal cover to hold suspected undocumented immigrants in local jails for up to 48 hours after they're no longer being held on local charges. Chronister later decided not to sign the agreement but his office is still honoring ICE detainer requests. [Times files]

Hillsborough Sheriff's Office spurns ICE agreement but is still holding immigrants for the agency

TAMPA — Ten months ago, Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister stood among a dozen or so Florida sheriffs to announce a new arrangement with federal immigration officials to deal with a legal quandary.The new agreement with U.S.
Published: 11/12/18
Michael Dunn, left, faces a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Christobal Lopez, a man he suspected of shoplifting at his Lakeland army surplus store. Dunn resigned from the Lakeland City Commission after his arrest. [Polk County Sheriff's Office]

Judge okays wedding anniversary trip for Lakeland store owner facing murder charge

LAKELAND — A former Lakeland city commissioner charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a man he suspected of shoplifting is on house arrest, but that won't stand in the way of a weekend trip he had planned with his wife next month to...
Published: 11/09/18
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Hillsborough deputies release name of woman found dead on side of Lutz road

LUTZ — Deputies on Thursday released the name of a woman found dead on the side of a north Hillsborough road a day earlier.Passing motorists found the body of 22-year-old Mollee Serafin on the side of Sierra Pines Boulevard shortly...
Published: 11/08/18
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Hillsborough deputies: Woman’s body found on side of Lutz road

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday morning it is conducting a death investigation off Sierra Pines Boulevard, just north of Lutz Lake Fern Road W.
Published: 11/07/18
Florida House 60: Republican Jackie Toledo appears headed to victory over Democrat Debra Bellanti

Florida House 60: Republican Jackie Toledo appears headed to victory over Democrat Debra Bellanti

A win for Toledo means she'll head back to Tallahassee for a second term.
Published: 11/06/18
Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister was appointed to the post last year and is running for his first full term as a republican. He faces Democrat Gary Pruitt, a former Tampa police corporal. [Times file]

Hillsborough Sheriff: Chad Chronister poised to win over Gary Pruitt

David Gee's hand-picked successor has strong lead with most precincts reporting
Published: 11/06/18