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Man Pleads Guilty In $300,000 Tax Fraud Scheme

Man Pleads Guilty In $300,000 Tax Fraud Scheme

  XAVIER WILLIAMS A 48-year-old Tampa man is facing up to 12 years in prison for receipt of stolen government property and aggravated identity theft. He entered a guilty plea to the charges last Friday. According to the plea agreement, Xavier Williams obtained a number of federal tax refund checks belonging to taxpayers who were victims of…

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Convicted Felon Gets 17 Years For Having Firearm

Convicted Felon Gets 17 Years For Having Firearm

JAMAL SMITH A St. Petersburg man was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for possessing a gun as a convicted felon. He was also ordered to forfeit the firearm traceable to the offense. According to court documents, 31-year-old Jamal Smith pleaded guilty on February 27, 2017. U. S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday…

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‘Person Of Interest’ Sought In Murder Case

‘Person Of Interest’ Sought In Murder Case

  CURTIS THOMAS MICHAEL ANTHONY BRIDGEMAN, aka “Meego” … Person of Interest SUSPECT IN HOMICIDE Detectives with the Tampa Police Department are currently searching for a person of interest in connection with a murder. The murder took place on April 27th. During the investigation, detectives have identified 29-year-old Anthony Bridgeman, a.k.a. “Meego,” as a “person…

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Teenager Charged With Double Murder

Teenager Charged With Double Murder

  DEVON ARTHURS … Facing two counts of murder The Tampa Police Department arrested an 18-year-old and charged him with two counts of first-degree murder. He was also charged with armed kidnapping. According to police, at approximately 5:28 p.m., Friday, police responded to a call regarding a suspicious man who was possibly armed. When officers…

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Police Investigate Fatal Stabbing Of Tampa Man

Police Investigate Fatal Stabbing Of Tampa Man

  KATWON LEON JONES 6/19/1993 — 5/15/2017 The Tampa Police Department are investigating the death of a 23-year-old man. He died at a local hospital after being stabbed Monday night. According to police, Katwon Leon Jones and another man became engaged in an altercation in the 8500 block of N. Alaska Street. At some point…

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Warrant Issued For Suspect In Early Morning Murder

Warrant Issued For Suspect In Early Morning Murder

  KHANDO KERR … died of upper body trauma  KADEEM DAREEM ARCHIBALD … Wanted for second-degree murder The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call Wednesday morning in reference to an act of violence in North Tampa. When deputies arrived at 1509 E. 128th Avenue, they discovered a dead man. Police have identified the…

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Man Charged With 1st Degree Murder Of Infant

Man Charged With 1st Degree Murder Of Infant

  JERMAINE MCKINNLEY … Charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse ZAYNAH VOSS … Died after being hit in the head several times A 25-year-old man has been charged with the death of an infant, two months after her death. The child in his custody died on March 12, 2017. According to the Tampa…

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Convicted Felon Gets 17 Years For Having Firearm

Convicted Felon Gets 17 Years For Having Firearm

  JAMAL SMITH A St. Petersburg man was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for possessing a gun as a convicted felon. He was also ordered to forfeit the firearm traceable to the offense. According to court documents, 31-year-old Jamal Smith pleaded guilty on February 27, 2017. U. S. District Judge Steven D….

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Couple Sentenced To Prison For Armed Robbery

Couple Sentenced To Prison For Armed Robbery

  JACORIAN RASHAWN BROWN … Sentenced to 12 years, 9 months in prison JESSICA DUENAS NICHOLAS … Sentenced to 4 years, 9 months in prison A federal judge sentenced a husband and wife to prison for an armed robbery. They both pleaded guilty to the charge on February 16, 2017. According to court documents, on…

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Investigation Into Murder Of Young Man Continues

Investigation Into Murder Of Young Man Continues

  AQKIL DAVID BROOKS 6/25/1998 — 5/2/2017 BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor On the night Aqkil David Brooks died, it was the most devastating news any family could have received. More than two weeks after the murder, his family is still trying to come to grips with his death. His aunt, Ms. Nicole…

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Man Arrested After Accident Ends In Road Rage Hit & Run

Man Arrested After Accident Ends In Road Rage Hit & Run

  ERIC JOSEPH STAROWICZ The Florida Highway Patrol arrested a 26-year-old man Sunday morning at his home. He was charged with burglary of a conveyance, driving with suspended license, and leaving the scene of an accident. According to police, the incident took place Friday morning on Interstate 4. Starowicz was driving a blue Jeep and…

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$5,000 Reward Offered For Information About Golf Course Murder

$5,000 Reward Offered For Information About Golf Course Murder

  PRESTON BURNETT … 2nd Murder Victim of the year in Lakeland The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in solving a murder. The body of the murder victim was discovered in an abandoned golf course in Lakeland last Wednesday. The body of Preston Burnett, 30, of Lakeland, was found by a passer-by…

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Teens Arrested After Leading Police On Chase

Teens Arrested After Leading Police On Chase

  RODARIUS D. GODBOLT BILLY G. PINNICK TYREECE FREEMAN The occupants in a car that had been reported stolen led police on an early morning chase. The car was eventually stopped and all three occupants were arrested. According to the Tampa Police Department, an officer on routine patrol shortly before 3:30 a.m., Monday, observed a…

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USF Football Player Charged With Second Sex Crime

USF Football Player Charged With Second Sex Crime

LADARRIUS JACKSON … Accused again of sexual battery On Wednesday, a member of the University of South Florida football team surrendered to police. He was charged with sexual battery for the second time in less than two weeks. According to a spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 22-year-old LaDarrius Divonta Jackson was charged with…

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Man Pleads Guilty To Getting $166,745 In Tax Fraud Scam

Man Pleads Guilty To Getting $166,745 In Tax Fraud Scam

   CRAIG RECKLEY SYLVESTER BANKS Last week, a 56-year-old Clearwater man pleaded guilty to the theft of government funds. A sentencing date has not been set. Craig Reckley is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. According to court documents, Reckley fraudulently obtained $166,745.61 from illegal tax refunds from the Internal Revenue…

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Man Gets 4 Years For Role In Social Security Checks Theft

Man Gets 4 Years For Role In Social Security Checks Theft

  DARIUS VASHON TOLBERT A judge sentenced a Tampa man to four years and four months in prison for his role in a Social Security checks theft ring. As part of his sentence, the Court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $589,876.40. U. S. District Judge Steven Merryday also ordered 38-year-old Darius…

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Man Arrested For Sexual Battery On 14-Year-Old

Man Arrested For Sexual Battery On 14-Year-Old

  ERIK R. CLARK Police have arrested a 20-year-old man and charged him with sexual battery on a minor. He was arrested on Tuesday for an incident that took place on April 13, 2017. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the female victim told detectives that they were at a private residence in Safety…

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Man Who Robbed Elderly Woman At Amscot ATM Arrested

Man Who Robbed Elderly Woman At Amscot ATM Arrested

  SUSPECT INSIDE ATM SUSPECT OUTSIDE ATM CHARLES McGEE The Tampa Police Department has arrested a man who robbed an elderly woman inside an ATM machine. According to police, the incident took place shortly before 2 a.m., on May 1st at the Amscot, 8409 N. Florida Avenue. The suspect, later identified as 43-year-old Charles Omar…

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