Make us your home page

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


Twitter: @CornAndPotatoes

Blog: Deal Divas

  1. St. Pete Police gets (needed) help on crime lab, traffic

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — When crime scene technicians process evidence at the St. Petersburg Police Department, they huddle in a cramped area on the ground floor of an 85-year-old building.

    Far from orderly, the room is stuffed with cardboard boxes stacked atop old metal cabinets. Instead of high tech gadgetry, debris like plastic gloves, bottles of chemicals and fingerprint powder clutter countertops....

  2. Modcloth gets cooler, makes us love it even more


    ModCloth, your favorite online retailer for, well, everything, dropped us a gem this afternoon.

    They're starting their own line! In about a week or so, they'll debut the first-ever ModCloth namesake label. How cool is that?

    It says a lot about where we are as a culture that the email they sent out directed us to their Instagram feed for sneak peeks. So get over there! (and buy me this jumpsuit while you're at it.)...

    Is this my magic jumper?
  3. St. Pete council asks for Trop site study -- but will it get one?


    ST. PETERSBURG | The city council voted Thursday night to ask the administration to conduct a study of redevelopment opportunities on the Tropicana Field site.

    Whether anyone will take up the task remains to be seen.

    "We'll take it under consideration," City Administrator Gary Cornwell said minutes after the council's 4-1 vote. "I'll leave it up to the mayor."

    Council member Jim Kennedy, who voted against Mayor Rick Kriseman's deal to allow the Tampa Bay Rays to start looking outside the city for a new stadium site, said he believes that a study conducted by an outfit like the Urban Land Institute is a logical next step in the process....

  4. St. Pete ccouncil approves $663K deal to buy black history museum


    ST. PETERSBURG | The city is one step closer to buying the building that houses the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum.

    Council members, in a 6-0 vote Thursday, approved a purchase agreement that calls for the city to pay $663,000 to the St. Petersburg Housing Authority for the museum at 2240 Ninth Ave. S. (Click here to see background on how the two agreed on the price)...

  5. Kriseman pulls back on charter amendment that would affect city council elections


    ST. PETERSBURG | Mayor Rick Kriseman has pulled back on a proposed charter change that would mean future council members, in some circumstances, would be elected solely by voters from a particular district. 

    Right now, council members represent one of eight districts but are elected city-wide. If more than two people want the same district seat, they have to compete in a primary; the top two vote-getters then compete again (city-wide) in the general election....

  6. As St. Pete's Kriseman makes plans to visit Cuba, Tampa's Buckhorn looks elsewhere

    Local Government

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman didn't hide his glee earlier this week when the United States and Cuba reopened their long-closed embassies.

    "This can only mean great things for the Sunshine City and the Tampa Bay area," Kriseman said on Twitter and Facebook, where he repeated his intent to visit Cuba.

    Yet only 23 miles to the east, the same diplomatic breakthrough drew a mere shrug from another Democratic mayor, Bob Buckhorn of Tampa....

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
  7. Kriseman cuts back duties for administrator who oversaw recycling

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The man behind the city's botched rollout of universal curbside recycling will no longer supervise the sanitation department that launched the program last month.

    Public Works Administrator Mike Connors also won't oversee the city's purchasing department, which bought new recycling trucks that can't fit through back alleys, a drawback that's triggered a backlash from residents who don't want bins in the streets....

    Chairman Michael J. Connors, of the St. Petersburg Pier Consultant Selection Committee, addresses public concerns of various pier options, during a marathon meeting in March at St. Petersburg City Hall. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  8. St. Petersburg launches 'theatrical' community conversations about diversity

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Over the years, people here have talked about race relations in coffee shops and at City Hall, at public forums and with expert panels.

    Over the next couple of months, the city plans to try something new.

    Following up on a promise to have broad "community conversations" about diversity, the city administration has officially kicked off a series of meetings called This Is My City. St. Pete Stories....

