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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. Rays' president strikes cooperative tone on stadium deal with St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — A day after the City Council slammed the stadium door on the Tampa Bay Rays, two main players made pointed overtures toward reconciliation.

    "Despite the tally last night there seems to be good momentum toward reaching an agreement,'' Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman said Friday, referring to the council's 5-3 vote against a plan to let the team explore stadium sites in Hillsborough County....

    St. Petersburg City Council member Bill Dudley
  2. Will Kriseman rebound from failed Rays vote? Council members think so


    ST. PETERSBURG | As chatter about the failed vote on the recently proposed Rays stadium deal continued Friday, Mayor Rick Kriseman turned his attention to his holiday vacation.

    His spokesman Ben Kirby said the mayor had no plans to meet with any council members or the Rays on Friday. He is leaving town next week for a vacation with his family.

    "What the mayor said last night stands today," Kirby said. "This was a council decision. He meant what he said in chambers: This is the deal."...

  3. Rays' Matt Silverman: Talks with St. Petersburg will continue despite failed vote on stadium deal

    Local Government

    UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: Matt Silverman, baseball operations president for the Tampa Bay Rays, said Friday afternoon there is "good momentum" toward reaching stadium deal, despite a failed City Council vote.

    Silverman said he expects talks with the city to continue "as we work toward an agreeable outcome."


    ST. PETERSBURG — The morning after the Tampa Bays Rays lost a huge opportunity to explore new stadium sites in Tampa, the man whose question led to a meltdown in City Council chambers and squelched the deal offered some advice. ...

    Matt Silverman, baseball operations president for the Tampa Bay Rays, said Friday afternoon there is "good momentum" toward reaching stadium deal, despite Thursday's failed City Council vote. [Times]
  4. St. Petersburg City Council rejects Rays stadium search deal

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The stadium standoff continues. Baseball's uncertain future in Tampa Bay has grown more complicated and — if possible — more testy.

    The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday rejected an agreement negotiated by Mayor Rick Kriseman that would have given the Tampa Bay Rays three years to explore stadium sites in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

    Council members got their backs up when Rays president Brian Auld refused to yield an iota on development rights on Tropicana Field and other issues....

    Mattie Wright, who withheld her age, speaks to a full house at the St. Petersburg City Council meeting, saying the Trop is like a playpen that the Rays have outgrown.
  5. New 'second chance' program for youth offenders to debut in St. Pete in 2015

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Several months after embracing the idea of revamping its approach to juvenile crime, the city is now just weeks from implementing a new system designed to steer hundreds of young people away from the criminal justice system.

    In early January, officials hope to roll out the "Juvenile Second Chance Program," driven by a collaboration between the police and parks and recreation departments....

  6. St. Petersburg gets first look at pier proposals

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — After six years of discussions and the selection and contentious rejection of a much-reviled design for a new pier, St. Petersburg is back for a second try.

    On Monday, eight design teams offered fresh ways to look at the closed inverted pyramid, with some pitching an entirely new shape for the iconic landmark.

    The teams competing for the $46 million product, with $33 million targeted for construction, are proposing concepts that include new features such as a waterfall, lagoons and terraces....

    Destination St. Pete Pier would expand and renovate Spa Beach. The Pier would be four floors, three inside a glass crystal.
  7. Suspension and pay cut ordered for St. Petersburg assistant city attorney facing DUI charge

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A city attorney who recently got his third DUI arrest will take a pay cut and face additional consequences at work, officials said Friday.

    Longtime city employee Mark Winn, who has been the No. 2 attorney for the past few years, will serve a monthlong suspension without pay beginning Monday, according to City Attorney John Wolfe.

    Winn, 60, was in his 2003 gray BMW about 1:40 a.m. Nov. 30 at 32nd Avenue N and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street when a St. Petersburg officer pulled him over after seeing the car cross the double yellow line half a dozen times. ...

  8. St. Petersburg police officer suspended after public masturbation allegations

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — A police officer has been suspended for two weeks following accusations that he was caught this summer masturbating in a downtown parking lot.

    Officer Andrew Cane, 38, was off duty and in his personal vehicle on the afternoon of Aug. 25 when a tow truck driver came upon him in a lot at 801 Central Ave.

