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  1. In prison for stealing from dad, man now makes claim to will in Pinellas court


    In the last years of his life, James ZeBranek grappled with his oldest son's decision to steal $800,000 from him.

    Jim ZeBranek Jr., accused of money laundering, perjury and grand theft, was sentenced in 2013 to 20 years in prison.
  2. Zachary Bernhardt case in Clearwater to be featured on missing persons show


    The story of a missing Clearwater boy will be featured next week on Disappeared, a documentary television series highlighting cold cases.

    Zachary Bernhardt disappeared from his Clearwater home at age 8 in 2000.
  3. Clearwater roads closed for projects, festival


    CLEARWATER — Drivers will notice several road closures throughout the city this month due to various projects.

  4. Workshop offers business tips to beginners at Clearwater's main library


    CLEARWATER — Budding entrepreneurs can learn business tips from local experts during a free workshop this month.

  5. EMS professionals of the year honored by Pinellas County

    Public Safety

    Three first responders were awarded the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners' Emergency Medical Services Professionals of the Year.

  6. St. Petersburg's sewage problem also a legal issue

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's no secret that federal agents have been looking into St. Petersburg's sewage crisis since at least 2016, when the issue boiled over into the congressional campaign between Charlie Crist and David Jolly.

  7. Belleair approves sale of town-owned golf course

    Local Government

    BELLEAIR — The town is selling its public golf course to a local family who officials say will continue to uphold its efforts to maintain the acres of land as a green space.

    Jim Mathews of Belleair Bluffs, from left, Carmine Restino of Largo and Linda Mathews of Belleair Bluffs collect a trio of bogeys on the 17th hole recently at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club.
  8. Clearwater Beach developer downsizes proposed mooring field and clears another approval


    CLEARWATER — A local developer has cleared another hurdle for building what could become the first mooring field in the high-traffic waters of the Mandalay Channel.

    “We don’t want it,” says City Manager Bill Horne.
  9. Investigators looking into death of a 5-month-old infant in Clearwater

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Detectives are investigating the death of a 5-month-old infant who authorities said was found Saturday between the wall and the queen-size mattress of the bed where he was laid to sleep.

  10. Truck runs over foot of Palm Harbor University student who was walking near school



    A 15-year-old student is seriously injured after a pickup truck ran over her foot while walking near Palm Harbor University High School early Tuesday morning, according to law enforcement.

  11. Pinellas news briefs


    Shore Acres Civic Association invites children to take part in mural

  12. Investigations into botched Largo Fire Rescue training exercise leads to three suspensions


    LARGO — Three investigations into a fire department training exercise gone wrong determined that human error caused a firefighter's injury, resulting in suspensions for three employees.

     Largo Fire Chief Shelby Willis.
  13. Dream Defenders post bail for four mothers to raise awareness on National Mama's Bail Out Day (w/video)

    Human Interest

    LARGO — Tanisha Bynum walked out of the Pinellas County Jail in shock Thursday as she was greeted with a bouquet and a crown of flowers was placed on her head by the group of activists who had posted her $10,000 bail.

    Vanessa Chauvin, 18, St. Petersburg gets hugged by Levell Strong outside of the Pinellas County Jail, 5/11/17, after Chauvin was released on bail. As a part of a national initiative to bail out African American, immigrant and non-gender conforming mothers from jail, Dream Defenders from around Florida bailed out incarcerated mothers in time for Mothers Day. The group presented the mothers with flowers, cards, and offered beauty salon visits for the women.
  14. Oldsmar reptile-napping ends with baby Aztec boa constrictors found, tortoises still missing


    OLDSMAR — Two baby snakes had an eventful Wednesday after they were stolen from their tanks at a local pet store.

    Jeremy Lawson, 19, was arrested by Pinellas sheriff's deputies on Wednesday and accused of taking part in a plot to steal two 12-inch Aztec boa constrictors and two albino tortoises from an Oldsmar pet shop. [Courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  15. Class of 2017: Meet the valedictorians and salutatorians for Pinellas public high schools


    As the top graduates from Pinellas County's public high schools finished their classes and prepared for exams this spring, we asked them to reflect on the last four years — to think about what they learned, how high school changed them and recognize the people who helped them along the way. ( [Times files]