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. Kameel's Desert Island Product: Clinique moisturizer

    Blog

    This morning I was joking with Deal Diva Katie that if I ever got stranded on a (hopefully) tropical island, all I'd really need was a hand saw.

    I'd use it to crack open the coconuts, naturally. And not to drink the milk or eat the fruit, but for the oil -- which quite possibly may be the best thing in my beauty routine these days.

    I'll have to tell you about my love affair with coconut oil some other day, because when I got back to my desk, I realized there was probably a different item better suited for this exercise: Clinique's "Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief."...

     This moisturizer, which you can find at Sephora and a bunch of other places,is pricey, but worth it.
  2. St. Petersburg deputy mayor reveals what led her to halt police promotions

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Several weeks have passed since a group of officers, community leaders and city officials gathered at a church to discuss racial tensions at the Police Department.

    But plenty of people are still talking about it. Lots are speculating what impact it may have on the agency and community. Many still have questions.

    That hasn't been lost on Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, whose role in the meeting has been scrutinized. ...

  3. St. Petersburg mayor plans liaison to gay community, but two council members have concerns

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When a national report ranked Tampa as the leading city in Florida for its promotion of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents last fall, officials on this side of the bay took notice.

    Okay, maybe a little umbrage, too.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman plans to take action. Later this spring, Kriseman will tap a person in his office to become the city's "LGBT liaison," chief of staff Kevin King confirmed Tuesday....

  4. In first 100 days, lot of praise for St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Propelled into office by a decisive win last fall, Mayor Rick Kriseman has managed to carry over much of that goodwill into the first few months of his tenure at City Hall.

    City Council members and community leaders alike give him high marks. Groups clamor to get him to speak at events.

    Even some early hiccups — his pivot on red-light cameras, the high salaries of his new staff and the ongoing issues at the Police Department — have yet to show themselves as lasting marks on the new administration....

    Mayor Rick Kriseman and Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin speak to Canterbury School of Florida students at City Hall on Friday.
  5. St. Petersburg mayor earns kudos for business hire

    Local Government

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was singled out as one of a handful of mayors across the country who are both progressive and pro-growth.

    Kriseman was selected to join the NewDEAL network, which highlights local leaders doing innovative things.

    The group gave the mayor kudos for hiring small business liaison Jessica Eilerman, whose focus is to help employers navigate bureaucracy....

  6. Try this look now: green eyeshadow

    Blog

    Confession #1: I've always been a little in awe of women who rock really bold eye makeup.

    Confession #2: I'm almost always not that girl.

    Are you thinking yet, Well then why am I staring at a picture of you with green eye shadow? Settle down, I'm getting there.

    Truth is, it was kind of a fluke. As in, I really had little to do with it.

    It began when I sat my butt at the Clinique makeup counter at Countryside Mall's Macy's, where the Divas hosted a fashion show. (More on that here.)...

    This spring, go green.
  7. Lacy widow plans to re-file lawsuit against city of St. Petersburg

    Civil

    ST. PETERSBURG — Christine Lacy will not end her fight to get the city to pay for damages related to the demolition of her home after her husband's fatal encounter with two police officers in 2011.

    Lacy's attorney, James Wardell, told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday that she intends to re-file her lawsuit, which a federal judge dismissed this week.

    That means Lacy, the widow of cop killer Hydra Lacy, could be back in court soon....

  8. St. Petersburg officials concerned about city's rate of saving

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG -— Last year marked the second year in a row the city saved less than it had hoped.

    While that may not sound surprising given the last few recession-steeped years, it still triggered plenty of angst.

    The city's reserve target for its general fund is 20 percent of total appropriations. But in the 2013 fiscal year, the city fell 22 percent shy of that goal, ending the year with about $34.8 million in reserves as opposed to $42.1 million....

  9. Federal judge dismisses Christine Lacy's lawsuit against city of St. Petersburg

    Civil

    TAMPA — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the city of St. Petersburg brought earlier this year by the widow of a fugitive who killed two police officers in 2011.

