Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Clearwater / North Pinellas News

Pinellas education news: New texting system underway, gun forum at SPC and more

Pinellas education news: New texting system underway, gun forum at SPC and more

Pinellas launches new texting system for school emergencies Beginning this year, the Pinellas County school system is using text messages as an additional way to communicate with employees and families. The messages will be sent only to communicate i...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Shooter in Clearwater stand your ground case to make first appearance before judge

Shooter in Clearwater stand your ground case to make first appearance before judge

LARGO — Michael Drejka, the man accused of killing Markeis McGlockton in a shooting that reignited a debate over Florida’s stand your ground law, will make his first appearance before a judge today. While the 1:30 p.m. showing is largely...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Battle lines forming over Clearwater’s strong mayor referendum

Battle lines forming over Clearwater’s strong mayor referendum

CLEARWATER — A strong mayor referendum is not even officially on the Nov. 6 ballot yet, but the group of businessmen who pushed the initiative have already started their campaign. And they set up their political committee so it can pay for more than ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Shooter charged with manslaughter in Clearwater stand your ground case

Shooter charged with manslaughter in Clearwater stand your ground case

Frustration and anticipation have packed the roughly three weeks since Michael Drejka shot Markeis McGlockton in a convenience store parking lot in a case that has reignited the debate over Florida’s stand your ground law.And on Monday, it took a dra...
Updated: 8 hours ago
How prosecutors decided to charge Michael Drejka, shooter in controversial stand your ground case

How prosecutors decided to charge Michael Drejka, shooter in controversial stand your ground case

Prosecutors on Monday decided to charge 48-year-old Michael Drejka with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Markeis McGlockton, a major development in a case that has drawn national scrutiny over Florida’s stand your ground law.CHARGES FILED: Shoot...
Published: 08/13/18
Sheriff finds himself at center of political stand your ground storm

Sheriff finds himself at center of political stand your ground storm

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has never been one to shy away from tough decisions.He’s also not known to back off from explaining them publicly.So his 30-minute and 55-minute news conferences to talk about why he didn’t arrest Michael Drejka ...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18
Dunedin bans the sale of cats, dogs in pet stores

Dunedin bans the sale of cats, dogs in pet stores

DUNEDIN — This city recently became the third city in Pinellas County to ban the sale of dogs and cats in retail stores.Though the city does not have any pet stores, Commissioner Maureen Freaney said the ordinance is a proactive measure to take a sta...
Published: 08/08/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Tarpon Springs commission approves revised 10-year water and sewer rate plan

TARPON SPRINGS — An issue that began with a lengthy, somewhat contentious, discussion between several residents and city officials back in May concluded recently, quickly and quietly.The City Commission unanimously approved a revised 10-year water an...
Published: 08/09/18
McGlockton’s father, sheriff respond to stand your ground shooter’s history of road rage

McGlockton’s father, sheriff respond to stand your ground shooter’s history of road rage

For Michael McGlockton, it’s clear the man who killed his son thought he was above the law."The guy has problems. It seems like he thinks that he is above the law. He thinks that he’s a vigilante cop or something," McGlockton, 46, said, responding to...
Published: 08/09/18
Records show road rage, gun threats in stand your ground shooter’s past

Records show road rage, gun threats in stand your ground shooter’s past

The Clearwater man who shot and killed a father of three outside a convenience store in a parking dispute last month — setting off a stand your ground debate that has swept Florida and the nation — has a history of road rage.Since 2012, according to ...
Published: 08/09/18