Gulfport Man, Two Others, OD on Drugs He Allegedly Brought to Pinellas County Jail

Three inmates of the Pinellas County Jail landed in the hospital after overdosing on drugs allegedly brought into the facility by one of their number. Robert Gilner was booked into jail early last week for driving under the influence and […]... [Read More]

Suicidal Comment Leads to Alleged Murder Victim and First-Degree Murder Charge for Tampa Man

An alleged suicidal comment led to the arrest of a Tampa man who authorities believe murdered his girlfriend. Last Saturday Hector Favio “Pops” Acevedo allegedly called his mother Maria Soto, telling her that he wished to end his own life. […]... [Read More]

Seminole Man Charged with DUI After Allegedly Driving Eight Miles the Wrong Way on I-275 Through St. Pete

Troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol say a Seminole man drove almost eight miles the wrong direction on Interstate 275 through St. Petersburg last Monday while intoxicated and without striking another driver. Twenty-six-year-old Nicholas Michael Sanchez is alleged to have […]... [Read More]

Second Trial Yields Acquittal for Defendant in 2006 Oldsmar Homicide

The second time was a charm for a man first convicted six years ago for a 2006 murder, as a Pinellas County jury opted not to convict a Mississippi man again for the crime last week. Twenty-nine-year-old Hector Josue Vasquez-Padilla […]... [Read More]

Bail Remains at $1.5 Million for St. Pete Man Accused of Lighting Girlfriend Aflame

A St. Petersburg man who has been held in jail since last summer will remain there for the foreseeable future after his request for a lower bail was denied. Authorities say John Martin Riggins doused his then-girlfriend Sheron Pasco with […]... [Read More]

Holiday Driver Charged with DUI After Allegedly Fatally Striking Cyclist While Impaired by Cannabis

A Holiday man is accused of driving while impaired by cannabis after he allegedly struck and killed a cyclist in Hudson last week. Twenty-five-year-old Ali Hassan Hazime was driving his 2007 Ford Explorer south on U.S. 19 last Sunday evening […]... [Read More]

Navy Officer Charged with Fraud, Arson After House Fire

A twenty-six-year veteran of the U.S. Navy was arrested and charged with arson and insurance fraud last week after investigators say he set fire to his home in order to claim insurance benefits. Lieutenant Nolen John Zander’s home caught fire […]... [Read More]

Fatal Bar Fight Leads to Manslaughter Charges for St. Pete Man

A game of pool at a St. Petersburg bar last week ended with one player dead and the other facing manslaughter charges. According to St. Petersburg police, Vincent Hollingsworth and Mario Renard Stephens were playing pool at a Bayview bar […]... [Read More]

Charges Filed Against Tampa Woman for Fatal Hit-and-Run on I-75

The Florida Highway Patrol arrested a Tampa woman last week in connection with a fatal hit-and-run incident on Interstate 75 last May. Authorities say Rusty Lee Harris was walking on the inside northhbound lane of the freeway at the Sun […]... [Read More]

Guilty Plea to Tax Fraud Charges Earns Owner of Accounting Firm with Tampa Office Two Years in Federal Prison

The owner of a public accounting firm with an office in Tampa was sentenced to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud charges. Walter Drakeford, Sr. entered a guilty plea on one count of interfering with […]... [Read More]

Lakeland Teen Charged with Second-Degree Murder After Man’s Corpse Found Aflame Behind Tampa Residence

A suspect in the slaying of a Tampa man whose corpse was found in flames turned himself in to authorities last Sunday. He’s now facing charges of second-degree murder for his alleged actions in connection with the case. Sigfredo Espinel […]... [Read More]

One Dead, Four Others Wounded After Alleged Drive-By Shooting at SoHo Lounge

A bar patron who was asked to leave a SoHo establishment last week allegedly made good on a promise to return with a firearm and is now being charged with first-degree murder for actions authorities say he took upon his […]... [Read More]

Prosecution Pending of Pinellas Prisoner for Possibly Purchasing Personal Products for Peers with Purloined Proceeds

A Clearwater man who is already a guest of the Pinellas County Sheriff stands accused of using stolen credit card numbers to purchase supplies for others within the county’s jail. Robert Bryan Kinzinger was booked into the Pinellas County Jail […]... [Read More]

Allegedly Illegal Window Tinting Leads to Chase and Multiple Felony Charges in New Port Richey

A Dade City native is facing almost two dozen charges after police in New Port Richey say they discovered significant quantities of controlled substances and firearms upon apprehending him after a vehicular chase. Twenty-seven-year-old Lionell Dieon Bates initially attracted the […]... [Read More]

Wounded USF Football Player Charged with Aggravated Assault, Cannabis Possession After Alleged Road-Rage Incident

A football player for the University of South Florida was arrested last week after Tampa police say he was involved in a road-rage incident while in possession of cannabis. Hassan Ismael “Hot” Childs was taken into custody upon his release […]... [Read More]