Felonies

Seminole Woman Charged with Murder After Allegedly Stabbing Husband to Death

Evidently developing a rage that turned murderous, a Seminole woman was arrested late last week after authorities say she plunged a knife into her husband’s chest, killing him. Fifty-one-year-old Mary Georgia Pender-Michielson of unincorporated Seminole dialed 9-1-1 early Monday morning […]... [Read More]

Former HARC Exec Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison After Guilty Plea

The former chief financial officer of a private agency dedicated to helping the mentally disabled will be spending two years in federal prison for allegedly illegally diverting Social Security payments from individuals under their care. Frank Pannullo was also sentenced […]... [Read More]

Allegedly Inebriated Plant City Man Faces DUI Manslaughter Charges After Running Red Light and Striking Motorcyclist

Troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol say a Plant City man was legally intoxicated when he piloted his vehicle through a red light and fatally struck a motorcyclist. Jorge Alberto Mejia Perez was driving his Nissan Maxima westbound on Knights […]... [Read More]

DUI Manslaughter Charges for Tampa Man in Connection with Fatal Wreck in November

The Tampa Police Department arrested a man last week they say is responsible for the death of a motorcyclist last November. Authorities accuse Nelson Froilan Massanet-Beltran of being inebriated when he was driving down Sheldon Road on a November evening […]... [Read More]

Florida Schedules First Execution Since Early 2016

After months of legal and legislative maneuvering, the state of Florida has scheduled the first execution since January 2016. Mark James Asay was scheduled last week to be put to death at 6 P.M. on August 24 in Florida’s death […]... [Read More]

Clair-Mel Man in Hillsborough County Jail Charged with Manslaughter in 2016 Madeira Beach Death

Already a guest of the Hillsborough County sheriff, a Clair-Mel man is now facing manslaughter charges in Pinellas County for an altercation that led to the death of his girlfriend late last year. Michael Thomas Valenti was arrested in early […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Sentenced to 5-1/2 Years in Prison on Federal Money Laundering Charges

A Tampa man was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in federal prison last week after admitting in January to laundering money for financial hackers. Anthony R. Murgio wept as he told a U.S. district judge in Manhattan that he made significant […]... [Read More]

Spring Hill Man Charged with Elder Exploitation After Alleged $100K Theft from Father

A Spring Hill man was arrested late last month and returned to Hernando County over a year after a warrant was issued for his arrest on allegations that he stole over $100,000 from his father. Vincent James Caliendo was arrested […]... [Read More]

Murder Charges for Man Who Allegedly Shoots Girlfriend at East Tampa Filling Station

Little is known about the circumstances that led to the alleged attack, but Tampa police say that an armed altercation between a man and his girlfriend left her dead and him the perpetrator of her murder. Officers of the TPD […]... [Read More]

Trial on Fraud Charges Ahead for Former Gainesville Employee After Allegedly Spending City Funds on Augmentation Surgery on Her Rear

A now-former employee of the city of Gainesville is facing felony fraud charges after an investigation uncovered instances of her allegedly spending city funds on, among other things, buttock augmentation surgery. Initially described as a competent employee who was always […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Gets Automatic Life Sentence for 2013 Slaying of Convenience Store Clerk

A Tampa 24-year-old will spend the remainder of his natural life in the Florida prison system after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder on Tuesday. Prosecutors opted not to pursue the death penalty against Lawrence Robert Bongiovanni due to […]... [Read More]

Remorse and Cooperation Turns a Possible Life Sentence to Seventeen Years in Prison for Plant City Man

Staring life in federal prison in the face, a Plant City man’s tearful remorse for his crimes led the presiding judge to sentence him to seventeen years behind bars instead. Telling a story of an early life marred by grinding […]... [Read More]

Former FDOT Employee and Spouse Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges

A Lakeland husband-and-wife duo were indicted by a federal grand jury last week as they are alleged to have used her position at the Florida Department of Transportation to illegally funnel tax money into his own pockets. Tracy Dean Tronco […]... [Read More]

Sextet Charged with Stealing Credit Card Numbers from Hillsborough Co., Pinellas Co. Gas Pumps

Six Hillsborough county residents are facing fraud charges and a seventh individual is still being sought for the same for allegedly participating in a scheme to illegally harvest credit card numbers using scanning machines placed on gas pumps. Investigators with […]... [Read More]

Slaying Over Illegal Drugs in Largo Hotel Leads to Murder Charge for Transient Man

Pinellas County officials say an argument over illicit drugs precipitated a murder in a motel in Largo, and have charged a transient man in connection with the killing. Authorities say Angel Enrigue Martinez became enmeshed in a disagreement with Ricky […]... [Read More]