Tuesday, December 12, 2017
News Roundup

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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The Bucs’ problem isn’t how they finish; it’s how they start

The Bucs’ problem isn’t how they finish; it’s how they start

For the second straight week, the Buccaneers had the ball in the final minutes of a tie game.For the second straight week, they could not finish.As disappointing as that might be, they have a larger problem, and one that has existed all season: The B...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Tampa police looking for Plant City girl, 15, considered to be in danger

Tampa police looking for Plant City girl, 15, considered to be in danger

TAMPA — Police were searching Tuesday for a missing 15-year-old Plant City girl who disappeared from a Tampa girls school.Zoe Warren was last seen about 8 a.m. Monday at the PACE Center for Girls, 1933 E. Hillsborough Ave., where she attends school, ...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Defendant asks jurors: Do I look like Charles Manson?

Defendant asks jurors: Do I look like Charles Manson?

LARGO — Daniel Richards, on trial for the murder of his 83-year-old mother, began his own criminal defense on Tuesday by asking a few questions to the pool of prospective jurors."If you were accused of killing your mother, would you want to represent...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Two of St. Petersburg’s assistant police chiefs leaving next month

Two of St. Petersburg’s assistant police chiefs leaving next month

ST. PETERSBURG — Two assistant police chiefs are stepping down next month, leaving two of the three of the second-in-command jobs vacant at the St. Petersburg Police Department.Assistant Chief Jim Previtera announced this week that he will resign fro...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Ex-Facebook VP: Social media destroying society with ‘dopamine-driven feedback loops’

Ex-Facebook VP: Social media destroying society with ‘dopamine-driven feedback loops’

Washington PostA former Facebook executive is making waves after he spoke out about his "tremendous guilt" over growing the social network, which he feels has eroded "the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other."Chamath Paliha...
Updated: 1 hour ago
New tracking system could help put a dent in juvenile car theft epidemic

New tracking system could help put a dent in juvenile car theft epidemic

LAKE MARY — Hundreds more juveniles who steal cars each year could be kept off the streets under a new tool approved by a Department of Juvenile Justice committee Tuesday, a move that could put a dent in a dangerous local car theft epidemic.Secretary...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Largo man arrested after passenger falls out of minivan and dies

Largo man arrested after passenger falls out of minivan and dies

PLANT CITY — A Largo man struck a pedestrian with a minivan last Friday, authorities said. Five minutes later, his female passenger was fatally struck by on-coming traffic after falling out of the vehicle.Plant City police arrested Todd Charles Riggs...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Former Tampa police sergeant to be sentenced in tax fraud case

Former Tampa police sergeant to be sentenced in tax fraud case

TAMPA — LaJoyce Houston admits that she benefitted from the proceeds of tax refund fraud.But the former Tampa police sergeant denies that she was ever an active participant in a fraud scheme, according to a memo filed in her federal criminal case. An...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Illegal card skimmer discoveries in Tampa Bay double in 2017

Illegal card skimmer discoveries in Tampa Bay double in 2017

State investigators have discovered more than double the number of credit card skimmers in the Tampa Bay area in 2017 than in 2016 — with still a few weeks left in the year. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services found 54 skimmer...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Editorial: Tax cuts aren’t worth harm to Tampa Bay

Editorial: Tax cuts aren’t worth harm to Tampa Bay

As congressional negotiators hammer out the details on an enormous, unnecessary tax cut, the potential negative impact on Tampa Bay and Florida is becoming clearer. The harmful consequences stretch far beyond adding more than $1.4 trillion to the fed...
Updated: 1 hour ago