Josh Solomon - St. Petersburg City Hall, Pinellas Courts reporter

St. Petersburg City Hall, Pinellas Courts reporter

I cover St. Petersburg and the Pinellas County legal beat. When I'm not roaming city hall or sitting in court, I’m sleeping late or watching cooking videos on YouTube. I’m proudly from New Jersey, with a tattoo to prove it, and I graduated from Northwestern University before coming to the Times in 2014.

  1. Jurors on Friday said they could not reach a unanimous verdict in the case against Michael Keetley, an ice cream man accused of murder. Keetley, right, smirked as the judge instructed the jury to try again to reach a verdict.
  2. Michael Keetley is brought into the courtroom during his murder trial Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 in Tampa. Keetley is the former ice cream truck driver who is accused of shooting a group of men in 2010.
  3. Deputies are looking for a shirtless man who stole a gun from a pickup truck near Plant City on Friday morning and later fired rounds at a convenience store.
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  5. Author, educator and activist Toni Tipton-Martin talks about history and food culture as keynote speaker at the Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival on Saturday in the gardens at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.
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  7. Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Thomas Minkoff  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  8. Ernest Williams, 62, was acquitted last month at trial.
  9. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman held private meetings with council members about his negotiations with the Tampa Bay Rays.
  10. Curtis Reeves Jr. and his wife Vivian Reeves were in court for a hearing Wednesday in Dade City. Reeves, charged with second-degree murder, will stand trial Oct. 5.
  11. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, left, and Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin during Thursday's City Council meeting to discuss the Tampa Bay Rays' situation and the redevelopment of Tropicana Field.
  12. Fans enter Tropicana Field for the Tampa Bay Rays' games against the Boston Red Sox in March 2018.
  13. A shell casing rested in the parking lot outside Cabana Sands hours after at least five people were shot. The club is in the background.
  14. Anton Stragaj is led into a Clearwater courtroom for a hearing Friday Stragaj, 42, is charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 killing of a Tarpon Springs doctor.
  15. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, left, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, center, and Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos took questions from Suncoast Tiger Bay Club members during the club's annual State of the Bay discussion Thursday. [JOSH SOLOMON  Times]
  16. Anton Stragaj is charged in the 2014 murder of Dr. Steven Patlin Schwartz.
  17. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman on Monday announced he had upped the city's paid family leave policy for employees from six weeks to eight.
  18. A look down at Bending Arc as cranes begin to raise the net-like structure over the new St. Pete Pier on Friday. City officials confirmed workers discovered "an issue" with the netting upon installation.
  19. Deborah Figgs-Sanders was sworn in on Thursday to the St. Petersburg City Council. She is the first African American to represent the city's District 5.
  20. Council members Steve Kornell, left, and Charlie Gerdes will step down this week after a combined 18 years of service.
  21. Retired Pasco County family law attorney and once judicial candidate Don McBath was suspended by the Florida Bar for disparaging comments he made about the Muslim and LGBTQ communities on his social media accounts.
  22. A car with severe front end damage from a presumed hit-and-run crash that occurred at the Coquina Key Shopping Plaza just outside the Cabana Sands nightclub sits idle early Thursday after police investigate it and a shooting that followed. Police were not saying if the two incidents are related Thursday afternoon.
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  24. The Florida Supreme Court ruled the 2017 law switching the burden of proof in stand your ground cases is not retroactive.