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Anastasia Dawson

Times Staff Writer

Hurricane 2018: Gear up to gut it out. Prepare your kit now.

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In the months before Hurricane Irma plotted a path through the heart of Tampa Bay, analysts and experts dubbed the region the most vulnerable metropolitan area in the United States to a direct hurricane strike.

Legal giant Barry Cohen, battling leukemia, sued for back rent on penthouse office

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TAMPA — Unless his private practice makes good on seven months of unpaid rent, heavyweight criminal defense attorney Barry Cohen may soon be looking for an attorney of his own, court documents show.

According to a...

Details emerge in fiery crash that killed prominent Moffitt doctor

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TEMPLE TERRACE — Investigators say an orange Dodge Charger was moving about 90 mph when it ran a red light and broadsided a prominent doctor’s car last month on Fowler Avenue.

Orlando armed carjacking suspect on the run in Hillsborough, authorities say

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PLANT CITY — Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for an armed man responsible for a string of Wednesday morning carjackings, including one that involved gunfire, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s...

‘Freak gust’ gives Ruskin park residents a fright

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TAMPA — For a few moments late Monday night, Jeff Hinton’s new home in Ruskin’s Paradise Mobile Home and RV Park felt less like paradise and more like his native Iowa’s "Tornado Alley."

In an instant, the rain that...

Deputies find parents who fled with newborn; 1-month-old is safe

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TAMPA — The 1-month-old infant reported missing Monday was found hours later about 300 miles north in Quincy, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Sage Cooper was reported to be unharmed, official...

Retiring Tampa cop’s son pleads guilty to hazing in death of FSU student

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TAMPA — A Leon County judge sentenced the son of former Tampa Assistant Police Chief Marc Hamlin on Monday to 60 days in jail for a role in the November hazing death of a 20-year-old Florida State University student.

Your neighborhood smoke shop may have just been busted

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TAMPA — Law enforcement agents announced a crackdown Monday on the coordinated theft and illegal trade of cigarettes, accusing two Hillsborough County men of racketeering and 15 store operators of buying bootleg smokes o...

Durant High School football player shot to death at Brandon gas station

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PLANT CITY — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death Sunday night of a senior on Durant High School’s football team at a Brandon gas station.

Twitter accounts for the Plant City...

Tampa man who hid gun in slaying of mom’s boyfriend now faces murder charge, deputies say

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TAMPA — As soon as Tyler Bardin walked out of a county courtroom Thursday, deputies put him in handcuffs and carted him to jail on a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend.

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Man accused of setting off pipe bomb behind Tampa home said to enjoy playing with explosives

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TAMPA — Joseph David Caltagirone has always loved playing with explosives, his brother said. They fueled the Tampa man’s dreams of becoming an engineer and led him to jobs at companies like Intel and Honeywell.

Tha...

Woman reportedly struck by lightning in Sun City Center

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SUN CITY CENTER — A woman was reportedly struck by lightning Tuesday morning as a band of strong winds and heavy rains made its way through Hillsborough County.

Dispatchers received a 911 call at 11:35 a.m. reques...

Deputies say man arrested in Tampa drive-by shooting is Bloods gang member

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TAMPA — A 28-year-old man arrested in a drive-by shooting that took place in Town ’N Country last month was identified as a member of the Bloods criminal gang, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

‘I’m ready to do it again,’ Georgia man said after 2005 police shootout, and he did, one last time, in Tampa

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TAMPA — Timothy Orlando Wyatt came to Tampa with guns blazing.

The Georgia fugitive sprayed police officers with bullets during a high-speed chase down Interstate 275 on Sunday and continued firing even while atte...

Man began Easter by killing girlfriend in Georgia, then died in shootout with Tampa cops, police say

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TAMPA — The drama unfolded near sunrise over a quiet Atlanta suburb on Easter Sunday. Police found a young mother dead in her home and two of her three sons injured by gunfire.

Shots erupted again at sunset, this t...

Coleman Middle School parents back principal facing abuse allegation

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TAMPA — Coleman Middle School principal Michael Hoskinson didn’t fidget, show emotion or even utter a single word during the news conference called Thursday to address the abuse allegations levied against him by a 13-yea...

Break-in at suspected Riverview grow house results in gunfire

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RIVERVIEW — Deputies flooded into an affluent community early Wednesday after a break-in at a suspected grow house erupted in gunfire.

Just after midnight, two armed men entered 12524 Burgess Hill Drive in the Pant...

Man accused of fleeing fatal crash wasn’t licensed to drive

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TAMPA — Tracy Evereth Wood was 14 when a judge preemptively suspended his learner’s permit for possessing tobacco. It happened again at 15.

He still had no driver’s license at 21 when he went to prison for seven ye...

Tampa Fire Rescue battles warehouse fire at Ybor City recycling plant

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re battling a large fire Monday inside the city’s Waste Management Transfer Station in Ybor City.

Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny said crews responded to the warehouse at the corner of 34th Street and Four...

March For Our Lives draws about 15,000 in Tampa Bay

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Thousands in the Tampa Bay area joined crowds across the state and nation Saturday to say "Never Again" — the mantra for many protesting gun violence since last month, when a school shooting in Broward County left 17 dea...

Tampa march for student safety, gun laws draws 13,000-plus

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TAMPA — Susana Matta Valdivies has always been afraid of public speaking.

Now 17, she remembers how her stutter made her even more nervous to talk in front of classmates on her first day of school, shortly after he...

Tampa police: Street racer charged in fatal January crash

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TAMPA — After a nearly three month-long search, Tampa police say they’ve arrested the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run crash sparked by an apparent drag race on a busy East Tampa thoroughfare.

Investigat...