Tony Marrero, Day Cops, Hillsborough Sheriff, Tampa Police Department Reporter

Tony Marrero

Day Cops, Hillsborough Sheriff, Tampa Police Department Reporter

A Baltimore native, I've lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1998 and have been a reporter here for nearly that long. I joined the Times in 2009 and have covered beats ranging from from education to criminal courts. I now cover breaking news and general assignment stories in the Tampa bureau, which means I never know exactly what will come my way on any given day. I like that variety and enjoy digging to tell readers more about the big stories of the day.

Deputies searching for suspect in shooting at Zephyrhills McDonald’s

Luis Tull, 36, is a suspect in a shooting and carjacking at a Zephyrhills McDonald's on Wednesday night, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Pasco County Sheriff's Office
Luis Tull, 36, shot a man and then stole the vehicle of a bystander who stepped in to help, deputies said.

Sheriff fires Pasco deputy whose gun discharged in middle school cafeteria

A deputy's Sig Sauer P320, similar to this Glock 19, discharged in the cafeteria of a Wesley Chapel school April 30. The bullet lodged in the wall behind him. The deputy has been fired.
Cpl. Jonathan Cross was lifting his pistol up and down out of its holster when it went off, Sheriff Chris Nocco said.

Mistake in family’s daily routine claims life of Tampa toddler

An 18 month-old girl died after being left in a car Monday. No charges are expected, police say. WFTS  |  Courtesy of
No charges are expected after 18 month-old girl was left in a Jeep as her father took a truck to work, police say.

Plane filled with wrong fuel before crash that killed Tampa plastic surgeon, says NTSB

Dr. Daniel P. Greenwald, a well-known Tampa plastic surgeon, died on Oct. 5 when his twin-engine plane crashed soon after taking off from Kokomo Municipal Airport in Indiana. Greenwald family | Tim Bath/The Kokomo Tribune via AP
An employee at the Kokomo Municipal Airport said Dr. Daniel P. Greenwald told him he wanted jet fuel for the Piper Aerostar. A friend says there’s no way he would have knowingly done so.

Lakeland city attorney arrested in Hillsborough prostitution sting

Timothy McCausland, the city of Lakeland's longtime city attorney, was arrested in Brandon on Wednesday in an undercover prostitution sting, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Timothy McCausland was charged with violating a county ordinance prohibiting public solicitation, records show.