Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Writers

Anastasia Dawson, Times staff writer

Anastasia Dawson, Times staff writer

Anastasia Dawson joined the Times in 2016 after three years covering education for the Tampa Tribune. A Tampa Bay native, she grew up in Dover and graduated from the University of South Florida.



Adam Matos, right, awaits sentencing after being found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder last week. Matos killed his ex-girlfriend, her parents and her new boyfriend in August 2014. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]

Life in prison, not death, for Adam Matos, Pasco jury decides

NEW PORT RICHEY — The 12 men and women on Adam Matos’ jury were chosen from a pool of nearly 300 people in part for their responses to a single question: Could you condemn a stranger to death for a crime?On Tuesday, the panel said "no" four...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Convicted murderer Adam Matos arrives at the first day of his sentencing hearing on Monday at the West Pasco Judicial Center in New Port Richey. On Thursday, a jury convicted him of four counts of first-degree murder.  [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]

‘I tried,’ mother of killer Adam Matos says at sentencing

NEW PORT RICHEY — His family described him as a loving, kindhearted father. His neighbors regarded him as quiet and respectful. His friends recalled him as "happy-go-lucky," a "laid-back, fun guy."
Published: 11/20/17
Adam Matos arrives in court for instructions and deliberations which begin Thursday 11/16/17) in his quadruple murder trial. Matos confessed in court Wednesday to killing his ex-girlfriend, Megan Brown; her parents, Margaret and Gregory Brown; and her new boyfriend, Nick Leonard. After killing the four, Matos lived in their Hudson home for several days, ordering pizza and selling their dogs on CraigsList in 2014. After the murders, Matos also went out one night and got drunk in a bar with one of their next-door neighbors, that he later took the bodies to a nearby hill and stacked them on top of each other and then fled to Tampa with his 4-year-old son. Matos was arrested in downtown at the Floridan Hotel. The state is seeking the death penalty for Matos. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]

Adam Matos guilty in brutal Hudson quadruple-murder

NEW PORT RICHEY — A day after Adam Matos described in grisly detail how he killed four people in Hudson in 2014, a jury responded Thursday by deliberating for less than three hours before finding him guilty of premeditated first degree...
Published: 11/16/17
Coleman Middle principal and Plant High assistant teacher resign following child abuse arrest

Coleman Middle principal and Plant High assistant teacher resign following child abuse arrest

TAMPA — A South Tampa principal and assistant teacher both resigned Wednesday following their arrests on child abuse charges earlier this week. Coleman Middle School principal Michael Lynn Hoskinson, 53, and his wife, Kimberly Hoskinson, 49, an...
Published: 11/15/17
Gabriella Angotti-Jones  | Times  
Teachers from Pride Elementary School, from left: Leslie Indre, Suzy Tkacik, and Cathy Kaylor-Bean chant

Hillsborough teachers show up in the hundreds to clamor for promised raises

TAMPA — A weeks-long salary standoff between the Hillsborough County School District and its teachers hit an emotional peak Tuesday as hundreds of teachers and students turned out to ask the School Board for their promised raises."War has been...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/15/17
Michael Lynn Hoskinson, 53, principal at Coleman Middle School in Tampa, has was arrested Monday on a charge of child abuse. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department]

Principal at Coleman Middle, wife arrested on child abuse charge

By ANASTASIA DAWSON AND JONATHAN CAPRIELTimes Staff Writers
Published: 11/14/17
DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times
The tail section of an ICON A5 ultralight airplane lay on a roadway near a boat ramp in the Gulf Harbors neighborhood of New Port Richey on Wednesday (11/8/17). The private plane, which belonged to Roy Halladay had just been removed from the shallow waters off Ben Pilot Point in New Port Richey where it crashed the day before, killing the former All-Star pitcher.

Witnesses saw ex-pitcher Roy Halladay flying near water before fatal plane crash

NEW PORT RICHEY — A number of witnesses reported that a sport plane piloted by Roy Halladay was flying low over the Gulf of Mexico off New Port Richey before crashing and killing the former All Star pitcher, the National Transportation Safety Board...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17
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...
Published: 11/07/17
Updated: 11/08/17
The Tampa Electric Big Bend power station was the site of a fatal accident in June that killed 5 workers. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]

When workers died, Tampa Electric vowed to stop doing this. But weeks later, they did it anyway.

TAMPA — After five workers died at Big Bend Power Station, Tampa Electric vowed to immediately stop the kind of work that led to the fatal accident.No one would clean or do maintenance on a slag tank connected to a running boiler, the company...
Published: 09/05/17
Updated: 11/20/17