Friday, November 24, 2017


Josh Solomon, Times staff writer

Josh Solomon, Times staff writer

Josh Solomon covers the police and court beats in Pasco and Hernando counties for the Tampa Bay Times. Before joining the Times in 2014, Josh graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He grew up in northern New Jersey.

After his Major League career, Roy Halladay took to coaching. Here Halladay, center, the pitching coach for Calvary Christian, joins Graham Hoffman (8), left, and Nolan Hudi (14), right, moments after winning a region baseball semifinal game in May against Trinity Prep in Clearwater. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]

NTSB report details steep turns and dives preceding Roy Halladay’s fatal crash

Before he crashed, Roy Halladay flew within 75 feet of houses and skimmed the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a report published Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board.The report, which did not address the cause of the...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17
Adam Matos, left, is accused in the brutal 2014 slayings of four people in Hudson. At right is defense attorney Catherine Garrett. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]

Adam Matos claims self-defense, says ‘paranoia’ led to brutal Hudson quadruple-homicide

Deputies followed the smell to the bodies, stacked four high on a hill in Hudson. The victims had been killed at a nearby home on Hatteras Drive, where investigators found blood stains and evidence of a slaughter.But for three years, no one...
Published: 11/15/17
David Scott, owner of St. Petersburg-based web design firm Cosmic Digital Design, cut ties with a contract worker in March. Later that day, he discovered, someone had deleted 13 websites the company built, costing Cosmic Digitial $277,000 in lost product. [LARA CERRI   |  Times]

Websites vanish, tipping St. Petersburg business to crime from the inside

ST. PETERSBURG — David Scott decided he had to cut ties with one of his contract workers.A Web developer, the man was proving unreliable, said Scott, owner of the small St. Petersburg-based Web design and marketing company Cosmic Digital...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/23/17
The St. Petersburg Police Department's current building at 1300 First Ave. N. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times ]

St. Pete police employee fired after personal rifle ‘accidentally’ fired inside HQ

ST. PETERSBURG — Scott Hughes, a St. Petersburg police forensic technician, wasn’t allowed to bring his personal Colt AR-15 semiautomatic rifle into headquarters. Nevertheless, the civilian employee did so for years, according to the...
Published: 11/13/17
Authorities said pilot Manuel Izquierdo ran out of fuel before he crashed at 18th Avenue S and 16th Street. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

Running on empty: plane ran out of fuel before landing on St. Petersburg road

ST. PETERSBURG — The pilot who landed on a city street on Oct. 18 told air traffic controllers he was nearly out of fuel only minutes after takeoff.Pilot Manuel Izquierdo, 36, radioed air traffic controllers that he was "fuel critical" and had...
Published: 11/10/17
Patrick Charles Hannon is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. [Florida Department of Corrections]

Victim’s relative waves goodbye as Patrick Hannon executed

STARKE — Patrick Charles Hannon helped execute two Tampa men 26 years ago. He slashed one man’s throat and shot another man six times in the chest in 1991.The state of Florida executed him for those crimes on Wednesday night.Hannon was...
Updated one month ago
Patrick Charles Hannon is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. [Florida Department of Corrections]

Patrick Hannon faces execution for brutal 1991 Tampa murders

Patrick Charles Hannon has lived two lifetimes: The 26 years he lived before he was sent to Death Row, and the 26 years he has spent on it.He and two other men brutally murdered roommates Brandon Snider, 27, and Robert Carter, 28, in a...
Updated one month ago
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay during a news conference prior to the National League Championship Series in Philadelphia on Oct. 15, 2010. [Associated Press, WTSP]

Former MLB star Roy Halladay dead in plane crash in Pasco County

NEW PORT RICHEY — Roy Halladay, a former Major League Baseball all star pitcher who became a beloved youth coach in Tampa Bay, died Tuesday when his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.He was 40 years old.A resident in the Gulf Harbors...
Updated one month ago
Incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman (left) faces former Mayor Rick Baker (right) in Tuesday's mayoral election. [Times Photo Composite  |  Cherie Diez, Eve Edelheit]

What if the St. Petersburg mayoral race goes to a recount?

ST. PETERSBURG — If history is an indicator, Tuesday’s mayoral race could be a very close one.During the Aug. 29 primary, incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman edged former Mayor Rick Baker by only 70 votes, or 0.13 percent of the 56,509 ballots...
Updated one month ago
Prominent First Amendment attorney and Miami arts pioneer Parker Thomson died Friday. He was 85. [CARL JUSTE  |  Miami Herald]

Parker Thomson, defender of the First Amendment, dies at 85

Prominent First Amendment attorney and Miami arts pioneer Parker Thomson died Friday. He was 85.Before he was a partner at law firm Hogan Lovells, the Harvard-trained attorney teamed up with fellow Harvard grad Dan Paul to form Paul & Thomson.
Updated one month ago