Florida

Criminal law news and events throughout the state of Florida

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]

Neighbors’ Ongoing Conflict Allegedly Leads to Murder in Holiday

A months-long conflict came to a head last week in Beacon Square when one neighbor allegedly shot to death another in broad daylight. Qiu Feng Ke and Edward Tudor had been neighbors for four years prior to the events of […]... [Read More]

Holiday Man Faces DUI Charges After Alleged Police Pursuit on U.S. 19

Pinellas County authorities say an allegedly intoxicated Holiday man caused an injury accident as he led deputies on a chase along U.S. 19 last week. PCSD deputies allege Kingzig Montanez of driving at an excessive speed southbound on U.S. 19 […]... [Read More]

Tampa Attorney Facing Drug Trafficking Charges After Cocaine Sting Arrest

A local attorney was arrested last week by Polk County deputies after they say was involved in a cocaine-distribution operation. Deputies with the county’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking task force say they arranged a deal to purchase up to 4 […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Allegedly Attempts to Order a Burrito at Spring Hill Bank While Intoxicated

A Tampa man missed Taco Tuesday by a day and about two blocks when he allegedly attempted to order a burrito at the drive-up window of a Spring Hill bank while intoxicated. Deputies from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office say […]... [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]

Pizza Delivery Leads to Apprehension of Attempted Murder Suspect

What started last week with an alleged drug deal ended with the delivery of a pizza and a charge of attempted murder. According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Luis Marino “Boogie” Nieuwkerk and an unknown group of other individuals […]... [Read More]

Ruskin Man Charged With Attempted Murder in Connection with Shooting at Convenience Store

A Ruskin man is in custody after authorities say he trapped another man with his vehicle and attempted to kill him with a firearm. Hillsborough County deputies say Earl Williams was in his black Cadillac sedan at a convenience store […]... [Read More]

Citrus County Woman Facing DUI, Child Neglect Charges After Series of Wrecks on I-4

Troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol say a mother was intoxicated when she struck a series of cars on I-4 last Tuesday while her two-year-old son was a passenger. Beverly Hills, Florida resident Brianna Dee Knox was piloting her 2001 […]... [Read More]

Deadly Attack on Sexagenarian Pair Yields Murder and Attempted Murder Charges for St. Pete Transient

Pinellas County investigators say a local transient left one dead and another in critical condition after attacking them at their Coquina Key residence. On New Year’s Day St. Petersburg police were summoned to the residence of Paul Dumas and his […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Facing Murder Charges in Death of His Six-Year-Old Stepson

A Tampa man is in jail today after Hillsborough County authorities say he is responsible for the death of his 6-year-old stepson. Hillsborough Fire Rescue responded to a 9-1-1 call to a Seffner hotel in the mid-morning hours of December […]... [Read More]

Collision with Pinellas Deputy Nets St. Pete Man DUI Charges

An alleged collision with a Pinellas Sheriff’s Office vehicle and a subsequent flight from the scene led to charges including drunk driving for a man from St. Petersburg. Pinellas County investigators leveled such accusations against 37-year-old Anthony James Hanna, alleging […]... [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]

Ruskin Wreck Leads to DUI with Injury Charges for Naples Sexagenarian

A Naples man with a significant history of DUI convictions has been charged with several more after troopers say he caused an accident that led to the injury of three children. Per the Florida Highway Patrol, Jesus Sandoval was driving […]... [Read More]

Spring Hill Man Arrested Fifteen Months After Alleged Slaying of Mother

A death by misadventure in the fall of 2016 is being laid at the feet of a Spring Hill man whom authorities arrested late last month, 453 days after the incident. Hernando County authorities allege Albert Henry Nickerson, Jr. was […]... [Read More]