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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

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  1. 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.
  2. 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....

  3. 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....

    Discover Bay Life  will have a narrower approach and include a marine observation and discovery center.
  4. 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. ...

    Winn
  5. 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....

  6. 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....

    Chief Holloway speaks with Uhuru group and others who were protesting at St. Police headquarters on Tuesday, 12/9/2014 before Chief's Holloway began his roundtable discussion. The Uhuru's are protesting due to Chief's Holloway's backing out of Sunday's evening public forum on police brutality.
  7. 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.
  8. 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. 
  9. St. Pete police chief backs out of Uhuru forum, forms new group to plan community discussion on race relations and law enforcement

    Blog

    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....

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

    Crime

    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.
  11. Too lazy for Black Friday? Check these #SmallBusinessSaturday sales

    Blog

    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.
  12. 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. ...

  13. St. Petersburg Council approves recycling contracts

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council gave final approval on Monday night to a new ordinance and two multimillion-dollar contracts needed to launch its universal curbside recycling program.

    During the next several months, the city will spend $4.1 million on new 95-gallon bins and a little more than $2 million on new trucks for the residential recycling pickup program, which will be rolled out next summer and cost residents $2.95 a month....

    During the next several months, St. Petersburg will spend $4.1 million on new 95-gallon bins and a little more than $2 million on new trucks for the residential recycling pickup program. [City of Tampa]
  14. Deal Divas: Avoid the mall with holiday shopping apps and buying local

    Retail

    Head to the malls if you'd like.

    There's plenty of selection, of course. It may infuse you with holiday spirit. And you can wait in line for a few hours to sit on Santa's lap if that's your thing.

    But those crowds. That parking. The lines. (Deep sigh.)

    Looking for some alternatives?

    The Tampa Bay Times' Deal Divas have a few ideas.

    LOAD UP YOUR SMARTPHONE...

    The mall can even tire Santa out (well, especially Santa). The Deal Divas have some ideas to avoid the mall by using phone apps and shopping local. 
  15. Deal Divas: Holiday shopping tips for everyone from the tween to grandma

    Retail

    It's tougher today than ever before to buy gifts for a member of another generation. Older adults struggle with what kind of boop-bop-beep-bop machine to get for the kids. Meanwhile, the younger generations must try to figure out if a $400 iPad for Grandma would change her life or collect dust in the dumbwaiter. The Tampa Bay Times' Deal Divas have a few ideas.

    MILLENNIAL

    What child of the '90s didn't waste hours every day on a Sega Genesis? Now you can re-create the old days with a Sega Genesis that actually works (Bed, Bath and Beyond, $39.99). Warning: This present, which includes two controllers and several built-in games, may reduce your 20-something to a puddle of nostalgic tears. ...

    The grandmas and the youngsters in this photo from a holiday party in Zephyrhills a few years ago seem in agreement that these hats and mittens are pretty neat. But it’s more difficult than ever for people from different generations to know what to get as a gift for those older or younger. Good thing the Deal Divas have some ideas.