    Bishop Preston Leonard foreground, talks while Dr. Lillian Dunlap, from right, and Jaye Anne Sheldon, producers of This Is My City: St. Pete Stories, listen. In the background from left are Delores and Candi Purdue.
  9. St. Pete Battle of the Bands organizer withdraws request for city funding

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — One thing appears clear about the annual Battle of the Bands held in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.: Next year's competition will not be funded by the city after all.

    Organizer Sevell Brown recently notified city officials he will not seek money for the Battle of the Bands hosted every year at Tropicana Field. He also acknowledged he does not qualify for the $35,000 Mayor Rick Kriseman earmarked in next year's budget....

    Organizer Sevell Brown’s email said he’ll apply again for funds in 2017.
  10. Problems run deeper than bike tickets, Tampa speakers tell Justice Department panel

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Many of the 100 people who showed up for a Justice Department community forum on Tuesday night spoke out against the longtime Tampa police practice of ticketing black bicycle riders far more often than white ones.

    The ticketing practice brought about the forum in Ybor City. But many of the speakers said it mainly underscores bigger racial tensions between Tampa police and the public they serve....

    Jourden Moore-Taylor, 12, told the community forum on Tuesday that he has never gotten a citation while riding his bike, but the potential for an encounter with the police worries him.
  11. Tampa police bike citations focus of U.S. Department of Justice meeting tonight


    TAMPA — The community will have a chance tonight to voice their thoughts on the Tampa Police Department's enforcement practices as it relates to bike tickets, traffic law enforcement and officer-citizen relations.

    All three topics are the subject of a "listening session" hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Service.

    City officials asked the agency, known commonly as the COPS Office, to conducting a review of the department's practices following a Tampa Bay Times investigation earlier this year that found Tampa police issue more bike citations than any other department in Florida, and that eight out of 10 go to black people....

  12. Montanari leads fundraising in St. Petersburg City Council races

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Candidates for City Council turned in their finance reports Friday and there was one surprise.

    The person who brought in the most money has already won his race by default. Ed Montanari drew no opponents for the open District 3 seat currently held by term-limited Bill Dudley.

    According to documents submitted to the City Clerk's office, Montanari raised $48,475 in contributions, far more than any other candidate to date. He doesn't plan to keep it though. ...

  13. Kriseman tells city employees administration committed to changing culture


    ST. PETERSBURG | Mayor Rick Kriseman reiterated his commitment to changing the culture within city government, a day after consultants delivered a report that showed many employees have doubts about inclusiveness and diversity issues on their jobs.

    In a memo to staffers penned Wednesday while he was on vacation, Kriseman thanked the more than 1,000 city workers who participated in survey used to assess attitudes about respect, equality opportunity and diversity....

  14. St. Petersburg workforce survey finds discontent, racial tension

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Nearly half of city employees in a survey expressed doubts about how their workplace fosters equality, respect and inclusiveness, according to a report released Tuesday.

    The 91-page study depicts a labor force beset by racial tension, even as it also shows that many employees say they feel proud and optimistic about the general direction of St. Petersburg.

    The study was triggered last year by a Tampa Bay Times story about racial discord in the city's stormwater department. A Tampa consulting firm, Competency and Performance Solutions, wrote the report from a survey of 1,124 employees — or 42 percent of the city's 2,700 full-time employees who responded....

    St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, here with Mayor Rick Kriseman, said the study will serve as a guide for officials.
  15. City officials keep funding for MLK events in place, despite unanswered questions

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Event organizer Sevell Brown dropped off a city sponsorship application earlier this year knowing it was missing a few details — namely, specifics on how to spend money for his Battle of the Bands event held annually in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Brown vowed then to return to City Hall with the required information.

    That was six months ago. He hasn't been back since....

    Bands play at Tropicana Field in January 2014 during the annual Battle of the Bands that is part of the city’s MLK festivities.