Counties that Use Death Penalty the Most are Fraught with Error and Misconduct: Harvard Law Study

A recent study by Harvard Law School finds that, although death sentences have dropped nationwide, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties are among an exceedingly small group where capital punishment is apparently bucking the trend. The report, entitled “Too Broken to Fix: […]... [Read More]

Septuagenarian Suspected of Slamming Into Sheriff Deputy’s Squad Car While Sloshed

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies accuse a seventy-year-old Tampa man of causing a three-car accident involving a deputy’s vehicle while piloting his own in a state of intoxication. Alfredo Rodriguez-Jimenez was driving down N 15th Street Sunday night when deputies say […]... [Read More]

Pinellas Prosecutors Drop First-Degree Murder Charges in 2014 Homicide

A Clearwater man charged in the murder of a woman whose body was found near the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail was released on Friday after prosecutors dropped the charges against him. Dewayne Jones, who turned 20 almost two months ago […]... [Read More]

One Local Music Teacher Slain, Another Critically Injured by Alleged Drunk Driver

One elementary school music teacher is dead and another is in critical condition after allegedly being struck by a drunk driver early Sunday morning. Pinellas Park Police say that Bryce McCloud, a 36-year old man from St. Petersburg, was driving […]... [Read More]

Suspect in 2010 Slaying Arrested in Mexico

A man on the run from Hillsborough County authorities for almost six years was apprehended in Matamoros, Mexico by officials from the Department of Homeland Security last week. Mario Sanchez Mercado, 27, was apprehended by Mexican authorities in the city […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Arrested in Spain for Allegedly Fleeing DUI and Vehicular Homicide Charges

A Tampa man who has been wanted in connection with allegedly killing another in a drunken wrong-way driving wreck in 2012 was arrested last week on the southern coast of Spain, 4,600 miles away. Authorities allege that Christopher Ponce (aged […]... [Read More]

Arrested Homeless Panhandler Alleged to be Wanted Felon

Officers called to investigate a panhandler obstructing traffic discover that the homeless man they came to investigate is allegedly a wanted felon in possession of a firearm and cannabis. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the corner of Gornto […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Allegedly Causes Fatal Wreck While Being Sought on Previous DUI Charge

A Tampa man already sought by authorities for failing to appear in court to answer a DUI charge is alleged to have run a red light Monday morning, killing a man and seriously injuring his wife. Carlos Yordanis Fleitas-Spiedad was […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Charged After Alleged Road Rage Incident

A Tampa man is facing charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after an alleged road rage incident on Thursday. Authorities allege that 29-year-old Ezekiel Henson was involved in an altercation with a group of motorcyclists on N Nebraska […]... [Read More]

Orlando Man Arrested and Charged Due to Misidentified Doughnut Glaze

An Orlando man was arrested, booked, strip searched, and charged with drug offenses, all over a false positive field test that identified the left-over glaze from his doughnut as crystal methamphetamine. Daniel Rushing, 64, was stopped at around 1 P.M. […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man On the Run After Allegedly Slaying Mother of Three

An alleged murderer is still at large today after Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies say that he shot and killed his girlfriend and wounded another man who attempted to intervene. Antelmo Ontiveros, 28, allegedly fatally shot his girlfriend, Banesa Martinez Herrera, […]... [Read More]

Former CEO of Hillsborough Program for Disabled Adults Indicted on Charges of Fraud Against Government

The man widely considered to be behind the success of a Hillsborough county program for adults with developmental disabilities has now become the fourth person to face charges for defrauding the federal government. Sixty-nine-year-old Richard Lilliston, once the CEO of […]... [Read More]

Pasco County Man Arrested for Living Under Deceased Man’s Identity for Two Decades

Richard Hoagland sits in a Pasco County jail cell today. Declared legally dead in 2003, state and federal authorities say that he has been living life as Terry Jude Symansky, who has been deceased for 25 years next Saturday. According […]... [Read More]

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Settles with Man Paralyzed in Wreck with Deputy for $16 MM

A St. Petersburg man paralyzed in a collision with an unmarked Pinellas County Sheriff’s vehicle has agreed with the sheriff’s office on a $16 million settlement on Wednesday. Local media quoted Sheriff Bob Gualtieri as saying that his office accepts […]... [Read More]

Ecstacy Led to Deaths of Two Concertgoers in Tampa, says Medical Examiner

Abuse of MDMA, known colloquially as “ecstacy,” led to the deaths of a Kissimmee woman and Melbourne man attending a Tampa music festival, according to the Hillsborough County medical examiner. According to officials, Katie Bermudez had turned twenty-one the week […]... [Read More]