Misdemeanors

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]

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]

Pinellas Park Man Charged with DUI Manslaughter After Fiery Crash

Eight people were injured and a ninth was killed in a fiery car crash that officers of the Florida Highway Patrol say was the result of a Pinellas Park man drunkenly driving the vehicle several of them occupied. Eighteen-year-old Donavan […]... [Read More]

Lakeland Dance Instructor Sentenced to Twelve Years in Prison for Alleged 2015 DUI Manslaughter

A Lakeland dance instructor was sentenced to a dozen years in Florida prison last Monday after being found guilty of DUI manslaughter. Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office say Brian A. DeFreitas was driving home in early October 2015 […]... [Read More]

Pinellas County Detention Deputy Terminated After DUI Arrest

A corporal of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office was terminated last month after deputies from her department arrested her on suspicion of DUI. JoAnna Michelle Barker was stopped by deputies at Gulf Boulevard and Coral Avenue at a quarter to […]... [Read More]

Woman Allegedly Involved in 2010 Shooting Death of Tampa Officers to Face State Charges

A Seffner woman was released from federal custody today but is all but certain to face state charges for actions she’s alleged to have committed leading up to her custody in the federal prison system. Cortnee Nicole Brantley was freed […]... [Read More]

Tampa Woman Crashes Into North Forest Hills Home While Allegedly Under the Influence

A home at the end of Pine Lake Drive is worse for the wear after a Tampa woman allegedly struck it with her vehicle last week. Officers of the Tampa Police Department say Danica Ellen Zagara had already been involved […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Man Charged with Boating Under the Influence After Alleged String of Collisions on Water

Two broken boats and an obliterated dock were left in the wake of a Clearwater man who, according to police, took to the waters in his own vessel on Thanksgiving in a state of impairment brought on by an excess […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Man Out on Bail on Vehicular Homicide Charges Arrested Again After Allegedly Absconding

A man from Clearwater who is awaiting trial on charges for initiating a car crash that took the life of a school crossing guard was arrested on Friday after he allegedly fled from police while in possession of illegal drugs. […]... [Read More]

Pinellas Among Top Counties for Drug Arrests in Florida

A report from the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch identifies Pinellas County as residing among the top five counties in the state for arrest rates for drug possession. The report, entitled Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll […]... [Read More]

Ex-Buccaneers TE Sefarian-Jenkins Charged with Drunk Driving

Now-former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was about to end a traffic stop with a Florida Highway Patrol officer last Friday with only a warning. But, according to the officer, Sefarian-Jenkins told him a meandering tale about life […]... [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]

Clearwater Mother Charged with DUI, Child Neglect

Patricia Waggener of Clearwater faces several charges after Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies arrested her for driving under the influence with her children in the car. The 27-year-old Waggener was arrested at noon last Friday and charged with misdemeanor DUI and […]... [Read More]

Buccaneers Rookie Arrested for DUI

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie receiver Mike Williams was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of driving under the influence. Williams was driving in east Hillsborough County, near U.S. 301 and Causeway Boulevard, allegedly speeding. He was pulled over for driving […]... [Read More]