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Sunday, Nov 23, 2014

Elaine Silvestrini

Tribune Staff

Family thankful as Trevor Dooley begins prison sentence in 2010 shooting


Four years after her father was shot to death in a park where he’d been shooting hoops with his 8-year-old daughter, the now-12-year-old Danielle James has something to celebrate.

Local child sex prosecutions at record rate


— A defense contractor from Riverview is spending 30 yea...

Victim: Viewing child porn isn’t harmless


Ashley Reynolds wants people who think viewing child pornography is harmless to think again.

Federal judge slams DEA for its actions in Tampa case

- Calling the actions of federal agents “preposterous,” a federal judge ordered the Drug Enforcement Administration to allow a pharmacy to resume sales of controlled substances.

Tampa pharmacy sues DEA after drugs were seized

- The filing says the West Coast Compounding Pharmacy and its patients are being harmed by the federal agency's actions. It says the pharmacy provides medications that are not commercially available and are specific to patien...

Dooley begins prison sentence in Valrico park shooting

- Nearly two years after he was sentenced in the fatal 2010 at a Valrico Park, Trevor Dooley has begun serving eight years in state prison.

Redington Beach man suing Apple, Samsung over GPS patent


— With nearly three quarters of smart phone owners using their phones’ GPS capabilities to fi...

Tampa’s U.S. judges lug thick briefcases


— Federal judges in the district that includes Tampa are among the most overworked in the nation, according to a recently re...

Prosecution: Covington a psychopathic drug-user


— Edward Covington doesn’t have bipolar disorder, a prosecution expert said Friday; he’s a dangerous, remorseless drug user.

Mom testifies she warned that Covington was bipolar


— Edward Covington’s mother says she warned Lisa Freiberg her son was bipolar.

Covington killed cats when wife left him, retired police officer testifies


— Less than three years before he slaughtered his girlfriend and her two young children, Edward Covington was found despondent amidst the remains of his estranged wife’s ...

Covington describes Lutz murders in chilling taped interview

- Edward Covington laughed and cried; he bragged and explained; he talked about life and death.

Cruelty of killings could seal Covington's fate

- The suffering of Edward Covington's victims is a central issue in the determination of whether he should be sentenced to death for killing his girlfriend and her two children.

Prosecutors plan to argue for death sentence for Covington

- Just after his trial began, Edward Covington pleaded guilty Oct. 24 to murdering Freiberg and her children, as well as killing the family dog, Duke, a white German shepherd.

Experts: Florida’s high court took high road on cellphones


Just because you let your cellphone company keep track of where you are doesn’t mean police have a right to easily get that information — at least if you’re in Florida.

USF researcher delves into world of domestic torture

- Thirty states, including Florida, have laws on strangulation, and the federal government also recently agreed to fund a national institute on training to prevent strangulation.

Covington changes plea, found guilty in triple-slaying

- Edward Covington changed his plea this morning, and a judge found him guilty in the grisly 2008 slayings of his former girlfriend and her two young children. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 3.

Trial shocker: Covington fires lawyers, wants to plead guilty

- The Edward Covington triple murder trial screeched to a halt Thursday when the defendant fired his public defenders and said he wanted to plead guilty.

Jurors hear disturbing details about Lutz slayings

- Defense lawyer Michael Peacock argued that the brutality of the killings and what Edward Covington did to the bodies of his girlfriend and her children afterward proves he was insane at the time.

Hillsborough County judicial candidates tout experience


— Because they’re not allowed to talk about much of substance, including how they’d rule on cases, candidates for judgeships generally have to try to distinguish t...

Lawsuit: Store shouldn’t have sold gun later used to kill 2


A gun shop accused of selling the weapon used by a mentally ill man to kill his mother and her boyfriend two years ago has been sued by a national gun control group that says the shop is liable for the deaths.

Court rules Debra Lafave can end probation early

- It may not be as early as she hoped, but notorious former teacher Debra Lafave may soon end her probation for having sex with a 14-year-old student.

Jury selection begins in Covington triple murder trial

- Jury selection began for the trial of Edward Allen Covington, charged with murdering his girlfriend and her two young children and then mutilating their bodies.

Trial to begin in 2008 triple slaying

- On Tuesday, lawyers will begin picking a jury to decide the fate of Edward Allen Covington, 43, who is charged with three counts each of murder and abuse of a dead body.

Hakken rants in court, then sentenced in sons' kidnapping

- Diagnosed as paranoid and delusional, Joshua Hakken and his wife Sharyn were sentenced to prison and probation for kidnapping their two young sons and taking them on a sailboat to Cuba.

FBI probed threats against Glazers after soccer buy

- More than 120 pages of newly released records detail calls and emails threatening Malcolm Glazer and his family after the Bucs’ owner purchased Manchester United.

Pasco teacher agrees to plea guilty to online enticement of children


— Trying to persuade a 13-year-old girl in Belize to have sex with him, Pasco County middle school teacher David Wendel Thompson used a tactic officials say is common among adul...

Eyes on Florida gay marriage ban after court decision

- Attorney General Pam Bondi says she is reviewing cases after the Supreme Court on Monday turned away several appeals, clearing the way for same-sex unions in 11 more states.

How reliable are eyewitness accounts? It’s complicated


— The thought of putting an innocent person in jail is horrific, says Tampa Police

Taxpayers will fund Cortnee Brantley's mental health treatment

- Cortnee Brantley is appealing her conviction of misprision of a felony. She was the driver of a car involved in a motor vehicle stop that ended when passenger Dontae Morris shot to death two Tampa police officers.

Hakkens accept plea deals in kidnapping of sons

- Joshua and Sharyn Hakkens admitted to snatching their young children from the home of her parents in April 2013 after losing custody, then sailed with the boys to Cuba.