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Suspect Charged with Four Counts of First-Degree Murder in Seminole Heights Slayings

A six-week-long manhunt came to a close last week after Tampa police apprehended the man they suspect of four killings in Seminole Heights. Following up on a tip from the manager of the fast-food restaurant at which he works, Tampa […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Accused of DUI with Serious Injury After Allegedly Causing Wrong-Way Wreck on Campbell Causeway

A St. Petersburg man was arrested last week after authorities say he drove the wrong way while intoxicated on the Courtney Campbell Causeway and initiated a wreck that injured a handful of people. Police say that Collin John Cole piloted […]... [Read More]

Florida Executes Man Convicted of 1991 North Tampa Double Murder

The state of Florida put to death the third individual of the year last week when it carried out the death sentence given to Patrick Charles Hannon on Wednesday. Florida corrections officials ended Hannon’s life at ten minutes to nine […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Charged with Hit and Run After Fatal Bicycle Accident

A Tampa man is facing charges after police say he fled the scene of an accident that left a bicyclist dead. According to police, Aristeo Antonio Pascual was navigating his bicycle on the exit ramp from eastbound Interstate 4 to […]... [Read More]

Texas Woman Sentenced in Tampa to 40 Years in Prison on Fraud Convictions

A Texas woman was sentenced to four decades in federal prison in a Tampa courtroom last week after being convicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges. According to federal prosecutors, Priscilla Ann Ellis was part of a three-person conspiracy, […]... [Read More]

Deaf Tampa Man’s Bid for Parole in 1983 Murder Conviction Denied

A hearing-impaired Tampa man convicted of a 1981 murder will remain in prison until at least 2020 after state parole commissioners decline to consider his request for early release. Felix Garcia, now 56, was convicted in the summer of 1983 […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Charged with Murder After Allegedly Calling Neighbor to Car and Fatally Shooting Him

Witnesses say a Tampa man beckoned a neighbor to his car, produced a firearm from within it, and fatally shot him. Authorities say Matthew and Susan Downey were standing outside of their home in Sun Bay South last weekend when […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Collared on Fourth DUI Since October

A Tampa resident has been picked up by authorities for the fourth time in under a year on suspicion of drunken driving. Hillsborough County deputies say Juan Gabriel Velasco-Arcos was witnessed by other drivers piloting his 2005 Chevrolet pick-up truck […]... [Read More]

Tampa Coin Dealer Accused of Grand Theft After Allegedly Defrauding Customers Out of $220,000

A local coin dealer is being charged with a raft of grand theft counts as police say he defrauded over two dozen customers out of a combined total of almost a quarter million dollars. Pinellas County investigators allege the 55-year-old […]... [Read More]

Suspect in July Tampa Murder Arrested in Polk County

Authorities in Polk county say they have apprehended the man who killed a Tampa man last month after an argument. According to Tampa police, Julius R. Carter and Dejonta Felder were arguing in the street in the Florence Villa neighborhood […]... [Read More]

Oldsmar Man Allegedly Offers Arresting Officer $10,000 Bribe After DUI Arrest

Tampa police say an Oldsmar man attempted to bribe an officer after he was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and possessing illegal drugs. Tampa PD Officer Douglass Bailey says he witnessed a late-model Acura sedan being driven erratically […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Sentenced to Almost a Decade in Prison on Federal Wire Fraud Conviction

Already serving a sentence for allegedly engaging in a similar scheme, a Tampa man received almost a decade more to serve in federal prison last week for a new conviction on charges of investment fraud. Anthony J. Klatch Jr. stood […]... [Read More]

Alleged Drug Robbery Gone Bad Nets Tampa Man Charge of Felony Murder

Authorities say a drug deal gone bad led to a fatal shooting at an apartment complex in the North Tampa neighborhood last week. Tampa police arrested Alexeis Perez whom they say killed Antonio Roman around midday last Wednesday. According to […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Charged in Busch Gardens Motel Slaying

A Tampa man with a significant history in the Florida prison system was arrested last week, accused of a shooting death at a Busch Gardens hotel. Tampa police arrested Christopher Lee Carithers in front of an East Tampa residence on […]... [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]