Kameel Stanley, Times Staff Writer

Kameel Stanley

Kameel Stanley covers the St. Petersburg Police Department and public safety issues in southern Pinellas County for the Tampa Bay Times. She grew up in Michigan and started with the Times in January 2009 after graduating from Central Michigan University. Before coming to the Florida, she racked up bylines during summer internships at several newspapers, including the Grand Rapids Press and the Washington Post. She lives in St. Petersburg in a charming 1920s bungalow she swears she will repaint someday. A crazy Boston terrier keeps her company. When she's not working, she's usually shopping. Find her thoughts about style and fashion at the Deal Divas blog. Drop her a line if you want to talk crime patterns, police tactics or the advantages of a platform pump.

Phone: (727) 893-8643

Email: kstanley@tampabay.com

Twitter: @CornAndPotatoes

Blog: Deal Divas

  1. This sale won't cure you of your shoe obsession. Oh well.


    This was supposed to be an intervention post.

    Inspired by this article on one of my favorite sites, I was all ready to lay down a sermon about responsibility, frugalness and how not to fall in the trap of impulse buying. (Yea, I hear you laughing.)...

    These teal cuties are $11.99
  2. New St. Petersburg police chief faces challenges to unify police, community

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — In introducing the city's new police chief, Mayor Rick Kriseman spoke of his hire as the start of the agency's transformation, the "day that we begin to come together."

    Tony Holloway stood gripping both sides of the lectern and smiled big. Before him was a room packed with elected officials, community leaders, police officers and a line of TV cameras.

    "There's a lot of good men and women at the St. Petersburg Police Department, and we're going to show you a force that's going to stand together," Holloway said. "But we're also going to show you that we're going to build some bridges back into our community. Because that's what we need."...

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, left, talks with the new St. Petersburg police Chief Anthony Holloway after Tuesday's news conference. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  3. St. Petersburg mayor picks Clearwater's Holloway as his next police chief

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A day after Mayor Rick Kriseman interviewed his top four candidates for police chief last month and introduced them to the community in a public meet-and-greet, he got on a plane to Dallas.

    He was unsettled, unconvinced that any was the right fit.

    At a conference that weekend, Kriseman sought advice from other mayors around the country. They all had the same message: Don't settle. Don't be afraid to scrap the list....

    Anthony Holloway, 52, has been the police chief in Clearwater for the last four years. His name first surfaced Saturday as a candidate for St. Petersburg's police chief opening after it became clear Mayor Rick Kriseman was quickly eliminating the known candidates. Kriseman said the process "led me to realize what we needed most: someone familiar with us, but not of us." [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times (2013)]
  4. Kriseman goes off list, picks mystery candidate as next St. Petersburg police chief

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman has picked a surprise candidate to lead the St. Petersburg Police Department, after eliminating all four known finalists over the weekend.

    Kriseman would not say whom he selected but confirmed that the candidate accepted the offer.

    So who got the job? The focus Sunday was on Clearwater police Chief Anthony "Tony" Holloway.

    Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times that Holloway was approached about the St. Petersburg job, but he did not know if a deal was inked....

    Is Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway the mystery candidate for the top job at the St. Petersburg Police Department?
  5. No bidders for St. Petersburg recycling contract as mayor mulls options

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When he took office this year, Mayor Rick Kriseman wasted no time trying to jump-start the city's sputtering effort at universal curbside recycling.

    His administration unveiled a plan in February to get recycling bins to all of St. Petersburg's 76,000 households, not just those who pay a special fee for it now.

    But almost six months later, the endeavor is bogged down and essentially on pause....

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has promised to bring universal curbside recycling to the city, but no company bid to take part in the program.
  6. Mayor Rick Kriseman eliminates three candidates for St. Petersburg police chief


    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman eliminated three of the four finalists to head the police department on Saturday, including a popular internal candidate, while the fourth finalist said he had yet to hear from Kriseman.

    Meanwhile, speculation is growing that Kriseman is courting a mystery candidate who was not among the finalists.

    Kriseman did not return phone calls Saturday, and Ben Kirby, the mayor's communications director, would not comment, other than to say that an announcement naming the next chief will come this week....

    Jerry Geier: The police chief of Goodyear, Ariz., survived the final cuts, but says he has not heard from Mayor Rick Kriseman.
  7. St. Petersburg gets closer to refinancing some stadium debt


    ST. PETERSBURG | The city advanced a plan to refinance a portion of its debt related to Tropicana Field on Thursday, though final approval by the City Council is required at next week's meeting.

