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Tampa Man Arrested on Courthouse Steps to Face Second-Degree Murder Charge

Within moments of leaving a Hillsborough County courtroom on a related charge of evidence tampering, a Tampa man was cuffed and hustled back to the county jail to face second-degree murder charges. Tyler Chase Bardin is accused by Hillsborough County […]... [Read More]

Tampa Authorities Say Errant Spit Leads to Road-Rage Murder

Authorities say that an altercation that started with a careless spit escalated into a fatal road-rage incident on Fowler Avenue last week. Witnesses told Tampa police that the situation began when Gilbert Serna, the passenger in a truck driven by […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Accused in Fatal Hit-and-Run Never Issued License to Drive in Florida

Hillsborough County authorities say a man suspected of leaving the scene of a deadly car accident on St. Patrick’s Day has never had a proper driver’s license in the state of Florida. Tampa police say Tracy Evereth Wood was driving […]... [Read More]

Alleged Street Racer in Fatal Accident Apprehended Almost Three Months Later

Tampa authorities say the man allegedly responsible for a fatal car accident eluded their grasp for almost three months before they were finally caught up with him. Per Tampa police, Jeff Desange and Jorey G. Christophe were engaged in illegal […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Accused of Second-Degree Murder After Allegedly Firing Upon Officers Attempting to Execute Arrest Warrant

Initially sought for arrest on a warrant for firearms and making threats, a Tampa man allegedly wounded an arresting officer before being taken into custody. Tampa Police Department officers arrived at the home of Walter Richard “Richie” Jeziorski III early […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Arrested in Father’s Slaying in Temple Crest

A Tampa man was arrested last week and is accused by authorities of fatally stabbing his father last month. Eighteen-year-old Ismael Abdirashid Ali was apprehended on February 26 on suspicion of killing his father ten days earlier. Police say his […]... [Read More]

Charged in 2015 Slaying, Tampa Man’s Murder Trial Ends in Guilty Verdict

A Hillsborough County jury delivered a guilty verdict in the trial of a Tampa man who prosecutors allege killed another man based upon his accusations of theft. The jury wasted little time in deliberating prior to telling Hillsborough Circuit Judge […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Charged With Murder in Alleged Hammer Attack

A Tampa man is in jail this afternoon facing charges of first-degree murder after Hillsborough County authorities say he admitted to breaking into an East Lake-Orient Park home and attacking its owner with a hammer. Deputies say Sean Joseph Anderson […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Man Charged with DUI After Allegedly Causing Two Separate Wrong-Way Accidents

Tampa police say a Clearwater man drunkenly drove the wrong way on the Veteran’s Expressway last week, causing (and leaving) two car accidents in the process. Daniel Livoti stands accused of piloting his vehicle in a southerly direction on the […]... [Read More]

Returned from Spain in Chains, Tampa Man Pleads Guilty to 2012 DUI Manslaughter Charges

A Tampa man who allegedly fled the country to avoid responsibility for a deadly drunk-driving accident was sentenced to fifteen years in Florida prison last week. Hillsborough County authorities say Christopher Ponce was intoxicated while driving southbound in the northbound […]... [Read More]

East Tampa Restaurant Owner Facing Decades in Federal Prison Over Alleged Tax Fraud Scheme

The proprietor of an East Tampa soul-food restaurant is accused by the Federal government of falsifying scores of tax returns using stolen identities and retrieving the fraudulent refunds via debit card transfers at her restaurant. Natalie Rene Panko pled guilty […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Holes Up in Apartment After Allegedly Killing Mother’s Boyfriend

A Tampa man hid in his apartment for several hours after allegedly killing his mother’s boyfriend before a SWAT team flushed him out according to Hillsborough County authorities. Neighbors at the Egypt Lake-Leto apartment complex say trouble has long been […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Charged with Felony Murder After Alleged Drug Deal Turns Deadly

Despite never having touched the murder weapon himself, a Tampa man is facing murder charges in the death of a friend. Hillsborough County authorities say Daundrea Lamar Butler and his friend Ecru Richardson were engaged in the sale of illicit […]... [Read More]

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]