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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.

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  1. Police Chief Tony Holloway seeks 'partnership' with St. Petersburg community

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jason Mells says he thinks two things when he sees a car with tinted windows following him.

    1. It could be robbers up to no good. 2. It could be police.

    More often than not, Mells said, it's the latter. The 29-year-old said he's been pulled over by police 22 times in the past year in St. Petersburg — yet only issued traffic citations twice.

    Encounters like these, Mells said, are one of the reasons young black males like him and many others in the community have such a fractured relationship with law enforcement. ...

    Jason Mells of St Petersburg, right, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman listen to St. Petersburg police Lt. Antonio Gilliam.
  2. Epilogue: Former St. Pete Council member Earnest Williams lived for service


    ST. PETERSBURG — Friends and family of Earnest Williams all knew this to be true: If you got him talking, you might have a hard time getting him to stop.

    The longtime businessman and former City Council member was passionate about a few things: family, education and youth issues.

    "Don't even get him into politics," said Pinellas County Urban League president Watson Haynes. "You knew if you were going to visit Earnest, you had to plan to spend the time."...

    SP 119679 - - DELIVER TO: City and State - - 3/20/2001 - - St. Pete - - CAPTION INFO: Earnest Williams, candidate for District 6 City Council race, poses in his office of his State Farm Insurance Agency with a model of a 1957 Chevrolet BelAir Hard Top, the same car and color that his father bought new, used as a family car, then gave to Williams to take to F.S.U.  where he graduated in 1969. Williams wife, Armetha, whom he dated in college, bought him the model a few years ago.  - - Times Photo by: CHERIE DIEZ Story By: Leonora LaPeter - - SCANNED BY:  - - RUN DATE: 3/21/2001
  3. My Outfit Monday: A cheap way to tie everything together


    I knew when I put this outfit together, it had a lot of potential. Potential to be good. Potential to look ridiculous.

    Carrying on my tradition of "Wearing slacks to the office that are neither brown nor black or gray or navy." I woke up this morning and decided what my Monday needed was PURPLE.

    Of course, I just happened to have a pair of plum-colored pants in my closet. What to put on top though? Well, black sweater works well enough....

    A few minutes later I ditched the heels for flats, cause I'm getting old.
  4. Reappointment of housing authority board member could be blocked after controversial museum vote


    ST. PETERSBURG | Will there be any political fallout from the St. Petersburg Housing Authority's decision this week to sell the building that houses the city's only African American museum?

    At least one board member may find out next week.

    Ann Taylor has served on the housing board since 2011 and was one of four members who voted on Thursday to sell the property at 2240 Ninth Ave, S, which has housed the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum for the past several years....

  5. Wife of St. Pete mayor opposes guns on campus

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG | Mayor Rick Kriseman's views on gun control are well known.

    But it's his wife who has taken the unusual action to try to drum up awareness about a proposal to allow guns on college campuses in the Sunshine State.

    Kerry Kriseman is circulating a petition against the measure, approved this week by a state subcommittee.

    "You know that I don't often send e-mails requesting recipients to sign, forward, register for anything. I also don't get involved in politics and prefer to keep my views private," she wrote in an email. "However, this is an issue that I would be extremely uncomfortable with should this bill to allow guns on college campuses pass both the House and the Senate. It already passed a House subcommittee today. This is not about what I think or believe about guns or rights of gun owners. This is about safety, first and foremost, especially considering I have a daughter headed to college next year. Please educate yourself and consider signing the petition."...

  6. St. Pete mayor's wife circulates petition against proposal to allow guns on college campuses


    ST. PETERSBURG | Mayor Rick Kriseman's views on gun control are well known.

    But it's his wife who has taken the unusual action to try to drum up awareness about a proposal to allow guns on college campuses in the Sunshine State.

    Kerry Kriseman is circulating a petition against the measure, approved this week by a state subcommittee....

  7. St. Petersburg's Woodson museum to be sold in six months

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Despite overwhelming opposition from a room full of citizens and strong objections by two of its members, the St. Petersburg Housing Authority board voted 4-3 Thursday to eventually sell the building that houses the city's only African-American history museum.