    Under a deal with SunTrust Bank, the city will refinance about $17 million remaining on debt that matures in 2025 and is covered by a $2 million annual payment from the state to the city.

    SunTrust has agreed to give the city an annual interest rate of 2.63 percent, leading to a projected savings of about $1.7 million, finance director Anne Fritz told a city council budget committee. (See our earlier story on the issue here.)...

  8. Be fancy or frugal at these local shopping/fashion events


    It's that time of year again y'all. This week brings us two annual events for those of us who love shopping and fashion. Big bonus: both are local, homegrown events.

    One will have you browsing downtown streets in your jammies, the other could spark some ideas for the crafty, DIY-diva. (We're looking at you, Keyonna)

    So, without further ado...

    For the fancy among us:...

    Attention Snuggie owners. It will be safe to leave the house on Thursday. Meet in downtown St. Petersburg for the city's annual Sunrise Sale and shop your heart out, no questions asked.
  9. Rowdies' soccer success in St. Pete leads to legal tussle

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Steve Nadel remembers clearly when he first thought of luring the Tampa Bay Rowdies away from George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

    The director of the St. Petersburg Baseball Commission was sick in bed when the idea of enticing the struggling soccer franchise to play at Al Lang Field occurred to him, he told the St. Petersburg City Council last month.

    Nadel might now regret that flash of inspiration....

  10. Five reasons you should be wearing a full skirt now


    Growing up, I always associated full skirts with, well, grown women. My mom wore them, my teacher wore them, my bosses wore them.

    But me? I rarely went for them, opting more often for a pencil or A-line shape (or, for those few misguided years in middle school, a mini).

    Yet for months now, it's been hard to resist the strong pull, and appeal, of the full skirt. Probably cause I too, am now a grown woman. And do what-eva I want.* But there are plenty other reasons to indulge in a full skirt this summer. See them after the jump. ...

    'Orange' you glad we gave you another excuse to go shopping? Do you have one of these in your closet yet?
  11. Five St. Petersburg police officers promoted

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Interim police Chief Dave DeKay promoted five officers Thursday, capping a process clouded earlier this year by allegations of impropriety during testing.

    DeKay selected Sgt. Stephen Mandakis to fill a lieutenant position, and Officers Candace Marklin, Terri Nagle, Ricardo Lopez and Jason Deary to fill sergeant slots.*

    The promotions were to have taken place several months ago but were halted in March after concerns about racial divisions within the agency were raised at a community meeting at a local church. During the gathering, attended by several police officers, community activists and city officials, people also raised specific allegations about the latest round of promotions testing, prompting Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin to call for an investigation....

  12. St. Petersburg police chief decision could be difficult for mayor

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — On the campaign trail, Mayor Rick Kriseman said he would consider hiring a new police chief from outside the agency.

    He also said he would listen to the community's wishes. Letters and emails have since come into City Hall, filling a binder two inches thick.

    The majority of those people — neighborhood leaders, residents, city police officers and top officers from neighboring agencies — favor assistant police Chief Melanie Bevan, the only internal candidate among four finalists....

  13. St. Pete council members like what they see in mayor's budget — so far

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Council members will have months to sift through the proposed budget Mayor Rick Kriseman submitted to them last week.

    But many said that, at first glance, they don't have a lot to complain about.

    "It looks to me like the mayor heard what people were saying," council member Karl Nurse said. "I think taking our money and reinvesting it in jobs and neighborhoods is well-spent. I'm pretty happy with the focus."...

  14. Officials once again mulling over homeless problem in St. Pete, Pinellas County

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jeff Schorr has witnessed the evolution of the city's homeless problem over the years from his Central Avenue gallery.

    Things were bad five years ago, he said, with homeless people using downtown sidewalks to sleep, beg for money and use the restroom.

    Things calmed after the city cracked down under the former mayor's tenure, but the issue is again at the forefront, partly because of reports from business owners like Schorr....

    Sleeping in public areas, like St. Petersburg’s Williams Park, was reduced when Pinellas Safe Harbor opened.
  15. Bill Edwards sues baseball commission over Al Lang Stadium

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The fight between businessman Bill Edwards and the nonprofit St. Petersburg Baseball Commission over a popular downtown sports facility could be headed for a courtroom.

    Edwards filed a lawsuit against the baseball commission on Wednesday over Al Lang Stadium, the home turf for Edwards' Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer franchise.

    Edwards has spent months clashing with the baseball commission and the city over conditions at the downtown facility....

    Bill Edwards also says he has been cheated on ticket sales.