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Kathryn Varn - Pinellas Sheriff, Clearwater Police, St. Petersburg Police Reporter

Pinellas Sheriff, Clearwater Police, St. Petersburg Police Reporter

I cover breaking news and public safety in Pinellas County. That includes police and fire departments, hurricanes and any other topics in the death and destruction arena. In other words, I’m really fun at parties. Before coming to the Times in 2015, I was a student at the University of Florida studying journalism. I picked the major as a prerequisite for law school, but once I started covering crime for my college newspaper, I couldn’t get enough. When I’m not sweating under deadline, I’m singing with my rag-tag adult A Cappella group, Weird and Wonderful, or hanging out with my fat cat, Rose. Phone: (727) 893-8913

  1. Vice President Mike Pence reacts during an immigration and naturalization ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Katie Waldman, a former University of Florida student senator, was accused of helping discard independent student newspapers with a front-page endorsement of a rival party’s candidate. | Analysis
  2. Former nursing assistant Falo Kane, 32, of Clearwater, faces seven counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person. Clearwater police are now looking for more potential victims at other health care facilities.
    Falo Kane is accused of assaulting six patients at four facilities since 2016. Clearwater detectives want to know if there are other victims.
  3. Homeland Security agents have arrested St. Petersburg police Officer Matthew Enhoffer, left, on child pornography charges. In this 2015 picture, he received the St. Petersburg Police Department's Medal of Valor for Enhoffer's actions in a shootout with an armed suspect that year.
    The arrest comes after Homeland Security agents raided Officer Matthew Enhoffer’s home last week.
  4. Former Pinellas school guardian Erick Russell, 37, is accused of pawning the Glock 17 9mm semiautomatic pistol, body armor and two magazines he was issued to protect students, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. He told deputies he needed gas money.
    Those allegations came to light after his arrest on charges of domestic battery and false imprisonment. He was fired by the Pinellas County School District.
  5. Marquis Scott, 20, is a former Northeast High School football captain who his family says was trying to turn his life around. Then he was fatally shot while riding his bike, according to St. Petersburg police.
    Marquis Scott, 20, was shot while riding his bike. The Northeast High School football captain was turning his life around, his family said.
  6. Falo Kane, 32, of Clearwater, faces four counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person and a violation of probation charge, according to police.
    There were four victims, police said. One was in a wheelchair and another was a disabled stroke patient. The accused wrote a letter of apology.
  7. On Wednesday, federal investigators raided the home of St. Petersburg police Officer Matthew Enhoffer, left, shown here in 2015 receiving the Police Department's highest honor from Chief Anthony Holloway.
    Officer Matthew Enhoffer has not been charged with a crime. Authorities declined to say why he’s under investigation.
  8. St. Petersburg police arrested Joshua Lorenzo, 37, after he carried a gun under his shirt to Perkins Elementary. Lorenzo is the father a student there.
    A school guardian spotted him at dismissal time with what appeared to be a weapon under his clothing, St. Petersburg police said.
  9. The body of Jarvis Deliford was found in Lake Maggiore on the Fourth of July.
    The report lists Jarvis Deliford’s cause of death as undetermined. His mother still believes someone killed him.
  10. A construction worker was struck by a backhoe and died Tuesday morning. The crews were clearing land for a town home development at 1895 Virginia Ave. Investigators have not released the worker's name, pending notification to family members. [Clearwater Police Department]
    The worker was struck by a backhoe at the site of a town home development.