Tampa Bay woman, 11-year-old boy had sex up to 20 times the year their baby was born, detectives say.06/28/17Crime
TAMPA — A woman sexually battered an 11-year-old Brandon boy, got pregnant and raised the baby for three years before a tip led to her arrest, Hillsborough County sheriff's officials said.
Marissa Mowry, 25, was jailed in Tampa late Tuesday, first on a capital sexual battery charge punishable by life in prison. On Wednesday, Hillsborough detectives added 14 more charges, including 11 counts of sexual assault by a person with custodial authority....
06/23/17 Human Interest
TAMPA — The rented U-Haul van sped north, a displaced South Tampa peacock named Big Bird resting in the back.
For weeks, advocates of a bird displaced by progress had looked for a new home and a way to get him there.
They'd begun to lose hope of plucking him from his solitary urbanity. But on Saturday, a plan devised by two of the peacock's biggest supporters entered its home stretch. ...
BRANDON — The last time their parents saw them, siblings Kesha and Sebastiano were walking together to the pool at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center about 2:45 p.m. Sunday.
A short time later, brother and sister were found unresponsive, 17-year-old Kesha at the bottom of the 8.5-foot deep pool and her brother, 12, face down in the water with his arm resting on the pool deck, according to case summaries released Wednesday by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office....
BRANDON — A brother and sister found at the bottom of a hotel pool Sunday afternoon have both died, authorities said Tuesday.
Sebastiano Greco, 12, was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday, while his sister Kesha Greco, 17, died Tuesday evening at Tampa General Hospital after initially being listed in critical condition.
Bystanders said the two were unresponsive after they were pulled from the pool at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center about 3 p.m. Sunday. ...
TAMPA — About a year and a half ago, Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee called in Col. Chad Chronister for what would be a career-changing talk.
Sitting with his Chief Deputy José Docobo in Docobo's office, Gee told Chronister he planned to run one more time, for a term ending in 2020. Then he invoked the Sheriff's Office tradition of anointing a successor.
"They said, 'We believe with your capabilities and what you stand for that you will be the right one to lead the office into the future,' " Chronister recalled in an interview last week. "It took my breath away."...
There's a 50 percent chance that an area of low pressure forming in the northwest Caribbean Sea could develop into a tropical depression or storm in the next five days, the National Hurricane Center reported Thursday.
The complex area of low pressure is expected to form over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and the Yucatan peninsula this weekend, forecasters said. Conditions appear to be favorable for gradual development of the system while it moves slowly northwest toward the southern Gulf of Mexico by early next week....
ST. PETERSBURG — One day last month, a Largo Police officer arrested Malkhaz Ambroladze on a charge of allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle.
The next day, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sent Pinellas County jail officials an arrest warrant for Ambroladze, a 39-year-old Guatemalan man, saying agents had probable cause to believe he was in the country illegally. ICE also sent an official form requesting the jail hold Ambroladze for up to 48 hours more if he posted bail to give its agents time to pick him up....
PALM RIVER — Carla Gonzalez and daughter Elizabeth were enjoying an evening in their backyard pool Wednesday when cries for help pierced the humid air.
Mother and daughter hurried out of the pool and across the street to see flames shooting from the double-wide mobile home at 5112 Marc Drive.
Standing in the street, their frantic neighbor, Barbara Weidman, couldn't answer a heart-wrenching question....
TAMPA — Social worker William "Bill" Denham Jr. was a small-framed, openly gay, 53-year-old pacifist, his friends and family say.
That's why they call it absurd that a woman accused in Denham's slaying told police he had walked into a back yard and masturbated in front of her.
Jadian Sinead Zeiders, 26, was arrested late Friday and charged with second-degree murder in Denham's beating death Jan. 14....
TEMPLE TERRACE — Authorities have released the name of a woman who died in a fire that destroyed a dozen units in an apartment complex here Sunday.
Fire investigators discovered the body of Tenecia Renee Brannon, 28, in the rubble of one of the units at the Park at Monument Terrace complex on Normandy Place, according to the Temple Terrace Fire Department. Brannon, of Tampa, was visiting a friend's apartment when the fire broke out shortly before 3 a.m....
TEMPLE TERRACE — A man shot by a Temple Terrace Police officer has been released from the hospital and booked into jail on an attempted murder charge.
Jordan Arthur Bowie, 24, of Tampa opened fire on an officer during a traffic stop Tuesday night, according to Temple Terrace police. Bowie was hit in the leg and taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was treated and released Wednesday then booked into the Hillsborough County Jail....
05/24/17 Public Safety
TAMPA — As the somber notes of taps sounded in a stiff breeze, Sherri Longway thought about her father.
She wondered if her dad, Hillsborough Sheriff's Deputy Mark Longway, was looking down on her as she sat in the Sheriff's Office memorial plaza in Ybor City, steps from the glass panels commemorating her father and 15 other Hillsborough deputies who have died in the line of service....
It sounds like an unlikely leap of faith: a neo-Nazi converting to Islam.
But according to records and at least one friend who knew him, that's what 18-year-old Devon Arthurs did about a year before he allegedly killed two roommates in a Tampa Palms apartment on Friday. According to police report, Arthurs said he previously had neo-Nazi beliefs in common with Jeremy Himmelman and Andrew Oneschuk, but shot them Friday because they disrespected his new faith. Arthurs also said he was angry about anti-Muslim sentiment and the United States bombing Muslim countries. ...
TAMPA — Like most people, Watson Fincher was shocked to hear that a neo-Nazi turned jihadi stands accused of killing his two Tampa Palms roommates, and that a fourth roommate told federal agents he, too, was a neo-Nazi — with bomb materials and a plan to target infrastructure.
But unlike most people, Fincher, 24, who lives in the Houston area, says he knows both the defendants — Devon Arthurs, 18, charged with two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of his roommates, and Brandon Russell, 21, a Florida National Guardsman accused of illegal possession of explosives....
TAMPA — A man accused of shooting his two roommates Friday in a Tampa Palms apartment told police he shared neo-Nazi beliefs with the men until he converted to Islam then killed them because they showed disrespect for his faith.
The revelations weren't over.
Officers found a garage stocked with bomb materials as they arrived to investigate the double homicide, leading to federal explosive charges against Brandon Russell — a Florida National Guardsman and admitted neo-Nazi who kept a framed photo of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh on his dresser....