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Tampa Man Gets Automatic Life Sentence for 2013 Slaying of Convenience Store Clerk

A Tampa 24-year-old will spend the remainder of his natural life in the Florida prison system after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder on Tuesday. Prosecutors opted not to pursue the death penalty against Lawrence Robert Bongiovanni due to […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Accepts Plea Agreement Relating to Deepwater Horizon Fraud

A licensed tax preparer from St. Petersburg pled guilty to federal charges related to fraudulent claims he allegedly filed for businesses attempting to recover non-existent losses from the Deepwater Horizon blowout and resulting oil spill. Joseph Bassler inked a plea […]... [Read More]

Murder Charges Filed Against Tampa Man for USF-Area Killing

Murder charges have been filed against a Tampa man in connection with a corpse discovered in a USF-area home earlier this month. Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kadeem Dareem Archibald at the offices of his defense attorney […]... [Read More]

First-Degree Murder Charges Filed Against Tampa Man After Allegedly Boasting of Twin Killing During Hold-Up of Smoke Shop

A Tampa Palms eighteen-year-old is being held without bond after allegedly leading police detectives to the bodies of two murdered men he earlier claimed to have killed during a hold-up at a nearby smoke shop. Devon Shaun Ryan “Khalid” Arthurs […]... [Read More]

Suicidal Comment Leads to Alleged Murder Victim and First-Degree Murder Charge for Tampa Man

An alleged suicidal comment led to the arrest of a Tampa man who authorities believe murdered his girlfriend. Last Saturday Hector Favio “Pops” Acevedo allegedly called his mother Maria Soto, telling her that he wished to end his own life. […]... [Read More]

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]