Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detailed the arrest of a Riverview man who was shot during a gunfight with deputies early Sunday and now faces two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. Jamil Alejandro Valladares, 26, pulled his gun on deputies who were investigating a domestic dispute reported by Valladares’ girlfriend.Continue Reading

Largo City Commission Seat 3 has graced many headlines as candidate Robert Avery has dealt with extortion accusations and a virtually broke campaign since he entered the race. Now that effort has come to an end with Avery dropping out of the race, leaving the battle to incumbent Curtis Holmes and politicalContinue Reading

Hillsborough County detectives charged a Tampa man for running a human trafficking, prostitution ring at the La Quinta Inn near the Florida State Fairgrounds. Brandon Jackson, 30, has been arrested for holding a 32-year-old woman against her will, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. “Jackson was discovered hiding in a lockedContinue Reading

A St. Petersburg couple, John Riggins and Sheron Pasco, remains hospitalized Wednesday with serious burn injuries as police are still investigating how and why a man set the woman on fire. Riggins and Pasco live with the woman’s uncle, Ernest Neal, who told police that the couple’s argument escalated out of control andContinue Reading

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, one of the country’s largest sheriff’s departments, is critically short on deputies, creating a major stress for coverage against threats of terrorism, drunk driving, and general public safety. “We do have a shortage, but I can tell you right now we have no shortage of dedicationContinue Reading

A Robinson High School teacher has been charged with soliciting a female student for sex using Facebook and Kik. Timothy Sean Falls Jr., has been  charged with solicitation to commit an unlawful sexual act with a minor 16-24 and use of an electronic device to solicit/entice/lure a minor. Falls, 29, taught socialContinue Reading

After a massive two-day manhunt which included helicopters, K-9s, and dozens of police, the 30-year-old Brandon Goggins finally was apprehended Friday morning. Goggins showed up on Jessica Weightman’s family farm right across from Safety Town, the area where deputies were focusing. He’d spent some of the night in the swamp across the road.Continue Reading

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for Brandon Goggins, described as a “dangerous suspect” will to engage law enforcement with gun fire, according to a witness.Deputies have reopened State Road 52, but the manhunt continues. The Global Dispatch summarized the early details surrounding the case and hunt forContinue Reading

A babysitter working with Care.com has been arrested for showing a 10-year-old boy in his care how to set off chemical acid bombs, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says. Identified as Joshua Stephen Lapin-Bertone, the Tampa man has been charged with four counts of Making/Placing/Discharging a Destructive Device and four counts of Child AbuseContinue Reading