    U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington signed an order Tuesday granting the city's motion to dismiss plaintiff Christine Lacy's complaint, which alleged officials violated her rights when they tore down her home on Jan. 24, 2011, after her husband, Hydra, shot and killed K-9 Officer Jeff Yaslowitz and Sgt. Tom Baitinger....

    Christine Lacy
  10. St. Petersburg Fire Rescue lieutenant controls the overtime system — and works most of it

    Fire

    ST. PETERSBURG — As deputy fire marshal, Lt. Terry Barber supervises the men and women who perform safety and building inspections around the city.

    He also is the department's special events coordinator, meaning he is responsible for doling out off-duty overtime assignments that can be a perk for firefighters looking to earn extra cash.

    He has coordinated thousands of overtime hours in the past several years — and has filled the most himself....

    A union official says Terry Barber, a deputy fire marshal with St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, is doing his colleagues a favor by working so many volunteer shifts: equal to 65 workweeks since 2010.
  11. Kriseman makes hip moves; Dave Metz fills in; late bill payers will get counseling

    Local Government

    Moves like Jagger?

    Residents are learning more and more about their new mayor. On Wednesday afternoon, for example, they learned that he can dance (and not all that badly).

    He may have swayed, bopped and even done a quick two-step during his grand "vision unveiling" event at the Mahaffey Theater last week, but it was Mayor Rick Kriseman's last act of the day that stole the show....

    Mayor Rick Kriseman works to take a selfie with an audience of city employees at the Mahaffey Theater last week. The mayor also busted a move and laid out his goals.
  12. St. Petersburg mayor unveils vision before crowd of 800 at Mahaffey Theater

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman rolled out his vision for St. Petersburg at the Mahaffey Theater on Wednesday to a crowd of at least 800, most of them city employees.

    It was not your average government team meeting.

    As people streamed into the theater, they heard rock and R&B classics and were greeted by cheerful, bead-bearing volunteers. Confetti rained over the crowd as the mayor was introduced....

    Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, right, talks about teamwork during Wednesday’s event at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. At left are Mayor Rick Kriseman and Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, who discussed their goals for the city. 
  13. Mayor Kriseman to share vision for St. Petersburg at Mahaffey Theater event

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — One week ago, Mayor Rick Kriseman stood in front of a group eager to hear his thoughts on sustainability issues.

    His first words, however, could have been mistaken for commentary on the weather.

    "The sun shines here in this great city," Kriseman told the crowd, before launching into a speech about the ways the city can build on its "green" reputation.

    People of St. Petersburg should get used to hearing that phrase. A lot....

    “The sun shines here” is likely to be a common statement while Rick Kriseman is mayor.
  14. Many weigh in on St. Petersburg Police Department's leadership

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman has said over and over again that he wants input on the selection of a new police chief.

    More and more people have taken him up on that offer recently.

    In the weeks since controversy over promotions and race relations at the Police Department erupted, a handful of officers sent emails to the mayor expressing their frustration as well as outlining what type of leader they want next. ...

    St. Petersburg’s search firm has received 54 resumes as of Monday as it looks for a new police chief, says Ben Kirby, the mayor’s communication director.
  15. Child sex suspect from New York caught, released and captured again in Pinellas Park

    Public Safety

    PINELLAS PARK — The first time police here encountered Jesse P. Sawyer, in late January, he was homeless and sleeping in an abandoned building on U.S. 19.

    The last time — on Friday afternoon — police were arresting the 25-year-old New York man on federal charges of producing child pornography.

    Under normal circumstances, Sawyer's story may have gone unnoticed by many in the Tampa Bay area. But for several hours Friday, his name and face were splashed across local TV screens and news websites as a drama unfolded. ...

    Jesse P. Sawyer, 25, was arrested Friday on federal charges of producing child porn.