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  1. Pinellas deputy fired after investigation finds he invited woman he arrested to his home

    Public Safety

    LARGO — Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fired a deputy Monday after an investigation found he offered to pay an 18-year-old woman he had recently arrested and her friend to come to his house while his young daughter was asleep in the home.

    Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fired a deputy Monday after an investigation found he paid an 18-year-old woman he had recently arrested and her friend to come to his house while his young daughter was asleep in the home.
Deputy Brian Britt, 45, was terminated after 17 years with the department.
  2. Pinellas sheriff investigating deputies who hit suspect during arrest

    Public Safety

    The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has opened an investigation into the arrest of a 25-year-old man after dash camera footage appears to show deputies beating, choking and yanking him by the hair while he lay on the pavement.

    Dash cam video shows Pinellas deputies’ actions during Jimarez Donshay Reed’s arrest May 25. Watch at video.tampabay.com.
  3. Friday the 13th: Fun facts about the unluckiest day of the year (w/ video)

    Human Interest

    It's the month of October, and it's also Friday the 13th.

    English film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899 - so Friday, August 13, 1999 would have been his 100th birthday. [Times files]
  4. Downtown Clearwater farmers market could return under new management

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — A downtown farmers market is expected to return to the waterfront for a third season this fall, but a new face is likely to be running the show.

    The farmers market on the Clearwater waterfront is expected to return under new management on Thanksgiving weekend.
  5. Pinellas deputies: Jail inmate committed suicide

    Public Safety

    LARGO — An inmate at the Pinellas County Jail was pronounced dead Thursday in an apparent suicide, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

    Dyer Kasakoff, 47, was found in a shower stall at the Pinellas County Jail.
  6. Killer of Tarpon Springs police officer pleads guilty

    Criminal

    LARGO — Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., charged with the shooting death of Tarpon Springs police Officer Charles Kondek in December 2014, pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder.

    A procession of law enforcement officers moves up Pinellas Avenue in Tarpon Springs before Officer Charles Kondek's funeral in December 2014.  [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2014]
  7. Safety Harbor Library seeks time capsule ideas

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — The city's library is inviting community organizations, schools, businesses and residents to become involved in the creation of a centennial time capsule. The library is seeking ideas for objects reflecting the community and contemporary daily life and has outlined some guidelines to ensure items …

  8. Oldsmar group accepting donations for Puerto Rico

    Hurricanes

    OLDSMAR — OS4PR will hold a collection day beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at Walmart, 3801 Tampa Road. The group is a joint effort including many individuals and organizations in the city working together to send supplies and other support to Puerto Rico. Headed by Hector and Suda Yantiss-Colon (owner of Miss Suda's …

  9. Fifth candidate to seek Clearwater City Council seat

    Elections

    CLEARWATER — A fifth candidate has filed paper work to run for one of two open seats in the March 13 City Council election.

  10. Proposed bill seeks amendment to 1925 law to allow changes on Clearwater waterfront

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, has sponsored a proposed bill for the 2018 Legislative session that would amend a 1925 law preventing the city from relocating its concert bandshell for its $55 million Imagine Clearwater redevelopment plan.

    Renderings that show proposed renovations to Coachman Park in Clearwater, including a new permanent amphitheater. The renderings come from New York City's HR&A Advisors, brought in by the city to create a master plan for its waterfront, dubbed "Imagine Clearwater." [Courtesy of HR&A Advisors]
  11. Special waste collection is Saturday in Largo

    Local Government

    LARGO — Residents can bring unwanted electronics, batteries and harmful chemicals to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Largo High School, 410 N Missouri Ave.

  12. Police: 12-year-old boy struck by car on Clearwater Beach

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER — A 12-year-old boy was hospitalized after he was hit by a car while crossing the road on Clearwater Beach.

  13. Pinellas deputies arrest Largo father of 1-year-old who died in bathtub

    Crime

    LARGO — The water had risen to the edge of the tub, over the rim and onto the floor before Alan Morris remembered to check on his 13-month-old.

    Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri discusses the arrest of Alan Morris, 34, who faces an aggravated manslaughter charge for the September death of his 1-year-old son who was left unattended in a bathtub, on Oct. 12, 2017. [KATHRYN VARN | Times]
  14. Pinellas Suncoast fire board concludes contentious lawsuit in hope for fresh start

    Local Government

    INDIAN SHORES — A battle over a lawsuit that racked up more than $100,000 in legal fees and soured the relationship between the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District and a group of residents came to an end Wednesday when the fire board decided not to move forward with an appeal.

    Wednesday marked Fire Chief Mike Burton's first meeting in front of the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District commissioners and residents. Burton, previously chief of Tamarac Fire Rescue near Fort Lauderdale, started Monday. [Courtesy of Mike Burton]
  15. Pinellas education news: STEM events at SPC, career event for young women, and more

    K12

    SPC to host multiple events promoting STEM education