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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]

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]