Thursday, October 18, 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.



Democrat Alex Heeren, left, and Republican Nick DiCeglie.

Florida House District 66: Candidates differ on education, school security

Republican Nick DiCeglie and Democrat Alex Heeren have widely different viewpoints on key issues
Published: 10/17/18
Lynnie, a female mixed breed dog, rests in a cage at Pinellas County Animal Services on Oct. 8 in Largo The dog was euthanized Friday. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times)

New details emerge in fatal dog attack on Clearwater 7-month-old

Pamela Maser was bringing the baby a bottle when the dog started barking.Maser opened the kennel to take the dog outside. Instead, the retriever-hound mix ran toward 7-month-old Khloe Williams and attacked her.Maser...
Published: 10/13/18
DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times
Lynnie, a female mixed breed dog, rests in a cage at Pinellas County Animal Services on Monday (10/8/18) in Largo The dog attacked seven-month-old Khloe Williams leading to her death on Friday (10/5/18) at the home of her foster father's parents in Clearwater. Lynnie was taken into custody by Pinellas County Animal Control, said Doug Brightwell, the Pinellas County director of animal services, who confirmed she will be held on a 10-day rabies quarantine. If it does not have rabies, the family may decide to keep the dog or have it euthanized, Brightwell said. But pursuant to Florida statue, If a dog is classified as a dangerous dog due to an incident that causes severe injury to a human being, based upon the nature and circumstances of the injury and the likelihood of a future threat to the public safety, health, and welfare, the dog may be destroyed in an expeditious and humane manner. Animal Control has not yet made contact with WilliamsÃ\u0095 foster family about the fate of Lynnie.

Mother of baby killed by dog in foster care thought family would be reunited soon

CLEARWATER — Shavon Grossman thought she was on the verge of getting her daughter back.There was a hearing scheduled this week to discuss the future for the mother and 7-month-old Khloe Williams, who had been in foster care since May, according...
Published: 10/08/18
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Fatal crash shuts down Interstate 275 southbound lanes in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A fatal crash Friday afternoon on Interstate 275 just west of 22nd Street S shut down all southbound lanes of the highway.As of 6 p.m. traffic was only getting by on the shoulder, according to the Florida Highway...
Published: 10/05/18
Gulfport police arrested Marquelle Drymon, left, in the fatal shooting of his friend, Joshua Allen Monroe, right, on July 4, 2017. Drymon, 22, faces a charge of second-degree murder. [Pinellas County Jail / Gulfport Police Department]

Gulfport police arrest St. Petersburg man in 15-month-old murder

GULFPORT — Detectives have arrested a 22-year-old man accused of killing his friend more than a year ago.Gulfport police announced Friday that Marquelle Drymon of St. Petersburg faces a second-degree murder charge in the shooting of Joshua...
Published: 10/05/18
David Swan, 88, was a retired accountant, and Mina Swan, 80, was a former art teacher.

Questions continue in murder of elderly Clearwater couple

CLEARWATER — Questions surrounding the suspected double murder of an elderly couple mounted Monday as new details emerged about the seemingly quiet life they lived.Mina Swan, 80, worked as an art teacher at Clearwater High for 16 years before...
Updated one month ago
On Sept. 26, 2018, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office released a video of detectives questioning Michael Drejka, the man who killed Markeis McGlockton in a shooting that has reignited a national debate over self-defense. Investigators spent hours talking to Drejka about the argument over a handicap-reserved parking space that led to the shooting and his perception of events before he pulled the trigger. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]

Watch: Clearwater parking lot shooter Michael Drejka questioned after arrest

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has released a video of detectives questioning Michael Drejka, the man who killed Markeis McGlockton, in a shooting that has reignited a national debate over self-defense.Investigators spent hours talking to...
Updated one month ago
A Clearwater police detective and two officers were suspended for participating in an unauthorized car chase.

Clearwater cops suspended for unauthorized car chase

CLEARWATER — Police Chief Dan Slaughter suspended two officers and a detective after an internal investigation found an unauthorized car chase led to a crash that hurt an officer and two civilians.Det. Frederick Lise, who led the pursuit...
Updated one month ago
Markeis McGlockton’s autopsy shows he turned away from shooter

Markeis McGlockton’s autopsy shows he turned away from shooter

The autopsy for Markeis McGlockton, who was killed in a shooting that set off a debate about Florida’s stand your ground law, shows the bullet entered his body at an angle and tore through his heart and both lungs.The Pinellas-Pasco Medical...
Updated one month ago
Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in a case that set off a national debate about self-defense in July, as he was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Monday afternoon. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Michael Drejka released on bail in Clearwater parking space incident

LARGO — Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in a case that set off a national debate about self-defense in July, was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Monday afternoon.Always Available Bail Bonds posted...
Updated one month ago