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Anastasia Dawson

Times Staff Writer

Hillsborough deputy charged with attacking, threatening to shoot wife


TAMPA — A Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy accused of choking, beating and holding a service weapon to her wife’s head was arrested early Wednesday on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


Epilogue: William Wade, scorned as FSU princess, helped others rise through music


TAMPA — No matter where he went, no matter what he did, a spotlight always seemed to follow William Gerald Wade.

At 6-foot-5, the musician was destined to draw attention by stature alone. But friends say Wade never...

Hillsborough Sheriff: Student, 18, arrested after cafeteria brawl


GIBSONTON — A lunchroom brawl at East Bay High School on Wednesday ended with the arrest of an 18-year-old student, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Justin Rohena faces felony charges of disru...

Tampa police: Man set home on fire with people inside


TAMPA — A 35-year-old man is accused of setting fire to his neighbor’s home on Tuesday while people were still inside, according to Tampa police.

Omar Raul Lopez Figueroa, 35, was arrested that day on felony charge...

Tampa Palms man charged in neo-Nazi double murder to stay in state mental hospital for treatment until competent to stand trial


TAMPA — The former neo-Nazi who told police he killed two of his roommates because they mocked his conversion to Islam will be sent to a state-funded mental facility until his doctors declare he is mentally competent to ...

Florida Supreme Court reprimands Tampa lawyer Natalie K. Khawam


TAMPA — The Florida Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded Tampa lawyer Natalie K. Khawam, the sister of Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite who helped expose the 2012 sex scandal that led to the resignation of former CIA D...

Tampa judge sentences man to 330 years after repeat trips to the Philippines to have sex with children and make child porn


TAMPA — A Venice man convicted of producing child pornography and regularly traveling to the Philippines to have sex with children was sentenced Friday to spend 330 years in federal prison.

In October, a federal j...

Girl Scouts camp sold to member of Tampa’s Lykes family


ODESSA — The 63-year-old lakeside summer camp had no air conditioning or electricity. Cabin floors were often covered in grime, and cobwebs clung to the windows.

But under new ownership, the 18.6 acres of Florida w...

David Brunson convicted of murdering Freedom High senior in dispute over cell phone


TAMPA — They heard two very different explanations for the 2015 shooting death of a Freedom High School senior, but a Hillsborough County jury needed less than an hour Thursday to declare David Brunson guilty of murder. ...

Once sentenced to life, man who killed disabled teen could go free in two years


TAMPA — David Timothy Sheren spends his days studying world religions, attending self-improvement courses and caring for disabled inmates in the clinic at Columbia Correctional Institute, his attorneys say.

Those ...

Answer: 37. Question: How many deputies did it take to break up a Wharton High brawl Thursday?


TAMPA — It took 37 deputies to break up a brutal student brawl at Wharton High School Wednesday, but Hillsborough County sheriff’s officers say that fight was just the latest to erupt on two high school campuses this mon...

UF student from Hillsborough charged with sexual battery


TAMPA — A University of Florida student from Hillsborough County was arrested Tuesday after a woman said he sexually assaulted her in late 2016, when he was 20 and she was 17, Gainesville police reported.


With a mother’s pillow and grandparents’ love, children orphaned after boat fire learn a new life


CARROLLWOOD — The yellow ranch house on Nicklaus Circle used to be "Grandma and Grandpa’s house." The brother and sister would sometimes drop by with their mother.

But the mother is gone now, and the home is their ...

Wife filed for divorce before Apollo Beach murder-suicide


TAMPA — Days before Beata Rosa’s husband killed her and then killed himself, she filed for divorce and tried to freeze his assets, court records show.

Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies discovered the Rosas dea...

Police searching for suspect in robbery at Seminole Hard Rock casino


TAMPA — The police department serving the Seminole Tribe of Florida is searching for a man who robbed a cashier at gunpoint early Friday inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino poker room.

Despite a massive se...

Hillsborough commissioners consider legal action after county-wide 911 outage


TAMPA — Hillsborough County commissioners told staff attorneys Thursday to investigate whether the board can take legal action against Frontier Communications for knocking out the county’s 911 phone service during a mass...

Hillsborough prosecutors drop case against foster mom accused of killing toddler


RIVERVIEW — For nearly a year since her arrest, LaTamara Stackhouse Flythe has quietly battled allegations of murder and child abuse after a 17-month-old foster boy died in her care.

Hillsborough prosecutors close...

Hockey, wedding and heavenly condemnation — this year’s Gasparilla wasn’t the usual



As Lord Stanley’s Cup, surrounded by swashbucklers, barreled toward the shoreline on the deck of the Jose Gasparilla around noon Saturday, the singularity of Tampa’s spirit was on full display:

Mom who died after casino boat fire had complained of breathing problems


Carrie Dempsey was bubbly and bright. The cheerful "Coupon Queen" led penny-pinching seminars at local libraries and had a warm, fluttering laugh often described as contagious.

She was healthy and active, a regular...

FDLE: Tampa man claiming to be dentist lied through teeth


TAMPA — Paper towels soaked in blood, dental gauzes stained with fluids and extracted human teeth were all taken out with the trash at the home of a Tampa man who was arrested Wednesday for operating a dental practice wi...

Baby, 11 months, dies in reported drowning at Brandon apartments’ pool


BRANDON — An 11-month-old girl’s parents said their daughter drowned in an apartment complex pond Monday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

The infant and her parents were not publicly identifi...