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.

Woman fatally struck while trying to cross St. Petersburg street, police say

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The woman was attempting to cross 38th Avenue North at 34th Street when she stepped into the path of a car, according to police.

Pasco deputies searching for Hudson home invasion suspect who attacked man, stole his truck.

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The robbery happened about 5:40 p.m. on the 11600 block of Duda Road.

Deputies make arrest in fatal shooting early Saturday at E Hillsborough Ave. nightclub

Jonathan Millage Crist, 24, faces a charge of first degree murder in a fatal shooting at a Tampa nightclub. Tampa police pulled Crist over for a traffic stop shortly after the shooting and sheriff’s detectives said they connected him to the shooting. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]
Soon afterward, Tampa police arrested suspect Jonathan Millage Crist, 24, during a traffic stop.

Crews battling blaze at former Winn-Dixie supermarket in Largo

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The fire was burning in the vacant space at a shopping plaza on Seminole Boulevard, authorities said.

Child, 6, dies after falling out of back seat of car leaving Brandon Starbucks

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The driver later told detectives the child was initially alert after the incident, then lost consciousness, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.