Jamal Thalji, Night Editor

Jamal Thalji

Night Editor

I was raised on Florida’s Best Newspaper and dreamed of writing for it. I got my shot while at the University of South Florida, covering high school football and the weekend crime beat. I went on to cover the police, courts, business and sports beats. Now I’m an Assistant Metro Editor. I’m all about breaking news and deadline writing. Before I ended up behind an editor’s desk, I covered executions, hurricanes, wildfires, space shuttle launches and lots of football games. I have the honor of filing the last byline in the 113-year history of the St. Petersburg Times on Dec. 31, 2011, minutes before it became the Tampa Bay Times. Comic books get me through the pain of football season. Recently, I decided Superman > Batman.

Tornado overturns semi-trailer in Polk; winds cause blackouts in Pinellas

A semi-trailer truck fell onto an SUV on Interstate 4 on Friday night after a reported tornado touched down and crossed the highway near Lakeland. No one was injured. Luis Santana  |  Times
A tornado caused damage and power loss but no injuries in Pinellas County. In Polk County, I-4 drivers were fortunate no one was injured when another tornado crosses the interstate.

Pinellas school crossing guard struck, injured

Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. tmccarty  |  times staff
The 63-year-old crossing guard was hospitalized, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Car plows into Pasco townhouse; residents can’t go back inside

A driver lost control and plowed into the garage of a townhouse in the 21400 block of Clubside Loop in Land O Lakes. The homeowner was in the garage at the time but was not injured. The driver suffered minor injuries. But the home's occupants had to leave because of the damage. Pasco County Fire Rescue
The car drove through a garage wall. The homeowner was inside the garage at the time but was not injured.

Arrest made in Carrollwood drive-by paintball shooting

Orlando Proenza Jr., 18, faces felony charges of throwing a deadly missile and battery, deputies said. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
The Pasco County driver is accused of firing a paintball gun into another vehicle, causing minor injuries.

Zephyrhills police officer suspended after domestic violence arrest

Zephyrhillls police Officer Timothy Alan Murr II, 33, was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. The police department suspended him with pay pending the completion of the criminal investigation. Pasco County Sheriff's Office
The officer is accused of grabbing a woman’s wrists. The Zephyrhills Police Department suspended him with pay.