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.

Beaten and burned: Records detail what awaited men lured by woman’s Facebook messages

Plant City police said four people were arrested in connection with a scheme to use a woman to lure men in, then torture and rob them. From left to right: Thomas “Chino” Nolasco, 23; Joshua “Dolo” Rodriguez, 21; Carina Bailon, 19; and Melissa Long, 28. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office] Jamal Thalji  |  Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
At least one man was burned when his assailants put out cigarettes on his skin, Plant City police say.

Man accused in HART driver slaying found mentally incompetent

In this image from the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office killer Justin McGriff is seen just prior to slashing the throat of HART bus driver Thomas Dunn, prosecutors say. Photo courtesy of Hillsborough S  |  Photo courtesy of Hillsborough S
Justin McGriff will be transferred to Florida State Hospital to be treated and, if possible, made competent to stand trial.

One lane of eastbound I-4 in Seffner closed to repair depression

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The lane is expected to remain closed through Friday.

She lured them inside. Then the men were tortured and robbed, Plant City police say

Plant City police said four people were arrested in connection with a scheme to use a woman to lure men in, then torture and rob them. From left to right: Thomas “Chino” Nolasco, 23; Joshua “Dolo” Rodriguez, 21; Carina Bailon, 19; and Melissa Long, 28. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office] Jamal Thalji  |  Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
The men were forced to withdraw money for their assailants, police said, who also kept their vehicles.

Former boyfriend of key witness in Dontae Morris trial says she lied about confession

Dontae Morris is back in a Tampa court as his attorneys try to persuade a judge that his first trial in the shooting deaths of two police officers was not a fair one. [Pool] Pool
Morris’ attorneys hope the new information will help persuade a judge to vacate the convicted cop killer’s death sentence and grant him a new trial.