Kathryn Varn - Breaking News Reporter — Pinellas Courts

Breaking News Reporter — Pinellas Courts

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. Amer Nuhanovic faces a number of charges related to a crime spree that stretched across St. Petersburg Tuesday morning.
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  4. Gov. Ron DeSantis made a stop in Manatee County to host a press conference at the Lakewood Ranch pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site aimed at inoculating more senior citizens. DeSantis faced criticism over the site, which stands to vaccinate some of Manatee’s wealthiest residents.
  5. Bryan Ellis, Jimi DePriest, and Cayla Pearson, activists with the Party for Socialism and Liberation Florida demonstrate outside of the Manatee County emergency operations center on Sunday.
  6. The state has seen 2,081,826 cases of COVID-19 as the pandemic enters its 13th month.
  7. Javarick Henderson Jr. is ushered into a courtroom to attend a March 9 hearing before Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Nancy Moate Ley. Henderson was 13 when he was arrested in 2019 on a charge of first-degree murder, accused of killing his 56-year-old grandmother, Gloria Davis. He is now 15, but a judge ruled his case will remain in adult court.
  8. The top two officials in the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office, Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett, left, and State Attorney Bernie McCabe confer at a 2013 court hearing. McCabe died on Jan. 1 and Bartlett was later appointed state attorney. He intends to run for the office in 2022.
  9. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has arrested Shannon Gillespie, right, on a charge of first-degree murder in the 2018 death of her father, Daniel Gillespie, 71. In this January 2020 photo, Gillespie reacts to witness testimony during a hearing for disputes over a house she owned with her siblings.
  10. Members of KnowBe4's human resources department meet in a conference room in March 2019 in its Clearwater headquarters. Now valued at $1 billion, KnowBe4 has filed for an initial public offering and wants to raise up to $100 million.
  11. Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies shot and wounded a 79-year-old man who fired at them at a Hudson gas station early Saturday morning, according to the agency. The deputies' body-worn cameras captured video footage of the incident, which shows deputies trying to talk the man to put the car in park and get out, then deputies trying to break into the car when they see him pick up a gun, then show deputies firing at him.
  12. Defendant Howell Donaldson III, 28, is accused of killing four people in southeast Seminole Heights in Tampa in the fall of 2017. This photo was taken during an October 2020 court hearing. The prosecution wants the jurors in those four trials to learn of the other slayings.
  13. Alandria Brown, second from left, of Hendersonville, Tenn., sits with William Henry of Los Angeles, far left, and other Britney Spears supporters outside a Feb. 11 court hearing concerning the pop singer's conservatorship at the Stanley Mosk Courhouse in Los Angeles.
  14. Candidates Nancy Besore, left, Cliff Merz, center, and Andy Steingold, right, prevailed in Tuesday's Safety Harbor City Commission elections.
  15. Javarick Henderson Jr. is ushered into a courtroom Tuesday for a court hearing in front of Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Nancy Moate Ley. The 15-year-old faces a charge of first-degree murder. He was arrested in 2019 at the age 13, accused of killing his grandmother, 56-year-old Gloria Davis. His defense attorneys argued that he should be tried in juvenile court, that the legal basis for moving his case to adult court is unconstitutional.
  16. A clearwater couple is accused of neglecting their three children, leading to the death of one of them, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. .Ashley Ferguson, 33, left, faces charges of aggravated manslaughter of a child and two counts of child neglect. Matthew Ferguson, 34, right, faces three counts of child neglect.
  17. The Pinellas County Justice Center at 14250 49th Street N.
  18. Seating for potential jurors at the start of an October murder trial in a Hillsborough County courtroom. The trial was the first in Hillsborough since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Potential jurors were socially distanced and wore protective face coverings. The Florida Supreme Court has issued guidelines to hold virtual jury trials.
  19. St. Petersburg police are investigating the shooting deaths of Larrisha Williams, 27, and Jerome Clark, 23, who were found dead inside a running vehicle on Feb. 10.
  20. St. Petersburg police evacuated nearby homes and sent in the SWAT team after reports of a shooting at a St. Petersburg home. They knocked down the front of the house in order to get the victims to rescue crews and took Cornelius "Cornbread" Whitfield into custody.
  21. There are requests to name Pinellas County buildings after two legal icons: Former Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe, left, and Fred G. Minnis Sr., right, Pinellas' first full-time black lawyer.
  22. Former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie throws the ball while professional boxer Ulysses Diaz  attempts to tackle him during the 21st annual Celebrity Sweat flag football game at Clearwater Beach on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021.
  23. Bucs' fan Ruben Castillo of Plant City died at age 60 of complications from the coronavirus on July 21. His grandson Adrian Olivo, 20, recently visited his grave at Hopewell Memorial Gardens in Plant City.