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Ex-Police Captain Denied ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense

Ex-Police Captain Denied ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense

  JUDGE SUSAN BARTHLE CURTIS REEVES … Must stand trial BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor On Friday, a judge issued a ruling in the ‘Stand Your Ground’ hearing of a former Tampa Police Captain. The judge ruled that the former officer must stand trial in the death of a Wesley Chapel man. Pinellas-Pasco…

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Man Convicted Of Rape Sentenced To Life

Man Convicted Of Rape Sentenced To Life

  KENDRICK MORRIS Last week, a judge sentenced a Tampa man to life in prison. He was convicted of two brutal rapes, committed when he was 15 and 16 years of age. Circuit Court Judge Chet Tharpe originally sentenced Kendrick Morris, to 65 years in prison. Morris appeared before Judge Tharpe a second time because…

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Man Charged With Murder of Teenager

Man Charged With Murder of Teenager

  JESSE PAUL GREENE A 26-year-old man was taken into custody last week and charged with first-degree murder. He was charged with killing a 16-year-old nearly 2 years ago. According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, Lenny Acosta was shot to death at his home, 2593 Langdon Avenue, S., November 10, 2015. Police said Jesse…

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Brothers Sentenced To Prison For Tax Fraud

Brothers Sentenced To Prison For Tax Fraud

KEITH GODBOLT PAUL CURTIS JOHNSON Two Tampa brothers learned that they will serve prison time earlier this week. Their mother, Ms. Elise Ellis, 53, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 20th. She entered a guilty plea on January 3, 2017. On Monday, U. S. District Judge James D. Whittemore…

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Siblings Plead Guilty To Bank Fraud Conspiracy

Siblings Plead Guilty To Bank Fraud Conspiracy

  DAVID CHAMBERS OPEMBE EBONY CHAMBERS STILLWELL Last week, a U. S. District Judge sentenced a man to serve time in federal prison for bank fraud. His sister is scheduled for sentencing on March 2oth. According to court documents, David Chambers Opembe, 25, of Houston, Texas entered a guilty plea on November 14, 2016. U….

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Police Find Hit And Run Truck That Left Student Injured

Police Find Hit And Run Truck That Left Student Injured

ATTRAYA WOODBERRY …Recovering from injuries after being struck by hit and run driver. (Photo found on Internet)   …The driver of a 2005 Ford F-250 pickup truck that looks like this, possibly green in color, is being sought in the hit and run. Police have located the truck that hit a high school student earlier…

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Students Charged With Making Bomb Threat

Students Charged With Making Bomb Threat

  TREVOR NEWMAN BENJAMIN WICKERSHAM   Two high school students were arrested on Wednesday. The incident had taken place on Monday. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, on Monday afternoon, Trevor Newman and Benjamin Wickersham, both 16, were inside the McDonald’s Restaurant, 16701 Fishhawk Blvd. While inside the business, the teenagers are alleged to…

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Shooting Leaves One Dead, One Injured

Shooting Leaves One Dead, One Injured

ADRIAN LEE WILSON A 38-year-old St. Petersburg man is recovering from gunshot wounds in a local hospital. He and another man were found suffering from gunshot wounds last Thursday. According to police, officers responded to a call of shots fired. When they arrived, they found Adrian Lee Wilson, of St. Petersburg, suffering from a gunshot…

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Brandon Man Arrested In 2-Year-Old Hit And Run Fatality

Brandon Man Arrested In 2-Year-Old Hit And Run Fatality

DAVID CHASE TUCKER The Florida Highway Patrol has arrested a 26-year-old Brandon man in connection with a hit and run accident. He was arrested at his mother’s home last week. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, David Chase Tucker was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death and tampering with or destroying…

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Police Arrest ATM Robbery Suspect

Police Arrest ATM Robbery Suspect

ESTEVAN LERMA – ATM ROBBERY SUSPECT The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man in connection with an armed robbery at an ATM machine. The incident took place at the Suncoast Credit Union ATM, 1370 Oakfield Drive, in Brandon. According to police, the victim was at the ATM on February 25th, shortly after 8…

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Man Faces Manslaughter In 2016 Shooting Death

Man Faces Manslaughter In 2016 Shooting Death

NATHANIEL JONES CEDRIC MOULTRY Tampa Police arrested a man on Thursday and charged him with manslaughter and carrying a concealed weapon. The charge was in connection with a shooting death that took place last September. According to police, Nathaniel Jones, 29, was discovered in the 1700 block of E. Idell Street suffering from gunshot wounds…

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Student Charged With Having Gun On Campus

Student Charged With Having Gun On Campus

MALIK DIXON A 20-year-old high school student was arrested on Friday and charged with bringing a gun on campus. He was released from the Hillsborough County Jail after posting a $2,000. According to the Tampa Police Department, a teacher reported smelled the strong odor of marijuana coming from the boy’s bathroom on the second floor…

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Mother And 2 Sons Plead Guilty To Tax Fraud

Mother And 2 Sons Plead Guilty To Tax Fraud

  KEITH GODBOLT … To be sentenced March 6 A Tampa mother and her two sons are awaiting sentencing for filing false federal income tax returns. They have all entered plea agreements with the U. S. Middle District of Florida. Ms. Elise Ellis, 53, and her sons, Paul Johnson, 26, and Keith Godbolt, 36, were…

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Hit And Run Victim Came To Tampa To Help Ill Father

Hit And Run Victim Came To Tampa To Help Ill Father

JATHA ROYAL, JR. 10/8/1980 to 2/26/2017 Police have released this photograph of the vehicle believed to have struck a 36-year-old Tampa man and fled the scene early Sunday. BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor During the early morning hours of Sunday, February 26th, a 36-year-old man was hit and killed in Ybor City. The…

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Police Investigate Death Of Child  Left In Car For 5 Hours

Police Investigate Death Of Child Left In Car For 5 Hours

JACOB MANCHEGO … Died after being left in a locked car for 5 hours The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into the death of a 2-year-old child, who was left inside a car for 5 hours on Tuesday. According to police, Jacob Manchego was discovered inside a locked car at Lumsden Road…

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16-Year-Old Charged With Robbing Convenience Store With Shotgun

16-Year-Old Charged With Robbing Convenience Store With Shotgun

  JOSHUA ABDULL McCLAIN … Charged with armed robbery SPEEDWAY ROBBERY SUSPECT The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a teenager and charged him with the armed robbery of a convenience store. A 16-year-old was taken into custody Wednesday morning. The most recent robbery of the Speedway Gas Station, 13179 S. Highway 301, occurred on…

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Inmate Accused Of Attacking Detention Deputy

Inmate Accused Of Attacking Detention Deputy

  KIONDRE Y. ZACHARY A Hillsborough County Jail inmate is facing additional charges after he allegedly attacked a detention deputy. The inmate is said to have attempted to strangle the deputy. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, around 12:3o p.m., Tuesday Detention Deputy D. Hernandez was walking in the jail pod on Falkenburg Road…

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Teenagers Arrested After Chase Ends With Stolen Car In Retention Pond

Teenagers Arrested After Chase Ends With Stolen Car In Retention Pond

  JAVONE NALL … Charged with auto burglary and armed robbery RAKEEM ISHMAR … Charged with armed robbery, fleeing to elude, grand theft auto, and possession of a firearm Two Dade City teenagers were arrested after leading police on a chase. They were captured after the stolen vehicle they were driving ended up in a…

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