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The death of Phoebe Jonchuck

  1. At Eckerd College, a team of specially trained students responds to campus emergencies

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Adam Colby, the safety director at Eckerd College, had a problem.

    Incident commander Henry Ashworth directs team members during a simulated mass casualty incident on campus last month.
  2. Scott enlists Pinellas in effort to improve Florida's mental health system

    Health

    Pinellas County will soon be part of a pilot program aimed at enhancing mental health services, Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday.

    Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order adding Alachua and Pinellas counties to the mental health pilot program on Wednesday.
  3. John Jonchuck, who dropped daughter Phoebe, 5, to her death, still not competent to stand trial

    Criminal

    Eight months after being accused of dropping his 5-year-old daughter off the Dick Misener bridge, John Jonchuck, 25, still is not competent to stand trial, his court-appointed lawyer said Tuesday.

  4. Eckerd rescue team finds Skyway jumper alive

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — The minute the alert came in, the checklist took shape in Jordan Kuperberg's mind.

    Jordan Kuperberg, 23, says keeping calm and focused is vital to rescue missions.
  5. Officer recounts the last moments of Phoebe Jonchuck's life

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Officer William Vickers knew when rescuers brought the little girl onto the boat that she was gone.

    St. Petersburg police Officer William Vickers, right, receives the Meritorious Service Award from Chief Anthony Holloway on Thursday.
  6. Records illuminate erratic days before Phoebe Jonchuck's death

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — The officer trained his pistol at the man in pajamas, the one who'd been speeding before coming to a halt and flinging open his door.

    Phoebe Jonchuck was dropped into the water from the Dick Misener Bridge, shown from the west side, looking south.
  7. Eckerd College team that found Phoebe Jonchuck to be recognized by St. Petersburg Police

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police will present a certificate of appreciation today to the volunteer search and rescue team from Eckerd College that found 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck's lifeless body less than an hour after authorities said her father dropped her into Tampa Bay earlier this year.

  8. DCF suspends worker who screened Phoebe Jonchuck call; judge may rule Friday on father's competency

    Criminal

    LARGO — The Department of Children and Families has suspended a counselor who screened out an abuse hotline call about John Jonchuck Jr. just 10 days before he dropped his daughter into Tampa Bay last month.

    A mourner holds a photo of 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck with a doll that had been placed in her casket during her funeral service last month at Lake Magdalene Methodist Church in Tampa.
  9. Judge sets new hearing after evaluations say Jonchuck is mentally incompetent

    Criminal

    LARGO — Two evaluations have concluded the man accused of dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge into Tampa Bay is mentally incompetent, but more time is needed to study the matter.

    Five-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck died after being dropped off the Dick Misener Bridge in St. Petersburg. Her father John Jonchuck Jr. is accused of killing her. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]
  10. DCF acknowledges failures in its handling of Phoebe Jonchuck case (w/video)

    Crime

    TAMPA — Florida's child welfare agency acknowledged Monday that it failed to protect a 5-year-old girl before she was dropped to her death last month, missing opportunities to respond to concerns for her well-being.

    A collage of photos of Phoebe Jonchuck. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]