    The driver for A-1 Recovery was preparing to haul away the vehicle, which was in a tow away zone, when he realized it was running and approached the passenger window....

  9. Holloway pledges broader discussion of race in policing practices

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police Chief Tony Holloway knows many in the community are clamoring for a deeper discussion about race, police and the relationship between the two.

    All he had to do was walk a few steps outside his agency's headquarters Tuesday night, where about 40 people held signs and chanted about justice, peace and an end to police brutality in black communities.

    "Fired up! Ain't takin' no more!" they yelled....

    Uhuru group and others protest at St. Police headquarters on Tuesday, 12/9/2014 during Chief's Holloway roundtable discussion. The Uhuru's are protesting due to Chief's Holloway's backing out of Sunday's evening public forum on police brutality.
  10. Kriseman-Rays stadium deal is in the works, but meets complications (w/video)

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman on Tuesday announced a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays to let the team explore new stadium sites in Hills­borough County to keep them in the region and even — Kriseman hopes — in St. Petersburg.

    The deal next goes to the City Council for a vote on Thursday. But within moments of Kriseman's news conference Tuesday, complications emerged....

    Mayor Rick Kriseman speaks to reporters gathered at Tropicana Field on Tuesday morning as Rays president Brian Auld listens on. The city of St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Rays announced an agreement which allows the Rays to look at potential new stadium sites outside the city.
  11. Rays and Kriseman reach agreement to allow Hillsborough stadium search

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays have negotiated an agreement to let the team search for new stadium sites in Hillsborough County in exchange for payments to the city if the team leaves before its contract at Tropicana Field expires in 2027.

    Kriseman wants the City Council to approve the "memorandum of understanding" at its meeting on Thursday.

    Payments would be based on how many years remain on the Trop lease if the Rays leave, starting at $4 million a season until December 2018, dropping to $3 million a season from 2019 to 2022 and $2 million from 2023 through 2026....

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, left, on the field at the Trop for a Sept. 3 game, stands with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, center, and Rays operations president Matt Silverman. 
  12. St. Pete police chief backs out of Uhuru forum, forms new group to plan community discussion on race relations and law enforcement


    ST. PETERSBURG | A week ago, local Uhuru members announced they wanted to have a community forum about race relations and law enforcement. And they wanted a special guest: new St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway, to be there.

    "I think it's a good conversation to have about perception versus reality," Holloway told the Tampa Bay Times Nov. 25, a few hours after an Uhuru-led demonstration downtown in protest of a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teen earlier this year in Ferguson, Mo....

  13. St. Pete assistant city attorney accused of DUI for third time


    ST. PETERSBURG — For the third time, police have arrested the city's chief assistant attorney on a charge of drunken driving.

    Mark Winn gave up his job title Tuesday afternoon, though he is still employed as an attorney by the city.

    Winn, 60, was in his 2003 gray BMW about 1:40 a.m. Sunday at 32nd Avenue N and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N when a St. Petersburg officer pulled him over after seeing the car cross the double yellow line half a dozen times....

    Mark Winn has been with the city more than 25 years and earns $151,239 a year.
  14. Too lazy for Black Friday? Check these #SmallBusinessSaturday sales


    If you are reading this, it's means you, like us, probably did not get out of bed before the sun to stand in line at Target or Best Buy or the mall.

    God bless those people. But go ahead and admit it: you're still in your PJs aren't you?

    It's ok. This is a safe space. Here, we won't judge you. But we will still encourage you to shop (hey, it's kind of in our mission statement). And whether you're one of those who heaps scorn on Black Friday, or will inevitably find yourself out and about, there ARE plenty of good sales to take advantage of this weekend....

    Don't feel guilty if you don't get off the couch today. There's plenty of local sales tomorrow for Small Business Saturday. Check out our guide below.
  15. False security alarms may come with a price in St. Petersburg

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Last year, police officers were dispatched to more than 9,700 calls triggered by false security alarms, an average of about 27 a day.

    The cost to the city, officials said, was nearly $375,000.

    City officials say it's time for things to change.

    They've given first-round approvals to a plan, proposed this week by Billings and Collections director Tammy Jerome, to revamp the regulations for people whose false alarms cost the city time and money. ...