Sunday, May 27, 2018

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Kathryn Varn

Kathryn Varn

Kathryn Varn covers public safety in north Pinellas County and news in the city of Largo. She is from the Jacksonville area and graduated from the University of Florida, where she studied journalism.



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Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

NEW PORT RICHEY — Florida Highway Patrol troopers are looking for a driver who hit and killed a 46-year-old bicyclist then drove from the scene.Shawn Michael Grady, of New Port Richey, was biking south on Rowan Road south of Massachusetts...
Updated: 2 hours ago
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FHP: 30-year-old motorcyclist killed in Hudson crash

HUDSON — A 30-year-old man died after he was struck by a car and thrown off the motorcycle he was riding.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Derek Fingerle, of Hudson, was traveling south on U.S. 19 in the center lane about 8:20 p.m.
Updated: 2 hours ago
Ramon Natal, 41, from the Town N' Country area of Hillsborough County, left, looks on as Hillsborough County employee Dean May loads sandbags into Natal's truck at Ed Radice Park on Saturday, May 26, 2018 ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto. Sandbags are available at several locations around Hillsborough County tomorrow.

A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

Subtropical Storm Alberto continued its trek north-northeast overnight and is expected to make landfall in the northern Gulf Coast late Monday.The storm was about 85 miles north of the Dry Tortugas as of Sunday morning, producing winds up to 40...
Updated: 4 hours ago
In Largo, a potential 20 percent increase would bring the rate for residential trash and recycling customers from $17.65 to $21.18 a month. City officials said the hike is in part due to changes in the recycling industry. [iStockphoto.com]

Largo considers rate hike for trash, recycling

LARGO — Residents may see the first trash and recycling rate hike in more than a decade next year as the city faces changes in the global recycling landscape and rising costs.The potential 20 percent increase, which would bring the rate for...
Published: 05/24/18
Clearwater Fire & Rescue paid $93,816 in unearned or unauthorized sick time, benefits and incentives over the past five years, according to the review. On Monday, days after the report was completed, Clearwater Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Steven Strong resigned in lieu of being fired. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

Clearwater deputy fire chief resigns as report on sick leave abuse is released

CLEARWATER — A months-long probe into abuse of sick leave within the fire department concluded this week with the resignation of a deputy chief and the release of an internal review.The city paid $93,816 in unearned or unauthorized sick time,...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/24/18
David Baldwin still looks after his mother's house, years after she passed away. His grandfather gave Dansville its foundation and its name. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD/Times]

One of Pinellas County’s historic black neighborhoods hopes progress is kind to its past

David Baldwin inches his pickup down the road, his right hand on the steering wheel, his left pointing out the window at what used to be.Across Pine Street, it was all orange trees, part of the network of groves that employed hundreds...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/22/18
Customers line up at a Busch Gardens restauraunt after a power outage caused all rides to stop. Photo by Twitter user Kelcie @Cd3000

Power restored at Busch Gardens after squirrel causes outage

TAMPA — After a power outage kicked off a chaotic start to the weekend at Busch Gardens, the park was back up and running 2:20 p.m. Saturday.A squirrel caught in an electrical substation caused the outage sometime before 11 a.m., according to...
Published: 05/12/18
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Pinellas County School Board plans to use security guards, rather than sworn law enforcement officers, as a  stop-gap measure to fill some positions in schools. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Security guards to be temporary fix in Pinellas schools

Dealing with a tight deadline and not enough money, the Pinellas County school district is veering from its plan to place sworn law enforcement officers in every school, opting instead to hire designated security guards for some...
Updated one month ago
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Pinellas County School Board plans to use security guards, rather than sworn law enforcement officers, as a  stop-gap measure to fill some positions in schools. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Security guards to be temporary fix in Pinellas schools

Dealing with a tight deadline and not enough money, the Pinellas County school district is veering from its plan to place sworn law enforcement officers in every school, opting instead to hire designated security guards for some...
Updated one month ago
A mother turned in her son for a burglary that occurred last month, according to Clearwater police. Now 18-year-old Kevin King, of Riverview, is facing burglary and grand theft charges. [Clearwater Police Department]

Mom spots son in video of burglary, makes him turn himself in

CLEARWATERThey say mom knows best. That is especially true when she recognizes her son’s face in connection with a burglary.That’s how Clearwater police said they ended up arresting 18-year-old Kevin King.His...
Updated one month ago