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  1. Hometown South Pinellas

    News

    Largo City Commission recognizes fire service officials

  2. Pinellas sheriff's office: Corporal injured during assault by inmate

    Crime

    LARGO — A Pinellas County Sheriff's corporal underwent three surgeries for a broken rib and a punctured spleen after being assaulted inside the cell of a jail inmate.

  3. Records: Kriseman's chief of staff told employee to not talk negatively about transfer

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG –– After Mayor Rick Kriseman transferred his longtime personal secretary to the Fire Department, his chief of staff ordered the employee to not say anything negative that could hurt the mayor, records show.

    Chief of staff Kevin King says he did not harass the woman when she was transferred.
  4. St. Petersburg art community divided over Pier project

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — As the quest to commission the work of acclaimed artist Janet Echelman for the Pier pushes ahead, discontent simmers in art circles.

    St. Petersburg artist Jon Hair, who created oversized sculptures for the U.S. Olympic Committee, the cities of Beijing and Shanghai and mascots for various universities, wants to create a massive 108-foot wide, 30-foot-high blue whale with other life-size marine life called Oceanica for the Pier District project.  [Courtesy of Jon Hair]
  5. Early results in on Pinellas pre-arrest diversion program

    Public Safety

    A Pinellas Sheriff's Office report released last week summarizing the first quarter of the Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion program showed that 179 people have completed it since the start date in October.

  6. County Code Enforcement office closes for move

    Local Government

    The offices of Pinellas County Code Enforcement will be closed today, and Monday, as staff moves to a new location at 631 Chestnut St., Clearwater.

  7. Soccer fans support St. Petersburg stadium referendum

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council chamber had plenty of soccer aficionados outfitted in green and gold show up last week to support the Tampa Bay Rowdies' bid to join Major League Soccer and expand their home at Al Lang Stadium.

    A rendering of the proposed Tampa Bay Rowdies Al Lang stadium.
  8. Costs for new St. Petersburg police station keep rising

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG— The potential price tag of a new police headquarters continues to rise as City Council members last week tentatively approved spending another $4.2 million to add energy efficient features and more parking.

    This is an artist's rendering of the St. Petersburg Police Department's proposed headquarters. [Courtesy of City of St. Petersburg]
  9. Largo obstacle and zipline course on hold after questions of restroom, parking capacity

    Local Government

    LARGO — It was about five months ago that commissioners approved a zip line and obstacle course for the woods north of Highland Recreation Complex in the face of strong objections from dozens of residents.

  10. Jury finds St. Petersburg woman not guilty of assaulting husband

    Criminal

    LARGO — Madeline A. Cadigan-Lettre, arrested in 2014 on charges that she attacked her husband in their St. Petersburg home, was found not guilty of aggravated battery by a jury this month.

  11. Inspiring and supporting art in St. Petersburg

    News

    The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance recognized five local "muses" who contribute to the St. Petersburg arts community at its fourth annual Muse Arts Awards.

    MUSE Visual Arts Award recipient Kyu Yamamoto had some of his artwork on display during the MUSE Awards reception at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.
  12. Renovation of small St. Petersburg building gets big attention

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — In the past few years, downtown St. Petersburg has gained more than 2,000 new rental units. But it was a 12-unit apartment building dating to Harry Truman's presidency that recently drew kudos from Mayor Rick Kriseman and other civic leaders.

    The 12-unit Prince Gregor apartment building, which was built in 1948, has been restored by Ali Sarrafian and Afsaneh Asayesh.
  13. 17-year-old stages robbery, slashes pregnant stepmother, Largo police say

    Crime

    LARGO — A 17-year-old boy was arrested after he stabbed his pregnant stepmother while in disguise and staged a burglary to make it look like someone else committed the crime, police say.

  14. Pinellas man shares connection through drums

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Steve Turner stood with his drum strapped across his shoulders at the center of a circle of chairs assembled in at the multipurpose room at PARC.

    Steve Turner, founder of Giving Tree Music, leads a monthly drum circle with developmentally disabled adults at PARC in St. Petersburg. Students from left, are Mark, Bruce and Jono, far right.
  15. 'Good Samaritan' walks off with woman's purse

    Crime

    DUNEDIN

    'Good Samaritan' walks off with woman's purse