Kathryn Varn, Pinellas Sheriff, Clearwater Police, St. Petersburg Police Reporter

Kathryn Varn

Pinellas Sheriff, Clearwater Police, St. Petersburg Police Reporter

I cover breaking news and public safety in Pinellas County. That includes police and fire departments, hurricanes and any other topics in the death and destruction arena. In other words, I’m really fun at parties. Before coming to the Times in 2015, I was a student at the University of Florida studying journalism. I picked the major as a prerequisite for law school, but once I started covering crime for my college newspaper, I couldn’t get enough. When I’m not sweating under deadline, I’m singing with my rag-tag adult A Cappella group, Weird and Wonderful, or hanging out with my fat cat, Rose.

Michael Drejka lawyer John Trevena arrested in Largo on domestic battery charge

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Trevena, one of three lawyers representing Clearwater parking lot shooter Michael Drejka, is accused of shoving his ex-wife while picking up belongings he said were his.

Clearwater parking lot shooting to kick off 'Finding Justice' BET series produced by 'The Rock'

Family and friends of Markeis McGlockton, the 28-year-old man that was shot and killed during a parking lot altercation in front of his children, gathered in front of the location where he was shot on July 22, 2018. McGlockton's story is kicking off a BET docu-series called
The first episode of the docu-series features the shooting of Markeis McGlockton by Michael Drejka and makes the case to repeal Florida’s stand your ground law.

‘It was malicious’: Pinellas deputy resigns after tossing nails in neighbor’s driveway

A screenshot from a surveillance video shows former Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy Lance Chambers in his neighbor's driveway. The full video shows him making throwing motions; he later admitted he was throwing nails. The veteran deputy resigned Feb. 8 amid an internal investigation into the incident. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
An internal investigation found the 23-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office acted out of anger at a neighbor, and lied to police.

DNA supports St. Pete rape claim from woman who is intellectually disabled. Why no charges?

Mary Scroggins, left, with her 26-year-old daughter at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs, questions why no charges have been filed in what they describe as a sexual assault on the daughter three years ago. The daughter, whose name is being withheld, has had  been intellectually disabled since birth.  [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
Detectives were ready to make an arrest, but prosecutors didn’t believe they could prove the case. The issue, they said: “Whether the victim is disabled to the point where she could...

Woman dies after being pulled from burning Dade City home

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Fire, police and state fire marshal officials are investigating the blaze, which started at about 6:30 a.m.