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  1. Hometown Pinellas


    Tarpon Springs music educator to be inducted into Bands of America Hall of Fame

    Kevin Ford, director of the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts at Tarpon Springs High School, will be inducted into the 2018 Bands of America Hall of Fame at the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha in Indianapolis.
  2. Police: Woman shoots, kills teen who carjacked her son in Clearwater


    CLEARWATER — They met after dusk in the parking lot of a bank for what seemed like a routine transaction.

    One man is dead after the owner of a car fired shots at the thieves who were stealing it on Oct. 16, 2017, Clearwater police said. The unidentified car owner reported the theft, at the Bank of America at the corner of Belcher and Belleair roads, to police around 8 p.m. The car owner also fired shots at the thieves. [Clearwater Police Department]
  3. Pinellas deputies go door-to-door at dawn to arrest unlicensed contractors


    For years, licensed contractors in Pinellas County have yearned for law enforcement to target unlicensed roofers, painters and others in the construction trades who perform shoddy work and swindle money from homeowners.

    Deputies fulfilled that wish on Tuesday.

    Pinellas Sheriff deputies J. Short, left, and T. Festa, right, arrest suspect Randy Ronchi, center, in Largo early Tuesday, as part of a joint roundup of unlicensed contractors. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  4. Pinellas news briefs


    Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Transportation Panel : The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce Community Advocacy quarterly meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 at Madeira Beach City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive, for a panel discussion on transportation, transit, infrastructure needs and pedestrian safety. RSVP to …

  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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]
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Killer of Tarpon Springs police officer pleads guilty


    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]
  11. 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 …

  12. Oldsmar group accepting donations for Puerto Rico


    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 …

  13. Fifth candidate to seek Clearwater City Council seat


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

  14. 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]
  15. 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.