    Just after the vote, the board agreed to a six-month delay in listing the building housing the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum after audience members raised questions about the legal ramifications of selling the building and a disputed use agreement with the city of St. Petersburg....

  8. Housing authority seeks sale of Woodson museum building ahead of Thursday meeting

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The monthslong tension between the city's only African-American museum and its landlord is expected to be aired today as the landlord, the St. Petersburg Housing Authority, considers selling the museum facility and a nearby commercial property that is home to community organizations.

    Darrell Irions, the housing authority's executive director, said the agency is "just trying to divest ourselves from properties that really don't serve our purpose."...

  9. Questions surround MLK parade finances

    Local Government


    Whispers about the city's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade and accompanying Battle of the Bands competition have circulated for years:

    Why isn't there a detailed public accounting of the events' finances? Exactly how has Sevell Brown, the main organizer, used the more than $500,000 in city funds and services over the past decade?

    The questions grew louder recently when Brown prepared to ask the city for more money for this year's events, which begin this weekend....

    SP_306177_ZUPP_Pride_1 (05/14/2009 St. Petersburg) (left to right) Kelly Donohue of St. Petersburg, Sevell Brown, III, state president of the Florida Chrisitan Leadership Conference, Greeta Peterson and Florida representative Darryl Rouson answer questions during a news conference at the Enoch Davis Center. [CHRIS ZUPPA, Times]
  10. Get your fashion show fix with these local events


    The annual fall Fashion Week is still many months away, but a handful of events over the next few weeks will help get you in the mood. There's opportunities on both sides of the bay. 

    On Saturday, you have your pick.

    In St. Petersburg, the annual I ♥ St. Pete event hosted by ARTpool gallery promises a runway show at 10 p.m. (Tickets are $10 and $15). In Tampa, the Cocktails X Couture show is kicking off at the RITZ Ybor at 7 p.m. (Tickets are $15 and 20)....

  11. New committee assignments irk St. Pete city council member


    ST. PETERSBURG | Council member Wengay Newton has dropped his duties on several committees following a spat over his new assignments.

    At Thursday's council meeting, new chairman Charlie Gerdes doled out committee assignments to each member.

    Newton challenged Gerdes when he realized he would no longer serve on the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization, board he's been on for the past few years. Newton, who is in his last year on the council because of term limits, said he wanted to stay on the MPO board....

  12. Two advocates quit St. Petersburg arts panel in rift with Kriseman

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Two members of the city's arts advisory committee have abruptly resigned their posts, citing a rift with Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration.

    Deborah Kelley, the immediate past chairwoman of the committee, and Angela Bond, another longtime board member, gave a scathing assessment of Kriseman's efforts thus far when it comes to the arts and said he has been a roadblock....

  13. My Outfit Monday: [Insert apologies here]


    We sorry.

    Or rather, I am sorry. Between the holidays and deadlines and everything else, we neglected you last week and forgot to post our normal "My Oufit Monday" feature. In fact, this morning we were trying to figure out just whose turn it is. My bad.

    But you want to know the real tragedy? Pretty sure the last My Outfit Monday I posted featured these pink pants. (I swear I have other ones!)...

    Here I is.
  14. As the year comes to a close, so will these shops around town


    I'm convinced there are some of us with an inner "sale rack radar" - an unconscious beam guiding us to the next sale.

    Sometimes, it bumps up against bad news. In case you haven't been in downtown St. Pete in a while, you may not have noticed a couple of your favorite shops are making big changes.Luckily, they come with silver linings.

    Josie B boutique, nestled in the strip of shops just east the Sundial complex, is closing. You know what that means -- DEALS DEALS DEALS. As the giant sign on the front window says, everything must go and items are 50-75% off. I may or may not have snuck in and bought 2 pairs of sunglasses for $10....

    Josie B boutique in downtown St. Pete is closing its doors and having a great sale.
  15. Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against city of St. Petersburg


    TAMPA — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that homeless advocate Bruce Wright's filed against the city of St. Petersburg, which banned him from a park after an arrest last year.

    Wright was arrested in March 2013 after police said he interfered with an arrest at Williams Park, often a hub for homeless in St. Petersburg. He also was issued a trespass warning and ordered to stay out of the park for a year. ...