Saturday, April 21, 2018
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South Pinellas Hometown

Canterbury student achieves Eagle Scout rank: Boy Scout Kai David Tomalin, 14, a freshman at Canterbury School of Florida, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in November. An avid athlete and martial artist, he rebuilt the family campground restroom facilities at Fort De Soto Park for his service project. He raised more than $3,000 and received matching grants from the Friends of Fort De Soto and Pinellas County Commission for the project, which took more than 300 hours to complete. He plans to continue his Scouting career and hopefully one day attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He lives in St. Petersburg with his mom, dad, sister and Labrador retriever.

Tech Data provides scholarships to students at SPC: Tech Data Corp., one of the world's leading IT distributors, will provide $10,000 in scholarships to St. Petersburg College students pursuing bachelor's degrees in technology development and management. The scholarships will help cover tuition, fees and books for SPC students, who can receive up to $2,000 a year. Five scholarship recipients will be selected in the fall. SPC recently partnered with Tech Data, Valpak, AgileThought, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Technology Forum to create a career development program known as the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp. Last month, Tech Data won Student Program of the Year from the TBTF for its leadership with the boot camp.

St. Pete Catholic senior wins Tony Jannus essay contest: Samantha Burkart, a senior at St. Petersburg Catholic High School, received the 2015 Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society Essay contest winner. Her essay was selected out of more than 70 submissions from high school students throughout the state. Her prize was three round-trip airline tickets and $600 spending money for the trip. The Tony Jannus Essay Contest aims to foster interest in scheduled commercial aviation, as well as pilot Tony Jannus' history-making role in the inception of the worldwide industry, among high school students.

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Man, 20, arrested in killing of Durant High football player

Man, 20, arrested in killing of Durant High football player

Deputies arrested a man late Friday they say shot and killed Durant High School football player Grover Wills.Samuel Morrissey Jr., 20, was being held without bail Saturday at the Hillsborough County jail and faces a second-degree murder charge, accor...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Cops used dead man's finger in attempt to unlock his phone

Cops used dead man's finger in attempt to unlock his phone

Most people agree what the Largo detectives did at the funeral home was legal. What they diverge on is whether it was appropriate.
Updated: 1 hour ago
For starters: Rays vs. Twins, with a familiar look

For starters: Rays vs. Twins, with a familiar look

Not that Friday's game went as planned, but the Rays ended up with an 8-7 10-inning win, and they're going to trot out the same lineup tonight in hopes of doing it again.RELATED: Rays find a way to prevailLHP Blake Snell will be on the mound for the ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
A Florida school shooting suspect charged with terrorism says ‘sorry’ to injured student

A Florida school shooting suspect charged with terrorism says ‘sorry’ to injured student

The young man in a white jail jumpsuit, handcuffed and shackled, looked past the throng of reporters pointing microphones toward his face, barely opening his mouth as he answered questions."I shot through the door," he said, looking at a female repor...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Man who attacked woman and stole her shorts arrested, deputies say

Man who attacked woman and stole her shorts arrested, deputies say

Deputies arrested a man they said tackled a woman in February and removed her shorts before fleeing.Robert Mark Hembree Jr., 31, was arrested late Friday. He faces charges of sexual battery and petit theft.PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Detectives seek man who a...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Romano: Okay, now who sounds like a hysterical teen talking about guns?

Romano: Okay, now who sounds like a hysterical teen talking about guns?

The writer of the letter sounds hysterical. Perhaps a little desperate. And maybe that’s just who Marion Hammer is these days.Most of the world knows her as the take-no-prisoners maven of the National Rifle Association who directs Florida politicians...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Dade City man killed in early morning hit-and-run, police say

Dade City man killed in early morning hit-and-run, police say

A Pasco County man was struck and killed in an apparent hit-and-run early Saturday, police said.Thomas Michael Burdeshaw, 53, who lived on Sundance Drive in Dade City, was hit about 1:45 a.m. on the 36000 block of Blanton Road, police said.Witnesses ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Some people are paying for cuddles. And it’s not what you might think.

Some people are paying for cuddles. And it’s not what you might think.

When Samantha Hess’s marriage ended five years ago, she felt she was lacking a basic human need: Physical touch. As a woman in her late 20s living in Portland, Oregon, she found plenty of men interested in dating, but sexual contact was not what she ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Police searching for person who shot a man to death in Largo

Police searching for person who shot a man to death in Largo

CLEARWATER — Police are looking for a person who shot and killed a man late Friday at the Melrose on the Bay apartments on Bolesta Road. Ricardo Guzman, 32, called 911 just before midnight and told the operator he had been shot, said Lt. Randall Chan...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Motorcyclist dies after crash on Memorial Highway

Motorcyclist dies after crash on Memorial Highway

TAMPA — A motorcyclist driving north on Memorial Highway died after he crashed into a guard rail late Friday, police said."The man failed to negotiate a curve in the road and struck a guard rail," said Lt. Brett Owen. "No other vehicle was involved i...
Updated: 5 hours ago