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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]

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]

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]

Prosecution Agrees to Plea Agreement for Ex Tampa Cop Accused of Tax Fraud Scheme

A federal judge will hear the details of a plea agreement later this month that may avoid a trial on the merits of a former Tampa homicide detective who has been accused of filing fraudulent tax returns. Eric Houston is […]... [Read More]

Tampa Brothers Charged with Clair-Mel Woman’s Murder

A pair of Tampa brothers have been charged with crimes related to a murder committed last November. Hillsborough County authorities allege that Lewis James Scott, Jr. and his younger brother James Luis “Snoop” Scott are responsible for murdering Clair-Mel’s Evelyn […]... [Read More]

Man Serving Life Since Sixteen Released Under New Sentencing Guidelines

Sentenced to life in prison as a teenager, Floyd Victor LaFountain became a free man on Friday, thanks to a series of Supreme Court decisions regarding sentencing of juveniles. LaFountain was sixteen when he ran away from his home in […]... [Read More]

Alcohol Suspected in Crash that Killed Brandon Man

Officers of the Florida Highway Patrol say that the man piloting a vehicle that ran a red light and struck another and killed its occupant was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Twenty-eight-year-old Johnathan Nicholas […]... [Read More]

Warrant Issued for Suspect in Murder of Clair-Mel Woman

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Tampa man after the battered body of a woman was discovered in a Clair-Mel ditch. On the first day of November an individual riding a horse in the area of […]... [Read More]

Suspect in Wellswood Slaying Captured in Western Louisiana

Detectives from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office have been sent over eight hundred miles to the west to retrieve the prime suspect in a murder committed earlier this week. Forty-three-year-old Keith Earl Davis was apprehended in Sulphur, Louisiana yesterday, mere […]... [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]

Anonymous Tip Leads to Arrest in 2015 Tampa Murder

Tampa police say they have apprehended the man responsible for the first murder of 2015. According to the police, the arrest is the result of an anonymous tip. Reginald Cortez Bowman IV of Tampa was apprehended just before two o’clock […]... [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]