Saturday, January 5, 2013
In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, local law enforcement officers will be at the ready at Hillsborough County elementary schools as students return to classes after the winter break.
- POLICE & FIRE
Saturday, January 5
As elementary school students throughout the Greater Brandon area head back to school Jan. 7, so, too, will sheriff's deputies and Tampa police officers be in attendance at Hillsborough County schools. And they’ll stick around until the end of the school year as well. “School safety is the utmost priority,” said Lt. Chad Chronister of the sheriff’s office’s community outreach division. With 91 elementary schools in unincorporated Hillsborough County alone, Chronister said the sheriff’s office will have its work cut out for it, but it’s up to the challenge. “We have a great sheriff,” he said. “He doesn’t care what it costs . . . just get it done. We’re going to do whatever it takes." Hillsborough deputies aren't alone in their quest to …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Brandon Jakob Miller, 18, of Tampa, 'was uncooperative and showed no remorse' for his alleged role in a vicious attack on a MacDill Air Force Base soldier in South Tampa, police said. Another Brandon teen has already been arrested in the case.
The fourth and final suspect wanted in the beating of a MacDill Air Force Base soldier has turned himself in, Tampa Police said. Brandon Jakob Miller, 18, of 16023 Sharewood Dr., Tampa, turned himself in Tuesday at the Orient Road Jail, officials said Tuesday afternoon. When detectives arrived at the jail, Miller "was uncooperative and showed no remorse," according to a police news release. Miller is one of four 18-year-old suspects who police say attacked and robbed U.S. Army Sgt. Johnny Aparicio in the early morning hours of May 13. Aparacio, who was walking home near South Renellie Drive and West Iowa Avenue in South Tampa, suffered a broken nose and had a tooth knocked out. The attack was captured on home surveillance footage. Miller …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Detectives are searching for Brandon Jakob Miller, 18, of Tampa and have issued a warrant for his arrest. Three other 18-year-olds, including a Brandon resident, have already been charged.
The fourth suspect seen on surveillance video attacking and robbing a MacDill Air Force Base soldier in South Tampa has been identified, Tampa Police said Friday. Detectives are searching for 18-year-old Brandon Jakob Miller, of 16023 Sharewood Dr., Tampa, and have issued a warrant for his arrest. Anyone with information about Miller's whereabouts is asked to call Tampa Police at 813-394-9053. Three other 18-year-olds — Geroshe Lewis and Lerome Howard of Tampa, and Jared Richardson of Brandon — have been arrested and charged for their alleged roles in the aggravated battery and robbery of U.S. Army Sgt. Johnny Aparicio. Miller faces similar charges, Tampa Police spokesperson Janelle McGregor said Friday. Investigators say Aparicio, 24, was…
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Jared J. Richardson and two other 18-year-olds charged with attacking and robbing a U.S. Army sergeant in South Tampa are defended by relatives and neighbors, who say they can't believe the allegations.
Relatives and neighbors of the three 18-year-olds charged with viciously attacking and robbing a U.S. Army sergeant in South Tampa say they're having a hard time believing the allegations against the men they know. WTSP 10 News spoke with several of the suspects' neighbors, who describe Lerome Howard and Geroshe Lewis, both of Tampa, and Jared J. Richardson, of Brandon, as "nice," "very polite," and "never rude or disrespectful." Neighborh Kathryn Rodriguez, who lives three houses down from Richardson's family's Bayou View Drive home, was in disbelief. "I'm shocked. I have goosebumps," Rodriguez told 10 News. The three men have been charged with aggravated battery and robbery following the attack earlier this month on Sgt. Johnny Aparicio…
Sunday, May 20, 2012
A Robinson High School student is one of two suspects arrested in the beating and robbery of 24-year-old Sgt. Johnny Aparicio. Tampa Police seek the public’s help in the search for two more suspects.
Tampa Police seek the public's help in apprehending two of the four suspects wanted in the robbery and aggravated robbery of a MacDill soldier in Tampa on May 13. According to a police report, Geroshe Lewis, 18, 0f 4712 West Wallcraft Avenue, Tampa, was arrested at the end of school May 18 at Robinson High School. The second arrested suspect is Lerome Howard, 18, of 8013 North 13th Street, Tampa. Both suspects have been charged with robbery and aggravated battery in the 3:30 a.m. attack at Renellie Drive South and Iowa Avenue West, according to the Tampa Police report. According to a police report, the suspects reportedly stopped Aparicio and asked him if he had a dollar. "As he replied, three of the suspects began to hit him in the face…
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
It's a good time to clean out medicine cabinets and stem the abuse of prescription drugs, with four collection sites, at Sweetbay Supermarkets in Valrico and Tampa, the Temple Terrace Police Department and MOSI.
To help stem the abuse of prescription drugs, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is again taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which this year falls on April 28. Representatives from the sheriff's office, along with the Tampa and Temple Terrace police departments, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance will be aiding in the collection of unused or expired prescription medications. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a good time for citizens to clean out their medicine cabinets of unwanted, unnecessary and expired medications and "to prevent potentially dangerous drugs from getting into the wrong hands," as noted in a sheriff's office announcement. …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The roadway that links South Tampa and Brandon could be shut down for security reasons when the Republican National Convention comes to town in August, according to officials.
The Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, a vital link between South Tampa and Brandon, could be shut down when the Republican National Convention comes to downtown Tampa in August, ABC Action News reports. At least portions of the elevated roadway, which serves between 45,000 and 55,000 motorists a day, might need to close for security reasons around the convention, which is expected to draw around 50,000 people to Tampa from Aug. 27-30. "I haven't heard anything official," expressway spokesperson Sue Chrzan told the news station. "But logically, that's what makes sense." Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told TBO.com that "based on the size of the likely security perimeter, in all likelihood it would have to be shut down,” citing the shutdown of Interstate …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for William "Dean" Damon, 16. Reportedly last seen in Winter Park, Damon was believed headed toward Tampa in a blue, 2007 Nissan X-terra.
UPDATED (Nov. 24) — Florida Missing Teen Home Safe With Family Thanksgiving Day A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a teen last seen in Winter Park and believed to have been on his way to Tampa, where he attends Plant High School. Missing is William "Dean" Damon, 16, who officials said might be traveling in a blue, 2007 Nissan X-terra, with Florida license tag No. 457XXG. Damon is 5-foot-10, weighs 160 pounds and has very short brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen in the area of 1591 Semorna Circle North in Winter Park. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, with a lime, green fox printed on the front, jeans and black boots. Officials stress that at this time this is not an Amber Alert, which needs to meet five …